7 “Useless” Smart Gadgets That Are Actually Awesome

There are plenty of gadgets that seem useless or unnecessary. At least, until you actually use them.

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Is your home starting to feel a little boring? We’ve all been there. Before you start looking at finding a new home or apartment, maybe try making your same old place feel like a new one.

The easiest way to do that? Well, probably a new color of paint. But the funnest way? Gadgets. There are plenty of gadgets out there that seem like they don’t have much practical to offer, but you’d be surprised at how cool some of these seemingly superfluous gadgets may be.

1. Nanoleaf Canvas Starter Kit

Okay, yes, the Nanoleaf Canvas Starter Kit is really just a bunch of light panels that go on your wall. That said, never underestimate the power of a few well-chosen lights to completely change a room. Plus these have way more cool factor than your average lamp.

2. Wyze Compact Wi-Fi Smart Plug

Remember The Clapper? No? It was a device you could plug something like a lamp into, then clap to turn it on or off. Wouldn’t it be cooler if you could just use your phone or yell at Alexa to turn a certain device on or off? That’s exactly what these smart plugs from Wyze are for.

3. Amazon Smart Oven

Amazon really dropped the ball on the naming with this one. While Amazon Smart Oven is a pretty boring name, what this does is anything but: It’s a microwave, convection oven, air fryer, and general food warmer. Plus, it works with Alexa. If it were any easier it would guess what you were hungry for and deliver it to you on tiny wheels.

4. TV LED Backlight

Bias lighting for your TV is the kind of thing that seems like it doesn’t matter at all until you experience it. Even a simple backlight behind your TV can boost your perceived contrast levels, making the picture look better. A bias light that matches the overall color on the screen takes it a step further.

5. Ruggie Alarm Clock

Have a problem with hitting the snooze button on your alarm? What about a rug that you have to stand on to shut it off? It’s also super loud to make sure you know it’s time to get out of bed.

6. The Orange Chef Prep Pad

If you’ve ever tried to use an app like MyFitnessPal, you know how tricky it can be to figure out what’s in what you’re eating and how much of it there really is. The Orange Chef Prep Pad handles this by telling you the exact levels of calories, fat, protein, and carbs in your meals.

7. Robomow Smart Robot Lawn Mower

Who mows their own lawn? Suckers, that’s who. Well, at least it is now that we have robots to do it for us.

Okay, yeah, this is far from an impulse purchase, and if you’ve ever used a robot vacuum, you probably know you’re still going to have to do some manual lawn maintenance. Still, this is the epitome of an over the top smart gadget that you don’t need, but still may really, really want.

More Low-Key Awesome Gadgets

When you think of gadgets, you probably think of your living room, your home office, outdoors, and maybe even your kitchen. The one room you probably don’t think of is your bathroom. But why?

There are tons of cool gadgets to turn the bathroom into one of the most technologically advanced rooms in your house. For a few examples, look no further than our list of awesome gadgets to upgrade your bathroom