We'll still need electrical outlets for the foreseeable future, but the light switch may soon be a thing of the past. The Logitech Pop Home Switch is designed to replace your typical wall switch while being far more versatile. Using a wireless connection with a stationary base — there are those pesky outlets again — it works all over your home, letting you do things like turn on the lights, start a playlist, or lock the door. It's compatible with a whole host of popular products and can perform three actions per switch with press, double-press, and press-and-hold gestures. And since it's also compatible with the company's Harmony hub, you can use the the Pop to dim the lights, turn on your home theater gear, close the blinds, and start a movie, all with a single press. Try finding a regular switch that can do all that.
Whether you plan on growing your own produce or would like to cut down on your trips to the dispensary, the Grobo Indoor Garden has you covered. This all-in-one tower is designed to make caring for your plants as simple as possible. Using nutrient capsules stored in the bottom, it automatically makes sure to feed and water your plant as needed, while the 63 LEDs make sure it gets enough light and the temperature and humidity control keep conditions optimal. The fluid glass can turn from clear to opaque in seconds, giving you the ability to view your plant while still giving them the right amount of darkness, and a carbon filter keeps even the most pungent smells from seeping into your living space.
The more connected devices we have in our lives, the more things we have to control. The Knocki Surface Control is designed to make doing so as simple and intuitive as possible. It connects to your network over Wi-Fi and attaches to nearly any hard surface in your home, turning it into a touch-sensitive remote. It detects tap gestures, so you can set it to do things like turn on your lights and TV with a double tap, or set a series of taps — say three taps, followed by two more — to perform more secure functions like opening a smart lock or setting your home's alarm. It's like a light switch, only more powerful and more convenient.
Weather apps are among the most popular for a reason: unless you plan on staying inside all day, knowing the conditions outside is a must. Still, not even local forecasts can compete with the BloomSky Sky 2 Weather Camera. This intelligent weather station sits in your yard, using an HD camera to capture an image of the sky once every five minutes while it provides real-time temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure readings. You can share the resulting time-lapses with friends, upload the weather data to make the companion app's readings more accurate, and, for the most comprehensive data, pair it with the Storm wireless accessory, which measures rainfall totals, wind speed and direction, and UV exposure.