5 Best Smart Home Gadgets and Applications in 2016

There are enough complications in our lives without having to constantly groan when thinking about coming back home. After all, who needs extra chores and responsibilities after a prolonged day of work? Is anyone really happy at the prospect of not being able to simply sit in a comfy chair and read a book because you have dishes to do and things to worry over?

“But there’s a little thing called a dish washer,” you might argue. And, yes, there is. In a sense, this appliance was the first step to the road of simplifying out household chores and making our houses more intelligent. In 2016, this goes even further with the introduction of several ingenious smart home gadgets.

#1 Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion

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How frustrating is it to be out with friends and constantly ask yourself if you haven’t accidentally forgotten your hair curler in the socket? It goes without saying that this would be a safety hazard. The WeMo is a socket that allows you to control the plugged electronics from your smartphone. Plug in a lamp, a computer, or a light bulb and you’ll be able to turn it on and off without ever actually having to be present home.

#2 Ecobee3

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The Ecobee is a decisive step forward for thermostats with its innovative function that allows for proper temperature detection. Set a certain temperature you wish for a room, the Ecobee will place a sensor, and it will turn off the heating when it believes that the chamber has had enough. Naturally, it works for the other way around too. While there have been several other variants of this property (in air conditioners, for example), the Ecobee excels through the sheer accuracy of its system.

#3 WallyHome Water Monitor

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New types of flat-screen TV’s are being released every year, yet truly damaging issues that have been bothering us since the invention of plumbing seemed impossible to solve… until now. The WallyHome is a gadget meant to help with the prevention of water leaks. If before you had to wait until your entire home was flooded, now you can call a specialist to get that leak patched up before things evolve into a natural disaster. The WallyHome attaches sensors to places functioning on plumbing systems and, the moment it senses an unwanted drop of water, it sends an alert to the hub.

#4 Amazon Echo

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Given the success of Siri, it became pretty clear that we like having electronic companions to talk to. Meet the Amazon Echo, the gadget you didn’t know you needed. Harnessing the same intelligence as your favorite iPhone feature, the Echo is able to perform a variety of tasks through plain voice commands.

#5 Sleep Number C2 Bed

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Up until this point, the only way your bed could improve your sleeping experience was through mattress replacement. This intelligent bed monitors your pulse and breathing rate among plenty of other statistics. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll be able to get a general idea of how well you sleep and what you can do to snooze away in the best sleep of your life.

Author: Mike Jones

Mike Jones is a Boston University graduate, with an MS in Mass Communication. He is a full-time writer, passionate about entertainment and technology. He is one of the editors of TheNextDigit.

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