TP-Link’s in-house Kasa brand has unveiled a host of new products at CES 2019 this morning in Las Vegas. Its new cloud-focused platform uses AI to simplify smart home setups similar to how HomeKit manages multiple devices for Apple users. This platform focuses on movement and face detection as a means for activating other cameras, plugs and accessories in its lineup.
Today’s announcement includes a new indoor security camera, video doorbell, light strips, outlets and switches. Head below for full details.
Kasa KC300 Wire-free Camera delivers 1080p feeds
Headlining is Kasa’s new KC300 wireless camera that offers 1080p feeds, night vision and the aforementioned motion detection. Designed as an indoor or outdoor solution, this model is made to go just about anywhere. Best of all? No wires. It will sport a rechargeable battery that we’ve seen made popular on other devices out there from Arlo and the like.
Kasa will make the KC300 available in various one, two and three-camera bundles. A hub is required, like so many other smart home devices, to make the most of this new camera. Pricing has yet to be announced but TP-Link is teasing a Q1/2 release.
Smart KD100 Video Doorbell offers HDR feeds
A new video doorbell from Kasa is also being announced this morning with 2K resolution and HDR support. That’s in addition to infrared vision and the usual two-way audio feature set. It will be compatible with existing wired doorbell setups and will play an integral part in the A.I. system detailed above. Pricing is not yet available, but like the camera above it’s slated for a release in the first half of 2019.
Kasa Smart Spot KC100 Indoor Security Camera is affordable
Unlike the two products above, we know that Kasa’s new Smart Spot Indoor Cam will be released in March with a very affordable $50 price tag. Notable features include two-way audio, motion detection and night vision. The $50 MSRP is particularly notable in a crowded field of security cameras that largely starts at $100 from the biggest names out there. Of course, there are some up-and-comers that are undercutting the market, most notability Wyze, but otherwise this Kasa cam is set to retail at a very attractive price.
Watch out Philips Hue, another competitor enters the arena
Kasa will ship its new KL340 Smart Light Strip in Q1/2 this year. It offers up to six-feet of smartphone-controlled lighting that is sure to compete with Philips Hue’s own popular alternative. The question is, will the price be palatable? Philips Hue typically goes for around $70, so if Kasa can undercut on price, look for this to be a popular release later this year.
Various smart plugs and switches round out Kasa’s CES offerings
Rounding out its CES 2019 presence, Kasa will be releasing a host of new smart outlets and switches this year. Headlining is the KP200 outlet at a competitive price of $40. It features a minimalist design with two buttons and outlets. No word on if it supports dimmable lights at this time. Kasa is also introducing a Voice-Assistant-enabled light switch, the HS230, that’s slated to be released in 2019. Pricing has yet to be announced. And finally, we’re seeing the KP400 outdoor smart plug which features two outlets and will sell for $45.
Of course, you’ll find all of the best CES 2019 news in our guide. We’ll be updating it throughout the week with all of the best new products and more.
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