In-home Tech For Apartment Living

SSKB Strata Managers is taking a look at some to the high tech gizmos and gadgets to make apartment living even better. Some of the things we’re featuring are high concept, others are available to purchase right now.
Sometimes apartment living – and its space limitations — means compromising on a few things. And one of those is having a bath tub for a long, luxurious soak. But what if you could have a shower and a bath in an ensuite-sized space?
The Tulip is a revolutionary bathtub and shower, especially designed for small bathrooms. Inspired by tulip blooms, the pod like shape serves as a bath when open and as a shower when closed. In this upright position, the footprint is significantly reduced. Underwater jets, massagers and programmable sequences ensure the most relaxing bathing experience. Patent pending and looking for a manufacturer.

SSKB Strata managers is impressed with this hi concept design for apartment bathrooms
Fancy a cozy fire this winter but you don’t have a fireplace? No worries – have a portable one (but check with your community by-laws first!)
Considered one of the most compact of EcoSmart Fires’ ethanol fireplaces, Cube is a square-shaped freestanding fireplace suited to a range of interiors including units, apartments, offices, bars and restaurants.  Cube’s self-contained simplicity makes it an ideal heating solution for tenants seeking a portable fireplace free from the restrictions of gas and electricity connections.

Ever grow up watchingthose sci-fi shows where all you had to do was ask the computer a question and she would always answer? What Siri has done to smart phones Amazon can do for your home.
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.
Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).  One word of caution, you might have to train Alexa well, otherwise she may start ordering goods without your knowledge!

Not exactly high tech, but certainly something useful if you use technology. This laptop-table-cum-flower pot slips over your balcony rail (up to 60mm tube diameter /width) and it’s portable. Just the thing you’d expect from Germany where 90% of apartments in Berlin are rentals.  And if you have a black thumb or like to throw a lot of parties – just replace the plants by ice cubes and some champagne…

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