Piper ($209) is all about putting your mind at ease; not by reassuring you that everything’s gonna be OK after your pet hamster Leopold suffers a crippling stroke — that’s your mom’s job or your elderly neighbor’s — but by keeping an eye on your home while you’re gone. The wide angle HD camera lets you pan and scan remotely via smartphone (iOS and Android). The automation tools let you turn off lights and heating and air systems. Temperature and humidity sensors make sure your place isn’t turning into some kind of DIY sauna. Now if it could only be used as a defibrillator for Leopold.