8 Hot Gadgets for Your High-Tech Home

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8 Hot Gadgets for Your High-Tech Home
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Nest Thermostat

Price: $249What it does: Home thermostat that learns your behavior and adjusts itself accordingly. Why it's worth it: The Nest Thermostat has been called the “iPod of thermostats,” because it was designed by the same man who helped design the iPod. That means it also has the same elegant design and easy user interface we've come to know. It has a round shape with colors that are designed to blend into whatever color wall you install it on. The thermostat is intended to save you energy and money by automatically learning your patterns and behavior and adjusting itself accordingly. For instance, if you regularly come downstairs at 8 a.m. every day and set the temp to 70 degrees, it stores and learns that info. Then, using motion sensor technology, if it doesn't sense your presence every morning, it will figure out you're away and will adjust the temp to save on energy. Using an iOS app, the Nest can be controlled remotely via a Wi-Fi connection, so you might want to crank up the air conditioning from the train ride home, or turn up the heat before the kids get home from school. The Nest thermostat comes with the tools you'll need to install it yourself, and there are videos to guide you through the process.

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Our homes are becoming more and more high tech, from lighting and music you can control with your to gadgets that make things a little easier. The connected homes you see in the movies are becoming a reality, and you can install a thermostat that learns your patterns and adjusts itself accordingly to keep the home cool and energy-efficient, and you can clean the floors with a robotic vacuum you can program and control remotely. And that's just the beginning. We've rounded up some of the hottest gadgets you can get right now to move you one step closer to a wired home.

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