5 Things You Should Know This Week: 3 January 2018

Just the latest news in anything home and family to start your week off right

Updated on January 03, 2018 12:01 pm

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 3 January 2018

These are some of the news you will want to know this week:

1. Usher in the Lunar New Year with Sony

Ring in the Year of the Dog with a brand new collection of gadgets from Sony. Whether it is for gifting, accessorising or partying, these bright red (or pink) tech must-haves make for ideal companions during the festivities. They are also nice additions to your home.

To capture your festive memories in stunning detail, get the Xperia™ XZ Premium ($1,098) or α5000 E-mount Camera with APS-C Sensor ($799). To get you through family gatherings and long mah-jong nights, have the SRS-HG1 h.ear go ($339) or GTK-XB60 High Power Portable Audio System with BluetoothTH ($499). And to kickstart that killer playlist for the new year, make sure you have the SRS-XB10 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ($79) or XB80BS EXTRA BASS™ Wireless Sports In-ear Headphones ($199) within easy reach.

2. SOJAO launches affordable organic luxury linens

Local start-up SOJAO today launched their affordable line of 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton luxury bedsheets. SOJAO sheets are made of single-ply, long-staple organic cotton and are lightweight, soft, and breathable. They are dyed with low-impact dyes that are safe for the environment, and not finished with any toxic chemical fabric finishes. The superior cotton used ensures that the durable sheets get softer with every wash. SOJAO’s luxury bedding goes beyond superb quality and craftsmanship. It is also environmentally friendly and ethically-made. SOJAO’s bedsheets are GOTS-certified, ensuring that stringent ecological and social criteria are met. The cotton is sourced exclusively from Chetna Organic, a cooperative which aims to improve the livelihood of marginalized farmers in India.

Available now on the SOJAO website, the sheet sets retail for less than a third of leading luxury textile brands. SOJAO bundle sheet sets (in White, Natural and Stone) are also available. Bundle sheet sets start from $198 and include a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and a pair of pillowcases. Sheets in a new colour Navy, as well as bolster cases and body-pillow cases, will also be available by end January 2018. Delivery is free for orders made in Singapore.

3. Enjoy $8 off your Grab fare to the TOTO Gallery in W. Atelier’s new showroom

TOTO and W. Atelier has paired up with Grab for the month of January 2018 to offer a one-time Grab promotional code of $8 per ride to the Henderson showroom to visit the TOTO Gallery. Visitors to the TOTO Gallery at the Apex @ Henderson showroom simply have to key in the following code when making their booking: watelier8. The code will only be applied one time per user on the Grab ride to the showroom, with the specific address keyed in, 201 Henderson Road, Singapore 159545, between 10.30am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays. The code will be valid from 2 January to 31 January 2018 only, and is limited to one use per person.

As an added gesture of welcome, all visitors to the TOTO Gallery in the Apex @ Henderson showroom who have used the Grab code and enjoyed the discount on the ride will receive a complimentary gift upon their arrival. They simply have to flash their Grab history on the Grab app to prove that they have used the code to get to the TOTO Gallery! Visitors to the TOTO Gallery in the Apex @ Henderson showroom will surely feel pampered with the discount they enjoy on their Grab fare and the gift they receive when they use the code!

4. Singtel and EDMI to develop IoT-driven smart meters in Singapore

Singtel and global smart metering solutions provider EDMI Limited are collaborating to develop a smart electric metering infrastructure for Singapore. The partners have successfully tested smart electric meters, powered by seamless connectivity on Singtel’s nationwide Cat-M1 cellular Internet of Things (IoT) network. The combination of smart meters with the IoT network enables the secure wireless transmission of real-time meter readings at regular intervals to the power grid. It also allows electricity suppliers to monitor electricity consumption and forecast demand more accurately.

"Giving electricity suppliers real-time data on electricity consumption allows them to optimise the distribution of electricity to certain areas and times of the day especially when demand is peaking,” said Mr Andrew Lim, Business Group Managing Director at Singtel’s Group Enterprise. “The pairing of smart meters with our IoT network will give consumers more accurate meter readings and ultimately bring cost savings." The success of the smart metering trial with EDMI signals the readiness of Singtel’s IoT network to support the digital transformation of various Singapore-based enterprises. Singtel’s Cat-M1 IoT network went live in September 2017. It has been conducting trials with over 20 potential partners at an IoT innovation lab that was set up with Ericsson earlier in the year.

5. Celebrate the Year of the Dog and save on selected stocks including new items at Space Furniture

Looking into updating your home to prepare for the Lunar New Year? Visit Space Furniture's showroom at 77 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189653 to find out what’s on offer! Hurry as the offer is only until 12 January 2018!

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