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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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Microsoft Band mixes fitness and a lot of smarts (pictures)

Microsoft's new wearable may look simple but there's a lot going on under the hood. Take a look at how it works.

12 Images By October 30, 2014

Article

A 'smart' deodorant applicator: Armpits, meet the future

Two actual rocket scientists have designed the next-generation deodorant application system, and it's not as ridiculous as it sounds.

By October 29, 2014

Review

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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Finally! The phone-charging cable you've been waiting for

From the category of "what took so long" comes the Night Cable -- a 10-foot-long cord that just might end cable frustration forever.

By October 23, 2014

Review

Homeboy

Homeboy's simple, untethered approach to DIY home security handles the basics beautifully and frees you from any would-be bandwidth or storage concerns.

October 30, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating October 30, 2014

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The 404 Show 1,568: Oculus XXX, smart street corners, the wrath of Comic Sans continues (podcast)

On today's show we'll discuss Chicago's planned "smart corners" project, gasp at a Comic Sans typewriter, wonder why speedometers list illegal speeds and usher in the future of porn with Oculus Rift.

By October 20, 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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August Smart Lock

We haven't seen a flawless smart lock yet, but the August Smart Lock comes closer than any of its competitors thanks to its ease of use and overall polish.

October 14, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating October 14, 2014

MSRP: $249.99

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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