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Google Home

Consider this your personal concierge. Place it in a common area and it'll answer voice commands to stream music, manage your calendar, respond to texts, and get an answer to virtually any question using Google Search. That means never having to grab your phone to decode Scandal lingo.

Google Home, $129; home.google.com.

5 Gadgets You Need for a Super-Smart Home

Adrian Grenier is doing it, and so is Sof?a Vergara--embracing smart home technology, that is. "Connected homes are going from geek to mainstream because of new devices that make it super-easy to engage with your space," says Martin Despain, director of Intel's Smart Home project. "If you're just getting started, try one device first to evaluate your needs, then expand from there."

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Here, our picks for the best new devices and services to make your home more functional than ever before.