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Home automation in the 21st century

4 Home Security Systems to Try Now

Cheap microprocessors, easy communications, and ubiquitous smartphones make the “home of the future” a reality today.
July 17, 2014
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Smart Sous-Vide Cooker

Sous-vide (“under vacuum”) cooking means setting meat and vegetables inside a sealed bag and placing the whole thing in a container of temperature-controlled water. When done correctly, the result is tender chicken and silky eggs. Besides bringing you closer to molecular gastronomy, it’s far more glamorous than a Crock Pot. Mellow’s sous-vide cooker takes the connectivity found in thermostats and smart alarms and uses it to make an autonomous cooking system that won’t burn down the house. Available for preorder, $400.
July 17, 2014
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Inexpensive Touchless Flush Toilet Kit

Somehow the toilets in bus stations and airports have technologically superseded the home commode. Toilets with motion sensors and water jets exist for civilian abodes, but they’re expensive to install and usually come with superfluous jets and LCD screens. This kit from Kohler can be installed without a plumber and, when finished, you can flush your standard toilet by briefly holding your hand a few inches above the tank. Available online, $100.
July 17, 2014
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7 Space-Saving Products

In our September issue, Dwell editors round up the best multifunctional, compact furniture for small spaces. Here's a look at eight more products that will give you more room and more peace of mind.
July 17, 2014
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Gardener's Best Friend: Soil Tracker that Automatically Irrigates

Edyn is a garden system created by an entrepreneur with an affection for horticulture. It comes in two parts: a sensor-laden stake, and the Water Valve hose actuator. Available for pre-order soon, $159.
July 14, 2014
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Whimsical Floating Lamps

Straight out of a sci-fi movie, Crealev makes lamps that use opposing magnets to float the top section in the air. The idea came from designer Angela Jansen and electrical engineer Ger Jansen, both based in the Netherlands. They also make floating shelves, like the Floating Smartphone Display, that are mainly produced for brands looking to attract attention at trade shows, but are available for home use as well. Available online, from €980.
July 14, 2014
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Honeywell Thermostat Turns On When You're Almost Home

Smart thermostats have been around for a while now, but the Honeywell Lyric is exceptional because it uses geofencing. It senses when you and your phone have arrived or left your home, and it adjusts for efficiency or comfort accordingly. There are two options: a seven-mile radius for suburban homes, and a 500-foot radius for apartment-dwellers. Available from Lowe's beginning in August 2014 for $279.
July 14, 2014
Smart home utility products

Stock Your Garage with Modern Utility Products

Use computers and robots to keep your cars purring and gutters clean, all without setting aside an entire Sunday afternoon.
July 10, 2014
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Must-Have Products for the Modern Kitchen

You’re out of excuses for preparing a subpar meal. Keep family and guests sated with the help of appliances and equipment that will make you think you have your own sous-chef.
July 10, 2014
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