4 Innovative Gadgets for Smart Homes

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cortiers Real Estate

Smartphones, smartwatches and smart homes, these items are all a part of our daily lives. The tech we use today is more powerful than ever before. At home we have our thermostats hooked up to our phones and some of us even “drive” to work in cars with self-driving technology. Yes, it seems as if the future is here, doesn’t it? New technology is always emerging from some of our days' most innovative thinkers, so often that it’s almost difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest innovations. From weather stations that give you reliable reads on the forecast and remote-accessible pet cams to a Alexa-enabled style assistant and an AI-powered robot lawn mower, these are some of today’s top gadgets for your smart home.

Digital Weather Station

Get a true read on the weather with the Acu-Rite 5-in-1 Digital Weather Station. Featuring an illuminated color display, this weather station gives you continuous streaming of weather alerts including indoor and outdoor temperatures, wind speed, wind chill, wind direction, humidity readings and barometric pressure. The digital weather station also features a reliable 12 to 24 hour future forecast and a “feels like” temperature reading. The device can also be connected to your PC as it’s compatible with Windows XP and Vista.


1080p HD video and night vision let you see your pet when you’re away. Petcube is a Wi-Fi enabled monitor that gives pet owners the opportunity to interact and keep an eye on their pets from a distance. The device has a built-in pet treat dispenser that can be operated directly from your phone. Through the Petcube Pet Care app you can record funny moments from your pet and be alerted of any major disturbances in your home while on the go. Petcube has won recognition from TechCrunch, New York Magazine, NBC and the pet-friendly piece of tech even took home an Innovation Award from the Edison Awards.

Echo Look

Echo Look, part hands-free camera part style assistant, helps you look your best. Powered by Intel Real Sense Technology and available exclusively by invitation, which can be requested via the Amazon website, Echo Look features a built-in depth sensing 5MP camera and LED lighting that is powered by the sound of your voice. All you have to do to get started is ask Alexa to take a short video or photo and you’ll be able to see yourself from every angle. Echo Look also features Style Check, which can give you a second opinion of what outfit looks best through machine learning algorithms that get smarter over time.

Robot Lawn Mower

Household chores are a bore. Sure, you may already have an iRobot Roomba vacuum, but have you heard about the next big thing? The Worx Robot Lawn Mower, also called Landroid, is cordless and it truly takes the work out of yard work. Powered by an artificial intelligence algorithm, the robotic lawn mower navigates through your yard and cuts your grass. Other features include a user-friendly panel with a fully-automated mowing system and programmable timer. Landroid even has a rain sensor that tells it when it’s time to head back to its charging station. And unlike regular lawn mowers, this robot lawn mower is easy on the ears and even quiet enough to operate at night.

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