VOICE- CON­TROLLED SOUND AND VI­SION

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Fu­ture liv­ing room tech­nol­ogy will do three key things: look su­per-stylish, work with ev­ery­thing and obey voice com­mands. The ‘Sonos One’ speaker (£199; sonos.com), avail­able in lim­ited-edi­tion colours thanks to the brand’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hay, will get Google As­sis­tant voice con­trols, as well as Ama­zon’s Alexa, this year. Sonos is also work­ing with Ikea on the ‘Sym­fonisk’ speaker – billed as the ‘fu­ture of sound’, it will be de­signed to slot into Ikea’s ‘Billy’ book­cases.

State­ment TVS, such as Bodo Sper­lein’s Bauhaus-in­spired ‘Bild X’ for Loewe, will turn tele­vi­sions into works of art. Or, in the case of Sam­sung’s ‘The Frame’ (from £1,299; sam­sung. com/ uk), make them all but in­vis­i­ble, mim­ick­ing your wall­pa­per with the clever ‘Am­bi­ent Mode’. Of course, Ap­ple will also be staking a claim on your home. ‘As well as the in­evitable “Home­pod 2” smart speaker up­grade, it’s thought to be work­ing on a new stream­ing ser­vice and an af­ford­able smart TV stream­ing stick,’ says James Stables, co-founder of smart home site The Am­bi­ent (the-am­bi­ent.com).

What will you re­lax in while you en­joy this new liv­ing room tech? Per­haps LG and Natuzzi’s ‘Colosseo’ smart sofa by Mauro Lip­parini, which will cus­tomise its cush­ion place­ment to suit who­ever’s sit­ting on it. Or maybe the ‘Ori’ fur­ni­ture de­signed by Yves Béhar and MIT, which will re­con­fig­ure it­self at the touch of a but­ton.

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