Gadgets for smart homes

14 Jan 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine
2016 is shaping up to be the year that homes truly become smart. Matthew Herbst looks at the gadgets that will make your abode a hi-tech haven

 



SAFE NEST 

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The Nest Protect is probably one of the best investments you can make to keep your family and home as safe as possible. The smoke and carbon monoxide detector gauges potential dangers and will loudly alert you if there’s a problem. If you’re not home it’ll even send an alert to your phone through the Nest app. Available at amazon.com from RO39.

Smooth SOUNDs

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Unwind, and set the mood with soothing smart sounds by investing in BeoLab18 speaker towers by Bang & Olufsen. These great speakers operate on their own frequency and won’t get cut off or affected by any other wireless networks. They’re a tad on the expensive side, but you pay for quality and the investment is worth it if music is your thing. Available at bang-olufsen.com from RO2,536.49.

Smart charge 

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While the Nest Protect smoke and CO2 alarm is great for those who want a two-in-one product that connects to several smart home devices, you’re going to need to keep it active. The best way to ensure you never forget about a flat battery is to invest in a Roost Smart Battery. Not only does this RO15 gadget plug into a Nest Protect, but also any other existing smoke or CO2 detector, turning ordinary alarms into smart devices with low battery alerts. For increased piece of mind, check out getroost.com

FACE IT

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Netatmo’s Welcome is a great new smart home security system for 2016. This camera sends the names of the people it sees directly to your smartphone via the app and also notifies you when your children or elderly parents are home. If it doesn’t recognise a face, the camera will alert you that a stranger is present. All videos and identification data stay private thanks to Welcome’s local SD card storage and a screenshot of each event is stored for free in the cloud. Available at shop.netatmo.com from RO83.50.

Smart Spinner

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The Vizia RF+ Fan Speed Control can adjust your fan to a low, medium, or high speed, switch it off and be set to start on a specific speed, all through the power of Wi-Fi. It’s a great gadget for Omani summers and also coordinates with Leviton light dimmers to set the mood! Available at leviton.com from RO63.50.

New: Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner

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Say goodbye to sky-high electricity bills as a result of leaving your air conditioning running all the time, or forgetting to turn it off. The smart scheduling of Aros learns your habits and adjusts to cool your home just the way you like it, all week long. For peace of mind it turns on and off according to your location and GPS settings. It also tracks your usage so you can adjust settings to save on energy costs. Available at amazon.com from RO61.50.

Editor’s Pick: UNDER COVER

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In a Loxone Smart Home, your blinds will know to close at dusk to ensure total privacy. You will be woken up by natural light in the mornings and later in the day, shade will be provided to keep rooms from getting too hot. Loxone learns schedules and can replay your activity at home from the past week so that when you’re away on holiday, the lights switch on and off and the blinds go up and down, making it look like you’re home. There is also the option to add other Loxone products and turn your entire home into one big smart hub. Check it out at shop.loxone.com, where prices vary according to the product required.

App of the Week: Samsung smartThings 

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Stay connected to your household and family with a Home Monitoring Kit from Samsung, which turns your home into a well-oiled smart machine. You can then gradually continue to enhance your home by adding hundreds of compatible products from lights to motion sensors and front door cameras. Get the hub at shop.smartthings.com from RO38.

 

 


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