Taking the Work Out of House Work

Five gadgets to help monitor, clean, brew, and manage household tasks at the push of a button.

Taking the Work Out of House Work

Dyson 360 Eye
Robotic vacuums have around for over a decade now (the first Roomba was made first available back in 2002). But let’s be real now, we all still have to vacuum occasionally, as most robotic vacuums are still bumbling and bumping gadgets rather than the intelligent cleaning servants we’ve all hoped for. Sir James Dyson hopes to change all that with his company’s “truly intelligent” autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner, equipped with a 360-degree panoramic camera to strategically map out a cleaning path without bumping into everything, partnered with a super charged suction vacuum motor to truly pick up everything in its path.

Taking the Work Out of House Work

Whirlpool 6th Sense Live System
Does anyone enjoy laundry day? Probably not, but the “internet of things” – the technology interconnecting devices to wireless networks and other devices – has transformed once “dumb” washing machines with an array of app-enabled smart features which makes washing clothing a little less of a time-sucking chore. The Whirlpool 6th Sense Live washer and dryers not only tell you how much more times your loads will need to wash or dry, but also report back energy use and allows user to start/stop cycles and additional optional features remotely from a tablet or mobile app. Now if it would only fold our clothes…

Taking the Work Out of House Work

LG Smart Thinq Refrigerator
It used to be home appliances only required an electrical outlet. But now almost any appliance which you can plug-in and can also connect to the internet to expand features well beyond on and off. Companies like LG are equipping refrigerators to monitor and readjust energy expenditure, create inventory lists, send recipes to connected devices and compatible smart ovens, and even notify homeowners when their food is going to expire to help reduce wasted food or redundant purchases.

Taking the Work Out of House Work

Mr. Coffee 10 Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker
This isn’t your parent’s Mr. Coffee. The WeMo-enabled (WeMo is Belkin’s system and partnership of connected home and automation products) Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker brings the caffeine-addicted several automated and scheduling features to work in accordance to their app-addicted lifestyle. Once connected to wi-fi and the WeMo network, the otherwise normal looking coffee machine can be controlled via WeMo app from a smartphone. Users can then program a week’s length of brewing times, monitor the water quality (and be notified when the coffee maker’s filter needs to be replaced), and even receive notification when their morning pot is ready to pour.

Taking the Work Out of House Work

Honeywell HPA250B Air Purifier with Bluetooth Smart Controls
Unlike the appliances above, the Honeywell air purifier doesn’t need a wireless network, but instead uses Bluetooth Smart to help simplify keeping interior air clean. A compatible Honeywell Portable app extends all controls and monitoring over to the smartphone screen; from there users can dim the air purifier’s LED lights and change the auto-off timer from the comfort of their couch, desk, or bed from up to 30 feet away (the true HEPA air purifier is rated for rooms up to 310 square feet). There’s even a proximity sensor to automatically turn on the unit when a connected Bluetooth device is detected, a smart energy saving measure. But it’s really the Honeywell Bluetooth Smart Air Purifier’s automatic Allergen Alert system that distinguishes the air purifier from other units, adjusting cleaning levels according to zip code specific allergen reports for mold, ragweed, tree and grass, alongside monitoring the room for VOCs.

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