Technology for your home
PUBLISHED: 17:03 19 October 2014 | UPDATED: 17:03 19 October 2014
Everyone loves a new, shiny gadget, so give them as a gift or buy for yourself – whether you want to listen to music, charge your phone or read in the bath, let technology do the talking
1. The brand-new Loewe Connect 4K Ultra HD television launches at the end of November and is a custom-designed home entertainment system with a host of features. Users can pause the current programme and continue watching by taking it with them on a tablet computer or smartphone or stream videos photos and music from devices onto the TV. You can also record directly from a smartphone. Available in four colours with 40, 55 and 65-inch screen options. Prices and confirmed stockists were not available at the time of publication but were expected to start around £1,999 and current Loewe stockists include Kent Home Cinema Centre Ltd, Tunbridge Wells 01892 535007 or visit visit www.loewe.tv.
2. Get solid sounds and stylish curves with these BeoPlay S8 speakers, £999, Bang & Olufsen, Bexleyheath, Bromley & Tunbridge Wells 020 8303 2760, Bang & Olufsen of Canterbury 01227 452451 or visit www.bang-olufsen.com.
3. Add a splash of fashion with the Special Edition H6 headphones, £329, Bang & Olufsen, Bexleyheath, Bromley & Tunbridge Wells 020 8303 2760, Bang & Olufsen of Canterbury 01227 452451 or visit www.bang-olufsen.com.
4. Take a novel approach to travel this Christmas with the AirWheel, a self-balancing waterproof unicycle that uses cutting-edge gyro technology and is controlled by leaning forwards, sideways and backwards. A single charge can provide up to 28 miles of use with prices ranging from £509.99-£799 depending on the model, visit www.theairwheel.com or call 0203 0867983.
5. The Kaleidescape Cinema One entertainment system includes high-end speakers and large-screen displays with premium-quality movies and professional-grade hardware, £3,295 visit www.kaleidescape.com or see local dealers including
Imagine This (UK) Ltd, Tenterden 0845 680 6856, Bang & Olufsen of Canterbury
01227 452451, Intelligent Interiors, Maidstone 0845 450 1341, Lifestyle Controls Ltd, Westerham 01959 562856, Sevenoaks Sound & Vision, 01732 459555.
6. The Luna Eclipse is a new 2.0 speaker system which provides options including the ability to connect to a Bluetooth enabled device for wireless audio streaming,
£149.99, available from Amazon.
7. It’s so new that you won’t be able to get your hands on it until early 2015 but the Musaic wireless hi-fi system is set to become available from www.musaic.com. It comprises speakers that you place around your home which are controlled via free apps for Apple and Android phones and tablets, Macs and PCs. It can also control lighting systems from LightwaveRF, LIFX and Philips Hue with prices expected to start from £199.95.
8. Keep connected on the go with the Mighty Purse with Built in Phone Charger £74.95, cuckooland.com, 01305 755621
9. Hardly cutting-edge technology, but those who appreciate a vintage vibe may love this Vinyl Revival Record Player with twin speakers, £85, cuckooland.com, 01305 755621
10. No soggy pages - the Kobo Aura H2O is a new waterproof eReader aimed at keeping book lovers happy at the beach or in the bath and has just launched at WH Smith stores, £139.99.
11. Vivid Audio’s speakers are visually stunning besides providing similar sound quality – hi-fi magazine reviewers have described it as ‘breathtaking’ and ‘the best they’ve experienced.’ With a range of models including (IMAGE A) Giya G1 (IMAGE B) Giya G2, prices start from around £25,500 visit www.vividaudio.com or call 01403 78 2221
12.Smartphone dock £48 from uk.jonathanadler.com, 0207 589 9563
13. Keep comfortable with Dyson’s stylish AM05 Hot + Cool Fan Heater in Magenta, £359.95. The remote control is even magnetised and is stored on the top of the unit when not being used, available from John Lewis, Bluewater 01322 624123, www.johnlewis.com
14. Jawbone UP24, Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracking Wristband, Onyx - £124.95 wirelessly connects with your iOS or Android device and your favourite fitness apps to encourage you to meet health and fitness goals, available from John Lewis, Bluewater 01322 624123, www.johnlewis.com
15. Choose a lightweight laptop with versatility. This one has a rotating screen and can be switched from a laptop to tablet in seconds. HP Pavilion x360 Convertible Laptop with 4GB memory, 750GB hard drive and 11.6” touchscreen - £349.95, available from John Lewis, Bluewater 01322 624123, www.johnlewis.com
Techno-aware in Kent
Potters Home Digital, Tenterden TN30 6AD, 01580 762864, www.home-digital.com
Barretts Digital World, Wincheap Industrial Estate, Canterbury CT1 3RH, 01227 767576, www.barrettsdigital.tv
Home Cinema by Design, Tenterden TN30 6SH, email@example.com or 07790 819626
Kent Home Cinema, Southborough TN4 0PA, 01892 535007, www.kenthomecinema.co.uk
Soundcraft Hi-Fi, Ashford TN24 8TE, 01233 624441, soundcrafthifi.com
Bang & Olufsen, Bromley BR1 1EG, 0208 466 8080, firstname.lastname@example.org
(also in Canterbury, Maidstone and Sevenoaks)