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July 8, 2014
Originally published in America the Beautiful
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That's Entertainment
Don’t overthink the process of creating ambiance in your living space: Today’s gadgets make kicking back a breeze.
Smart home products for the living room

Today's gadgets successfully streamline modern entertaining.

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Wi-Fi Plant Sensor for the Home

Wi-Fi Plant Sensor Indoor by Koubachi, $99

Who says recreation has to be noisy? Watch plants grow like magic while monitoring statistics on the dirt’s water content, temperature, and light exposure. If you’re especially prone to botanicide, the sensor can be set to remind you to water the plants, too.

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Home security alarm system with motion sensors

Alarm by Scout, from $130

Start with a Scout wi-fi base station and add motion sensors, disarming panels, and open-close sensors, as needed. Set the software to respond to, say, the front door opening, with a text to you or a call to the police. The hardware and software can integrate with third-party lock and video devices, too.

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Wireless total home control system

RadioRA 2 by Lutron, $1,150–$1,490

Replace your light switches with these dimmers, and control your home’s lighting entirely from your iPad. Adjust the brightness according to presets, like bright lights for waking up or softer glows for falling asleep.

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Wireless rectangular speaker in black

Play:3 by Sonos, $299

Most wireless speakers communicate in a format that compresses your music into a barely acceptable fuzz. Sonos, with its one-step setup, streams tunes from any device to its speakers with sonic clarity. Once you buy the connecting bridge, keep adding speakers to fill your halls with more and more tunes.

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Small cube speakers in red, black, and white

Qube by Matrix Audio, $40

This 1.5-inch cube packs three watts of sound power. Get a few and line the house with them.

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Modern white and black record player

MMF-11.1 by Music Hall, $4,500

Compare the aural quality of a record to iTunes or Spotify, and let the fullness of sound win you over. Opposing magnets in the feet of the turntable virtually isolate it from its environment, dramatically improving the sound.

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Smart home products for the living room

Today's gadgets successfully streamline modern entertaining.

Photo by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan.

 

 

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