Your home, Connected


The latest gadgets to drag your house into the 21st Century.

Technology bible, Wired, describes The Internet of Things as revolving ‘around increased machine-to-machine communication; it’s built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors; it’s mobile, virtual, and instantaneous connection; and they say it’s going to make everything in our lives from streetlights to seaports “smart.”’

Which, in layman’s terms means that in the not too distant future, we’ll be able to control pretty much any piece of technology with our phones and store any content or data (music and film files, setting preferences, images) in the cloud. And there’s already plenty of covetous technology out there to turn your home into a tasteful version of the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Here are some choice options.

▲ Kuna Toucan
Silly name, great product. This discreet camera connects easily to existing outside lighting to give you peace of mind about your property when you’re away from home. Motion sensitive, the Kuna will send you an alert to your phone should it sense anything untoward. And the wide angle HD camera allows you to see and speak with anyone at your door if you are at home. You can also switch on the 100 decibel siren from your phone, too.

▲ Haiku L Series Fan
The wonderfully named Big Ass Solutions make beautiful, smart and energy efficient ceiling fans for your home. You can also connect the Haiku to your Nest system in order to help achieve that perfect temperature for when you get home. And you can also connect them to Amazon’s Echo system to give you voice control. Figuratively and literally, very cool.

▲ GreenIQ Smart Garden
Never worry about your garden again with this green gadget that’s here to save your soil, and your wallet. This simple box connects to your wifi, and can then be connected to an automated irrigation and lighting system, meaning you can schedule the watering of your garden. You can even control the watering of specific parts of your garden, meaning those more sensitive plants don’t get caught in a deluge.

▲ Withings Thermo
Sometimes the most important products aren’t the most appealing. But the Withings Thermo is a device you’ll use again and again, especially if you have young children. This smart thermometer takes 4000 micro-measurements a second as you simply scan it across the patient’s forehead, allowing you to build an accurate picture of your family’s health. It also runs on two AAA batteries that the manufacturer claims will keep it running for two years.

▲ Smartypans
For those seeking a minimal, clutter free kitchen, Smartypans may have the answer. This clever kitchen device links up to an app and helps you choose, track, and of course cook, your food. You can calculate calories and other nutritional data quickly and easily, as well as creating and storing recipes, which you can then share with fellow SmartyPan users. The SmartyPan founders describe it as a FitBit for food.