top 10 buys for stylish hi-tech homes (From The Westmorland Gazette)

WITH technology playing a key role in our lives, there couldn’t be a better time to plug into the latest home-tech innovations that are also stylish enough to put proudly on display.

Today’s technology can be sleek, retro and quirky too, so needn’t take away from your decor. These are our top 10 picks for the best-looking gadgets around.

1. Jarre AeroBull XS1 Bluetooth Speaker, from £469.94, Amazon

Available in matte black, glossy red or gleaming white, these speakers-disguised-as-bulldogs are bound to be a talking point.

They boast 120 watts of aerial high-definition 2.1 sound with deep bass rendering, are compatible via Bluetooth with any smartphone or audio source, have a built-in rechargeable battery and offer up to 10 hours of playtime,.

2. R4 Mk3 Integrated Music System, £699.99, Ruark Audio

This all-in-one music solution might look retro and devoid of any details but don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the classic lines. The new R4 will take your listening pleasure to a new level, featuring DAB, DAB+ and FM tuner with RDS, radio CD player, Bluetooth with AptX, USB charge and playback port.

3. Samsung The Frame UE55LS003 Art Mode 55” Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV, £1,999, Curry’s

Samsung’s new lifestyle TV – The Frame – turns into an ultra-modern canvas when not in use. Thanks to the in-built Art Mode feature, you can select artworks from more than 100 specially curated pieces, or display your own photos.

Available in 65″ and 55″, there’s a selection of frames to suit your space, including oak and walnut finishes, along with a frame bezel available in walnut, beige and white.

4. LG OLED65W7V Signature OLED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, 65” with Freeview Play, Picture-On-Wall Design & Dolby Atmos Sound Base Unit, £7,999, John Lewis

Meanwhile, LG’s wallpaper TV can be mounted right against the wall with its super-skinny design (2.57mm). The OLED panel, 4K UHD resolution and HDR colour-scape create the closest thing to a cinema experience, while the bulky parts you don’t want to see are housed in a separate LG OLED hub.

With a Smart TV webOS platform, magic remote (with point, gesture, wheel and voice control) and Freeview Play, it is being vaunted as the supercar of the small screen.

5. Qeeboo Daisy Lamps, £52 each, Amara

Italian brand Qeeboo, known for its contemporary plastic furniture and playful designs, has added some wow factor to wild flowers and created these striking daisy lamps.

Place them on a desk, next to the bed or use them for back-lighting to make your real plants glow.

6. SONY Xperia Touch Portable Projector, £1,399, Selfridges

Imagine if you could turn any surface in your home into a touchscreen. Critics think the latest in home projector technology may change the way we watch video, play games and listen to music, and it could even change the way we cook.

The infrared light array, with 60fps camera system, featured in this nifty portable projector cleverly turns a flat surface into a 23-inch touchscreen.

7. KWT 6112 iG Built-in Wine Conditioner Unit, £2,399, Miele

If you want to take your taste for fine wine to new heights, this built-in wine conditioner will temperature-control 18 of your favourite bottles and can even accommodate magnums, which are usually too bulky for the fridge.

With storage over three levels, each rack can be personalised so you can list the vintage, producer or style. Touch controls offer a temperature range of 5-20°C, and the UV-resistant glass door protects your precious stock from sunlight.

8. DD940BK Induction Downdraft Extractor, from £3,690, Caple

Extractor fans aren’t exactly the stuff of dinner-table conversation, but pungent cooking smells can spoil the ambiance after you’ve prepared a delicious meal.

With cutting-edge plasma technology, this latest, ultra-sleek model purifies the air and eliminates unwanted aroma. Fully integrated into the 90cm black glass induction hob, the motor draws air through the ducting towards the filter, where it’s purified and cleaned, eradicating 95 per cent of odours.

9. LUC/CH Lucet Electronic Tap, RRP £1,014, Caple

Is yout traditional kettle ruining the sleek lines of your minimalist kitchen? Then switch to a smart tap instead. Caple have tapped into new levels of tap tech, with a colour-changing LED to indicate the water temperature.

The light changes from blue to red, so you know exactly how hot or cold your water is – and precisely when it’s hot enough for your perfect cuppa. The polished chrome finish will add some extra pizzazz too.

10. Audio-Image Mirror, £496, Roper Rhodes

Mirror, mirror on the wall… who has the best bathroom radio of them all?

This multimedia bathroom looking-glass boasts DAB and FM radio reception, a fully integrated digital display with scrolling text, touch-sensitive controls, integrated stereo speakers and a heated demister pad which prevents the mirror from steaming up.

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