Mobile World Congress is obviously one of the best trade shows to find the latest hot phones, but in recent years those phones have been sharing space with fitness trackers, smartwatches, VR headsets, and lots of other cool new tech. We didn’t encounter quite as many new smart home devices this go-round as we have in years past, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t see plenty of neat new products we’d like to take home with us.
HTC 5G Hub
The HTC 5G Hub is what happens when you mix a smart display with a router. It’s essentially a small, portable screen that connects to Sprint’s 5G network to provide Wi-Fi to up to 20 devices. It can also stream 4K video, charge your devices via multiple ports in the back, respond to Google Assistant voice commands, and stream VR content to an HTC Vive headset. And it’s easier to set up than your average router—all you have to do is plug it in and you’re ready to go, which makes it ideal for taking on trips where you want to keep multiple devices connected.
Huvasquana 435X Robotic Mower
The 435X AWD is Husqvarna’s latest robotic lawn mower with all-wheel drive and artificial intelligence. But what sets it apart from the company’s existing lineup is its ability to not only handle rough terrain, but to also manage extreme slopes with an incline of up to 70 percent. And with support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, you can control it right from your smart speaker, so you truly never have to lift a hand to mow the lawn again.
Using a central hub and three sound detectors, Visualfyhome can learn and interpret sounds in your home. Made specifically for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, it uses colors to represent particular sounds, like the doorbell ringing. In conjunction with its connected app and Phillips Hue smart bulbs, you can configure which colors you want to represent each sound. For example, when the hub hears a baby crying the, light bulbs can be programmed to blink and turn yellow. Or if the fire alarm goes off, they can blink red. You’ll also get an alert on your phone, smartwatch, and TV to make sure you never miss an important event.
Xiaomi Mi LED Bulbs
Light bulbs are a great entry point into the smart home space, and Xiaomi’s new Mi LEDs are super easy to use. They don’t require a hub, so you can simply screw them into any old fixture and connect to them with your phone or via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands. But the real innovation here is price. White bulbs are priced around $ 11 while color bulbs go for about $ 23—about half of what you’ll pay for the average Philips Hue bulb.
Oral-B Genius X
OK, this one isn’t technically new to MWC (it was introduced at CES), but that doesn’t change the fact that the Oral-B Genius X toothbrush is really cool. It uses AI to track how you brush and provide personalized feedback on how to correct your form in real time. To train the Genius X on the dos and don’ts of proper brushing, Oral-B analyzed data on thousands of brushing styles, patterns, and behaviors, so no matter how you brush, you’ll be instructed on exactly what to do for a perfect smile.
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