Turn your house into an automated Smart Home with up to 30% discount on SwitchBot’s IoT gadgets

Who knew that for just a couple of hundreds of bucks, you could turn your regular home into a voice-controlled one?! Say hello to SwitchBot, an award-winning company that creates IoT devices that can turn your home into a smart one that you can control using your voice, an app, or automatic routines! SwitchBot’s wide range of devices let you control your front door, switches in your house, lights, plug-points, and even curtains! The company also makes smart-home sensors including motion sensors, temperature and humidity sensors, and even smart cameras that can track humans, work at night, and even pan and tilt to cover wider areas.

The company is officially announcing 25% discounts on all products on its website and Amazon webstore, with the ability to grab an additional 5% discount using the coupon code YANKODS3 especially for YD readers! Their products don’t just automate homes to reduce human effort (like the curtain bot or smart light), they work in conjunction to make life easier and safer too (using the camera and smart door lock), and can be clubbed together over WiFi using the SwitchBot Hub Mini to create routines that connect your curtains to your alarm clock, and your smart camera to your door lock!

SwitchBot’s Black Friday Sale lasts for 11 days, starting November 18th and ending on November 28th. Go ahead and add stuff to your cart now!

SwitchBot Curtain Rod 2

Imagine relying on the world’s most effective alarm clock, the sun! SwitchBot’s Curtain Rod 2 simply attaches to your standard curtain rod, and moves up and down to control your curtains. With the ability to connect to the app or even your voice and other smart products around your home, the Curtain Rod 2 lets you automatically open or draw your curtains without lifting a finger. The device fits almost all types of rods, and runs on an internal battery that can either be charged via USB-C, or hooked to a solar panel that keeps your Curtain Rod 2 powered infinitely. Set the bot up to work with your alarm clock, or automatically draw shut during movie afternoons or when the game’s on. Better still, you can use the Curtain Rod 2 as an energy-saving device by allowing it to automatically shut on bright summer days so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work overtime!

Click Here to Buy Now: $69 $99 (30% off with coupon code “YANKODS3”).

SwitchBot Bluetooth Electronic Smart Lock

The beauty of the SwitchBot Bluetooth Electronic Smart Lock isn’t just its smart features, it’s the fact that the device fits right over your existing door lock, turning it from a manual one into an automated one. Designed to easily retrofit over virtually any standard single deadbolt lock, this unique gizmo lets you open or lock your door via Bluetooth (or even via WiFi if you use the SwitchBot Hub Mini) using your phone or even your Apple Watch. The SwitchBot Lock runs the industry-standard 128-bit AES encryption, and if all fails, don’t worry, you can still control the lock manually. The best part, since the device retrofits onto existing deadbolt locks, you could practically take it with you if you ever shift homes!

Click Here to Buy Now: $70 $99.99 (30% off with coupon code “YANKODS3”).

SwitchBot Meter Plus

The SwitchBot Meter Plus is truly an underrated smart home gadget. The IoT-operated Thermometer and Hygrometer works in conjunction with SwitchBot’s own humidifier or even with compatible air conditioners, allowing you to automate your room’s temperature and humidity to provide perfect living conditions every time. The tiny display monitors temperature and humidity in real-time and can be programmed via the SwitchBot app to automatically control your AC, thermostat, or humidifier (or even dehumidifier) whenever the conditions deviate from optimal levels.

Click Here to Buy Now: $12.60 $17.99 (30% off with coupon code “YANKODS3”).

SwitchBot Button Pusher

SwitchBot’s first product gets its heaviest discount yet! The original ‘switch bot’, also known as the Button Pusher is a simple IoT device that turns normal switches into smart ones. Now on a whopping 42% discount (with the coupon code 178IHJYA), the Button Pusher simply attaches to any switchboard with a rocker switch, and can turn the switch on or off by pushing or pulling against it. Once installed (using a secure 3M tape – no screws or drilling necessary), the Button Pusher can control your switches through the SwitchBot app, through your smart home appliance using voice commands, and even using timers that allow you to automatically switch appliances or lights on or off at precise times during the day!

Click Here to Buy Now: $16.80 $29 (42% off with coupon code “178IHJYA”).

SwitchBot’s Black Friday Sale is currently live, with 25% discounts on all products across the store. Be sure to use the code YANKODS3 to get that additional 5% discount for big savings on your smart home setup!

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The Top 10 Apple accessories with exciting Black Friday deals to save big this holiday season!

