Home and Gardens

High-Tech Home Gadgets

Written by Erica Brown

Nest Thermostat

Nest Labs’ WiFi and sensor-enabled thermostat is quickly becoming a household name after being acquired by Google in January 2014.The unit is compatible with most HVAC systems and remembers the temperatures you prefer. It programs itself and automatically turns the temperature down when you’re away. Nest can be remotely managed using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Like in the 80’s cartoon, The Jetsons, vacuuming and sweeping should be outsourced to a robot named Rosie. Ecovacs has a line of Deebot floor cleaning bots, and the newest model, the D77, uses sensors to avoid obstacles, automatically empties its dustbin, and recharges when power is low. The bot has four cleaning modes for different surfaces and it offers intelligent time scheduling for cleaning when you’re not home. Some Deebot models can be controlled from a smartphone, but the D77 cannot. Roomba and iRobot make similar models.

Smart Washer & Dryer

Whirlpool has stepped up the game in smart appliances. Their line of smart appliances (refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, and dryers) use the company’s 6th Sense Live technology to connect to an online database of energy prices, which allows you to automatically run appliances when power is cheapest. From the Whirlpool mobile app, a user can check when a wash will be done, receive alerts when it’s time to re-fill laundry detergent, or start or stop a load remotely. LG and Samsung offer similar smart washers and dryers.

Find a full list gadgets in the Parade of Homes™ guide at one of the showcase homes the weekend of October 11 – 12 and October 18 – 19.

To see the list of parade homes and locations visit www.bancf.org.

 

 

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Erica Brown