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Best smart home devices of 2014

From smart locks to smart lights, here's the best in smart home tech.

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MindHelix Rico

Got an extra smartphone lying around? Startup MindHelix wants to transform it into a smart-home security system.

October 28, 2014

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Ion the Home

Ion plans to add alert functionality to its Ion the Home camera eventually; in the meantime, you'll have to monitor your live feed 24/7 to get any real security benefits.

October 28, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating October 28, 2014

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Quirky Pickup Power

The Quirky Pickup power combines a surge protector and portable battery simply for the sake of offering something new. Nothing is added by the combination to justify the premium that you'll pay for it.

October 29, 2014

2.5 stars Editors' rating October 29, 2014
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FreshAir Sensor AirGuard

AirGuard senses cigarette and marijuana smoke -- and immediately alerts your disapproving landlord or dormitory RA.

October 29, 2014

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These selfies might get you killed. Please stop taking them

That huge thing in the background of your selfie might seem slow and fuzzy, but it could do some major damage in the time you wait for autofocus to get the shot just right.

By October 28, 2014

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Can Ion the Home really keep an eye on your home?

While the Ion the Home security camera has some promising specs, it's MIA push and email alerts and wonky live streaming view in the iOS app make it tough to recommend.

By October 27, 2014

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Bemo Smart Home System and Smart Thermostat

An intriguing new Kickstarter campaign wants to turn old Android and iOS devices into Nest-like smart thermostats.

October 13, 2014

MSRP: $129.00

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New app blocks your work email when you go home

Enforced Vacation has humanity at its core. Its makers claim their app will "give people back their personal time."

By October 29, 2014

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Withings Home

The Withings Home is an HD camera and environmental sensor with a wealth of smarts -- and it's ready for Apple's HomeKit too.

September 4, 2014

MSRP: $219.95

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Xiaomi, again, says Apple's criticism of copying designs is overblown

Jony Ive, Apple's head of design, has harsh words for Xiaomi, whose smartphones look similar to the iPhone. Xiaomi's Hugo Barra says he should get over it.

By October 28, 2014