GOLDEN VALLY, Minn. - Technology never ceases to amaze us and now you can control devices and appliances in your home from the smartphone in your pocket.
Mike Anderson with Verizon stopped by the KARE 11 studios to show us three pretty amazing things. We went to his house all while staying in the studio.
Nest: The Nest Learning Thermostat remembers what temperatures you like, creates a custom schedule for your home, and turns itself down when you're away. Once it's learned your schedule, Nest can save money on your heating and cooling bills. If you want remote control, just use your smartphone, tablet or computer.
To get started, go to Nest.
Belkin WeMo Switch: It's a revolutionary device that converts an iPhone or Android device into a convenient remote for turning home/office electronic devices on or off from anywhere, either instantly or by a created customized schedule.
For more info, head to Belkin WeMo.
Belkin HD Net Cam: Aim this wi-fi camera toward the backyard to watch your kids as they frolic through the sprinkler. You can supervise without physically being outside. It even works at night thanks to the infrared sensor, which is useful for a little outdoor exploring.
When you leave home, worry less about what your kids are up to or (often worse) what your pets are destroying. Plug in the BelkinHD NetCam to see the mess---uh, we mean check the serene landscape that is your home.
If someone's yelping won't stop (looking at you, Fido) or if a little devil just can't remember the rule against playing ball in the house, you can watch the action live from a compatible smartphone or tablet.
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