Get Better Rest with C by GE - C Sleep Connected Light Bulbs
GE has unveiled its C by GE line, its first connected LED light bulbs that can be controlled directly from your smartphone without a hub. The C by GE app makes it simple for users to control their light bulbs from their phones via Bluetooth connection. C by GE’s C Sleep connected bulbs are perfect for bedroom lighting. They provide the right light throughout the day to get your body ready for sleep. Unlike regular bulbs, the C-Sleep bulb is designed to optimize sleep cycles with three distinct settings: for morning, midday, and evening light, all with the ability to sync to personal circadian rhythms. C Sleep is available at Target in a 2-pack for around $50 and in a single pack at Lowe’s for around $25. Learn more at CbyGE.com.
Bondic Liquid Plastic Welding Tool Helps You Fix Almost Anything
Bondic is the world’s first liquid plastic welding tool. It can bond, build, fix and fill almost any material, and is the first actual alternative to glue. The genius of this product is that Bondic is NOT A GLUE but is actually better. Instead of sticking objects together, Bondic allows you to create new material around the objects like a soldering tool or literally rebuild the entire piece like a 3D printer. The coolest part is that Bondic goes on like a liquid but is cured with a small included UV light in just 4 seconds! Bondic can be built up on itself, creating any size/shape the user desires. It can then be filed, sanded, milled, polished or painted for a seamless repair. Bondic is availalbe at Target, Walmart, CVS, Ace Hardware, Hobby Town, True Value and Amazon. Learn more at www.notaglue.com.
Generac iQ2000: Portable Power That’s Quiet, Smart and Easy to Use
If you’re looking for a portable generator for tailgating, camping, the beach – or when the power goes out – you’ll love the new Generac iQ2000. It’s quiet, smart and easy to use, and it’s just $799 – hundreds less than a HONDA generator. The ultra lightweight Generac iQ is the most versatile generator we’ve seen here at The Money Pit, and it’ll make sure you’re never out of power. There’s a special offer available now exclusively for our readers – you can get FREE shipping plus a free copy of Tom & Leslie’s home improvement guide, “My Home, My Money Pit,” when you order your Generac iQ by calling 800-965-1172 or visiting www.generaciq.com.
Stanley Smart Measure Pro Lets You Get the Job Done Faster
The Smart Measure Pro from Stanley ensures you'll never have to take measurements the old fashioned way again. This cutting-edge tool works with a dedicated app and your smartphone or tablet to get you the numbers you need, fast. Snap a pic of anything, and you'll instantly get accurate measurements and a correct estimate of how much material you need for your project. It’s perfect for things like calculating paintable surface areas, determining the amount of siding needed, calculating window size or measuring building dimensions. The Smart Measure Pro works with both Apple and Android devices, including tablets and the iPhone 4 and up. It's available at Lowes and the app can be downloaded free of charge in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Edyn Garden Sensor Gives You a Green Thumb
We’ve all been there – you put a lot of time, energy and money into a garden, but life gets in the way. To help you avoid a “black thumb,” Edyn gives you the tools and support you need to help your garden thrive. Edyn is a smart garden system that provides insight into what’s happening beneath your garden’s soil by measuring and tracking humidity, temperature, light intensity and soil electrical conductivity. Edyn then sends actionable recommendations via the Edyn app for how to keep your plants healthy and happy – say goodbye to ever overwatering or underwatering again! The Edyn Garden Sensor is perfect for your first planter box garden or backyard plot and will help you grow anything, from plants to flowers to herbs and more. The Edyn Garden Sensor is available for $99.97 at Home Depot and on www.homedepot.com. Learn more at www.edyn.com.
