The concept of smart home is not a dream anymore for many Indian households. India is leading the adoption rate of smart home devices and IoT integration from the forefront in comparison to many other developing nations. More interestingly, the recent lockdowns have enabled this growth rate at a much faster scale. According to a latest smart home report by Statista, the forecasted household penetration in India is around 6.3% approx. in 2021 with 13.15m active smart homes. This entire figure is expected to hit 12.8% amount to 44.2m users by the year 2025.
People who are bound to work from home with extended lockdowns are welcoming significant changes to their daily lifestyle to maintain their work-life balance. These smart home devices are not only limited to home entertainment purpose, but it is taking care of the tedious house-hold chores such as floor-cleaning. Indians are spending more on the home comfort, and time-saving devices which they are apparently saving from the restricted outdoor expenses, travels and daily commute.
Let’s take a look at some of the coolest devices making their ways to Indian Smart homes building it even smarter:
iRobot Roomba i3+ – Smart robotic vacuum cleaner with automatic dirt-disposal ability
Manual floor-cleaning is not a favourite task for anyone, and it is one of the most important part for our Indian house-holds. Let robots take the charge for it, vacuuming the floors has replaced the work of traditional brooms upto a certain extent. iRobot’s recently launched Roomba i3+ in India has the ability to vacuum the entire home, returns to its charging dock and dispose the dirt automatically in the bin. Expanded range of personalized cleaning features powered by the iRobot Genius™ Home Intelligence. It can be connected to your WiFi with iRobot’s Home App, and can also work with Alexa voice commands.
Braava M6 jet – Robotic mopping device that deeply cleans all the stains way from your floors
Once the power vacuuming is down, it’s time for automatic mopping in the house. iRobot’s Braava M6 jet cleans away all the stains from the rooms and kitchen floor automatically, and gives a shining finish at the end. It has the ability to sync with Roomba vacuum as well. With Imprint™ Smart Mapping, the Braava jet® m6 Robot learns your home and remembers your rooms, so you can control which rooms are cleaned and when. Intelligent and advanced navigation provides an efficient pattern while navigating around furniture, rugs, and other obstacles.
BenQ GS2 Projector – The smart wireless portable projector to enrich home entertainment and learning
#StayHomeStaySafe has churned the home entertainment industry in a big revolution. BenQ GS2 projector is a portable LED wireless projector designed for family-oriented entertainment and learning as well as outdoor lifestyles. Wireless casting of larger-than-life projections of movies, videos, music, and learning materials in any setting, the GS2 projector is splash-proof with IPX2 certification, drop-proof, and works with virtually any wireless or wired source device. As consumers submit to the locked-down living, they are also on the lookout for enhancing and upgrading their home entertainment infrastructure. The Portable projector is a perfect partner to meet the consumer diverse needs, be it for entertainment or learning because of the flexibility it provides and can be used anywhere in the house. The GS2 is equipped with streaming content that once can access with Smart control app that allows you quick and easy access of the projector with your own mobile without leaving the couch. GS2 portable projector removes boundaries by combining extraordinary features such as stylish design, powerful performance with 3 hour battery life and Bluetooth speakers.
Asus All in One, AiO V241 PC – A well-rounded home office All-in-One PC / One device for all your computing needs
Asus has recently launched a new slim and sleek ASUS AiO V241, to redefine computing experiences for the home users in India. Built with style and performance that go hand in hand, ASUS AiO V241 is the complete suit that lets home users to #DoItAll to meet their computing and entertainment needs. The launch of the new All-in-one solutions re-establish Asus’ commitment to the Indian market in providing cutting edge technology that can support the future of collaboration, work and play. ASUS AiO V241 enables consumers to meet their computing needs and video conferencing needs met by a PC but also all multimedia content consumption needs such as watching TV, Playing Console Games, Watching OTT Content, Streaming movies etc. on a single device. It is this ability of ASUS AiO V241 that gives it the title ‘DO IT ALL’. ASUS AiO V241EA is a stunningly beautiful 23.8-inch all-in-one PC designed for effortless everyday computing for home and business. This AiO has a Full-HD NanoEdge display with wide-view technology and a near-invisible 2mm physical bezel design that gives an incredible 88 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Slim and Sleek ASUS AiO V241, supports up to the latest Intel® 11th generation Tiger-lake Core™ i5 processor and Intel’s latest Iris Xe onboard high-performance graphics solution. ASUS has a wide range of models of AiOs with 21.5 inch and 23.8 inch display powered by different range of processors to suit different budget needs.
