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Smart Products Are Not Just For Us — They’re For Our Pets Too!

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Come on humans, our fur babies only deserve the best! Let us not deprive them of the cool benefits of using smart products.

When we think about it, they do need these things because: 1.) We leave them at home alone and sad on most days. 2.) They’re the superstars in our lives and we can’t bear to see them sad, don’t we?

Why don’t you get your pets a little smart something this Christmas? Here are some cool pet gift ideas.

Cameras That Dispenses Treats

Aside from keeping you connected with your dog during your lunch breaks at work, pet cameras like the Petzi Treat Cam can dispense treats to your pets when you’re away. Keep them happy and watch them catch the treats. Snap a photo for memories too.

Fitness Trackers

Surprised? See, it’s not only you who need Fitbit. Track your pet’s health and make sure that they get enough exercise by making them wear FitBark. You can easily share the data with your vet so you can keep them at their top shape.

Smart Toys That Keep Them Active

During playtime, I bet it’s you who always run out of breath first. Well, there are smart toys that can let your pets play to their hearts’ content! The Petcube comes with a laser pointer which you can program. Another one is iFetch; it lets your dog play catch the whole day if they want to. These toys are best if you want to keep your dogs active, but you lack the time to regularly walk or play with them.

Give your pets any of these smart products and get a lick!

[Browse smart toys for your pets]

What You’ll Love About the Sense Sleep Tracker 2nd Generation

 Sense Sleep Tracker 2nd Generation

Sense is one of the tech Cinderella stories that was brought to life through Kickstarter. It’s this modern-looking ball that you place on your beside table to analyze your sleep.

It’s also one of the popular and well-received creations that it has already launched a newer model this year. Here’s what you’ll love about the Sense 2nd Gen.

Your favorite features, retained

It’s still the sleep-tracking ball the we have come to adore. No trackers to wear, just a tiny button to attach to your pillow. You’ll wake up to insights about your sleep — quality of sleep, disturbances, environment conditions, and the likes.

Now works with voice control

Staring at your smartphone screen before sleeping ain’t healthy. The 2nd geWith voice control, you can deal with bedtime rituals without looking at your smartphone. Just say “Sense, wake me up at 8 am.” or ask “Sense, how is my sleep last night?” and you’re good.

More sensors, more capabilities

The old sense measures light, tempertaure, humidity, noise, and air quality, but the 2nd generation can measure more. It can analyze UV levels, light temperature, barometric pressure, and volatile organic compounds, all of which can affect your sleep too.

Plus, it can now integrate with your other smart home gadgets like the Nest thermostat and Philips Hue Lights. Ask Sense to dim the lights or to start warming the room just before you wake up.

Longer battery life

The battery of the first pill, which is the sensor that you attach to your pillow, lasts for about a year. The new one can last up to over 2 times longer.

These improvements are just going to make us love Sense more, right?

[More about Sense 2nd Gen]

3 Must-Have Wearables for the Busy Gentlemen

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When it comes to men’s wearables, probably the only products that will cross your mind are those rugged sports watches. Lately though, we’ve seen an increase in stylish wearables that are designed exclusively for men.

Fashionable wearables, it seems, should not just be for women. After all, the busy gentleman needs to up his productivity without compromising his fashion. In fact, a lot of popular fashion brands like Fossil Q have infused technology into their product lines. Here’s a checklist of the tech gadgets every busy man should have.

The classic, yet smart wristwatch

The wristwatch is the only jewelry most men wear. It wouldn’t hurt if you splurge on a good one. But make sure it’s one of those classic-looking watches with smart functionality — ones that can track your fitness stats and discreetly notify you of important calls or emails. Fossil’s Q Grant is an excellently styled chronograph with smart functionality.

Casual clothing that is actually intelligent

You must be surprised at what smart coats (or smart belts) can do. Elem + Aris has a smart coat with revolutionary heat technology. It produces infrared heat energy that warms your muscles and increases your blood flow. And then there’s Belty, a high-end and stylish belt that helps promote your well-being. It increases your walking pace through rhythms, recommends breathing exercises, reminds you to drink more water, and more.

Hassle-free sports tracking

Increase your focus on your training and push your limits by using fitness trackers that don’t meddle with your activities. We’re talking about comfortable fitness shirts, which track your heart rate accurately and other sports-centered functional trackers like eyewear made for cycling with GPS and integrated sensors.

