Home tech to automate your life

As gadgets get smarter, they play an increasing role in everyday life, particularly around the home.

It seems that everywhere you look there is new technology available to improve your life or help around the home. While some people might consider technology more invasive than helpful, there is a growing demand for what’s on offer. Here are some of the latest gadgets to which you could find yourself drawn.

Ring Video Doorbell

You may have seen the Ring Video Doorbell application advertised on television. This doorbell lets you see, hear and speak to visitors wherever you are, even when you’re not home.
The smartphone app alerts you when someone rings the doorbell. You can then talk with the visitor and instruct them accordingly. For example, you can tell a courier to leave a parcel at the door, or a salesperson you’re not interested.

Nest

Nest makes a range of indoor and outdoor cameras that provide 24/7 live streaming and alerts with a single app, so you keep an eye on what matters from anywhere. The company also makes smart thermostats, allowing you to control your home’s heating and cooling system from your phone.

iAqualink

If you own a pool and like to swim at night, you no longer need a light switch. The iAqualink app lets you control your pool pump and lights from your smartphone. If you install LED lights in your pool the app gives you a range of coloured light options. The app lets you choose a colour from magenta to cobalt blue or even disco tech — a constantly changing light scheme of different colours to really bring your pool to life.

NuVo

Lovers of vinyl can now enjoy their records using a range of different apps. The NuVo audio system lets you control your vinyl and digital music via a smartphone app. You select the zones where your speakers are located and choose which music to play in them. You can enjoy the crackling sounds of vinyl in one room, while running an iTunes playlist in another.

Kuna Smart Security Light

The Kuna Smart Security Light turns on when it senses motion. It looks like a standard porch light, but also records whoever’s outside, so you’ll know exactly what’s going on in the front lawn.