Big brands like Google, Amazon andare renowned for their smart home innovations, but hundreds of smaller competitors are pushing boundaries, too. Sure, you probably won’t see the next big breakthrough in robotics or voice assistance coming from a 10-person team. But the most important innovations in our time often come in the form of increased energy efficiency, security and privacy — and smaller teams are expanding boundaries in those areas every year.
These are seven of the most interesting but difficult-to-categorize smart home accessories on the market right now. Whether you want to step up your home automation andgame or you’re looking to find a great gift for the tech lover in your life, you’re sure to find a unique smart home gadget on this list.
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