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Do you rent a cable box with your cable TV subscription? If so, the Slingbox connects to your cable box and transmits the all available channels to the next room or to your second home or hotel room. Your paid subscription follows you to wherever you are using the SlingPlayer app on your computer phone, tablet; you can watch on these portable devices or cable TV shows can be cast to a separate TV with the help of a Chromecast, AppleTV or Roku device. Why rent a separate cable box or even pay for cable TV in two places? Around $300
Airplane ride to or from Orlando or subway ride to work? Enough said. Around $350
This digital frame is amazing! I have one of the early generation frames at home and given it as a gift. It’s always appreciated! Who doesn’t like to add their newest photos to picture frames! Now this version has Alexa, Wifi and Cloud capability. Meaning, you can send your cell phone photos by Wifi to your frame- no more removing and inserting SD cards. The Cloud feature allows you to upload photos for storage on Nixplay servers and then make playlists for your giftees to receive curated and updated photos from you. Of course, Alexa ability adds voice command ability to control all of these functions. Amazing and on Amazon! ~$179
What’s worse than digging for your door keys in your handbag? Keys in my pockets, if I have pockets, messes up my outfit sillouhette! With the August Smart Lock, your smart phone will unlock your front door as you approach the lock! Using Bluetooth technology and the August app on your phone, no need to pull out your phone either! I like that I can assign door permissions to individuals using email addresses or phone numbers, and the app tracks who, when and how each person locked or unlocked the door. Perfect for ensuring kids are in the house after school, or tracking the time that teenager came home last night! Delete permissions or set a time limit for visitors to have access; useful for Airbnb hosts and guests. Another lifesaver is the ability to lock and unlock the door remotely through the app for that contractor or forgetful spouse.An add-on smart keypad is available for those who don't use smartphones or whose phone have died- which happens when you are returning home from work of course. No more lost keys! $140-250
I have owned an Ooma for 8 years and not paid a home telephone bill in all that time. My account says I’ve saved over $4000! The unit price has not increased since then, which means to me that it is still in demand, maintaining market share in it’s niche and the technology is still current. Just connect via Ethernet cable to your internet router for an easy setup. I highly recommend it as a cost-saving, convenient, portable, versatile and long-term solution for a home or business telephone/answering device. They have added smart sensors and security devices to their suite of products which communicate with the Ooma Telo as its hub. A very natural and intuitive growth for their brand. ~$79
I love this device. I have two installed at home. Welcome and monitor visitors at your entry doors with 2-way audio and 1-way video; your phone rings when the doorbell rings! Confirm your Amazon and holiday package deliveries. Record and download motion videos (for a nominal fee) for review, live or later on your cell phone. Now compatible with Alexa! Around $250