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January 5, 2015
International CES, held every January in Las Vegas, is more than a tradeshow: It's a cultural phenomenon in which consumers, press, and companies converge to learn about the newest technology that will shape our lives. Stay tuned all week as Dwell reports from CES, and in the meantime, take a look at our top home tech picks since last year's show.
Tech-savvy air conditioner by Quirky and GE

Aros air conditioner by Quirky and GE, $300

Aros combines decades of engineering expertise from GE with tech-savvy ingenuity from Quirky. Through the Wink app, the air conditioner can be programmed and controlled remotely and features a handy budget calculator to track operating costs. Read more about Quirky's partnership with GE.

Originally appeared in Essential Tech Products for a Greener Home
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Dual Band Cloud Router by D-Link in red

Fast and robust enough for Web browsing, HD video streaming, and online gaming, the 802.11ac Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router by D-Link operates at 433 megabits per second (Mbps) on the 5GHz band and 300 Mbps on the 2.4GHz. The vibrant package is a welcome change from dowdy routers.

Originally appeared in Must-Have Tech Products for a Modern Home Office
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modern smart bathroom appliances like the san souci touch less toilet by kohler

Flush by waving a hand—no need to worry about what’s lurking on a toilet’s lever. Kohler's new San Souci with Touchless toilet technology is available as a fully installed unit for $934; to make your current commode touch-free, a retrofit kit ($100) is available.

Originally appeared in Spruce Up Your Kitchen and Bathroom with These High-Tech Fixtures
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Smart Booo Hime Lighting System

The tactile and colorful Smart Booo presents a colorful take on the staid light switch. Made out of polycarbonate plastic with an aluminum base, the Smart Booo offers smart dimmer technology straight out of the box. It automatically syncs to Booo lamps, and can be used to control other lighting systems with an adaptor. Match the controller with the lights you want, and you can tap the device to turn them on or off, or turn to dim.

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Originally appeared in A Bold New Take on the Traditional Light Switch
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Compact blue speaker with wool cover

Whether mounted to a wall or stationed on its stand, the Red Dot Award–winning Loop by Libratone delivers crisp, all-encompassing sound in a handsome yet compact package. The Italian-wool cover is available in eight colors. Stream tunes wirelessly from your computer or phone.

Originally appeared in The Best Modern Speakers
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August smart lock with black metal finishes

Smart lock systems are one of those inventions that sound like more trouble than they’re worth, but when done right, they’re a boon to anyone who shares an apartment or home, either for Airbnb or lending a beach house to visiting friends. After some production delays following the product launch in 2013, the August Smart Lock is now available in Apple stores. Read more about smart home automation systems.

Originally appeared in August Smart Lock is Both Functional and Attractive
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Composting device that turns food scraps into soil

In urban environments, composting can be a challenge—it takes time and space and frequently yields a malodorous aroma. Enter the Food Cycler by Food Cycle Science: In as little as three hours, it quietly turns food scraps into soil without the hassle, mess, or olfactory offenses associated with traditional methods. 

Originally appeared in Tools and Appliances to Master Your Chores
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Escali kitchen scale and timer

If the glut of fitness trackers available on the market is any indication, measurements and numbers motivate people. The wave of the future involves logging food consumption, a far greater factor in overall health than steps taken per day. And while text-input food journals can feel tedious and imprecise next to the dynamic graphs produced by fitness trackers, the Escali kitchen scale aims to take some of the tedium out of that process. It also integrates with the UP by Jawbone system, so nutrition information collected from the scale can be used for better body tracking all around.

Originally appeared in Smart Kitchen Scale Is The New Food Journal
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big ass fans haiku

This understated ceiling fan from Big Ass Fans is injected with circuitry that makes it nearly autonomous. Under the Haiku fan’s minimalist exterior, sensors monitor the room’s humidity and temperature to keep air flowing for an ideal interior climate. 

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Smart Honeywell thermostat in white

2014 was the year that Honeywell introduced a worthy competitor the supreme smart thermostat introduced by Nest a few years back. Honeywell's Lyric is exceptional because it uses geofencing. It senses when you and your phone have arrived or left your home, and it adjusts for efficiency or comfort accordingly. There are two options: a seven-mile radius for suburban homes, and a 500-foot radius for apartment-dwellers. 

Originally appeared in Honeywell Thermostat Turns On When You're Almost Home
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Dyson Hygienic Mist Humidifier in blue

Dyson specializes in taking staid appliances and reinventing them into something functional, beautiful, and often justifiably expensive. The company's most recent subject is a self-cleaning humidifier dubbed "Hygienic Mist." Not known for cutting corners, Dyson spent $60.4 million to develop the humidifier, and went through 643 prototypes. Cheaper models, like those from Air-O-Swiss or the $60 Vicks V4500, will achieve similar ends as the Dyson, but they require near-daily cleaning by hand to be kept hygienic.

Originally appeared in Dyson Humidifier Will Keep Your Air Clean Using Bacteria-Killing Technology
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modern kitchen appliances like the Gaggenau CX 491 induction cooktop

The wave of the future is now found in the kitchen, thanks to a proliferation of induction cooktops flooding the market (and tune in to Dwell's April issue for even more new picks!). Instead of limiting its heating capabilities to specific areas, the Fx491 induction cooktop by Gaggenau operates as one large cooking zone to accommodate virtually any pot or pan. 

Originally appeared in 6 Kitchen Appliances to Invest In Now
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Wally Moisture Minder system.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth continue to spread to every household item, with safety monitoring systems getting particular attention. Wally is among the first devices to use that connectivity for moisture monitoring, which means it can help prevent potentially catastrophic water damage. It’s sensitive enough to even notice creeping mold. The benefit of the Wally system is its price and dead-simple setup. Some models like the WaterCop cost up to $400, while the Vivint flood sensor requires a $50 monthly service fee. At $300 for a hub and six sensors, the Wally is comparatively cheap.

Originally appeared in Smart Detection System Prevents Home Water Damage
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Vessyl fitness tracker mug in hand

As fitness trackers evolve to become more autonomous and easier to use, tracking food consumption remains bound to basic journal entries that are easy to skip. For drinks, there’s now the Vessyl cup, which is embedded with sensors that automatically detect what libation is inside, from an IPA to a yogurt smoothie. 

Originally appeared in Vessyl Smart Cup Tracks What You're Drinking
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In the realm of home automation, Nest Labs has been leading the way for new products. For the version 4.3 software update for its popular Learning Thermostat, the Palo Alto-based company developed new features in 2014 to improve functionality and increase energy savings.

Originally appeared in The Nest Thermostat's Improved Features
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Tech-savvy air conditioner by Quirky and GE

Aros air conditioner by Quirky and GE, $300

Aros combines decades of engineering expertise from GE with tech-savvy ingenuity from Quirky. Through the Wink app, the air conditioner can be programmed and controlled remotely and features a handy budget calculator to track operating costs. Read more about Quirky's partnership with GE.

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