An automated home that you can run from your smartphone or voice-activated hub is no longer a thing of the future. Here are some unique tech accessories and smart home gift ideas for the tech lover in your life.
Powered by Google Assistant to answer your questions, each Google Mini can also play music, control appliances, find a lost smartphone or broadcast messages to other rooms. Google Home Mini (2-Pack) at Bed Bath & Beyond, $78.
Plug the stick into any TV or screen with a USB to stream movies, shows and video. Comes with 1 month free Hulu service. Roku Streaming TV Stick at Target, $50.
This portable Bluetooth speaker has a retro look and delivers 25 Watts of sound. Audio Pro T3 Speaker at Pottery Barn, $249.
Connect the Pocket DJ to your smartphone to create your own custom music mixes on the fly.
Plug this into a wall socket and turn nearly any home electrical device into an automated smart home device. Alexa compatible. TP-Link Kasa Mini Outlet Smart Plug at Amazon, $27.
This sleek wall switch is Wi-Fi-enabled to communicate with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Home Kit so you don’t have to get out of bed again to turn off or dim the lights. Wemo Dimmer Wi-Fi Light Switch at Amazon, $50.
There’s a free app for this digital thermometer so you can remotely adjust temperature and get notifications when your food is ready. Weber iGrill Mini at Amazon, $28.
Save money and control your home’s temperature with this smart thermostat that knows when you’re home (or gone) and can be remotely controlled via a smartphone app. Nest Thermostat E at Jet, $169.
Place your iPhone on the non-slip base of this wireless charger and it will charge without plugging it in. Drop Wireless Charger at CB2, $60.
For those who are picky about how hot their coffee or tea is, this ceramic mug will maintain a hot drink at the precise temperature set. Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug at Amazon, $80.
Send your pet some love while you’re at work. This wireless camera can be viewed remotely from your smartphone. And if your pet is smart enough to check in with you by approaching the camera, you can remotely release a treat for them to enjoy. Petcube Bites Wi-Fi Pet Camera with Treat Dispenser at Amazon, $222.
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