CES 2020: Making the Smart Home Fun Again

Casey (left) with Gordon van Zuiden (middle) and Rich Green (right)

Here at Josh.ai, our team is always on the lookout for innovative technologies that will transform the smart home experience. With that mission in mind, attending CES offers a great opportunity to meet with our industry partners and an inspiring sneak peak at the breakthroughs on the horizon for homeowners.

It was refreshing to see that one of the themes of this year’s show was blending smart home convenience and performance into the background. Especially after the last year was seemingly dominated by reports of data privacy concerns and a lack of imagination when integrating products into the home of the future.

Here are a few of my favorite gadgets, which are solving challenges while bringing joy back into the mix.

Ballie by Samsung

Currently a prototype with the entirety of its functions still unknown, Ballie appears to be a part of the same family tree as BB-8 from Star Wars and Rosie from the Jetsons. Equipped with onboard cameras, a microphone, and sensors, Ballie autonomously controls your home in addition to responding to voice commands. For those of us working with smart home assistants, a droid is the logical (and coolest) next step!

Sunflower Labs

The Sunflower Labs Bee drone

Comprised of the Hive, Sunflowers, and Bee, the future of home security appears to be something out of a Black Mirror episode. The weatherproof Hive not only houses and charges the Bee, but it is also processes sensor data using AI. Meanwhile, Sunflowers are deployed around the property serving as attractive garden lights while containing an array of activity sensors. The Bee drone is then deployed when triggered by the Sunflowers for autonomous flight, capturing high quality video of any activity around your property.

Moxie by Kohler

Besides for your singing ability, or lack thereof, Kohler’s Moxie showerhead appears to solve the challenges of a hands-free bathroom ritual. If you like listening to tunes, the weather forecast, or the latest news while getting ready, Moxie is a smartly designed solution that eliminates the risk of sinking your phone or tablet in the process.


Wayzn’s motion activated, voice-controlled, and app-based doggy door is the perfect solution to give pets access to the yard when they want it. As a company of dog people (and doormen), we approve!

Drinkworks by Keurig

Keurig’s coffee machines have helped equip every kitchen with its own barista. A partnership with Anheuser Busch takes that vision a step further, with Drinkworks now offering a personal bartender at the touch of a button. Once a proprietary pod is slotted in the Drinkmaker, precision on-board chilling and carbonation perfectly mix the cocktail of your choosing.

After a busy day of running around the show floor, it was refreshing to stop by the Drinkworks booth for a few samples ;)

RollBot by Charmin

We have all been in that precarious seated position, needing a bear-shaped robot to roll (with a roll) to our rescue. With a simple tap of the app the bot will come to your aid when you need it most.

A couple of years ago we introduced a somewhat similar product, Josh Ultra, which could be known as the first RollBot.

Casey (aka Josh Ultra) as the original RollBot

Like any convention, it is always great to network with current partners and put names to faces for prospective ones. If we did not have a chance to connect or you are going to be in Las Vegas next week for KBIS reach out to sales@josh.ai and we would be happy to connect.

Casey is a member of the Josh.ai Business Development team. Originally from the SF Bay Area, Casey graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration. A former collegiate athlete, he enjoys staying active and going on new adventures.

Josh.ai is an artificial intelligence agent for your home. If you’re interested in learning more, visit us at https://josh.ai.

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