Stay-at-home parents have always fantasized about having the automated life of Judy Jetson, with everyday chores tended to by the push of a button or a robot maid. The truth is, as a parent, you need all the help you can get. While not every vision of the Jetson’s future has been realized (we’re still waiting for our flying pods), today there are so many ways you actually can automate your life that were not even imaginable a decade ago. Here are five products that will help you automate your life and start making your Jetson’s fantasy a reality.
1. Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Robot vacuums have been around for awhile and they just keep getting more intuitive. There is nothing better than programming your vacuum and waking up to clean floors. There are a lot of great products on the market, but what makes the Neato Botvac standout is that it integrates with smart home devices better than any other robot vacuum. The Neato can also interact with other connected appliances, and so you could program the vacuum to start the minute you close your connected garage door as you leave every morning.
2. iRobot Braava 380T Mopping Robot
Why stop at vacuuming, when you could have sparkling clean floors with a robot mop, too? Especially when you have crawlers and toddlers, mopping is the one chore you always need to do, but never have time for. The iRobot Braava Mopping Robot does a damp mop that is safe for any type of flooring and lets you clean up to 1,000 square feet of your home at a time.
3. Nest Learning Thermostat
This smart thermostat may not save you enormous amounts of time, but it will definitely increase your day-to-day comfort, which is something all stay-at-home deserve more of. The Nest will learn your heating/cooling daily adjustments and create a schedule. It also senses when you’re away and will switch to ECO mode to save money (and who doesn’t need more of that?). The newest generation Nest also includes a Furnace Heads-Up feature which lets you know if there might be a problem with your furnace.
4. Ticwatch Pro
There are so many ways to use your smartphone to help organize and automate your life. But, for so many, the phone is also a huge time waster, which is what makes smart watches so invaluable. You get the important functionality of your phone without the ever-present distraction. When it comes to smartwatches, the Ticwatch Pro is hard to beat. In addition to features like heat rate sensor and GPS tracking, it has a 48 hour battery life, a 1.4” screen, and a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Snapdragon mobile platform enables superior connectivity for your smartwatch.
5. June Intelligent Oven
Smart cooking gadgets and appliances are one of the fastest growing sectors of connected devices, which is good news for busy parents. One of the most exciting products for the home cook is the June Intelligent Oven, which perfectly cooks a wide array of foods, from fish and roasts to baked goods and vegetables. This countertop appliance is outfitted with a camera, Wi-Fi and AI, which allow it to detect what the food is, ask you how you’d like it cooked, and then produce a perfectly cooked version.
We may not be living in a time where Rosie the Robot will cater to your every whim, but there are a lot of exciting products that can help you automate your life. And anything that helps a busy stay-at-home parent spend more time quality time with your family is worth its weight in gold.