Tech for your house is smarter than ever — and genuinely useful, not just for show. The newest devices save you time, stress, and finally put an end to those times you accidentally answer the door to that neighbor who's always schilling something (her kids' fundraisers, Tupperware parties, questionable weight-loss supplements). What a time to be alive.
Stop second-guessing who's at your door (and secretly cringing about whether you need to answer it). Nest's smart doorbell has a built-in HD video camera, so you can check your phone to see who's there. The best part? There's a built-in microphone and speaker, so you can talk to whoever's knocking — even if you're miles away from home.
We tried it out and were amazed at the picture's quality, even at night, and how well you could hear guests, no matter how busy the street is behind you. (Ah, the blissful buzz of highway traffic.)
Not only does thehave a high-quality picture, but it also allows you to get a great viewing experience from any angle in the room. That curved shape may seem funky, but it minimizes the effects of glare from windows and lights.
This innovative Amazon gadget is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Meaning, all you have to do is ask and the appliance will play music, make calls, send and receive texts, break down the day's weather, and even tell you a (Dad) joke.
You can control the lights from anywhere in your home with this Lutron kit, which comes with an in-wall dimmer as well as a remote. Even better: If you own an Amazon Echo, you can control it using your voice.
Traveling just got easier for plant ladies (and dudes) everywhere. Just fill up the Smartpot, and it'll dispense water and nutrients for an entire month — no maintenance required. This is also a must-have for people who can't seem to keep a plant alive.
If you sleep better at night knowing your home is being protected (uh, who doesn't?), the will send you a phone alert or email with photos if it detects activity outside. Plus, it has a built-in speaker so you can talk and listen through the device.
If you want to make sure Spot doesn't chew on pillows while you're away, you need a Petcube. It streams video to your tablet or smart phone when you're not there.
This isn't your average scale. Instead of just weighing your food, it turns cooking into a step-by-step visual experience. Just choose a recipe, decide how much you want to make, and the Drop Scale calibrates everything you'll need.
Cross-contamination will be a thing of the past once you own this, which will lift the lid of your trash can with the wave of a hand or foot.
This: It has an optional divider that turns it into a double oven if you want to cook two dishes at once, and it connects to Wi-Fi, so you can adjust the temperature from your smart phone.
The Drift Light functions as a normal bulb — until you flip the switch twice. Then it softly fades out in 37 minutes (the time of the average sunset) to lull you to sleep. Even better: The warm light tone induces melatonin production.
When it's empty, the Archer VibrAcoustic Bath acts as a Bluetooth speaker. Fill it up and the music waves ripple through the water. You can use your own library of music, or choose one of the preprogrammed mixes, all designed to help soothe you during that Self-Care Saturday soak.
The ThermaSol MicroTouch System uses intuitive-screen technology to adjust heat and steam preferences and lets you pick your preferred setting, too.
No more spending hot days baking in the sun as you cut your grass. This Worx robot uses a shock sensor system to mow around obstacles and returns to its base if it senses rain or needs to recharge its battery.
This devicewirelessly from your smartphone, when linked with your switch or ceiling motor. You can control and monitor it from anywhere using Wi-Fi or your cellular network.