Google Home Mini
This miniature voice-controlled smart speaker will get your feet wet in smart homes. It's a music player, virtual assistant (ask it anything you'd ask Google) and timer. It can read the news, weather, and traffic updates; and control smart devices, like lights.
Google Home Mini, $80, .
Place this rectangular pad underneath your mattress to track sleeping patterns, including heart rate and snoring. Coordinate other smart home gear with rest time, like setting triggers so the thermostat drops a few degrees as soon as you fall asleep, or the lights turn off once you turn in for the night.
Nokia Sleep, $99 US, .
Hopefully we won't have to wait too much longer in Canada to see this smart speaker, which just launched in the U.S. As Apple's answer to Google Home and Amazon Echo, you can use it to assist in everyday tasks, including music playback from Apple Music (with a subscription), and smart home device control with compatible Apple HomeKit gear. It intelligently learns your music habits and likes, and can even answer questions about songs.
Apple HomePod, $349 US; Canadian availability TBA, .