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Surprising Reasons Why You Need A Smart Luggage

Why You Need Smart Luggage

You’d probably think that you don’t need a smart luggage in your life, but if you’re air traveling for even at least once or twice a year, you’d wish you should have bought one earlier.

See, smart luggage isn’t just for the tech-savvy traveler. They were made to solve actual travel problems, especially for people with travel anxieties. Here’s a rundown of the practical uses of a smart luggage.

Solid security

Smart luggage are loyal to their owners. Some suitcases like the Planet Traveler Tech Case sports biometric locks that can only be opened with your fingerprint. They’re also traceable, equipped with GPS trackers so you can check the location of your luggage via your smartphone.

Extra charging juice

If you’re traveling for long hours, chances are, your electronics devices will be drained. Smart luggage packs you an extra charge so you can conveniently recharge your gadgets anytime, anywhere. Aside from the external USB port that you can easily access on the go, the Bluesmart Luggage have dedicated compartments for your laptops and tablets.

Smart mobility

You’d be surprised how some of the smart luggages can follow you around so you don’t even have to pull them around. The Travelmate Robot case is equipped with sensors so it can follow you around and avoid obstacles along the way.

This is handy, especially if you travel with kids and need to work with all the hands that you have.

These are just the top perks of having a smart luggage. Currently, there are lots of smart luggage with their own unique features that might help you overcome your own travel problem.

 

Get $30 Off the Most Comfortable In-Ear Headphones Ever

Erato Muse 5 In-ear Headphones

When the Apple AirPods came out, the whole world let out a range of reactions: excitement, giddiness, and awkward awe-inspired emotions for ridiculous reasons. While the Apple AirPods may be the most popular earphones, Erato’s Muse 5 can fight it for the most comfortable one.

Erato is a company specializing in wireless earphones and you can only expect more from them in this department. Let’s take a closer look at why you would want to one a pair of the Muse 5.

Patented FitSeal Silicon Sleeves

Most headphones comes with only 3 usual sizes, but the Muse 5 comes with up to 9 different combinations of Silicon sleeves so you can really get the snug fit that you deserve. It’s meant to be worn for long hours of use so it needs to be comfortable.

Smart and Connected

It features an omnidirectional mic that works with both Google Now and Siri.

Fashionable Finish

Erato has also considered the way you want your earphones to be: stylish. You can get a pair of Muse 5 in different finish: Metallic Black, Brilliant Blue, Rose Gold, and Pearl White.

Here’s a closer look of the earphones.

Erato Muse 5 In-ear Headphones

It’s normally priced at $179.99, but you can get it for only $149.99. Here’s the code that you can use to get $30 off at checkout: IDEAING30.

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How to Beat the Flu Season with Technology

Using Technology to Beat Flu Season? It's Downright Possible These Days

I’ve nursed a cough for nearly a month when the year has started. I had worst days, but coughing and sneezing are affecting my productivity. It’s also kind of embarrassing when you can’t stop coughing when you’re in public.

So, for you guys to dodge the flu, you can get help from technology. We use technology mostly for entertainment and work. We better use it for our health watch too. Here are ways on how to do that.

Do preventive precautions

As they old healthy saying goes, “Prevention is always better than cure.” For us to avoid flu and stay healthy, we should always be hydrated, get the right amount of sleep and if needed, check on our vital signs. There are gadgets that can help track these like Thermos smart water bottles, Sense sleep monitor, and Withings blood pressure monitor.

Alleviate body pains

Sometimes, body pains come with the flu. Or sometimes, people tend to overlook the chronic pain that they’re feeling because it’s always there and they’ve learned to deal with it. The Quell Pain Relief is a wearable that serves as a revolutionary solution for this. Quell comes with a companion app that lets users set the pressure so pain on certain parts of your body can be minimized.

Monitor body temperature closely

If flu has finally kicked in, what you can do aside from going to the doctor and take the recommended medications, is to monitor your temperature closely. If you have smart thermometers from Kinsa or Withings, you can track your temperature simpler and keep graphs of your readings so you will know if you are getting better or not.

That’s how technology can help us live better. Keeping these smart health products in your home lets you kick flu and sickness in the butt. If you want to take a closer look at these products, you can read our guide on beating the flu season with smart gadgets.

How to Avoid Getting Your Smart Locks Hacked

How to Avoid Getting Your Smart Locks Hacked

You would be surprised at how countless people have shared their horrible smart lock experiences. Smart locks, apparently, can be a little dumb when it comes to security.

Take for example the case of a 31-year-old smart enthusiast living in Missouri. He went all in on the smart home and was dumbfounded when his neighbor walked up casually to his front door and yelled, “Hey Siri, unlock the front door.” Siri complied.

