WeMo - by Belkin
Home automation has always been fascinating to me. Basically any way of being able to do typically manual things automatically and remotely is fun. Although, I'm not entirely sure what I'll do with it, Belkin's WeMo is right up my alley. In essence, it's a wifi-connected plug that allows you to turn things on and off (wherever you are in the world) remotely via the WeMo app. Cool, huh? It's also accessible via IFTTT (If This Then That) allowing you to do exciting things like switching on lamps when the sun goes down and such. In additon to the switch, there's a motion sensor that can do some equally fun things. Again, I have NO idea what I'll do with one of these, but I have to have one to play with. It's on my wish list.
Streaming music (both streaming live across the web, or streaming at home between audio devices internally) has been a big part of my audio consumption over the last few years. Services like Spotify have mean't I've virtually abandoned my iTunes library (I could barely tell you what's in it these days!), much like I did with my CD collection when the iTunes store came about.
On the streaming music front, the next logical step for me is to go to wireless streaming audio in the house - I'm certain Sonos is going to get my money. Sonos has become a mainstay of the wireless speaker space and their systems are infinitely expandable. Great for parties and with the flexibility to pick and choose what music/audio you want played on which speakers, Sonos offers hifi sounds wherever you need it. I'd like the ability to stream wherever I am, including listening to podcasts in the shower in the morning - a Play:3 system in the bedroom will fill that need.
As usual, we're getting slugged with a premium charge back in Australia - about 47% more than what you'd pay from Amazon in the US (AUD647 from JB as opposed to about $438 from Amazon - nuts), so I'll be looking for an overseas supplier again. A Play:5 and a Play: are both on the list.