The results of our Dream Home Gadget contest

Win Amazon Echo Dot

Over the past week we ran a competition for you to win an Amazon Echo Dot. All you had to do was tell us what your dream home gadget would be and why.

Well… we certainly got some creative answers!

Many wanted a gadget to make their lives easier, usually involving automated home appliances like blinds that open when the sun rises, or a simple fingerprint scanner for unlocking doors.

Pedro was very specific. He asked for:

“A sensor that activates when it senses that I just woke up and tells my coffee machine to have a coffee ready in about 5 minutes, the same sensor must also open the drawer in which my clothes are, because sleeping is just too important!”

Dream big Pedro!

Some of the suggestions were a little more strange. Remi wanted his gadget to fix a very particular (peculiar) problem:

“I’ve always dreamt of having a ‘dry shower’. A little backstory: I am afraid of water. It’s a long story. Anyway, it takes me on average one hour of standing outside of the shower staring at the water until I build up the courage to step inside. It’s time consuming! Life would be made much easier if there was a cubicle that you step into, and it sprays you with special powder that can clean you. Just like dry shampoo, but even better. It would save a whole lot of water too! Now THAT is the future!”

Love the sustainable message here, Remi, but a future where everyone’s afraid of water doesn’t sound massively enjoyable to us!

Although we had our favourite ideas we picked the winner totally at random. So congratulations to Youssef Imam – your Amazon Echo Dot is on its way!

We also promised we’d have one our designers draw up plans for the winner’s dream gadget. So here’s Youssef’s automatic cat sitter – a device that keeps your cat fed and watered, as well keeping them entertained when you’re away. You can even have a video call with them via your smartphone through an inbuilt screen and speaker.

Dragon’s Den, anyone?

We hope you enjoyed this contest and keep a lookout on the Verisure blog and on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more. And if you want real protection for your home, check out our intelligent smart alarm systems.

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What’s an Amazon Echo Dot?

The Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free voice-controlled home assistant that connects you to the web and your automated home.

Alexa – Amazon’s AI – responds to your commands through the device’s built-in speaker. You can also play music through the speaker and attach more hefty audio devices via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm jack.

The Dot works with a number of home automation platforms such as Philips Hue lights and Nest thermostats, allowing you to control your home through voice alone – just like in the movies!