Ily: Ily is a smart home phone for kids to communicate with their family, without their own mobile devices or access to yours. This dedicated hub connects generations; kids need to just tap and it rings on their parent’/grandparent’s smartphone or smart device even if they don’t have an Ily phone. It’s designed to be safe for kids to use on their own; parental supervision not required. They will be able to call only those whom you have added to your family list. To make a call you don’t need two Ily Phones; family members can make and receive calls via the Ily app on iOS and Android devices. And when kids call from Ily, it will ring on your phone at work, or even on the landline at the grandparents’ house (requires a landline or VOIP service.) It comes integrated with Amazon’s “Ask Alexa” tool that allows kids with questions. Ily’s simple drawing feature lets the kids send their works of art right to your smartphone. Its messaging feature allows the kids to send you text messages, and keeps a running thread with your photos and drawings. Now calling family is only a tap away. More info.
SeeNote: SeeNote is a digital sticky note that can be placed anywhere. It features an ePaper touchscreen, lasts up to 1 month of continuous use, comes with a full color lightstrip, and more. It connects to your home network via Wi-Fi pulling down updates from its cloudserver. It comes with a customizable, modular interface that provides you easy access to notes, updates, and controls from your favorite apps. You can leave a note to your kids or family members via email, or through the app. It gets you the best route using Google Maps, keeps you updated with your next appointment, works with IFTTT and you can control your smart home, set reminders, open API and more. Using its Bluetooth it can detect and switch accounts, based on proximity. Its app is compatible with iOS and Android devices. It comes with no wires, or requires installation; just stick it anywhere you want. Pre-order: $99.
Knocki: Knocki is a smart device that makes any surface interactive. It attaches to any surface, comes with built-in Wi-Fi, can perform multiple tasks and control multiple devices. Use Knocki to send a text, turn on the lights, change the TV channel, shuffle music and much more or rather to control the world around you. You can use app for iOS and Android to set-up and monitor each Knocki. Pre-order: $89.
Aido: Aido is the next generation home robot that’s smart, interactive, and mobile; it plays with your kids, assists you with household chores and schedule, and keeps your home safe. It’s your entertainment hub, personal assistant, a teacher, storyteller and more. This interactive robot recognizes each member of your family, monitors your home, controls your lights, plays useful videos and more. It features HD projector, 6 microphones, face detection, speech recognition, voice call support. smartsensors, multiple cameras and is voice activated. Its ballbot design along with object recognition and obstacle avoidance lets him navigate your house with ease. It’s compatible with iOS and Android devices. Pre-order: $940.
CHiP: ChiP is a robot dog that needs attention, likes to play, goes to sleep and more. He can recognize, is trainable and can be kid’s best friend. It comes with smartband that lets him to uniquely recognize you, follow you, wait for you to come home, and remind you for mealtime or playtime. Pre-order: $196.99.
SleepIQ Kids Bed: This smart bed adjusts with the kids as they grow and adjusts to their Sleeping Number setting. It allows you to teach them how to develop good sleep routines. The bed alerts you when the kid is out of bed, the under-bed lights can be remotely turned off, and activates when the kids gets up. Its app lets you know how well the kids slept and alerts you in real-time if need arise. Buy Now: $799.99 – $1399.98 .
Hive Active Heating™ 2: The Hive Active Heating™ 2 is a smart thermostat that allows you to control your heating and hotwater at home or remotely from your smartphone, smart device, and laptop. It keeps you comfortable while saving you money, you can set schedules; it uses your smart phone’s geolocation and turns heating on before you get home and comes with frost protection and a Holiday mode. It’s compatible with iOS/Android devices. Buy Now.
Gecko Switch: The Gecko Switch is a movable light switch that allows you to control your lights from anywhere in your home. All that’s needed to be done is replace your standard light switch with the base switch and you are done. Now you can place the Gecko Switch anywhere you want, within the reach of the kids and control your lights. It requires no wall work, no new wiring, hubs, bridges, or Wi-Fi, its simple to use. Gecko Switch is also a dimmer, timer and works for delayed off. The Gecko Switch can be removed then placed over and over again and if it looses its sticking power, just wash it with water and it regains its stickiness. There are many images available, and these allow you to mark your Gecko Switch to know what each switch controls. And using its search function, you can make the switch beep. Buy Now: $59.
Netpure: Just plug the Netpure into your router and turn it on; and it gives you the ability to limit content based on the kid’s requirement. This two-step system creates a safe Wi-Fi network for every device your kids use. You can block content, manage screen time, and stay informed with its alerts. You receive notifications on your phone, email, text, or smart watch. Its Time Out feature lets you pause the Internet. You can access the device using its app on your smartphone or your laptop. Buy Now: $ 169.
Artesia Fun-1 61-Key Digital Piano: The Artesia Fun-1 61-Key Digital Piano is an iPad and laptop compatible piano designed to introduce your kids to music. It features 2 speakers, full size velocity sensitive keys, 8 instrument voices and animal sounds. Buy Now: from $199.
FlipFlic: FlipFlic is a smart windowblinds controller that automates your regular windowblinds in few seconds. Its compact, solar-powered, and easy-to-install, adjusts your windowblinds based on light, temperature, or schedule your set up using its app. It easily transforms any horizontal or vertical windowblinds into a self-adjusting smart window. You can set it up in automatic, schedule or manual mode depending upon your preference. It can be integrated into your pre-existing smart home systems via BLE and ZigBee and works with Homecontrol, Homekit, Wink, Lyric, SmartThings, hue, netatmo, Athom and Iridium. Pre-order: $89.
Cinemood: Cinemood is a mini portable projector that lets you turn any wall into a personal theater and beam educational pre-selected cartoons, view digital books and more. Apart from these, you can use it for yourself to watch your favorite movies, share family photos and even send video messages through its app from anywhere. It’s connected to a cloudlibrary, getting new content is easy and totally wireless. Pre-order: $279.
Clairy: Clairy is a natural air purifier that combines the power of nature and technology and makes air around you cleaner. This smart flowerpot and natural air purifier is powered by real plants. Pre-order: $179.
Ulo: This adorable owl is actually a surveillancecamera in disguise. This cute camera interacts with you through eye expressions. It lets you monitor your home or anything that’s important to you, provides live streams and alerts you when it detects anything moving in your house. Pre-order: About $219 (€199).
EverLights: EverLights are smart decorative lights for your smart home that you can control from your smartphone. These sleek, permanent and weatherresistant lights needs to be installed once and can be enjoyed for years to come. These app-enabled lights are nearly invisible by day and radiant at night. You can light up a customized show with over 16 million colors for any special event, including birthdays, showers, or game day with a touch of a button. It projects its own Wi-Fi network that you can control from up to 300 feet away. More info.
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