The Consumer Electronics Show, now referred to simply as CES, is an annual display of the latest gadgets technology companies have to offer.
In many cases, the products on display are simply concepts and won't be available as consumer products for months, or even years. This year, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vehicles are taking center stage.
But some companies are also lifting the wraps off new products ready to hit the market and designed to address current problems, such as the security of the growing number of smart devices found in the average U.S. home.
These devices, from printers to garage door openers, all connect to the internet with unique IP addresses and can be vulnerable to hackers. At least three new products being introduced this week in Las Vegas are designed to address those risks.
Protecting internet-connected devices
Bitdefender, a cybersecurity firm, is using CES to demonstrate its latest smart home security solutions. The product is Bitdefender BOX 2, which the company says adds another layer of security to internet-connected devices.
Bitdefender BOX 2 plugs into a home's router and protects all the things connected to it from online threats.
D-Link and McAfee have teamed up to produce the D-Link AC2600 Wi-Fi Router, described as an “all-in-one solution that automatically increases security for devices on the home network."
The companies say it addresses the increased need for online security when so many things in the home connect to the internet and can be exploited by hackers for a number of uses. In 2016, hackers planted malware on millions of poorly-protected smart devices to launch massive denial of service attacks against major websites.
The new product combines D-Link's dual-band 802.11ac router with MU-MIMO technology, McAfee’s Secure Home Platform that automatically protects all devices connected to the network, and Intel's Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV500 Series, providing Wi-Fi connectivity to connected devices at the same time.
"As the number of connected devices in homes increases, consumers are increasingly concerned about online security threats," Anny Wei, D-Link CEO said in an interview. "We've teamed up with McAfee and Intel to address these concerns with a powerful, easy to manage, all-in-one solution."
Wei cites a report from research firm Gartner, which estimates there will be 20 billion connected IoT devices by 2020 -- devices that require protection.
New generation of sensors
Vayyar Imaging, meanwhile, has introduced a new generation of sensors for the connected home. The technology combines multiple capabilities to cover an entire apartment in all lighting conditions, emphasizing the preservation of privacy.
The company produced this video to explain how it works:
The company says there are no cameras, no need to wear any kind of device, or to interact with the product in any way.
Because of that, it says the product protects privacy while determining if a person has fallen by measuring activity levels and monitoring the perimeter of the house to provide intruder alerts.