TURN YOUR HOME SMART FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Because technology is ever changing and, lets face it, who can keep up? Whether youre looking for the highest rated tech gifts this season or just need something special for a loved one, Ive researched some of the best selling and most popular Home Tech gifts & included some Stocking Stuffers that will make anyone glow this 2016 and bring them right into 2017.
I never thought I'd be fascinated by a washing machine. LG's new TWIN Wash System has a second washer beneath the main machine, which means you can do two loads at once! That's right colors and whites or towels and delicates can be tumbled at the same time. It's also connected to WiFi, so you can start your load while you're across town and receive notifications when your clothes are ready for the dryer.
The Family Hub is a revolutionary new refrigerator with a Wifi enabled touchscreen that lets you manage your groceries, connect with your family and entertain like never before. Play music, watch TV, write notes and display photos.
Google Home is a Wi-Fi speaker that also works as a SmartHome control center and an assistant for the whole family. You can use it to playback entertainment throughout your entire house, effortlessly manage every-day tasks, and ask Google what you want to know. Set Alarms and Timers. Control smart lights, switches, doors and thermostats. Find out the weather, traffic, how old Adele is, turn your lights on and off with just a voice command, play Jeopardy and more! Plus listen to music.
While theres a lot of futuristic things about the Ecobee, such as its slick touchscreen interface, its best feature is something that thermostat makers should have thought about years ago: How to make sure all the rooms of your house are getting heated or cooled properly. A small wireless sensor gets placed in the room that stays chilly, and the thermostat will keep the heat on until it senses that room has warmed up enough. Now thats smart. Works with Smarthome hubs.
Smart Garage Door Opener $89.83
Chamberlain's garage door opener lets you tap your device's screen to open or close your garage from anywhere. Soon, the company also plans to add geofencing capabilities so it can sense when you're near your driveway to automatically open and, when your car is safely ensconced inside, close your existing garage door. Open or close your garage door with your smart phone; convenient if you need to let someone in your house when you are away.
The SmartCode 916's small size makes it less conspicuous than other locks, and allows you to use your old house keys if you want. Kwikset's SecureScreen feature, which makes you punch in two random digits before entering your code, helps ensure burglars can't guess your password by fingerprint smudges alone. And it has an alarm if someone tries to break in.
Small Enough To Fill Those Stockings:
Never be without a cable for iPhone
Micro-USB to USB Charging Cable and Keychain for Android Devices
Don't fuss with keeping track of your USB plug-in. Have it built into the wall.
Philips hue A19 Smart LED Light Bulb: Get lighting that's as smart as you are. You can easily dim this light bulb and set timers and alarms using your smartphone, tablet or SmartHome Hub. Plus, LED technology offers lasting illumination while using minimal energy.
The small device is as convenient as ever, providing you with a simple way to cast your favorite TV shows, music, and movies from a mobile device or computer to the big screen. This handy little device will turn any TV into a connected device, letting you, or the lucky recipient, stream a wide variety of content from any smartphone, tablet or PC. Simply plug the Chromecast into a TV's HDMI port, and you can get Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and a bunch of other streaming services on the big screen. Perfect to take with you on the go; use it in hotel rooms.
This inexpensive gadget turns any appliance in your house (table lamp, in-window air conditioner, toaster oven) into a smart device, letting you turn it on and off via your smartphone. This ability is especially useful with lights, as you can program them to turn on at preset times, or under certain conditions, using IFTTT. (Realtor Friends could you see using this for your listings before a showing?)