Tech that will turn your backyard into the hottest spot on the block

These days, it’s easier (and more affordable) than ever to turn your home into a high-tech space fit for The Jetsons. And the backyard is no exception.

If you’ve recently dusted off the patio furniture and started setting up your outdoor space for summer, take a look at these fun ways to bring smart home living to the backyard.

Robot helper  

You’ve heard of robot vacuums like the Roomba. Now say hello to Robomow, the robot lawn mower. The larger your lawn the pricier your Robomow will get, but low-end models are surprisingly affordable. And don’t just think about all the time you’ll save. Think of the look on your neighbour’s face when he glances over and sees you with your feet up, beer in hand, while a robot happily mows your lawn. 

Solar power 

There’s one thing nearly every patio and backyard gets lots of: Sunshine. So why not put it to work for you? With solar cells dropping in price every year, there’s no shortage of innovative products using solar energy in cool new ways — such as this solar-powered patio umbrella. It provides some much-needed shade, plus a set of built-in USB ports that can charge your phone and Bluetooth speaker while you chill. 

Smart cooking 

Grilling up sizzling hot steaks, burgers, and smokies is a staple of sunny summer weekends. With the Weber iGrill Mini thermometer you can grill that meat to perfection. It connects to your smartphone and alerts you when everything’s at the perfect temperature. 

And when the cooking is done, there’s no need to clean the grill. Not if you’ve got the Grillbot at your side. This handy little robot uses brass brushes to thoroughly scour and clean your grill for you. 

Backyard theatrics 

If you really want to make your backyard the hottest destination on the block, you can’t go wrong with creating your very own outdoor theatre. All you need is a portable projector that you can connect to your smartphone or tablet and a projector screen, like an inflatable AIRSCREEN. Fire up Netflix, pass around the popcorn, and voila — your very own open-air cinema in your backyard.


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