Category: Smart Appliances

Piquing Our Geek: A robotic window cleaner. Yesssss.

There are household chores that simply must be done, begrudgingly, like laundry, emptying the dishwasher, cleaning the bathrooms…some of which can be a little more automated than others. But what if there was something like a Roomba or an iRobot that can take the place a window washing service? There just might be.   If I had this supercool Winbot, I’d have the cleanest windows on the block. This is actually a robot for cleaning your windows that attaches via suction and emits cleaning solution. It has a built-in squeegee plus dryer to leave those panes streak-free, all without...

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Piquing Our Geek: A door knob that turns off the oven. Whoa.

Whenever I’m driving away from the house, there’s that inevitable moment when I  suddenly wonder – Did I turn off the iron? Is the range off? Did I leave that space heater on? With this incredible “smart” door handle, you may be able to know for sure. Seriously. The “Off” door handle connects electrically to your house’s main power and gas supply, and acts like a small circuit board that can control anything in your house that you might worry about while away. There are three settings: one for just electricity, one for just gas and one that powers...

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Piquing Our Geek: Cool off with your smartphone

Just when we’re getting used to the idea that your smartphones can control your sound system, Friedrich has now invented a space-age air conditioner that you can control remotely with your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Pretty cool, right? From Belkin’s WeMo and the Nest Learning Thermostat, we knew larger appliances were coming next. And now, later this summer, you should be able to install a durable, powerful, quiet Kuhl Air Conditioner by Friedrich that can be controlled remotely by your phone. As in, remotely. Got held up at work? Going to zip home for a nap? Just realized that...

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iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Cleaning Robot – Now with more clean!

With four kids under seven running around my house, you can imagine what my floors look like. Fortunately, my husband is a little obsessed with keeping it clean, which at times can take up more time and energy than he has to spare. I’ve heard really awesome things about the iRobot Scooba floor cleaning robots, so when I was given the chance to try out the new 390, we were both pretty excited. As the designated floor cleaner in our house, my husband set up “Sudz” as it was affectionately named by my kids–if you’ve ever owned a robotic...

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Piquing Our Geek: Belkin WeMo

Given the amazing power of technology, it was only a matter of time before we’d be able to control our lights, our thermostat, even our garage door from smart gadgets. Well, thanks to Belkin, that time is right now. Or, very very soon. Their WeMo Home Automation Solutions looks like an amazing time, money, energy, and sanity saver, allowing you to control your home lights, your fan, or whatever else you have plugged into a Home Control Switch simply by using your iPhone or iPad. So, if you’re not sure if you turned off the iron, or you want...

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Piquing Our Geek: Nest Learning Thermostat

I do my best to turn off light switches and turn down our thermostat, especially on our other floors at night and when we’re out of the house. But that’s only when I remember. Which, as a busy mom, is not as often as it should be. That’s why I was intrigued by this new thermostat that actually does all the remembering for you. The Nest Learning Thermostat is apparently as easy to install as a light bulb, and once it learns your typical settings after about a week, it does all the thinking for you. Meaning it turns...

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The Mint Plus robotic floor cleaner doesn’t suck.

Now that we have adopted a large, hairy lab, I am fighting a losing battle against little black hairs everywhere. So when I spotted this latest weapon in the battle against dirty floors, I couldn’t resist giving it a try. And though the latest robotic floor cleaner doesn’t suck (literally—it’s not a vacuum), it is a pretty cool tool to have in my arsenal against floor ick. Mint Plus floor cleaner is an ideal device for those in-between days when I don’t really need to do a major vacuum job but just need to sweep up the floor of...

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Piquing Our Geek: Scooba goes where no robot vacuum has fit before

When I find myself doing the really icky chores around the house, like scrubbing the floor under my kids’ breakfast chairs, or getting on my hands and knees around the toilet, I think: In this enlightened age, shouldn’t there be a button I can push to take care of these things? Ahhh, yes, there is such a button, and I should know: I already push the one on my iRobot Roomba almost daily to take care of all the vacuuming in my house. But while iRobot has been making robotic floor washers for quite a while, I’m excited about...

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5 CES tech discoveries just for moms

We love hearing that more and more, tech companies are reaching out to moms and understanding that we’re fans of technology too. And I’m happy to report there was plenty of evidence of it last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Last week I fought through more than 140,000 people on multiple exhibit floors at CES, to find things will make our lives more fun and maybe even easier. Some of which just might be the next “I can’t live without it” gadgets. Here are just five of my favorite picks just for moms that will...

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