His mistake was to place his iPad in the living room for his convenience. Sadly, his iPad didn’t have passcode authentication, making toying around his smart lock ridiculously easy. His smart lock story went viral online and got a spotlight in Forbes.

This is not meant to discourage you from going for a smart home. This is just to remind that you of the precautions that you need to take so your smart lock will not get hacked.

Password authentication

I know, it’s basic, but passwords are like the pawns of your kingdom. You have this extra layer of security of defense that drives off people who are just playing around like the neighbor in the story. Enable passwords in your devices and your Wi-Fi network.

Make your own network

Smart home devices need to have a network so they can understand each other. Usually, you’d just connect it to the Internet, the holy place where everyone can have access to everything. If you want your smart home to be safe, you’d want to create your own, separate network.

This has a downside, however. First, it takes time to setup. Second, some features of your devices (ie, Amazon’s Alexa search feature which needs the internet) wouldn’t work. This setup is recommended if you control your home devices via automation and physical smart switches, like sensors that’ll trigger your lights.

Invest in smart locks from reputable companies

If the second suggestion doesn’t appeal to you because of the limitations, the best that you can do is to invest in smart locks from reputable companies like August, Kevo, and Schlage. These companies protect their businesses and their clients by continuously reinforcing their security. They usually release security updates regularly.

There you go. If you do these things, you can protect your smart locks from getting hacked.

What Makes In-Ear Headphones Awesome Besides Being Totally Wireless

Don’t you hate it when your headphone wires tangle? It takes a while to untangle them and get going. There’s a great solution for this: those true wireless Bluetooth Earbuds.

The Apple Airpods probably’s the first pair that popped into your mind. After all, they’re the most popular. But, you have to know all the other in-earbuds that’s also available on the market. They have cooler features like…

Built-in fitness trackers

Yup, you’ve heard it right. Some earphones like the Samsung Gear IconX monitors your fitness stats and your heart rate as well. The Jabra Elite Sport can do the same as well. You can get them if you’re fond of exercising with your earphones on. Their batteries are more than enough to play your entire workout playlist.

Noise-cancelling technology

If your current noise-cancelling headphones is what’s stopping you from switching, you can just get the Doppler Labs Earbuds. They offer some serious noise-cancelling power. If you’re in a cafe and you need to get stuff done, this one’s the way to go as they also interact with Siri and other voice assistant platforms.

Street-safe features

If you’re a commuter, you need earbuds like the Dash by Bragi. That’s because they have audio transaparency feature, which lets you hear what’s going on in the background while you listen to music. You are made aware of the car’s honks. The Dash is also waterproof up to 1 meter so a little rain won’t cause damage.

Are you now ready to give wireless in-ear headphones a try? We’ve got a lot more on our list!

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So You Want to Build a Smart Garage? Start With These Gadgets.

Smart Garage

Not all people who want to start making their houses smart remember to include their garage. But you, you’re smart to know that your garage is one of the weakest spots in your home. Your garage door is probably the most-used door to your house. It’s just fitting to secure it too, along with your front door.

So, let’s start? Here are the recommended gadgets that you should have when making your garage smart.

Garage Door Controllers

This is the obvious must-have. Garage door controllers like the Chamberlain MyQ System let you control and monitor your garage door from your smartphone. It’s pretty nifty, especially if you’re the type who always seem to forget whether you have left your garage door open or not. You don’t need to drive all the way back home, just take your phone out and check.

Automated Lighting Systems

Your garage door may automatically open up and let you in when you arrive, but how can you park safely when it’s dark in there? Make sure you follow up by installing smart lighting fixtures in your garage. The popular choice is always Philips Hue bulbs; they’re super powerful too. But, there are cheaper alternatives which function just fine like the Ashia Light which is equipped with motion sensors.

Smart Tools

Your garage is also the home of your big tools, right? If you want to multitask and avoid wasting time by looking for a misplaced tool, you can invest in smart tools like Black and Decker’s drill. You can use your phone to locate it, lock or unlock it, and operate it. It even has a port which can charge up your phone.

These are just a few of the recommended gadgets that we think are worthy to sit in your smart garage. We actually have a lot more. Check them out below.

[Things You Need to Make Your Dumb Garage “Smart”]

Why Smart Sprinklers Are Surprisingly Practical

Smart Sprinklers

What?! Smart sprinklers? Uhm, no thanks.

If you think you’d rather water your plant the old school way than waste money, bandwidth allocation, and time in setting one up, wait. Smart sprinklers can be totally convenient and heaven-sent for the right people. Here are the reasons why.

