Stop me if you've heard this before, but there's a chance that connecting things to the Internet can make them more convenient to use. I know, it's quite the idea.

Gadget makers are already turning that idea into a product you can buy. Take the stuff SmartThings makes. "Smart" outlets let you toggle things that you plug into the wall, such as lamps and fans. And that's hardly all. A single hub controls everything, and you can interact with that device using your smartphone.

For the next fifteen hours or so, you can grab a SmartThings hub and a single outlet for $119.19. The two currently cost $99.00 and $49.99 individually.

This bundle won't go far on its own. You will likely want to grab more outlets, sensors, and other compatible devices. But this is not a bad way to get started.