The next generation of high-tech gadgets is transforming our homes. Whether it is a security camera operated from your iPhone, the latest sound system, or a Bluetooth Nespresso machine, smart home technology is playing a bigger role in our lives. The best gadgets can also add significantly to the desirability of a property.
We have rounded up the latest fun and functional gadgets to make your home a little smarter and safer.
1. Bluetooth Nespresso machine
Bored with regular coffee-makers? Then try one of the first Bluetooth-connected Nespresso machines. It will enable you to dial up perfectly made coffee on your phone.
£169.99 from www.nespresso.com
2. Nest Cam, indoor and outdoor home security cameras
If you thought security cameras were only for the super-rich, think again. The modern generation of nest cams are not just affordable, but can send you an instant phone alert if someone suspicious is lurking outside your house.
Outdoor nest cams start at £179 with www.nest.com
3. Keecker: projector, sound system and 360-degree camera
Billed as ‘the first voice-enabled robot that moves entertainment, communication and safety into every room in your home’, the Keecker is a friendly little fellow. It is also the last word in robotic chic, performing trick after trick at your command. Keecker can project movies on ceilings and walls, has a 360-degree camera and contains a sound system. It also knows when its batteries are running low and will recharge itself.
From £1,690 from www.keecker.com
4. Automatic laundry folding robot
It sounds too good to be true, but if you are fed up with folding your own clothes, there will shortly be an automatic laundry folding robot on the market (it is still at the prototype stage) to take care of that little chore. Approximately £690 from https://thegadgetflow.com
5. Peloton Tread, live fitness classes
Looking to get fit for summer? Try the new Peloton Tread, the latest in hi-tech, interactive exercise machines. It incorporates a vast range of features, including live fitness classes on a 32-inch screen. Approximately £2,800 from www.onepeloton.com/tread
6. Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror
Mirror, mirror on the wall… this was just a line in a fairy tale until the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror with Amazon Alexa, a new voice-activated bathroom mirror. It has dimmable LED lighting and motion sensors. Approximately £700 from www.us.kohler.com
7. Apple HomePod
Music-lovers who like to have the latest, coolest sound systems will not want to miss out on the HomePod, a powerful, super-versatile speaker that adapts to wherever in the home it is playing. £319 from www.apple.com
8. Ulo, interactive surveillance camera
It is designed to look like an owl, but the Ulo, a new interactive surveillance camera, is cleverer and probably cuter than many birds. The Ulo communicates and interacts with its owner through eye expressions. Approximately £172 from https://thegadgetflow.com
9. The Wall, MicroLED television
Repeats of Friends or Will & Grace will never look the same again after Samsung’s new The Wall, one of the world’s first modular MicroLED 146-inch TVs. From www.samsung.com, price yet to be announced.
10. Furbo dog camera
What owner would not welcome the opportunity to interact with their dog, while they are hundreds of miles away, or simply at work? The Furbo is a smart dog camera that will enable you to do just that. Click the right buttons in the Furbo app and you can toss a treat to your dog when you are away from home.
From £199 from https://shopuk.furbo.com
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