We've seen add-ons for locks to try and make them smarter, but it's about time the locks themselves gained some intelligence. Kevo ($220) is the first we've seen. This smart deadbolt uses Bluetooth 4.0, your iPhone, and a companion app to let you open your door using nothing but your finger. A ring around the lock lights up blue when it senses your presense, and turns to green once you've unlocked your door. The set also includes a wireless keyfob that offers the same functionality, and should you need to resort to old-school ways, it'll still open with a standard key, as well. Coming this summer.
Alarm systems are great and all, but if you really want to scare any prospective robber away as possible, install a Burglar Blaster ($600). This self-contained, battery-powered unit is simple to install, and uses a passive infrared detection system to sense when an intruder is near. After the set entry time delay, it blasts four ounces of irritating OC pepper spray into the surrounding area, virtually guaranteeing a quick retreat for anyone in its path. Good for up to 2,000 square feet, it's likely more than enough to protect your home — but if you feel the need for extra firepower, step up to the Decintegrator, which fires out six times as much of the nasty stuff.
Spring is on its way, so what better time to start livening up your living space with some actual living things? The Woolly Pocket ($27) is a stylish wall planter that makes it quick and easy to add real plants to any semi-sunny spot in your home. Made from BPA-free recycled plastic, the planter features a self-watering 1.5L reservoir with easy access watering holes that attaches directly to the wall. Once it's in place, you can plant your plant your planter in the patented vented shell and hang it on the reservoir — making it nearly impossible to kill your plant as long as you remember to water regularly.