It is hard to imagine where smart home technology will lead us in the future. But whether it’s in the kitchen, in the great outdoors or on our feet, it’s clear that whatever form it takes, it will offer convenience to the ways in which we work and play.
Below, we’ve sourced six cool gadgets sure to make a difference to the way we live our lives in 2020 and beyond.
Touch-free smart lock
One of the clever devices we can expect to incorporate into our homes in the next few years is a touch-sensitive smart lock. Designed by PassiveBolt, this device converts existing door locking systems to become touch-activated. Whether placed on a fob or stored digitally on your smartphone, providing it is within range, the device will unlock your front door with just one touch. As well as proving massively convenient, it is also affords homeowners added security by alerting the user of unauthorised entry attempts through a mobile app.
A UV sensor that slips onto your fingernail
We live in the sunburnt country yet nine in ten of us don’t know when we need to use sun protection. UV radiation is a known carcinogen and the sun’s UV rays are thought to account for 95 per cent of melanoma cases in Australia. To help solve this issue, beauty brand L’Oreal has developed a sensor it calls UV Sense that has been created to wear on your fingernail as a form of art.
Capable of discovering ultraviolet liability, the sensor itself does not contain a battery but instead uses technology that will allow the device to work for up to three months before requiring recharge. The device works when the data from the sensor is downloaded to an app automatically anytime the device is held adjacent to the wearer’s smartphone. The app keeps step of your risk levels and can afford tips for managing sun consumption.
Wired for sound
Another product that you could be wearing before the year 2020 is complete is also sun-related. Not only can Audio Sunglasses from electronics brand Bose be used in their traditional form but these wearable devices can also be used to play music, make and answer calls and connect to Bluetooth. Able to be pared with your other devices, they are also capable of accessing apps including Spotify or Google Maps. Other features of the $275 (approx.) glasses include an Integrated microphone for clear calls and access to your phone’s voice assistant. It is hoped that the next generation of these glasses will enable them to be connected to fitness or gaming apps too.
The sous chef’s assistant
A functional kitchen and a skilled home cook are nothing without the perfect array of kitchen tools. Which is why this $50 (approx.) Uutensil Automatic Pan Stirrer should be a must in every home. Perfect for stirring all types of soups, gravy, porridges, sauces and multiple kinds of mixtures without any supervision or assistance, this utensil features a modular and cordless design and comes with three rotating legs which are heat resistant and dishwasher safe. Powered by four AA batteries, it comes with three-speed options, allowing you to choose the desired speed.
Take it anywhere
Waterproof, dustproof, and drop-proof, the Sonos Move is the portable, outdoor speaker fans of the high end audio manufacturer have been waiting for. At $649, it’s not the cheapest portable outdoor speaker on the market but it is definitely one of the most effective. The first Sonos speaker that can stream music over a Bluetooth connection, it has a battery life of 10 hours and comes complete with support for Alexa and Google Assistant.
Built for speed
It’s hard to imagine a cooler way to make your way around than with the Segway Drift W1 self-balancing e-skates attached to your feet. Stylish, cool and fun to ride, they weigh just 7kg between them and are easy to steer. Priced from $649, these e-skates can reach a top speed of 12km/h and are three times faster than walking. When fully charged, they allowed for a 45-minute ride. To ensure you get noticed wherever you go, they have ambient lights that has three light modes to match your style. Its normal state is the blue light and it can be switched to the colourful ambient light mode when you press the on/off button for three seconds. For those unused to being in command of such objects, they also boast silicone bumpers at the front and rear to protect them from damage.