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TVs in picture frames, AI assistants and smartphone-controlled light bulbs – here’s a list of five pieces of tech for your living room
Unfortunately, we’re not quite there yet – but there are ways you can make your home smarter. Here’s how you can use technology to create a futuristic living room.
Modern TVs are near unrecognisable from their late 20th century counterparts. None more so than the latest from Samsung – the FrameTV. Like the name implies, this is a TV that looks like a picture frame and is light enough to hang on the wall.
Best of all, it can display artwork or photos without using too much power thanks to OLED technology. Pop this one above the mantelpiece and wow guests when the pictures start moving.
Philips Hue Lighting
These light bulbs are what’s cutting edge in the field of home lighting. By using long-life LED bulbs, you can install lights capable of displaying any colour. Want to warm up the room with yellow tones? Easy. Cool it down with blue? No problem.
Perhaps best of all, you can control Philips Hue lights with your phone. Let the pranking begin!
Your very own robot butler (sort of). Smart AI assistants, planted in your home by way of an internet-connected speaker, stand ready to answer your questions, put timers on for dinner and read out the weather.
But what one should you buy? Well, the world’s your oyster when it comes to smart home assistants, but they all have the same basic functions. Google sells the Home unit, Amazon sells the Alexa and Apple is bringing the HomePod to market in 2018.
Ever get out to dinner and wonder whether or not you left the ranch slider open? A smart camera can help to set your mind at ease – or make you race home.
Smart cameras are essentially internet-connected webcams you can position throughout your home, and you can then access the cameras via a smartphone app.
Like smart cameras, internet-connected wireless speakers can fill your home with sound – without the need for a substantial CD or record collection. You simply pick a song on your phone and it starts playing out of the speakers.
You can also connect most wireless speakers to an AI assistant, meaning your favourite song is only a voice command away.
Lift your home game
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First published date: 11 January 2018