This Smart Thermostat Was Your Favorite Gadget From CES 2015

January 16 2015 by Alex Fitzpatrick from TIME


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Honeywell’s Lyric smart thermostat was TIME readers’ favorite gadget showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to data from our reader poll conducted alongside predictive information platform First Insight.

Overall, poll respondents valued the Lyric $7 higher than its actual retail cost of $279, meaning they’re willing to pay more than Honeywell is charging for it. Sixty-one percent of respondents had a favorable view of the Lyric, which lets you monitor and control your home’s temperature from your smartphone, among other features. Men between the ages of 35 and 49 were especially big fans of the Lyric, valuing it at nearly $30 more than retail.

“Honeywell has a longer history of smart thermostat design along with security,” said one respondent.

Other interesting takeaways: More women than men (39% compared to 34%) responded positively to the $149 Withings Activité Pop, a colorful smartwatch with classic timepiece design. “It doesn’t look like the usual wearable gadgets that track fitness,” one female respondent said. “I love it for that—it’s fashionable.”

Image Credit: Lyric Honeywell

Male respondents, however, greatly preferred The Dash, a pair of wireless activity-tracking earbuds. Men valued the Dash $60 more on average than women, who were concerned about whether they would fit in their ears. That could signal Dash has an opening to do a female-oriented version with a smaller fit. It was older men in particular most interested in the Dash—younger men and women alike showed less interest in the product.

What were the flops? Socks! Poll respondents undervalued Sensoria’s Smart Socks by more than $100, with several comments questioning the need for activity-tracking socks that analyze your running stride. “This seems like something you would use on one or two runs, but once you get an idea of what your stride is like, you no longer need the data it provides,” said one respondent.

The TIME/First Insight poll ran from Jan. 9 to Jan. 12, receiving 1,361 responses. Respondents were presented with nine devices showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show and asked how much those items should cost, how they responded to each item, and to leave any additional comments about each item. The respondents were mostly male, early adopters, between the age of 18-34 and Apple users compared to female, late adopters, older consumers and Android or other smartphone users.

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