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2X4: Four Home Tech Items You’ll Love

Have you ever watched a SciFi show and been jealous of their high-tech life? Well, guess what? Some of those far-out gadgets are real! The future is now, so embrace it with one of our favorite home-related tech items:

Photo 1: Kohler | Photo 2: LIFX

Sing in the Shower. Are you feeling a little under supported during your morning renditions of Bohemian Rhapsody? A new showerhead may be just what your inner rock star ordered. Harness the magic of shower singing and give yourself some back-up vocals by using the Moxie showerhead and wireless speaker. Replace your current showerhead with this bad boy, hook it up to your iTunes library and start jamming! Bonus: This showerhead isn’t all fun and music – it gives you diva-worthy water pressure, too.

Automate Your Lights. Turning off the lights in unused rooms is an easy way to conserve both energy and cash, but it can be hard to remember. LIFX to the rescue! These LED bulbs can be controlled from your smart phone, so if you forget to turn off a light before leaving the house, all it takes is a quick thumb tap to rectify the situation. Our favorite extra feature: you can set your LIFX bulbs to change color depending on the music you’re playing! Note: LIFX bulbs are currently available for preorder and will be shipping in August/September of 2013.

Photo 3: WeMo | Photo 4: Ben & Jerry’s

Control Your Gadgets. Why stop the smart phone control party at your overhead lighting? The rest of your small appliances can join the fun with Belkin’s WeMo! This brilliant little gadget can be plugged into any outlet, where it then allows you to control the power remotely (along with anything that’s plugged into it). So, if you’ve had to rush home more than once because you thought your hair straightener was still on (and possibly burning your house down), this gadget is for you.

Stop Ice Cream Thieves. Ok, so maybe this gadget isn’t as high-tech as the others, but the Ben & Jerry’s “Euphori-Lock” performs a task of vital importance: protecting your ice cream. If you’ve ever come home to discover your beloved pint of Cherry Garcia has been ravaged by an unknown snacker, you know how heartbreaking ice cream theft can be. Protect your favorite flavors with the Euphori-Lock! Because, like the lock says, “There is no ‘u’ in ‘my pint.’” 

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