Weird Smart Home Gadgets You Didn’t Know Existed
As smart homes become more and more of a trend, an increasing number of strange smart gadgets are popping up on the market. Check out some of the weirdest ones here.
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This PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder will keep your pets from feeling hunger pangs even on days when you forget to fill the dish before leaving the house. The dry food dispenser connects to your smartphone so you can fill the bowl at anytime from any location and can be set-up to regularly dole out up to 12 meals a day. It even has a “Slow Feed” option that dispenses food gradually over the course of fifteen minutes so your pets don’t eat too fast.
Adding smart technology to a mailbox might seem a little over the top. But the Danby Parcel Guard’s WiFi connection, tamper alarm and live-stream camera will go a long way towards keeping packages secure and out of the hands of potential package thieves. This smart mailbox is made from durable, weather-resistant plastic and can either be bolted to the ground or weighed down for extra security.
Surveys show that about 25 percent of adults in the U.S. lie to their dentist about their flossing habits. Attaching a Flosstime Automated Floss Dispenser to your mirror could help you avoid those awkward conversations with your dental professional. Just tap the surface of the device and it will feed out about 18 inches of floss. Don’t walk into the bathroom and forget to floss, though, or the lights on this little device will “frown” at you. Better the dispenser than your dentist!
This piggy bank syncs with your smartphone to keep track of all of your penny-pinching savings. Every coin deposited into the pig’s belly gets tracked through an app, allowing you to track the balance and set savings goals. This is a great way to get your tech-obsessed kids to learn a little bit about things like saving money and financial responsibility.
There are a lot of factors that affect how well you sleep at night. Maybe you’re still using an old mattress that needs an upgrade. Maybe the air quality in your bedroom is poor. The Withings Sleep Tracking pad uses multiple sensors to monitor how you sleep at night, tracking sleep cycles, heart rate, breathing disturbances and more. Then when you wake up the pad sends all of that information to your phone in the form of a daily Sleep Score.
The Opro0 Wearable Humidity Sensor for baby diapers helps prevent diaper rash by tracking when a baby pees and then sending out an alert to paired smartphones when the diaper needs changing. It also records when and how frequently an infant is going to the bathroom, which can be helpful information when it comes time to toilet train. Don’t worry, there’s a version for adult diapers too.
If you’re the kind of person who hits the snooze button a few too many times every morning, you need to check out the Ruggie Alarm Clock. The rug clock’s alarm only turns off once it’s been stood on for at least 3 seconds, forcing you to climb out from under the covers to quiet the sound of the alarm. If you still need more motivation to get out of bed, you can even set up the rug to wake you up with the song or inspiring speech of your choice.
Keep a closer eye on the particles floating around the air in your home with this smart air monitor. This device’s sensors analyze air quality and send the information to your phone, giving you insight into the kinds of airborne compounds that might be impacting the health of the people in your home.
Since their invention, souse vide precision cookers have made it possible to cook restaurant-quality food in your home with the precision of a professional chef. Now that technology is getting smarter. Anova’s latest sous vide cooker’s comes with smart device control functionality so you can control the cooker remotely and get notified when your food is done.
There are a lot of options for smart lights in your home, but these are some of the most unconventional that we’ve seen. They can be mixed and matched into a variety of shapes, and the color of the lights can be changed via voice control or through an app. Mount them on your wall or set them up on a desk to add a little ambience to any room.
You’ve probably heard of robot vacuum cleaners by now. But what about robot mops? The iRobot Braava jet M7 is a Wi-Fi connected robot mop that cleans floors while actively mapping and adapting to your home. It can even be controlled hands-free through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice commands.
Ever wish you could call your keys or your wallet the same way you call your phone to find it? Tile Pro makes that possible. The little Tile slips onto key rings or into the pocket of your wallet. Then if/when you misplace your wallet or keys, you can use your phone to call the tile, helping locate your missing items.