BETTER LIVING THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
The world is getting smarter. Or at least, our tools are. This room-by-room gadget guide promises to make us fitter, healthier and more productive.
The room-by-room gadget guide that will make you fitter, healthier and more productive.
01 THE VIRTUAL GYM
If what stands between you and the body you want is a tedious commute, bring the gym to you. FORTË lets you stream classes in your living room, with different class lengths, difficulties and disciplines. Pyjamas are the new Lycra. From R1 400 per year (forte.fit). LG C8 OLED 4K TV (R36 999, takealot.com)
02 THE POWER PLAYER
Innovation isn’t about reinventing the wheel, but refining it. This lightweight turntable has a rigid plinth to reduce unwanted resonance and a low-friction tonearm for a rich, detailed sound. And it’ll tune up your well-being, too: a paper in Emotion found that a daily dose of nostalgia benefits your mental health.
Rega Planar 3 (R12 990, audicoonline.co.za)
03 THE FRESH-AIR PRINCE
From cooking to cleaning, many everyday activities can worsen the air quality in your home, potentially leading to respiratory problems. This fan removes pollutants and allergens to circulate cool, clean air. It also has a breeze-free mode, so you can benefit without any winter chill. Dyson Pure Cool Tower (R8 399, shop.dyson.co.za)
04 THE GREAT ESCAPE
Reality, they say, is subjective – never more so than when you can go heli-skiing in the Alps from your sofa. The Oculus Go does away with cables, providing sharp 3D graphics, immersive audio and more than 1 000 “experiences”. Oculus Go (R6 599, makro. co.za)
05 THE TABLETOP BARMAN
If last night’s bar tab gives you more pain than your hangover, we have your fix. Fizzics uses sound waves to upgrade your shop-bought lager, making it creamier and less bitter. Next round’s on you. Fizzics Beer Dispenser
(R1 595, mantality. co.za)
06 THE PORTABLE ASSISTANT
While many smart speakers aren’t too clever when it comes to audio quality, the Amazon Alexa-compatible Sonos One pumps out crisp, room-filling sound. Turn things up to 11. Sonos One (R4 695, geewiz.co.za)
07 THE ALL-SEEING EYE
Want to know what your dog gets up to when you’re out? With a 130-degree field of vision, the Hive View security camera livestreams to your phone and sends you a screen shot if it senses anything untoward. With its two-way audio, you can shout out a quick hello to the kids (or to the dog). Bad news? It hasn’t landed in South Africa (yet). Can’t wait? Check out the nifty Nest Home Camera. Nest Camera (R3 499, smarthomeafrica.co.za)