A fun and portable device that the kids love is the Amazon Tap, which operates with voice recognition and provides users with information on weather, music, news and much more. Tap users can even order a Domino’s pizza for dinner with the help of a Siri-like operator named Alexa. www.amazon.com
Automated Lutron Venetian shades control the amount of natural light that enters the home throughout the day. They offer the convenience of either wireless or wired one-touch control system right from the bed. A wonderful upgrade to any home, these shades come in many colors and contemporary designs. www.lutron.com
The Nest Learning Thermostat allows users to auto-schedule the temperature in their homes, and it programs itself after one week. Homeowners control it using their wireless devices. Nest works with most heating and cooling systems, and its modern and futuristic design comes in updated finishes including white, stainless steel, black and copper. www.nest.com
Steamist Total Sense adds the ultimate spa experience to any bathroom. Powered by a generator and controlled via Wi-Fi, this device offers spa experiences such as AromaSense (using essential oils), ChromaSense (colored lighting), AudioSense (music) and ShowerSense. www.steamist.com
The Video Doorbell by Ring connects via Wi-Fi to the Ring app. Homeowners can use their preferred device to see visitors, review footage of home deliveries or receive alerts. This little gadget even has night vision with infrared LEDs, allowing users to see in dim lighting … burglars have even been caught with it! www.ring.com
Technology that can be integrated into the home to make it safer or more convenient (or just cooler) is evolving rapidly. Here, interior designer Sharon Fox of Sharon Fox Designs dishes on her favorite residential “smart” products.
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