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Blink: This one-of-a-kind, wireless home monitoring system features HD video technology in addition to motion and temperature sensors, delivering instant home insight through the Blink app for iOS or Android devices for $79. Users simply set Blink up on any wall, entryway or window in the home then select the Live View mode to watch the home in real-time. 

GarageMate: This smart garage door opener can easily be installed in any home garage, providing a simple and secure way to control up to eight garage doors directly from a smart phone or tablet. Users can give friends and family access to their garage and control multiple garages with one app for just $50. 

Blueguard-E: For $89, less than the cost of a traditional keypad lock, Blueguard makes smart locks accessible. It also uses existing and market-proven locks in combination with its patent-pending technology, which informs users each time their door is securely locked or unlocked. 

GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Outdoor Module: This $45 module allows owners to effortlessly control their home’s outdoor lights from a cell phone or computer. They an also give the illusion that someone is home by programming the lights to turn on/off while they're away - perfect for deterring crime or adding additional security.  

Presence: This free app transforms old smartphones and tablets into free Wi-Fi security cameras and motion detectors. Homeowners can program Presence to record a five-second video clip when motion is detected and send them an email alert, with no limit to the number of devices set up to detect motion. 

Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor: The $40 sensor can monitor whether doors, windows, cabinets, or the garage are open, closed, or have been left open after someone left home. It can also monitor temperature and vibration and sends alerts if doors or windows open unexpectedly or if children access dangerous or off-limit areas.   

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