If you grew up watching shows like Hey Arnold! or The Jetsons, you probably always dreamed of having a technologically advanced home like Arnold’s remote-controlled room or the Jetson family’s automated house. The good news is that technology has advanced quite a bit since those cartoons graced our TV screens. While we can’t give you those exact spaces, we do know how you can make your humble abode feel a little more futuristic. Below, we list 10 cool gadgets you can use or install in your home to make your daily routine a little more modern and automated. These nifty devices will make chores and upkeep much easier.
These are the home gadgets to shop if you want your space to more automated:
1. Shanong Fingerprint Smart Door Lock
If you're always misplacing your house keys, you'll love this cool doorknob from Shanong. Instead of that old-fashioned lock-and-key combo you've had for years, you can now open your door by scanning your fingerprint on the smart lock. It also lets you input a unique number combination or use a designated card to unlock the door. That way, you'll have more options for opening your door that don't involve carrying a set of jangly keys or rummaging through your bag to find them every time you get home.
Shanong Fingerprint Smart Door Lock, P4090 from P8180, SHANONG, Available online.
2. TP-Link Tapo P100 Smart Wi-Fi Socket
No need to get out of bed to switch off lights and other appliances with TP-Link's Smart Wi-Fi Socket—it lets you control your electronics and home appliances using just your phone! All you have to do is download the TP-Link Tapo app (available on the App Store and Google Play Store), connect the plug to your phone, and set it up. Make sure the socket is close enough to your Wi-Fi router, so it can receive commands from your phone. Once you've got it all set up, you can control the smart plug using the app on your phone. With just a tap on your screen, switch devices plugged into the socket on or off, set a timer for them, or schedule when they turn on or off.
TP-Link Tapo P100 Smart Wi-Fi Socket, P450, TP LINK, Available online.
3. Amazon Echo Dot 3
We’re sure you’ve seen the memes online asking Alexa, the AI of Amazon’s famous Echo Dot smart speaker, anything from simple commands to existential questions. While the device can’t actually solve your life problems, it can do lots of small tasks for you—all you have to do is ask! It can play music, keep track of your schedule, search the Internet, make calls, and more. If you have other smart gadgets (like light bulbs, televisions, and the like), you’ll be able to connect the Echo Dot to those devices (as long as they’re Alexa-compatible) so you can control pretty much everything in your home with just your voice.
Amazon Echo Dot 3, P2590, AMAZON, Available online.
4. Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit
Set the mood in your bedroom or living room with just a few taps on your phone when you trade your regular old light bulbs for these cool smart bulbs from Philips. The Starter Kit has everything you need to set them up, including three light bulbs and one Hue Bridge, which allows you to connect the bulbs to your phone so you can adjust their color, warmth, and brightness. You can even set timers and schedules so your perfect lighting scheme will always just be a tap away.
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit, P10,390, PHILIPS, Available at Abenson.
5. Xiaomi Mi Smart Standing Fan Pro
This Smart Standing Fan from Xiaomi will be your best friend when the weather is scorching hot. You can control the device’s speed or turn it on and off using the Mi Home App (available on the App Store and Google Play Store). It’s wireless and can run on a fully charged battery for up to 20 hours, so you can use it anywhere in the house. Plus, it promises to operate quietly while delivering wind up to 14 meters away and with four rotation angle options.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Standing Fan Pro, P4495, XIAOMI, Available online.
6. MUJI Sensor Light With Magnet
Say goodbye to stumbling around unlit hallways and aimlessly searching through dark closets with this cool Sensor Light from MUJI. The handy device, which can easily be attached to walls, shelves, and other surfaces, automatically lights up when it detects movement in a dark area. That means as soon as you start walking through the hall or rifling through your closet in the middle of the night, it’ll immediately turn on, preventing any unnecessary bumps in the night.
7. realme Smart Camera 360
With 360-degree vision, 1080p video recording, infrared night vision, and AI motion detection, this realme camera is a great option for setting up home security. You can view the footage right on your smartphone using the realme Link app (available on the App Store and Google Play Store). Plus, if the device detects any unusual activity, it sends you a notification, so you’ll feel safe knowing nothing is going on along the hallways, in the kitchen, or outside your front door.
realme Smart Camera 360, P2790, REALME, Available at Abenson.
8. Eufy Robot Vacuum Cleaner
When The Jetsons first premiered in the 1960s, its creators seemed to predict the invention of automated vacuums—although the 2021 version of the device isn’t exactly a cleaning robot named Rosie. You can eliminate the need to sweep and vacuum the floors day in and day out with this handy cleaner from Eufy. It can sweep and mop the entire floor space in minutes—you won’t have to lift a finger.
Eufy Robot Vacuum Cleaner, P14,995, EUFY, Available online.
9. Digital Home Smart Video Doorbell
This Smart Doorbell from Digital Home is built with its own motion-activated camera that records HD 720P video with a 166-degree wide-angle lens. To use it, first install the Globe Suite App (available on the App Store and Google Play Store) on your phone, set it up, and pair it to the doorbell. Now, as soon as someone rings your doorbell, you can use your phone to check who might be at the door—the video being recorded at the front door will show on your smartphone. You can even talk to the person at the door through your phone as the doorbell has a microphone installed into it, too. That means—if a delivery man arrives—you can figure out what the package is, who it's for, and if it requires cash on delivery without having to get up or drop whatever you're doing.
Digital Home Smart Video Doorbell, P7795, DIGITAL HOME, Available online.
10. JBL Link 500 (P23,999)
Blast tunes, podcasts, and audiobooks with no fuss when you set up the JBL Link 500 voice-activated speaker in your home. It has Google Assistant built in, which means you can ask the device a question, use it to control Google Home-compatible devices, and of course play music and other audio content from Google Play Music, Spotify, and more. All you have to do is say "Okay Google" to trigger the speaker’s request response—the command possibilities are endless!
JBL Link 500, P23,999, JBL, See a list of JBL retailers.
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*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.