Consumer Electronics Show 2017: Homes Think for Themselves
Many people traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada last week for the 50th Consumer Electronics Show, or CES. The show is said to have the largest collection of new electronic devices in the world.
The 2017 show had many examples of "smart home" devices. "Smart home" technology is designed to make life easier for people by letting computers control many things inside our homes.
One such device actually begins working outside the home, when someone arrives and rings the doorbell.
Jeremy Warren is with smart home service provider Vivint.
"When someone comes to your front door and rings the doorbell, the light can turn on immediately. I get a notification when I'm halfway around the world that someone came, and I can start talking to the person who's at my front door, and I can say, ‘Oh, here let me let you in.' I can unlock the door for them very easily."
Another use of smart home technology is being able to watch what is taking place in your home – whether you are just around the corner or half way around the world. Devices can even let homeowners look in on dogs, cats or other pets when they are away.
One electronics maker launched a device that lets people see and interact with their animals when they are away. The device, from Petcube, lets you remotely watch and talk to your pet through a personal device, according to a company official. It can even give the pet a treat – if you approve and order it.
For heating or cooling, there is a smart thermostat. This device can also send you a message if a big storm causes leaks or flooding. "We're trying to catch it with just a few drips before it becomes a real big problem," said Mike Sale of iDevices.
Another product, from iDevices, can turn your smartphone into a remote control for an electric fireplace.
While most of the devices can be controlled from anywhere, they also work in the same way when you are at home. Some devices, like Amazon's Echo and Google Home, even let you use voice commands to talk to them.
A concern for many homeowners is the possibility that someone else might find a way to attack these smart home devices. An official from Vivint said his company is sure that only owners of the home can gain use of information on the devices.
Warren Katz from iDevices said his company employs engineers from the defense industry to help prevent hacking.
"So they've spent time working on the Patriot Missile and others, and we spend an awful lot of time ensuring that our products are both safe and safe from attack."
Many of these devices at the Consumer Electronics Show were available before. But now they communicate better and can learn repeat behavior and habits. All of them can be bought separately, many for less than $100.
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2.electronic devices 电子设备
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3.smart home 智能家居
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1.Another use of smart home technology is being able to watch what is taking place in your home – whether you are just around the corner or half way around the world.
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2."So they've spent time working on the Patriot Missile and others, and we spend an awful lot of time ensuring that our products are both safe and safe from attack."
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上周，很多人赶赴内华达州的拉斯维加斯参加第五十届国际消费电子展（CES） 。据说，该展会汇集了全球大多数最新电子产品 。
2017年的展会展出了很多“智能家居”产品 。“智能家居”技术的出现让人们能够利用电脑遥控家居设备，方便了人类的生活 。
杰里米·沃伦（Jeremy Warren）在智能家居设备公司Vivint任职 。
“当有客来访时，只要按响门铃，灯就会自动打开 。身处地球的另一端的我会收到提醒，我可以与门外的客人交谈‘哦，我来给您开门 。’我可以轻而易举地为客人开门 。”
另一款智能家居应用可以查看房内现状，无论你在附近还是地球的另一端 。该装置可以让外出的主人查看猫狗及其他宠物的状况 。
一家电子产品制造商发布了一款可在外出后查看宠物并与之互动的应用 。Petcube公司官方介绍称，这款应用可以让人们通过个人电子设备远程观看宠物并和宠物交流 。如果你同意并预定的话，该款应用还可以给宠物喂食 。
在制冷制热方面有智能调温器 。如果暴风雨导致房屋漏水或者水灾，该装置可以向你发送信息 。iDevices公司的迈克·赛尔（Mike Sale）说：“我们在几滴水发生泄漏时就提前发出预警，防止酿成大祸 。”
多数设备都具备让你像在家里一样随意在任何地方进行遥控的功能 。例如亚马逊的回声（Echo）和谷歌家庭（Google Home），你甚至可通过语音指令与其交流 。
很多房主担心有人会想方设法攻击自己的智能家居设备 。Vivint的工作人员称，他们保证只有房主才能掌握智能家居设备的使用信息 。
iDevices的沃伦·卡茨（Warren Katz）表示，为了防止黑客入侵，公司聘请了国防领域的工程师 。
消费电子展上的很多参展产品早已问世 。如今这些产品交互性能更强，可识别重复的行为和习惯 。所有产品皆可单独购买，多数产品的价格低于100美元 。