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NEST CAM IQ
Nest forged a strong reputation for making connected smart devices for the home, and the company’s updated indoor security camera is the most impressive yet. Its 4K image sensors, 12x digital zoom and high dynamic range (HDR) video make for quality video, but it’s the algorithm-based capabilities that differentiate the Cam IQ from the crowd. The device sends an alert with an image to your phone if it detects a human in a shot, and the Familiar Faces feature means the camera can differentiate between family members and strangers. You’ll have to sign up for a Nest Aware subscription to use the defining features, but the Cam IQ is a great way of using the Internet of Things to make your home safer. CAM IQ, $299; Nest Aware, $10 per month.
LINGMO TRANSLATE ONE2ONE
Being able to communicate effectively is incredibly important, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure. With the Lingmo Translate One2One, you won’t have to study a language in order to speak it. The artificial intelligence-powered headset, made by Australian startup Lingmo International, uses IBM Watson natural language understanding technology to translate between English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Mandarin. The technology easily detects regional dialects and considers the context for more accurate translations. There’s no need for a Bluetooth or WiFi connection, so you can use the headset almost anywhere. $179.
SKYBELL WIFI DOORBELL
The Skybell lets you see, hear and speak to anyone who knocks on your door when you aren’t there in person. Thanks to WiFi technology and an accompanying app, a live feed alert is sent to your smartphone even if someone approaches your door without knocking, allowing you to keep your home safe and sound. With multiple user connectivity, the Skybell is perfect for couples and families who travel often. $199.
NOKIA STEEL HR
Smartwatches tend to tout technological features with futuristic designs, but what if you want high-tech capabilities in a classic package? While it looks like an elegant timepiece, the Steel HR is a heart rate monitor, activity companion and sleep monitor. It functions as a personal assistant with text, call and event alerts, and it produces exercise reports and analytics in an accompanying app. With a battery life of up to 25 days, the Steel HR is a smartwatch that looks and charges like a classic timepiece. $179.95–199.95.