Remember The Jetsons’ automated space-age home that spoke and sensed and did things for its owners? That reality is no more a cartoon as we step in to the era of IoT or the Internet of Things, the concept connecting everyday devices to the Internet and to each other. This seamless connectivity is transforming the way we live and relate to our surroundings. From operating systems such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home who mimic personal assistants and do everything from reminding you of appointments to singing a lullaby, to clever and intuitive appliances and furniture that are more gadgets than an object, technology is making our homes smarter with these cool products.
Sleep, dress and breathe easy
1. SeneMi’s Mysa is a virtual wardrobe and styling assistant that make Alicia Silverstone’s virtual closet from Clueless a reality. Mysa gives wardrobes suggestions, and stores your wardrobe as a virtual closet to try-on clothes conveniently. Each new outfit worn is scanned and saved to the virtual closet and the program recognises people by their face and creates individual for each user. From Dh13,039, visit SenseMi.com.
2. The Sleep Number 360® i10 Smart Bed adjust to has automatic foot warming, options to raise or lower the mattress in a variety of positions for reading, watching TV and sleeping. It also has a built in snoring detection system that raises the head of the base when it detects snoring. The bed can also track your sleep quality and the matters absorbs excess heat and releases it as your body cools down. From Dh 16,158 at sleepnumber.com.
3. The Philips Air Purifier Anti-Allergen with NanoProtect Filter takes clean living to a whole new level by capturing 99 per cent of air-borne bacteria in an hour. It also removes air-borne dust, pet hair pollen and harmful gases like formaldehyde, toluene and TVOC. Its smart AeraSense technology displays the Indoor Allergen Index (IAI) level via a numerical display and a colour ring on the air purifier’s dashboard. It also reminds users to change the filter and stops working when the filter is no longer effective. Dh2,352.
Living room comes alive
1. The Philips Light Hue White and Colour Ambience starter kit contains three bulbs, a bridge and a switch that allows you to sync your lights to your music, TV and games. You can voice control it by syncing it to Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or Google Home and recall pre-set scenes. It comes with a Smart control, apps so you can control lights remotely and check if you have forgotten to switch your lights. Dh899 at Virgin Megastores.
2. The Sobro Smart Coffee Table is the future of coffee tables – iit has a built-in refrigerator drawer so you can enjoy your beverages without walking to the kitchen, Bluetooth speakers, LED lights, a touch control panel is built seamlessly into the tempered glass top so spilling drinks or watering marks aren’t a worry. From Dh5,506 at sobrodesign.com.
3. LYFE is a gravity-defying little wonder from Sweden that gives potted plants a futuristic makeover. This growing system cultivate plants mid-air with a planter that hovers over an oak base via magnetic levitation using maglev technology. It gently rotates during suspension – this rotation benefits Air Plants (Tillandsia) that absorb as nutrients through the air and require no soil. Dh1,300 at Cities.
4. Ecobee 3 is a smart Wi-Fi enabled thermostat with room sensors that delivers preferred temperature to each room based on occupancy and previous preferred temperature settings. It also lets you adjust temperatures remotely from your phone so you can enter a chilled home on hot summer days, instead of waiting for the room to cool when you get home. From Dh730 at ecobee.com excluding sensors.
5. Control4 manufactures a complete line of wired and wireless home products for smart home automation. This can control the temperature, lighting, entertainment and security solutions in your home. For example, in the living room the system will automatically pause your movie experience when it senses distractions. It will also dim lights automatically when you start a movie, and brighten them to notifying you that someone is at the door. The Control4 home automation system, will also connect all of your audio and video inputs and devices with to a single remote, so the only thing you’ll hunt for is popcorn. The system interoperates nearly 11,000 devices and can be customised to accommodate the entire house, from kitchen and bedroom to bathroom too. Visit Control4.com.
Bath and beyond
1. Roca’s In Wash Inspira Smart toilet is the throne of WC’S. This wall mounted model comes with a night light that can be adjusted to guide you to the toilet without needing to turn on the light in your bathroom, a seat that can detect users, adjustable settings for water temperature and position of intimate wash nozzle, a drying function that comes with adjustable air temperatures. From Dh16,250 at Al Shamsi General Trading.
2. Siemens’ iSensoric Washing Machine with sensoFresh automatically determines just the right amount of detergent required for a particular load and dispenses it, so you get excellent washing without wasting a lot of water or detergent. Soon Siemens will also launch Home-Connect, a product that will enable you to control your home appliances (both free standing and built in) from a single device. Washing machine costs Dh3,254 at Better Life.
3. Grohe’s Rainshower F-Series AquaSymphony Shower is a blend of a spa and your own personal musical fountain. The intelligent control system lets you select and adjust the water to flow as a rain spray, an aqua curtain, a waterfall or drizzle sprays combined with its chromotherapy fitting of coloured light display and music of your choice. Install the F-digital Deluxe base unit box and download the GROHE SPA App, so you can control light, sound and steam remotely. From Dh87,000, visit grohe.com.
4. The Grohe Sense Guard is a smart water controller that can track your water consumption, detect micro leaks and in case of a burst pipe, it automatically shuts off the water supply. The product connects to your smartphone through the Grohe Ondus App sends you alarms and notifications and its self-learning algorithm ensures that all alerts and actions are match your household consumption patterns. Price on request at Grohe.com.
1. The Kenwood Cooking Chef incorporates induction cooking with all the standard features of the Ttitanium Major food processors making it the first-ever planetary mixer that can also cook your meal. Price on request at Jashanmal Stores.
2. The Miele Steam Oven (Dh9,000) is available with a choice of cabinet size and offers operating modes such as combination mode (steam and baking combined), more than 200 automatic programs for people that are not chefs yet or want to make their cooking lives easier, sous vide cooking (the new health trend), conventional heat, intensive bake and grill. The Miele Sous Vide (Dh11,000) drawer is an amazing new water bath-style warming drawers that keep food and crockery at just the right temperature. Hacker also has retractable extractors (Dh,3500) that adapt to the height of each kitchen user and that will become faster as the hob heats up.
3. Hitachi Big 2 refrigerator’s highlight is the eco-thermo sensor that gauge the ambient temperature of the room and accordingly regulates the compressor to provide optimum cooling. Its Fresh Select feature allows switch the chiller compartment to different modes to suit dairy meat or vegetable. From Dh3,199 at Eros stores.
4. Smarter Coffee 2.0 lets you prepare your coffee remotely by using the Smarter app available for download on any iOS and Android device. Dh960 at Jashanmal Stores.
5. As part of their kitchen units, Hacker Kitchens install lighting in the cabinet handle channels, inside drawers and underneath the cabinets; the lighting can be remote control operated. From Dh10,000, Hacker.
6. Siemens iQ500 Bottom Freezer refrigerator comes with iSensoric that measures the temperature inside and outside the fridge and regulates temperature changes inside the refrigerator. The hyperFresh premium, provides fresh food for up to three times longer thanks to its sophisticated humidity control feature. from Dh2,890 at Better Life.
7. Philips Saeco GranBaristo Avanti Super-automatic Espresso Machine offers a variety of 18 drinks that can be brewed to your taste directly via your smart device. Simply download the Saeco Avanti App and you can personalise strength, temperature and taste for each drink. Dh10,475 at Al G.handi Electronics.