CES 2018: First Alert's New HomeKit-Enabled Smoke Detector Doubles as AirPlay 2 Speaker and Assistant

First Alert at CES 2018 has introduced the Onelink Safe & Sound, its latest smoke and carbon monoxide detector for smart homes.


iPhone and iPad users can control the Safe & Sound with Siri or Apple's Home app thanks to HomeKit compatibility. The two-in-one detector can also be controlled with First Alert's own Onelink Home companion app.

What makes the Safe & Sound interesting is that it doubles as a ceiling-mounted virtual assistant, with built-in speakers and noice-canceling microphones and support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

First Alert said the speakers will support Apple's upcoming AirPlay 2 protocol when available, enabling multi-room audio and Siri control for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch users, all through Apple's Home app.

AirPlay 2 support means that a homeowner could install a few Safe & Sound smoke detectors around the house and eventually use Siri to play or pause Apple Music or other audio on a room-by-room basis.

The smoke detector is designed to be hardwired with existing receptacles, with no battery-powered version set to be available.

First Alert did not reveal pricing and availability information in its press release, but AppleInsider says the Safe & Sound is expected to ship in April for a suggested retail price of $249 in the United States.



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8 months ago
I have 3 of these original models (1 wired, 2 battery). I had 4 total defective units (several replacement wired units in a row).

The app is still completely garbage.
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8 months ago
Ok these might be a buy for me. Multiple different uses in one. Nice.
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8 months ago
I can't see how sound quality/volume is going to be good enough without the enclosure being quite large? Also optimum positioning for smoke detectors is not always the same as speakers...
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8 months ago

('//www.macrumors.com/2018/01/08/onelink-smoke-detector-homekit-airplay-2/')

First song I'd play is "Burning Down The House" by Talking Heads...

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8 months ago
Nice! But, the price needs to come down quite a bit. Need at least one on each floor, and smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years. But, nice.
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