If you’re shy about adopting technology in the home and the mere mentioned of home automation makes you run into your log cabin and hide, you might want to rethink your standpoint.
We were pleasantly surprised at some of the innovations at CES2018 this year and, whilst many products are still at prototype stage, the tech gurus are certainly heading in the right direction to get us to adopt technology to help make our lives at home run more smoothly.
The best part is that the design of some of the technology is as advanced and inspired as the tech itself – the phonographs of yesteryear have travelled light-speed into the 21st century and we’re on board!
There are already products on the market than can ease you into the age of technology with calming music and compatibility with your already-familiar devices.
Here’s a taste of what we can expect:
Ruark Audio Mk3 R7 Radiogram, RRP$4299
Don’t be fooled by the design inspired by the 1960s, this technology is bang up to date.
Features of the Ruark Radiogram include:
DAB/DAB+/FM and Internet tuners to receive radio stations nationally and worldwide
High-performance CD player
DLNA Wi-Fi and the latest technology for music streaming
HD Bluetooth for high resolution playback from compatible device
Spotify Connect built in, Mk3 R7
Both digital and analogue inputs including a dedicated turntable input
Trademarked RotoDial remote control that can be controlled from adjoining rooms
Optional TV mount
Still in prototype but oh-so worth looking forward to, rather than a massive freestanding machine, the Laundroid will blend seamlessly into your cabinetry. More than that however, it will not only fold your laundry but use artificial intelligence to sort it onto separate shelves for each member of the family. If that’s not enough, it comes with an app to keep help organize your clothing and even suggest a cordinating outfit for you!
At this stage Launrdoid has an estimate cost of around $21,000 when it goes to market.
3. Kohler Konnect smart bathroom
Hidden technology comes to the bathroom via Kohler who’s Konnect voice-enabled technology allows you to operate your bathtub, toilet, mirror and tapware without lifting a finger.
“Turn lights to makeup mode,” is all you need to say to achieve a pre-set lighting level that’s just right for Friday night. Command your kitchen tap to dispense a measured amount of water, hands-free. Flush with no fuss with a sensor that doubles as a night light on the loo.
Imagine you have a butler in the room as you command your shower to activate your presets for sound, water, steam and lighting, for “the ultimate personalized experience.
Visit kohler.com to be first with the news of availability in Australia.