This is a sponsored post by Legal and General, they’ve written about home tech here and asked me if I’d write a post about Home Technology. They came to the right place! We went to Curry’s a couple of weeks ago, and I was amazed at how much new home technology is out there now.
One quick wander round a store and we saw…
A floor cleaning robot (small children were torturing it with bit of large paper, poor thing), an LG Washing Machine which you can control from your smart phone, TV’s you can voice activate, wifi lighbulbs (no idea why you’d need those but they looked cool!) and the new massive Dyson ‘fan’ which frankly looks like wonderful black magic.
It was one of those trips to the shops when you realise as an 80’s child, that you do in fact live in the future.
So this has made me think, as a techie household we really have a surprisingly small amount of home tech. The most interesting thing we have at the moment is a kettle where you can choose the temperature of the water and that is surprisingly handy. We are fairly pragmatic about tech though and I think that it has to make your life better/easier to warrant the extra expense of buying it. I am the woman since unplugging the microwave a month ago, I’ve only plugged it back in twice…maybe I don’t need it anymore!
But what would we use? I think if we were staying in this house we’d get the boiler changed and I’d have something like Nest installed to control the heat in the house from my phone, that would be amazing and save on bills. In fact I think the next house that will be something we install fairly soon after we move in.
I love the idea of this ‘Energy Egg Smart Light Switch‘ which turns off lights when you’ve left the house or the room. It’s my husband’s dream product!
Bluetooth speakers are now cheap and everywhere it seems, you can even get them in lightbulbs which I LOVE the idea of these Playbulbs just make me happy and I think I’ll have to get some. They even do them for the garden now too.
Now if I had the money, and the right sized kitchen this is a perfect storm of two of my favourite things, an Aga you can control from your iPhone…..but that is a lottery win wish!
I asked my friends on Facebook to see if they had any new home tech and what they thought of it. Here’s what they said…
Helpful Mum from ‘You’re not from Around Here‘ says ‘Our robot hoover is amazing. It cleans the dining room and hall for me so I have a few less jobs to do. It’s a Roomba iRobot. When B&B guests have finished, I clear the dining room and pop the hoover in there. It means I never have to hoover the dining room. It also does the hall, which leaves fewer jobs for me. I don’t use it on the bedrooms because it tends to get stuck under beds.’
Old school friend James recommends the Xiaomi Mi Band – ‘it’s great, buzzes to alert you to messages / calls on iphone and android, it’s a fitness and sleep tracker (like fitbit etc) and costs ~£12 (unlike fitbit etc!). Waterproof and battery lasts between 30 and 60 DAYS between charges. If you’re on android 5.0 + it acts as a trusted device to lock and unlock your phone so if you’re out of range it locks the phone automatically and unlocks it when you’re in range’.
Nik from niksargent.com – ‘withings scales; withings blood pressue monitor; withings pulse (health monitor); Philips baby monitor & Philips IP cams; bekin wemos; lifx lighting; easybulb lighting; pebble watch; Tile trackers; And soon to be re-instated our fully connected IOT bumblebee nest environment (Spin remote on order; Flic trackers on order; netatmo weather station on order; heatmiser neokit on order) – (for the avoidance of doubt, these are all internet connected devices)’
His top tip for lighting is ‘cheapest smart/wifi bulbs I have found are the easybulb range – just installed about 15… sadly they can’t be controlled by the ifttt.com service, whereas the lifx bulbs can…’
Do you guys have any amazing home tech that your use, or think is worth buying? Would love to hear about it!
***Sponsored post and I will get a little cleaning floor robot…and it will probably die of dog hair inhalation***