As a self-proclaimed house geek, it's important for me to be aware of the newest and best in housing trends. Also, it gives me the opportunity to make tax-deductible purchases to satisfy my inner gadget fetish. Yes, I already have the Nest thermostats. I'm past that.
The coolest new thing I'm putting in my house is the Ring "doorbell" system. Formally known as Doorbot, this system replaces your old fashioned door bell. When someone rings your doorbell, it takes a photo and sends it to your smartphone. Not only do you see who's there, but you can talk to that person-or not. For example, if a delivery guy shows up and wants to personally deliver something to you, you can tell him to just leave it or the porch. In a better example, when an annoying salesperson wants to sell you a magazine subscription, don't answer.
I've not actually installed my Ring system yet as they're on back order. Stay tuned.