Wasn’t technology supposed to make our lives easier? A good gadget can free us from hours of tedious work while a bad one can lead to constant frustration and wasted time. Every year we’re bombarded with dozens of cool gizmos, but which of these devices will actually lead to less tedium and more free time? Here are four functional home gadgets and gizmos to look for in 2013.
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Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid
It may look more like the Mars Rover than any lawnmower you’ve ever seen, but the Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid will keep your grass cut just the same. The twist is that it’s robotic, leaving the hours of sweaty, weekend-wasting work out of the equation. With dozens of cool features, including a solar panel and automated charging, you’ll never have to worry about mowing the lawn again, which is enough to make even the $3000 price tag sound reasonable.
Nest Learning Thermostat
How exciting can a thermostat be? Imagine, you leave home and your thermostat automatically turns down the AC, but you never notice because shortly before you return home it turns the AC back up and cools the house again. The manufacturer advertises that this can reduce your heating and cooling bill by up to 20%, which makes the $250 price tag sound like a deal. Check out the other money saving options available with this device.
Enjoy smoothies? How about ice-cream, soups, or juices? Well, you should probably check out the Blendtec Blender. A plethora of programmed options means all you have to do is add the ingredients and hit the appropriate button to make your customized recipe. The Blendtec Blender is programmed to vary the speed of its 4" blade to achieve optimum consistency so you’re free to read that book you’ve been meaning to read or just relax in your new-found spare time. The Blendtec Blender is also competitive with other high-end blenders in price, running between $400 and $460.
Orbital Washing Machine
Ever get tired of reaching shoulder-deep into your washing machine for that last sock? The Orbital Washing Machine fixes that problem by including spheres into which you put your clothes before inserting the sphere directly into the washer. When the load is finished just remove the sphere and dump the clothes right into the dryer. No word on price yet from designer Tiffany Roddis, but if it’s competitive with other high-end washers it’ll be steal.
Article by Brooke Chaplan