Home 2.0 Gadgets
I grew up watching “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons,” and was always more drawn to the futuristic utopia than the Neolithic era. Although I’m not blessed with a robot maid, I’m always looking for new contraptions to catapult my kitchen, bedroom, and living room into the future. Here are a few whimsical inventions I have my eyes on.
Smart Bartending Device
Here’s a secret high-tech way to mix the perfect drink. Just do whatever this app tells you. Simply plug in your tablet or smartphone (not included), put the glass on the digital scale, and follow the real-time instructions for any of over 100 drink or cocktail recipes. The scale measures how much you’ve poured, and the app shows you where you’re at on a virtual glass in real time. Overpoured? No problem — this puppy will load up adjustment instructions. The kit comes with a requisite shaker, and pourers, to boot.
Hybrid Robot Mop and Vacuum
If you’re looking for a magical vacuum from the future, you’ve come to the right place. This robot uses a vision sensor and camera to learn the shape of the room, map out a cleaning path, vacuum and mop (separately or simultaneously), and even track its own performance. Automation never looked so easy.
Bamboo Cutting Board and iPad Stand
I have a stack of cookbooks as high as the eye can see, but loading up recipes on my tablet is so much more convenient. This bamboo cutting board doubles up as an iPad stand, and holds kitchen knives to boot, making food prep a breeze. Chopping veggies while watching cooking videos has never been so easy.
Wireless Location Tags
I’ll admit that I’m one of those people who perpetually loses everything: keys, glasses, wallet, you name it. These wireless tracking tags can shield me from the consequences of my absentmindedness, so long as I keep my hands on my phone. The tag talks to an app, so you can keep track of up to five items and even program alarms or messages if you lose track of your belongings.
Sleep Tracker and Wellness Coach
I have an app on my phone that tracks my sleep quality and time in bed and doubles up as an alarm clock. I typically don’t use it, though, because it requires a lot of fumbling — slipping it under my pillow, turning off various apps so the sounds won’t wake me but keeping the volume high for the alarm, etc. This sleep tracker makes it easy — you can stick the sensor under your bed sheet, and keep your phone or tablet in another room. You can look at your sleep quality, movement, heart, and breathing rates in the morning, along with personalized coaching tips. Quantified selfers, rejoice.