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Turn your house into a smart home

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Do you ever wonder how you can create the home of tomorrow, today? Well there's a surprisingly simple answer: pick up some smart technology.

Of course, when you're splashing the cash it's important you only invest in the very best. With that in mind, we've picked out five pieces of stellar smart tech that'll help your turn your house into a fully-automated, future perfect paradise. Take a look.

 Hue Personal Wireless Lighting

Let there be light! That's what you'll be hollering as you impress your friends with the raw, mind blowing power of wireless lighting. The Phillip's Hue system isn't just your standard on and off clapper though. It's a customisable, uniquely adjustable system that gives you full control of over 16 million colours to help you set the mood in an instant.

So, how does it work? Phillip's smart, energy efficient LED lights connect to 'The Bridge' wireless hub. You can connect up to 50 different lights to your bridge, all of which can be controlled and customised using a free smartphone app. Depending on what bulbs you have installed, you can alter brightness, change colours, create times, and personalise every aspect of your daily lighting routine. It's a wonderfully simple system that's a joy to use. The definition of a bright idea.

 Amazon Echo

Not so long ago some probably thought voice controlled homes would come along at the same time as flying cars and self-tying sneakers. Now, while we're still waiting on the latter two to take the world by storm, you can turn your house into an automated abode right now thanks to products like the Amazon Echo.

Powered by the Alexa digital assistant, the Echo and the smaller Echo Dot harnesses the power of voice recognition to give you complete control over a huge variety of digital services. and connected devices.

With an Echo in your home, you'll be able to control the likes of Uber, Spotify, Phillips Hue, Just Eat, Audible, and Amazon by flexing your vocal chords. You can even ask the Echo to dish out weather and news reports, recipes, sports scores, and schedules. And with regular updates and cloud-learning capabilities, the Echo is only going to get smarter. So, you might as well befriend it before the robot revolution kicks off.

Nest Thermostat

I'll be honest, you should want a Hive Active Heating Thermostat in your home because it looks like it was ripped straight out of a super-slick sci-fi flick. Of course, I'm aware that's not the most convincing reason to splash out on any gadget, so it's fortunate for me that there's a less superficial reason to have the stylish Thermostat installed.

For starters, Hive is a proven energy saving device. The twisty dial makes controlling your heating and hot water a doddle, and you can even control your heating systems when you're out of the house thanks to a nifty smartphone app. Combine that with the ability to set schedules that work around you (tell your thermostat your holiday dates and your heating will go to sleep until you return), and the Hive becomes a beautiful smart solution that's economical to boot. Luckily every Avant home comes fitted with the thermostat as standard so you can start saving on your energy bills straight away!

Sonos Wireless Speakers

Sonos speakers are ideal for anyone looking to fill every room with the sweet sweet sound of music. The wireless speakers come in multiple shapes and sizes, and can either be used together to create a multi-speaker system or spread around the house to ensure nobody escapes your tasteful tunes.

Each speaker fills a different role, but it doesn't matter whether you go for the compact Play:1, the versatile Play:3, or the big and bold Play:5 - each offers crisp, dynamic sounds that packs a surprising punch. If you're looking to go wireless, you'd do well to find a system more impressive than the Sonos.

Dyson 360 Eye Robot

Back in the '50s and '60s there were a few glorious optimists who thought that the homes of the future would come equipped with their own army of domestic robots, designed to cater to our every whim and keep our abodes squeaky clean.

While we're not quite there yet, you can go some way to making that dream a reality by treating yourself to a Dyson 360 Eye Robot. The 360 is an intelligent robot vacuum clean that packs twice the suction of any other cyber-vac on the market right now. You can schedule and track your little helper using the Dyson Link cleaning app - although it doesn't really need your help.

Patented Radial Root Cyclone technology and 360° navigation helps the Eye 360 see and map out your home, so it knows where it is, where it's been, and where it needs to clean. It'll even take itself back to its recharging dock when it's done and dusted to make sure it's ready for the next job. What a thoughtful little scamp.

Chris Kerr is a blogger with an interest in all things tech. From gadgets to gaming, he is always on the look-out for the next big thing. When not testing the latest FPS or RPG, he can be found watching Sean Bean films and contributing to publications including Gamasutra, Stuff and IB Times. Find out more at