By Steve Woodfield
Hate waking up in the morning? You’re not alone. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five purchases that can make you actually look forward to starting your day. So what are you waiting for? Use your ReShip.com account and become the early bird you’ve always wanted to be.
1. Sonos Play:1 Listening to music can be testing when four people are trying to listen to different things at the same time. If the thought of you and your loved ones sitting around with four iPods not talking to each other bothers you, allow Sonos to help. Its entry-level Play:1 is a connected speaker that can be controlled with your phone or any other device on the same Wi-Fi connection. It gives you access to either your local library — files saved on a computer or network storage drive — or Cloud services such as Spotify, Pandora, Rdio and Last.FM.
Buy more than one and they can be used to stream different music in different rooms, eliminating the need for multiple stereos with separate setups. Need to get everyone out of the house? You can shut the whole thing with a swipe of the finger on your phone.
2. Krups XL-2000 Milk Frother You’d love to have the time to mull whether to opt for a cappuccino, latte or just a regular cup of Joe in the morning. While Krups’ XL-2000 won’t get your kids out of bed any quicker, it’ll take the time and hassle out of making coffee in the morning. Simply fill it up with milk and then select how you’d like your foam. Bubble-heavy cappuccino, a smoother froth for a latte or just make the milk hot for a caffe au lait, the Milk Frother will do the job diligently for you.
Thanks to the lid, it means you can walk away and leave the XL-2000 to do its job, which will take about a minute. It won’t change the world, but if it makes the morning ritual run a little more smoothly, then welcome this milk frother with open arms.
3. Goji Smart Lock Children are terrible at looking after keys. But the problem of giving your offspring the freedom to open and close your front door — or having to replace the locks when they lose them — is over thanks to Goji. Its Smart Lock is a deadbolt that is controlled by your smartphone. You can issue digital keys to whomever you like. It uses Bluetooth to detect who approaches the door and if it’s someone familiar, it greets that person by name and unlocks. It also keeps a log of everyone who approached the door and uses a proximity sensor to take a photo of anyone who attempts to use the lock and sends it to you.
One of your kids lost his or her phone? You can revoke access to the lock, all with the swipe of a finger from the Goji’s iPhone or Android app. For those who find the digital jump that bit too big, it still has an old-fashioned lock and key should you need it.
4. Kolibree Toothbrush While your kids are still weighing up the pros and cons of brushing their teeth every night, you can hand over the arduous task of dental hygiene enforcement to the world’s first smart toothbrush. This electric toothbrush from Kolibree connects to the internet, and records the length and quality of your brushing and allows you to compare it to others in your family.
The app — which can be downloaded on iOS or Android allows you to create up to five users — and compare brushing stats thanks to an embedded gyroscope and accelerometer which can detect which teeth are being brushed and for how long. It’ll then issue a score so you can pit your children against each other over who has cleaned their teeth the best.
5. Nest Thermostat A thermostat is probably the dullest device that you and your family have to depend on. However, the people behind the Nest realize it doesn’t have to be. Its sleek, sexy interface digitizes your heating management system and allows you to control it all through, yep, you guessed it, an iPhone app.
Once installed, the Nest monitors how you use your heating, and after a week will begin to program itself. Don’t worry, it’s not going to become sentient and threaten to cook you while you sleep. It can gauge ambient light, humidity and motion, then use that information to fine-tune the program. So if no one is home one night, it won’t fire the boiler up on full unless you tell it to.