Crossloop GEN True Wireless earbuds and speaker: Performing in style (INR 1,999)
Crossloop TWS Gen is a device which doubles up as a speaker and enables the consumers to experience audio bliss with GEN Earbuds. For the long and extended virtual meetings, it is the best pair of light weight earbuds. The device features instant connectivity allowing you to enjoy music or take calls from anywhere, anytime with an outstanding range of up to 10m. The GEN comes with a High-Fidelity 3W speaker built in the charging case. The device comes with smart touch controls which provides a hassle free experience with 20+ hours of playtime (speaker + buds). One can experience true audio bliss with GEN Earbuds powered by 6mm HD dynamic drivers and special Acoustic Noise Isolation technology. The charging case supports charging while the speakers are turned on, so you never run out of juice. All this while being super lightweight and pocket friendly.The available variants include Black & Pine, Black & Teak, and Black Leather and Blue Leather case-designs.
Make Your Music Listening Experience Better with SWOTT AirLIT005 TWS Earbuds
SWOTT announces the launch of its highly ergonomic Made in India TWS Earbuds — the AirLIT005. The newly launched earbuds are designed for extreme comfort and feature binaural listening, together with a total battery life of more than 12 hours.
The SWOTT AirLIT005 is a pair of highly ergonomic TWS earbuds that’s crafted using premium materials for elegance and style. It is designed with a unique shape to ensure extreme comfort to the ears, especially during prolonged use. Each earbud is uniquely shaped for a snug fit to ensure it does not fall off the ears even when used during walking, running, jogging, or exercising.
Built with the latest Bluetooth V5, the SWOTT AirLIT005 TWS earbuds offer excellent coverage over a longer range with a quick and stable, distortion-free connectivity. Each earbud is designed using powerful 10mm dynamic drivers that produce an outstanding audio performance for every music genre you play. The drivers can deliver extremely deep bass while producing crisp and clear highs and vocals, making it an excellent choice for both entertainment and voice calls.
Speaking on the launch, Rohit Jain, Founder and Director of SWOTT quoted, “We have forayed into the India market with a wide range of smart technology gadgets to cater to our esteemed customers. As an Indian brand, we are confident that our products manufactured in India have passed through all the industry-standard benchmarks in terms of cost, quality and design.”
The buds are also certified IPX4 sweat and splash resistant, so you can use the AirLIT005 in almost any weather. Use them worry-free when you are working out or even if you are caught in a mild shower during your outdoor runs or daily commute. The earbuds feature soft and skin-friendly silicone tips that not only protect your ears but also offer a snug fit for better sound isolation. The AirLIT005 earbuds have touch controls that allow you to conveniently change tracks, adjust the volume, and make calls on your smartphone’s voice assistant with just a touch of your finger.
Besides, the SWOTT AirLit005 also offers up to 5.5 hours of battery life on a single charge, while the charging/carry case can give you 4X more recharges to give you a total of up to 12 hours of playback time. Thanks to the USB Type-C port, the AirLIT005 also charges at high speed and efficiency, so you don’t have to wait too long for a full top-up.
Pricing and Availability:
The SWOTT Made in India AirLIT005 TWS Earbuds will be available at an introductory price of INR 899 in Silver and Black colours. Backed with a 6-month warranty, users can buy it from the company’s official website swottlifestyle.com, Amazon.in, and other leading offline stores.
Here Are The Best GPS Smartwatches for Running Enthusiasts
Over the last two years, the world around us has witnessed a significant change in the way we think about our health. Concerns about our physical well-being and overall fitness have grown in recent years. Many people have turned to running as a solution to help release anxiety, gain perspective, cope with cabin fever, and keep up their well-being. The same can be observed on the Global running day, an annual event to encourage people of all ages and abilities to go out and start running towards a healthier lifestyle. This day also serves as a reminder of the benefits that come with running while bringing people together. As simple as Running might seem, the sport does have its fair share of nuances and technicalities which often create the necessity for a companion to keep track of everything and offers important data. Modern smartwatches serve as an excellent coach to all who run and for whatever reason, they run, here are a few to help you get started.
