11 Smart Home Products We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2020
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Voice-activated sound bars, robotic lawnmowers and smart blinds are just some of the great smart home tech products we’re ready for in 2020.
Automated shading is poised to become the latest smart home trend and Hunter Douglas is all over it with PowerView Motorization. PowerView Motorization allows homeowners to automate the movement of window treatments to save energy. Homeowners can use the PowerView app to customize when window treatments go up or down, connect it with other smart devices like a smart thermostat and can be voice-activated. Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization starts at $299 per shade and the PowerView Hub starts at $285.
We featured a sous vide cooker before but this one from Mellow is just a little different. It features an in-chef app to make following a recipe super easy and you can choose from a variety of meals to prepare. Plus it will store food at a safe temperature until it’s ready to be cooked. It also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity to allow you to speed up or slow down the cooking process from your phone.
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This LED smart adjustable desk lamp is pretty cool because it comes with touch control and motion sensor technology. It has three light hues, 10 brightness levels and you can charge your phone on the docking port. You can set the lamp to turn on when you enter a room and you can use the arm to find the perfect position for it.
This solar powered cooler is awesome because you never have to worry about running out for more ice. It chills to minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit and has a battery that will keep things cool for 10 hours on one charge. It also comes with an app that allows you to control the temperature should the weather warm or cool. You can use the solar panel to charge it, plug it into a car or run it through a generator.
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This pen-shaped scanner can come in handy in all sorts of scenarios, like keeping track of Family Handyman projects you want to tackle. The scanner will deliver the text to your computer screen in real time and can be the perfect gift for a student you know.
If your office is notorious for keeping the thermostat low or your home office is typically cold, you can keep your hands warm with the Envavo Heatbuff. Just place it in front of a keyboard and mouse to help stay warm. You can decide the color you want to display on the LED light strip and it can help increase blood flow to your hands.
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We’ve shown emergency escape tools in the past but this 6-in-1 emergency car tool from 2BeSafe goes a little further than the rest. It includes a seatbelt cutter and a window breaker like similar tools but it also comes with a flashlight, S.O.S. signal, charger and power bank. It’s a Kickstarter project for now but we’re hoping it’ll be out soon in 2020. The two-mode flashlight will run for four hours in high mode and 20 hours in low mode while the beacon can run for 28 hours. The power bank allows you to plug in USB devices for an emergency charge through a car’s cigarette lighter.
Alea Labs is in the production stage of its smart vent that will allow users to control the temperature of rooms through an app. You can install the vent into some or all of your floor, wall or ceiling registers. It will monitors the level of VOCs in your home and alert you if the air quality declines. It will also let you know if your air filter needs to be replaced or if your HVAC system needs preventative maintenance. By adjusting the temperature room by room you can see a reduction in your heating and cooling costs. Learn more on how to slash your heating bill.
Mowing the lawn can be a chore to be sure and you can imagine the time you’d save if someone else did it for you. Well, now there is the Gardena robotic lawnmower to do it for you. It can cut to different heights and will work during rain. The Gardena robotic lawnmower eliminates the noise of cutting the grass, the need for gas and you can set the times it mows. Just install boundary wires so it knows where to cut.
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If you’re a cook who likes to multitask, then the SAKI automatic pot stirrer is a great addition. You won’t have to worry about burning anything in a pot anymore with the SAKI pot stirrer and it’s great for hollandaise, porridge, gravy, sauce or custards.
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Voice activated control has even extended to sound bars and this JBL android-powered sound bar is a great device. It features a 10-inch subwofer and works with Google Assistant so you can never worry about losing the remote again.
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