LAS VEGAS—For the past several years, smart speakers and voice-activated assistants have dominated the smart home conversation at CES. This year is no exception, however, those assistants are no longer confined to speakers. Everyday household items, from toilets to mirrors, are getting the Alexa or Google Assistant treatment, for better or worse.
This trend has been primarily limited to high-ticket items, but there are a few interesting and affordable examples that will hit the market in the coming months. Simplehuman, for example, a brand that prides itself on creating tools for efficient living, announced two new mirrors at CES; Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi and Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi Assist with Googe Assistant.
Like their predecessors, the new Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi and Hi-Fi Assist use a built-in proximity sensor to turn on a proprietary illumination system called tru-lux. Put simply, tru-lux simulates natural sunlight with extraordinary color accuracy, allowing you to see variations in makeup that may otherwise go unnoticed.
The Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi and Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi Assist also have lighting options that transform them into a makeshift lamps, like nightlight and candlelight modes. A new feature called night shift that claims to promote better sleep.
Of course, excellent illumination is only part of the story. There’s also a custom Danish-designed 2.5-inch acoustic driver built into the base of each mirror for sound that can easily fill a room. And the built-in proximity sensor works in conjunction with the speaker to adjust the volume depending on how close you are to the mirror, meaning you’ll no longer have to adjust the volume as you move between rooms during your morning routine.
Both mirrors allow you to play your favorite playlists and podcasts directly from your smartphone via Bluetooth and AirPlay 2, while the Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi Assist allows supports the Google Assistant.
The simplehuman app works with both mirrors and lets you tweak just about every feature, from sound to sensor sensitivity.
If you’re sold on simplehuman’s latest smart mirrors, they both arrive in the spring. The simplehuman Sensor Hi-Fi will sell for $ 350. If you want to add Google Assistant to the mix, plan to spend $ 400.