Gaga for gadgets? Here are some of the gems that came out of the Consumer Electronics Show.
The smart coffeemaker
A company named Smarter is making a coffeemaker that lets you put in a week's worth of water and coffee beans. And the best part: The Smarter device will know when you had a horrible night of sleep, based on data from fitness trackers. It promises to make your coffee extra strong that morning. The $199 device will start shipping in March.
The smart yoga mat
Sensors in the SmartMat analyze your stance. The app alerts you if your balance is off and will tell you to put more weight on your right foot, for instance. You are scored on how well you did the routine. The app takes up the full screen, so you'll need a separate device if you have a workout video to watch. SmartMat costs $297 and will ship in July.
The smart lock
For $219, Kwikset's Kevo system will unlock the door while your phone's still in your pocket, useful if your hands are full. You train it so that it opens only when you're right outside the door, not down the block, or worse, inside the house late at night. An upcoming Plus offering will let you check remotely whether you remembered to lock the door — and lock it if you forgot.
The smart flowerpot
Parrot, a company better known for making recreational drones, uses sensors to detect soil moisture, fertilizer levels, temperature and light. You input what type of flower is in the pot, and it adjusts for that plant's ideal conditions. One model is an actual flowerpot with a container to hold 2 liters of water. When the soil is dry, the pot opens a valve. Parrot also has a contraption you stick into an existing flowerpot. You attach a plastic water bottle to it.
The smart kitchen
The Drop app works with a $100 wireless scale. Low on sugar? The recipe will adjust so you can still make the meal — for fewer servings. The app also tells you when it's time to preheat the oven, but it's not smart enough to do it for you. Maybe that's a good thing — the idea of having an oven you can turn on remotely is nerve-racking.
Ooma, an Internet-based phone service, now works with Google's Nest smart thermostat and smoke alarm. If the smoke alarm goes off, Ooma will dial your cellphone to ask whether you want to call 911. It would be more useful, of course, if it simply called 911 for you. Another feature will call if there's no motion detected by a certain time — such as when your kids should have come home. The Ooma device costs $130 plus a $10-a-month Premier service.