7 innovative smart home gadgets you didn’t know existed

Big brands like Google, Amazon, Arlo and Philips Hue Smart homes are renowned for their innovations in the space, but hundreds of smaller competitors are also pushing the boundaries. Sure, small companies do not have the res to talk about smart speakers and voice assistants. But equally important are innovations in energy consumption and privacy. If you care Smart lawn care, Smart gardening Or a smart security system – and not just simple color-changing lightbulbs – these cool smart home devices can be for you.

These are seven of the most interesting but barely-classified smart household items on the market right now. Whether you want to advance your home automation Smart home technology If you are looking to find a great gift for the game or the tech lover in your life, then you will be sure to find a unique smart home gadget in this list.

ego

We’ve tested the robot lawn mowers here on Tips Clear, and while they are definitely cool, they are very beautiful. But lawn mowing can still be more energy efficient and a whole lot quieter with an electric mower. Ego’s $ 569 self-propelled Push Mower may not be connected to the Internet, but it is as clever and innovative as anything else on this list. Sure, $ 569 is more than the cost of most push mowers, but this extra cash will save your hypotenuse (thanks, electric engine), your time (it takes 30 minutes to charge) and your money (gas) in the long run. No more travel to) station). Read our Ego Power Plus lawn mower first.

Eve

If you have a garden or lawn like mine that needs water every morning, but you hate throwing clothes at 7 in the morning and turning on the sprinkler, the Eve Aqua Smart Sprinkler Controller is a simple solution. You hook it between your spigot and your hose, setting a schedule on the app and voila! Your sprinkler will now water the preset timer.

Eve has an app, but it also works with Apple’s home app and Siri.

Hubitat

Most connected home devices with voice assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant may look like a smart home hub. But Hubbitat’s Elevation Hub offers a unique level of privacy by its larger rivals. For $ 130, Hubat Hub will process all automation and voice control (with Alexa and Google Assistant) locally instead of in the cloud.

For many consumers, the extra privacy will not be worth the cost and setup. But for security- and privacy-Minded customers, Halbitat may have a clever, significantly cheaper solution to the rapidly spreading problem of data collection in big tech. Read our hubbit first.

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So you have a remote-controlled sealing fan, but you’re always missing the remote and using a wall switch anyway? Bond has the answer. Basically, it connects your ceiling fan to an app, Google Assistant or Alexa. You can then stove the remote and simply tell your voice assistant to turn the fan on or off. Read our bond review.

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The Eco Flex is a kind of jack-of-all-trades. It has an Alexa-powered speaker and a USB port for connecting one to one modules ranging from motion sensors to nightlights. The Flex is a great gadget to bring Alexa smart into your home nook and cranes that doesn’t merit an entire speaker, but where setting a timer can be good for quick access. The modular design also means that you will get some cool additional features, making the gadget more security-oriented or more supportive for nighttime dark hallway lighting.

Pretty anyone who uses Alexa can find a useful place to flex. Read our Eco Flex review.

Voice labs

Smart cameras are becoming more and more affordable, but no company has pushed that limit more than Vise. Its $ 20 camera is a great product for the price, but I really like their Sense Starter Kit even more. For this, the camera has to be connected to its phone app, which is a negative aspect. But for $ 20, it includes a motion sensor, two door / window contact sensors, and a bridge to plug into a smart security camera. This is a really solid deal, and useful for anyone who travels or wants an extra measure of security at home. Read our voice sense first.

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A smart home remote may not seem like the most interesting smart device, but hear me out: this burnt dodecahedron device controls any smart light switch, smart light bulb, and other home accessories when you rotate it on different sides Huh. Sure that can’t be majority of Practical way to turn off your lights, but this smart gadget is guaranteed to make you feel like the villain of James Bond when you’re doing mundane tasks – and alone deserves a few kudos. Read our Nanoleaf Remote Review.

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