Science, design, and technology are constantly evolving. The products resulting from new inventions in these fields can make day-to-day living more manageable, more comfortable, or generally more enjoyable.
If you go ga-ga for new gadgets or would like to bring your home a little more up to date, here are 5 ways to bring your home into the 21st century.
Twenty-First Century Television
The technology used to create televisions is constantly evolving. Televisions are becoming bigger, flatter and provide pictures of extreme clarity thanks to high pixel resolution.
Many of us are welcoming 4K and OLED TVs into our homes. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. Unlike other televisions, OLEDs don’t need a backlight, and each pixel is a self-contained source of color produced from a single diode. The picture quality is impressive, and the colors are seriously intense.
If you have a spare $1.5 million in your pocket, you may want to opt for the ultimate viewing pleasure – a 325 inch, 8K, MicroLED television. For a little less money, you can purchase a television with a screen that is entirely transparent or one that is so thin that it is like a poster on your wall and can be rolled up when not in use.
It is crucial to reduce our carbon footprint, and installing the right windows and doors will help us do this.
Choosing windows with double or triple glazing and frames made from aluminum or fiberglass will reduce our energy consumption bills. The government has approved energy Star-rated windows as being nearly twice as energy-efficient as standard windows.
Fiberglass window frames are lightweight yet stable and rigid and won’t expand or contract in different weather conditions. They offer excellent insulation and can last up to thirty years, so check out the cost of fiberglass window installation in your area.
In the future, windows will likely be glazed with Smart glass. The appearance of this glass changes according to the amount of sunlight, heat, and cold it is exposed to, so with some manipulation, it can offer shading against intense sunlight on a hot day. A window fitted with Smart Tint can be controlled via a cell phone app so it can go from being completely transparent to opaque at the touch of a button.
Lights That Are Light Years Ahead
Many of us have Smart Bulbs and power plugs so that we can turn our lights on and off, dim them and change their tone or color with voice control or through a cell phone app.
A great energy-saving lamp is the WAT lamp. This genius appliance contains a hydroelectric battery that generates an electrochemical reaction when fuelled with water. The reaction causes light to be emitted from the lamp.
Your home will look really futuristic when you install a LED ceiling that lets you literally paint the ceiling with light using a unique pen-like device and LED lights. You can get creative and light paint a masterpiece on every roof in your home.
People who like to read at night without disturbing their partner could use a thin bookmark light. The Booklight is made from lots of tiny LED lights encased within a slim plastic case and provides adjustable light for reading discreetly
Modern Music Systems
Many of us use iPods, MP3 players, and music apps such as Spotify and Amazon Music to listen to our favorite tunes. However, sometimes listening to music with earbuds, earpods or headphones can be cumbersome and uncomfortable so imagine being able to listen to music without wearing these and without disturbing people around you.
The Soundbeamer 1.0 is a new audio device developed by a company in Israel called Noveto. It tracks and locates the position of a person’s ear by way of a 3-D sensing module and sends audio via ultrasonic waves to create sound pockets alongside the user’s ears.
If this sounds a bit too high-tech for you, why not invest in some Sonos Wireless speakers that connect to your WiFi, meaning that you can enjoy music in every room of your house without the need for hundreds of cables and wires.
High Tech Hygiene
In these days of social distancing, a product such as a door handle with a built-in self-sterilization system is invaluable.
The Touch 1 door handle by Tweaq has sensors inside which activate every time the handle is used. When the sensors are triggered, they cause a circuit board to power a small engine which gives power to a magnetic ring filled with an anti-microbial sponge. In under three seconds, the disinfecting ring moves up and down the door handle, cleaning it and eradicating 99% of viruses and bacteria.
A brilliant eco-friendly addition to your home is the Electrolux Eco Cleaner
This clever gadget will clean your dirty dinner plates without the need for regular dish detergents as it uses ultrasonic waves to ionize food particles on the dishes and converts the food into reusable compost for plants. Great for the environment, great for us, and great for plants.
Over the past few years, UV-based disinfection has grown in popularity and has become heavily used during the threat of Covid-19. Ultraviolet light can be used to set up self-sterilizing systems in rooms such as doctor’s surgeries, dentists, and elevators – people do not need to be present during the process. Examples of products with self-cleaning powers include self-cleaning water bottles, toothbrushes, baby bottle sterilizers, and phone sterilizers.
When it comes to personal hygiene, a smart shower head such as Waterhawk’s can help you stay aware of your water usage as it can monitor the temperature of the water flowing through the showerhead, as well as the amount of water you are using. Informative data is displayed on an LED screen on the showerhead, as are circles of different colors. The colors indicate whether the water is too cold, too hot, or just right.
Unless you are a millionaire, you will never keep up with all of the latest innovations. Be smart and just buy the products that are most suited to you and your lifestyle.