Technology can’t solve EVERY problem, but here are six gadgets that Steve Greenberg, the author of “Gadget Nation,” recommends for addressing some everyday issues:
Making your home “smart”- with no installation required
The magnetic Switchmate snaps on top of ordinary light switches and outlets to turn them into devices that can be controlled by a smartphone app. Lights and outlets can be turned on and off from the app, which includes voice controls, and you can even set devices to turn on when you get home.
Too many remotes with streaming devices
Streaming devices come with remotes that can’t control the TV, but Sideclick attaches to those remotes and can be synced to the television to control channels, volume and other basic functions.
Home security that’s affordable
Blink XT is the most affordable outdoor HD camera available, according to Greenberg, and records high-quality HD video to cloud storage with no monthly fees.
Bed temperature that’s “just right”
Doctors say you should sleep in a room that’s 62-75 degrees for the best sleep, so the Tanda Mattress regulates temperature to keep cool at night.
Controlling Internet and App usage in your home
Circle Home hooks up to home Wifi, and creates a profile for each user. Parents can then regulate use of when the Internet is available to each person, and can even restrict certain apps from being used.
A cuddly friend for feeling less alone
An interactive, snuggly device called Qoobo is designed to help seniors and others feel a bit less lonely.
For more information, go to gadgetnation.net.