Low-cost Chromebook; High-end coffeemaker and a wifi light switch
Bodum Bistro Pourover
If you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur you may want to check out the Bodum Bistro Pourover, a coffee machine that brews a cup of java that comes a close second to that of your neighborhood barista. The stylish Bodum Bistro Pourover has been thoughtfully designed to create an effortlessness user experience with its drip-proof coffee filter, removable showerhead, and its spill-proof carafe. Unlike the common coffee machine, the appliance provides even extraction by distributing water through a showerhead simulating a “pourover” technique. This creates a balanced cup of coffee every time. A 40 oz stainless-steel double-walled carafe houses the finished coffee and keeps it warm for up to three hours without altering the coffee flavour.
More info: bodum.com
Availability: Now (at The Bay, Amazon.ca)
The Google Chromebook is a low-cost, quick take on a mini laptop that is highly portable with an 11.6-inch screen. It’s ideal for students or casual internet users on a budget. It’s only one inch thick, and weighs 1.5 kg. The notebook runs Chrome OS, Google’s own computer operating system. It won’t run Windows or Mac programs, but you can use the online suite of Google Docs and other web-based apps to do your work. If you browse the web, use email and use all things Google this is an affordable computer for you. It takes less than 10 seconds to boot up and requires very little maintenance. Google has teamed up with Acer, Samsung and Hewlett Packard to create its selection of Chromebooks, so hardware-wise it’s a solid performer.
Price: $129 to $329
More info: chromebook.com
Belkin WeMo Light Switch
Belkin, known for its computer accessories and networking products, has created the WeMo Light Switch, a network-enabled light switch that can be controlled by a computer or phone. The switch connects to both the regular electrical wiring and a WiFi connection to provide users remote access to their household light controls using the free WeMo app for Android or Apple iOS devices such as the iPad or iPhone. Lights can be scheduled, set to a timer, or turned on and off manually at one’s discretion. It’s great tool for the frequent traveller. And it is part of a family of WeMo products that let you control your home remotely.
More info: belkin.com/us/wemo