and so to bed… pan­cakes part II: the talent

Australian T3 - - TECH LIFE -

Sleep mon­i­tors, ther­a­peu­tic lights and pre-bed­time en­ter­tain­ment: have we got snooze for you…

1/ Hep­burn Bed and side ta­ble by Matthew Hil­ton for De La Es­pada Please, we coun­sel you: no mat­ter how much you may love tech, never, ever buy a bed with a TV in it. Get some­thing like this in­stead, a sleek, mod­ernist vi­sion in solid wood. $POA, spence­and­lyda.com.au

2/ Ba­sis Car­bon Steel With a sen­sor ar­ray that means it can tell when you’re asleep and how deeply, this clever wrist band gives you a “per­sonal sleep score” of un­par­al­leled ac­cu­racy. $199, my­ba­sis.com

3/ Withings Aura Want some­thing even more ad­vanced than the Ba­sis? This com­bines an un­der-mat­tress pad that mon­i­tors how well you’re sleep­ing, with a bed­side one to check noise, tem­per­a­ture and light lev­els. Pre­set bar­rages of multi-colour LEDs and nat­u­ral sounds help you fall asleep and also awake feel­ing more en­er­getic. $299, withings.com

4/ Philips Wake Up This sim­u­lated sun­rise dou­bles as an iPhone dock, let­ting you wake to a singing sun, like in that old Vi­tal­ite ad­vert but more ther­a­peu­tic. $189, healy­our­self.com.au

5/ Ves­sel light with Plu­men 01 bulb In­spired by ye olde ships in bot­tle, this hand- blown lamp is made to house a low-en­ergy, high-style Plu­men bulb. A per­fect bed­side light for those who don’t like sun sim­u­la­tions. $TBC, bulb $30, fab.com

6/ Re­mee Want to dream more lu­cidly, so you can con­trol what hap­pens rather than end­ing up pick­ing flow­ers that turn into guns that then go all floppy when you try to shoot them? This dream ma­chine, which beams cus­tot­mis­able light pat­terns on to your sleep­ing eyes, may help, though we do em­pha­sise the word “may”. $95, sleep­with­re­mee.com

7/ Bose Soundlink Mini Blue­tooth Speaker An ideal bed­room sonic com­pan­ion, this wire­less Blue­tooth speaker is chic and dis­creet. Sounds grand for the size too. $249, bose.com

8/ Sam­sung 40F6800 This smart TV is su­per-slim for flush wall-mount­ing, not too big and serves up all the vis­ual qual­ity and ex­tras you ex­pect of the big S. $1,098, har­veynor­man. com.au

9/ Hu­max HDR-7510T While Sam­sung’s telly of­fers plenty of on­line con­tent, ex­pand it with the Hu­max TV por­tal. Catch up ser­vices, video on de­mand and a 500GB hard drive to store it all. $428, hu­maxdig­i­tal.com/au

Cour­tesy of Matt Gous­saert, ex­ec­u­tive chef at The Break­fast Club 1/ Use but­ter­milk as it gives the taste a nice tang. Play with a mix of sweet and savoury flavours; we like to layer pan­cakes with ham and cheese, topped with a fried egg and lash­ings of maple syrup. 2/ Rest your mix for half an hour in the fridge be­fore cook­ing and make sure the pan is ex­tra hot be­fore pour­ing it in. Then wait for all air bub­bles to come out be­fore turn­ing over and turn­ing the heat down. 3/ Blend left­over or botched cakes into milk­shakes with ice cream and fruit for pleas­ingly malty re­sults.

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