5 Cool Home Gadgets for Under $300

Guest blogger: Derek Light, E-Marketing Manager

1. Unlock your home with your phone – Goji Smart Lock

Goji Smart Lock

Goji Smart Lock

Use the app to unlock your door. The Goji Smart Lock also takes pictures of who is at your door and automatically sends picture alerts to your mobile phone, providing you with real-time information about who is accessing your home. This is handy for all kinds of reasons.

Notes: Also works with traditional keys and Wi-Fi so you don’t need professional installation.

2. Why didn’t I think of this? OWC Power2U Smart Socket

OWC Power2U Smart Socket

Nothing really new about this but it’s just such a no brainer; we all have USB charging cords. Costco has a set of two for about $20, well worth it and it charges your iPad.

Notes: Simple and awesome

3. Control your thermostat from your phone – Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation

Nest Learning Thermostat - 2nd Generation

Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation

The Nest Learning Thermostat remembers the temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Notes: It learns and shares your temperature preferences with the NSA*.
*I can’t confirm or deny this.

4. Make your old appliances smart – WeMo Switch by Belkin

Belkin Wemo Switch

The Belkin Wi-Fi enabled WeMo Switch lets you turn electronic devices on or off from anywhere using your phone.

Notes: Sneak one of these into your neighbor’s house and have a ball.

5. Don’t get tied to your stereo – Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® Mobile speaker II

Bose SoundLink® Bluetooth® Mobile speaker II

Bose SoundLink® Bluetooth® Mobile speaker II

Stop having to dock your phone to stream Spotify, it’s a mobile phone right?

Take pictures; send emails and Tweet while rocking out to the new Kings of Leon. While audiophiles may scoff at Bluetooth music, the sound is solid and convenience is well worth the price.

Notes: This one is near and dear to my heart as I despise wires or physical tethering of any kind; it’s so very annoying.

See more fun home gadgets on our Pinterest board.

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