Homing In

24 Jul 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

We live in a world bursting with technology and while it was once only used in the workplace, it seems our homes are also becoming increasingly efficient these days, says Matthew Herbst

Under Lock and key


These days, you’re more likely to forget your house keys than your smartphone. Eliminate the problem with CalypsoKey, which lives inside its own special iPhone case. Tapping the case to its corresponding access point will activate near-field communication technology and a dual-band antenna – and unlock the door. It’s never been so easy to forget your front door key. www.calypsocrystal.com/blog/calypsokey. Comes as an iPhone case, tag, pad cover, flip cover and other options to suit your style. Prices start from RO51 up to approx RO320.

Café Maestro 


Home isn’t home without a decent cup of coffee at hand. What’s the best technology for this? The Nespresso Maestria, of course. Basically, this is a coffee-making machine that utilises a high-pressure pump along with a thermo block heating element. This produces an excellent cup of coffee every time you use it. In addition, there’s a built-in mechanism inside the coffee maker, which allows it to detect the type of water being used, such as hard or soft, and adjust itself accordingly. It’s built to save energy and automatically shuts down if left unused for a certain period of time. www.nespresso.com/maestria; from about RO130.50

Power Shower


Primarily designed for efficiency and water conservation, this Oras Eterna Smart Shower incorporates impressive technology, too. A green light indicates you have just two minutes to take your shower. Need more time? A red light shows you’ve showered beyond your share. A simple touch interface switches flow from showerhead to power wash and precise temperature adjustments ensure your family won’t scald or freeze. www.oras.com; price on request

Charged Up


In order to charge certain devices, such as an iPod, you need to connect it to a computer using a USB cord, unless you buy a special charger. This can be annoying, especially for guests who are running low on power. Now, you can buy power outlets that come with two USB ports to charge these devices. They work with any outlet and eliminate the need to suck power from a computer source. amazon.com RO7.6 

Through the looking glass


Simply fill the Winbot Robot Window Cleaner with cleaning solution, attach it to a window and press the power button. This little gadget will determine the size of glass and map a cleaning path on it. It cleans your windows in three stages: spray, squeegee and wipe, all while you relax  nearby. Check out www.ecovacs.com; RO153 from amazon.com

Eco Throne


Kohler’s eco-friendly Numi toilet is stylishly efficient for the modern bathroom. It features a motion-activated seat and lid, multi-option bidet wand and air dryer, deodorising charcoal filter, illuminated panels and foot warmer. And that’s not all. There’s a surprise waiting for you in this loo – no, not a redback spider (see page 12) but built-in music speakers to play your tunes via a remote docking station. You’ll probably find yourself visiting the throne more often than usual, especially given the price. shop.ferguson.com for RO1,824.07



Your family loves fried food and so do you – admit it. While deep frying is renowned for unhealthy properties, there is one solution out there. Meet the Big Boss Oil-less Fryer: yes you heard correctly, oil-less. It also boils, bakes, roasts, grills, steams or dehydrates your foods with the Fagor 12 Quart Halogen Tabletop Oven. It’s perfect for keeping the family happy – and healthy. www.amazon.com for RO35

Music to your ears


With a sleek interface and streamlined search, the controller app from Sonos makes it easier than ever to play the music you love today and discover the music you will love tomorrow. All of this throughout your house with a simple touch of a button. Compatible with Android, iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC devices, play the same song in every room, in perfect sync, or play different music in every room. www.itunes.com



Set up Sonos with the push of a button. The unique technology brings your entire home audio system together on a dedicated wireless network. Sonos wireless speakers are custom designed for every space in your home. From the compact Play:1 to the TV-compatible Playbar, the Sonos line-up fills any room with a crystal clear HiFi sound at any volume. www.sonos.com RO115

  • Stream your entire music library, music services and radio stations
  • Control wirelessly, easy to set up music player
  • Start with one music player, expand everywhere
  • Versatile enough to put anywhere – horizontal or vertical

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