They are smart home devices you never heard may exist and could solve a problem you never knew you had
With the growing popularity of products such as Nest and Amazon Echo, smart home devices have started to take hold of a large segment of consumers. While you may be acquainted with some of the biggest products out there like smart doorbells, garage doors, smart TV, smart microwave etc. there’s an entire world of smart home devices you’ve likely never knew existed. Check out the 11 devices shown below to see how deeply smart home tech has penetrated every room in your house.
Sleep Number 360 smart bed. Sleep Number
Sleep trackers are a common use for smart technology, so smart beds create a perfect sense for people looking to track their sleeping habits. And while a Fitbit or Jawbone could track how much you stir in your sleep, a connected bed has a lot more data to work with. The Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed tracks how you sleep, and it automatically makes adjustments to firmness, foot temperature, as well as support on both sides of the bed. It even sends to your smartphone a report every morning on how you slept the night before. A smart bed could be the solution if you think your insomnia can be cured with data.
While this one probably doesn’t surprise you, you might be wondering what a smart toilet even does. The Kohler Numi, for example, offers a slew of features including a motion-activated seat and cover, heated seat, deodorizing filter, as well as built-in Bluetooth speakers. The Numi comes with a very hefty price tag, so if you feel like that’s flushing money down the drain, there are also a number of smart toilet seats at a much lower price you could choose from.
Smart Garage Door
If you’re a worrier, you’ve probably driven back home a few times to double-check that you actually closed the garage door. A few people even take a picture each morning to reassure themselves that the door is actually closed. All of this is easily mitigated with a smart garage door, like this one from Vivint, which can sync up with the rest of your smart home suite using Z-Wave, allowing you to open and close your door from anywhere with the help of your smartphone. You could even receive notifications when your door is opened or closed.
Smart Egg Tray
video credit: Quirky Egg Minder
File this one under both “didn’t know existed” and “should not buy.” Conceptually, the Quirky Egg Minder sounds like a useful device — an egg tray that syncs up with your smartphone, allowing you to know how many eggs you have and if they’re still good. In practice, the tray has issues with reporting eggs properly, resulting in mostly negative reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. The concept is valid, still and all, so if you’re interested in a smart egg tray, a functioning one is probably on the horizon.
Kolibree smart toothbrush. Kolibree
A smart toothbrush might be just what you need if you don’t want to wait six months to have your dentist tell you you’re not brushing the right way. The Kolibree Ara Smart Toothbrush uses a motion sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope to track how you’re brushing your teeth and the associated app sends feedback on how you’re doing.
Kérastase Smart Hairbrush. Kérastase
While this one may raise a few eyebrows, a smart hairbrush is actually a lot less crazy than you may think. The Kerastase Hair Coach, for instance, uses a microphone and sensors to determine the health of your hair. This also tracks your brushing patterns and gives a full report along with recommendations to an app on your smartphone. If you struggle to keep your hair in line between hair appointments, a smart hairbrush could be of help.
Nothing is worse than burnt toast, but with a smart toaster, you’ll never find yourself scraping off blackened bread again. Products such as Breville Smart Toaster are the Cadillac of toasters. Breville’s toaster works with a single button that lowers and raises your bread like an elevator and its “Lift and Look” feature allows you to quickly check on your toast while it toasts.
Smart Pet Feeder
Petnet SmartFeeder. Petnet
A smart pet feeder is a great option, whether you forget to feed your pets or aren’t always home to do so. By connecting to your smartphone, Petnet’s SmartFeeder lets you feed pets remotely, track how much they eat, and measure portions. For individuals with overweight pets, these feeders help you track and adjust your pet’s diet based on activity, age, and weight. The feeder allows you as a user to set up a schedule so if the Wi-fi goes down your pets won’t starve. A smart pet feeder will also operate on schedule for seven hours in the case of a power outage.
While a smart fork may sound like a joke to some, for those looking to fix their eating habits, a smart fork can be a godsend. The HAPIfork does just that — it monitors how quickly you’re eating and reminds you to slow down with a light buzz. It also tracks how you eat for an entire meal, reporting to an app. Remember, eating slowly keeps you healthy, and of the smart device to help with this routine is a smart fork.
Smart Frying Pan
SmartyPans smart pan. SmartyPans
So you watch a ton of cooking shows, yet you cannot get your dishes to come out like Gordon Ramsay’s. Don’t fret, a smart frying pan could help! SmartyPans _ This is a frying pan with built-in weight and temperature sensors to help you track every aspect of your cooking. The smart pan syncs with a cooking app that walks you through a variety of recipes, giving you feedback when the pan is too hot or cold. What’s more, it has the ‘ best’ name on this list.
Smart Flood Sensor
D-Link Water Sensor. D-Link
Flood sensors notify you when your home is flooding. A smart flood sensor is the way to go, if you want to be receiving alerts of flooding any time instead of just when you’re home. The well-reviewed D-Link Water Sensor when connected to your Wi-FI network can send a message to your smartphone anytime it detects flooding. D-Link’s sensor does not require a smart home hub and can be hacked using IFTTT.
Letting Smart Gadgets Help
Many (if not all) of the devices on this list may seem wildly unnecessary, but these are all designed to help give solutions to very real problems. The moral of the story is that if you have an issue, there’s a chance someone has come up with a smart device to solve it. So whether you’re brushing your teeth too hard or burning your toast too often, the solution may already be in your pocket.
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