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Smarter Tech for Your Everyday Needs


Email from your reusable “paper” notebook

To capture spontaneous thoughts and designs, relish the elegant feel of pen on paper pages in a convenient spiral-bound notepad not pawing away at a tablet. What turns the Rocketbook Everlast notebook smart are grid-dotted pages and QR-coded corners for fast scanning and page numbering when snapped by phone with the Rocketbook app (then sent to email or Cloud services like Dropbox).  Wipe clean and reuse. Available from Amazon, $34


Go keyless: cyber concierge unlocks doors

Many “smart” locks are available from traditional lock makers, but Smart Lock Pro by August seems the smartest of all. It opens doors when sensing your smartphone with the August app nearby. It also automatically locks the door once you’ve opened and closed it, beyond a selected time interval. Mounting inside the door and linking up to its Connect Wi-Fi Bridge requires a brief DIY session for installation. Available from Home Depot, $279


Run more aware in well-connected shoes

Under Armour’s latest athletic shoes go super-smart with a built-in chip that (once paired via Bluetooth with the MapMyRun app on your phone) offers real-time monitoring of distance, duration, stride length, and calories. These stylish kicks also provide data for determining average speed, maximum speed, and other useful goal-setting motivators. Top-of the-line HOVR Phantom Connected footwear comes in assorted colors for men and women. Available from underarmour.com, $140


Intelligent oven: your own personal chef?

Imagine a tabletop convection oven that identifies unheated food, suggests best cooking options and gets temperature and timing just right for your taste. That’s what two Apple alumni cooked up. Using pro-quality fanned carbon fiber heating elements with close monitoring of heat levels, the June Oven can expertly bake, roast or grill, sensing — via a high-definition camera, internal thermometer, and artificial intelligence — how to get doneness just right. Available from juneoven.com, $1,495