Erika Prafder

Erika Prafder

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Erika Prafder is Digital Trends’ Home contributor. She is a veteran writer, with over fifteen years of experience covering home, parenting, health and education topics for The New York Post, as well as producing gift and product guides for this news outlet and others. A time-pressed, working mother of three, she enjoys reporting on home tech products that simplify and enhance life at home. A resident of East Atlantic Beach, New York, Prafder blogs on parenting topics at prafderparenting.blogspot.com

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Want to keep your smart lock secret? Friday has an inconspicuous solution

Do you want a smart lock but don't want to advertise to your neighbors or burglars that you have one? Check out Friday Smart Lock, which is inconspicuous yet still attractive; it's internal but still grants you keyless access.
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Light tunes up: Zedcon’s strip of LED lights sync with your music

A new smart LED strip of lights from Zedcon can light up your space, match your mood, and wake you up on time. While many LED strips tie all the lights together, these can operate independently of each other.
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Dim, baby! Amazon Echo can now control smart lights and switches

Amazon's Echo, a voice-recognition speaker, can now control smart-home devices with the power of speech. Turn on your Philips Hue lights or activate whatever's plugged in to your WeMo Switch.
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This electricity-free fridge could help reduce the world’s food spoilage

A new mobile refrigeration is powered by water and may help reduce the world food spoilage problem. The Evaptainer was invented by an MIT student and uses an evaporative cooling technique to keep produce fresh for hours.
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Countertop smartens up the appliances and wearables you already own

Orange Chef's Countertop is a smart kitchen scale that syncs with your Vitamix and Crock-Pot through adaptors, turning these appliances smart. The scale gives detailed nutritional information and suggests recipes, too.
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Like Uber for dumpster rental, Thumbster makes spring cleaning a snap

Available now for Android and iOS devices, Thumbster is basically like Uber for waste removal. Just download the app, choose the size of dumpster you need, and pick the date you'd like it to arrive