Make your home Smarter

As one of the hottest trends this summer is smart technology, top brands are providing you with ultra-smart and savvy gadgets that will completely transform your home. Not only will they make your home safer and simpler, they’re much more efficient too! So, whether you’re after a smart alarm that’ll increase your homes security or clever lighting that will set the mood, bring your dream of a fully automated home closer to reality and make your life a little easier so you can focus on enjoying the things that are important for you – just make sure you look out for our top picks from favourite brands: Philips Hue, D-Link, Motorola and Yale!           

Philips HueIf you’re after some smart tech for your bedroom, Philips Hue is our top pick – they’ve completely revolutionized smart lighting by combining brilliant LED lighting with intuitive technology! Working together in unison the clever bulbs, bridge and smartphone app will change the way that you light your home, wake you up and protect your home while you’re not around. They can even keep you informed about the weather!

Philips Hue Smart Home

With Hue personal wireless lighting you can set the mood, control your lighting, help protect your home and much, much more, all through your smart phone or tablet.

Starting at £149.99, Philips Hue lighting is about more than just illuminating the dark. It doesn’t take an expert to notice bad light. And the right light can transform entire spaces. Even change the way you feel. With hue, you get full control over the light in your life so you can set the mood, change the ambience and make your home feel completely different.

Whether it is streaming your music to multiple speakers or to smart TV’s linked to your home wi-fi, with D-Link’s clever gadgets you can sit back and relax and stay in tune with the latest smart technology for your living room. Our top pick is the Music Everywhere wireless music extender; it lets you stream all your music from any smart device or computer straight to any connected speaker in your home – sounds impossible right?!

D Link

When it comes to home security, Motorola have it covered so you can have the peace of mind that the things that matter to you; be it your loved ones, your home or even your pets are all safe when you’re not around. With the Motorola Focus 85, you can start safeguarding your home within seconds. All you need to do is place the monitor on a flat surface, download the Hubble for Motorola Monitors app on your iOS (7.0 or later) or Android (4.0 or later) smartphone or tablet and away you go! You can view the room with a 300 degree viewing angle, and zoom in for a close up check up on your close ones or investigate any strange noises throughout the night with the intuitive night vision function!

Motorola focus

Finally, if your home’s security is at the top of your mind, think smart installing one of Yale’s advanced home monitoring systems. Our favourite is the smart 2 camera CCTV kit as it give you a one security solution to fit all. Not only will it give you an incredibly detailed image or what’s happening around your home, you can sync your device to your mobile so you can see through Yale vision wherever you are so if you’re off on holiday, you can easily have a quick peek to check that your house is safe!

Yale D1 2 Camera

So that’s it, we’ve listed our top favourites but if you still can quite find what you’re looking for head on over to our Smart Home Event and shop the entire range – you won’t be disappointed!

 

WIN your very own Sony Smartwatch 3 with our wearable tech guide

***Competition now closed – Thank you for entering*** As the weather is starting to heat up so is wearable technology, with top brands providing you tech savvy, stylish gadgets. One of the great perks of wearable technology is the amazing benefits you get through using all the great apps and functionality right at your fingertips as well as sharing results and challenging friends.

This new technology movement is right on trend, perfectly decorating your wrist and assisting your day-to-day activities and social events. These amazing products have super advanced features, keeping you connected to the things you love such as tracking GPS, social media notifications from multiple platforms, monitoring your sleeping patterns and heart rate, track exercise and more!

Whether it’s a fashion accessory or a functional sporting gadget, wear your tech in ultimate style this summer with Very’s most loved brands Asus, Fitbit, Fitbug, Epson, Sony, Garmin. See below for some of our hottest picks.

Asus Zen

With this Asus Zen smart watch, beauty has never looked so sophisticated. It adds elegance and style to the smart tech world. This genuine stitched-leather watchband provides all-day comfort and has a unique clasp design that makes your ZenWatch easy to put on and remove in an instant.

The fashion forward rose gold band adds to the sleek design with a customisable watch face to suit your mood or activity – it’s sure to compliment your style. As well as looking good, this smart watch is packed with intelligent tech with its Wellness Manager Monitor to track a variety of health-related statistics, including steps taken, calories burned, and heart rate.

