Picking out the best cool gadgets for use at home is no small task, as there are so many to choose from! We all have our personal preferences in this area. So, use this article to give you some jumping off suggestions.
Here are the three of the best cool gadgets for a smarter home.
Robotic Cleaners – The Ultimate Labor-saving Device
The robotic cleaner can seem like an overindulgence, but anyone who quickly got used to the addition of a microwave to speed up cooking will similarly warm to this idea. No longer are people put off with allowing a robot in the house just as long as it doesn’t damage the furniture!
There are a few good models to consider. The iRobot Roomba 690 offers convenience, voice activation and a battery run time of just over an hour. If you have furniture that you’d like a robotic cleaner to move beneath to clean, then look at the Eufy RoboVac 11S model. Also, for a longer battery life, it’s hard to beat the Neato Botvac D7 Connected which runs for over two hours. Impressive indeed.
TV Antennas – The Real Solution for a Better Signal
TV antennas were previously stuck back in the stone age. Or, at least it seemed that way. Happily, they’ve now got a welcome boost with new capabilities. Yes, we were surprised too!
The clever folks at Channel Master have invented the SMARTenna. It’s a new indoor TV antenna that fits on your wall and grabs TV signals from up to 7 directions. A bit like with a Wi-Fi extender, it acquires signals from a distance. It then offers you all the available TV channels using the best signal it could find for each one. Clever, eh?!
Switching to this antenna will also save you a lot of money from TV subscriptions. So if you’re looking to cut your costs each month, this is a switch worth considering.
Speakers – Which is Smart Enough for You?
Getting a decent speaker system that’s smart and helpful in the home is difficult. There are so many to choose from across various platforms that all want to tie you into their eco-system. Among the range that you can pick from, Amazon stands out because it doesn’t tie you specifically to either Apple via iOS or Google with Android.
The Amazon Echo (Second generation) is a dark grey cylindrical speaker with an illuminated rim at the top. It has a removable cover if you wish to purchase a third-party case to make it look a bit different too. However, the fabric exterior does a nice job of blending into the background rather than sticking out like a sore thumb.
The latest speaker version again makes use of the Alexa voice system. You can ask questions and get answers back from Alexa. The illumination topside is green when listing for commands and red colored when a mic isn’t listening in. The volume for the speaker is adjustable using an up/down button duo. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity to sync to a smartphone, tablet or PC of your choosing. When you’re not wed to Google Home or the latest offering from Apple, then Amazon holds their own with this release.
Did you find something you loved in our suggestions? Let us know in the comments.