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This is the smart gift that makes other gifts smart. Plug a device into the WeMo Smart Plug in order to control that device remotely, even on the other side of the world.
Left the iron on? If it’s plugged into the Smart Plug you can turn it off from the Roman Coliseum, the Great Barrier Reef or the Taj Mahal — assuming those places have cellphone reception. Use it to power on and off lights when you’re away, too.
Turn your phone or tablet into a mobile peephole with the Ring Doorbell. It senses when someone is approaching your house and alerts you, then it allows you to speak, see and hear the visitor from anywhere in the house or across the world. It’s amazingly easy to install, so even if the person for whom you’re buying it isn’t very tech-smart, they can make their doorbell so.
You’ve seen the magic of the Roomba, the computerized vacuum cleaner that navigates around your furniture and pets. The Winbot takes that concept to glass surfaces. It cleans framed and unframed glass of any kind or thickness, and it even cleans horizontal surfaces. Cleaning mirrors and other glass surfaces is easy when you let Winbot and its suction devices handle the job for you.
If you’re smart, you’re making your home smart too. This is the year of the smart — everything. By smart, we mean gadgets that connect to the internet in ways that free you to do other things.
So if that person in your life isn’t on board, the holiday season is a great time to give them a push toward smartness.
Here are three affordable home gadgets — smart, of course — that will make great holiday gifts this year.