Digital products have taken over nearly every part of our daily activities. They wake you up in the morning, provide you with the day’s news, let you know if your train is running late, give you an infinite variety of gifs to email to colleagues, track how much exercise you have (or have not) done – there’s no telling which part of your day doesn’t involve a digital something or other… and the list is only getting bigger.
Check out these five mind-boggling innovations that are sure to revolutionise your daily habits in the home:
Of all the technology on this list, wireless or “QI” chargers are by far the most mind-boggling. By cleverly manipulating electromagnetic fields, all these chargers require is physical contact with your device. No more awkwardly fumbling to connect your device, simply place it on the mat and forget about it. Even more exciting still is uBeam’s upcoming “ultrasound” technology, which essentially sends energy to your phone from up to 15 feet away. Yes, really.
Wireless Lighting Control
It’s really horrible to leave the house in the morning, only to realise you’ve left the lights on. Well, products like Philips’ Hue or Belkin’s WeMo let you control your lighting from your smartphone or tablet. The specialised bulbs are far more energy efficient than your standard incandescent bulb and they come in a range of colours to suit any mood. Everybody wins.
Ever since the first screening of The Jetsons some 50 years ago, society has been craving robotic house cleaners. While your parents had to wait decades for the first robotic vacuum (released in 1997), you now have the freedom of choosing from a massive range of robot vacuum models, each designed to fit your exact living space. Some models now even pack UV sterilisation and mopping functions that are customisable from a smartphone app, meaning you barely have to lift a finger to get your floors spick and span.
An infinitely handy innovation from Google, Chromecast is a tiny dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on your television. From there, you can stream, or “cast” content from smartphones, tablets and computers to the screen. Say goodbye to the woes of binge-watching House Of Cards on your small and inadequate laptop screen. Now you can cast movies, TV shows, music, web browsing and more straight to your TV. No wires needed.
The Oculus Rift
If Mark Zuckerberg’s spending is anything to go by, The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is the next big thing in home entertainment. Zuckerberg reportedly spent an insane $2 billion on the technology, stating that, “When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene.” The potential isn’t limited to movies or gaming either, “We’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.” Fair warning though, you will look ridiculous using them.
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