This year, deck the halls with loads of smart devices and make Christmas 2019 your best one yet. Whether you want to check smart home devices off your wish list or help little ones track Santa, you need these Christmas hacks in your life.
1. A smart home is a cosy home
No one likes coming home to a dark house, so kit yours out with smart home devices to make it more welcoming this winter. Turn smart lights on or off automatically from your smartphone and create routines for any time of day.
If you’re looking for something more automatic, put a motion sensor in the hallway to trigger the lights on when you return home after a long day. It also makes a handy signal if excited little ones try to peep while you’re wrapping pressies on Christmas eve.
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2. Become master of your Christmas lights
With the nights drawing in, who wants to miss an opportunity to get the Christmas tree lights on earlier? Transform your festive twinklers into smart lights with the Fibaro Wall Plug – which works with V-Home by Vodafone.
No smart light bulb necessary, just plug it in to turn lights on and off remotely and measure the energy consumption levels in the SmartThings app. Put an end to reaching under the tree to switch lights off and get control in the palm of your hand instead.
If you are looking for a smart bulb, this one from Osram works with your Virtual Assistant, whether you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home.
3. Get a Santa camera up and running
Father Christmas might have mastered the art of delivering gifts undetected, but our range of indoor and outdoor cameras will give him a run for his money. Catch Santa diving down the chimney or landing with his reindeer in HD quality video with V-Camera by Vodafone, a 4G wire-free camera with night vision that sends alerts to your smartphone if motion and sound are detected.
This waterproof camera works indoors and outdoors, so old Kris Kringle won’t stand a chance this year (just as long as there’s GPS and Vodafone network coverage. T&Cs apply).
4. Stay connected to loved ones when you’re apart
Sometimes we have to be apart from the ones we love most at Christmas. If the kids are off out building snowmen or your gran’s adamant she wants to head home at the end of the night, here are some Christmas life hacks that double up as Christmas presents.
V-Kids Watch by Vodafone sets little elves free by allowing them to explore while giving parents peace of mind with GPS tracking, SOS button and voice messaging (subject to Vodafone network and GPS coverage. T&Cs apply).
And speaking of peace of mind, V-SOS Band by Vodafone supports independent living for an elderly or vulnerable family member thanks to an SOS button and smartphone alerts (frequency of location reporting is subject to GPS and Vodafone network coverage. All falls are different, and not every fall may be detected. T&Cs apply).
5. Get your virtual assistant to work
They might not be able to peel spuds but virtual assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home can be a big help on Christmas Day. Just say the word and you can set timers to help with Christmas dinner prep, play festive tunes and hear an endless stream of Christmas cracker-quality jokes.
You can create a more connected house by filling it with smart home gadgets that work with your virtual assistant, allowing you to control heating, lights, security features and more.
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