Forerunner 945: This GPS smartwatch that’s designed for the driven, the qualifiers, and the elite. This watch is a perfect accessory for the runner and the conditioned-for-pain triathletes. The Forerunner 945 monitors your performance and offers personalized insight, so you can train smarter and not just harder. The smartwatch tracks your VO2 max and adjusts the value based on heat and altitude. Training status evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re training productively, peaking, or overreaching. The devices enables you to see how your workouts influence the development of your endurance, speed, and power with aerobic and anaerobic training effect feedback. Recovery time helps you maximize the benefit of your efforts by predicting when you will be ready for your next challenge. You can even view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history. Available on Amazon.
Forerunner 245: This GPS smartwatch doesn’t just tell you where you ran. It tracks your stats, crunches the numbers, and gets to know all about your performance from your running form, your training history to your goals. All you need to focus on is putting one foot in front of the other. How much do you need to train? Forerunner 245 offers personalized training and recovery insight for smarter training decisions, helping you prepare for your next race. It keeps tabs on your VO2 max and understands how heat and altitude impact your performance. And the higher your VO2 max, the higher you can expect to perform, which is exactly what is shown by the performance condition metric. Running is what you do, so train smarter with the tools available from our Garmin Connect online fitness community. Create your own custom workouts, or download free ones that sync right to your watch. Or, if you’ve got a specific goal in mind for your next 5K, check out Garmin Coach. Forerunner 245 also has activity profiles for cycling, pool swimming, indoor rowing, and even using the elliptical or stair-stepper. Available on Amazon.
Forerunner 55: This easy-to-use GPS smartwatch is designed for people of all skill levels to track their stats and chase their fitness goals. The Forerunner 55 will help you kickstart your running routine. Designed for new runners, the Forerunner 55 is lightweight and has a sleek look. With comprehensive running modes, tailored daily training tips, and enhanced health monitoring, it will help you improve your performance both on and off the track. Available on Amazon.
fēnix 7 Ultimate Multisport GPS Watch: Turn your exertion into exhilaration with the Garmin Fēnix 7 series. Fully equipped with a robust suite of rugged features, the Fenix 7 series comes with an ultra-tough athletic design and an inbuilt flashlight. The smartwatch supports four levels of brightness along with a red strobe light that displays an SOS signal when activated in critical situations. An ideal choice for the runners as the Real-Time Stamina feature allows users to adjust their speed and intensity in real-time based on their current physical strength. During long-distance races, athletes can activate the Up Ahead feature to set their strategy before the race. By using Garmin Connect, users can also create a route and mark waypoints. Once synced with the smartwatch, pre-set checkpoints, water stations, medical stations, and other route data will be displayed to the athlete. The Power Manager function has been upgraded, allowing the overall battery life of fēnix 7X to increase by nearly 300%, achieving up to 24 days of battery life under UltraTrac Mode, up to 122 hours in GPS mode with solar-charged, and up to 37 days in smartwatch mode. The device features more than 40 advanced built-in outdoor and indoor sports modes suitable for mountaineering, running, biking, hiking, rowing, skiing, golfing, surfing, indoor climbing, and more. It also comes with pre-loaded high-intensity interval training workouts, including AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata, etc. Available on Amazon.
Sony Brings its Latest FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Lens for Best Image Quality
Sony India now boasts a total of 66 E-mount lenses with the introduction of the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G (model SELP1635G) – a wide power zoom with evolved image quality, high performance autofocus and superior operability designed to meet the needs of the world’s best creators.
The new lens packs Sony’s vast expertise in lens design into the world’s lightest1 full-frame wide-angle power-zoom lens with a constant F4 aperture, delivering outstanding performance and control. The compact lens offers refined image quality, expressive capability, and control that will appeal to today’s demanding content creators. It is also a great choice for stills, with beautiful G Lens rendering, astonishing AF performance, and easy-to-use power zoom in a remarkably compact lens that is perfect for compact camera bodies. Overall barrel length remains constant while focusing and zooming, making the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G convenient for everything from vlogging and movie production to remote capture and landscape photography.
