Dec 16, 2021, 8:48pmUpdated 41m ago
By: News 12 Staff
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Got any gadget lovers on your holiday gift list? These smart devices make great stocking stuffers. They’re not only fun to use, but they can help make life easier and more convenient. Some of them even save energy, too.
Programmable thermostats have been around for years, but today’s advanced models provide cool features, such as remote control, which can optimize savings and convenience. Some models even learn your habits and program themselves to fit your schedule. What could be easier than that?
Smart bulbs can do a lot more than just light up a room. With a connected app, users can set a schedule for a smart bulb. The bulb can automatically turn on at a certain time to help with the morning wake up. When you’re away, it can be easily set to turn on and off to make it look like someone is home. Smart bulbs can also be tuned for specific tasks — cool light for reading or warm light for evening relaxation.
Advanced power strips
Many electronic devices continue using energy when they’re turned off or not in use, but unplugging them is a hassle. Lucky recipients on your gift list could plug those devices into an advanced power strip or smart plug, which save energy by automatically cutting off power to unused devices.
Smart tech is perfect for any security-minded folks on your gift list. With smart locks, they can lock or unlock their door from anywhere using a smartphone app, or they can set to automatically unlock when they’re close to home. Video doorbells allow users to answer the door from anywhere and keep track of deliveries remotely. For added security, these doorbells can sense movement outside your door, send alerts and keep video recordings.
A voice assistant or smart speaker can help tie things all together. By connecting a smart speaker to other smart devices in the home, a user can easily control them with the sound of their voice. Imagine just saying, “Hey smart speaker, change the thermostat to 72°F” and having it just happen.
Savings, security, convenience and comfort — what great gifts for the people on your list!
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