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New technology for a smarter more stylish home

Our pick of the latest state-of-the-art tech for your home, from air purifiers to artful televisions, speakers and more

pantheone i speaker by pantheone audio
Pantheone Audio

Make every part of your life easier with technology. Whether you want a fully-fledged smart home – with connected music, lighting and more –or are just looking for the best of the best when it comes to TV picture quality, we have the gadgets that will make your pad the envy of the neighbours.

There’s even tech that will improve your health, from fitness devices to air purifiers. Start your home upgrade now…

1 ‘Neo QLED’ television, Samsung
neo qled television by samsung

The combination of the brand’s powerful new ‘Neo Quantum’ processor and densely packed, smaller-than-ever ‘Quantum Mini’ LEDs means, regardless of the quality of what you’re watching, you can always expect to view in 8K resolution. Plus, the new remote is solar-powered. Available this spring, samsung.com/uk

2 ‘Aeklys’ smart ring, iCare Technologies
aeklys smart ring by philipe starck

Prolific French designer Philippe Starck is making wearable tech smaller and more personal. The ‘Aeklys’ smart ring by iCare Technologies can make bank payments, act as a travel card and unique business card, with more uses to follow soon. It never needs to be charged and is serious about data, with GDPR compliant privacy, plus anti-theft and anti-fraud software. £249, icaretechnologies.com

3 ‘AirPod Max’ headphones, Apple
airpod max headphones by apple

Apple’s ‘AirPods’ have become something of a status symbol, but how many of those little wireless buds have been lost in the pursuit of on-the-go audio? The latest addition to the family, the ‘AirPod Max’, should be more difficult to misplace. The headphones, which come in five colours, offer all the easy connectivity of their smaller sibling, but with immersive, theatre-like sound. £549, apple.com/uk

4 ‘Lupe Pure’ vacuum cleaner, Lupe
lupe pure cordless vacuum cleaner lupe technology
Lupe Technology

Electrical waste is a big problem for the environment, but one that the ‘Lupe Pure’ cordless vacuum cleaner aims to tackle with as much gusto as it would household dust. By making it easy and affordable to replace every piece of the slick design – all of which is fully recyclable – Lucas Horne and Pablo Montero, the two former Dyson engineers behind Lupe, have created a long-lasting cleaning companion with top suction and a lengthy battery life. £699, lupetechnology.com

5 ‘OLED Evo’ television, LG
lg oled evo television

Slim enough to hang like a print on your gallery wall, this next-gen OLED TV utilises millions of self-lit pixels to create a crisp picture, while its ‘AI Picture Pro’ algorithm detects what’s on screen – high-octane chase scene or introspective indie flick – to improve the 4K display accordingly. Available this spring, lg.com

6 ‘Beosound Level’ portable speaker, Bang & Olufsen
level speaker by bang  olufsen
Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen’s ‘Beosound Level’ is a smart wi-fi-connected speaker that can adapt to any situation. Sit it upright to focus its acoustic energy at the listener, lie it flat and it expands its reach, delivering party-grade sound to the room, or hang it on the wall for an enveloping sonic experience. Replaceable batteries and interchangeable fabric or oak covers make it easily upgradeable and sustainable. From £1,099, bang-olufsen.com

7 ‘JZ2000’ television, Panasonic
panasonic ‘jz2000’ television

Tuned by the sound experts at Technics, this 4K OLED TV’s audio has been improved to match its stunning auto-optimised picture quality. Extra side-firing speakers in the thin bezel create a built-in surround-sound experience for full sensory cinematic escapism. Available early summer, panasonic.com/uk

8 ‘Bike+’ exercise bike, Peloton
bike exercise home gym peloton

Missing the buzz of gym classes? With the ‘Bike+’ by Peloton you can get the same motivation at home, with live virtual sessions in not just spin, but strength and yoga, too – rotate the touchscreen to get a good view from the floor as well as the saddle. Plus, with the new ‘Auto Follow’ feature the bike will adjust resistance based on your instructor’s cues, so you can focus on keeping up! From £2,295, plus £39 per month membership, onepeloton.co.uk

9 ‘Pantheone I’ speaker, Pantheone Audio
pantheone i speaker by pantheone audio
Pantheone Audio

