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How to Spot the Best Robot Vacuum Deals This Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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If you are on the fence about robotic vacuum cleaners, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the push that you need. There are really steep deals on this tech line because they’re well-loved. Who wouldn’t love a little robot doing all the dirty job for you?

Before you go randomly picking which robotic vacuum is the best one for you, here are some tips:

There are budget-friendly ones.

If budget seems a bit tight, you can score decent varieties under $200 which has the basic functions like automated scheduling and cleaning settings. Good canditates for these include the ILIFE V3, Rollibot BL100, and Infinuvo QQ-2.

Know how you’re going to use it.

Like a responsible adult, ask yourself first what’s your purpose of buying a vaccum. Got furry friends who constantly shed? The iRoomba 860 has special extractors which prevent the machine from clogging. Got a pool to clean? The iRobot Mirra will save you costs on professional pool cleanings.

Notice the features and compare the price difference.

Take for instance the iRoomba 980 and the 960. The first one runs up to 120 minutes and has a carpet boost feature. The 960 only runs for 75 minutes and lacks the carpet boost feature. Sounds like the iRoomba 980 is a better buy, right? But if you’re living in a small apartment with absolutely no carpets to clean, go for the iRobot 960 and save yourself the extra $200.

You still have time to do your research and know which robotic vacuum will cater you best.

[Which Robotic Vacuum is Right For You?]

3 Smart Light Bulbs That Are As Awesome As (But Cheaper Than) the Philips Hue

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When it comes to color-changing bulbs, the Philips Hue bulbs stand out. There’s no denying in that, but they can be awfully expensive. Also, you need the Hue bridge to control them as part of your smart home automation. If you’re not willing to spend a lot, but still wanted reliable and automation-ready light bulbs, here are some Philips Hue alternatives for you.

For seamless integration into your existing smart home

GE Link Wireless A19 Smart Connected LED Light Bulb

GE Link LED Bulb

 

The one which doesn’t need a hub
LIFX Color 1000 A19 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

LIFX Multicolor and dimmable bulbs

 

Lights which also play music
Pulse Dimmable LED Light
SengledPulse Dimmable LED Light with Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

Hope this has shed some light on what smart bulbs you would shop for next!

[Explore More Smart Light Bulbs Options]

Foldimate Folds Your Laundry For You

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Moved out on your own and now you have to do your own laundry? Yeah, it sucks, we know. But if you’ve got some cash, you’ll soon be able to skip on one of the more annoying parts of the process: the folding. Foldimate is a rather large appliance whose sole job it is to fold your clean laundry. You clip the garments to the front, and the device brings them inside, folds them, steams them, and even perfume, softens, and sanitizes them. You’re left with a neat pile of folded clothes that you can then easily place in your dresser. If it works as advertised, it looks like an amazing device, albeit an expensive luxury at $700-$800. And it’s not quite ready for prime-time, as you’ll only be able to start placing pre-orders in 2017.

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ScoopTHAT! II Is A High-Tech Ice Cream Scoop

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Scooping ice cream: it’s a serious first-world problem. Heck, it could even be a second world problem, since these guys do have ice cream, right? The issue is that most scoops get as cold as the frozen cream they’re trying to extract, making hard to carve a ball. The ScoopTHAT! II however features a biodegradable gel in the handle that transfers its heat to a special “thermo-ring” around the edges of the scooping bowl. This keeps the edge hot, cutting through ice cream like a hot knife through butter. The non-stick bowl prevents the frozen treat to stay glued, simply and easily dropping onto your awaiting cup or cone. There’s no need to heat the ScoopTHAT! II as the large gel heat basin in the handle will just absorb the cold as you scoop away. It’s a brilliant design, and better yet it’s super cheap at $25. Sure that may seem like a lot for an ice cream scoop, but consider the frustrations of the alternative and you might see the value.

