Do­mes­tic bliss

Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son looks at some clever house­hold ap­pli­ances

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech -

WITHINGS WI- FI BODY SCALE Withings, $ 249, house­holdtech­nol­

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, sam­

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.


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, house­holdtech­nol­

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.

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