Smart home products have been on the market for some time now with more and more homeowners looking to use smart technology to make their lives a little easier. Many households now feature a smart TV and automated lighting and security are also becoming more popular, the world of smart home products has a whole lot more to offer.
Google Nest Hub Max
To get you started on your home automation journey you’re going to want to start with a virtual assistant to allow you to manage all your compatible connected home devices with the power of your voice. There are a range of smart speakers and smart displays to choose from with this functionality, but our pick is the Google Nest Hub Max. Powered by Google Assistant this 10-inch smart display controls connected home devices including smart plugs, lights, TVs, speakers, air-con, blinds and various home appliances without the need to use multiple apps on your phone. The system also includes video and voice calling capability and built-in security camera Nest Cam.
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Google Wi-Fi Mesh Network Routers
You’ll want to make sure your home wi-fi network is up to speed to control your new home automation gadgets. Part of the Nest family, the routers allow you to extend your Wi-Fi coverage to internet dead areas in your home, and each router also acts as another smart speaker in your home once connected to your system allowing you to play music and control connected devices through voice control. Using the compatible app you can quickly see what devices are attached to your network and prioritise devices, as well as using family control to pause wi-fi on kids devices.
Nest Learning Thermostat
The temperature of our home can be something we don’t pay a lot of attention to until it’s wrong. The Nest Learning Thermostat, compatible with the Google Nest Hub Max, adjusts to your lifestyle and learns your preferences as you adjust the temperature to eventually automatically program the temperature in your home to keep you comfortable. It also utilises an Auto-Away function to adjust the temperature when you’re not home and turn off your hot water if you’re away. It can be controlled remotely using an app on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
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The Philips Hue range of smart light bulbs, lamps, fixtures and accessories can help you automate the lighting throughout your home. To get started you’ll need to decide how many bulbs you’ll want and the range of your smart lighting system. Purchasing a Philip Bridge, a smart light hub, allows you to control up to 50 bulbs and spans your entire home. If a smaller system works for your home you can connect up to 10 bulbs in a limited range without a Bridge, simply using the Hue Bluetooth app. A range of starter kits are available that come complete with a Bridge, bulbs and switches.
August Smart Lock Pro
The August Smart Lock Pro is the ultimate solution for people who are known for losing or forgetting keys. Using an app from your smartphone the lock allows you to remotely lock or unlock the door, allow access to guests and see who’s coming and going in the house. One of the biggest selling features of this product over other smart locks, however, is the ease of installation. The August Smart Lock Pro simply attaches on the inside of your door over your existing deadbolt, meaning your outside lock appears unchanged and you can use your existing keys.
WeMo Insight Smart Plug
Integrate home automation into your ordinary home appliances using smart plugs like the Belkin WeMo Insight Smart Plug. Pairing with your digital assistant system for voice control or through your smart phone, the smart plugs allow you to turn appliances on and off from anywhere. Using the app you can also set automatic schedules for devices attached to a plug, letting you set your heater to turn on before you get home. You can also use the Away Mode to randomise light use throughout your house and give the appearance of a presence in your home while you’re away.
Nespresso Expert Original Espresso Machine by De’Longhi
Ever dreamt of brewing a great cup of coffee without even having to leave your bed in the morning? Thanks to Bluetooth technology the Nespresso Expert Original Espresso Machine allows you to just that through a mobile-based app. The coffee machine offers four sizes of coffee, Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo and Nespresso Americano, and three drink temperatures and offers a sleek, flat-to-the-wall shape with minimalist rotating dials. Not only will the app let you create personalised, barista-style single-serve coffees and let you schedule brewing times, it also makes capsule reordering easy. The 19 bar high-pressure pump and automatic capsule ejection perfectly extracts the delicate flavour and premium aromas of the coffee capsules, allowing for a great, café-style cup.
Revolution Cooking 2-Slice High Speed Smart Toaster
If a touch screen toaster is what’s missing from your life, the Revolution Cooking 2-Slice High Speed Smart Toaster is here to revolutionise your kitchen. The touch screen allows you to customise the exact shade and level of crispiness you’d prefer and doubles as a digital or analogue clock when not in use. The toaster has settings for bread, bagels, waffles, English muffins and toaster pastries, and smart sensors adjust the heating process based on the given bread type and current toaster temperature.
ASAKUKI Smart Wi-Fi Essential Oil Diffuser
Use technology to bring some atmosphere to your home with the ASAKUKI Smart Wi-Fi Essential Oil Diffuser. Using the app from your smartphone or virtual assistant you can turn the diffuser on and off and set up to eight scheduled or countdown timers. The device includes an air purifier which can also be controlled via the app and gives you up to 16 hours of mist. The device lights up, offering seven mood lighting options, but the app will also allow you to turn off or dim the light depending on your preference.
