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Smart phone–controlled lightbulb. A company called Insteon sells a lightbulb controlled by an Apple iPhone. No, it’s not a lamp that’s controlled, but the bulb itself, which fits into a standard lamp socket.
The Insteon LED Bulb is part of Insteon’s SmartHome line, and it comes with its own controller. You can add an optional SmartLinc controller for connecting to an iPhone. After downloading Insteon’s free app, you can turn the bulb on and off and also dim the light. You can even define presets: “working,” “romantic” and other settings that you determine.
Smart phone–controlled coffee maker. Java junkies, rejoice. Danish coffee machine maker Scanomat makes a sleek, built-into-the-countertop coffee maker/refrigerator you can control with your phone or a built-in keyboard.
Marketed predominantly to hotels and companies for their employees' coffee areas, the deluxe TopBrewer looks like a pretty typical kitchen-sink faucet. But instead of tap water, you get a cappuccino, foamed milk and all.
Sure, the spigot also dispenses cold water and cold milk, as well as hot water for tea or steaming vegetables, hot chocolate, carbonated water and nine other drinks. Blah, blah, blah. Did I mention cappuccino?
OK, let’s back up for a second. The cabinet is basically a refrigerator where cold milk and cold water are stored, connected to the faucet. On top is a clear container for fresh whole coffee beans, which are ground before brewing.
You use an iPhone or iPad app to program any drink that uses these ingredients — basically it’s an automated Starbucks in your kitchen with a computer instead of a barista. Then you use the app or the keyboard built into the tabletop to select a drink. Press the double Americano button, or the espresso macchiato button, and out it comes.