What do you buy someone who lives in a smart home? Truth be told, it's not as difficult as you might think. There are lots of gifts on the market which, like smart homes, manage to meet somewhere in the middle between form and function.
We've compiled a list of just a few ideas and included the links to the stores, just in case.
Dubbed the World's first WiFi Kettle, this revolutionary appliance lets you control the kettle remotely via your smartphone. You can program the kettle to start boiling while you're out and about, and then you can come home to a hot drink.
The Wake mode acts as your personal barista, gently waking you and asking if you'd like the kettle to start boiling. It's also a great way to multitask in the morning.
When it comes to a smart home, smart homeowners know that safety and security should be top priority. Home automation is usually the way most people go and the DoorBot is a pretty user-friendly entry into that realm. The weatherproof device is mounted outside your door and acts like your own electronic peephole – sending pictures straight to your phone.
Lightweight, CPU performance comparable to a desktop, and with a battery life of up to 10 hours, the latest incarnation of the iPad packs a big punch in a tiny package.
The wireless performance has also received a boost as well, making it much easier to enjoy the litany of apps that everyone can't stop talking about.
From: Hughes Net
When we say "smart internet coverage," we basically mean the best internet service for your purposes. The popular trend with a lot of smart homes is to place them in rural areas so; obviously, you would want a service that can reach your home wherever it may be. Hughes Net is just one example, but there are many others and it's important to do your research.
Nothing says "smart home" like having your own personal army of independent automaton cleaners, and the Looj is probably the best of the bunch. Sleek and easy-to-use, this cleaning robot fits within most standard gutters. The high-velocity auger sweeps and scrapes away dirt and debris from the gutter, able to clear thirty feet of gutter in about five minutes – faster and safer than the traditional method.
Pivot Power Genius
This app-enabled version of the popular power strip offers all the flexibility and efficiency of its predecessor with a few extra perks. Now, you are able to remotely power on or off two of the sockets on the strip through mobile devices.
You can even schedule the sockets, allowing you to automatically turn on and off the lights – great if you're abroad.
Gifts like these are great for both adding a little flair and, really, just making life a little bit easier. These are just a couple examples and, as technology continues to evolve, we'll be seeing a lot more in the coming months.
Skylar Michelle James is a woman who loves technology. Currently Skylar is a graduate student in the Boston Massachusetts area. She is writing her thesis on the Internet Philosophy. Much of her focus is on the future of internet and what is next. When she is not studying, she is freelance writing to keep her in the technology loop. Please connect with her via email or twitter @SkyJamesWriter