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CES 2018: 10 New Smart Home & IoT Devices + Their Prospects for Success

CES 2018 Innovation Awards include usual smart-home winners like Nest, Ring and Arlo, but also interesting newbies boasting AI, security, home automation, lighting control and more. Will they make it?

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Otodo smart home hub and Ugo handheld controller

Their Words

UGO is a small pebble which helps you to interact with all connected devices at home.UGO identifies you when you grab it, and will carry out the action that you have pre-programmed when you gently knock it on surfaces around you. Knock your door to open it, or your table to switch on the light…

My Words:

This is strange. I mean, it looks clever and all, but who wants to carry a pebble around to enact commands? There are other products that will unlock a door if the user just knocks on it a certain way, by sensing vibrations, user ID, whatever. If you have to carry a thing around to "automate" certain activities, why wouldn't that thing just be your mobile phone?

But Otodo scores a win by gaining attention for its Otodo One smart-home hub by way of its gimmicky new Ugo "Magic Wand." The Ugo features fingerprint ID, an LED ring for feedback, built-in speaker to provide info to users, and a gyroscope + altimeter + accelerometer to detect and analyze gestures. The Otodo hub is otherwise like any other home-atuomation hubs.

Will it make it? The Otodo Ugo handheld device doesn't seem to make much sense. The home-automation hub looks like any other, but the France-based company is credible, partnering with the €1.5 billion Sagemcom, a leading developer of connected technologies. If Sagemcom can somehow leverage the system to its vast settop-box customer base of service providers, then Otodo has a shot. Otherwise, prospects are slim.

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CES 2018 Booth: Booth #40133

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