Men like wearables that do what they’re supposed to and ones that look sleek enough for normal, everyday wear. We happen to have a list of the best ones.

[Check out the Most Stylish Wearables Made for Men]

3 Reasons Why the Philips Lightstrip Makes a Better Home Decor

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Philips Hue Lights have been smart home favorites because they’re easy-to-use and they make your home beautiful in a click of a switch (or at the command of your voice)!

The lightstrips are the variety which is the most interesting because you can play with light in ways that you can never do with the good old bulbs. We’ve rounded up a few reasons why you’ll want to have the Philips Lightstrips as your home decor from now on.

They give your home an instant (sometimes, unconventional) makeover.

A little light here and there and your home will look like a set from a sci-fi movie or, if done elegantly, a cozy space from a posh hotel. A neon blue light outline underneath your bed. Color wash on your walls. Lit-up stairs for home parties.

The magnitude of a lightstrip’s effect is huge, yet the effort that it takes in installing one is nothing to worry about.

It also doesn’t matter what your current decor or home style is. The lightstrips is capable of projecting over 16 million colors and a thousand shades of white.

They’re low maintenance.

First, the lights are LEDs. We all know how efficient and long-lasting they are. They consume little power and can last for as long as 50,000 hours or 5.7 years. That is, if you left them on for the whole 24 hours. They can even last longer if you use them for a few hours per day.

When it comes to cleaning, all you need is just a cloth to get the dust off. Compare cleaning the lightstrips to a chandelier or an intricate piece of furniture. You get the picture, right?

Functionality-wise, they deliver.

The Philip Lighstrips ain’t just pretty to look at. They can be smart too. Switch them on remotely before you get home or ask Siri to set them to a party mood. You can even make them pulse with the beat. Or create an IFTTT recipe to flash your football team’s colors everytime they score.

There you have it. For convenience and effortless style, it’s wise go for the Philips Lightstrips. We also got more ideas on how to use it at your own home.

[Browse Ideas on How to Use the Philips Lightstrips]

The Only Wearables That People Will Actually Wear

The Only Wearables That People Will Actually Wear

Wearables are everywhere, but fashionable wearables? Not so much.

You may have cringed at a couple because they’re too dorky. Or too ridiculously bulky. Or too sporty you always have to be in your gym shorts to wear one. You probably have your list of the ugly ducklings of wearables.

But, thankfully, ducklings do evolve. The available options for fashionable tech are expanding. We’ve compiled the top categories of fashionable wearables that people will actually want to wear. Here they are.

Classic and elegant smartwatches

Have you seen Fossil Q’s Hybrids? At one glance, they’re just like your classic wristwatch, but they’re smart. They can control your music, track your steps, and more. Both men and women can enjoy these smartwatches because there are design lines intended for each.

Sporty, yet fashionable smartwatches

For the sporty who also care about fashion, Pebble has an excellent smartwatch model, the Pebble 2. It’s sleek and slender with an e-paper LCD screen. It can even track your heart rate! You can get one in stylish colors: Black, Black/Flame, Aqua/White, and White/White.

Modern and minimalist smartwatches

If you belong to the less-is-more spectrum, you may want to opt with the Pebble Time Round or the Misfit Phaze. They have this simple analog look and they are intentionaly thin.

Fashion and tech are beautifully merging. We have finally arrived at a time where wearables are slowly becoming fashionable items and we couldn’t be more ecstatic about it.

[Take a Closer look at these Fashionable Smartwatches]

3 Totally Lit Smart Bulbs That Work With IFTTT

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The easiest way for anybody to get started with building a smart home is through the lights. They’re the easiest to setup and some don’t even need a hub — just the bulbs, a decent Wi-Fi connection, and your smartphone.

To take your lighting a little further, you can turn to IFTTT (If This, Then That) for no-sweat integration. You can set schedules, dim the lights automatically, and switch them on a couple of minutes before you get home. Here are 3 totally lit smart bulbs that have ready-to-use IFTTT recipes for you to use.

