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New technology for your home

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

Blue 221 air purifier by Blueair
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1 Suite sound
Formation Suite audio system by Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins’ striking ‘Formation Suite’, a luxury audio system for the whole home, promises to banish wires and deliver noticeably pure sound. The individually designed pieces (speakers, soundbar and hub) stream audio with up to 24-bit resolution. Compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect. From £600 bowerswilkins.com

2 Clean air act
Blue 221 air purifier by Blueair

This whisper-quiet Swedish home air purifier will help you breathe as nature intended. The 51cm-high ‘Blue 221’ by Blueair comes wrapped in a choice of fabrics and is simple to use – there’s only one button. £355 blueair.com

3 Artful TV
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

4 Show and tell
Google Nest Hub Max smart display

Google’s ‘Nest Hub Max’ smart display is a voice assistant that answers in visuals as well as audio. The 25cm matt display is big enough for squint-free video calls, can be gesture controlled and it features a camera for home security monitoring. £219 store.google.com

5 Throw some Shapes
Teufal Audio and Rosenthal speakers
Teufel Audio

Audio brand Teufel has collaborated with ceramics expert Rosenthal to combine state-of-the-art wireless speakers with fine porcelain – it not only looks good, but the material is so dense it actually reduces audio distortion. Blending craftsmanship with cutting-edge touch-sensitive controls, each pair comes with an external amplifier wrapped in a matching white coat. £3,490 teufelaudio.com

6 Stream Queen
Sony ‘XG95’ television

Slender and artfully crafted, the Sony ‘XG95’ is one of the first of a new breed of ‘Netflix Calibrated’ 4K LED TVs, designed to display the streaming service’s films and TV shows in handsome ‘studio master’ quality. Built-in Google Assistant means you can ditch the remote and use your voice. £2,499 for a 65-inch model, sony.co.uk

7 Set the Scene
Nuimo ‘Click’ Philips Hue lighting

Control smart home devices – such as Philips Hue lighting – with the tactile Nuimo ‘Click’. Alter your mood at the touch of a button – the wireless switch can soften lights and activate your favourite music playlist. Plus, it never needs charging. Instead, it gathers energy from every press.£159, senic.com

8 Sound Effect
‘Symfonisk’ wi-fi speakers by Ikea

Ikea’s teamed up with Sonos to furnish our homes with sound. The dual-functioning ‘Symfonisk’ wi-fi speakers come in two models; a wall-mounted shelf version and a table lamp with a blackor white fabric-wrapped speaker as its base. Each has AirPlay 2 – for streaming directly from Mac devices – and Spotify connectivity built in, plus two of the same speakers can be linked for stereo audio. From £99, available August, ikea.com

9 Fire at your Fingertips
Everdure by Heston 4K Outdoor Electric Ignition BBQ Cooker
John Lewis

Heston Blumenthal has reinvented the barbecue for smart homes. Requiring no matches or lighter fluid, the ‘Everdure by Heston 4K Outdoor Electric Ignition BBQ Cooker’ ignites witha touch of the ‘fire’ symbol. Inside, probes sync with your smartphone to report live temperature data and ensure food is succulent rather than singed. £1,799, John Lewis

10 Breath of Fresh Air
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

11 Mind, Body and Scroll
Samsung smartphone

Samsung is bringing a touch of (much-needed) mindfulness to the selfie-obsessed age of the smartphone. The company’s latest handsets come with ‘Calm’, a relaxation app that provides guided meditation, soothing sounds and audio-led exercises, plus softly-spoken sleep stories to help you transition from a hectic day to a restful night. Free, samsung.com

12 Private Screening
BenQ’s 'GV1’ portable projector

The popularity of streaming apps, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, has given rise to a boom in portable projectors. BenQ’s stylish ‘GV1’ fits in to the palm of your hand and doubles as a portable Bluetooth speaker. Its three-hour battery life will sate your appetite for binge watching, as well as proving useful when following cookery or yoga videos. £329, benq.com

13 Sparkling Design
Carbonator II by Aarke

Swedish start-up Aarke’s aim is to make kitchen appliances beautiful. Its debut product, the ‘Carbonator II’ sparkling water maker, is a compact, elegantly refined takeon the SodaStream, available in copper, black, steel or brass. From £169, aarke.com

14 Shine On
‘Mini Day & Dusk’ lightbulb

LIFX is on a mission to make smart bulbs even smarter. To boost wellbeing, the Wi-Fi-connected ‘Mini Day & Dusk’ cycles through a natural light spectrum. Wake to soft whites, work to bright tones and relax to calming amber hues that dim at a pre-set bedtime. Opt for a single bulb or, for maximum Zen, an entire network. £28 each, Apple, apple.com/uk

15 Blind Ambition
 						‘iQ’ app-controlled blinds by Bloc Blinds
Bloc Blinds

Thanks to beautiful textiles and smart technology, roller blinds are back. Bloc’s ‘iQ’ app-controlled blinds open and close at the swipe of a smartphone. Need help measuring up? The brand’s design team offers bespoke consultations – via video call, of course. From £225, blocblinds.co.uk

16 Sleeping Beauty
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

17 Charged Design
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

18 Clear your Desk
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

19 Sleep Easy
Google assisted Smart Clock by Lenovo

Stress, caffeine and, soon, a final season of Game of Thrones to binge-watch – there are many reasons why you may not be getting enough sleep. Lenovo’s ‘Smart Clock’ aims to help you by bringing Google Assistant into your boudoir. With a single command – ‘Hey Google, goodnight’ – it can dim your smart lighting and serenade you with music. £79, lenovo.com

20 Off the Rail
Smart wardrobe with wrinkle-free 'TrueSteam' technology

The touch-controlled ‘Styler’ smart wardrobe by LG promises a wrinkle-free future. Its ‘TrueSteam’ technology gently refreshes and dries delicate garments between washes, removing creases, allergens and odours, making ironing a thing of the past. Available this autumn, lg.com/uk

21 The Future of Furniture
Tylko's Type 2 modular shelving

Tylko’s ‘Type 02’ modular shelving system can be digitally tailored to fit any space. Its app will guide you through the design process, allowing you to specify the exact height, width, style and colour to suit your interior. Crafted from sustainable Finnish birch, it is delivered flatpack, clicking together easily without the need for tools. From £199, tylko.com

22 Wireless for Sound
Pink wireless earphones in charging case
Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen’s ‘E8 2.0’ wireless earphones blend Danish design with cutting-edge tech. To charge, simply place the touch-controlled buds in their leather case, which provides 16 hours of battery life. £350, bang-olufsen.com

23 Vision of Beauty
Samsung’s 85-inch ‘Q900R’ television

Samsung’s 85-inch ‘Q900R’ is the television of the future. It uses artificial intelligence to upscale whatever you choose to watch to 8K – a super-high resolution four times sharper than 4K and capable of near infinite depth of colour. The first television to adopt this new viewing standard, it comes with discreet connections – a single, thin cable and voice-activated controls. An investment piece for the true TV enthusiast. £15,000 samsung.com

24 Take Control
Yonomi app

With the likes of Amazon, Google, Sonos and Nest all vying for smart home supremacy, our phones are becoming crowded with a menagerie of apps. The solution? ‘Yonomi’, a single, elegant and free app that unifies and controls more than 60 connected gadgets, allowing rival ecosystems to work together in harmony. yonomi.co

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