In this modern era of smartphones and connected appliances, home automation shouldn’t require a complex, expensive, and closed system — and with Belkin WeMo ($TBA), it doesn’t have to. Combining an app with Wi-Fi-enabled Home Control Switch models and motion sensors, WeMo can give you the power to turn off lights, appliances, and more, or have them operate automatically based on who is — or isn’t — in the room. http://www.belkin.co.nz/wemo/
A man’s home might well be his castle but without a proper set of tools it wont stay looking regal for long. In place of flimsy plastic kits, furniture maker WohnGeist has built the dream acccesory for do-it-yourself types when the time comes to do renovations or routine upkeep. The polished peerwood cabinet is a cut above, with perfect joinery- what did you expect from Swiss carpenters? www.wohngeist.ch
Kiwis can now book a flight non-stop to Bali with Air New Zealand’s launch special of $549 one way from Auckland.
The new seasonal service will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays over the peak demand period of June to October, with the first flight departing on Tuesday 19 June 2012.
The Boeing 767-300 service will depart Auckland at 11.50pm, arriving into Denpasar Airport at 5.20am the following day.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Rob Fyfe says Bali is a popular destination for Kiwis and the announcement of a non-stop service has already created a high level of interest amongst passengers and travel agents alike.
“While the service is seasonal initially, we’re very keen to see if there’s enough demand to make it year round.
“Our non-stop flight time of nine and a half hours to Denpasar and eight hours back to Auckland is a big improvement on the indirect services offered by competitors that can involve long layovers and a total journey time of anywhere between 14 and 24 hours.”
The Bali service will offer Air New Zealand’s popular ‘Seats to Suit’ fare structure giving passengers the choice of travelling with just a carry on bag through to the full service Works Deluxe fare.
The $549 introductory one way ‘Seat’ fare is available for a limited period only at www.airnewzealand.co.nz.
As if you needed a reminder of how fast time is slipping away, the Tag Heuer Mikrogirder ($TBA) is here to show you with nearly unreadable speed. Accurate to 1/2,000th of a second, the Mikrogirder uses an all new beam/girder and excitatory beam/girder system to measure such small fractions of time with stunning accuracy, as evident on the central hand that does a complete revolution 20 times a second. It probably tells you normal time well, too, but if you’re even considering trying to acquire this beast, that’s probably not your biggest concern.
Yes, that’s a helluva name, but this is a helluva timepiece. Inspired by the style of the first French empire, the Colette x March LA.B 1805 Imperial Phantom Pocket Watch (€1,300; roughly $1,700) sports an all-black design — including the case, face, and hands — an analog alarm, a desk stand, one of two chain clasp designs, and a stylish snake coil chain.