Gad­gets to make your home life eas­ier

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Lisa Boone

FROM com­pact ap­pli­ances to touchless toi­lets, to­day’s home de­vices are de­signed for stream­lined op­er­a­tions. And with home­own­ers spend­ing more time than ever on their smartphones, de­sign­ers are re­spond­ing with apps that al­low you to con­trol such de­vices as light­ing and your wash­ing ma­chine with a swipe of a fin­ger. Here, we of­fer a se­lec­tion of new de­signs for 2015 that prom­ise to make home life a lit­tle eas­ier. apps are in­cluded in the price of GE Pro­file ap­pli­ances, one of GE’s higher-end brands. www. geap­pli­ances.com come with ac­ces­sories such as LED il­lu­mi­nated night lights, bidet func­tion­al­ity, self-deodor­iz­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and heated seat­ing. In some cases you don’t even have to flush the toi­let us­ing a han­dle. Kohler’s new San Souci touchless flush toi­let is the per­fect ap­pli­ance for the germ-pho­bic. Sim­ply wave your hand over a sen­sor mounted in­side the tank and it will trig­ger a flush pow­ered by four AA bat­ter­ies. Avail­able in 10 colours. The toi­let starts at $820 in white. www.kohler.com of the Edyn Gar­den Sen­sor, Edyn Wa­ter Valve and Edyn App. One sen­sor is good for 250 square feet. More may be nec­es­sary for big­ger plots. Avail­able for pre-or­der on Edyn’s web­site and avail­able at Home De­pot stores in spring 2015. Gar­den sen­sor, $99.95. Edyn Wa­ter Valve, $59.99. www.edyn.com

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