We don't exactly fancy ourselves as techies, but the same can't be said about our guys. That's right, we're married to a couple of bonafide nerds. These guys talk tech like we talk textiles. So it was no surprise when Britt's husband, Rohan, recently spent a Friday night at a virtual reality meet-up (yes, these things actually exist). He came back super stoked and we got to talking about how we are totally living in the future (ahhh!). Developments in technology are happening insanely fast, home products included. There must be thousands of home gadgets we've never even heard of, so we did some research. And while some were a little too futuristic for our taste, we did discover some practical, easy to operate gadgets that make life more convenient and have great style too!
Click & Grow Small Herb Garden Starter Kit
Herb garden lovers, this one's for you! This mini garden allows your plants to grow in the perfect environment, giving it the optimal combination of water, oxygen and nutrients. Find a spot in your house that gets natural light and all you have to do is insert the plant capsules, fill the tank with water, plug it in and watch it grow. They have 6 plant refill kits available, like the Gourmet Pizza Mix with basil, thyme, and oregano or the Divine Tea Mix with peppermint, lemon balm and stevia.
Meet this all-in-one speaker that is changing the game. Hands-free and Alexa voice-controlled, it streams music, sports, weather and more with 360 degrees of sound. More than a just a sound system though, this smart gadget has Skills, allowing you to order pizza, request rides and more through the Alexa app. We think it's perfect for your next BBQ, dinner party or lazy Sunday at home.
As amateur weekend bakers, The Drop Scale is something we're dying to get our hands on. The wireless scale connects to your iPad or iPhone and weighs "from a fraction of a teaspoon to just over 13 lbs or 6 kilograms". Cooking has never been smarter thanks to it's app which makes each recipe a simple visual experience and can even alter serving sizes and ingredients- great for dishes done on the fly!
No more ugly, old thermostats! Not only is this unit sleek and modern, it is completely controllable through a mobile app. It's so smart that it auto-schedules itself as it learns from you! No more programming, and it has an auto-away mode so you aren't wasting money heating or cooling an empty house. The 'Nest Leaf' lets you know when you've chosen an energy-saving temperature so you'll know you're saving money- how's that for smart?
Phillips Wake-Up Light
We're both early risers but is there anyone out there who actually enjoys waking up to an alarm? Wake up more naturally with light and soothing sounds. The Phillips Wake-Up Light simulates the rising sun (and fading sun at night) increasing in intensity 20 to 40 minutes prior to your alarm time. There are 5 calming sounds to choose from and a back up alarm sound if you need it. It claims to leave you feeling energized and improves your mood in the morning with 92% of users reporting that "getting out of bed is much easier".
iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
Between never-ending pet hair and toddler crumbs, we like the idea of having a vacuum that you can schedule up to 7 times a week. It adjusts automatically to work on wood, carpet, tile, vinyl and linoleum- all without lifting a finger! It automatically docks and recharges and has a built-in anti-tangle system so it won't get caught on cords, rug tassels, etc. This one's an Amazon #1 best seller and a smart-home favorite for us.
1. Click & Grow Garden
2. Amazon Echo Speaker
3. Drop Scale
4. Nest Thermostat *
5. Wake-Up Light
6. iRobot Roomba *
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