What the Smartest Smart Homes Are Wearing, From CES 2018

Speakers that can wake you up and turn up the A/C. Ovens that “talk” and “listen” to the food baking inside. Wi-Fi routers so attractive you’ll never hide them again. Homes are getting smarter and smarter, says Mansion Global. Here, a few must-haves from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that are on the market now — or about to be.

Smart Speakers

The buzz about smart speakers is getting louder. Speakers can now do everything from waking you up in the morning to answering those burning questions. (“How many miles is it to Manhattan?”) Many smart speakers can also adjust their audio output so that they always achieve a surround-sound effect no matter where you put them, plus they can control other smart-home devices and even catch you up on the news.

Miele Dialog Oven

Combining traditional technologies with a cooking method utilizing radio frequency, the Miele Dialog oven purports to communicate to your food throughout the cooking process, adjusting radio-wave frequency and intensity as it monitors how much energy your meal-in-process has absorbed. Dishes come out perfectly, uniformly cooked, and it can greatly reduce cooking time, too.

Mesh Wi-Fi Systems

In-home Wi-Fi is, of course, becoming more essential — which means the dead zones around your home will become even more pronounced. Mesh Wi-Fi systems are on the rise. Made up of multiple routers with overlapping networks that comprise a single system, mesh Wi-Fi works to virtually eliminate dead zones. As a side benefit, most mesh systems represent a huge leap forward in the aesthetic of Wi-Fi routers. Ranging from inoffensive to purely elegant, you won’t feel compelled to hide these new routers behind your houseplants.

Discover smart homes of all sorts, equipped with energy- and timesaving devices galore.


Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

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