CES 2021 has wrapped, and this year’s show was unlike any CES events in the past due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the lack of a traditional in-person trade show in Las Vegas, the virtual event showcased thousands of announcements from hundreds of companies.
This year, with people spending so much time at home, the smart home and security category came into particular focus. Parks Associates’ new research finds one-third of smart device owners in US broadband households have increased usage of their devices during the COVID-19 pandemic, including 46% of smart door lock owners.
The firm reports that among consumers who purchased smart home devices in the last 12 months, 31% purchased it for peace of mind about their home and family and 29% purchased it to keep their home and family safe.
Some of the biggest trends in the smart home space at CES this year were touchless devices, cleanliness and personal wellness technology, and new innovations in WiFi sensing abilities.
Touchless video doorbells made a grand appearance this year in light of the COVID-19 era with Arlo and Alarm.com both unveiling a touchless video doorbell. These doorbells reduce the potential for germs and bacteria to spread from visitor to visitor, which is especially relevant during a global pandemic.
Air quality and health monitoring is essential in the wake of the COVID-19 era. Several companies have announced connected air quality measuring and purifying devices that may help reduce transmission of COVID-19. CES 2021 also saw announcements of other smart home devices to measure body temperature and other comprehensive readings.
The smart home space at CES this year also saw innovation in WiFi sensing, which uses disruptions in WiFi signals from compatible smart devices to detect motion. Using signal disruptions in WiFi instead of video to detect motion in the home offers greater privacy to the occupant.
Samsung and LG introduced new products as well as updates to already existing products that will facilitate greater convenience in the kitchen.
Lockly and BenjiLock announced new biometric smart locks, continuing the trend from 2020. At the forefront of smart lock technology is biometric security.
Aside from the major trends we saw this year, other smart home devices that we regularly see at CES such as smart door locks, smart appliances, smart lighting, and smart water sensors and valves were also present at the virtual expo.
Amanda Kung is research analyst at Parks Associates. For more information about Parks Associates research, visit .
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