Despite what Netflix’s Black Mirror may say, sometimes the right technology in our daily lives can make all the difference. Here are a few more gadgets to make your home life a little more sci-fi…
The technology in your home can now be fully integrated into how you choose to design your home. Obstrusive speakers have now become of a thing of the past, with audio designers constantly finding new ways to help you enjoy surround sound quality anywhere in your home.
This Solo hi-fi wireless speaker designed by British audio specialists Studio 19 features movie, music and gaming modes with the option of a retro style equaliser to adjust to your tastes. The speakers have the ability to fill a large room with sound and with an eight-hour battery life, they can be taken anywhere around the house. Perfect for entertaining!
Designed in anodised aluminium and available in space grey or gold, the Solo speakers use state-of-the-art speaker drivers – loud enough to handle virtually any occasion. Simply choose to hook up your music via Bluetooth, aux or HMDI. Unlike conventional 360 degree sound, the speaker’s enhanced optimised sound flows not only left to right but top to bottom. This spreads sounds waves that circulate throughout a room, giving the impression of a multi-speaker environment from a single speaker.
Mirror in the Bathroom
In an ever-adapting world, a shift in consumer trends has seen bathroom designs enter the digital age. For instance, the brand new addition of digital showers, available from the Pure Bathroom Collection, control the water at a consistent temperature and features colour-changing controls and an integrated quiet pump for a luxury shower with less noise.
JLife particularly likes the Andante Concerto LED mirror from Lumino Bathrooms, featuring not just atmosphere-enhancing LED lighting but also two Bluetooth speakers, enabling you to plug in your favourite playlist or soothing soundtrack while you soak. The infrared sensor and demister pad also mean this mirror is ideal for bathrooms or a home dressing room, so you can finish your beauty routine without steaming up the mirror.
Enjoy the Silence
There are plenty of noise cancelling headphones on the market, so you do have a job on your hands to try and select the right ones for you and your needs. JLife has chosen a reasonably priced pair that has just come on the market and has already been garnering some great reviews across the tech community.
Designed by American company Mixcder, its E7 Bluetooth headphones uses active noise cancelling (ANC) technology, which can not only isolate noise physically, but also blocks out incoming noise from smart and active technology. The E7 is equipped with Bluetooth, delivering clean and clear sound quality and a deep bass. If you’re hankering to chill out at home to catch up on your podcasts or stream the latest music playlist without distraction, the E7 can help you appreciate the peace of no external noise.
The pair also features buttons and a microphone to allow for wireless control of music and hands-free phone calls, while the carry case included makes the E7’s a great choice for commuters and travellers.
Blame It On the Boogie
Here’s a nice little idea for your new tech’d up house. Write all the notes, lists, minutes, reminders and doodles you need without wasting paper with this electronic, erasable Boogie Board Jot 8.5 inch tablet.
Leave a notepad anywhere and you can be sure it’ll end up being scribbled on – from shopping lists, memos and phone numbers; to maps, diagrams and meaningless squiggles – resulting in lots of wasted paper. But the Jot Boogie Board could be an end to all that. The durable, ultra-lightweight LCD writing screen is engineered to feel just like writing with pen on paper and the image stays as long as you need it or can be erased with the touch of a button. It also comes with a stylus pen and an in-built dock to keep it safe. Hang the board on the fridge or take out on the go.