“The need and demand for ‘hybrid’ products that specializes in both stills and video is constantly growing and so is the quality of the content, especially online”, said Mukesh Srivastava, Digital Imaging Head at Sony India. “The FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G is perfectly designed keeping in mind the requirements of new age content creators and aims to remove any barriers to their creativity as the world’s lightest constant F4 wide-angle power zoom”.
Evolved image quality with breathtaking resolution and beautiful bokeh
The FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G offers an extraordinary blend of breathtaking resolution and beautiful bokeh in a compact lens. The optical path includes two AA (advanced aspherical) elements, a standard aspherical element, one Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and one ED glass element, and one ED aspherical element. Chromatic and spherical aberration are simultaneously controlled to provide excellent optical performance throughout the image area and 16-35 mm zoom range. The use of AA elements in an advanced optical design also ensure excellent close-up performance throughout the zoom range – minimum focusing distance is 0.28 meters at 16 mm and 0.24 meters at 35 mm, with a maximum magnification of 0.23x. What’s more, an optimized coating effectively suppresses flare and ghosting for clear, well-defined images. A circular aperture and carefully designed spherical aberration work together to deliver smooth, deep full-frame bokeh that can add maximum atmosphere and visual impact.
High-performance AF with fast and smooth response
For the first time in an Alpha lens, the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G uses six of Sony’s original XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors for both focus and zoom drive. The fast response and smooth, quiet operation of this system gives users new creative freedom. With Sony’s flagship Alpha 1 body it is possible to maintain accurate focus while shooting stills continuously at up to 30 frames per second. Focus is especially critical when shooting slow motion, 4K, or 8K movies. The FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G works with α-series bodies to reliably acquire focus, and smoothly and silently track even fast-moving subjects. High-thrust XD Linear Motors, optimised optics, and responsive control add up to extraordinarily precise AF performance without compromising the lens’s compact dimensions.
Imagery, power zoom and operation refined for demanding movie applications
Based on feedback from leading creators, Sony specifically designed the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G to deliver the refined imagery and control they need. It features the latest lens technology to reduce focus breathing as well as focus and axial shift when zooming to ensure the highest quality images are easily captured. Focus, zoom, and aperture operation are also extremely quiet, greatly reducing noise and vibration that can interfere with movie recording.
With a newly designed electronic power zoom system that is XD linear motor driven, the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G provides advanced control with the response and immediacy of non-powered manual zoom. A zoom lever with variable zoom speed makes it easy to execute super-slow constant-speed. Power zoom minimises camera shake that can occur when operating a zoom ring and when used with compatible camera bodies, users can customise the zoom ring direction to suit shooting conditions. Another fantastic feature is the ability to use buttons and controls on compatible bodies or accessories to remotely control zoom. Furthermore, Linear Response MF ensures that the focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually and an aperture ring makes manual aperture control fast, direct, and easy.
Superior Mobility, Control and Reliability makes it ideal for movie shooting
World-class design and technology come together to deliver a compact, lightweight lens that also boasts power zoom for unprecedented focus, zoom and aperture rings – thus making it ideal for mobility and handling. As the world’s lightest1 F4 wide-angle power-zoom lens, the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G weighs just 353 grams, approx. 30% less than the SEL1635Z and is just 80.5 mm x 88.1mm in size with a filter diameter of φ72mm.
The overall length of the lens remains constant while focusing and zooming for ideal balance and handling. Consistent balance makes this lens an ideal choice for gimbal-mounted movie shooting. The focus ring can be easily controlled with a finger while shooting movies, and the adjacent focus and zoom rings are stepped so they can be easily differentiated and operated by feel while viewing the monitor. More impressive features for the FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G include the Iris Lock Switch that can be engaged to prevent the aperture ring from being accidentally moved between the [A] and F4 – F22 settings and the customisable focus hold button for convenient control. Lastly, the lens has a dust and moisture resistant design as well as a fluorine front element coating to keep it clean and reliable for outdoor use.
Price and Availability
The new FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G lens will be available across all Sony Centers, Alpha Flagship stores, www.ShopatSC.com portal and major electronic stores across India from 26th May 2022 onwards.
|Model||Best Buy (in INR)||Availability Date|
|FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G lens||124,990||26th May 2022 onwards.|
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