They’re really good for the environment.

If you live in California or somewhere else where drought’s a serious porblem, you may be very water-conscious. Having a smart sprinkler can help as they manage your water usage. They’re usually connected to the Internet and they keep tabs on the weather. When it’s going to rain, there’s no sprinkling for that day. Most smart sprinklers claim that they can save up to 50% of outdoor water usage.

They can help plant-loving people who don’t have the green thumb.

Oh, this is my tribe. I love plants, but sometimes they just die on me. With a smart sprinkler like Parrot Smart, I am certain I can be a good plant mom. Parrot Smart monitors the amount of sun your plant receives, the fertizlier in the soil, and even your plant’s temperature. You can check the app for coaching and some tips. There are also simpler sensors like PlantLink which alerts you whenever your plant needs some watering.

They’re really helpful, especially for travelers.

If you travel all the time and you always come home to a dying or dead plant, you can turn to GreenIQ’s Irrigation Controller, Rachio, RainMachine or Blossom. These are some of the most complete smart sprinkler systems which can follow a watering schedule, rely on weather forecasts, and can be remotely monitored and adjusted through an app. Most of these sprinklers let you divide your yard into sections if you have various plants with different water requirements.

Smart sprinklers were not made just because. They actually do have a purpose. Yes, they are the “I never knew I need you until I met you” kind of tech.

[Check which smart sprinkler suits your needs]

Would You Like To Own These Weird, But Smart Gadgets?

Weird Smart Gadgets

If you’re a tech geek, you must have had your favorite new gadgets from CES 2017. I also have mine and those weird, but really cool gadgets always get stuck in my head.

We are not new to these types of innovation. In fact, we’re used to it and even excited about this type because they’re unique, funny, and practical, in some cases. Here’s a roundup of my favorite types.

For the kitchen

We’ll start with everyone’s favorite part of the house, the kitchen. You can find a lot of gadgets that will help you cook, keep your food fresh, and your kitchen clean. Did you know that there’s a robot that can cook up to 2,000 dishes? There’s even an advanced wine storage which keeps your wine fresh for 30 days (no need to cork, uncork).

For hobbyists

Whether you love golf or b-ball or fishing, most likely, there’s a wearable or gadget for that. If you like fishing, there’s this little ball that you can throw into the water and you can use the app to view a 3D real-time image of what’s under your boat. It’s pretty nifty, but wouldn’t it be creepy if you see a moving creature that you don’t recognize? Also, there’s Vinci, the headphones with AI that can record your jam if you’re into singing. Yes, she’s smart like Alexa.

For healthcare

The tech healthcare industry is rising and along with it comes wearables which can zap you out of your bad habit. It has something to do with your brain making you more aware that you’re doing it. And then there’s this wearable which tracks your menstrual flow. No, you don’t have to put a wire or an electronic down there. You just have to use special tampons which you need to connect to a wearable.

Mind blown? If you want to know more about these gadgets, you can check them out below.

[Learn more about these weird gadgets]

Why You Need a Smart Video Doorbell Right Now

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You may think that a smart video doorbell is a little too much, but nah it’s exactly what modern families need right now. With home invasion arising, you can stay safe and avoid one with a smart video doorbell. Here’s how it can help you and your family.

It gives you security and convenience

The primary purpose of video doorbells is to keep you safe by knowing who is at the door. Smart doorbells can do this with matching convenience. You can see and talk to your visitor on your smartphone when you’re too lazy (or scared) to go to the door. You can do the same thing even if you’re in the office or out on a vacation too.

Don’t worry, most smart doorbells only have a one-way camera so you can keep your privacy and you don’t give away your location. Other doorbells like the Ring Pro has motion sensors, which when trigerred can capture video in HD.

It makes a great tandem with other smart home devices

This is probably one of the best things about smart video doorbells. They can communicate to your other smart security devices to reinforce home security. Our classic example is the August Doorlock and Video Doorbell. You can open the door for your visitor right on your smartphone when you need to.

Another combo is the smart video doorbell with the front porch light. You can program your doorbell with motion sensor and your smart light through IFTTT or you can get the Zmodo Torch Pro, which is a smart video doorbell and a porch light in one.

It lessens the chances of package theft

Package theft is becoming a major concern for most homeowners, especially during the Holiday season when the gift delivery volume is quite high. With a smart video doorbell that can work with your doorlock (like August), you can keep your packages secure by asking the delivery guy to leave the package inside your house instead of just leaving it at your door.

Smart video doorbells actually offer more than convenience and sassy technology; it’s actually helpful in a real big way.

[Read the Best Smart WiFi Doorbells for 2017]