The elegant void at the centre of the ‘Pantheone I’ speaker by Pantheone Audio finds inspiration in the architecture of Rome’s ancient Pantheon, with its oculus that opens to the sky. This sculptural homage doesn’t just highlight the design’s sleek curves, but also improves the quality of the lossless audio (sound in its purest form) that it produces. Plus, with Alexa functionality built-in, it’s ready for the future as well as being influenced by the past. £2,399, pantheoneaudio.com

10 ‘Pitcher’ water purifier, Larq
larq pitcher with water filtering
Alan Lillich

The new Larq ‘Pitcher’ uses carbon-derived, plant-based filters to cleanse tap water for a smooth, clean taste. Its patented Pure-Vis UV-C LED technology ­– first seen in the kickstarter-funded brand’s water bottles – even removes mould and bacteria from the filter. £135, pre-order available now, livelarq.com

11 ‘Homepod Mini’, Apple
apple ‘homepod’

The latest Siri-empowered speaker has punchy 360-degree sound but is just 8.5cm tall. Hold your iPhone near the top to switch from listening on the speaker to on your phone (or vice versa). £99, apple.com/uk

12 ‘Beogram 4000c’ turntable, Bang & Olufsen
bang  olufsen ‘beogram 4000c’ refurbished turntable
Bang & Olufsen

Ninety five pre-owned original models of this turntable – one donated by hand from an elderly collector – have been carefully restored in the Struer factory, where they were first made almost 50 years ago. The aluminium has been anodised to produce a warmer tone and a pre-amplifier has been added, so this enduring party starter can be connected to modern speakers. £9,000, bang-olufsen.com

13 ‘Nest Audio’, Google
google ‘nest audio’ speaker

This upgrade on the original ‘Home’ is all about the audio. The speaker is 75 per cent louder with 50 per cent more bass. Don’t want the assistant listening in on your life? A switch now turns the microphones off for instant privacy. £89.99, store.google.com

14 ‘Reflection’ suitcase, Rimowa x Moncler
rimowa x moncler ‘reflection’ suitcase
Rinowa X Moncler

The world is still out there, ready to be explored. Prepare for future trips with the Rimowa x Moncler ‘Reflection’ suitcase. Featuring a mirrored aluminium surface and ticker-tape-style LED display that can broadcast a message of your choosing – change it to suit your mood – this is statement luggage for the next era of travel. £2,780, rimowa.com

15 ‘Echo Dot’, Amazon
amazon ‘echo’ speaker 4th gen
Amazon UK

The fourth generation has gone spherical, with the speaker adjusting audio to suit the acoustics of your room. An updated processor also means Alexa is now speedier. £89.99, amazon.co.uk

16 ‘Shapes’ connected wall lights, Nanoleaf
nanoleaf shapes connected lighting

Build a wall of statement lighting with Nanoleaf’s new ‘Triangles’, from its ‘Shapes’ collection. Joining the existing ‘Hexagon’ version and available in two sizes, the latest additions allow you to switch between 16 million colour combinations using touch, voice (via Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit) or the app. There’s even a built-in rhythm module to produce light shows that match the beat of your tunes. From £199.99 for five panels, nanoleaf.me

17 ‘Flow’ headphones, Iris
iris flow headphones

For music fans, this year’s closure of live venues has been tough. Tech brand Iris offers some solace, though. Its patented software, which features in the new wireless ‘Flow’ headphones, promises to restore the audio quality lost during the recording process, for an experience that’s as close to being there as possible. It has the support of Queen drummer Sir Roger Taylor. £379, irislistenwell.com

18 ‘R3’ stereo system, Ruark
ruark r3 speaker

British brand Ruark’s ‘R3’ music system nods to the classic lines of mid-century design and its features are just as timeless in their appeal. There’s class-leading audio quality, as well as a smart radio tuner and CD player (not everyone has ditched their collections, after all). It’s also firmly future facing, with Bluetooth, wi-fi streaming with Spotify Connect and support for Amazon Music, Tidal and Deezer. £629, ruarkaudio.com

19 ‘Acoustic Sculpture’ speaker, Transparent
acoustic sculpture speaker by transparent sound
Aril Wretblad

Inspired by the shape of the human ear, as well as the curves of sea shells, Swedish brand Transparent Sound’s ‘Acoustic Sculpture’ is functional art. Its structure, crafted from jesmonite, is the brainchild of designer and company co-founder Per Brickstad, who chose a shape that would best amplify its sound. His ethos is to create speakers that are also interior design objects. A limited run, this is one for the collectors. £2,705, transparentspeaker.com