Since its foundation in 1976, Apple has been always been at the peak of modern innovation! And let’s take a moment to appreciate all the awesome products and inspiration Apple has provided us with. The groundbreaking tech giant never fails to surprise us, we always find ourselves biting our nails and squirming with curiosity, whenever Apple announces a new product launch! Needless to say, we all have our favorite Apple products, and although they are pretty amazing as is, it’s always fun to amp them up further with some cool and innovative accessories. And what better day to purchase these accessories than Black Friday?! Our favorite brands have some mind-blowing Black Friday deals on our favorite Apple accessories! And, we’ve curated the best of the lot for you. Happy shopping!

1. Twelve South’s HoverBar Duo

More versatile than a stand or a tripod, the HoverBar Duo for the iPad and iPhone is better described by the things that it’s capable of… and it’s capable of quite a lot! Simply put, the HoverBar Duo holds your iPad or iPhone wherever you want it, and in any orientation you need. The multi-hinge arm is infinitely adjustable (sort of like the lamp on a dentist’s chair), and the choice between a flat-base and a clamp-base gives the HoverBar Duo the ability to be placed practically anywhere – on a table or a kitchen counter, or even suspended from a shelf or a rod. A universal clip allows the HoverBar Duo to hold onto a wide variety of devices, including older and later models of the iPad as well as all generations of the iPhone. Twelve South has an amazing Black Friday Deal on it! The HoverbarDuo was originally priced at $79.99, but you can now grab it for $59.99!

Click Here to Buy Now :$59.99

2. Twelve South’s PlugBug Duo

Built by the true geniuses at Twelve South, the PlugBug Duo simply connects to your MacBook Charger, supplying power to it while also giving you two extra USB ports to plug other devices/cables into it. The red adapter is compliant with all MacBook chargers and even works as a travel adapter, allowing you to use your MacBook charger with international sockets. It comes with 5 different snap-on plugins that let you plug your MacBook into any international socket you may be subjected to. Besides giving your MacBook charger international compatibility, the PlugBug Duo’s two USBs are heaven-sent, since they let you run your MacBook as well as power your iPhone and iPad simultaneously. Twelve South has an amazing Black Friday Deal on it! The PlugBug Duo was originally priced at $59.99, but you can now grab it for $35.99!

Click Here to Buy Now: $35.99

3. Moment iPhone 13 Starter Kit – Two Lenses

Moment’s iPhone 13 Starter Kit is perfect for those photography lovers who don’t know where to start! The kit contains two of Moment’s bestselling lenses, a phone case with a mounting system, and a lens pen. Everything you need to click the ultimate pictures on your smartphone is included in this nifty little kit. And, Moment has an amazing Black Friday deal on it! You can now purchase the kit for $114.94 instead of $154.94.

Click Here to Buy Now: $114.94

4. Elago Snapshot Case

Elago Snapshot Apple AirPods Case with AirTag

The Snapshot case for the AirPods Pro comes with a camera-shaped design that neatly houses an AirTag inside the faux camera lens. Aside from looking like a tiny little point-and-shoot, the Snapshot protects your AirPods Pro from physical damage as well as theft. The all-silicone design helps absorb shock, while still enabling wireless charging… and the fact that you’ve now got an AirTag strapped to your AirPods Pro makes it really easy to use the Find My feature to track the exact location of your earphones. You can celebrate Thanksgiving with Elago, by using the code TURKEY21 for 20% off on this cool case!

Click Here to Buy Now: $12.99

5. Twelve South PowerPic mod Wireless Charger

Designed to look like a slick lucite photo frame, Twelve South’s PowerPic mod has a way of being useful at all times – either as a tabletop or bedside decor or as a gadget that charges your smartphone… because under the photo and the lucite frame sits a Qi-compatible 10W wireless charging module. The concept of a photo-frame wireless charger isn’t entirely new. In fact, the original PowerPic was just that… although it came with a much thicker frame (or bezel if that’s what you want to call it). Although just like tech companies strive to make bezels smaller each year, the PowerPic mod focuses on going absolutely bezel-less, with a clean, minimalist design that still lets you mount photos and charge your phone. And, Twelve South has an amazing deal on it! The PowerPic mod was originally priced at $59.99, but you can now grab it for $47.99!

Click Here to Buy Now: $47.99

6. Twelve South Compass Pro

Twelve South’s Compass Pro is the easel your iPad needs! They launched a redesigned version of the Compass Pro, which basically functions as an all-metal fold stand that can hold and support your iPad at three different angles. You can use the versatile gadget as a hands-free display stand, a typing or sketching wedge, and an interactive desktop. Also, Twelve South has an amazing Black Friday deal on it! The Compass Pro was originally priced at $59.99, but you can now grab it for $49.99!

