In case you haven’t been paying attention, gadgets with artificial intelligence are getting even smarter. Feel free to panic about “Terminator”-style robots taking over the world, but for now, these gadgets save us time by thinking for us. Some are so smart they trick a criminal into looking at a security camera; another senses how much detergent you need for your dirty clothes.
1. Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro
My favorite gadget of the year so far, the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro can sense when someone is on your property. It will then play a whistle sound and snap a picture when the intruder looks at the camera. Brilliant. You can customize the sounds and how often the camera snaps pics.
2. Whirlpool Smart Front Load Washer
Finally, a washing machine that knows how much detergent you need! With a fill capacity for up to 40 loads, the Whirlpool Smart Front Load Washer automatically senses load size. Called Load & Go, it’s curiously omniscient. There’s also a matching dryer.
3. Lenovo Smart Clock
This Google-powered clock knows how to wake you up gradually. Connected to the lights in your home, the alarm clock can slowly increase the volume and lights as you wake up over a 30-minute period. The Google Assistant can even read the news.