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.

Men's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - WORDS BY SCAR­LETT WRENCH – PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY ROWAN FEE – SET DE­SIGN BY ANNA OLD­HAM-COOPER

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)

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