While the dream of robotic assistance around the home still seems futuristic, smart home technology took some major strides forward this year. With better wireless connectivity, more processing power and new ideas, many of these devices are truly great additions to any household. To help you sort the must buys from the nice tries, here is our roundup of the best smart home gadgets of 2016.
This impressive robot vacuum is equipped with 360º laser distance sensors and a powerful brushless DC motor.
Put away the ladder and let the remote-controlled Looj 330 keep your gutters clean all year round.
Give your windows the same treatment with the compact Cop Rose robot cleaner.
This clever android can teach your kids, keep watch over your home, and entertain the whole family.
Price: $549 (pre-order)
Video call your furry friends from anywhere in the world and even hand out something tasty.
In the Garden
Set up Blossom to keep your garden looking beautiful and use only half the water of regular irrigation.
Yardian uses weather data to keep your garden watered and lets you see who is snooping around in your backyard.
Put this device in your electricity cabinet to see live usage data and advice on reducing your bills.
FLARE only activates when the last known person exits the building, using night-vision cameras and sensors for comprehensive security.
With FlipFlic installed, your blinds automatically close when the sun goes down.
Connected Smart Home Gadgets
With access to live data from Google, this voice-activated smart home hub currently leads the pack.
Like something out of Star Trek, L.U.C.Y. uses facial recognition to greet every family member with essential info.
Connect up to 22 devices simultaneously over 1,000 feet with this Bluetooth router.
Home of the Future
Want great meals without slaving over the stove? June will cook anything to perfection without human assistance.
Price: $1495 (pre-order)
Standing in front of this mirror reveals your weight and exact body fat percentage…just for a little motivation.
The list above picks out just a few of the amazing smart home gadgets released this year. Which was your favorite?