The best smart tech for your college dorm room

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Connected devices aren’t just for the rich and the tech savvy anymore. Smart gadgets have become more accessible and more affordable, which is great news for college students who may not have much money. There’s a smart device for everything from remembering your wallet to catching which roommate put the empty jug back in the fridge.

Here are seven smart home gadgets to consider for your own college dorm:

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1. Tile

The best smart tech for your college dorm room

The Tile is small enough to fit inside wallets and on keychains. The device can help you find misplaced items — just use its smartphone app and it can play a tune that can lead you to your missing keys. The Tile can make a misplaced phone ring by pressing a button on the device itself.

The Tile’s biggest downside is that its battery lasts only a few months. Additionally, the device will only sound off if you’re within 200 feet of it. Though these problems can be annoying, they are still a small price to pay for being able to find my precious Metrocard 10 minutes before class.

The Tile Mate is available for $25.

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2. Yi Home Camera

The best smart tech for your college dorm room

The Yi Home Camera allows you to remotely monitor your dorm room. It features a sleek, oval design with an 111 degree, wide-angle lens. It also sports a speaker, microphone and night vision. The camera’s companion app can even send alerts to your smartphone if it detects movement. Recorded video can be saved onto a memory card, though it has to be at least class 4 and contain up to 32GB of storage space.

Don’t feel the need to watch your dorm? The camera’s two-way audio system can let you communicate with a roommate if you forgot something at home.

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3. Wemo Smart Plug

The best smart tech for your college dorm room

The Wemo is a personal favorite of mine because it can turn any device into a smart gadget. Plug anything from a coffee maker to a curling iron into the Wemo switch, and you’ll be able to control it with a companion app. The Wemo even includes a timer so that you can wake up to the smell of coffee. It also features a home away mode that can randomly manipulate lights to make it look like your dorm is occupied (which also makes it a great tool for pranks).

Wemo is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home. This means that you can verbally ask Wemo to turn the lights on or double-check that your curling iron is off.

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4. GunBox Echo

The best smart tech for your college dorm room

While GunBox safes are intended for firearms, their security features make them useful for storing almost anything. Users can open the portable GunBox Echo with biometrics, radio frequency identification (RFID), or Bluetooth. You can also customize settings like its fingertip sensor’s sensitivity. The Echo’s battery lasts about a year between recharges. The device’s other features include a motion detector, an alarm, an interior LED light and multiple color options.

At $179, the Echo is the cheapest GunBox product available. Though that may be a high price for some students, it’s a good investment for anyone who needs secure storage.

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5. LIFX Smart Lights

The best smart tech for your college dorm room

The LIFX smart light bulb allows you to illuminate your dorm in any color. Its smartphone app also allows you to save different color palettes. Forget those old hipster fairy lights — these modern bulbs boast a 1100 lumen-glow and are as bright as a 75 watt-bulb despite using only 11 watts themselves. The LIFX can also connect to SmartThings, Yonomi, Amazon Echo and other apps.

LIFX bulbs cost $60 apiece, though some vendors offer discounts if you purchase more than one.

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6. Roomba

The best smart tech for your college dorm room

I hate vacuuming as much as the next college kid, but with the iRobot Roomba 690, I can make cleaning easier and even schedule vacuuming remotely.

The Roomba works on all floor types and returns to its charging station when it’s done.

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7. Nimbus

The best smart tech for your college dorm room

The Quirky Nimbus Customizable 4-Dial Dashboard is perfect for keeping you focused during study sessions. This device displays phone notifications on four dials, allowing you to briefly view them without risking getting sucked into your smartphone.

The device comes with its own app, but works better with programs like IFTTT and Wink. It’s a niche product with a few bugs, but I encourage you to try it out. Its dials update constantly and its simple design is helpful. You can find it for $53 on Amazon.

This article originally appeared on Gearbrain and syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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