Fitbit Surge Super Watch

Be the envy of your friends and upgrade this season to be right on trend with this must have Fitbit Surge. This stylish wearable tech has been labelled a ‘super watch’ but it gives you so much more than just the time as it delivers real-time fitness stats right on your wrist. You can cleverly sync your personal goals, see progress and analyse trends on your smartphone or computer – totally ideal for fitness journeys! You can also have fun and share and compete with your friends and family in challenges and on the leader board linked to social media.

When not in monitoring mode, it also serves as a stylish watch and keeps you in touch with your smartphone, with a handy Caller ID and easy viewing of text messages so you’re sure not to be left behind in any way.

Fitbug Orb

The Fitbug Orb is a discreet, button-sized device that tracks your activity around-the-clock. From steps and aerobic steps to calories burned, distance walked and even your sleeping patterns, sending data wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth Smart technology this clever Fitbug device motivates you to move more, eat better and feel great.

This intelligent wrist accessory comes in Black, White and Pink colour options to be sure to suit you perfectly. What’s more, the Fitbug Orb comes with FREE lifetime membership to Kiqplan – Fitbug’s online platform and your personal digital coach.

Epson Pulsense 500 Activity Tracking Smart Watch

With this Epson Pulsense 500 Activity Tracker Smart Watch, you can monitor every beat, step and calories to get you fit and healthy. This smart watch automatically sets achievable goals for you based on the results you’re after to get you feeling great. It even tracks your sleep quality and heart rate across 5 zones for an accurate reading.

There’s also a vibrate function that notifies you when you have an incoming call, email or calendar notification to ensure you can always stay connected with this sexy gadget.

Sony Smartwatch 3

This tech savvy devise is the ultimate extension of your everyday life. With you every step of the way, this Sony Smartwatch 3 is not only a high fashion accessory it offers advanced technology to ensure you never miss a thing – it can even help you to stick to your fitness regime!

The waterproof design means it can handle the unpredictable British weather, while the sleek style and handy functions make it the perfect shortcut to your smartphone. From voice control and making calls to playing your favourite music it’s sure to be your best purchase of the summer.

If this fabulous Smart Watch sounds totally perfect, enter our competition to win this amazing Sony product. (See below for details, competition closes midday 16th June)

Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker

With this brilliant Vivosmart Activity Tracker you can get active and ensure you never miss any important calls. It can also last an impressive seven days before needing to be recharged, with a waterproof design that ensures you won’t miss a second of data when you hop in the shower or head to the pool for a few laps.

The adjustable strap comes in 5 different colour options – the Berry is our favourite!

If you’re as excited about these fabulous wearable gadgets as we are then read on…. We’re bringing you an exclusive competition for the chance to WIN your very own Sony Smartwatch 3 – the most wanted high-tech fashion gadget.

For your chance to win, simply comment below & tell us how the Sony Smartwatch 3 would enhance your everyday life? Closing date midday 16th June so be quick!

Good Luck!

The Very Team.

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Back to School Technology For The Kids

If you’re one of the lucky kids going back to school (or have spawned the lucky children headed back), there’s no doubt there’s a never-ending list of supplies needed for the new school year. Back to school shopping doesn’t always have to result in headaches, but if the prospect of back to school gadgets and technology makes you a nervous – I’m here to help! Here are my favourite and most helpful “going back to school” technology.

All-In-One Printer


Having a printer that can easily print out essays and science reports, make photocopies and scan in items will make your school year much, much easier. There’s nothing more stressful than having an unreliable printer when you need to print out your homework, and this HP Officejet All-in-One Printer won’t let you down!

A Quick Laptop


Having a sluggish computer to do your homework and research on just won’t do, and having a quick, powerful laptop like the Acer Aspire 5750 will make your life much easier. Not only does it come with Windows 7 Home Premium, but it also has a Blu-Ray DVD drive for when you’re done with your homework and want to relax and watch a film. (Or, for watching a film adaptation instead of reading the book. Not that I would condone such behaviour.)

Graphing Calculator


Getting through maths is hard enough without having a quality calculator, and this HP Graphing Calculator is perfect for helping out with algebraic data, and can be used from secondary school to university.

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