Cut through the tech noise with the top products that will actually give you bang for your buck.
We all dreamed of a Jetsons'-style fully-automated home, but with today's advancements, we're actually closer than we've ever been. Here are some of the best home-tech innovations that are worth investing in.
High-tech home security
If you’re looking to modernise your in-home security, you need to check out the igloohome Deadbolt 02S. This super slim Bluetooth deadlock basically changes the way you let people come and go from your home. No more keys under the doormat or tucked away at the back of the letter box – this tech-powered security measure means you can give your kids, friends, family or even holiday guests a unique PIN code to enter your property.
Every time the lock is opened, it gets logged on the app and best of all, you can customise the pin to make it a one-time code if you are letting in cleaners or holiday guests. Installation is simple, the design is sleek and because of the patented technology (the deadbolt doesn’t need wi-fi), so you don’t have to worry about hacking.
Luxaflex Window Fashions are beautiful, unique and intelligent blinds that help set the scene for any room. Their latest creation – PowerView Motorisation – lets you control how much privacy and light you want (or don’t want) in each room and does so from the Pebble Remote or PowerView app on your phone or tablet. Basically, it’s like the clapper, only way better because you can customise the light in your house and decide whether you want your blinds up, down or somewhere in the middle – even if you’re not at home.
The PowerView Motorisation is especially handy if you have blinds or windows in hard to reach places. You don’t even have to have all your blinds programmed to do the same thing – PowerView Motorisation lets you choose whether you want your blinds to work as one or to operate differently in each room. Best of all the tech is super easy to use, totally energy efficient and cord-free. Oh, and just in case that wasn’t enough, PowerView Motorisation also connects to Google Assistant and Alexa, so you can control your blinds using your voice.
Smart cooling solutions
Living in Australia means we’re pretty used to the extreme heat, but even the most seasoned sun lover has their days where they need to finally give in and pop on the air-con. Sensibo Sky means we can now do that without leaving the comfort of our couch (while we’re lying there with a cold washcloth on our head and Frozen playing in the background).
This device lets you control and monitor your air con as well as automate the settings and save energy. It’s globally compatible and the Sensibo Sky works with split, mobile, window and central AC’s that already have a remote control. Sensibo can automatically turn on the air-con before you get home, turn it off after you fall asleep, has climate control based on humidity and is also compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home.
It’s time to breathe easy! Imagine knowing in an instant whether your home was healthy or not. The Netatmo Healthy Home Coach Climate Monitor turns this dream into a reality by monitoring the indoor climate or your humble abode and providing you with advice on how to improve your living environment.
Four sensors monitor humidity, air quality, temperature and noise, which makes this the ultimate tool for families, and especially those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Because the product connects directly to an app (which is accessible from a number of devices), you can check on the measurements at any time, from anywhere in the world.
Is there anything more annoying than mopping? Even vacuuming is easier because you’re not dealing with dirty water and scrubbing on top of the physical act of cleaning. Thankfully Braava have come along and invented a smart mop that does all the dirty work for you – literally!
The Braava jet cleans rooms up to 25 square metres in both damp and dry mode and gets into every nook and cranny no matter what the floor type. With a precision jet spray and a vibrating cleaning head, you can sit back and relax knowing your little slave robot has everything under control.
This article is brought to you by Luxaflex.