7 cool smart home devices you didn’t know you wanted

Big brands like Google, Amazon and Philips Hue are renowned for their smart home innovations, but hundreds of smaller competitors are pushing boundaries, too. Sure, you probably won’t see the next innovation in robotics or voice assistance coming from a 10-person team. But innovation in energy consumption and privacy are just as important, and they often come from smaller companies. If you care about smart lawn care, smart gardening or a smart security system — aything beyond color-changing lightbulbs — these cool smart home devices might be for you.

These are seven of the most interesting but difficult-to-categorize smart home accessories on the market right now. Whether you want to step up your home automation and smart home technology game or you’re looking to find a great gift for the tech lover in your life, you’re sure to find a unique smart home gadget on this list.



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Dodgers didn’t want Astros using home clubhouse, glad A’s got top seed

Dodgers didn’t want Astros using home clubhouse in ALDS vs. A’s originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

MLB’s unprecedented season during the coronavirus pandemic ends with a playoff schedule where teams play at neutral sites across the country. 

The AL Divisional Series between the A’s and Houston Astros began Monday in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, with any home-field advantage in the best-of-five series extending only to the order in which the teams would pat.

However, when it came to where the Astros would have their lockers, the Dodgers didn’t want them placing their stuff in the home clubhouse.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser spoke to a Dodgers employee on Sunday who made it very clear they were happy the A’s were the higher seed, forcing the Astros to use the visiting clubhouse.

“Yeah, we definitely didn’t want Houston in our clubhouse,” the employee told Slusser.

During the offseason,

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