Philips Hue

We’re starting with the most popular bulbs, the Hue. The IFTTT recipes for Hue include turning the lights on/off at certain times, during sunsets or when you get home; switching the colors to blue when it rains outside; making the colors loop when you feel like it, and dimming down the lights.

WeMo Lights

You can find practical recipes on IFTTT for WeMo like switching the bulbs on and off when you get home or when it’s raining outside or track the bulb’s energy usage in your Google Drive. But there are fun uses too! You can make the bulb dim a little bit when you get an email from your SO or get notified of your favorite football team’s score with your WeMo bulbs.

LIFX Bulbs

LIFX probably has the most number of available IFTTT recipes online and they range from practical to smart-home interactive to the unnecessary, but charming.

As expected, there are recipes that turn on the lights on/off when you arrive/leave, fade the lights so you wake up gently in the morning, and flash the lights when your doorbell rings. Then, there are fun recipes which make the bulbs blink when you’re mentioned on Twitter or Facebook. Or recipes that make the bulb flash your team’s colors everytime they score!

You can get any of these bulbs, but in case you want the bulbs with the most number of available IFTTT integrations (the LIFX bulbs), you can get one at a $15 discount with the code LIFX15.

[Get $15 Off on LIFX Color Bulb]

How to Spot the Best Robot Vacuum Deals This Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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If you are on the fence about robotic vacuum cleaners, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the push that you need. There are really steep deals on this tech line because they’re well-loved. Who wouldn’t love a little robot doing all the dirty job for you?

Before you go randomly picking which robotic vacuum is the best one for you, here are some tips:

There are budget-friendly ones.

If budget seems a bit tight, you can score decent varieties under $200 which has the basic functions like automated scheduling and cleaning settings. Good canditates for these include the ILIFE V3, Rollibot BL100, and Infinuvo QQ-2.

Know how you’re going to use it.

Like a responsible adult, ask yourself first what’s your purpose of buying a vaccum. Got furry friends who constantly shed? The iRoomba 860 has special extractors which prevent the machine from clogging. Got a pool to clean? The iRobot Mirra will save you costs on professional pool cleanings.

Notice the features and compare the price difference.

Take for instance the iRoomba 980 and the 960. The first one runs up to 120 minutes and has a carpet boost feature. The 960 only runs for 75 minutes and lacks the carpet boost feature. Sounds like the iRoomba 980 is a better buy, right? But if you’re living in a small apartment with absolutely no carpets to clean, go for the iRobot 960 and save yourself the extra $200.

You still have time to do your research and know which robotic vacuum will cater you best.

[Which Robotic Vacuum is Right For You?]

EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker Smartphone Vision Test

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The EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker is a super convenient way to check your vision and keep track of it over time. The EyeQue team has developed a small optical device and smartphone app (based on an MIT patent) that makes vision assessment possible anywhere, anytime. After a few rounds of measurements, users will receive a set of “EyeGlass Numbers” which they can use to purchase glasses online.

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How To Score The Greatest Black Friday Tech Deals

How To Score The Greatest Black Friday Tech Deals

 

It’s that time of the year again when people are hustling and bustling virtually to get the best deals on the internet ahead of time. The psychological shopping torture is real, guys.

Am I getting the best bargain at this price? Maybe it’ll drop to 50% tomorrow? Oh what if it didn’t?! Should I buy it right now?

You’re not alone. A lot of people are feeling this way right now. To help you prep up, here are tips on how you can score the greatest Black Friday Deals:

Research early

Big retailers and tech stores have their compilation of the best Black Friday deals weeks before. Tailor the store that you’re following to tech providers for specialized and more focused leads like getting $100 less on Beats, $450 Off a Samsung Smart LED TV, and $50 discount on Nest 3rd Gen Thermostat.

Be frugal, but intentional

Since you’re shopping for tech products, it’s expected that you already have a set of specs in mind. Going for super cheap tech products that cannot meet your demands is a waste. So make sure that the product that you’re buying is everything that you need and want.

Be picky with the apps

In your hopes of getting the lightning deals first, you’ll turn to apps for support. But, be sure that the app you’re downloading is legitimate! You’ll be entering your credit card information and the risk is huge. One red flag is asking too many permissions.

When shopping for Black Friday, be smart and alert. Don’t let the rush of emotions get to your logical way of thinking.

[Browse Black Friday Tech Deals 2016]