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The Dog & Bone Bluetooth Padlock is a brilliant way of upgrading your garden shed, side gate or anything that needs padlocking. Unlike conventional locks, which require you to fish out a key from your pocket, this padlock uses Bluetooth. Just tap your phone’s screen to unlock it. Not only do you not need a key, anyone else who wants to use the padlock won’t need one either as you can share access with them. A relatively expensive upgrade, but a useful one all the same.
Dog & Bone Bluetooth Padlock, $117.22, www.dogandbonecases.com
Littlebits makes electronic building blocks that give keen inventors the ability to transform everyday items into amazing gadgets. You can also use their kits to give your home a smart makeover. The Cloudbit Starter Kit gives your household items internet capabilities, allowing you to do cool things like get your doorbell to text you when it rings. Then there’s the Smart Home Kit, a one-box DIY smart home upgrade which might seem like a huge outlay, but it comes with everything you need to automate your house.
Littlebits Cloudbit, From US$99.95 ($130.30), littlebits.cc