The leaves are changing, there’s a crispness to the air and all the world has been dusted in a layer of pumpkin spice—autumn has arrived! And as the year turns, our thoughts turn to how to optimize for the new season with the latest smart home technology.
Below, some futuristic tech to make the most of your fall.
While fantastic foliage may be the hallmark of fall, leaves lose a lot of their luster as soon as they leave the tree and lie all over your lawn. Autumn yard maintenance is a time-consuming and repetitive task, so why not employ a helper who has no concept of tedium? The Kobi is an automated leaf blower that will patrol your perimeter (and everything in between) as soon as the first dead plant drops to keep your yard clean and clear. And while you can control Kobi via a smartphone app, the autumn-minded automaton is more than capable of taking care of itself, deploying whenever it detects work needs to be done and heading back to its charger whenever it needs a bit more juice. Kobi is no one-season slouch either—the robot can also operate as an automated snow blower and automated lawn mower.
Kobi costs $3,999.
With fall comes falling temperatures and an end to evenings spent enjoying the outdoors—unless you are prepared. The Helios Lounge from Galanter & Jones is an expertly engineered, luxury loveseat that provides adjustable temperature, energy-efficient radiant heating, allowing those seated to remain toasty, regardless of the crispness of the autumn air. Like a hot tub soak without any of the pesky water, the Helios Lounge will help extend your outdoor entertaining well into winter. And if you’re more of a solitary enjoyer of the seasons, Galanter & Jones has you covered there as well with their Limited Edition GOOP Helios Love Chair—a cold-thwarting collaboration with actress and guru Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company.
You’re not making the most of autumn if you’re not enjoying the bounty of the season. Alchema is a smart cider maker that lets users easily convert fruit—and fermentation—into the boozy seasonal beverage. Alchema owners simply select a recipe via the accompanying smart phone app, add the appropriate ingredients, and the appliance takes care of the rest. Via the Alchema app, cider makers can track each stage of the fermentation process—or they can sit back and just wait for the notification that drinks are ready. And if cider is not your speed—don’t worry, the Alchema is capable of brewing wine, beer and mead too.
The Alchema is available for $399.
Coway Mighty AP-1512HH
While spring may be the biggest culprit when it comes to allergies, fall is no slouch when it comes to sneeze-inducing seasonal particles. Ragweed, mold and dust mites can play havoc with the olfactory glands of allergy sufferers but The Mighty from Coway is here to help. The smart air purifier offers a four-stage filtration process to reduce airborne odors and contaminants—and it does so automatically. The Mighty continually monitors air quality and kicks into gear, with the appropriate fan speed and filtering, as soon as it detects damaging pollutants in the atmosphere. When the Mighty feels the air is appropriately cleaned, it puts itself to bed via an energy-saving Eco Mode, only to awake when it once again perceives a pollutant.
The Coway Mighty AP-1512HH is available for $252.99