Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - CHELSEA CLARK

IT SEEMS ev­ery week there’s a new gad­get on the mar­ket promis­ing to make your life eas­ier.

From smart fridges that tell you when you’re run­ning out of milk to video in­ter­coms that let you mon­i­tor your front door from any­where in world via your phone, the home tech­nol­ogy mar­ket has never been big­ger.

Know­ing which de­vices are worth your in­vest­ment can be dif­fi­cult so we’ve done the hard work for you and found the top five gad­gets you do need in your home to make fam­ily life as sim­ple as pos­si­ble.

1. Smart TV: From YouTube to Net­flix to Stan to iView, the way we watch movies and tele­vi­sion has changed for­ever.

Rather than squint­ing into your phone though, a smart TV al­lows you ac­cess all of your favourite plat­forms in one place so you can en­joy Game of Thrones the way it was meant to be seen – all with­out the need for a set-top box.

2. Vir­tual As­sis­tant: Siri, Alexa, Google – what­ever you call it, a vir­tual as­sis­tant can free up your hands by play­ing mu­sic, look­ing things up on the web or switch­ing the lights off all while you’re cook­ing din­ner or plead­ing with the kids to put their school shoes on in the morn­ing. Once you’ve tried it, you won’t be­lieve how you ever lived with­out it.

3. Tablet: With the ad­vent of smart phones and tablets, the need for a home PC has vir­tu­ally been erased.

A home tablet means you can check your emails while watch­ing TV, pay bills while en­joy­ing your morn­ing cuppa on the deck or quickly ac­cess that recipe you’re mid­way through cook­ing for din­ner. And if you sub­scribe to the Fraser Coast Chron­i­cle for 12 months we’ll give you a Sam­sung TAB A 8.0 as part of the deal. 4. Smart Fridge: It

sounds like some­thing straight out of The Jet­sons but smart fridges are a re­al­ity and can change the way you shop for gro­ceries for­ever. Add things to your shop­ping list straight from your kitchen, see in­side your fridge from any­where via your phone or get help with a tricky recipe. You can also turn your smart fridge into a vir­tual fam­ily no­tice­board, re­mind­ing the kids about sport prac­tice or just telling them what to have for an after­noon snack.

5. Smart Lights: Re­mem­ber when we had to phys­i­cally get up off the couch to change the TV chan­nel. Soon it will be the same with light switches – as our homes be­come “smarter”, au­to­ma­tion will be­come more com­mon­place so you can pro­gram your lights to switch on and off when­ever you like – even from the other side of the world.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to get yourself a Sam­sung TAB A 8.0, head to www.fraser­coastchron­i­ The of­fer ends on July 24.

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