Tag: home security

Web Coolness: Sleep goggles for insomniacs, Star Wars fidget spinners, and more fun tech links

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Here’s where women in science are making a name for themselves. {Photo via Emily Calandrelli} This Back to the Future fan got a ticket after hitting 88 mph in his DeLorean. Darth Vader fidget spinners and Stormtrooper fidget spinners exist. Yes, they do! Here’s to moms who don’t make life perfect on Instagram This study says fitness trackers aren’t accurate at counting calories. Mark your calendars now! Sana’s smart sleep goggles for insomniacs will be out in 2018....

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Web Coolness: Uplifting news, a Netflix phishing scam, and how kids are making money selling slime

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   Loving these science prints by John W. Golden on Etsy (affiliate) Watching movies and TV shows across all your Apple devices just got a whole lot easier. A cool way to breathe life into your kid’s LEGO creations. Whoa, this Netflix phishing scam is pretty sneaky. Kids are making a lot of money selling slime on Instagram. Here’s how to share your location on Google Maps. A 14-year old Latina girl is leading her team to the World...

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6 new baby monitors that do way more than just monitor | CES 2017

These days, the baby monitors available to parents are a huge departure from the scratchy audio monitors from the newborn days of yore (i.e. my first child). This year’s CES conference served as an exciting stage for the types of innovation in technology and design that we are seeing in this category. Many of the gadgets we’re sharing here are ones you might have seen before, but their 2017 updates make them seem like new machines. Between the higher resolution, increased functionality, built-in songs, and features like air quality checks, even voice recognition, let’s just say the future is here. Here are the...

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8 cool gadgets to make your smart homes even smarter | CES 2017

We saw a ton of new smart home products launch last year, with offerings from Nest, WeMo, smart doorbells and much more. But wow, after walking the floors at the CES conference last week, it’s clear that 2017 will bring even more integration between products, along with smarter functions, remote access, and voice recognition. Let’s just say Alexa, the voice and software behind Amazon Echo, ruled. Here, 8 of the coolest (and craziest) smart home products I saw at the show that I think you will want to have on your radar, parents. Related: A smart WiFi Thermostat: Crazy or cool? LG Smart InstaView Fridge Bring on the...

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Nucleus: A home intercom system that you can use, even if you’re not home.

We just instituted a new family rule at my house: No yelling for mom or dad from another room. Because, enough already. But, that being said, this rule probably needs to start with me. Our solution has been the Nucleus home intercom system, and I’m happy to report, waaaaay less yelling. The Nucleus devices can be placed throughout your home, then set up to connect via video or audio chat. So, along with calling them to dinner, I can use this to quickly check in on my kids while they’re having a sleepover in their room, or even to keep an eye on a baby who’s...

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BeON Home: The smart lightbulbs that keep your house safer

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that whenever my family heads out on a trip, we worry about the safety of our homes when we’re gone. So I was intrigued by the BeON smart lightbulbs, which use clever lighting responses to prevent burglary, plus have a backup battery to give you light when the power’s out. Smart, right? Here’s how they work. Each BeON LED bulb has a battery pack that slides inside the bulb, with a microphone and Bluetooth capability built in. Once the bulbs are screwed in, you connect them to the BeON Home app on your smartphone. If...

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Amazon Dash Replenishment Service means you’ll never run out of coffee again

The Amazon Dash service has come a long way since we first featured it two years ago when it was just a cool gadget that connected you to your Amazon shopping cart via WIFI. Since then, Amazon added Dash Button, which are little gadgets that live on your washing machine or dishwasher, and allow you to order supplies like laundry detergent with just one click. But most recently, they’ve launched Amazon Dash Replenishment Service (DRS), which is a fully integrated system connecting your smart gadgets to Amazon, so when you run out of something, it automatically orders it for you. No...

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3 new high-tech video monitoring systems to keep your house safe, or just keep an eye on the kids

We are seeing more and more DIY home security options and video monitoring systems enter the market each year, which is great news for families. While of course the video and photo capture on these devices are a huge help to police if you do actually have a break-in, we think they their day-to-day benefits make them worth a look. Like checking in on your tweens while you’re teaching them to stay home alone, or of course, keeping an eye on a baby who’s (supposed to be) napping. So, here are 3 video monitoring systems I’ve checked out that really stand out from the crowd, and a...

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Fighting hackers: Expert tips for protecting your webcams, baby monitors, and connected devices

While we laud the continual stream of gadgets that provide us with smart appliances for smarter homes, it gives pause for thought on how all of these connected devices are interacting with each other, what they’re accessing, and most importantly who is accessing them. I have always been one to question the security of things, and if you’ve read past articles of mine, you’ll know that I’m one to err on the side of caution. With the celebrity cloud hacking scandal from a couple years ago to the more recent Vtech hack, the more interconnected we and our gadgets are, the more...

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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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