6 cool gadgets to transform your house into a Smart Home

Check out these 6 cool gadgets to make your house a smart home.

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Back during his first stint as Malaysian Prime Minister in 1991, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad unveiled the “Vision 2020” plan for the country. It called for the nation to achieve self-sufficient industrialisation which encompasses all aspects of life.

Although the plan had plenty of financial and economic terms to it, the regular folk back then only dreamt of one thing – a futuristic and technologically advanced lifestyle.

We are only a few months away from the year 2020 and although we still don’t have flying cars as movies had predicted, we are indeed living in a digital era. Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds since the ‘90s.

And by just adding a few cool gadgets, you can now easily transform your house into a smart home!

1. Igloohome smart locks

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Physical keys and door locks are things of the past. With Igloohome’s range of smart locks, you take home security to a whole new level! There will be multiple modes of access you can choose from – Bluetooth key, PIN code, fingerprint, and smart cards.

You will be able to track the dates and times at which visitors enter your home. Greater visibility on access brings you greater peace of mind.

There will be no more lock-outs and no more endless waiting for the handover of keys. With the Igloohome app, you can grant access to visitors even when you are not present at home. Also, with the time-sensitive PIN codes and Bluetooth keys, you can decide how long you want to allow them access for.

2. Phillips Hue lighting system

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Traditional light bulbs only have two modes – lights on and lights off! With Phillips Hue, you can control the light to create the right atmosphere to match your mood, all through the convenience of your smartphone.

If you want to set the optimal light for functional tasks, throw an outdoor party, or create a romantic environment for a dinner, you can personalise the shade form a spectrum of 16 million colours! Its possibilities don’t end there as it can be customised to gently wake you up in the morning, get you energized for the day ahead, and even give you a warm welcome when you arrive home.

You can even use it to improve the safety of your home, even when you are not there. The lights can be programmed to turn on automatically when someone enters the room. It even works with other third-party smart home products such as cameras, smoke detectors and doorbells for additional security.

3. Smart TV

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Televisions have developed so much in the past decade that we can’t recommend any specific product or brand. There are now a host of smart TVs you can choose from the affordable one to the top-of-the lines.

Instead, of conventional free TV channels, users have migrated to streaming websites such as Netflix, iFlix, Tonton, Viu, and so on. They also use smart TVs to browse the internet and access social media.

Alternatively, you can also get a Google Chromecast or Apple TV which allows you to seamlessly stream content from your smartphone to your TV!

4. Smart Fridge

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Everyone knows that you are what you eat. It is the cornerstone to your health. So, taking care of your food — whether they are home-cooked, take-away meals, or fresh ingredients — is something of critical importance. This is where a smart fridge comes in handy.

Most smart fridges nowadays come with camera sensors and huge touchscreens. This allows you to detect the type of items stored in it and keep track of important details such as expiry and usage.

You can also control and diagnose your refrigerator with your smartphone when you’re not at home. Easily set the refrigerator temperature and diagnose your refrigerator with a simple touch on your smartphone.

5. tado° smart AC control

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Reducing electricity is not only beneficial to your budget but also the environment. A product like the tado° smart AC control turns the air conditioner down when the last person leaves home and starts to cool again when it detects the first person returning. This can save up to 40% electricity!

It also has a weather adaptation feature that ensures that you live in comfort by adjusting the temperature for you as the weather changes. However, you might have to purchase this product online as it hasn’t yet reached the major retail stores in Malaysia.

6. Robot vacuum

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The cool thing about gadgets is that they can do all the dirty work for you. And we mean that in a literal sense! One of the simplest additions to a smart home should be a robot vacuum.

These devices allow you to live in a clean environment without spending too much time or effort on cleaning. It is like having a maid at home at one-tenth the cost.

And this is perhaps the best time to shop for any of these cool gadgets as the discount season is about to begin.