The Jetsons (1962-1987) is a fictional TV series about a family living in Orbit City in the year 2062. The show, created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, featured some cool futuristic home products like the family’s robot maid, Rosie, who performed the family’s household duties, and George Jetson’s work computer and friend, RUDI, who calculated all of George’s daily tasks.
While 2013’s most innovative and useful home products aren’t quite so human, companies like Kohler, Samsung, Ecovacs and Velux sold some new home products this year that are just as futuristic. Here are a few of 2013’s most innovative products and apps for the home.
Wellworth Dual-Flush Toilet
As we change the way we look at our ecosystem, Kohler is changing the way we look at water usage by offering a dual-flush toilet that allows bathroom goers to choose from either a 1.1- or 1.6-gallon flush. Using the 1.1-gallon flush reduces water usage by more than 30% and can save you a few bucks on your water bill. This eco-friendly toilet adds up to a potential water savings of more than 4,000 gallons per toilet, per year. But don’t worry; you can still use the 1.6-gallon flush (the kind you’re so very used to) whenever you need it most. Get your very own Wellworth Dual-Flush Toilet for $253.90.
30.5 Cu. Ft. 4-Door French Door Refrigerator with Sparkling Water Dispenser
Samsung also offers an appliance that can save you a few bucks: a refrigerator with an automatic sparkling water dispenser. This four-door fridge is the first to offer carbonated water thanks to a built-in dispenser. All you have to do is add flavored syrup and sip to save money on your favorite Italian soda. The refrigerator also comes with an ice maker, multipurpose middle drawer, and can help prevent freezer burn, among other cool fridge technology. This high-tech Samsung refrigerator can be yours for $3,699.
Turn in your old window cleaning tools, because the Winbot 7 does it all. This window cleaning robot by Ecovacs uses suction to grab onto vertical glass and then precisely dampens, squeegees, and dries as two caterpillar-like treads push it along. It works best on large windows, both inside and out. The Winbot 7 starts at $399.99.
No-Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight
This futuristic skylight by Velux closes automatically when it rains and opens and shuts via remote control. The solar-powered skylight can be easily installed so you don’t have to hire an electrician. This energy-savvy skylight starts around $1,000, but you might be able to get a federal tax credit to offset the costs of both the purchase and the installation.
The Dirty Kitchen Timer
The Dirty Kitchen Timer is an iPhone app that lets you set up to five timers at once. Its interface presents a virtual kitchen so you can keep track of timers for both the stove and the oven in a logical and easy fashion. The app is available on iTunes and costs $2.99.
Free for Apple users, Fridge Pal lets users scan bar codes of the inventory in their fridge, freezer and pantry, and then share it with family members or roommates. Thanks to this app, you’ll never accidentally buy that extra can of SPAM again.
The Metal Detector app is also free and uses the magnetometer in your phone to measure magnetic fields. This is the perfect tool for locating steel studs in that wall you considered knocking down, or relocating those screws you dropped around the garage.
Now, we don’t know if William Hanna and Joseph Barbara predicted the future of home products in The Jetsons, but they did bring some innovative and useful concepts to the attention of inventors across the world.
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