You use your smartphone to check email, update Facebook and play “Angry Birds Star Wars.” But did you know you could use it to change the temperature in your house, unlock the doors and monitor your abode when you’re on the road? You can do all of this and more with the latest smartphone gadgets, most of which talk to your phone or tablet. These devices won’t just make your life easier — some can even help save you money, keep an eye on Junior or even make you a better gardener. Here are the top 15 smart home gadgets.
You don’t have to retrofit your home’s electronic devices to make them Wi-Fi accessible. With WeMo switches, you can control your TVs, lamps, stereos and other appliances through your home wireless network. The free iOS app lets you set schedules for appliances and electronics and control them in-home or remotely. Simply plug each electronic device into a WeMo Switch that fits in any wall socket, and you are connected.