Click Here to Buy Now: $49.99

7. Elago Apple Pencil Cover

Designed to evoke a sense of nostalgia, elago’s Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) covers come with that familiar hexagonal pencil aesthetic, complete with the rubber tip at the back. Slip them onto your Pencil and apart from giving you a blast from the past, the covers enhance your grip, thanks to the silicone construction, and protect your hardware from accidental drops and scratches. Moreover, the cover is compatible with the iPad Pro and even supports charging the Pencil by magnetically attaching it to the side of your tablet! You can celebrate Thanksgiving with Elago, by using the code TURKEY21 for 20% off on this cool Pencil cover!

Click Here to Buy Now: $11.99

8. Twelve South ActionBand

The ActionBand is a new sweatband with a frame for your Apple Watch so you can work out and track your activities while keeping the sweat from loosening your grip! The ActionBand is essentially a sweatband with a carved-out frame to hold your Apple Watch, allowing you to sweat all day without loosening your grip. Sold in pairs, Twelve South sends each customer one ActionBand with a secure Apple Watch frame and one normal sweatband to wrap around your watch-free wrist. Providing full access to the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown and Side Button, users will have full control over their watches. And, Twelve South has an amazing deal on it! The ActionBand was originally priced at $29.99, but you can now grab it for $24.99!

Click Here to Buy Now: $24.99

9. Elago Wristfit

At the time of their release, the Airpods were criticized for being too ‘easy to lose’. This spawned a wide variety of products like the Elago Airpods strap that helped you secure your expensive earpieces in place, eliminating the danger of losing them. The Wristfit is another such ‘sensible’ product that simply gives you the ability to dock your Airpods on your Apple Watch. Keeping them in a place that’s easy to access, the Wristfit secures the Watch around your wrist, and the Airpods right on the strap like a sort of holster for your earphones. Push them right in when you’re not using them and you won’t have to worry about them at all. It also means you don’t have to carry around their dental-floss-box-shaped carrying case either! You can celebrate Thanksgiving with Elago, by using the code TURKEY21 for 20% off on The Wristfit!

Click Here to Buy Now: $8.99

10. Twelve South AirBag for AirPods

Twelve South’s AirBag is crafted from genuine leather and is the perfect micro-mini bag to store and carry your AirPods. The vintage-style bag protects your precious AirPods at all times. You can carry it over your shoulders, around your neck, or replace the strap with a leather top handle. Twelve South has an exciting Black Friday deal on this super cute bag. You can now purchase it for $19.99, instead of the original $24.99!

Click Here to Buy Now: $19.99

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Top modern gifts for people who love great design – YD Holiday Gift Guide 2021

We took the thinking and planning out of gift-giving so you don’t have to worry about what to buy for yourself or for a loved one this holiday season! Here’s a list of great home, kitchen, and lifestyle products to spark joy in your life and the lives of the people around you. The one thing that’s common across all of them? The fact that they’re clever and innovative products that get the stamp of approval from the design-elves at the YD headquarters.

Be sure to snag some of these products while they’re around (and on discount), or share them with a friend/relative/partner if you want to give them hints!

Air6+ Air Purifier by YFLife

The AIR6Plus purifier by YFLife is about the size of a smart speaker and can be placed anywhere within the house… yet within it is air purifying technology so advanced, it’s even used by NASA. Referred to as photocatalytic oxidation or PCO, this technology obliterates any kind of germ or organic compound, turning it into CO2 and water. The technology would normally sound like overkill for using inside our homes on planet earth, but considering deteriorating air quality, the presence of pathogens, and a whole host of other organic compounds (smoke even) … it actually makes for a rather advanced air purifier that gives you the cleanest breathable air possible. Operating with a simple touch of a button, the AIR6Plus comes with 3 fan modes, and can sanitize the air down to 0.001 micrometers within a space of 360 sqft without generating any sound or even any waste… and with a ridiculously energy-efficient power consumption of 13W (that’s about as much as an LED bulb). Grab one for a YD-special discount below!
Click Here to Buy Now. 15% Discount Code YankoHolidays15

Nanopresso Handheld Espresso Maker by Wacaco

An espresso-maker that’s smaller than a Starbucks cup, the Nanopresso from Wacaco is designed to give you the most luxuriously rich and crema-laden coffee wherever you go. Just load hot water into the Nanopresso, pack coffee grounds into the pod (or use a Nespresso pod of your own), and the Nanopresso’s custom-designed pumping system can generate a whopping 18 bars (261 PSI) of pressure, pushing the hot water right through the tightly packed coffee grounds to produce up to 80ml (or two shots) of pure concentrated espresso. The Nanopresso also comes with a cup to dispense your fresh coffee in, and requires no electricity to use, making it perfect both at home or even outdoors. Once you’re caffeinated for the day, the Nanopresso is easy to clean, and even comes with a nifty EVA foam case to carry it around in!
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Koda 12 Compact Pizza Oven by Ooni

