Get smart ac­cess

Australian T3 - - SMART HOME 2017 -

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

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