If you do not want your personal data collected, please do not submit it to us. When you do provide us with personal data, we may use that information in the following ways, unless stated otherwise: we may store and process that information to better understand your needs and how we can improve our products and services; we may use that information to contact you. We do not now and do not intend to sell, rent or market personal data about you to third parties.
Home tech is getting smarter than ever so we’ve put together a list of the top eight gadgets that are actually useful in providing quick solutions to everyday problems by simplifying tasks, making better use of your resources and ultimately improving the way you live in your home.
The best part? Most of these are available on amazon.ca with free shipping.
1. Wifi Enabled Outlet
This smart gadget allows you to control any outlet in your home through your smartphone. Turn off that flat iron you left singeing your bathroom counter, or blast your air conditioner 15 minutes before you arrive home on a hot summer day. We love the WeMo Insight Switch ($59.99).
2. Wireless LED light bulbs
Constantly changing traditional lightbulbs is finally a thing of the past with today’s convenient smart light bulb technology. Like Philips’ Hue Lightbulbs and Bridge ($179.97), also easily operated through your smartphone. You can turn the lights on or off remotely, or schedule them to turn on or off with your phone or tablet. It also allows you to change the colours (full RGB spectrum) and even dim your lights to precisely engineer any atmosphere your mood desires.
3. Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
While not inexpensive, semi-autonomous vacuums like the Roomba can save you precious time in your day-to-day life. The newest Roomba model, the 980 ($1,099), can even be scheduled to automatically start cleaning at specific times, like while you’re at work (your cat could use the entertainment), and will now clean your floors more spotlessly than ever. This gadget will no doubt ease your cleaning woes.
4. Smart Body Analyzer
Withings Smart Body Analyzer ($253.56) appears like a normal weighing scale but is unlike any one you’ve ever seen, capable of measuring body fat percentage, heart rate and even room air quality. In addition, the data is compatible with an app that lets you track your progress and set goals.
5. Intelligent Appliances
Introducing, the smart fridge – perhaps the most luxurious “gadget” on this list with the greatest ability to improve your day-to-day life, LG’s ThinQ line ($3,779.99) features 3 doors and an eight-inch Wi-Fi LCD screen. The touch screen monitor interacts with a smartphone app that works as a controller and information server. You can keep inventory of the items in your fridge and create shopping lists based on what needs to be replaced.
6. Connected Baby Gear
The smartest baby gadget on the market! Fisher-Price’s Smart Connect Rock ’n Play Sleeper ($194) is an inclined sleeper with automatic rocking motion, music, sounds and vibrations controlled from your smartphone. The ultimate sweet dream machine for your baby, all controlled from your smartphone.
7. Beautiful Seamless Sound
Sound systems are a must for any home and the Sonos family of WiFi systems are ideal as they provide excellent sound for their relatively small size, and can easily stream music from Spotify, Google Play music, Sirius XM or any other major service. All you need is an app on your phone. In addition, Sonos are perfect for those who want to eventually grow their home audio system as you can sync up more Sonos devices to create even bigger sound. Check out the latest Sonos Play:5 ($649)
8. Fun Ways to Cook
Less of a need-to-have item, but unlike any you’ve seen before, the Toasteroid App-Controlled Toaster lets you literally design your own toast. The corresponding smart phone app allows you to doodle any image you please, then browns it right into a piece of perfectly toasted bread. Currently only available for pre-order but likely to solve picky-eater issues all over the world, this gadget is a particular must for families with small children.