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Hot List: What's New in Tech

The latest tech innovations are making homes smarter and life easier

Written by Sally Finder Weepie

The Amazon Echo has played a big role in making the smart kitchen and the connected home a reality, not just a futuristic concept, for many homeowners. More manufacturers are making suites of appliances that are compatible withe the Amazon Echo and other devices. GE Appliances is a good example. With GE connected appliances, you simply ask Alexa, the brain behind the Amazon Echo, to give Geneva, the brains behind GE connected appliances, a command. Just by talking to Alexa, you can have your morning coffee ready when you want it, find out when the dishwasher or the wash machine is done, preheat the oven—or turn it off even if you're not at home—and a whole lot more.

The Docking Drawer from Häfele provides a convenient way to keep your smartphone or other device charged while keeping countertops clear of clutter. Available in standard outlet configurations with both AC outlets and USB ports or GFCI varieties, Docking Drawer outlets include special hardware which mounts to the rear of drawers allowing the cords to remain untangled no matter the drawer position.

The LG Signature OLED television delivers amazing picture quality, with perfect blacks and color even from wide viewing angles. Unlike traditional synthetic light-emitting diodes (LEDs), OLED uses an organic substance that glows when an electric current is introduced. These Organic Light-Emitting Diodes are part of a design approach that drastically reduces the thickness and weight of the TV while providing a high-quality viewing experience. The LG Signature OLED TV is available in a 65-inch size with a picture-on-wall screen design.

The new Genesis II line of gas grills from Weber all are equipped with a docking station for the iGrill 3 Bluetooth digital thermometer that monitors cooking times and temperatures, sending alerts to any mobile device. The iGrill thermometers also can be purchased for use on other grills. They work with the iGrill app to track the doneness of your food so you can tell when your steak is perfectly done by looking at your smartphone—there's no need to lift the grill lid.

Like to listen to music while you get ready in the bathroom? The Vezzo mirror by Viio (24”x 32”) lets you listen to your favorite playlists, podcasts, and take hands-free calls while doing your make-up. Dual side speakers and solid-wood backing pair with touch controls for optimum performance. LED lighting and anti-fog technology ensure a radiant reflection. Bluetooth 4.0 and auxiliary cord connection capabilities allow you to pair with mobile devices, tablets and computers while an intelligent battery-charging system promotes up to 20 hours of music. 

Check this out. Smart fan Veent learns the patterns of humidity in your bathroom over time in and will kick on automatically when the moisture levels get too high. The sleek design features a powerful (and quiet!) fan to help keep your bathroom dry, plus a timer and fun six-color night light, all of which can be controlled through the Veent app on your smart phone.