used to take a lot of money to make your home a smart
home. A doctorate in software and/or electrical
engineering didnít hurt, either.
making your house smarter is as easy as plugging in a
light bulb. Literally.
still, you can select the specific kind of intelligence
you need: whether itís setting the right lighting for
a romantic date, picking out a cute outfit, helping you
become better at singing in the shower (or just helping
you avoid being scalded.)
are five gadgets that will help you live smarter.
Improving your singing in the shower
Showerhead & Wireless Speaker, $199, kohler.com
it is: A combination speaker and shower head.
itís so smart: It pairs with any Bluetooth-enabled
device to deliver up to seven hours of music while you
soap up. Of course, if youíre looking for the morning
traffic report while you get ready, you can tune in to
the news. But thatís not as fun to sing along with.
Helping you sleep better at night, but in a totally
pillows, $159-179, dreampadsleep.com
it is: A pillow that sings you to sleep Ö well, sort
itís so smart: Download the app, then plug your phone
into this pillow (or use the Bluetooth adapter). Then
via something called bone conduction, gentle vibrations
from your music (or pre-loaded spa sounds) work their
way into your ear. The makers say science backs them up
when it comes to this productís ability to help you
relax your way into a good nightís sleep.
Press here for a smarter home
starting at $34.99, flic.com
they are: Brightly colored, programmable little
Bluetooth-connected buttons replace your smartphone
apps. Place wherever you choose ó your desk, bedside
or near the tub ó and program them to do an appís
job: from controlling lights, or turning on music, to
ordering an Uber.
theyíre so smart: No one likes to fumble with a
smartphone when taking a bath.
Your fashion sensor
Look, $199.99, amazon.com
it is: Youíve probably heard of Amazonís Alexa, the
tech companyís handy personal assistant. This is like
Alexaís fashionista little sister.
itís so smart: More than just a voice-controlled
camera that takes a full-length picture of your outfit,
it uses an algorithm to assess your look. It tells you
if youíre wearing a fashion do ó or donít.
Maybe the smartest purchase of all
Home WiFi System, $399, eero.com
it is: An easy way to extend the reach and reliability
of your home Wi-Fi. It coats your home in a mesh of
Wi-Fi signals to end dropouts and dead zones.
itís so smart: All those smart appliances? Theyíre
basically dumb as a doorstop without a strong Wi-Fi
signal to help them do their job.