10 products that put the “smart” in your home

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Dec 12, 2016

Are you ready to take your home to the next level? With these devices, your home will be smarter than you think.

1. Samsung Mortise Digital Door Lock (SHS-P718)

Price: $972 (usual price $1,198)
Entry into a smart home: Samsung digital lock

A digital door lock does much more than replace your front door bolt. In fact, it offers you unmatched security. The Samsung Mortise Digital Door Lock has a double authentication feature — to enter, you would have to scan your fingerprint and enter a pass code. Also, it is equipped with an anti-hacking solution that uses passwords and encryptions, preventing forced external intrusions. Most importantly, when you are away from home, you will be alerted should there be possible intruders. There is even a Welcome feature — It has an infrared sensor that can detect any motion within a 70cm range — giving it a personalised touch.

2. ASUS AC3100 Dual Band wireless router (Model : RT-AC88U)

Price: $429
Keep your smart home connected with the ASUS wireless router

If there is more than one of you at home streaming videos or playing online games, or you have a high volume of data for your home office, the Asus AC3100 dual band wireless router is what you need. The router speeds up to 3167 Mbps for online gaming, smooth 4K UHD video playback and extremely fast file sharing. The exclusive built-in WTFast provides optimised online routes from your console to game servers, resulting in lower latency and fewer lag spikes. And with eight Gigabit LAN ports, which are twice as many as typical home routers, you can connect to more wired clients such as a server or printer. You will also get peace of mind with its robust Parental Control that ensures a safe web environment for young users.

3. Samsung Full HD Wireless Pan Tilt Home Monitoring Camera (Model: SNH-V6410PN)

Price: $269
Keep tabs on your smart home with this Samsung SmartCam

Working parents will need a handy tool like the Samsung SNH-V6410PN SmartCam, which lets you monitor your home in real time. It offers 1080p full-high definition video and even night vision of up to 5m, thanks to its infrared LEDs. Intuitive controls allow you to pan, tilt and zoom to capture footage from every angle while its auto-tracking ability follows a moving person or object till it is out of range. You can define up to three different motion-detection zones if you have specific areas of concern, such as the doorway or window. In the event of unusual activity, you can activate warning sounds to deter would-be intruders. The state-of-the-art camera ensures that your privacy won’t be compromised either — set the camera to privacy mode at a specific time and the camera will tilt inwards, preventing it from taking any videos or photos.

4. Philips SmartPro Active Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Price: $799 (Usual price: $899)
Keep your smart home spick and span with Philip's robot vacuum

Clean floors when you arrive home are what busy people fantasize about. Dream no more with the Philips SmartPro Active Robot Vacuum Cleaner. This neat helper is equipped with the Smart Detection System, which adapts to any environment and chooses the best way to clean your home as quick as possible. For larger spaces, it goes into the Z-type Mode – the Robot moves in a parallel zig-zag pattern. There is also a Wall-following Mode that drives the Robot to clean while staying close and parallel to the wall. Infrared sensors will detect and avoid obstacles such as lamps or cables. Finally, when you get home, you’d know where to find it. The Robot returns to its docking station when necessary. It will also automatically go to the docking station for a charge when the battery is almost depleted.

5. Daikin Inverter System 3 Aircon + D Mobile Aircon Smart Controller Envi Series 3X 9000 BTU

Price: $4,449 (usual price: $4,560) Cool your smart home with Daikin Inverter System 3 Aircon

Air-conditioners expend lots of energy. But with Daikin Inverter System 3 Aircon, you can save energy and money, and even the planet. The combination of the energy-saving technology inverter and R-32 refrigerant does not hurt the ozone layer and reduces global warming. The air-con unit is also made smarter with two unique features: a 2-area intelligent eye and a 3D airflow system. For instance, if you leave the room for more than 20 minutes, the unit will change its set point to start saving energy. And when you return, the unit returns to the original setting. The intelligent eye too cuts down on cold draughts as it directs airflow away from people in the room. It gets even more comfortable as the 3D airflow system distributes air evenly throughout the room. And even when away from home, the easy-to-use remote unit gives you absolute control of the room temperature. With the plug-and-play extra WLAN device, you can set and schedule the temperature wherever you are with your smart device.

6. SAMSUNG 55 INCH SUHD CURVED SMART LED TV, Model: UA55KS7500KXXS

Price: $3,679 (Usual Price : $4,199)
A Samsung SUHDTV for your smart home

The Samsung 55-inch SUHD Curved Smart LED TV is the must-have for high-tech homes. Curved screens don’t just look stylish, they provide a sharper picture and a good sense of depth from any angle. The ultra high definition quantum dot display too delivers a wider and more vibrant color palette. Best of all, you can easily navigate content and access all your entertainment content in one place on the SUHD TV. With the Smart Hub, view all menus, such as over the top (OTT), video on demand, favourite apps and live TV, from a single place. The Smart Control, built on the Tizen operating system, means quicker access and will immediately recognise set-top-boxes, OTT boxes, game consoles and other connected devices. No more switching between various remote controls — you need only one tool to enjoy your home entertainment system.

7. PureWash Pro

Price: $499 (usual price $549)
Wash your laundry the hi-tech way with PureWash Pro

Using less detergent and having cleaner, fresher clothes may seem unthinkable but, with PureWash Pro, it is a reality, removing 99.9 per cent of odour, bacteria and mould. It is an innovative solution that introduces oxygen and ozone into the water before it enters the washing machine. Hotels and hospitals around the world have been doing so for more than 20 years. How does the PureWash Pro work? All you need is to have the unit installed near the washer. A water hose enters the PureWash Pro unit while another hose feeds water to the washer. Once it is plugged in and powered up, the system detects the flow of water when the washer is activated. Oxygen, ozone and ions are injected into the water, while a desiccant removes moisture from the air flowing into the system. Using less detergent not only saves you money, it may also reduce the risk of skin irritation for those with problematic skin. PureWash Pro is sold exclusively at Courts, and comes with a two-year warranty and free installation.

8. D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

Price: $69
Smart plug

The D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is an economical way to make homes smarter. The simple and easy-to-use device works with any Wi-Fi network and can be plugged into any open outlet, allowing you to turn on and off electronic devices on schedule. As it is connected to D-Link’s Mydlink Cloud platform, you can control and monitor it remotely with a mobile device through the Mydlink Home app. Whether you wish to ensure that you have switched off your TV, or to track your home’s energy usage, the app will send you notifications when something abnormal happens. For instance, the plug has a built-in thermal sensor that will automatically turn off overheating appliances.

9. Philips Hue

Price: $159 for Philips Hue Bridge
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Remember those clap-on light switches from eons ago? That’s passe now. The Philips Hue is a personal wireless system that lets you control your lights remotely. When connected to a hub, all Philips Hue lights can be individually controlled via the Philips Hue app on your smart device. Control which lights come on and change the temperature and colour of the lights individually, and even turn them on when out to make it seem like you are home. To start, you would need the Philips Hue Bridge — a hub that will let you control all your Philips products – up to as many as 50 lights – via the app.

10. LG Styler

Price: $2,759 (usual price: $2,999)
An innovative closet styler for the modern smart home

A futuristic closet? Who knew? The LG Styler may have ushered in an era that marks the end of ironing and scorching your clothes. With a press of a button, hot steam will gently sanitise clothes, and remove odours and wrinkles. Clothes will smell crisp and clean as the LG styler employs an aroma kit that automatically releases refreshing scents to clothes. It even comes with a chart of recommended cycles for different fabrics. If you can’t find a cycle that fits your needs, you can easily add on cycles by downloading programs, such as Air Fresh for delicates such as silk.

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