39 Awesome Home Tech Products and One Really Geeky One
The home is becoming a hub of smart devices designed to make life easier. Check out some of the coolest home tech products available.
Google Home Max
Google took high fidelity to the max with its Google Home Max sound system. The device uses Smart Sound to adjust to the acoustics of a room. Users get a library of 40 million songs to choose from through YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. Users can stream music through it or plug it into a record player.
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Wink Hub 2
The Wink Hub 2 offers more memory, Bluetooth support and better network support than the original. It improves connectivity between devices and supports Z-Wave products, Apple products and Alexa. It retails for $99.
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Logitech Harmony Elite
Don’t get overburdened home tech items and check out Logitech’s Harmony Elite system. It includes a remote that can access all smart home devices to lower the blinds, dim lights, lock the doors and other functions. It works with Alexa, Lutron, Roku, Hue, Sonos, Apple TV, Nest and Sony, among others. It’s available for $299.99.
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Netgear Arlo Pro 2
The Arlo Pro 2 captures 1080p HD quality video and has an option to keep nonstop recordings saved in the cloud. It also comes with a rechargeable battery, is weather resistant and has night vision. It will keep a rolling seven days of motion and sound-triggered recording for free. It is compatible with Alexa, IFTTT and Stringify.
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ADT has teamed with Amazon Alexa to allow homeowners to voice control their home security. Owners can tell Alexa to tell ADT to turn off a lamp or close a garage door.
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Abode Home Security Starter Kit
Abode has provided total home security in one kit. The starter kit includes sensors for the mini door/window, a remote KeyFob and a motion sensor. It will send alerts to a phone anytime a door gets opened, if so desired. The gateway, abode’s central hub that connects all of the devices in the home, has a built-in 93-decibel siren and doors automatically lock when you leave. Also, an added camera can allow homeowners to see what tripped an alarm. It also works with Nest’s Camera and Thermostat to provide total security.
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The Ecobee4 comes with Amazon Alexa Voice Service built inside, which means the thermostat can help with recipes and paying music. It comes with a three-year warranty for $249.
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Hisense 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner With Wi-Fi
The Hisense portable air conditioner will cool down rooms up to 300 square feet and can be done with a mobile app. It won’t make a ton of noise either when cooling down a room. It does come with a steep price tag of $369.
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Philips Hue Bulbs
Philips has finally provided an answer to whether the lights were left on at home with its Hue Bulbs. The Hue app connects to the lights, which you can turn on and off remotely. The app also allows users to set schedules for lights.
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Anova Sous Vide with Bluetooth
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June Intelligent Oven
Perfect Bake Pro
The Perfect Bake Pro comes equipped with Bluetooth, three color-coded bowls, an oven thermometer, stainless steel scale and a LCD display to make baking easy. Use the recipe app to find out what you can make with what’s in your pantry. Perfect Bake will scale recipes to what you have available like if a recipe calls for a square pan but all you have is a round pan, the app will do the math for you. Once you begin mixing the device will tell you when to stop pouring each ingredient.
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Eufy RoboVac 11
The RoboVac 11+ provides a quiet vacuum option for users. It does not have Wi-Fi but comes with a high-performance filter fit for finding pet hair. It can cover hard floors and thin carpet as well through the use of a remote or it will run automatically. It has a run time of 1 ½ hours on its batteries.
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iRobot Roomba 690
The Roomba 690 has added connectivity with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to provide a more complete integration of smart devices in the home. It also comes with the iRobot HOME app so you can clean and schedule cleaning from your phone.
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Polaris 9650iQ Pool Cleaner Robot
Polaris Pool has launched a robotic pool cleaner that can be controlled from a phone. A regular cleaning schedule can be set and the iAquaLink Control app will allow users to monitor the status of the canister.
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Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller Generation 2
Simply having an automatic sprinkler system is fine but it isn’t as comprehensive and environmentally conscious as Rachio’s Smart Sprinkler Controller. Rachio’s device will automatically calculate watering cycles based on the specifics of a yard. It will even set up custom zones all in an effort to minimize water usage and decrease runoff.
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Flow Air Quality Wearable device
Plume Labs has developed a device that reveals air quality in any space. Flow tracks four pollutants: particulate matter (PM2.5), which is fine dust and solid aerosol, PM10, nitrogen dioxide, which is emissions from diesel or power generation, and volatile organic compounds, which are chemicals found indoors or in the home.
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Viio Bluetooth LED Mirrors
You can finally say, “Mirror, mirror on the wall …” without looking like a lunatic. Actually, the Viio Bluetooth LED Mirror can go in any room and all users to take phones calls while getting ready for the day or play music while showering.
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The Kohler shower is connected through a DTV+ showering system, which can create presents for your shower routine. Enjoy listening to classical music while you wash off? That’s a preset! You can preset sounds, water, steam, and lighting for the best shower experience. Once everything is set, just let the system know when to “start my morning shower.”
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Laundroid Laundry Folding Robot
No more folding laundry? Where do you sign up? The Laundroid will fold your laundry, for $16,000. Seven Dreamers, a tech company, created the Laundroid, which uses artificial intelligence to recognize a piece of clothing, folds it and has it ready for you to wear.
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Nanoleaf Square Color-Changing Light Panels
Nanoleaf introduced its light panels a little less than two years ago and they provide a level of creativity in interior design that hasn’t been seen before. The 12-sided panels can be arranged in any manner and emit any color so desired. It runs with Wi-Fi and is compatible smart devices like the Apple HomeKit and Amazon’s Alexa. The lights can be automated to simulate a sunrise with just your voice.
