Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. The Etekcity Smart Plugs are back on sale again. If you've wanted to make the appliances in your house more convenient, now's the time to do it. These plugs can make almost any appliance in your house "smart."
If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Smart home technology can be a little intimidating if you don't consider yourself tech-savvy. Believe me, when I first moved in with my boyfriend and had to learn how to live in a partly smart home, I was nervous and spent the first few weeks asking him to change the lights for me. Now, though, I can navigate my smart home apps like a semi-pro, and my absolute favorite thing is being able to control my lights without getting up.
Having a touch screen smartphone is basically our natural state at this point. And although touch screens are easy to use when your eyes and hands are free, they're challenging and/or unsafe when you're in the middle of cooking, driving, or holding your kid while trying to simultaneously change the song or send an important text. Fortunately, the future has arrived. There's a new device (that's on sale for $20 off) that allows you to safely and easily control your phone without taking your eyes off the road: the Bixi Touch-Free Smart Controller. This multi-functional, touch-free smart controller lets you interact with your phone distraction-free by waving your hand over the Bixi sensor and performing in-air gestures.
Moleskine has valiantly tried to bridge the divide between analog writing and digital files for years. The company released its Smart Writing Set in 2016 as a $200 holistic solution of pen, proprietary smart paper and app that instantly sent whatever you wrote or drew over to your paired device -- which worked as long as your smartphone or tablet was nearby. But its newest writing implement, the $180 Pen Ellipse, liberates you from the latter need, saving all your scratchings in an offline mode until it connects to your device again.