Not a fan of the dark mornings, shorter days and colder temperatures? Here are some brilliant pieces of smart tech to make you all warm and fuzzy inside as the British autumn sets in.
Philips Hue White Ambience
$139.99 (around £100) from Philips – includes 2 bulbs, a WiFi bridge and a dimmer switch
Love nothing more than curling up in your favourite chair with a book while the rain beats against the window? The only thing that could make that scene any cosier is if you added some great mood lighting, and the Philips Hue White Starter Kit is definitely the right choice. The app-controlled smart lightbulbs will glow practically every shade of pale, ranging from cool daylight to a lovely warming white. The bulbs will also align themselves with your body clock to wake you gently with natural daylight on those dark mornings, and soothe you to sleep with a nightlight. Ahh…feeling warm and fuzzy yet?
Ruggie alarm clock
Pre-order from Indiegogo for $79 (around £64)
Dark, cold mornings are the worst, but this Ruggie alarm clock wants to entice you out of bed with a special treat for your feet. Ruggie is a soft and fluffy mat that sits on the floor by your bed and can only be silenced when you actually stand on it. With Ruggie, there’s no danger of sliding down the slippery repeat-snooze slope. When its alarm sounds, it won’t stop until you’ve stood upright on it for three seconds. The idea is that once those three seconds are over, you won’t be tempted to crawl back under the covers because you will have conquered the one thing you find the hardest in the world to do: get up. Ruggie is made from a memory foam pad covered in a soft fleecy fabric, which when you think about it is like a big warm hug for your feet as a reward for their early morning touchdown. It also comes with a series of pre-set soothing alarm sounds such as the usual birdsong and babbling brook, but you can add your own alarm sound if you like.
Chilipad mattress topper
$449 (around £369) from Chilipad
Bed is one of the best places in the world. Period. And if you like to nestle in nice and early in the evenings, this Chilipad smart mattress topper is the way to go. Chilipad is a warming, cooling mattress pad that uses a smart water pumping system to keep your bed at the perfect toasty temperature. It can even be programmed to carefully regulate the temperature on both sides of the bed separately to give couples a restful night’s kip. The mattress pad works with the help of a bedside motor that you control with a handy remote. When you’ve chosen the ideal temperature for both sides of the bed using the remote, water from the motor gets pumped past a chip that controls electron flow, determining whether the water gets hot or cold. The water then makes its way through soft coils integrated in the mattress pad, actively adjusting the temperature of the bed’s surface.
Lumir C light
£79.99 from The Fowndry
Designed to look exactly like a lighthouse by the sea, this chic little lamp uses the flame of just one tiny candle to create an ambient lamplight glow. Perfect for cosy Autumn evenings when all you want to do is settle down with a magazine and put your feet up, or pen that novel you’ve been dreaming about. Lumir C’s magic is down to the clever principle of using two types of semi-conductors to create electricity from heat. As soon as you place Lumir C’s dome over the flickering flame of a tea-light, its LED light will turn on, exuding a warm glow of 85 lumens to brighten up your desk space, cosy up the living room, or even save your skin in a blackout.