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Lucy Solar Light Tracks The Sun, Keeps Your Home Illuminated

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As the earth spins, the rays of sun entering your home come in at varying angles throughout the day; this is a phenomenon we’re all used to. But what if you wanted the light of the sun to illuminate a specific section of your home? The Lucy Solar Light is a robotic mirror that tracks the sun and automatically adjusts its angle in order to keep the reflection on a specific spot (like on a plant, for example). Simply place Lucy where you want it, set it to reflect the sun’s rays on the spot you desire, and let it do its thing. Its Italian design is meant to look good in any decor, and its sun tracking abilities mean that you could save some money on traditional lights. Of course, modern design and high tech abilities often translate in higher prices and Lucy is no exception: you’re expected to pay $199 for it as a pre-order, though a shipping date isn’t specified.

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With Opal, Nugget Ice At Home Is Possible

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Not all ice is created equal, and a lot of people are fans of nuggets. What’s that? It’s the kind of irregularly shaped ice pellets offered by some restaurant chains like Sonic. This ice is softer, easy to chew, and the increased surface area means your drinks will get cooled down faster and will absorb some of the flavour they’re immersed in. The Opal machine pictured above is able to make this kind of ice by the bucketloads, making it possible for you to have BBQs with fancy nugget ice any time you want. At full steam, Opal is able to make up to 24lbs of ice a day, in 3 lbs. batches. So how is this ice made?

Opal nugget ice is made by scraping the ice flakes off the inside of a chilled aluminum cylinder. The flakes are extruded through a round hole, compacting them into frozen nuggets of air and ice. Nugget ice is about 50% air by volume, and those tiny pinholes of air between the ice flakes are the secret to soft, chewable, flavorful ice.

Sounds pretty cool. Opal is back by GE Appliances, which means you’ll get a quality product for a fraction of the cost of regular nugget ice machines: the appliance is a $399 pledge on IndieGogo, with the campaign being almost 1,000% funded as of this writing. Clearly people have a hankering for this, so get yours before the price goes up to $499.

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The Gazebox Is A Gazebo and Garage In One

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Garages are overrated. What you need is the Gazebox. It’s a combination garage and gazebo, which opens up at the touch of a button. It’ll protect your car when you want to, and offer you a fun little gathering space when you need it. Here are the standard features:

• Multipurpose Carport, Garage, Gazebo.
• Easy to use.
• Automatic opening.
• Protects from the sun.
• Efficient air flow. Does not retain heat
• Protects from bad weather
• Snow and wind resistant
• Protects from birds and animals.
• Esclusive design made in italy.
• Customizable colors, graphics and more
• Durable framework.
• Excellent value.
• Requires minimal space.
• Further theft protection.
• Makes no water buildups.
• Removable structure.
• Quick anchorage to the ground.
• Independent fan regulation.

That’s for the base model. Upgrades include an air conditioner, solar panels, and even a vacuum cleaner. It’s great for people who have a driveway but no garage. Sadly, the price is nowhere to be found, but it does seem like a real product that you can buy.

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Bruno Is The World’s First Smart Trashcan

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It’s called Bruno, and it’s a connected trash can. You may wonder why your trash can needs to be connected, but let us assure you this is a really cool product, but not for its “connected features.” In fact, Bruno is more than a can, it’s also a vacuum. See that opening at the bottom? Well, it sucks stuff in. So the way you use Bruno is that you broom around your house, but instead of bending over with a dust pan and walking over to the can, you just sweep it right up to Bruno, who’ll then suck it up. Sensors on the inside alert you when you need to change the collection bag, and it stores a bunch of empty bags so you don’t have to go around looking for new ones when it’s time to take the trash out. And of course, it is a trashcan, a motion sensing lid opens up for full hands-free operation. It’s battery operated, so you can move it around the house, and it won’t need a charge for around 30 days!

It’s a decent looking trashcan with innovative features that amply justify the $159 asking price, on their fully-funded Kickstarter campaign. But don’t wait until it hits retail shelves, because the price then goes up to $229.

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Stackable Brain Specimen Coasters For The Scientist In You

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Each one of these coasters features a different slice of a theoretical human brain. When they’re stacked up, they create a 3D rendering of a human brain, which is sure to impress your guests with even a passing interest in, well, anything cool. They come in a set of 10, and stacking them in the right order should be easy considering they’re labeled. Made from glass, each coaster also features small rubber feet to keep them off your surface, and away from scratches. At $20 for the set, it’s an inexpensive way to let your guests know that you’re into science-y stuff.

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