Leviton's Decora Digital Dimmer is Easy to Program and Use
Programming a timer for your lights can be cumbersome and time consuming. Some timers require re-programming because they do not automatically adjust to day light savings (DST) and sunrise/sunset. The Decora Digital Dimmer with Bluetooth technology from Leviton is a dimmer and timer in one that is wirelessly controlled using an app on a smartphone and tablet. Programming lights only takes a few minutes and once programmed, it automatically adjusts for DST and sunrise/sunset. This powerful device takes traditional lighting control to the next level so you can dim and time lighting within a 30-foot range without using a hub, gateway or internet connection. Just download the free app! The Decora Digital Dimmer retails for $40 and is available at the Leviton E-store, Amazon and some Home Depot locations. Learn more at Leviton.com/DecoraDigital.
Ring Wireless Video Doorbell Pro - See Who's There From Anywhere
With Ring Video Doorbell Pro you’ll never miss a visitor again. With a motion-activated camera, two-way audio and brilliant HD video you can see, hear and speak to whomever is at your door in real time from your smartphone, tablet or desktop. Day or night, rain or shine — you’re always home. Connect Ring Video Doorbell Pro to your home Wi-Fi and get alerts to your smartphone, tablet or desktop, and monitor and interact with visitors in real time whether you’re upstairs or across the globe. The Ring app is available on Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices. Ring Video Doorbell Pro retails for $249 and is available at The Home Depot and Ring.com. Learn more at www.ring.com.
Rheem's EcoNet Helps You Lower Your Utility Bills
The EcoNet Smart Home System is Rheem’s exclusive technology that allows homeowners to manage up to 65% of a home’s energy consumption, reducing monthly utility bills. EcoNet allows homeowners to manage their home’s heating, cooling and water heating products using WiFi-connected technology, to customize temperature, vacation settings, energy savings, and system monitoring at home or away. Rheem EcoNet-enabled water heaters as well as the EcoNet WiFi Kit are available at The Home Depot stores and HomeDepot.com. Homeowners can also purchase EcoNet-enabled heating and cooling equipment through the Home Depot’s installed services program. All Rheem HVAC equipment must be installed by a licensed professional installer. Learn more at www.Rheem.com/EcoNet.
BEST Cattura Downdraft is Powerful, Quiet and Beautiful
Designing a dream kitchen doesn't have to include compromises. With Cattura, the groundbreaking new downdraft from BEST, you can design confidently, knowing it will pair with virtually any cooktop appliance — aesthetically and mechanically — in virtually any installation configuration. Designed for serious cooking, Cattura captures cooking fumes better than any other downdraft on the market. But the quest for greater capture doesn't compromise quiet performance. In fact, the Cattura downdraft moves air more quietly than other downdrafts on the market. It’s as effective as a traditional island hood but takes the form of a thin, sleek and retractable unit that elevates kitchen design while improving indoor air quality. Pricing starts at $1,475. Visit www.bestrangehoods.com/cattura for more information and www.bestrangehoods.com/showroom to find your nearest BEST showroom.
ecobee Smarter Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat Ensures Comfort in Every Room
Ordinary thermostats only read the temperature in one room (usually the hallway), which can make your favorite rooms uncomfortable. Ecobee, on the other hand, works with remote sensors to deliver the right temperature in the rooms that matter most. Ecobee intuitively understands when to turn on your heating or cooling equipment based on your home's unique energy profile, the weather outside, and thousands of other data points to make sure you're comfortable at all times. It also detects when you're home and saves energy when you're not, resulting in an average 23% savings on heating and cooling year after year. The ecobee3 is available on Ecobee.com for $249, and is also available in Apple stores, on Apple.com, at Home Depot, Best Buy, and Amazon.com. Learn more at www.ecobee.com.
The DIYZ App Helps You Tackle Home Projects With Confidence
DIYZ is a mobile app for your smartphone that helps you tackle do-it-yourself projects. No matter your skill level, DIYZ puts the power of money-saving, soul-satisfying DIY home projects right in the palm of your hand. With step-by-step instructions, DIY videos, tool suggestions, and the option to video chat with a pro adviser, DIYZ makes home improvement easy. Find your home project to get detailed step-by-step instructions and how-to videos, plus a complete tool and materials list. Choose what you need, order online, and have everything delivered to your door. DIYZ is free to download and is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Learn more at www.diyz.com.
