Smart home aids

What makes your home stand out? Here are eight smart prod­ucts that can up your home’s style and qual­ity

New Straits Times - - Bots - By Balqis Lim

MASTERKEY

No more fum­bling for keys or hid­ing them un­der the mat. Au­gust Smart Lock is a great ad­di­tion to your ex­ist­ing dead­bolt. It auto-un­locks your door as you ap­proach and au­to­mat­i­cally locks your door af­ter you en­ter. The 24/7 ac­tiv­ity log lets you know who opens your door and when from your iOS or An­droid smart­phone. Priced at US$227.45 (RM984) at Ama­zon.com.

HOME ROBOT

Em­brace the fu­ture of ro­bot­ics with the Kuri In­tel­li­gent Home Robot. It un­der­stands con­text and sur­round­ings, recog­nises spe­cific peo­ple, and re­sponds to ques­tions with fa­cial ex­pres­sions, head move­ments, and unique lov­able sounds. It can also be called a nanny robot as it can roam through­out your home to check on your chil­dren and pets when you are not at home. Priced at US$699 at heykuri.com.

GES­TURE CON­TROL DE­VICE

No more clut­ter of re­mote con­trols and apps, sin­gle­cue is all you need to get full con­trol of the TV and en­ter­tain­ment de­vices in your liv­ing room. Con­trol your home en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem with a lift of the fin­ger with sin­gle­cue. You can even mute your TV by lift­ing the fin­ger to your lips in a “shush” ges­ture. Priced at US$149 at Ama­zon.com.

SMART OUT­DOOR SE­CU­RITY LIGHT

Kuna is a smart WiFi cam­era and in­ter­com that is built into an out­door light. It de­tects move­ment at your door and sends ac­tion­able alerts to your smart­phone, al­low­ing you to see who the vis­i­tor is through the cam­era’s live feed. You can take ac­tion us­ing Kuna’s lights, HD live video feed, twoway in­ter­com, pre-recorded de­ter­rent mes­sages, and 100+ deci­bel siren. Priced at US$149 at Ama­zon.com.

LED LIGHTINGS

LIFX Z smart light­ing lets you make dras­tic decor changes with the click of a but­ton. It is a light­ing strip that uses WiFi to cre­ate the per­fect light for you at any mo­ment. A sim­pleto-use app al­lows you to fine tune your light­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; con­trol your en­tire strip or se­lect colours for spe­cific ar­eas. Priced at US$89.99 at Ama­zon.com.

WIFI CLOCK

LaMet­ric Time tracks time, weather, emails, cal­en­dar events, tweets, fol­low­ers, news, dead­lines and any other met­ric needed for your home or busi­ness, and dis­plays them al­most in real-time. The clock also elim­i­nates the need to check mul­ti­ple apps or news sites for the in­for­ma­tion you need. In­stead, you re­ceive key in­for­ma­tion at a glance, all in one place. Priced at US$199 at Ama­zon.com.

DIG­I­TAL PHOTO FRAME

De­signed to keep all your pre­cious memories in one place, NIX Ad­vance frame al­lows you to play HD videos and pho­tos in the same slideshow. It turns on when you en­ter the room to dis­play the most re­cent pho­tos and videos, and turns off when you leave. Priced at US$79.99 at Ama­zon.com.

SO­LAR BRICKS

Light up your gar­den or im­me­di­ate path around the house with­out wast­ing elec­tric­ity by us­ing these LED So­lar Power Bricks. It can be used on any path that can re­ceive so­lar power and can be eas­ily in­stalled. No ex­tra power re­quired for your gar­den area any­more. Priced at US$23 at Ama­zon.com.

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