Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson looks at some clever household appliances
WITHINGS WI- FI BODY SCALE Withings, $ 249, householdtechnology.com.au
These scales are not only smart enough to upload your weight to the internet, they’re smart enough to lock it down so the world can’t see. The Withings Wi- Fi Body Scale is a smart appliance even without its headline- grabbing internet connectivity. It uses sensors in its reflective blue surface to measure the weight and percentage of lean muscle and fat in users. Connect it to a wireless internet signal and it can automatically transmit that information to a password- protected profile on its website and to a free app. Measurements are shown in a graph so you can inspect your progress. Users can set up their own profiles so personal data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
SAMSUNG NAVIBOT S Samsung, $ 1299, samsung.com/au
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as watching a robot do your chores. Samsung’s NaviBot S, the company’s second robotic vacuum cleaner, is a fantastic entertainer for this reason and the new model is more advanced. It is thinner ( only 8cm high), has more sensors, seven cleaning modes and the high- end model features an auto dust cleaning mode that empties dirt into a bigger bin in its charging station. The vacuum uses a camera to map rooms by looking at the ceiling. Users can let the NaviBot S clean rooms automatically, intensely clean a spot or set a time to clean. It does run into some household items ( vases, bins, etc), but it’s also an impressive and entertaining cleaner.
LG KOMPRESSOR FOLLOW ME LG, $ 749, lg.com/au
This robotic vacuum cleaner is like a dog: it follows you around the house. The aptly named Kompressor Follow Me uses sensors to achieve this task: one in the vacuum’s handle and three in its body, which register the distance between handle and vacuum motor. The result is a cleaner you don’t have to pull around the house, though it can sneak up on you from behind. The 2000W machine is a cyclonic, bagless system that comes with several attachments, including a motorised brush. The vacuum pulled an impressive amount of pet hair from carpet, though it did so with a loud, high- pitched noise that was hard to ignore.
INVOXIA AUDIOFFICE Household Technology, $ 390, householdtechnology.com.au
Smartphones are the most convenient, yet not the most comfortable telephones. This smart Invoxia dock changes that by transforming the upwardly mobile device into something like a landline. The AudiOffice sits on a desk and offers an Apple iPhone dock and a traditional phone handset. When connected, either physically or with Bluetooth, users can answer calls by lifting the handset from its magnetic base and replacing it to hang up. It’s a simple but handy system and it simultaneously charges the phone. The AudiOffice features four built- in speakers and two microphones. Users must set the AudiOffice to take calls automatically.