Urban Insider: Smart Home

This holiday season, outfit your home with “smart” gifts.

AMARA | R4i Integrated Music System in Rich Walnut, £599.99

The R4 integrated music system from Ruark Audio produces a quality of sound that is unsurpassed in such a compact and attractive design. It has multi format of CD player, ipod dock, USB playback, DAB/DAB+/FM tuner and auxiliary inputs all through a powerful speaker system. This system is much like a traditional music centre but designed & engineered for the 21st Century, with no wires other than a power lead. With careful design the operation of the system is easy to use with a ‘rotodial’ remote control that is tactile & unique. This Ruark Audio R4 is simply a stunning single box for all your musical needs.

Amazon | Amazon Echo (2nd Generation), $79.99

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, ask questions, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more – instantly. All you have to do is ask.

Echo has an enhanced speaker that now features Dolby processing for improved immersive sound. It has seven microphones and beam forming technology so that it can hear you from across the room (even when music is playing). When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word, “Alexa,” and Echo responds immediately.

Amazon | iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity, $899.00

AeroForce Cleaning System with Power Boost loosens, lifts, and suctions dirt with up to 10 times more air power, patented tangle-free brushes handle pet hair with ease. Runs for up to 120 minutes, then automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job. Cleans an entire level of your home with iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization. iRobot HOME App lets you clean, schedule, and customize cleaning preferences from your smartphone; compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.

abc carpet & home | rs barcelona ping pong/dining table in white, $3,350-$4,850

Fun meet function. Crafted from a steel top and iroko wood legs, this game table serves up both indoor and outdoor play. Tuck away the game pieces into a hidden side drawer and the piece transitions into a dining table.

 

Best Buy | Nest Protect Smart Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Wired Alarm in White, $119.99

Nest Protect reliably detects and alerts you to the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide in your home. The alarm speaks to you in a calm, clear, human voice, telling you the location of the danger. It also provides smartphone alerts and battery status updates to help you protect your home while you’re away. This hardwired version is suitable for homes with existing hardwired smoke or CO detectors.

Best Buy | Nest Learning Thermostat in White, $236.99

Take control of your home’s heating and cooling without lifting a finger with this thermostat, which learns your habits and adjusts to automatically regulate your home’s temperature based on your schedule. The Nest Leaf feature alerts you to when you choose a temperature that is energy efficient.