The Smart Home: Designs With a
Tech Twist

I'm always looking for furniture and accessories that can make my home more efficient, especially in regards to storing tech or implementing smart features. Here's a roundup of some current favorites, from a smart home automation appliance to a USB hub for the desk in the shape of a mini city.

Domo: I'm not talking about the cute brown Japanese character, Domo. D.O.M.O. stands for DOmestic MOnitor and is currently a Kickstarter Project. The device has a small Wi-Fi sensor that can be synced up to your phone and the lights, garage, TV, etc. in your house. You can set up triggers so that certain lights go up based on proximity sensors, and also automate your TV to turn off when you leave the house. There are other similar options to make sure that you aren't wondering whether you turned the light off upstairs while you're out of the house.

Matchbox Coffee Table: I love lift-top coffee tables. I can't get enough of clever designs that are space saving and efficient. The Matchbox coffee table caught my eye because it comes with an ethanol fire burning kit. For those who don't have a fireplace (myself included), it'd be great to just slide open the coffee table to get some warmth. There are slide in glass fire screens that can be installed to make sure it's safe. If you don't want a fire in there, you can use the extra storage to put remotes and game controllers.

Kuropon Shelf: The Kuropon by Torafu Architects looks like a thin shelf, but it pulls out to reveal a small drawer. It'd be perfect for earphones, thumb drives and other small tech goods.

Lonely City USB Hub: I had to include something efficient for the desk. I love this Lonely City USB hub designed by David Weeks. The hub features 4 high-speed USB 2.0 ports for both Mac and PC computers. Once a device is charging through the hub, the individual city buildings will light up — a pretty cool setup to have on your desk.

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Lapka Organic Food Tester: To be honest, I'm not a huge organic foodie, but I do like to make healthier choices in the food products I consume if I can help it. Lapka is a beautifully designed organic food tester. Basically, it tells you if your food is organic or not with an organic detector. Lapka works with your iPhone and is powered by it to read the data.

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