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When it comes to smart home things, it's hard to start to stop. Once you have a lamp that you can turn on and off from your phone, you want five.
So smart home gear can be a great gift for anyone who has already made their way through this rabbit hole.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad smart home hardware out there – mysterious devices from brands that no one has heard of, with apps that hardly work immediately and will likely only tacitly stop working on the next big iOS, or Android -update.
Would you like to help someone make their already intelligent home a little more intelligent? Here are some of the things we enjoyed this year:
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TP-Link Kasa Plug
Intelligent plugs are ideal for introducing a person to the networked home. The TP-Link Kasa plugs are inexpensive, but work with any common voice assistant and smartphone. With smart plugs, you can turn a simple lamp or coffee maker into a smart device without replacing anything.
Price: $ 28 for a two-pack at Amazon
Wyze Cam Pan
The Wyze Cam Pan offers many features for the price. At $ 35, the small 1080p camera pans, tilts and zooms and has a low-light mode. The best thing is that the Wyze camera works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to get, for example, "Alexa, show me a look at the living room of my office TV". For the price, it is by far the best smart home camera.
(If you don't need it to tilt / swivel, etc. on command, there is also a $ 25 version without all of that.)
Price: $ 35 at Amazon
Echo point with clock
The Echo Point with Clock is part of the Amazon Alexa family. It's a little more expensive than the ubiquitous Echo Dot … but it has a built-in clock! The watch makes this more useful when you are not talking to it – and luckily, unlike the Echo Spot, there is no built-in camera that makes it particularly crazy to place it on your bedside table. One catch: these are kept in stock so it can be very difficult to get them so late in the game.
Price: $ 35 at Amazon
The Nanoleaf Canvas is a new kind of wall art. It is an interactive and fun way to decorate a wall with light and design. The panels fold up so that the owner can create and recreate designs that fit his life and space.
Price: $ 180 for a 9-tile starter kit
The Ember is a smart coffee cup. Not really. The Ember uses an internal heater to keep the drink at an ideal temperature, set by the user through a companion app. If the coffee drinker in your life is more of a full-time coffee drinker, the Ember should bring joy to your life.
Price: 100 USD at Amazon
Some people love plants, but they hate to water them. This is where the Dewplanter comes in by catching and filtering water in the air. It works like a dehumidifier – but instead of throwing excess water into a trash can, a plant is watered. The owner can set the desired amount of water via a control panel. Set it up and forget it and get a green thumb without skill. Easy-care plants such as evergreens, ferns, violets and aloe are best suited.
Price: 50 USD
It would be nice if we were all 100% at home with our dogs – but for most people this is simply not the case. Furbo is part of a webcam and part of a treat dispenser. Using a smartphone app, dog owners can monitor and interact with their pets. So you can sort out treats from afar when your puppy is doing something good. Dog-friendly color signals and tones are said to draw attention, and real-time updates and a camera allow owners to see their pet's life from afar. Would you like to know when Mr. Boots starts barking so the neighbors don't complain? Furbo can listen to barks and send you notifications.
Price: $ 134
The Weber iGrill is a fantastic thermometer for grilling. Wireless connectivity takes the grill into the modern era so that the user can check the temperature of the meat from a smartphone without having to open the grill. A magnetic base holds the control on the side of the grill and the probes are designed to withstand scorching heat.
The iGrill Mini costs about $ 50 and has a Bluetooth connection. The slightly more expensive iGrill 2 adds an LED display and an additional probe to the base unit, while the most expensive model, iGrill 3, has a longer battery life and an additional probe, but is only designed for permanent mounting directly on the side of a particular weaver is grills.
Price: iGrill Mini, 45 USD at Amazon | iGrill 2, $ 65 at Amazon | iGrill 3, $ 80 at Amazon
Casper Glow Light
The Casper Glow Light makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up. The light is warm and gradually darkens to help you fall asleep. There is also an alarm function that slowly turns on to knock the sleeper out of a deep sleep. The $ 129 Casper differs from other alarm clocks in several ways. First, it works as a lantern, so the owner can carry it around the house and charge it from the bed using a charging station. The design of the Glow Light is simple and durable. it can probably survive a fall from a table. Above all, the watch is managed with a smartphone app, so that no cumbersome controls on the device are required.
Price: USD 129