Home Tech Q1 '19


The latest gadgets to future proof your home

▲ Wink Hub 2
Devices like the Amazon Alexa and Echo are dominating the home hub market. But what if you want something a little less… friendly? The Wink Hub 2 is a simple way to tie all you smart devices together without the need for a conversation. It has a tasteful design and supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and many other standards.

▲ Phillips Hue
Brighten the new year gloom with smartphone controlled lightbulbs. You have total control of the mood with these magic little bulbs. They’re compatible with a range of different standards and home control systems including Apple HomeKit, Nest and Samsung SmartThings.

▲ Nest Thermostat E
You know Nest, the game-changing thermostat that lets you turn the heating on from SmatPhone before you’ve even left the office; well meet the new kid on the block. It knows when the house is empty, and will give you kudo (via a Nest Leaf) when you reach an energy saving temperature. And installation has been simplified so you can do it yourself.

▲ August Smartlock Pro
The newest smart lock on the block, this device from August lets you lock and unlock your home from your phone, meaning you can let people in and grant access when needed. But the difference with this model is that you don’t have to forgo your keys, you can still use them as this device works with your existing locks.

▲ Withings Body Cardio Bathroom Scales
It’s that time of year when resolutions are made, and maybe this nifty gadget will help you stick to them. These smart scales can tell you your weight, body water content, fat content and more. You can then monitor your weight gain or loss through the Health app on your phone.