It’s been more than 50 years since “The Jetsons” first aired on televison. The show gave Americans hope that one day each American household would have robotic maids, flying cars and tons of leisure time thanks to technology. The cartoon showed us the possibilities of a technologically-advanced civilization and gave our forefathers something to look forward to in their dark, smartphone-less world.
While we don’t have flying cars, our homes are increasingly moving closer to looking like “The Jetsons.” Here are the devices that will have you living like you are in the space-age cartoon.
Lorex High-Definition Security Cameras
Consider a cutting-edge home security system to keep those high-tech gadgets safe. Lorex is a FLIR company ( the company that supplies thermal vision products to the U.S. military) so it has a proven track record of creating solid products. Lorex’s HD home security cameras are no different. The quality of the images is a strong selling point, as the company has built â€œa custom surveillance solution that can go toe-to-toe with an HDTV.
Bonus: Unlike most security systems on the market, this one is contract free.
Nest Protect takes smoke/carbon monoxide combo alarms to the next level. The company’s goal was to make a device that could be sensitive enough to detect a fire early, but not so sensitive that the alarm would go off after your significant other burns toast on Saturday morning. Thankfully, the folks at Nest were able to find the balance between the two, and here we are with the Protect. Like all Nest products, this sexy-looking device can be controlled from your smartphone, which will also receive warnings and alerts from your Protect. The company says its product is “the smoke alarm other alarms look up to”.
Philips Hue Connected Bulb
Philips Hue Connected Bulb isn’t a product you need, but you will want one. It’s a colour-changing, LED light bulb that can be controlled by your phone. This cool piece of tech helps to geek-out your home and solves a host of first-world problems. Want to have your lights blink every time Kim Kardashian tweets. You got it. Need to set the mood at your swanky cocktail party, but can’t navigate around the chocolate fountain? Well, this product is for you.
Tado Cooling allows users to make their current unit more energy-efficient while also making their homes more comfortable. The Tado app on your smartphone will sense where you are, and adjust the temperature accordingly.
That is, as you leave work, the app will adjust to the presets you selected. You’ll arrive home from work to a comfortable house and lower energy bill. It is easy to install, which is a great feature for the mechanically challenged homeowner.
Amazon Echo is Amazon.com’s feature-laden smart speaker that makes a great hub for your smart devices as it connects with a variety of products, like Philips Hue Connected Bulb. With far-field voice recognition that hears you from across the room, you have the option of placing the device out of sight without forgoing the convenience of barking orders to your Echo and the devices connected to it. The Echo plays music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora and iHeartRadio.