Still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? We’re highlighting 10 ideas that can help mom, or anyone else you know, use the power of smart home technology to make everyday life just a bit easier.
If you haven’t noticed, Mother’s Day is coming up soon. It can always be tricky to find the perfect gift to appreciate everything that the moms in your life do. Thankfully, there is a ton of great technology out there that can help Mom with everything she has to get done in a day.
No matter her experience level with technology, Mom is sure to appreciate the help from these easy-to-use gadgets. From finding her keys to taking care of chores and everything in-between, these 10 perfect smart home gift ideas should make any mother smile.
1. Amazon Echo
Arguably the best smart home controller available, the Amazon Echo can interact with a whole host of lights, thermostats, fans, switches, locks, and much more with just simple voice commands. And that’s just the beginning. Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, has more than 10,000 different skills that can make everyday life easier.
Without ever having to use her hands, Mom will be able to order a pizza, play cricket sounds, add to the family’s grocery list, or juggle the family calendar. The voice commands are simple to learn — even for the most technophobic moms you know. And, oh yeah, it’s also a great Bluetooth speaker that can play music from a huge number of different streaming services.
2. Tile Mate
It’s pretty much a fact of life: our keys and other smaller items will eventually get lost. But the Tile Mate makes that stressful situation a whole lot more bearable. Tile is a small Bluetooth tracker that is designed to fit on a keychain or any other item you want to keep track of (try the Tile Slim [UK] for wallets or other smaller items).
If the tracked item ever disappears, just open up the companion iOS or Android app. As long as the tracker is in range (approximately 100 feet), it will beep loudly. The Tile Mate itself can also find your phone, which definitely could come in handy. The battery can last for up to a year.
While one Tile is $25, you’ll receive a greater discount the more you buy at one time.
Wearable devices are revolutionizing fitness tracking, but not everyone wants the complexity of a smart watch. The Fitbit Alta HR is an inexpensive and easy-to-use way to track daily fitness goals. Along with step tracking, the slim band constantly tracks your heart rate to measure daily calories burned. And when the day is done, it will also automatically track sleep. A built-in battery provides up to seven days of power before needing to recharge.
Even though it’s simple to use for newcomers, there are also a number of other more advanced features that you can customize through the iOS or Android app. Alta HR bands are available in a number of different sizes and colors.
Even boring kitchens are moving to the future thanks to technology. And the Drop Kitchen Connected Scale can help turn even the worst cook into a gourmet chef. Compatible with iOS devices, the corresponding Drop Kitchen app offers hundreds of step-by-step interactive one-bowl recipes. That makes cleanup simple.
During the preparation process, the scale will automatically make sure you’re adding the right amount of ingredients. The system can even work on the fly to customize each recipe to make fewer portions or swap out ingredients.
For more experienced cooks, this device can function as an app-connected scale to improve measurement accuracy and ingredient tracking.
5. Ekko Smart Mirror ($399)
Even the lowly mirror is joining the smart home rush. From French furniture designer Miliboo, the Ekko Smart Mirror features sensors on either side. After setting up the mirror through an app, the sky’s the limit. Mom can watch YouTube videos, listen to the news, play music, check the weather, and more — all before her first cup of coffee in the morning. If she decides to share, each family member can create a unique profile on the mirror.
There are two different models available to purchase: a rectangular or round version. Both sell for $399. The rectangular version is free standing and can be placed anywhere, while the round model can be mounted on the wall.
While everyone would probably love to have a car full of different smart technology, not everyone can shell out big bucks for a new vehicle. And the Automatic Pro Gold can turn any modern vehicle into a connected car.
Compatible with most cars built since 1996, the small dongle attaches to an OBD-II port. It receives both power and information from the vehicle’s systems. One of its best features is a built-in 3G connection that doesn’t require any additional fee. That means mom will always able to always know where her car is — no matter who’s behind the wheel.
Along with being able to decipher those pesky check engine lights using the iOS or Android app, the device can also protect you in the event of a crash. If the Automatic Pro Gold ever detects an accident, the device automatically contacts you to an operator who can then call emergency services and loved ones.
Finally, the device can connect to other online services. For example, the Pro Gold can sense when you’re headed homewards and can tell a Nest Smart Thermostat to automatically set your house to a certain temperature and turn the lights on to welcome you home.
Doing household chores doesn’t have to suck, especially when a robot vacuum can take care of cleaning your floors. One great choice is the Neato Botvac Connected.
You can control the Wi-Fi-enabled device from anywhere on planet Earth using your cell phone. And it gives mom, or anyone else in the house, the ability to put their feet up and watch while the robot gets down and dirty. Made for almost any type of flooring — including carpet, tile, hardwood, and more — the vacuum uses special laser technology to scan the room and plan a quick and efficient route.
One of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to start using smart home technology is a smart switch. Setting up the Kogeek Smart Plug takes a just a few seconds. Just plug it into any existing outlet. Using a companion app for iOS, whatever Mom plugs in can be turned on or off with the tap of a button. The switch can also monitor energy consumption to let her know how much power a device is using, even when it’s turned off.
As an added bonus, Kogeek Smart Plugs are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit protocol. That means Apple fans can control the switch using a simple Siri command. If Mom adds other HomeKit-compatible devices, the switch can be part of custom scenes or different automations.
Along with saving money thanks to lower energy costs, the LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb can be used to paint any house with light.
The bulb can display more than 16 million different colors and all temperatures of white. Unlike other smart lighting systems on the market, you won’t need the extra complication of adding a hub. The bulb also works with a dizzying array of other services including IFTTT, SmartThings, Nest, and others. By using these bulbs throughout the house, Mom can control her lights using any voice command to an Amazon Echo device.
Another smart home device that can save money and make life a bit easier for everyone in the home, the Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat is a great way for anyone to start building a smart home.
Controlling the device is quick and easy, and it’s compatible with HomeKit, Amazon Echo and Google Home. Mom’s favorite feature is likely to be the remote temperature sensors that can help make any hot or cold areas of a house more comfortable.
These Smart Home gadgets are a great way to appreciate everything the Moms in your life do for you, by making their lives a little easier!
Have we missed any great smart home gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Let us know about them in the comments.
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