5 Things You Should Know This Week: 22 January 2019

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Updated on January 22, 2019 8:01 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 22 January 2019

These are some of the news you should know this week:

1. Makeful launches inaugural Inspirational Home Awards in Singapore

The hunt for beautifully decorated home is one! Lifestyle specialty channel Makeful HD (StarHub TV Ch 436) wants to celebrate your home with the launch of its Inspirational Home Awards 2019. Makeful believes in awakening and celebrating the creativity that exists in every individual and inspiring them to bring this into every aspect of their lives, including their homes—a place for expression, to create an ideal space for themselves and their loved ones.

The top 10 inspirational homes will be selected and showcased on Makeful and StarHub’s Facebook pages for public voting, with each homeowner walking away with $500 worth of home vouchers. Three voters will also stand to win $100 worth of home vouchers each, just by selecting the winning home. The public’s top choice will then be presented with a special Makeful Inspirational Home Award in end March 2019 and will be featured exclusively on Makeful HD (StarHub TV Ch 436). Find out more about this at www.starhub.com/makeful.

2. BetterAir launches natural solution for purer air in Singapore homes

COURTS Singapore and global biotechnology company BetterAir recently partnered to bring the Enviro-Biotics™ line of probiotics systems to Singaporeans for the first time. The product range, headed by its signature Biotica800 ($499), a compact plug-and-play portable unit with up to 800 square feet coverage, works simply: it releases Enviro-Biotics™, environmental probiotics, into the air which are carried by air flow throughout the indoor space. The Enviro-Biotics™ improve indoor air quality and prolong the cleanliness of indoor surfaces by landing on hard and soft surfaces and consuming resources available to harmful bacteria including dust mite excrement, pollen, pet dander, and shed skin cells. The products are 100% chemical free and organic, safe for humans and animals, and also count bad odour management and mould reduction amongst its benefits.

The BetterAir product line also includes the BioLogic Purifier ($299), a USB-powered portable unit suited to smaller personal environments such as cars or work cubicles, also coming with cartridge refills ($59) recommended to be replaced when empty or approximately every three months, as well as the Travel Spray ($19.90), a handheld 75ml spray bottle application suited for on-the-go use, whether on the daily commute or for in-flight travel.

All three products are retailing at all COURTS stores and online, and customers can get hands on with the products in a home setting over at COURTS Megastore in Tampines. All products come with a one-year limited warranty covering defects.

3. ECOVACS introduces first-of-its-kind cordless window cleaning robot

Always worried about how to clean your windows? Fret no more. ECOVACS ROBOTICS launched the WINBOT X, its first-ever cordless window cleaning robot, to provide more efficient and maximum window cleaning coverage. As the first-of-its-kind cordless window cleaning robot on the market, WINBOT X brings a major breakthrough to cleaning windows on a daily basis, providing an easy solution that requires just a few finger taps to get going.

In addition to its cordless design, the other outstanding features of WINBOT X include a Deep Clean Mode, a Four-Stage Cleaning System, and a Safety Tether System, which have helped this groundbreaking robot become an honoree of both the 2018 CES Innovation Award and the Red Dot Award 2018.

Its cordless design allows WINBOT X to move freely and reach higher areas, so that it can cover more glass than previous generations which used an attached cord for power, instead of the WINBOT X’s internal battery. As a result, the movement of WINBOT X is no longer restricted, meaning that users won’t need to manually move the WINBOT when cleaning large windows. It is also designed to move intelligently and safely to tackle stains and dirt on different sorts of glass for a better view from a user’s window than ever before, no matter the window type.

Weighing just 1.8 kg, users can simply pick up the robot with one hand and attach it to a window to start cleaning—it is the ideal helper for convenient window cleaning on a daily basis. Portable and simple to operate with one hand, and easy to move around, WINBOT X is also perfect for quick but durable cleaning, and can be moved quickly to other windows so that a regular complete clean of all windows in a users’ home can be achieved with minimum effort.

4. LG's premium range of ArtCool Plus air conditioners now has Wi-Fi

An airconditioner with a Wi-Fi? LG has introduced the new ArtCool Plus Air Conditioners which comes with Wi-Fi capabilities. Users can now remotely control the air conditioners through the LG SmartThinQ app on their smartphones, providing greater convenience for homeowners to check in and monitor on their household usage patterns on the go. Complemented with LG’s new energy-saving outdoor units, homeowners can look forward to greater utility savings in the long run.

With this function, homeowners can turn on the air conditioners through the app while outside, set the temperature, and come home to a comfortable, cool home. The app also comes with control and monitor, smart diagnosis, and filter manager functions. Another salient feature of the LG ArtCool Plus Air Conditioners is the Plasmaster Ionizer+. The ionizer plus emits over three million ions to sterilise aerial bacteria and harmful substances, while the plasmaster removes microscopic contaminants to supply fresh air. This in turn results in improved indoor air quality that is 99.9 per cent cleaner.

5. Shop at Roche Bobois for CNY and Valentine's Day

With Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day approaching in early February, Roche Bobois allows you to spruce up your living spaces through some of their products. One of them is Mah Jong Composition Hiru designed by Kenzo Takada ($6,200). An uninhibited and audacious designer, Kenzo Takada (the most Parisian of Japanese designer), has created a unique and exceptional collection of fabrics and ceramics for Roche Bobois. To "dress" the Mah Jong modular sofa, Takada took inspiration from ancient kimonos used in the Noh Theatre, re-interpreting their patterns and colours to create fine and sophisticated harmonies symbolising the three times of the day: Asa (morning), Hiru (midday), and Yoru (evening). The other one is Florian Large Armchair (Foam Version) at $6,730 each.


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