20 ‘Powerbeats Pro’ earphones, Beats by Dre
powerbeats pro by beats by dre
Joshua Kissi

Designed for fitness but with looks that draw compliments beyond the gym, the wireless ‘Powerbeats Pro’ earphones from Beats by Dre now come in four new colours – ‘Cloud Pink’, ‘Spring Yellow’, ‘Glacier Blue’ and ‘Lava Red’ – inspired by self expression. With nine hours of playback and voice control for iOS devices, they will suit your workout and your style. £219.95, beatsbydre.com

21 ‘Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock’, Joy Resolve
barisieur immersion edition coffee maker and alarm clock by joy resolve
Daniel Oakes/Joy Resolve

‘I wanted to create a routine for mornings that was better than being woken by a blaring phone alarm,’ says Joy Resolve founder Josh Renouf. The result is the ‘Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock’ and the new ‘Barisieur Immersion Edition’ for tea lovers. Both ensure you start your morning the right way, with the smell of fresh brewing caffeine. £345, joyresolve.com

22 ‘Arc’ soundbar, Sonos
sonos arc soundbar for smart homes

We all know the benefits of having a TV with the very best picture quality, but sound is just as important. The new ‘Arc’ soundbar by Sonos offers cinema-quality audio in your living room, using Dolby’s ‘Atmos’ technology to create a 3D listening experience. Available in black or white, its slimline design means it can sit discreetly on the wall or in front of your television. Plus, with built-in voice control, it also acts as a smart speaker, streaming music, podcasts and more. £799, sonos.com

23 ‘Alis’ wireless lights, Potemine
alis wireless light by potemine

We live in a wireless age, so why do lights still need to be plugged in? The ‘Alis’ by Italian start-up Potemine is completely untethered, able to function as a portable lantern as well as a floor, desk or wall lamp, using accessories that double as USB chargers. Touch and voice control (it’s compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Home), plus a dedicated app, means no unsightly dimmers or switches, just seamless design. Available to pre-order, from around £450, potemine.com

24 ‘MB01’ headphones, Montblanc
mb01 over ear headphones from montblanc

With the arrival of the ‘MB01’ headphones Montblanc is proving it’s as serious about sound as it is about penmanship. In grey, brown or black leather, all offer wireless audio, with up to 20 hours of active noise cancelling and Google Assistant voice control built in. £525, montblanc.com

25 Connected outdoor lights, Philips Hue
new outdoor lighting collection by philips hue
Philips Hue

Brighter evenings mean more time in the garden, but once the sun goes down, you’ll need lighting. Philips Hue’s new additions to its outdoor range include ‘Appear’, which provides an upwards and downwards beam, ‘Resonate’, for a triangular glow, and the ‘Lily XL’ spotlight, for dramatic illumination. Connect to the Philips Hue ‘Bridge’ for smart control via voice or the app, switching between the 16,000 colour options. £129.99 each, meethue.com

26 ‘Balance’ speaker, Bang & Olufsen
bo beosound balance speaker
Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen is known for hand-picking the finest cutting-edge designers to elevate its speakers to works of art. For the latest design, the ‘Beosound Balance’, that meant turning to Benjamin Hubert and his UK-based Layer studio. Covered in Kvadrat fabric in beige or black and resting upon a sleek wooden base, it disguises itself on shelves, looking just like an elegant objet d’art. Don’t be fooled, though – it makes some serious noise. £1,750, bang-olufsen.com

27 ‘Lightcycle Morph’ light, Dyson
dyson light

Continuing its mission to reengineer everyday life, Dyson has launched a new lighting range. The ‘Lightcycle Morph’, designed by Jake Dyson (Sir James’s son, above) is, he explains, ‘developed to track natural daylight and intelligently transform for different uses – providing the right light, at the right time, precisely where it’s needed’. That means you get an indirect or ambient glow to match or complement what’s happening outside your window. From £499.99 for the desk lamp, dyson.co.uk

28 Smart bin, Townew
townew bin
Knecktek Labs

American company Knectek Labs is tidying up one of the messiest chores in the home with its ‘Townew Trash Can’. Press the sensor on the front of the bin and the bag inside is automatically sealed tight, meaning no dirt or odours when you reach in to remove it. As soon as it’s emptied, a new bag slides effortlessly into place from the ‘Refill Ring’ – each one contains 25 fully recyclable bags. Bin, £93; ‘Refill Ring’, £15, townew.eu

