Category: Smart Appliances

Sleep Number’s new Sleep IQ Kids Bed could help keep your child in bed. But is it worth it?

At the CES show this month, there was a lot of buzz in my social feeds around a new technology from Sleep Number Bed made just for kids called SleepIQ Kids that launches later in 2015. Looking more closely at the myriad tweets, it seems the company had enlisted the services of a lot of bloggers to promote it (the #ad #sponsored #client hashtags were a good tip-off). Which is fine, but I was interested in seeing objectively for myself whether the product held up to all the hype. A half-hour press demo later, I can definitely see why the company is making this technology their big...

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The ecobee3 Smart WiFi Thermostat: Do you really need one this fancy?

My house has more than one room in it. I’d bet this doesn’t surprise you, but for years our thermostat hasn’t seemed to grasp this idea. I’ve long suspected that it doesn’t accurately reflect the temperature in my bedroom, or in the kitchen, or in my office, even though all those rooms are heated and cooled by the same HVAC unit the thermostat controls. And my hunch has been confirmed now that I have an ecobee3 Smart WiFi Thermostat. Unlike other smart thermostats, the ecobee3 uses remote sensors to register the temperature around your house and report back to the main thermostat. After...

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Dyson Mist: Making us covet a humidifier. Who knew that was possible?

I think it’s fair to say that you know you’re a parent when you’re excited about Dyson news, even more when it’s something you need to survive the winter with kids, which is why we’re counting down the days until we can get our hands on the Dyson Mist. Update: The Dyson Humidifier is now readily available in multiple styles at our affiliates Target, Amazon, or home stores everywhere.   Their first humidifier launched in Japan earlier this week, though we’ll have to wait a bit to see it for ourselves. Using their Air Multiplier technology that you might have seen with...

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Withings Home monitoring system: Piquing our geek

There’s no doubt that we are entering the era of the connected home. Products like the Belkin WeMo, WiFi slow cooker and Apple’s rollout of HomeKit just scratch the surface of the influx of technology we expect in the coming year to help with running your home efficiently. And remotely. Withings Home is yet another very cool example of that. Withings Home is a soon-to-be released monitoring platform that does everything from act as a security camera to alert you to environmental toxins in the air. All in one little device. And a beautiful device at that, which looks more like a mantle piece than a...

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Guardian Angel Safety Outlet: the must-have outlet for parents. (Yes, there is such a thing).

With my third baby who has been on the move for a few months, I re-realized how vigilant we have to be when it comes to babyproofing. She is into everything, including electrical outlets (ack!), which is why I’m so glad I discovered the Guardian Angel Safety Outlet. It might just be the smartest and safest outlet I have ever seen. After finding that our clever little one was removing all the plastic plugs we dutifully inserted, we realized we needed a better solution. And while products like LivingPlug Inlets and this super cool Node Power Outlet are awesome, they really only take care of the cosmetic factor. Guardian...

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The Sense sleep monitoring system: It knows when you’ve been sleeping. It knows when someone’s snoring keeps you awake.

As every parent would probably agree, sleep is essential but often elusive. So when we heard that the Sense sleep monitoring system had totally blown its Kickstarter goal out of the water, we weren’t surprised. But we were super curious to learn more. Sense uses a beautifully designed sphere, a tiny sensor, and an app to monitor and track sleeping conditions — not just whether you’re awake or asleep, but the temperature and humidity of your room, external lights and noises that may disturb you (like a partner’s snoring, ahem), and your own movements through the night. It’s not just a...

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Duux: The ultimate air purifier for a baby’s room

I invested in an air purifier years ago–a big, huge machine that was noisy and ugly, but sure did work to remove the dust and pollen from the air that makes us so sneezy around here. It never made it to our current home, so  I, for one, am pretty excited about the Duux Air Purifier which is so perfect for a baby’s room. And obviously a huge improvement over the recent spate of sneezing in my kids’ bedrooms upstairs. We’ve reviewed some gorgeous air purifiers for large spaces in the past, but what I love about the Duux is that it is amazing looking but it’s...

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9 of our favorite must-have tech innovations for redecorating projects

If you’re redecorating, considering redecorating, or have even once had a vague dream about redecorating that you kind of remembered in the morning, it’s a pretty exciting time to roll up your sleeves get it done. Especially considering all the tech innovations out there made just for you. Whether you’re redoing the master bedroom, turning a home office into a nursery, or finally creating the man cave of your fantasies, we’ve got tons of tech ideas to make your home smart, functional, energy-saving, and very very cool. On behalf of our awesome sponsor Dyson, gods among home appliance junkies,...

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A smart air conditioner that’s got beauty along with brains

If you’ve ever had a window air conditioning unit (raising my hand, along with probably everyone else who’s ever lived in New York), you know what a dilemma they pose: Is that gihugic electric bill worth being cool and comfortable, or should I suck it up and sweat it out? But a new smart air conditioner design collaboration between GE and Quirky may be the win-win answer to that question. Not only is the new Aros window A/C unit capable of cooling up to 350 square feet, it’s pretty too. I can’t believe I’m saying that about a window...

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the smartest of them all?

Since the Consumer Electronic Show, we have introduced you to Jetsons-like homes and smart appliances that we can only imagine in our futures. But there were also a lot of very cool smart appliances on display that you can get right now, like this sensor mirror from simplehuman. This “smart” mirror from the makers of the sensor trash can we love, has a built-in sensor that is triggered when a face approaches it, causing the huge 5x magnified mirror to gorgeously light up with a bright, natural LED light. Of course that means you can see everything. Everything. The clarity of...

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