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Home is where the smart is: 7 gadgets to make your life easier

Feed your pets, even when you're not home, with the Petnet Smart Feeder.
Feed your pets, even when you're not home, with the Petnet Smart Feeder.

Let technology be your friend — and feed your cat! Seven smart-home gadgets to make your life easier.

1. Central Command

The Big Kahuna of smart-home tech, Control4 is a fully customizable platform that allows you to manage your entire domain. Your pool temperature, security system, thermostat, garage door, sprinklers, TV, music, lights, window blinds and more, all accessible on the same screen, allowing you to rule your kingdom remotely. $1,150-$2,300; linearlightingmiami.com.

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The Control4 system allows you to manage all your home electronics from one device.

2. Chow Time

The Petnet Automatic Smart Feeder will dispense food to your dog or cat, right down to the exact amount and timing. It even recommends the healthiest portion sizes based on your pet’s breed, age, activity level and weight. $149; petnet.io/smartfeeder.

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Feed your pets, even when you're not home, with the Petnet Smart Feeder.

3. Quite the Looker

The Halo Smart Wireless Security Camera is not only functional, it looks like a piece of contemporary art. Available in three base styles with a choice of gold or silver camera. $199; uncrate.com/halo-smart-security-camera.

Is it a camera, or is it art?

4. Glass Act

The Ecovacs Winbot X Window Cleaning Robot requires no power source as it puts your windows and glass doors through a four-stage cleaning process. It moves in either an N-shaped or a Z-shaped path — whichever it determines to be most efficient. $399; ecovacs.com.

It does windows, so you don't have to.

5. Clear the Air

Capable of filtering nearly 1,600 square feet of living space, the Airmega 400S Air Purifier can be controlled via a smartphone app or Alexa, and it’s sleek to boot. Comes in black or white. $849; kohls.com.

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Breath easier with the Airmega air purifier.

6. Busy Bee

Voice-enabled, and with a room sensor to manage hot or cold spots, the Ecobee Smart Thermostat can also order groceries and read news on command (seriously). $209; ecobee.com.

It can read you the headlines and set your home's temperature.

7. Switch Hit

Ecobee’s Switch + has Amazon Alexa built in so you can access the voice assistant from your wall, plus motion sensors that turn lights on and off automatically and a temperature sensor that can be linked to the Ecobee Smart Thermostat. $99; ecobee.com.

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Ecobee Switch connects to Alexa.

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