Joining the smart home revolution has many benefits. You can get connected with these smart home gift ideas.

EUFY ROBOVAC X8 HYBRID
Robot vacs have come a long way, and they are now essential domestic accomplices for many busy households. It’s not hard to see why. The X8 Hybrid offers two turbines that deliver impressive suction. Here you get a vacuum and mop combination for the complete clean – it will even vacuum during its mopping. Concise floor mapping and a laser to assist in negotiating obstacles round out your new best friend.

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IROBOT ROOMBA i7
Ideal for all floor surfaces, a powerful motor makes the Roomba i7 suitable for pet hair and allergens. And the best part about this handy little robot vac is the bin disposal feature; robot vacs typically have small onboard bins that have to be emptied frequently, but once the Roomba i7’s bin is full, it will return to the dock and – get this – empty its contents into a larger bin before returning to the clean. This means you should get by for weeks without having to empty the larger bin. Now that’s smart!

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2021 smart home – Robot vac round up

TWINKLY FLEX
The best way to describe Twinkly Flex is as a length of two-metre neon tubing that can be shaped to any design you can think of. But wait, there’s more! The LED lighting (192 LEDs) contained within the tube can be controlled individually to create patterns, effects and even animations. There are 16 million different colours at your fingertips to completely mess with any colourblind members of the family. It can even be controlled via a voice assistant.

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CONNECT GARAGE DOOR OPENER
How many times have you left the house in a rush only to get five minutes into your journey and wonder whether you’ve left the garage door open or not? The laser garage door opener will handle that little burst of anxiety for you. Once you set up geofencing through the accompanying app, the door will close automatically when you’re out of range or, conversely, open when you come into range. Reliable, practical, and convenient – it’s all these things.

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LENOVO SMART BULB E27 2 PACK
An affordable springboard into the world of the connected home, this two-pack of coloured bulbs can be controlled via the app or with your voice if you have Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa in the house. The bulbs can be programmed to work on a ‘scene’ or controlled remotely. If you know someone who is keen to explore smart technology, this is a great place to start.

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NANOLEAF SHAPES HEXAGON STARTER KIT
If you want to pimp up your entertainment room or a kids’ play area, these hexagon-shaped LED light panels will transform any static space into an illuminated wonderland. The panels easily connect and affix to the wall with removable mounting tape. Create a pattern of your choice and then sync your onscreen action, a favourite playlist, or watch the lights change dynamically with a touch of the hand – very cool.

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GOOGLE NEST DOORBELL
It doesn’t matter if you’re in or not when you have a video doorbell. The battery operated Nest doorbell dispenses with the need for wiring, so you can install it yourself. And it can discern the difference between people, animals, and parcels. You get three hours of free history, and the camera works just as well at night as it does during the day. A microphone enables two-way talk, so you can tell the courier where to leave his delivery or dismiss unwanted hawkers.

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EUFY SECURITY WI-FI SMART LOCK TOUCH
Picture yourself or a loved one struggling to the door with hands full of shopping. Now imagine the door automatically unlocking for you via your home Wi-Fi network. That’s just one benefit of having a smart lock. It will also automatically lock should you leave for the day and forget, features a fingerprint scanner for easy access, and will last up to a year with one set of batteries.

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ARLO ESSENTIAL INDOOR CAMERA
Are you going away over the summer? Forget about exxy CCTV systems. For a fraction of the cost, you can set up a basic system yourself. Arlo is a name synonymous with security solutions, and its indoor camera offers 1080p clear coverage for both day and night, a built-in siren, a wide 130-degree field of view, and even two-way audio. It connects directly to your home Wi-Fi network and is monitored through a smartphone app, so you can keep an eye on the house while sipping cocktails in Noosa.

Arlo Essential Indoor Camera

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2021 smart home – Security smarts