When new technology hits the market, design is as integral to success as function; and this is especially true for home products. “Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.” So goes the famous quote by Brian Reed. The following 10 cool technology upgrades for your home represent excellence in design elegance, each a winning and somewhat futuristic idea that may take hold sooner than you think.
Ever wish your home had a balcony, but you can’t justify the expense of having one constructed? The Bloomframe balcony promises to be nearly as easy to install as a new window, because it is essentially a window that folds out to a balcony.
Mowing the lawn can be one of those tedious tasks that always pops up when you have something better to do. Now you can relax in the hammock while the Husqvarna solar automower does the work!
Place this device by your front door to turn your doorbell into a video system that goes straight to your smartphone. The peephole of the future!
Do you hate the idea of Fido running out of food or water while you’re at work? Make sure your pooch is comfortably satisfied all day with this remote dog feeding system.
Washing windows is a drag, especially on multi-story homes and apartments. The Winbot automatically cleans your windows for you and even allows you to control it if it misses a spot.
The Nest Learning Thermostat lets you set parameters to keep your home comfortable and energy use efficient. Save money with Auto Away, a feature that automatically adjusts your thermostat when you leave the home. You can also control your thermostat from your mobile device.
TVs are often the centerpieces of our living spaces, but when we’re not watching them they look like big lifeless black boxes. New transparent TV screens help make your living area brighter and more attractive, yet display high-quality pictures when turned on.
Control your home lighting from one switch, which visually represents your floor plan so you can quickly turn room lights on and off without guesswork.
Smart fridges don’t have all the features of an iPad; plus, they’re expensive. For about $40 you can turn your fridge into a smart fridge with the Belkin iPad fridge mount.
Save energy and money with this smart switch surge protector. It sense when you turn your television off and then cuts power to your electronic peripherals.