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I’ve previously explained what a smart home of the future 10 Future Technologies You'll See In Your Home in 3 Years 10 Future Technologies You'll See In Your Home in 3 Years What technology do experts think you'll have in your house by the turn of the decade? I'm going to walk you through a typical day in the smart home of the future. Read More might look like. Unfortunately, most of the technology I covered is still a few years away from being publicly available.

What can you do if you want to make your home feel futuristic right now? Don’t despair. You have options.

In this piece, I’m going to introduce you to seven inexpensive gadgets that’ll turn your abode into something resembling the Jetson’s household.

1. LAYKOR Touchless Automatic Sensor Faucet

While American bathrooms still trail behind their hi-tech Japanese counterparts, the gap is slowly narrowing.

You can cut the gap further (and reduce cross contamination) by installing LAYKOR’s Touchless Automatic Sensor Faucet. It’ll make your washroom feel like the swankiest hotel in Midtown, NY.

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There is one drawback. The use of a sensor means the faucet has no hot/cold controls. You can either have cold water only or install a mixing valve below the sink.

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2. GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Outdoor Module

Sticking with the theme of hotels, you know you’re in a fancy establishment when all the exterior paths and driveways have low-level mood lighting. It just feels luxurious.

Of course, you can connect similar lighting in your own home, but it lacks something. What will really set you apart from your neighbors is installing a system that comes complete with an accompanying mobile app.

The GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Outdoor Module does exactly that. When guests are leaving, you can wow them with a simple tap on your smart device.

The module is compatible with all the leading smart home hubs Battle of the Smart Home Hubs: What's Out There and What's Coming? Battle of the Smart Home Hubs: What's Out There and What's Coming? Read More , including SmartThings, Pulse, Wink, Honeywell, Connect, and Iris.

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3. First Alert PIR725 Motion Sensing Light Socket

Opinion is split on smart lighting. Is it an essential aspect of a smart home, or technology for the sake of it?

One of the criticisms smart lighting detractors frequently bring up is the price. The market-leading Philips Hue system is expensive Philips Hue Smart Bulb Alternatives to Save Money Philips Hue Smart Bulb Alternatives to Save Money In this article, you’ll learn about some of the less expensive alternatives to Philips Hue and see how they compare. Read More and all you get is two lightbulbs and a hub. If you want to equip your entire home, you might need to spend more than $1,000.

Thankfully, there are cheaper products available. One option is the First Alert PIR725 Motion Sensing Light Socket. It will automatically sense when someone enters or leaves a room, and turn the lights on or off accordingly.

The sensor screws directly into your existing light sockets and works with your current bulbs. It’s one of the most cost-effective ways to drag your property into the 21st century.

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4. Belkin WeMo Insight Switch (UK)

If you want to automate even more electrical items in your home, the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch is the way to go.

The switch plugs directly into your electric socket and connects to your Wi-Fi network. Your gadgets and appliances then plug into the switch. It allows you to control any connected device from your smartphone.

The uses are almost endless. You could turn on your kettle from your bed, surprise visitors with instant music through your hi-fi, or instantly activate your fans on a hot day.

The device’s capabilities extend beyond merely turning things on and off. You’ll get detailed reports about each plug’s electric usage, the ability to create schedules (you could make your kettle boil at the same time every morning), and even alerts when an appliance (such as your washing machine) turns itself off.

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5. KOHLER Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker

Let’s return to your bathroom. Aside from automated faucets, what’s another gadget that all expensive hotels and gyms have? A built-in shower speaker, of course!

But how can you get a built-in speaker without spending a fortune ripping open your walls and installing a new shower? If you buy the KOHLER K-9245-CP 2.5 GPM Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker, it’s easy.

You don’t need any DIY skills. The device screws directly onto your existing shower arm.

The speaker uses Bluetooth to connect with devices up to 32 feet away. The speaker part of the unit can be disconnected from the rest of the showerhead for easy recharging.

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6. WINBOT W730 Window Cleaning Robot (UK)

By now, most of you will have heard of the Roomba floor cleaner. It can sweep, mop, and vacuum without any user input. You just place it on the floor and let it do its thing.

But how many of you have heard of the WINBOT W730 Window Cleaning Robot? The premise is the same as the Roomba, but instead of cleaning your floors, it cleans your windows.

It uses a suction system to attach itself to the glass, then uses sensors to clean every corner of the pane using its two cleaning pads and squeegee.

The robot is particularly useful if you have tall windows that are hard to reach or want to clean the exterior side of a window that’s not on the first floor.

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7. Curtain Call Remote-Controlled Drapery System

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The Curtain Call Electric Remote Controlled Drapery System will work with any existing curtains that weigh less than 100 pounds. It will also sync with all the most common smart home hubs.

This item is the most expensive on this list, but it’s money well-spent. You’ll look seriously cool when the lights automatically dim, the drapes automatically close, and a movie automatically starts playing, all thanks to a few taps on your phone.

If you’re considering buying this item, make sure your curtains are close to a power supply — you need to plug in the rail for it to operate.

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Your Suggestions?

I hope these seven smart home gadgets have made you realize it’s possible to have a futuristic home Future Smart Home Trends and the Products You'll Be Using Future Smart Home Trends and the Products You'll Be Using It's time to jump into your time machine. You’re about to uncover what could be the biggest trends in the smart home industry in 2021 and the products you might be using. Read More without breaking the bank.

A quick search on Google will reveal hundreds of similarly cheap products; you can find everything from automatic toilet flushes to smart trash cans.

Do you have any affordable smart home technology that’s revolutionized your life? I’d love to hear about it. You can leave your tips and recommendations in the comments box below.

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  1. Mars Northman
    February 6, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Two NFC-compatible smart cards just inside your front door is a nice thing to have (you can get by with one but it significantly complicates the creation of decent macros), combine them with a simple to use macro program for your (NFC-enabled) smartphone (Tasker for us Android users, wouldn't know nor care what the iOS counterpart is called ;P) and you have a simple way to:

    Write two macros (one for coming one for going) that enables/disables mobile data connection, substituting it for the home WiFi connection (assuming there is one). Another use would be to activate bluetooth and automatically connecting to a pair of headphones (although I personally use a Dimple for that). This allows you to easily conserve both battery power and mobile data usage, as well as "saving" a few taps every time you enter/leave.

    Cost: A couple of bucks. :)

  2. Paolo Cani
    January 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

    This is so cool I wish I had everyone of these objects!