Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cool New Gadgets For The Home

Someone put their thinking cap on and came up with a great idea.  

SkyBell Video Doorbell

The Skybell is a smart video doorbell that you answer with your smartphone. There’s a a video camera, exclusive motion sensor, microphone and a speaker all encased in a small (< 3") doorbell-sized disc. It has to be connected to a wired, mechanical doorbell chime, and you'll need to connect to your home's Wi-Fi network, of course. When someone rings the bell, live video feed is sent to your smartphone and you're able to see and talk to whomever is at your door. The motion sensor detects sneaky visitors even when they don't ring the bell, thus alerting you to any potential prowlers. Installation appears to be pretty simple, too.  At $199, it won't break the bank either.

Source:  Better Living Through Design

Why did it take so long for someone to come up with this?


An electrical outlet that doubles as an extension cord!  The Rambler Socket would be a big hit in my house.  You see either children huddled at odd spaces along the wall where there is one remaining unused electrical outlet playing games on a tablet with low juice, or ugly extension cords traversing the floors just waiting to trip you up. 

With about 5 feet of extension, you can pull the cord out when you need it and with a light tug a spring mechanism will wind it back up for you and neatly tuck itself back into the wall.

Source:  Michelle Schwake for Stafford Family Realtors

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