We want our smart devices to assist us in the kitchen with minimal issues, but cooking's still an art form and our tools are our instruments. What would a virtuoso be without her beautifully crafted violin? That's why we've sought out smart gadgets that are aesthetically pleasing, but still highly functional. I'm all about the Click and Grow, a smart garden that requires minimal human effort. This device grows herbs and vegetables with little special care or attention, which is perfect for someone like me.
If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives. In the age of smart home technology, childproofing goes beyond electrical sockets and cabinet doors. When you have smart gadgets in your home, you may need to secure them from curious kids. Otherwise, you could end up with a dozen boxes of fruit gummies that your little one ordered through your Amazon Echo.
Google has plastered digital billboards and the Las Vegas Monorail with the "Hey Google" wake-up command. It's announced a range of new gadgets featuring its assistant on everything from smart displays to pressure cookers. And it's sent out the clowns -- a jumpsuit-wearing army of advertising associates wearing brightly-colored Converse sneakers and hovering around partner firms' booths to explain how Google's technology works.
Here's how to stop your smart gadgets from "spying" on you (Photo: Nest) If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives. One of the more prominent concerns about smart devices is that, by nature, they're designed to gather information about your family's habits. For instance, some gadgets record snippets of audio when activated, while others may track your location via the smartphone in your pocket. Because of these data-collection processes, you might be concerned that your smart home devices are "spying" on you.
And as anyone who has tried to track down a lost pet can tell you, finding a runaway pooch is no walk in the park. That's where the Whistle comes in. The GPS tracking device is designed to attach to a dog collar, allowing you to keep tabs on your pooch from afar. Whistle gives you the option to set a designated area, like your home or a dog sitter's yard, and sends alerts to your phone if your dog leaves that area. If you receive an alert, you can use the companion app to track your pup's location on a map in real time.