Below are some of Andrea Smith's top finds for Back to School tech for your home and family.
Let’s start with the front door. Ring video doorbells give parents peace of mind, letting them see who’s at the door and alerting them to motion when kids are home alone. This latest video doorbell from Ring, the Door View Cam, is perfect to use in condos or rentals that don’t let you make changes to the door or outside of the home. It’s easy to install, it just replaces the peephole in your door, and it runs on rechargeable batteries. The newest feature – an impact sensor - alerts you when someone’s knocking on your door. Visit www.ring.com for more information.
If the kids forget their keys the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt can let them in. It’s a smart door lock with built-in WiFi so using the Schlage Home app or Key by Amazon allows you to access it from anywhere and it's even compatible with Ring video doorbells and cameras. You can send a unique access code to the babysitter, a house guest or a trusted worker and then get notified on your phone when it’s been used. Visit www.schlage.com to learn more.
Here’s a way to make sure the kids are comfy at home – even when you’re not there. The Honeywell Home T9 smart thermostat has room sensors with intelligent motion detection so instead of just reading the temperature in the hallway and heating the whole house, it knows which rooms are in use and it can deliver the right temperature to that room, even if the kids move from the playroom to the kitchen and back again. And when no one’s home, it knows that too, and adjusts the temperature to save money. Click here to learn more.
Here's a scale the whole family can benefit from. The Withings Body + is a Wi-Fi-connected smart scale that keeps track of not only your weight and body fat but also water percentage, muscle and bone mass. The entire family can reach their health goals this school year and be aware of any changes in body composition. Up to 8 users can sync their data to the Withings Health Mate app so it’s a great way to stay on top of the whole family’s health. Click here to learn more.
With all the back-to-school craziness UnitedHealthcare wants to remind parents to schedule annual doctor visits for the kids. Make that back to school checkup, get a dental cleaning and visit the eye doctor too. Vision issues may affect your child’s learning, and with so much time spent in front of computer screens, digital eye strain could become an issue. Learn about blue light blocking glasses and other ways to limit the potentially harmful light. Visit www.uhc.com/wellness to learn more.