This was at least the opinion of a wine critic on the new Marks & Spencer brand Sumika.

FOSTER CITY, California – Just as there is more to life than work, so too even for smart home technology, security cameras, connected thermostats and other to the needs of the real world.

After all, sometimes you just want to have fun at home.

In fact, companies have developed all kinds of interesting products and services to make the quiet side of our home life more connected and enjoyable. Streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify, as well as multi-room wireless speaker systems like Sonos, for example, allow people to enjoy the pleasures of synchronized audio without the hassle and cost. electrical wires all over the house.

With recent upgrades from Amazon and Google, homes equipped with several Echo smart speakers or Google Home can also begin to benefit from this surprisingly nice feature, once limited to custom homes up of range. For this to work, you need to configure your speakers to work together as a multiroom group in the respective applications of Alexa and Google Home, but the process is simple. By using Google's new low-cost Chromecast Audio, you can also connect to other speakers you own – many of which offer superior audio fidelity to basic smart speaker models – to enhance and enhance extend the experience.

Looking for a little variety in the types of wireless speakers that you add to your entire home audio system, you will want to check the bluetooth speaker bulbs and the speaker light from Sony. Introduced at this year's CES as part of the company's new LifeSpace UX product line, the LSPX-S1 Glass Sound Speaker is a unique 360 ​​° speaker that is also a filament LED lamp. Higher audio frequencies are generated by the resonant glass in the air, while the low frequencies are processed by a tweeter built into the base of the light. On the same model, Sony also offers LED bulb speakers, which can operate both as part of a software-controllable lighting system – including the ability to change from one to the next. color – and a Bluetooth audio system with speakers. The bulbs attach to traditional bulb holders and can be used inside traditional lamps, ceiling lights or anywhere else where you would like to have music and light

As great as your multi-room speaker system may be, it is not Not as realistic as live instruments.On the next level, Yamaha's range of Disklavier connected pianos is the key.The high-tech Disklaviers have sounded like pianos for years, but the latest generations, including the Enspire line introduced in 2016, added wireless connectivity, the most musical you can add ter to the Wi-Fi network of your home.

Enjoying Wi-Fi nnection, Yamaha offers a Piano Radio service that lets you stream live piano performances and play them live, with keys and pedals moving in real time. (There's also an available iOS app that lets you stream and play downloaded files.) The latest models have added extra refinements that allow even the most subtle nuances of the original performance. In addition, most offer integrated sound modules that can play other parts of the instrument through connected speakers.

Yamaha offers a wide range of Disklaviers, including uprights and grand pianos of various sizes. All operate normally as regular acoustic pianos, and many of them now include silent mode, a convenient function that disengages the strings from the piano strings and allows people to practice listening to a digitally sampled piano. to the helmet.

If you want to further enhance the enjoyment of streaming music in your home, what better way to do it than to hold a perfectly presented glass of wine in a connected wine fridge?

Plum, a Silicon Valley start-up, is currently taking pre-orders for its eponymous wine dispensing machine, a cleverly designed and cleverly designed table device that holds two bottles of wine. The system protects and preserves the wine up to 90 days by injecting a double stainless steel needle through the film and the bottle cap (or even metal) and pumping a small amount of argon, a process that prevents oxidation and

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Built on a technical basis of a Raspberry Pi circuit, the Plum features built-in cameras and uses a cloud-connected computer vision algorithm to detect the type of wine (more than 300 grape varieties and 6 million grape varieties). wines are currently taken care of) in each of its separate compartments. It then automatically (and independently) adjusts the temperature of each bottle to the recommended setting.

The 7 "built-in display displays the label of each bottle and even provides additional information about the vintage and cellar from where it came. Other details about the machine are also demanding.Instead of using plastic tubes to bring the wine dispensed to your glass, the whole casting mechanism is made of stainless steel, which gives no taste to the wine. Built-in argon gas reserve will also last over 150 bottles.This helps to avoid the hidden costs of the extra argon capsules required by other machines. "At $ 1,499, Plum does not Is not cheap, but it's the dream of a hobbyist.

For most people, the idea of ​​a trendy home. is still mainly focused on the practical. Realistically, safety, energy saving and other advantages Real smart home products will continue to guide this market for some time yet. But as these products, along with hundreds of other fun-focused smart home products, begin to appear, we're starting to get a glimpse of the connected lifestyle of tomorrow. For my part, I'm ready to jump in.

Cabernet, whoever?

TODAY USA columnist Bob O Donnell is the president and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research, a market research and consulting firm that provides strategic consulting and market research services to the technology industry and the professional financial community. Its customers are major technology companies, including Microsoft, HP, Dell and Intel. You can follow him on Twitter @bobodtech.

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