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Building a high tech home? Here are 20 cool gadgets you need to get

By Salehuddin Bin Husin - 12 May 2016




The average human spends about 30,000 hours sleeping, with most of that time spent in one's own bedroom. That's why your bedroom should not only be a great place to relax, it should also be a place you want to relax in.


Sleep Number C2

At its most basic level, the Sleep Number C2 is a bed. However, it also comes with specialized air mattress layers embedded in the mattress, which you can regulate with the included remote. That's not why we're recommending the bed though.

It's the optional Sleep IQ system that's what makes the bed special. Everybody's undoubtedly heard of fitness trackers. Well, the Sleep IQ system is a sleep tracker. You sleep in the bed and it'll record everything from your sleep rhythms, to your heart rate to how restful your sleep was. It even gives you advice on how you can improve your sleeping habits based on your stats.

Never miss out on a good night's sleep again!

The Sleep Number C2 bed itself has a MSRP of US$1,099.98, with the Sleep IQ system an optional purchase at US$299.


Phillips Hue

Sometimes, normal lighting just won't cut it. That's why you'll need the Philips Hue, a smart lighting system.

The Starter Pack, pictured above, is all you need to get started. It comes with Hue bridge, which is the brain of the outfit. It connects to your Wi-Fi network so it can receive commands from your smart device. Once that's squared away, all you need to do is to plug in the Hue bulb to any light socket.

Using the Hue app, you can then do basic things like changing the colors that the bulbs project, to remotely triggering them so that it will appear that somebody's in the house. On top of that, the app allows you to do things you'd never think of doing with light bulbs, such as setting them to blink or change colors whenever you get a message or when your favorite show is on. Best of all, each bulb uses about 80% less power than a traditional bulb, so you're saving money in the long run, too.

The Phillips Hue Starter Kit is going for S$319, with a single bulb selling for S$89.


Nixie Ramos clock


Depending on how old you are, the Nixie Ramos might look like a hipster clock or a vintage, retro timepiece. No matter which side of the fence you're on, you'll find that the Nixie Ramos, despite its looks, is a pretty innovative alarm clock.

That's because once you set an alarm on the clock, you can't shut it off without using a separate wireless panel that Ramos calls the Diffuse Panel. The idea is that you set the alarm clock in your bedroom (hence why it's in this section) and the panel in another part of the house so that you'll have to get out of bed to turn the alarm off. Clever, no?

If you're having trouble waking up due to the restful sleep you're getting from the Sleep Number C2 bed, you can buy the Nixie Ramos for US$399.

Sony LSPX-W1S 4K Ultra Short Throw projector

Space in the bedroom is probably a premium so you'll want to skip having a TV proper in the room.

Instead, you'll want Sony's LSPX-W1S 4K Ultra Short Throw projector that can project a 4K image onto a nearby wall.  The unit is actually made up of a couple of different parts; speakers, the projector and cabinets at both ends. The best part is that it not only comes with built-in storage, the projector can retract into its alcove when not in use, allowing you to use the whole thing as a table or shelf.

Like most 4K devices, the projector can upscale content to 4K, and in this case, also project 4K content in 3D. It comes with Sony's Triluminous display tech, with 4K SXRD panels to deliver a native 4K image without any enhancement of pixels.

The Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw projector will set you back US$50,000. 

With the bedroom all set, we're off to the kitchen next, so head on to over to the next page to see our picks!