Canary is an All-in-One Home Security System
Help keep your home and loved ones safe with the Canary Single-Device Security System. Canary is the only all-in-one home security system that lets you see what’s happening at home and take action. From HD video to motion-activated alerts to a 90+ decibel siren, Canary gives you everything you need to keep your home safe. Stream real-time video of your home, and receive notifications whenever motion is detected, with Canary’s 1080p HD camera, 147° wide-angle lens, automatic night vision, and high-quality audio. More than just a camera, Canary also offers exclusive air quality, temperature and humidity monitoring. No installation or monthly fees are required, and no additional sensors, base stations or cameras are needed. Plus, free cloud storage and video downloads are included. Available for $199 at homedepot.com.
Philips' Hue Wirelessly Creates a Range of Ambiences
On/off just doesn’t cut it for lighting in the house of tomorrow. Philips’ Hue uses intuitive technology that seamlessly integrates within your current environment and routine to transform your everyday relationship with light. Wirelessly create a range of ambiences within your space. Choose color, tone intensity, create light recipes -- and that’s just for starters. You can even sync the lights to your favourite song for a mid-afternoon dance party. However, Hue is more than just a novelty. Hue will gently enhance your well-being, sleep, concentration and relaxation levels -- all through the natural properties of light. Program and save your favorite scenes for the day and allow Hue to gently take you from dawn to dusk. The starter set with remote, wifi connecting device and three lights is priced at around $200.
Flare Home Security System Provides Continuous Coverage
Flare is the next big thing for home security. Behind the sleek, state of the art design is a HD camera and hi-tech sensors that provide continuous coverage when you are not at home. Flare is able to distinguish between known and unknown faces and even pets can be recognized. Thanks to its cleverly programmed AI, Flare can make autonomous decisions in case of an attempted burglary. The intelligent security system decides which actions to take -- to raise the alarm, inform you via your mobile or to call the police. Despite this vigilance, Flare also guarantees privacy for you and your family. When a recognized face enters the room, Flare physically closes the shutter in front of its camera. Flare is now available on IndieGoGo for around $300.
SmartDoor Makes Keys a Thing of the Past
SmartDoor, a collaboration between tech venture 1aim and door manufacturer Schörghuber, brings a whole new world of meaning to the phrase “Open Sesame!” This technologically advanced door opens automatically when the owner approaches with their Bluetooth-activated, authenticated smartphone. But that’s not all that’s on offer. Through the use of a camera and an intercom, SmartDoor transmits video and audio to the owner’s smartphone. Friend left something behind while you’re having a drink at the bar? Chat with them over the app and even better, the SmartDoor can be opened for them with a swipe. Regular authentications can also be set up for trusted loved ones to use a pin code. Anyone who uses this smart door won’t want to go back to keys.
Telsa Powerwall is a Revolutionary Energy Storage Solution
Many homeowners already have a solar power system installed on their roofs and are feeding the surplus electricity back into the local grid. In tomorrow’s home, the idea is that an energy storage device will save the produced energy for personal use when the sun has set. Tesla is the first company to invent such a revolutionary storage solution. The Tesla Powerwall, a lithium ion battery, has a capacity of 7-10 kWh, depending on the model, approximately the average energy consumption of a 2 person household in one day. The saved energy can be consumed or fed back into the local grid, earning a small profit for the owners. What’s more, the system has a data connection, meaning it can be linked to your other smart home devices. The Tesla Powerwall will cost at least $3,000 and can already be pre-ordered.
Samsung's Family Hub Smart Fridge Makes Grocery Shopping Painless
The smart fridge is a must-have smart home appliance for busy individuals. With Samsung’s Family Hub, the wait for the fridge of tomorrow is finally over. Family Hub takes a picture each time you close your fridge door, making it available on your smartphone via cloud technology. This means that lost grocery lists and stressful food shopping will soon become a thing of the past. It also comes with a 21.5-inch touchscreen, which lets you order food online, leave notes for family members, watch videos, listen to music and, most relevantly, look up and follow recipes. The Family Hub is only available for approximately $5,800.