Smarter Products for An Easier Life
TV’s and cell phones are no longer the only smart products around. Major manufacturers are now granting higher IQ’s to a variety of products with the intention of making the everyday devices we use more effective and easier to use. David Gregg – the senior editor of Behind The Buy.com shows us a sampling of these “Ivy League” products!
Q: HOW IS THIS REFRIGERATOR CAPABLE OF KNOWING WHAT CONTENTS ARE INSIDE SO IT CAN RECOMMEND RECIPES TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FAMILY?
LG Super-Capacity Smart French Door Refrigerator (LFX31995ST)
LG’s smart appliances offer the ultimate in convenience with Wi-Fi connectivity. The new Super-Capacity Smart French Door Refrigerator (model LFX31995ST) includes features that enhance not only consumer interaction - but convenience and performance.
LG’s Smart Manager food system allows you to input and track the food in your refrigerator. You can also check expiration dates via the LCD panel or on your smartphone, even if you’re at the store. You can create a shopping list on the fridge and send to your smart phone, and its built-in recipe bank can give recipe recommendations based on what’s currently in your fridge.
The smart and spacious (31 cubic feet of capacity) refrigerator also features LG’s Smart Diagnosis which troubleshoots mechanical issues over the phone, limiting inconvenient service calls and in-home visits. Additional features include: Weather, Health Manager, Smart Savings, Google Calendar, Memo, Photo Album.
WHAT MAKES THIS PRODUCT PERFECT FOR PARENTS OF LATCHKEY KIDS?
Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt
The new Schlage fully-loaded Touchscreen Deadbolt is the strongest lock on the market. Featuring the highest-grade residential security, the multi-function lock offers total convenience with keyless control and customizable, secure access codes so you never have to worry about carrying or losing keys again. Plus, it has a Built-in Alarm to alert you of the smallest movement at the front door. The Touchscreen Deadbolt puts strength and control in your fingertips giving you the confidence that you have done everything you can to protect your home and family.
Schlage’s Touchscreen Deadbolt connects with Nexia™ Home Intelligence, an innovative leading home automation system enabling you to lock and unlock the front door, receive text messages when specific codes are entered and control your home security from anywhere.
The Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt is available online now for an SRP of $199 at Amazon.com, build.com, homedepot.com and lowes.com. Nexia™ Home Intelligence is $8.99 a month, and there are no contracts or cancellation fees – a small price to pay for the complete control of your home.
Q:HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO VIEW THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME IN REAL TIME WITH THIS SYSTEM? ADT PULSE
The ADT Pulse system provides control, accessibility and connection for the homeowner beyond a traditional security system. The solution is changing the game in whole house monitoring. What’s unique is its anytime, anywhere connectivity to your home via a smart phone or computer. Not only can the homeowner remotely arm or disarm the alarm system, they can remotely control lighting, household appliances, and the thermostat – which can help save money on utility bills. Other features include ADT Pulse’s real-time video, users can monitor their home when they are away or make sure their children arrived home from school – even receive text messages when doors are opened or closed.
Installation of the base package, ADT Pulse Select, begins at $199 (after rebate) with monthly monitoring starting at $47.99; www.ADTPulse.com)
Q: IS IT HARD TO INSTALL AND REMOTELY OPERATE THIS DEVICE? Hunter Fan Universal Internet Thermostat
The Hunter Fan Universal Internet Thermostat allows you to control the thermostat in your house and manage your energy costs from anywhere– all from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer via a smartphone app! You can even set your device to receive email alerts when a home’s temperature exceeds a pre-determined set point, when it’s time to change the filter or when the battery level is low. Featuring Hunter’s 5 Minute Installation system with a plug and play Internet gateway, this thermostat easy to install as well, with no SSID or Wi-Fi passwords to remember. Simply connect the gateway to your wireless router and plug it into a power source - when the light turns green, the thermostat is connected!
$99.99 for thermostat – the first three months of internet connectivity are free, then $9.99 a year or a $49.99 one-time fee for product life-time internet connectivity; www.hunterfan.com, Hunter Fan App: istat.hunterfan.com
Q: HOW DOES THIS PRODUCT PROVIDE THE IDEAL SOLUTION TO PEOPLE PERMIT DOG WALKERS AND SERVICE PROFESSIONALS ACCESS TO YOUR HOME WHEN YOU CAN’T BE THERE TO OPEN THE DOOR FOR THEM?
LiftMaster Internet Gateway Garage Door Openers
Using the LiftMaster Internet Gateway accessory and the LiftMaster Elite Series 8550, you can connect to and control your garage door opener, gate operators, or home lights by using an Internet-enabled computer or mobile phone from anywhere in the world! You can also remotely let your neighbors in to feed the dog when you’re on vacation or even let the repairman in when you're not at home, and close the door (in case you forgot!) on your way to work!
This new garage door opener features Security+2.0 technology which eliminates radio interference and guards against code theft, and comes with an integrated Battery Backup System. All LiftMaster garage door openers, accessories and access systems are professionally installed by authorized LiftMaster dealers.
PRICING: $400 to $500 installed. Visit www.LiftMaster.com for more info and to access the Dealer Locator to find a dealer in your area.
Q: WHAT TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY MAKES THIS RECHARGEABLE SCREWDRIVER SMARTER THAN ALL THE OTHERS?
Black & Decker GYRO Screwdriver
The Black and Decker GYRO Screwdriver features gyroscopic technology — an industry-first for a screwdriver - users need only to rotate their wrist one-quarter turn to the right for forward or left for reverse. This unique fe
$39.99 at most major retailers; www.blackanddecker.com ature also allows control over the speed at which the screwdriver operates! Traditional rechargeable screwdrivers users are typically required to engage a switch for a direction change and are not offered variable speed. The GYRO’s lithium ion battery will hold a charge up to 18 months.