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The latest raft of home gadgetry continues the relentless trend toward high-tech appliances. Most of these nifty tools cost less than NZ$120, and if you’re still clueless about what to put under the tree for the Person Who Has Everything, wonder no more.
Get ready to chuck out your measuring cups and spoons.
Thanks to GetDrop.com, there’s an app for that. Well, actually it’s an app and a “smart scale”.
With Drop, the smart scale links to an app and streamlines your dinner prep. You simply pick a recipe from the hundreds on the list, add ingredients in order, and an alert pops up when you’ve hit the right amount of flour or salt or chopped parsley, as determined by weight.
Cooking for one, two or more? Select the number of servings you need and scale automatically adjusts the weight required.
Who ate all the cookies?
Wonder no more, because would-be sneaky snackers have been foiled by the Sammy Screamer alarm.
Available in six colours, from Bleepbleeps.com, this palm-sized item wails loudly when it gets jostled, simultaneously sending a message to your smartphone
It is a handy parenting tool — snap it onto a treat drawer or wrap it around the TV remote and you’ll catch kids in the act, even when you’re not in the room.
Outside the home you could strap one onto the frame of your bike — it can serve as an alarm while you duck into a café for a coffee.
From black fingers to green thumb
A wi-fi-enabled sensor from Edyn.com measures the soil and atmosphere around your precious plants, logging light, temperature, moisture and nutrition. That data is then shared with its associated app to generate custom care recommendations for even the most persnickity peonies.
Leave it outside for a couple of days, and Edyn can also suggest the perfect plants and vegetables to grow in your backyard. The gadget is the brainchild of the company founder’s years of working on sustainable farming in Africa and Central America.
Open sesame, but only when I say so
It requires just 15 minutes and a standard screwdriver to install, but the digital entry devices from August.com look to be a game-changer for Airbnb hosts. The Smart Lock and Smart Keypad work like a high-tech deadbolt, allowing you to make temporary digital keys (with set expiration dates) for each guest.
Or, if you’re someone who’s away from home for much of the day, you can create permanent entry codes for each child, the cleaning lady or dog walker, and get an alert on your phone when any of them open the door.
The Smart Lock also has an auto-unlock feature, which uses your smartphone and geolocation to open the door as you arrive home — no more fumbling for keys with armfuls of groceries.
Continue reading this article at the original source from Stuff.co.nz
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