Imagine never having to stand for hours outside Lucali’s to get some crazy good Neapolitan-style pizza. Or rather, imagine being able to make that pizza right at home! That’s what the Koda by Ooni promises, with its ridiculously compact design that can frankly sit on most outdoor tabletops, letting you turn any table into an instant pizzeria. The Koda 12 is small enough to make a 12-inch pizza or calzone, and comes with a foldable design that you can flat-pack and carry home with you once you’re done (and once the pizza oven’s cooled down, obviously). The compact little gas-powered oven takes mere minutes to set up, and can heat up to ripping dough-baking temperatures in just 15 minutes. Use it to make pizzas, breads, babkas, steaks, or even grill veggies!
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Nanoleaf Shapes Modular Wall Lights by Nanoleaf

The year is 2021 and wallpaper has just been rendered obsolete. Meet the Nanoleaf Shapes, a series of slim, smart LED panels that come in geometric shapes and can be connected to one another to create a dynamic work of art on your walls. The modular panels can be used to create shapes, patterns, textures, even text, and they add a touch of color to spaces when off, but completely transform the ambiance of a room when switched on! The smart LED panels work via touch, and can instantly be transformed into an interactive installation that changes hues when you touch any of the panels. Alternatively, they can connect to your smart speaker and change colors to the rhythm of the music you play, or better still, hook them to your television and activate Match Mode, which lets the Nanoleaf panels light up to match the colors on your TV screen, creating an immersive experience that’s nonpareil!
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Bradley Element Tactile Wristwatch by Eone

Easily one of the most iconic watches of modern time, the Bradley watch from Eone comes with a spectacular design that’s backed by an even more incredible story. Named after former naval officer and Paralympic Gold medalist Bradley Snyder, the watch hopes to champion inclusive design by being a timepiece that you can read not just with your eyes, but with your hands too. The watch hopes to celebrate the brave legacy of officer Bradley, who lost his vision while diffusing bombs during his time stationed in Afghanistan. Championing Bradley’s no-can-do attitude, the watch features two ball-bearings that magnetically travel around the timepiece’s face to read the time (one bearing on the front tells the minutes, and another on the rim tells the hours). The wearer can simply run their finger across the watch to feel for the bearings and get an immediate sense of what the time is. If the bearings shift position while you touch them, they can slide immediately back thanks to the underlying magnets… which make the award-winning tactile timepiece double up as a nifty toy too!
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Millo Wireless Blender by Millo

Designed like something out of Apple’s or Dyson’s design studio, the Millo is a smart, sophisticated, and silent blender, that makes 4x lesser noise than your conventional blender, generates twice as less heat, and 2x more energy efficient. Moreover, using it is bafflingly futuristic. Just load your smoothie ingredients into the Millo, screw the top on, and rest it inverted on the base… and just like a phone starts charging the moment you rest it on a wireless-charging surface, the Millo begins whirring and blitzing all your ingredients into a fine smoothie. You can control the Millo’s intensity by sliding your finger around the rim of the base, as lights under the surface come to life, letting you see what power you’re running the blender at. When you’re done, lift the blender up and the blade magically stops spinning. It’s a sight to absolutely admire! Yes, this blender is everything Steve Jobs would love. It’s sleek, wireless, quiet, and removes any ugly mechanical details that would blemish the blender’s pristine design. Oh, and the base is made out of Aluminium too!
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ZenBeam Latte L1 Portable Projector by ASUS

Rather adorably named the Latte, this coffee-glass-shaped device from ASUS is actually a portable projector, capable of delivering 720p content while also functioning as a speaker-system. The ZenBeam Latte blends 720p HD projection and Harman/Kardon audio performance into a compact, lightweight, and ultra-portable design that’s similar in size, shape, and weight to a grande cup of coffee. The tiny projector can project screens measuring up to 120-inches in size, and works seamlessly with iOS and Android devices. Go ahead and Netflix & Chill in style!
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Levitating Smart Moon Lamp by Gingko

