Category: Smart Appliances

The Eve Room air quality sensor. Because knowing is half the battle.

I feel like I’m a pretty diligent parent who wants to know what’s going on in my house. I monitor my kids’ tech. I watch their after-school snacking. But one area that I don’t think to check much is the air quality in my home. It’s one of those things that flies under my radar, but lately I’ve been trying out the Eve Room sensor from Elgato, so I’m getting a good read on the air my family is breathing. In terms of “smart” home devices, the Eve Room is pretty basic, just monitoring air quality, temperature, and humidity. And though it doesn’t...

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The touchscreen Ray Super Remote: Consider our minds blown

If your household is anything like mine, you’re familiar with the epic battles between kids over the remote control — as in who holds it, what to search for, what to watch and what not to watch. I’m lucky if I ever get my hands on it at all. So when it came to testing a new touchscreen remote (yes, touchscreen!) called Ray Super Remote, I knew playing around with it would require clandestine mode, after the kids went to bed. Yes, it’s that awesome. In fact, it’s so gorgeous and looks so smart-phone like, when my toddler did see it, she handed it to me and said, “here’s...

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Tado offers smart climate control, now for homes without central heat or air

We do our best to save energy at home, but it is easier said than done with three kids who like to leave lights on all day long. (Even in the closets. Just, why?) That said, smart thermostats have been making it easier for so many families to conserve on heat and air conditioning usage for the last few years,  without even having to think about it. Devices like the ecobee and Nest have been huge hits, and now tado° has entered the market with a smart thermostat for heating systems that’s very impressive and definitely worth a look. It’s even on sale right now through our...

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The coolest new tech for parents this year: Best of CES 2016

At the recent CES 2016 show,  coverage, I was excited to see all the incredible tech designed just to help parents make our lives run a little smoother on a day-to-day basis. (No diaper changing robots yet, sorry.) From trusted brands showing off impressive new technologies for the home, to some remarkable new brands that are thrilling to get to know, I only wish I had a lot of these ten years ago when my own first child was born. More and more cool tech for parents will this year, but here are the nine items that really caught my attention and will surely make their mark...

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27 cool things you can do with the Amazon Echo: From productive time-savers to just plain fun.

I received an Amazon Echo for Christmas this year, and I have to admit at first I was a little skeptical. What is all the buzz about anyway and what can I actually do with an Amazon Echo? I wasn’t sure it could really do more for me than Siri or my phone, but after having Alexa (that’s the voice’s name) in my home for a few weeks, connected to my Wifi and linked to my Amazon account I have to say she’s become a welcome houseguest. From productive time-savers to fun diversions, here are lots of cool things you can do with the...

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The Hatch Baby smart changing pad: Life-changing new tech? Or way TMI?

As we’re seeing at CES this past week week, pretty much everything in our homes is going “smart” these days, and your baby’s changing table is no exception. The Hatch Baby smart changing pad isn’t just a soft place for your baby to lay while they get cleaned up. It also collects a load of data (pun intended) throughout the day. I’m intrigued, but as a mom who didn’t use a changing table at all for baby #3 — a changing pad tossed onto a bed or sofa or kitchen table worked just fine for us — I’m wondering if we really need all the info its offering. That is, if you’re...

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The smart bulb with a speaker built right in: A bright new trend in mash-up technology.

Question: How many Beyoncés does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: As many as you’re in the mood for, because these rad LED light bulbs are also Bluetooth wireless speakers. So basically whatever strikes your fancy when you’re turning them on, whether it’s Beyoncé or Taylor Swift or Dan Zanes or Dave Brubeck, listen to your heart’s content with these special, smart light bulbs. Will this trend catch on? For the right person, it seems like it could considering the sheer number of brands that seem to be throwing their hat into the smart bulb with speaker ring these days. So...

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3 of the smartest wearable baby monitors that you won’t believe. Turns out the future is now after all.

I like to think of myself as a pretty relaxed mom so I haven’t really considered all those wearable baby monitors on the market right now. Let’s just say I have been known to let the baby sleep in her wet diaper all night long or staying in my spit-up-stained shirt instead of changing. (Really, if I’m home alone, what’s the point anyway?) So I started by browsing for the classic audio “I hear her or I don’t” baby monitor, once I started shopping, I realized how much things have changed in just a few years since my last child. There aren’t just audio and video baby monitors...

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LIFX bulb review: Why this whole smart bulb trend is especially awesome for parents

I was definitely fascinated by the smart home trend at CES back in January, and particularly the smart light bulbs. Though they do seem more like a fun special effect rather than a necessity for your home. But after playing around the the energy-efficient LED LIFX bulb in my own home for a few weeks, I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re a smart investment, especially for parents, and here’s why. First, I am impressed with how easy it is to set up and use. You simply pop the bulb into an existing lamp in your home, download their free app (for iOS and Android), and then connect to WiFi....

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The kSafe is a brilliant way to lock away that game controller. Or you know, the cookies.

When I first saw the The kSafe, all I could think of was Cookie Monster begging someone to lock all his cookies away and hide them from him, no matter how hard he begs. If you can relate, you have to check out this clever Kickstarter which is designed to inspire you to achieve fitness goals — though it actually has fantastic applications for parents. If it reminds you of the clever Kitchen Safe that we recently featured here, it’s not a rip-off; it’s the next gen idea from the same team. And it’s even more clever. Inspired by the research that short-term rewards are the...

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