If I was reviewing Anki’s Vector as just another smart speaker or Alexa-enabled device, it would be hard to recommend. It takes too long to answer, has a limited set of skills (and Skills), and often won’t respond to its wake word until the second or third attempt. But the thing is, even with all its flaws, Vector is just so darn likable.
Centralite’s latest Smart Outlet—the fourth version of its simple plug-in smart power outlet (also listed as the Smart Outlet Mini in some stores)—couldn’t be simpler. It’s a single-outlet plug, compact enough to allow for two units to be stacked one on top of another in a two-receptacle wall jack, and has no app of its own to contend with. Instead, you’ll need a ZigBee hub (such as SmartThings or an Echo Plus), through which you configure the outlet and operate its smart features.
Typically, you have to open your wallet wide to get a robot vacuum with mapping and other advanced capabilities. But Neato’s Botvac D4 Connected, currently $400, brings the favorite features of its advanced vacuums—laser navigation, virtual boundaries—well within the reach of those with more modest budgets.
Thinking about taking a DNA test before the year ends? You’re in for some good news: 23andMe’s Health + Ancestry Service is now just $99 on AmazonRemove non-product link, or 50 percent off the usual $199 price tag. This deal of the day costs the same as 23andMe’s basic $99 Ancestry Service kit.
iRobot has been making smart home devices since before smart homes were a thing, and its Roomba vacuums are among the best you can buy. And today, you can get one for the cheapest it's ever been: The iRobot Roomba 690 is down to $249 at AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $375.
You don’t need to settle for a simple Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you’re looking for a media streamer that checks virtually every high-end box you could ask for and can play games from a wide variety of sources, Nvidia’s Shield TV with remote is just $140 on Amazon right now. That’s $40 cheaper than the usual price of $180 for the device we crowned “the best media streamer for geeks.” We haven’t seen the Shield TV price drop very often, and this is the all-time low for Nvidia’s streaming box.
Checking in on other rooms in your home remotely can help put your mind at ease, especially if you’re a parent keeping an eye on little ones. Today, Amazon has bundled its Fire TV Cube with its Cloud Cam to bring your video feeds right to your TV screen. While separately they’re each listed at $120, this bundle brings the pair down to $200, saving $40 off those combined list prices.
If you’re looking to outfit your home with smart lighting, you have a lot of options. But none are better than the original Philips Hue, which is why we’ve picked them as our favorite color and white bulbs. That greatness usually comes at a steep price, but today Amazon is running a killer sale on everything HueRemove non-product link, with many bulbs, lights, and kits down to all-time low prices.
Add some smarts to your home lighting system today with Amazon deals on a few essential lighting items. First is a two-pack of Wemo dimmer switches; usually $80 apiece, you can get the pair for $100. Also on sale: Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 bulbs for $40 each, down from $50.
A smart light switch gives you control over your lights from anywhere, and it’s a great way for smart home beginners to begin building their connected setup. Today, the popular Wemo light switch is $35 on AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $50.
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