29 ‘Echo Buds’, Amazon
amazon echo buds

Fans of Amazon’s Alexa can now ask her anything, even on the go. The new ‘Echo Buds’ (£119.99) are wireless in-ear headphones with the smart assistant built in. Just press and hold one of the earbuds to ask for her help with answering a burning question, writing a text, calling a friend, playing a song or checking your calendar. A customisable fit means they will stay in even during exercise, with 20 hours of audio on a full charge. amazon.co.uk

30 ‘OD-11’ speaker, Teenage Engineering
OD-11 speaker by Teenage Engineering is a speaker with a minimalist look
Teenage Engineering

In 1974, Swedish sound pioneer Stig Carlsson created the ‘OD-11’, a small speaker with outstanding sound quality. Today, the design, aka the ‘Carlsson Cube’, has been updated by Teenage Engineering for a new breed of audio fans, its simple wireless style speaking volumes. From £699 teenage.engineering

31 ‘Beovision Harmony’ television, Bang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen’s Beovision Harmonytelevision
Bang & Olufsen

Offering more than just a pristine picture, Bang & Olufsen’s ‘Beovision Harmony’ television conceals much of its 77-in OLED display behind its elegant oak and aluminium sound system, but switch it on and the speakers gracefully fan out – like a butterfly opening its wings – as the cinematic screen rises to the perfect viewing height. £20,000 bang-olufsen.com

32 ‘Upcrafted’ speakers, Transparent
Upcrafted speakers by Transparent Sound
The Conran Shop

‘We aimed to investigate to what extent a speaker can also be a design object,’ says Per Brickstad, head of design at Transparent Sound, the Swedish brand behind the ‘Upcrafted’ speakers. The range, available at The Conran Shop, features three devices made by skilled craftspeople – ‘Steel’ by Swedish blacksmith Jonas Majors, ‘Wood’ by Stockholm’s Dry Studios and ‘Stoneware’ by French ceramicist Hortense Montarnal. From £1,300 conranshop.co.uk

33 ‘Catch:2’ wireless charging pad, Courant
Courant Catch:2 wireless charging pad for iPhone and Android devices

Avoid low battery anxiety with Brooklyn-based brand Courant’s ‘Catch:2’ wireless charging pad. The device is so stylish – now available in ‘Dusty Rose’ (above) and ‘Pacific Blue’ – you’ll want one on your desk, your bedside table, in your kitchen… everywhere. Boosting battery life is as easy as placing a smartphone (Qi-enabled) on its Italian leather surface. £160 staycourant.com

34 ‘Pure Cool Me’ air purifier, Dyson
Pure Cool Me fan by Dyson

According to Dyson, all manner of harmful particles are flying around inside our homes, making them up to five times more polluted than the air outside. The brand’s solution: a space-age personal purifying fan. Its ‘Pure Cool Me’ traps 99.95 per cent of airborne nasties, such as pet allergens, bacteria and cooking fumes, with an activated carbon and glass HEPA air filter. Touch the dome to angle a jet of clean air towards your face, or set it to rotate on a warm night. £300, dyson.co.uk

35 ‘Glow Light’ lamp, Casper
Casper Glow Light

Sleep cycles are dictated by light, yet most lighting isn’t designed to help us sleep. Casper’s ‘Glow Light’ addresses this anomaly, dimming like a sunset to ease your body into sleep mode. It’s intuitive to use, too – flip it over to turn it on or off, androtate it to increase or reduce the amount of illumination. £89, casper.com

36 ‘Dock’ wireless charging pad, Native Union
Pink Jesmonite wireless mobile phone charger with Apple Mac, keyboard, mouse and iPhone
Native Union

The new ‘Terazzo Edition’ of Native Union’s sleek ‘Dock’ wireless charger takes this on-trend material into the tech realm. The ‘Black’ and ‘Rose’ (pictured) jesmonite discs make a stylish home for your phone. It works with all Qi-compatible devices, including the latest iPhones. £130, nativeunion.co.uk

37 ‘Space Monitor’, Samsung
Samsung monitor mounted flush to wall with monitor stand on desk

Samsung’s ‘Space Monitor’ is a stylish way to declutter your home office. The display features an adjustable tilting arm that provides effortless close-up views, or can be pushed flush against the wall. It’s available in either 27-inch QHD or 32-inch 4K resolution, and the cables are hidden in the arm to enhance the minimalist aesthetic. £400, available June, samsung.com

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