Owning a smart home might be your dream. You might even have Jetson-like visions of computer-generated dinners and cars that drive themselves. If you’re into that sort of thing, you’ve probably even read about some of the new technology that indeed resembles something straight from the futuristic cartoon. Of course, as most new technology does, smart homes come at a price.
But the cool thing is, because technology is changing so rapidly, there are tons of cool gadgets you can add to your home to make it smarter without breaking the bank.
Listed here are a few of the coolest and cheapest gadgets we found:
1) Sensorwake ($109)
Instead of waking to the sound of an annoying alarm, how about waking up to the smell of fresh sea air, grass, espresso, or even chocolate? But, if you’re a little afraid appealing smells won’t awake you, you can always set the backup alarm.
2) Parrot Pot ($149.99)
If your thumb is decidedly not green and if you’ve ever killed a plant or two, you will love the smart planter. It holds 2 liters of water and dispenses it when needed. Not only that, but it’s programmed to “know” how much water your particular plant needs!
3) Echo Dot ($49.99)
This voice-activated Amazon device allows you to control apps like Pandora and Domino’s hands-free. Its voice recognition gets smarter every time you use it and has a far-reaching range. It also has a built-in smart alarm and virtual digital assistant to help you do things like cook with recipes you’ve chosen.
4) Logi Circle ($199.99)
This little smart home-monitoring device was designed by Logitech. Its 135° camera is mountable, rechargeable, and small enough to fit anywhere. It’s also portable so it can be moved from room to room as needed. It works by connecting to any of your smart devices, so you can have peace of mind from any room or while traveling.
5) Kwikset Kivo Bluetooth Smart Lock ($229)
This easily installed lock allows you to use your smart phone as your key. In other words, when you’re loaded down with grocery bags, you can simply touch the lock for easy access. It works by “seeing” your smart phone approaching.
6) Clocky Robot Alarm Clock ($39.99)
You’ll either love it or toss it out the window. This robotic alarm clock by Nanda Home rolls around the room beeping until you chase it down and turn it off. It could be the perfect gadget for those hard-to-wake teenagers!
7) SnapPower Guidelights ($15)
Of course we have to toot our own horn a little! Our smart outlet covers are designed with led lights that turn themselves on when they sense the room darkening. They also take up no extra space since they fit right over the outlets on your walls.
8) SnapPower Chargers ($20)
Our other space-saving gadget is the USB charger. It’s also designed right into the outlet cover so it takes up no space, and the USB port is on the side, so your furniture can still fit right up against the wall.
Whatever smart home designs you have in mind, using a little bit of technology here and there can transform your home in small ways, making you the envy of your neighbors. And as you can see, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune!