Who can resist this 360-degree, high-resolution camera, mic, and speaker combo? Both the Meeting Owl and Meeting Owl Pro are interactive video-conferencing devices normally meant for offices, but they can also be used at home for more professional-quality meetings and presentations without the shaky phone, poor video quality, or questionable sound you may have experienced with other formats.
From $799; owllabs.com
Jura Giga 6
Even coffee isn’t immune to an upgrade. Brimming with the latest technology and made of top-quality materials and Swiss precision, the Giga 6’s clear design features artificial intelligence via a self-learning algorithm that identifies personal preferences and adapts the start screen accordingly, showing preferred specialties. It also leverages Jura’s Smart Connect device with Bluetooth communication, allowing it to be used with the Jura Operating Experience (J.O.E.), an exclusive free app that allows users to easily operate the machine from a smartphone or tablet to personalize favorite beverages, initiate brewing, view maintenance instructions and videos, order filters, and more.
From $5,999; us.jura.com
Aura Air Purification
We each breathe in 3,000 gallons of air per day, and Aura has invested in smart technology so consumers can begin to understand just how impactful that number is, especially when 50 percent of illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air. This all-in-one, indoor, air-purification and quality-intelligence system filters and disinfects indoor air through a unique five-stage process while vigilantly monitoring quality in real time. When hazards are detected, Aura alerts you immediately, providing crucial intelligence about the origin of the problem, how to rectify it, and when immediate action or evacuation is required.
Available for pre-order from $399; https://www.auraair.io
Whether you go with a Sprout, which holds three grow pods, or a Farm, which holds 24 grow pods, you will not be disappointed with quality, ease of use, and excitement of this countertop garden, complete with automated lights, nutrient and water reminders, modern design, and (depending on your model) even high-resolution displays and stackability. The joy of plucking cherry tomatoes or trimming some Thai basil to add to your simmering sauce is made even better by Aerogarden’s easy-to-use design.
From $100; aerogarden.com
This in-home dry-cleaning device acts as a freestanding closet within a closet, designed to clean and straighten your clothes after you hang them up and walk away. For difficult clothing items that manage to wrinkle no matter how or when you hang them, AirDresser eliminates the need for steaming, ironing, and dry cleaning. The machine doesn’t require a separate water line and, surprisingly, doesn’t require much space either.
From $1,400; design.samsung.com
You can enhance everything from your home safety to the atmosphere in rooms with this smart custom-lighting line. Along with new indoor and outdoor products, Philips features the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, which allows you to sync color-capable lights with your movies, TV shows, and video games.
From $50; meethue.com
LG CineBeam 4K
LG recently announced the integration of Amazon Alexa with its award-winning CineBeam AI Thinq 4K UHD projectors, giving you access to more than 90,000 Alexa skills, voice commands, and control of smart home products. There is no need for a separate device, which means all Alexa updates and features for the voice service will continue to be available to LG projector owners into the future. The projector is an impressive piece of smart home tech that creates a rich theater experience through features like 140-inch display, 1500 ANSI lumens covering 92 percent of the DCI-P3 color space for brightness, and a four-channel LED light source.
From $2,700; lg.com