With all the fantastic home tech on the market it seems incredible that a mere 25 years ago, the microwave was the height of home gadgetry sophistication. These days you don’t even need to be in your house to enjoy your home tech because smartphone apps let you do things like record television shows, turn on lights, and adjust the thermostat from anywhere in the world!
Smart Electricity Switches
Forget clumsy and unreliable timer lights, next time you go on holiday plug in a smart electricity switch, such as the Belkin WeMo Switch (RRP £39.99), which works like an adapter. Just plug it directly into the socket then plug in your light or appliance as usual. Communicate with it via your home’s WiFi and a smartphone app, allowing you to turn lights off, or even do things like switch the radio on to keep your pets company.
Those days of standing on a cold kitchen floor while you wait for your kettle to boil in the morning are over. Introducing the iKettle. Turn it on using an app and you won’t have to leave your cosy bed until the last possible minute. It’s also perfect for new parents who can change their baby’s nappy while the kettle is boiling to heat the bottle. The Smarter iKettle 2.0 retails for £99.99.
Keep your floors dust and dirt free with Roomba (main pic). This clever little robot will move its way around your house sucking up debris, leaving you free to put your feet up with a cup of tea. It will even return to recharge when its battery gets low. With prices ranging from £299 to £699, it’s not cheap, but how much is it worth to you not to have to lug a heavy vacuum cleaner around the house ever again?
Nest Smoke Detector
Nest isn’t the only smoke detector on the market at the moment, but it is the one that consistently gets great reviews from professionals and users alike. A smoke detector may not be the sexiest thing you can buy for your home, but it could save your life so it is certainly a product you want. The Nest Protect detects smoke and carbon monoxide. The accompanying app doesn’t only notify you if there is a problem or if the batteries are low, but lets you turn the alarm off using your smartphone – perfect if you’re in the habit of burning your bacon under the grill! RRP £89.
The best part about all these items is how unobtrusive they are. So you don’t have to live in a modern house to enjoy all the benefits of such modern tech.