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Onelink Safe & Sound Smart Smoke Alarm
This smart smoke alarm from Onelink will send alerts to mobile devices and even pinpoint where the smoke is coming. The device also works with Alexa. It sells for $249.99. Stay safe by maintaining a smoke detector and learning safety tips for using alert devices.
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GE Appliances Family Hub Kitchen Tablet
GE’s Family Hub Tablet isn’t so much a tablet as it is say, a 27-inch touchscreen, called a tablet. A 27-inch TV used to be considered a fairly big TV. GE’s tablet is supposed to be located above the stove and it will control as many devices as you want. It will also have a camera to allow for video chats. GE released plans for it at CES in Las Vegas though it hasn’t revealed any pricing.
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Catolet Smart Automatic Litter Box
Catolet is the business of solving what to do with you cat’s business. Catolet has developed a device that connects to the water supply and sewage so a cat can go as they please without leaving a mess. The Catolet conveyor system removes the waste and cleans after itself. You might just have to see it for yourself.
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Arable Mark Crop Sensor
Arable Labs has created a tool designed to collect data around a farm like air temperature to soil moisture. It can help calculate crop yields and crop health, along with providing consumers with information on how the food was produced.
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Magnet Driver DDN Total Tool
This slick little tool makes a variety of projects a lot easier. The magnetic power will hold screws, nails and other hardware in place during projects and alleviate a number of headaches. The magnet band also makes work easier by giving DIYers a place to hold those screws and nails they need during a project.
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Smartclean Vision.5 Eyewear Ultrasonic Cleaner
The ultrasonic cleaning power of Smartclean’s eyeglass cleaner is appealing because the device can travel anywhere. Just add a little water and let the cleaning power shine up those shades. It runs $78 and cleans in just a few minutes.
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Scentee Machina Smart Room Diffuser
Now you can control the smell of your home through your phone, which isn’t really a bad thing. Instead of rushing to clean for house guests and letting loose a jet stream of air freshener, the Scentee Machina Smart Room Diffuser can release snippets of scent throughout the day. There are 14 fragrances to choose from and the technology uses artificial intelligence to analyze your favorite smell. The company plans its first release for sometime in late spring.
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Drone Remote Starter
Wish you could start your car from your office on a cold day before you leave work? DroneMobile has you covered. The technology connects your car to your smartphone for a remote start. DroneMobile offers two devices, the DR-5400 module, which is $199.99 and the DR-3400, which is $159.99.
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Autoslide Smart Tag Pet Door Kit
If you let your dog out through a sliding glass door, then the Autoslide Smart Tag Pet Door Kit is worth checking out. The kit works through RFID technology located inside of a Smart Pet Tag. As the dog approaches, the door opens. The sensor has a range of up to 10 feet. An app allows users to turn the sensor on and off. Convenience is expensive, this product retails for $890.
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Satechi Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger
This multiport charger from Satechi will power up MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, a Nintendo Switch and a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 among other devices. The multiport allows users to keep wall plug-ins a little clearer. It runs $64.99. Find other cool tools like this at Lowe’s.
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FoodCycler Eco Friendly Food Recycler
The FoodCycler Eco Friendly Food Recycler eliminates much of the hassle of composting. Food scraps can be placed into the device and turned into a nutrient rich soil additive. The whole process takes three hours and can be especially helpful for eco-conscious apartment dwellers or those who don’t have time to maintain a compost pile. It can reduce kitchen scraps up to 90 percent and doesn’t require any additives. The carbon filtration system eliminates any odor and agitators break down the food while it’s heated.
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Rubold Dog Dematting Tool
Rubold takes the pain out of dog grooming with its Fur Perfection brush. It features rounded edge teeth to prevent scratching and passes through the undercoat without pulling hair.
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Vinglacé Portable Wine Chiller
Keep the wine nearby when out on the patio sipping with some friends. Vinglace’s portable wine chiller will keep you and your friends comfortable. It’s a stainless steel, double walled container that is vacuum insulated to keep wine and champagne cool.
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FloaterPaddle 3-in-1 Swimming Device
Danilo Gerona created the FloaterPaddle after growing up in the Philippines swimming in a nearby river with whatever flotation device they could find. Later in life Gerona was swimming in a lake with a life vest but noticed the drag made it difficult to swim. It led him to create FloaterPaddle, a foam or inflatable device that allows children to float and move around with ease. The foam model sells for $49.95 and the inflatable model is available for $14.95.
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CHFUN Rechargeable Bike Tail Light
Bicyclists who use hand signals for their turns are great but those hand signals aren’t so visible at night. CHFUN has that problem solved with a rechargeable bike light that will signal a turn when a bicyclist leans one way or the other as they make a turn. It will hold a charge for around six hours.
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Ring Beams Home Security Lights
Ring, a home security tech company, recently acquired LED light company Mr. Beams and announced the launch of several new security products that combine technology from both companies. One of the first collaborative efforts is Ring Beams Home Security Lights. The Mr. Beams lights will illuminate any motion they detect and work in conjunction with Ring’s security cameras and doorbells. An alert will be sent to any connected device when movement is detected so you can see from the camera what’s going on outside.
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Fantom Magnetic Hold-Open Doorstop
This magnetic door eliminates trip hazards around the house. The striker plate has a hold open dimple in the middle and a turned down stop lip on one side only. The lip prevents the door from heading over the door sleeve and the dimple holds the door in place. No more worrying about swinging doors or having to jam a doorstop under a door.
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Methven Aio Modern Hi-Tech Design Bathroom Handheld Shower Handset
Discover one of the most unique showerheads available with the Methven Aio showerhead. Its halo design generates up to 25 percent more spray force than traditional showerheads. The water flows at 2.3 GPM and it’s limescale resistant. Perfect for avoiding any nasty showerhead cleaning. Not your style? Check out some other amazing showerheads.
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