Geeks have homes too, and to make them feel comfortable they like to fill them with the latest technological wizardry. Fortunately there is a lot to explore in the world of home tech, where the humblest pieces of furniture can take on the most space age of applications. Fabulous innovations in the area of smart furniture are happening all the time and their appeal is broadening out to the mainstream consumer. Here are three examples of pieces that would be given houseroom by geeks and non-geeks alike.
The Mirror 2.0 is the cleverest to hit the wall since that talking looking glass in Snow White. Designed specifically for bathrooms, it is an interactive piece of kit that aims to enhance our periods spent on personal grooming. This award winning bathroom fixture uses voice and facial recognition to provide a personalised service to bathroom users. Need to know if you’re running late? What’s the weather like outside? Perhaps a little music is required in the shower to wake you up? Or if a long soak in the bath is planned, then it can select a movie. It gets to know who you are and how you like to spend time in the bathroom… a bit like a rather, flat, shiny butler or maid. With a couple of LCD control panels and internet and smartphone access for ease of control, this new breed of mirror is perfect for the geek who likes their preening time to be super high-tech.
Music at work
For those people who need a musical soundtrack in the background when they work, then The Symbol Audio Desk may be the solution. This clever and attractive piece of furniture in a simple retro style, manages to combine four-inch full range drivers with titanium cones and a down-firing sub woofer – blasting out tunes as you work. This neat piece of furniture has a sliding door that conceals the speakers when not in use. For desk jockeys who simply have to tap their feet while they type, The Symbol Audio Desk is the answer. Choose from stylish cherry, walnut, oak or maple finishes – does everything a desk can do, but with added music.
Beats at bedtime
Music at work is one thing, but music in bed is quite another. Those clever people at Tempur Beds have devised a new way of enhancing the whole after dark, under the duvet experience. Enjoy the relaxing sounds of your favourite music whilst lying in bed with the Tempura Musica Bedstead. Whether it’s Beethoven or Bieber that gets the party started, a musical bed is just such a great idea. This double divan with sumptuously upholstered headboard and luxurious, contemporary styling has an inbuilt audio system that can take smartphone, MP3, SD card or USB stick and it also functions via Bluetooth. With something as beautiful, comfortable and melodic as the Tempura Musica, there really is no incentive to get out of bed in the mornings.
Three perfect furniture ideas guaranteed to satisfy the geek within – which one will you choose?