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Wel­come to the smart home of the fu­ture – that you can al­ready buy on the high street

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There are two es­sen­tial pieces of kit you’ll need to make your home smarter – wire­less broad­band and a smart­phone. The ma­jor­ity of con­nected gad­gets rely on apps stored on your phone, and your broad­band as a way of send­ing and re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion be­tween de­vices.

But where to start? if you’re keen to im­prove the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of your home, a smart ther­mo­stat is es­sen­tial. if you’ve got a young fam­ily, pets, or want to feel safer at home, then the lat­est we­b­cams and se­cu­rity sys­tems will give you peace of mind. But pos­si­bly the eas­i­est and most en­ter­tain­ing way to ex­pe­ri­ence smart liv­ing is through your hi-fi or TV.

Take your pick

The choice is yours, but have a think about what you want your home and ap­pli­ances to be able to do. Chances are there’s a gad­get out there to make it hap­pen!

The Philips Am­bi­light TV beams light from its sides, fill­ing your room with the am­bi­ence of what’s hap­pen­ing on screen. From £799, ao.com

The 40in Philips 5500 se­ries LED TV range has built-in Wi-fi and comes loaded with smart fea­tures, £329, Cur­rys

Change the colour and bright­ness of the Mipow Play­bulb can­dle from your smart­phone, £31, Ama­zon

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