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Home Automation

Orro Smart Light Switch

Orro Smart Light Switch
$199  Buy Comment

Want to automate your lighting without replacing your existing bulbs with smart ones? Check out Orro. It’s a tiny computer in the form of a touchscreen light switch. It uses sensors to detect your presence and automatically adjust your lights, whether they’re dimmable or not.

Swidget Smart Outlet

Swidget Smart Outlet
$40  Buy Link Comment

The Swidget is a power outlet with a slot for swappable inserts that let you do a variety of things, including toggling power to one of the sockets and controlling devices via various home automation standards. It also has inserts such as USB ports and lights.

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Wagz Go Smart Pet Door

Wagz Go Smart Pet Door
$549  Buy Comment

Wagz‘ high tech pet door gives you a variety of ways to open it, such as via smart home devices or its mobile app. You can also set schedules. When used with Wagz’ smart collar or pendants, you can even make it detect and unlock only for certain pets.

JBL Link Bar

JBL Link Bar
$400  Buy Link Comment

JBL’s Link Bar is a soundbar that has Android TV and Google Assistant built-in, which means it pairs well with all HDTVs, even ones without built-in smart features. It lets you use your voice to search for shows, switch inputs, ask questions, control your smart devices and more.

Klipsch The Three w/Google Assistant

Klipsch The Three w/Google Assistant
$499  Buy Comment

Klipsch’s stylish The Three Bluetooth speaker now comes with Google Assistant. Use it for voice control, connect to your smart devices and search for the weather, news and more. It still has the same room-filling stereo sound and mid-century modern design.

Wayzn Sliding Door Opener

Wayzn Sliding Door Opener
$219+  Pledge Link Comment

Wayzn is a device that automates sliding doors – a godsend for people with pets. You can set it to open when motion is detected, or you can control it from your mobile device. It also works with Amazon Alexa. It’s easy to install, and just as easy to remove.

Silo Food Vacuum Sealer

Silo Food Vacuum Sealer

Silo is a smart device that makes it incredibly easy to vacuum seal food. Use it with its containers to seal food within seconds. It also has Amazon Alexa built-in, so it can tell you how long the food will stay fresh and how much you have left.

Ori Pocket Closet

Ori Pocket Closet
$2650+  Buy Link Comment

Ori’s Pocket Closet is a collapsible walk-in closet with an electronically operated moving half. That side also has shelves and a folding desk on the other side, giving you even more storage. It can also be operated via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

LG WK9 Smart Speaker

LG WK9 Smart Speaker
$197  Buy Link Comment

LG’s WK9 is a smart speaker with a built-in display and support for Google Chromecast and Google Assistant, so you can search and access your smart devices via voice commands. It also has a camera for video calls, and supports streaming music via Bluetooth.

LG InstaView ThinQ Refrigerator

LG InstaView ThinQ Refrigerator

Like LG’s previous InstaView refrigerator, the ThinQ model lets you see what’s inside one of the doors thanks to its 29″ transparent touchscreen. But this version has Amazon Alexa built-in, so you can shop, play music and more via voice commands.

Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon Smart Plug
$25  Buy Comment

Amazon’s Smart Plug makes it easy to automate your old appliances. Simply plug them in and turn on your Alexa mobile app and add the plug to your list of devices. You can then toggle these devices via voice control.

Nuimo Click

Nuimo Click
$229+  Buy Link Comment

A wall- or tabletop-mountable wireless switch that gives you quick access to four functions of your smart devices. Use them to control RGB LED lights and speakers, with more to come. It uses the energy generated when you press one of its buttons to power itself.

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip
$80  Buy Comment

TP-Link’s intelligent power strip lets you toggle up to six devices at once. You can remotely turn devices on and off via its app, or use Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or Microsoft Cortana to control them via voice. It also has three USB charging ports.

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Bose Home Speaker 500

Bose Home Speaker 500
$400  Buy Comment

Part of Bose’s new line of smart speakers, the Bose Home Speaker 500 supports Amazon’s Alexa, so you can fire up your favorite music or podcasts using your voice. It can stream music over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and it also has a 3.5mm aux input.

Ori Transforming Furniture System

Ori Transforming Furniture System

Fuseproject’s Ori is an all-in-one furniture system for small apartments. A control panel and a mobile app lets the user move Ori laterally, revealing a bedroom, a living area, or both. It can also be integrated with home automation services.

Glas Smart Thermostat

Glas Smart Thermostat
$319  Buy Link Comment

Glas is a smart thermostat with a translucent OLED display. It monitors both indoor and outdoor air quality when automatically adjusting the temperature. It has Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant built-in but also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Amazon Fire TV Cube

Amazon Fire TV Cube
$120  Buy Link Comment

The Fire TV Cube is a 4K media streaming device with Amazon’s Alexa assistant. It lets you control your TV, sound system and cable box with your voice. Like other Alexa devices, it also lets you operate home automation devices, look up information online and more.

