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WIRED: CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future

March 03, 2021 2 min read

CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future | 1/14/2021

WELCOME TO OUR CES 2021 liveblog archive! The WIRED crew wasn't in Las Vegas this year; the show was moved online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. But even a global health emergency can't stop the march of consumer technology. There were still plenty of gadgets, apps, electric vehicles, smart-home appliances, brain-training headsets, and sex tech to tell you about. These are all our musings from our team during the show, including photos, written dispatches, trends, and, of course, more than a few lulz.

Updated Thursday, January 14: We've finished CES, and concluded our regularly scheduled liveblogging. We hope you enjoyed it! Below is a long list of highlights from CES. You'll find a mix of different kinds of products and tech thoughts from start to finish.

Hex Home is a unique way to detect intruders using Wi-Fi. It fills your space with Wi-Fi waves that will, in theory, bend around a person walking through the area, alerting you to motion via a notification on your phone. It lets you monitor your house without cameras. The approach has benefits, but you also can’t directly check in when you get a motion notification, so you won't know what's going on. 

You’ll need the Hex Command hub that connects to your Wi-Fi and two small “Senses” that plug into an outlet to monitor a 1,500-square-foot area. You can purchase more Senses for larger homes.

The company says the system is “pet proof,” since the sensitivity of the motion capturing can be adjusted to weed out furry friends or robot vacuums. I particularly like that there are three modes: Home and Away, which are typically standard for security systems, plus a Vigilant mode that will alert you of motion without setting off the sirens. It could be good if you want to be alerted of an elderly family member’s movement throughout the day or to be sure your kids made it in after school. Hex is expected to release this summer.

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