Dim the lights and switch the Gingko Smart Moon Lamp on and it quite literally looks like you’ve got a supermoon inside your home! Having gone certifiably viral on TikTok, its gravity-defying levitating design completes the illusion, creating a pretty remarkable-looking prop that’s great for decor as well as photography! The floating moon comes 3D printed from translucent PLA, complete with craters and undulating surface details to make it look like the real thing, and it floats on its base too, gently rotating as a planetary object would. 140mm (5.5 inches) in diameter, the moon floats on a wooden base made of dark walnut or light ash wood, suspended in place by a strong rare-earth magnet. It comes with built-in LEDs that give the moon its signature glow, with 3 light temperatures to choose from – warm white (3500k) and white (5000k), and a special yellow warm (2700k) for that rare blood moon effect! Each Smart Moon Lamp comes with its base and a 12V- 1A AD adapter to power the entire experience. Plus, Gingko offers a cool 2-year warranty that should quite literally send you ‘over the moon!’
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OnePlus 7T drops to record low $300 in B&H Photo’s Black Friday sale

If you’re pining for OnePlus’ early days, when you could buy a reasonably speedy phone for the price of a budget model, we have good news — though you’ll need to act quickly. B&H Photo is selling an unlocked (if T-Mobile oriented) OnePlus 7T at a...

Sony’s wearable AC and more innovative designs by the brand that are the perfect gifts this season!

Gifting someone who has everything – that is the problem I face every year as my best friend is a techie who buys what he wants, whenever he wants it. So gifting him is an exercise that requires planning and hours of meticulous online searching. But one thing he truly appreciates is tech from leading brands that work, which brings us to this post where we have highlighted the unusual products at Sony designed by their engineers to function like a dream. Sony is in a league of its own when it comes to crafting innovative technologies into commercial products. The creative minds at Sony never shy away from taking a detour, inventing extraordinary products, and making sure those products are of top-notch quality, virtually lasting a lifetime with judicious use. So what Sony has to offer for early adopters and people who are drawn to niche gadgets that’ll make them brag at New Year’s party? Here are the best products you can buy from the Japanese multinational that never ceases to amaze with innovation.

The Reon Pocket

A portable, wearable, air conditioner is no more a thing of futuristic TV shows. The Reon Pocket is a smartphone-controlled personal gadget that was designed to be compact and cool. It works using thermoelectric cooling and can cool the user’s body temperature by 13 degrees celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) and raise your temperature by about 8 degrees Celsius (about 14 degrees Fahrenheit). Reon sits on the base of your neck in a special undershirt designed for it. It uses the Peltier effect which means a temperature difference is created by applying a voltage between two electrodes connected to a sample of semiconductor material. The heat is absorbed or emitted when you pass an electrical current across a junction to either lower your temperature or increase it without bulk or noise.

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FES Watch U

This minimalistic smartwatch by Sony is for the fashion-forward who want a fresh new look every single day of their life. You can choose the preset designs by well-known artists or create one of your own to add a personal touch. Then you are ready for the day’s challenge with your own personalized style riding on your wrist to match your clothing and accessories.

Click Here to Buy Now: £529 ($707)

LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker

Looking for a wireless speaker and warm ambient lighting solution in one? The Sony LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker is one that you need to get for your living room, or perhaps gift your loved ones. Elegantly designed, the speaker fills any room with a 360-degree spatial sound owing to the cylindrical shape. It’s styled to match any interiors and the in-built lamp has 32 levels of brightness for any occasion. The most attractive bit of the lighting is the candlelight flicker mode perfect for a lockdown candlelight dinner with your loved one.

Click Here to Buy Now: $749

KOOV Educator Kit

It’s Black Friday and gifting your kids the KOOV Educator Kit will be the best thing. They’ll basically love to learn and learn to love with this bundle by Sony that makes kids learn the intricacies of mechanics and electronics. It ignites their interest in science, technology (robotics and design), engineering, and math. Virtually everything that forms the basis for a kid’s development as an intelligent brainy individual who can change the world with his/her innovations.  The kit comes with more than 55 robotic builds, classroom management software, and collaborative learning options.

Click Here to Buy Now: $499.99

Aibo robot puppy

Sony has spent a lot of time, in fact, a decade developing Aibo robotic puppy that’ll never let you have a dull moment. A perfect combination of AI technology and cutting-edge robotics, aibo will make you fall in love – just like a real pet. The intelligent robotic pet develops its own personality over time thanks to the deep learning algorithm that analysis everyday interactions. Top that off with lifelike expressions and real puppy-like movements and Aibo will be the best investment you’ll make this Holiday season.

Click Here to Buy Now: $2,899.99

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Amazon workers plan Black Friday strikes and protests in 15 countries

Amazon warehouse workers in several countries are planning to carry out strikes and protests on Black Friday, one of the biggest sales events of the year for the company. Among other things, they'll call on Amazon to improve pay and safety conditions...