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Tech fair confirms arrival of age of sensors

Las Vegas, January 7: The world’s premier consumer technology showcase, Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will convert Las Vegas into a huge bazaar of intelligent gadgets aimed at revolutionising how people relate to their environment in the future. On opening day on Tuesday, companies showcased technology that has turned even the most mundane of mechanisms, such as a lock, into a smart device that can be controlled using a smartphone or a tablet.

Samsung announced that by 2020, everything it manufactured would be “smart”, but it was the US home appliances chain Lowe’s that has taken the lead in transforming the day–to–day life with its Iris home magement system. The company exhibited home appliances, including sensors and cameras, which are connected to a central computer system and can be controlled through a mobile application. Drawing the blinds, detecting a water leak in the toilet and monitoring plants in the garden are some of the functions of Iris, which is already available in the market with a minimum price tag of $179. Japanese company Logbar went a step ahead with its intelligent ring, the new version of which is scheduled to hit stores in March, which can be used to switch on or off a lamp or an air conditioner and even control television volume with only a single gesture. CES showcased locks that can be opened with a phone, light–bulbs that change colour with the mood of its owner, cameras to detect home intrusions, systems to warn if a window is open and thermometers that send the body temperatures of babies to their parents in real time.

There are also products that will be made available to the public, not futuristic prototypes, such as a switch made by the Californian company Brio which transmits electricity only if the proper device is connected, thus putting an end to unwanted electric shocks at home. (IANS)

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