Tag: smart home

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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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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A fantastic deal on a smart plug. But hurry!

If you’ve wanted to give home automation a try but aren’t yet ready to make a huge investment, these awesome deals on the TP-Link Smart Plug ($18) and Mini Model ($25) might just be the perfect gateway. Both of these smart plugs work with Amazon Echo and Google Home, and gadgets plugged into the smart plugs can be controlled by your mobile devices through the Kasa app. Think lights, coffee maker, or your kid’s rain machine they always forget to turn off (or is that just in our house?), though at this price, you could take care of all three. Just...

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This high-tech baby cot from Ford makes it feel like you’re driving your baby around at night.

Looks like Ford took a cue from all parents everywhere who have been stuck driving their baby around in their car to get them to fall asleep, and built a baby cot that actually mimics that exact experience. (Well, for the baby that is. Thankfully). The Max Motor Dreams makes it feel you’re driving a baby around, when actually, they’re just in bed and you’re binge watching Game of Thrones. As it should be, right? The phone app records your nighttime drive, and then when you’re back in your home, it uses that info to reproduce the experience with...

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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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The Hair Coach smart hair brush. Yeah, we can’t figure out why either.

Every year at CES, companies roll out some of the coolest new tech of the year, lots of which you have seen (or will see) right here on Cool Mom Tech. Then there are the tech gadgets that have us scratching our heads. Or if we had the Hair Coach smart brush, stroking our heads. Then checking our phone to see how it affected our hair quality. For real. It doesn’t surprise me that this gadget exists, considering how obsessed many of us (including me, not gonna lie!) are with our hair. A collaboration between Withings, L’Oréal, and Kérastase — some...

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Web Coolness: Aristotle, France’s new after-hour email rule, and a shower you can pre-heat from your smart phone!

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   Coming soon from Mattel, an Amazon Echo type gadget for kids called Aristotle. A geeky engagement announcement for Serena Williams and Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, of course. The best advice 11 inspiring women in tech would give to their college selves. A worthy Nobel Prize for an amazing female scientist. Interesting piece: If you’re worried about your kid’s screen time, you need to help them with it. These gorgeous 2017 printable calendars are a really good reason...

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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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