I own a Chamberlain garage door opener, and sometimes that’s a pain. It’s not smart unless I add a Chamberlain Wi-Fi bridge. And the company requires extra subscriptions for basic features like Google Assistant control, which I don’t like. The door opener also uses proprietary communication signals preventing other smart products from working. Now there’s a workaround for that problem—the Nexx NXG-200 Smart Garage Controller.
Remember that time Apple announced AirPower, then canceled it? Well, that opened the door for third-party manufacturers to create products to take on what AirPower could’ve been. Among those manufacturers is Mophie, with not one, but two AirPower-like multi-device charging pads.
The SmartDry wireless laundry sensor promises to make your dryer smart for a very reasonable $50. The sensor notifies you when your clothes are dry, when the dryer stops, or if the heat is out of control. And, by golly, it delivers!
When it comes to consumer-grade drones, it’s hard to find something not made by DJI. The Chinese company has cornered the market with easy-to-fly quadcopters that are capable of capturing cinematic footage. Before today, you needed to spend close to $1,000 to get something halfway decent. That changes with the release of the Mavic Mini.
If you’re not familiar with the game, this Mario & Sonic game is the sixth iteration of the same theme: characters you know and love from both the Mario and Sonic universes compete in the Olympic games.
Fundamental knowledge of how computers work is essential for many future careers. For $300, the Piper Computer Kit promises to teach children computer science concepts. At that cost, it needs to be perfect. Is it? No. But it’s close.