Creating a smart home for Christmas

Feature

Wow the family this Christmas with these smart products...
by
Creating a smart home for Christmas

The tech you need to build your very own smart home

The once-thought futuristic idea of a connected home is now much more attainable. Prices are coming down all the time, and there’s more variety on the shelves than ever. So, let’s check out the best gadgets to get started with…

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus

Hue’s smart lighting systems lets you do much more than wirelessly turn the lights on and off at home. You can choose from over 16 million colours, and have those colours match the film you’re watching or change in time to the music you’re listening to.

The track lighting is sold in 2m sections, but you can add extra pieces to make a 10m continuous strip. And if you find one bit is too long, you can quite literally chop them up to suit the size of the room.

Get your hands on Philips smart lights from Currys PC World by following this link.

Amazon Echo

Last year Amazon released the first version of Echo, and it went down a storm. But now it’s better than ever. The hub, a tall, sleek cylinder, houses a 360-degree speaker and a long-range microphone, to listen out for your commands no matter when you are in the room. This is where Alexa comes in. It’s Amazon Echo’s virtual assistant, letting you control music and pretty much everything else, with just your voice.

Simply say “Alexa” and then ask whatever you want. From the more basic commands like “Will it rain today?” to more impressive “Order me an Uber”, Alexa can do it all.

Amazon Echo is available to order from Currys PC World – just follow this link.

Google Chromecast Ultra

Chromecast plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, letting you beam content from your phone, tablet or laptop. And unlike previous Chromecast models, the Ultra gives you 4K UHD resolution.

And just because you’re sending the picture from your device, it doesn’t mean you can’t do other things at the same time. Simply minimise the Google Home app and the stream will continue on the big screen, while you check IMDb for where you’ve seen that actor before.

Get Google Chromecast Ultra from Currys PC World by following this link.

Are you thinking of making your home smart this Christmas? Drop us a comment below if you have anything to add or any questions.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
Sonos has announced that you'll be able to control its wireless home speaker system with Amazon Echo
One of the easiest ways you can give your house the look and feel of a smart home is by replacing yo
Are you looking to start building your smart home? Security is one of the most popular places to sta

23 February, 2018
Are microSD cards still worth investing in? Or are they not needed in these heady...
21 February, 2018
The BBC has launched a spectacular new augmented reality app, Civilisations AR, to...
21 February, 2018
Is your phone always running out of battery? A few of our tips below should help...
20 February, 2018
Airplay 2 is Apple’s multi-room control for your home audio set-up. It lets you use...
19 February, 2018
MWC 2018 is the world's biggest mobile tech show, and it starts in Barcelona 26 February....

23 February, 2018
Are microSD cards still worth investing in? Or are they not needed in these heady...
20 February, 2018
Airplay 2 is Apple’s multi-room control for your home audio set-up. It lets you use...
19 February, 2018
MWC 2018 is the world's biggest mobile tech show, and it starts in Barcelona 26 February....
16 February, 2018
We've got a handful of handy Snapchat tricks you didn't know about, to help you become...
12 February, 2018
Google Maps just keeps getting better. Let's check out five of its latest updates,...
7 February, 2018
Top 5 ways to save on your broadband bill. A little research goes a long way when...
5 February, 2018
Easy explanations of gas and electricity jargon - just to make thing clearer when...
31 January, 2018
Carphone Warehouse is the home of comparison. We can help you switch and save on...
30 January, 2018
Before you head into your local Carphone Warehouse, give this a read and make sure...
29 January, 2018
Over the past few years, we've become quite reliant on the virtual assistants. But...
29 January, 2018
To help you save money on your energy bill, we've come up with a handful of handy...
29 January, 2018
There are some great TV boxsets coming to your favourite streaming service in 2018....