Patrick Hearn

Patrick Hearn

Digital Trends Team

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The Sutro smart pool monitor is reportedly six weeks away from shipping

The Sutro Smart Pool Monitor first appeared in 2015 as part of TechCrunch's Hardware Battle and has been in development since then. According to a recent report, the company plans to ship within six weeks.
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Lua uses animated emotions to help you keep your plants happy and healthy

The Lua Smart Planter is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo to make this smiling plant pot a reality. The device helps you take care of your plants by showing their needs through a series of animated faces.
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Amazon has plans for an Echo for music lovers — and a voice-controlled robot?

A Bloomberg report suggests that Amazon might have plans to release a new Amazon Echo unit with improved audio quality, perhaps as a tie-in with a new and improved Amazon Music service.
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Ikea expands its Tradfri line with new smart bulbs and starter kits

Ikea has long been the go-to option for people that want high-quality, low-cost furnishings and lighting. The Swedish company has embraced that reputation with new additions to their Tradfri line of Home Smart products.
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All of these services let you own your content, so you’ll never lose it

With the closure of Microsoft's ebook store, consumers have begun to wonder exactly how much of their digital media they actually own, and how much is licensed. For the average person, the news isn't great.
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The Meri is a $99 smart thermostat for a smart home on a budget

This week Momentum introduced the Meri Smart Thermostat, a budget-friendly alternative to more expensive options like Nest or the Ecobee. This new thermostat is available for purchase from your local Walmart and Walmart.com