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BeeWi Smart Color Light

Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set

Canary

Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo

Goji Smart Lock

Neato BotVac

Quirky Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner

Samsung high-capacity washers and dryers

Price: $129

Availability: End of June/early July 2014

The outlook: Belkin's WeMo line of connected power plugs, light switches, and motion detectors already offers consumers an easy way to experiment with home automation. This WeMo LED lighting kit (and the smart small appliances listed below), make the WeMo line even more comprehensive. Belkin isn't the only company pursuing a platform approach to the DIY smart home, but it's one of the furthest along among established manufacturers.

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Price: $199

Availability: May 2014

The outlook: DIY home security has a lot of benefits to those priced out of expensive contract plans from ADT and others. In addition to off-the-shelf multi-component systems, you will also find all-in-one devices like the Piper and the forthcoming Canary.

Consisting of a Webcam, a motion detector, and a set of environmental sensors for detecting temperature, humidity, and air quality, both of these devices are designed to give you a comprehensive security system for a single room or a small apartment. Canary has no built-in home automation receiver, so it won't double as a smart-home hub like Piper will. But Canary will cost about $40 less, and, unlike Piper, its camera has a night-vision function.

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Price: $129

Availability: April 2014

The outlook: This connected slow cooker will be the first showing from the partnership between smart-home tech maker Belkin and consumer products giant Jarden Consumer Solutions. Its strategy -- mashing simple smartphone-based controls and notifications into a familiar small appliance brand -- certainly seems like a sound way to introduce consumers to connected kitchen devices. Expect a connected Mr. Coffee and other other WeMo-equipped small appliances to follow throughout the year.

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Price: $278

Availability: June 2014

The outlook: Goji is the next smart lock on-deck if its release date doesn't slide again. If it does make that date, it will be the first smart lock on the market with a built-in camera.

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Price: $479 to $599

Availability: Mid-April 2014

The outlook:Our reviews have shown that Neato's robot vacuums compete very well with category leader iRobot's Roomba line, so we welcome even more competition here. Neato's forthcoming BotVac line aims for the higher-end models, where its older vacs traditionally occupied the midrange price tier.

For these higher price tags, the BotVac will come with a larger brush roll and a roomier dust bin than other Neato vacs, and new to the line, a side brush for agitating dirt out of your carpet for a more thorough cleaning. Neato also says the BotVac has longer battery life than the earlier models.

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Price: $300

Availability: Early May 2014

Quirky's partnership with GE continues to bear fruit, and the Aros Smart air conditioner is the latest example. An iOS and Android-compatible smart interface gives you remote control and monitoring capability, and tech built into the unit can help it adapt to your location and usage patterns.

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Price: TBD

Availability: Spring 2014

The outlook: Samsung is pulling back on smart capabilities in its large appliances for now, but it's making up the difference in its new washer-and-dryer set by letting you cram them full of clothes.

The WA9000 and WF9000 washing machines (top- and front-load models, respectively) each have a 5.6-cubic-foot drum, which is 0.4 cubic foot larger than the largest units offered by rival LG. Same goes for the Samsung DA9000 and DF9000 dryers, which come in at 9.5 cubic feet to the LG's 9.0-cubic-foot models. Do we hear 10?

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