A SMARTER HOME

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RIGGAN LED WIRE­LESS CHARG­ING LAMP £60, IKEA.COM

The days of scrab­bling around try­ing to find your charger are over. Just place your phone on the stand of your bed­side lamp and it’ll start charg­ing. Il­lu­mi­nat­ing.

SMARTER IKET­TLE PRE-OR­DER FOR £99.99, STORE. SMARTER.AM

Bored of wait­ing for your ket­tle to o boil? The Smarter iket­tle can be set to boil au­to­mat­i­cally tically at cer­tain times of the day, ay, or man­u­ally ly switched d on from your ur phone when you’re five min­utes s from home. me. Be­cause e no one likes s to wait for a cuppa.

HIVE AC­TIVE E HEAT­ING NG £249, IN­CLUD­ING NCLUDING IN­STAL­LA­TION, HIVEHOME.CO.UK

The ul­ti­mate pur­chase for any spend­thrift who loves to twid­dle the ther­mo­stat. Hive al­lows you to con­trol your boiler with the touch of a smartscreen – so if you’re get­ting home late one night, you can save on heat­ing costs. Hive can also con­nect with a smart speaker so you can dic­tate the heat of your home by voice. Pretty cool.

PHILIPS HUE FROM £73, AMA­ZON.CO.UK

These smart light bulbs can be con­trolled d through your phone or smart speaker. Turn them off, turn them on, change the he colour, set them to come e on at cer­tain times. Be­cause use light switches es are just so passé. assé.

GOOGLE HOME HUB £139, STORE. GOOGLE.COM

Smart speak­ers are like robotic per­sonal as­sis­tants s in your home, cater­ing for your every whim. Want the e lights turned on, your shop­ping done, or your favourite tunes played? Just say the words and they’ll do the rest. Dur­ing test­ing, we found Google’s ver­sion, right, to be the best out there, nar­rowly beat­ing ver­sions by Ama­zon and Ap­ple. A We par­tic­u­larly en­joy en­joyed the video screen – y you can watch cat ca videos on Yo Youtube to your heart’s cont con­tent…

FRID FRIDGECAM £149.99, £149 STORE. STO SMARTER. SMA AM

You c can buy whole fridg fridges with touch­scree touch­screens and cam­eras, but bu this Fridgecam Fridgecam, below, is a much eas­ier easi so­lu­tion. Just pop it in your fridge and you’ll ou ll be able to check what you need to stock up on from your phone the next time you’re near a su­per­mar­ket. t.

EZVIZ C6T IN­TER­NET PT CAM­ERA £69.99, AMA­ZON.CO.UK

Want to know what your dog/teenager/other half is do­ing while you work? This handy in­door se­cu­rity cam­era gives you a win­dow on onto your home world via an app on your s smart­phone. (Ob­vi­ously t tell your dog/teenager/ other half be­fore you i in­stall it, to avoid dif­fi­cult c con­ver­sa­tions down th the line.)

TP TP-LINK WI-FI SMART PL PLUG £29.99, SC SCREWFIX.COM

These Th clever lit­tle in­ven­tions inv al­low you to con­trol con all your home ap­pli­ances via your smart­phone. th Pl Plug th them it into your sock­ets, then plug your bed­side lamp or toaster into the smart plug, and, hey presto, you can con­trol the flow of elec­tric­ity via an app on your phone. You could even turn off the TV re­motely if your kids’ Net­flix binge has gone on too long.

SMARTER YALE CONEXIS L1 SMART DOOR LOCK £269.99, YALESTORE.CO.UK

Never again ask your­self the pan­icked ques­tion “did I rem re­mem­ber to lock the doo door?” with this sm smart­lock. In­stead, s sim­ply look at an app on your phone. Have you for­got­ten? Then hit ““lock” lock” and ge get et on with you your ur day. So, the next time the post­man ar­rives with a pack­age and you’re not there, you can ex­plain where best to hide the goods in your front gar­den.

PETKIT FRESH EL­E­MENT AU­TO­MATIC PET FEEDER £180, PETKIT.CO.UK

Sim­ply tap a but­ton on your phone, and this de­vice, below, dis­penses dry food to your beloved pet. It’s prob­a­bly not a sub­sti­tute for a car­ing neigh­bour while you go on hol­i­day for two weeks – but it will cer­tainly put your mind at ease on those nights when you’re late back from work.

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