Note: The following products are new to market and are not necessarily part of Smart Homes for Living inclusions at this time.
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Smart Homes devices are becoming one of the fastest growing segments in the technology world.
In fact, the market for technology that can help home owners interact and connect in a plethora of ways is set to be a multi-billion dollar industry in the next few years.
Many Australian technology companies are leading the way, below we list some of the best Australian made and owned ‘Smart Home’ technology products on the market today.
1. EnduroShield protective glass coating.
From their website:
EnduroShield is an ultra-thin transparent coating that completely adheres to the glass surface and provides protection that will repel both water and oil based stains. Similar to a non-stick fry pan, cleaning is made easier using only water and a mild detergent or with a microfiber cloth.
No longer is scrubbing with harsh toxic cleaners needed, EnduroShield makes cleaning a breeze. The superior protection also helps prevent the build-up of mould and harmful bacteria, promoting a germ free environment.
2. Solatube’s Smart LED Lighting System
This Australian energy system claims to save significant energy dollars for your home. The technology actually uses LED lights connected to your roof to tap into the power of the sun to generate light for your home, 24 hours a day.
From the Solartube website:
The Solatube Smart LED Lighting System is a 24-hour home lighting solution that uses energy efficient LEDs and daylighting to cut your energy use by up to 94%.
The Solatube Smart LED Lighting System is the simple and smart way to brighten dark bathrooms, hallways, entryways, closets and more
- Adds brightness to rooms
- Delivers perfect colour rendition
- Cuts electricity use and lowers power bills
- Operates automatically for hands-free lighting
- Outlasts traditional light sources
3. Astec Paints’ Energy Star Heat Reflective Coatings
These infared heat reflecting products are perfect for the harsh Australian climate, especially in Summer. These coatings also come in dark colours.
As a result of ongoing research and development into heat reflective coatings Astec developed a new technology of colour infused nano ceramics that reflect heat by selective reflection of infrared light. This technology has enabled us to offer dark colour exterior coatings that reflect fully 50% of Solar energy and provide positive results for our environment and consumers.
4. Geberit’s HyTronic 185 and 186 touchless sensor taps
You’ll never have to touch the taps again when washing your hands. The touchless system from Australian firm Geberit is also self powered.
The Geberit HyTronic 185/186 touchless sensor tap recharges when running. Flowing water generates power to recharge the sensor tap. No mains supply required eliminating standby power
consumption. The perfect solution for everyone who sets a high value on sustainability and ecology.
5. Fujitsu General’s new KM Series of wall-mounted air conditioners
These are the latest series in Fujitsu’s famous wall-mounted systems. These are probably the best known ‘smart product’ on the market right now.
The latest models are more energy efficient than ever, and turn on and off automatically when people enter and leave the room.
The core-technology and user interface explanations can be found here.
6. Glassworks’ SolarAdapt
This window technology is popular with commercial offices, but is certainly going to become a technology seen increasingly in suburban Australian homes.
SolarAdapt is Australia’s first truly Solar Responsive Thermochromic (SRT) adaptive glazing film laminated between glass. SRT is an innovative technology that uses the sun’s energy to cause the tinting of the window, making it the perfect fit for sustainable building design.