Ah, technology—you can love it or hate it, but it’s here to stay. In fact, it has infiltrated pretty much all aspects of life now, and as it reaches into every corner of our world, it also provides us with some pretty neat tools to make our homes and our lives more comfortable and more fun.
Take the Nest, for example. Google loves this little home thermostat so much, it bought the company for $3.2 billion. The Nest Learning Thermostat is not only attractive, it’s smart—it can learn your preferences, and your daily schedule, and adjust the temperature in your home accordingly. “It keeps you comfortable and saves energy,” according to the website, which saves you money too. In addition, Nest makes a combination smoke detector and CO alarm that talks to you when it needs a new battery instead of just shrieking wildly at 3 o’clock in the morning. Now that is innovation.
On the entertainment front, Chromecast made a big splash over the holiday season. It was a bestseller in the Computers and Accessories category on Amazon (beating Apple TV and the Roku handily). For about $35, this little plugin device can stream nearly any content from the web straight to your TV. No more hunching over your laptop to bingewatch “Orange Is the New Black” or the latest YouTube sensation: simply stream it to your HDTV and enjoy it in comfort.
If you’re in the mood to splurge and you are looking for a way to declutter your home, the new ScanSnap Evernote Edition wireless scanner can take every loose piece of paper you have lying around—from receipts to photos—and scan, sense, and sort them into your Evernote app. Clear off the desk, empty the kitchen junk drawer, and find your stored info quickly and easy through Evernote.
There’s no time like the present to embrace technology and all it can do to make your life easier and more comfortable (and maybe even save you some money too). Who knows what the next wave of home enhancements will bring? We can’t be sure, but it’s a safe bet that Wi-Fi enabled sprinklers, smart fridges, and wireless home security will be available to everyone soon!