Category: Around the House

4 ways to use tech to keep your family mosquito free this summer.

Summer is here, and that means a whole lot of bugs, and ways to try to prevent my kids from getting bitten by bugs. Thankfully, there are smart ways to use tech to help keep those mosquitos at bay, at least around your home, or when you’re on the road, you camping types. Related: The best bug sprays for Zika virus protection First up, the Stinger cordless mosquito lantern, which can kill up to 40% more bugs with its UV black light. And, when you don’t need to zap pesky critters, you can use it as a regular LED...

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Here’s what you need to know about the Apple HomePod aka Alexa by Apple.

Okay, okay so the new HomePod is not technically the Amazon Echo (aka Alexa), but well, it pretty much is, just shaped more like a marshmallow in Apple’s signature black and white. That’s not to say we’re all not going to want it when it hits shelves in December, but it’s a pretty late arrival considering Alexa, Dot, and Google Home (just to name a few) have been on the market for awhile now. And for the most part, people (including me) are pretty happy with them. Related: 27 cool things you can do with the Amazon Echo While...

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A cool new pregnancy tracker you might already have in your home.

We’ve been fans of Withings ever since we spotted their fitness tracker at CES a couple of years ago. Since then, they’ve added a ton of very cool new products, like their scale for one, which now allows expectant moms to track their pregnancy every time they step on it. Related: A fertility tracker that lets you toss out that BBT thermometer Once you activate Pregnancy Mode on your Withings scale, you’ll get an overview of your progress, which includes your pregnancy weight gain and how it compares to recommendations. Though, I should say that I was someone who gained a whole...

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Hot home tech design: 7 devices you never knew could be gorgeous

It’s amazing how far home tech design has come, even since we started this site six years ago. What once may have looked sleek and amazing — a baby monitor, a humidifier, even a lawnmower — now looks clunky and dated compared to what’s available to us now. Prepare for your minds to be blown by some of these designs. How wonderful to be able to beautiful our spaces so very practically. CMT is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate Related: 8 cool gadgets to make your smart homes even smarter   An air quality monitor The AWAIR Air Quality Monitor is pretty...

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The Echo Look: Now you can ask Alexa if your butt looks good in those jeans

Well, well, Amazon’s Echo (aka Alexa) is now your own personal Anna Wintour thanks to the newly launched Echo Look. Think Alexa, now with eyeballs and a fashion sense. With this new gadget, you can actually take full-length photos of yourself (even video) so you can share on social media for friend-polling, or just ask their built-in Style Check service. They’ll actually give you a rating of which is better based on machine learning and tips from style experts, with their advice getting better as they get to know you. Cool. Also, freaky. Related: 27 cool things you can do...

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Making your own baby food just went from crunchy to swanky

I’m not sure the new Rose Gold Beaba Babycook will make your homemade baby food taste more expensive, but it’s certainly very easy on the eyes. Let’s just say this new, limited edition baby food maker will let you steam and blend in style. It’s no surprise Beaba Babycook is so popular with parents (including us), because it really does make preparing homemade baby food so much easier. And wow, it’s certainly come a long way since we featured it 9 years ago, because now that they’ve added this new Rose Gold Babycook to the mix, they’ve made cooking up...

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A handy guide to the Instant Pot buttons. It’s okay, we need it too.

Like so many other folks out there, we’re obsessed with The Instant Pot, a hot, new kitchen gadget you might have discovered here on Cool Mom Tech. (And if not, hey, it’s okay, we forgive you. Ha). Recently, our food editor Stacie Billis put together a quick, handy guide to the Instant Pot buttons, which can make cooking your favorite Instant Pot recipes a whole lot easier, and well, more successful. If you’re just opening your new Instant Pot box this week, or you’ve had it for awhile and want a handy cheat sheet so don’t have to do...

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These rad prints celebrate badass women in STEM through art. Yeah, we said badass.

We are pretty freaking thrilled that women in STEM are getting much-deserved attention finally, from fantastic story books to card games, and yes, amazing Oscar-nominated movies. Now add these amazing art prints for a cause to the ever-growing list. Related: The ultimate girls in STEM book of kickbutt women in science Beyond Curie is a series of art prints by former neuroscientist now designer Amanda Phingbodhipack featuring 16 female winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine/Physiology, as well as 16 other amazing women in STEM you might not know. Through these pieces, Phingbodhipack hopes to give...

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The Lofree looks like a keyboard, but sounds and feels like a typewriter

We had such a wave of nostalgia after seeing this super cool Lofree keyboard on Design Milk that we just had to share it with you. You fellow Gen X-ers who used typewriters and word processors to write high school and college papers might appreciate this modern take on a beloved old gadget. Related: The Qwertywriter turns your iPad into a typewriter. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Bluetooth keyboard that hearkens back to the days of yore, but the Lofree keyboard is decidedly prettier. You can use it with most computers, connecting with Bluetooth or a USB, and then clack...

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The MagicBridge brings your wireless keyboard and trackpad together like … magic.

If your hands fumble back and forth between your wireless keyboard and trackpad 2, Mac users, you will be thrilled about the new MagicBridge from the smart folks at TwelveSouth. This handy new gadget allows you to connect the two devices in one larger keyboard, making it a whole lot easier to use them both. No tapping around to find your trackpad and no looking down. And what we love most is that you can use it whether you’re a righty or a lefty. Related: 3 tech organizers to help you tackle your cords, cables, and chargers As for actual magic, there...

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