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Diana Zagorodnya

10 smart home gadgets that will blow your mind


Smart home technology is hot right now. Here's a peek at some must-have gadgets that will give you complete control over your home.

1. Rise and shine with Ruggie

Ruggie alarm

Price: About £70 (coming in 2016)

Your 6am alarm goes off and you hit the snooze button before you’re fully conscious. By the time you actually wake up, it’s practically lunchtime.

Lucky for you, the Ruggie alarm doesn’t turn off until you're out of bed and standing on it, bringing you kicking and screaming from the land of nod.

2. Turn on the lights with Philips Hue

Price: From £149.99

Kiss goodbye to your conventional on/off wall switch and experience the new age smart lights that can be controlled straight from the app.

Philips Hue can gently wake you up in the morning, you can sync them with your music or films, and even turn them on when you’re away!

3. Control the temperature with Nest

Nest thermometer

Price: £249

How wonderful would it be if the temperature in the house would be the way you want it, when you want it? Well it can.

Nest thermostat will be your new best friend, making your home as comfy and cosy as you like. Nest learns when you like your house to be warm or cold, and it will adjust your heating based on your habits.

4. Shower smart-ly with Hydrao

Price: £67 (coming in 2016)

Hydrao's smart shower head changes colour depending on how much water you’ve used, potentially saving you money by using less. You can even track your water usage through its app.

5. Forget about your everyday kettle, Miito has opened up a whole new ball game


Price: About £80 (coming in 2016)

Heat up exactly the right amount of water you need, without wasting energy on all the excess water that doesn't get used. Just place the metal rod into your cup or jug and voilà, your water is heated and ready to go. Use Miito to make tea, or even heat up milk and soup.

6. The fridge of the future? Samsung Family hub fridge

Price: About £3,370 (coming in 2016)

Always forget to buy milk? Well, with Samsung's Family hub fridge, you won’t have to worry about it again.

This fridge is so smart that it can tell you exactly what’s in it while you’re out. You can even listen to music or watch TV from its 21 inch LCD screen while cooking.

7. Your very own robot - iRobot Roomba


Price: From £299.99

Fed up of dragging your heavy hoover around your house? Well with Roomba you won’t have to lift a finger again!

This little guy will hoover while driving itself around your house, and it will even drive itself back to charge before starting all over the next day.

8. Get your washing done the smart way with Marathon Laundry

Price: About £815 (coming mid-2016)

Whites or colours? Delicates or Cottons? 30 degrees or 40? There's just too much to think about when it comes to getting your washing done.

This Marathon Laundry is a new washer/dryer that will blow every other combination washer/dryers out of the water. It's super-efficient and over time it will even learn how to wash your clothes, without needing to fiddle with its settings.

9. Never scrub again with the Neorest 750H toilet

Price: £6,714

The Neorest 750H, is quite a mouthful, but it’s quite a toilet!

It’s a fully automated, self-cleaning, smart toilet. This high tech lavatory flashes itself after every flush and opens and closes its lid before and after use.

10. Forgot to lock your door? No problem. Linus can lock itself.

Price: Unknown (coming in 2016)

"Ugh, have I locked the door?" is a thought that enters most of our minds. You might be too comfy to check, or you're already out of the house and there's no going back.

With Linus, you won't have to worry. This smart device lets you lock, unlock, or check your door from your phone. Linus can work together with Nest, so your heating can come on as soon as you walk through the door.

Future of the home

Some of this technology is still in the early stages.

But when they hit, they could be the next big thing for our homes, and there will be no going back.
Check out the Future of the home that lets you see what technology could be in our homes in the next 10 years.

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