Securmate Wireless Entrance Sensor

Securmate Wireless Entrance Sensor
$59+  Pledge Comment

Securmate is an entrance sensor that connects to your phone and home automation devices via Wi-Fi. It supports IFTTT, so you can make your lights, security cameras and other smart devices activate when your door or window is opened. It can also send alerts to your phone.

Turn Touch Smart Home Remote Control

Turn Touch Smart Home Remote Control
$59+  Buy Comment

Turn Touch is a minimalist programmable remote control with a genuine wood case. You can set it to control most smart devices that connect over Wi-Fi, such as Sonos speakers, Philips Hue lights and smart locks. It can also control Mac and iOS devices.

Naran Sense Smart Sensor

Naran Sense Smart Sensor
$38+  Pledge Comment

Naran’s MicroBot Sense is a tiny Bluetooth device that provides information through an app about a wealth of inputs, from movement and vibration to temperature and light. It supports Amazon Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT and Webhooks.

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HAL 9000 Interactive Replica

HAL 9000 Interactive Replica

Master Replicas’ upcoming Full Scale HAL 9000 replica responds to lines from 2001: A Space Odyssey with the appropriate lines. But it’s also an Amazon Echo device, which means you can use it to play music, ask questions, control smart home devices and more.

Mycroft Mark II A.I. Assistant

Mycroft Mark II A.I. Assistant
$129+  Pledge Link Comment

The Mycroft Mark II is a voice-operated A.I. assistant. Unlike Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, it’s open source, which means any programmer can inspect and improve its software. It also won’t sell your data to advertisers, and by default it does not store your voice prompts.

Sonos One with Amazon Alexa

Sonos One with Amazon Alexa
$199  Buy Link Comment

The successor to the Play:1, the Sonos One is a great speaker and a great listener. It comes with Amazon’s Alexa, so you can use your voice to play music, search online, control smart appliances and more. It will soon be updated to have Google Assistant as well.

Amazon Echo, Echo Plus & Echo Spot

Amazon Echo, Echo Plus & Echo Spot
$100-$150  Buy Link Comment

Amazon updates its family of Alexa-enabled devices. The 2017 Echo speaker has a more compact design, with better speakers and voice recognition. The new Echo Plus is also a speaker but with a built-in smart home hub. The Echo Spot is a smaller version of the Echo Show.

Moon Levitating Camera

Moon Levitating Camera

The Moon camera has a base that allows for magnetic levitation and wireless charging. But it’s more than a floating eye. It can rotate itself towards a source of sound, and act as a home automation controller. It even has an IR blaster to control older appliances.

Anker Eufy Genie Smart Speaker

Anker Eufy Genie Smart Speaker
$35  Buy Link Comment

From Anker’s Eufy line of smart appliances comes the Genie. It’s an affordable way to access Amazon’s Alexa, the voice-controlled virtual assistant. The Genie doesn’t have Bluetooth and it only has a 2W speaker, but it’s as responsive as Amazon’s gadgets.

Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock

Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock
$119+  Pledge Comment

Palo Alto Innovation’s Sandman Doppler has stereo speakers, six USB charging ports and is Alexa-enabled. It also has shortcut buttons for your favorite Alexa commands and macros, and an auto-dimming RGB LED display.

DIY Cortana Holographic AI Assistant

DIY Cortana Holographic AI Assistant

Web developer unt1tled made his own virtual assistant based on Windows’ Cortana. What makes it stand out is that he built an accompanying holographic image by reflecting a custom-made 3D animation from a monitor to three panes of glass.

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon Echo Show
$230  Buy Link Comment

Amazon’s latest virtual assistant has a built-in 7″ touchscreen display and a 5MP camera. The Echo Show lets you watch short videos from Amazon, YouTube etc., control and interact with smart gadgets, video call with other Echo Show users and more.

MicroBot Push 2

MicroBot Push 2
$50  Buy Link Comment

The MicroBot Push 2 lets you wirelessly control and automate almost anything that has a button or a switch. It works with IFTTT, Amazon Alexa, WeMo and more. The Push 2 has quieter gears than the original, as well as a timer feature and touchscreen compatibility.

Sevenhugs SmartRemote

Sevenhugs SmartRemote

A contextual remote control for smart appliances. SmartRemote will come with an app and three location modules that plug into bulb sockets, allowing it to identify which device you’re pointing at and change its interface accordingly. Drops 9/16.

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