Five of the best

The best gad­gets for start­ing to build your smart home

Mac Format - - APPLE HOME - el­ hive­

El­gato Eve Door & Win­dow £31

This lit­tle sen­sor is an af­ford­able way to keep an eye on your doors and win­dows. It works with Home, and can warn you when­ever a door or win­dow is opened, but you’ll need an Ap­ple TV for re­mote con­trol when you’re away from home. Hive Ac­tive Heat­ing £249

There are sev­eral smart ther­mostats that pro­vide their own iOS app, but few cur­rently work with Home too. Hive (owned by Bri­tish Gas) is still work­ing on its HomeKit up­date, but mean­while it’s still one of the best UK smart ther­mostats. Nanoleaf Smart Ivy £80

The black light bulbs in Nanoleaf’s Smart Ivy kit look a bit odd. How­ever, they work well and are cur­rently Philips’ only real ri­val when it comes to HomeKit sup­port. The Ivy Smarter Kit in­cludes two bulbs and a hub for your router for just £80. Philips Hue White Am­biance £100

The pop­u­lar Philips Hue range in­cludes var­i­ous types of smart lights and bulbs, but the new White Am­biance Starter Kit is a good place to start. It in­cludes two bulbs, a dim­mer switch, and a Hue Bridge to pro­vide HomeKit com­pat­i­bil­ity. Withings Home £170

The pop­u­lar Withings Home se­cu­rity cam­era should get its HomeKit up­date be­fore Christ­mas. It has an HD cam­era and a mi­cro­phone for mo­tion and noise de­tec­tion. You can store video on­line for 48 hours; stor­ing longer re­quires a sub­scrip­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.