Home Gadgets

Home gadgets can revolutionize the way you live by simplifying everyday activities. Home gadgets range from robotic vacuums to high-tech security cameras. Check out this great collection of home gadgets at HowStuffWorks.


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Why Some People Are Refusing 'Smart' Utility Meters in Their Homes

The utility industry and environmentalists see smart utility meters as modernizing the nation, but some claim privacy and health risks. Is that just paranoia?

The Uber-popular Aeron Chair Was First Made for Grandma

Swiveling around in an Aeron chair can make a lowly assistant feel like an executive. But how did it get so big?

How Virtual Windows Work

Being trapped in a windowless room doesn't mean you have nothing to see. Virtual windows can give the illusion of an exterior wall, and they can provide therapeutic benefits.

How a Clothes Steamer Works

A wise man once said, "There's a time to iron and a time to steam." OK, maybe no prophet said it, but it's true. Certain fabrics perform better when steamed rather than ironed.

Inside a Handheld Carpet Cleaner

The Little Green Carpet Cleaner is ideal for those tacky and stubborn carpet stains. Suction is necessary to clean. See how it works with these pictures.

Electric Toothbrush Pictures

An advantage of having an electric toothbrush is the fact that it does most of the work for you. Studies prove that brushing with an electric toothbrush produces a cleaner mouth. What's inside of these machines?

How the Dyson Bladeless Fan Works

The Dyson Air Multiplier works like a fan, but it has no blades. Can it be as effective as a traditional fan? What's so different about it?

How Weather Gadgets Work

Temperature rules our lives. We dress according to it, cook our meals with it in mind and chronically complain about it at work. Isn't it about time you learned about the device behind measuring temperature and its peers?

How can I unlock my front door when I'm out of town?

You've made arrangements for a friend to feed your cat while you're away, but you forgot to leave a key. Don't call a locksmith, unlock it with your cell phone.

How Security Cameras Work

If you're one of those people who feels better when they can keep an eye on things, then maybe you need a security camera system for your home.

How Massage Chairs Work

Massage can have real health benefits for you, but what if you don't know a good massage therapist? Perhaps a massage chair might be the answer.

What's a zero-gravity massage chair?

Muscles aching? Perhaps you'd enjoy a session in a zero-gravity massage chair. You don't need astronaut training, but you'll need a fat wallet.

How Can a Surge Protector Save Energy?

In addition to protecting our electronics from lightning strikes and making it possible to run multiple devices from one wall outlet, can surge protectors actually conserve energy?

How Robotic Vacuums Work

From rug-beating to vacuum-pushing . . . and now to hands-free floor care! The robotic vacuum has arrived in our homes from a Jetson-like future and may one day provide air purification and even internet connectivity. See the models currently available, check the prices and learn what the future may hold.

How Digital Picture Frames Work

A digital picture frame is the perfect gadget for sharing digital photos with the computerless. Learn how these Internet appliances keep the technophobe in the loop.

How Digital Jewelry Will Work

In the next wave of mobile computing devices, our jewelry might double as our cell phones, PDAs and GPS receivers. Get a look at these new microdevices.

How Surge Protectors Work

When you put together a computer system, one piece of standard equipment you'll probably use is a surge protector. They safeguard your computer and electronic devices from power surges in your electrical system.