Mirror Interactive Home Gym
Described as the future of fitness the Mirror Interactive Home Gym appears as a normal full-length mirror in your home, with the option to either mount the mirror on a wall or use the compatible stand to rest it against a wall in an appropriate space. One turned on the Mirror acts as an in-home personal trainer, giving you expert instruction and live feedback from certified trainers. Using a monthly subscription service you’ll have access to tens of thousands of workout classes to use at your own convenience, and the system helps your track your progress and health stats.
Axis Smart Blinds Conversion Kit
The Axis Smart Blinds Conversion Kit allows you to automate your existing window shades and control them through voice control with your virtual assistant or through an app on your smartphone. The Kit is easy to install and the app will walk you through the installation process, and works with any blinds or shades that use a looped cord or chain to open and close. Once it’s up and running you can use the app to schedule your preferred opening and closing times on different windows. It’s also environmentally friendly, using a slim solar panel that fits on to your window to recharge the internal battery.
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Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed
Bring some smart technology into the bedroom to optimise your night’s sleep with the Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed. This bed senses and responds to the sleeper, adjusting firmness and temperature on each side of the bed to maximise sleep. SleepIQ technology built into the bed measures your heart rate, breathing and movement and tracks your circadian rhythms for more consistent sleep and present the information through an app to help you continually improve your sleep. It can also recognise when one of you is snoring and gently raise your head to relieve it.
Withings Sleep Tracking Mat
If a whole new bed isn’t for you consider investing in the Withings Sleep Tracking Mat instead. This non-intrusive device slips between your sheets and provides detailed readings on your sleep cycles, heart rate and snoring habits. The mat uses Bluetooth to connect to a smart phone app so you can access your sleep quality assessment information. The app also allows for integration with other elements of your bedroom set up, like light dimming or thermostat adjustment, to maximise your sleep potential.
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LG’s SmartThinQ Fridge
LG offers a range of refrigerators that come equipped with the LG SmartThinQ technology and concept the LG SmartThinQ app on your smartphone. The app will allow you to remotely control the temperature of your fridge, alert you when the fridge door has been left open and comes with vacation mode to optimise energy saving while you’re away from home or an IcePlus feature to let you prep for an upcoming party. Choose a fridge with an InstaView Door-in-Door mirrored glass panel and you’ll also be able to view the contents of your fridge simply by tapping on the panel.
Using wireless probes this Bluetooth-connected monitor measures the temperature of your meat as you cook, meaning you’ll never have to worry about getting the perfect medium-rare blush on your roast again. You can use the probes inside any outdoor cooker, including your grill and smoker, and connect to the app up to 50 metres away. Using your smart phone the app helps you select the perfect cooking time and temperature for a range of meats and cuts, and customises and monitors the cook for you to achieve your preferred end goal, alerting you when your meat has reached the desired temperature.
Perfect Drink Pro Smart Scale
Take your next cocktail evening to the next level with the Perfect Drink Pro Smart Scale, an intuitive scale that helps you pour the perfect drink every time. Use the app to choose from over 400 recipes, place a glass or shaker on the scale and pour each ingredient until you hear a ding as the virtual glass on the app fills up in real time. You can use to app to adjust the number of servings you want to make, or let the app know which tipples you have on hand and it’ll suggest a recipe for you.
Perfect Bake Pro
Also in the Perfect Company family, the Perfect Bake Pro is an intuitive scale that will have you making perfect baked goods every time. Use the scale in conjunction with the recipe app to select from over 500 recipes, or let the app know what ingredients you have to work with so it can make a suggestion. The app will also scale recipes for you if you prefer a bigger or smaller batch, or do the math if your cookware is the wrong size. Just like the Drink Pro you’ll just need to pour until the Perfect Bake ding tells you to stop. It’ll also provide built-in timers for mixing, baking and cooling.
Instant Pot Smart WiFi 8-in-1 Multicooker
Combining eight kitchen appliances in one, this machine functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yoghurt maker, cake maker, sauté pan, steamer and warmer and connects to an app on your smartphone to make cooking a breeze. The app allows you to control and adjust cooking settings and check the progress of your meal and comes with access to over 1,000 pre-programmed recipes or connects to your virtual assistant to hear recipe steps hands-free. This is a great option for tech savvy chefs ready to take their cooking to the next level.
Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender
The Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender pairs with the Vitamix perfect Blend app to give you access to over 500 recipes and 17 blending programs that includes smoothies, hot soups, frozen desserts and a cleaning program. The motor base is able to intuitively read the container size you’ve attached and automatically adjust blender settings, then use the app to follow step-by-step instructions to your favourite blended recipe. Add you own customised recipes to the app to use again and sync the app to your favourite fitness tracker application to make food tracking easier.
The GeniCan attaches to the side of your rubbish bin and scans barcodes of items as you throw them away to help you build your grocery list. Recognised items will be automatically added to the shopping list in the synced app on your smartphone for your use next time you’re at the store. Items without barcodes, such as fresh produce, can simply be held in front of the GeniCan and you’ll be prompted to say what the item is to be added to your list. The app will also allow you to organise your list by category or aisle to make your shopping trip a breeze.
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Words by Danielle Austin
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