Eliminate the pain in house chores with gadgets that will do the heavy lifting for you.
Kiwi by PLX, $90
Plug this into your post-1996 car’s onboard diagnostics port, and the Kiwi links to smartphone apps to explain a Check Engine light or tell you when an oil change is needed.
Amplifi Hose Powering and Storage System by Briggs & Stratton, $199
Besides neatly organizing a 75-foot hose, the Amplifi lets you change the power of the stream using controls on the nozzle. Turn it on full blast to clean second-story windows or on low to water the garden.
Automatica by Inrete, $159
This plugs into your car’s USB port to play podcasts, music from your Dropbox folder—anything you can upload to a cloud server. Anytime it gets near a secure wi-fi connection, it’ll update with the latest content.
Power Cord System by RoboReel, $299
Typical reelers for power cords use springs, which can break easily. The RoboReel uses a lubricated motor that winds gradually to prevent the cord from snapping around. Mount it on the ceiling to save floor space.
Yeti 150 by Goal Zero, $200
With 150 watt-hours of battery, this pack can charge a laptop twice or a smartphone 15 times. The integrated AC port means you can operate household appliances during a blackout. Charge via solar power or by plugging into the grid.
Looj 330 by iRobot, $300
Sit the Looj’s tank treads in a gutter and it runs along, spewing out a season’s worth of gunk—no need to lean precariously on a ladder. Set it to go automatically, or control it remotely.
2520 Battery Tender by Clore, $110
With all the systems running in modern cars, monitoring the battery is vital. Hook it up to this tender when you you’re not driving: It brings the battery to full capacity and shuts off before overcharging.