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[April 26, 2014]

The secrets to an app-y home ; We've picked five of the best home gadgets controlled using your WiFi network - or even just with an app on your... [South Wales Echo (UK)]

(South Wales Echo (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The secrets to an app-y home ; We've picked five of the best home gadgets controlled using your WiFi network - or even just with an app on your smartphone or tablet HEATING CONTROLLED Hive - Pounds 199 from hivehome.com BEING able to control the temperature with an app when you are already at home is probably just lazy, but being able to do so remotely from your smartphone is sensible, convenient and could save you some cash too. This system can be installed in less than 30 minutes by an engineer and then you'll have access to set timers for your daily heating needs, adjusting the levels in case you're home early or late/ the weather is hotter or colder than the forecasters promised.


DO THE WASHING APP Samsung WF12F9E6P4W - Pounds 1099.99 from sonicdirect.co.uk NOT only is this a quite superb washing machine both in terms of specifications and eco credentials, it is also one you can control with your smartphone. One of the first in its class, you can control and monitor your washing load from just about anywhere, start and stop cycles and see how long your wash has to run. Chores have never been so fun.

SOUND SYSTEMS Sonos Play 1, 3 and 5 - from Pounds 169 see sonos.com/system START with a single unit, send music over the airwaves using WiFi, and in no time at all you'll be hankering after multiple units which will allow you to play music in every single room in your abode. The quality of this delivery system is unmatched, especially when you can use an all-important app to control it. The range also offers a soundbar to sit by your TV, offering a quite superlative surround sound.

BREW TIME iKettle - Pounds 99.99 from firebox.com GET woken up with the ultimate room service, the brilliant iKettle app. Each morning, it can ask you if you'd like a cuppa, then it'll boil the water and let you know that it is done. There's more too, you can pre-select from four different temperatures, depending on your tolerance, and, best of all, at the end of a hard day, it welcomes you when you come home and offers to put the iKettle on. Ahh, that's better...

STEP UP Withings WiFi Smart Body analyser - Pounds 129.99 from firebox.com THE humble weighing scales have been given a much needed makeover. This set allows you to share, monitor and keep on top of your weight as well as keep track of any changes via graphs automatically sent to the app on your smartphone. Set goals and get encouraging reports by email, or share progress with friends on social media and let them cheer you on.

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