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The Latest Technology Gift Ideas for Christmas

Technology is on many Christmas lists for 2017, especially with the launch of new smart phones, watches and increased interest in voice-activation. So what are the latest developments in the world of technology for gift ideas for the tech fans in the family and for those of you that want a relaxing and cosy home this Christmas?

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The latest TV technology

Delivering Movies, music and programs to your TV

The ultimate headphones

For the ultimate sound, it has to be Bowers & Wilkins, offering both style and quality for your music or surround sound for that ultimate cinema experience. Bowers & Wilkins have recently launched their award winning noise cancelling

Voice-activated home control

This year has really seen an increase in voice-activated home control, following the launch in 2016 of Apple HomeKit which utilises Siri and Amazon Echo which utilises Alexa. Both these companies have developed this technology further, Amazon have recently launched Amazon Echo Spot, a great alternative to the traditional alarm clock, and it still gives you all the smart functioning via Alexa. We, at Intelligent Abodes, are integrating Alexa and Apple Siri into many of our smart home solutions - so you get the sophisticated control and the ability to use voice control. Its a great solution that can expand with your changing needs.


Smart lighting control

Lighting has never been easier with the introduction of the Apple HomeKit, allowing you to dim light bulbs from your iPhone or for a more sophisticated lighting scene, Lutron allows integration of several light fittings to create the

perfect task, depending on what you want to do - watch a film, entertain or relax. For the ultimate in cosy settings, you can integrate control of the fire and close the curtains/blinds, all at the touch of a button.


In this year, Lutron released the Connect Bridge which integrates with Lutron Homeworks lighting control and Apple Siri. I think this product has been a great solution for the home control market, as it offers sophisticated lighting control that can be controlled through talking; what could be easier - great when you come home on a winter evening with heavy bags of shopping - just tell the lights to come on!


Lutron Connect Bridge


As well as enhancing our living environment, smart control systems, particularly lighting, heating, blinds and curtains - can really help save energy and reduce bills. In other words we use less electricity to light and heat our homes, as we target needs and reduce losses with energy efficient blinds and curtains.



The latest in heating control

The new range of heating control systems - Nest and Heatmiser respond intuitively so that heating is used efficiently when required, minimised when you are away or temperature increases and all without the need for re-programming. Gone out for the evening and feeling chilly, turn the temperature up on your smart phone, so all is cosy for your return.


What makes a cosy Christmas?- Lighting, warmth, music, favourite film and the good company of family and friends. Smart control can meet most of those needs at the touch of a button or by just talking to it, just add your family or  friends for perfection!


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