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Give the New Year an Epic Welcome With These Smart Technology

Give the New Year an Epic Welcome With These Smart Technology

Saying goodbye to a year that was and embracing a new one for all its new potential calls for a grand celebration. It’s a milestone that almost everyone on earth is looking forward to.

When the alcohol starts to flow and with everybody going crazy, it’s highly likely that give in to the moment and end up tending a hangover and finding lost keys on January first.

Smart tech is here to help you prep up so you’ll have a fun New Year’s Eve and an easy, carefree morning after.

Fancy up the mood 

People usually start with low energy during parties, but you can ease everyone in (especially if friends of friends are coming along and not everybody know each other) by setting up the mood first. Dim the lights and let your Philips Hue do its thing: popping colors of fun everywhere! And don’t forget to fill the room with music. There are fancy speakers which can double as conversation starters like the Crazybaby Levitating Speaker and the Yantouch Diamond Speaker and Light.

Break the ice

In breaking the ice, there’s nothing more effective than alcohol. It loosens up even the most uptight person in the room. Nope, you don’t need to hire a bartender this time. He needs to party too. Quickly chill a bottle of wine that you have just bought the last minute with Waring Wine Chiller. Or get the Somabar or the Smart Bartending to mix your favorite cocktails the whole night through.

Keep memories 

There’s nothing more disappointing than realizing you have no memory or battery when taking the most important pictutes. Make sure this doesn’t happen again by having a full-charged power bank with you. And in case your friends forget to charge theirs, be safe and bring the Juno Powerbank with 13,000mAh. It’s powerful enough to charge a couple of smartphones a couple of times.

And for the perfect New Year’s Eve selfie even in low light, get your selfie lights ready! You can go for the Cynux spotlight that’s clippable on your smartphone or the light stick that can cover more area for a groufie.

Keep safe

Don’t drink and drive. A car crash or being temporarily detained isn’t exactly a great start for the year. So, bring a portable breath analyzer with you. Check on yourself and your friends too. Wait until you’re sober before you hit the road.

Have a breezy morning

All the late-night partying might give you temporary memory loss. You might find yourself tensed the moment you wake up because you can’t find your car keys or your wallet or whatever. Attach a Tile on your valuables so you’ll know where they are when you can’t seem to find them.
And, of course, help yourself to a cup of coffee the moment you wakeup. Make your smart coffee maker brew a cup or carafe. Waking up to the smell of coffee will be the perfect way to start the first day of the new year.

Have a blast this New Year’s Eve and an even happier day ahead!

[New Year’s Eve Tech Gadgets To Help You Celebrate]

 

Who Knew Technology Can Make You Look and Feel More Beautiful?

Tech products that will make you look and feel beautiful

Nope, I am not talking about invasive technology. What I’m referring to are easy tech gadgets that can help you look beautiful, especially if you’re super busy. According to a Yahoo study, the average woman spends about 22.5 minutes getting ready each morning. And that’s not the case every day; it’s longer if you made an eyeliner stroke mistake.

If you can relate to the morning hustle and want to cut down time in grooming or just want to feel more beautiful (and healthier), you definitely need to check out these beauty tech products.

Smart Mirrors

You don’t want to look like somebody slapped your face the moment you walk out of your home. Or maybe look too pale during your evening party. Simulate different lighting conditions with a smart mirror like the vanity TV mirror from Séura or Simplehuman sensor mirrors which you can order from Amazon. This way, you can put on the right amount of makeup and don’t embarrass yourself.

Personal Hygiene Tech 

Our hair is one of the reasons why it takes us a long time to get ready in the morning. There are excellent hair dryers like the Chi Air Vibe, which cuts hair drying time in half. They look stylish too. As for brushing your teeth, better invest in electric toothbrush like the one from Oral-B’s 7000 Smart Series. You can still do light things like checking the weather or your flight details during the 2-minute brushing time.

Well-being wearables

Lastly, there are well-being wearables which make us feel good, translating the inner glow to radiating beauty. Strengthen your sleep with the Sleep pill and wake up to a happy mood. It’s also amazing how a simple change in posture can make appear more confident, while easing back pains. The Upright posture wearable vibrates whenever it detects you slouching your back.

There you go, ladies. Looking and feeling good — that’s our duty to ourselves. Gift yourself with one of these.

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Building a Smart Home? Start With These Easy Gadgets.

So you’re thinking of making your house smart? Great decision! Going smart will give you convenience and peace of mind. It will also give you more time to spend on things that actually matter.

For new smart home converts, we always encourage you to start with light and simple automation. Easy always does it. Get a thorough primer of what it’s like to have a smart home without the hardcore installation first.

In fact, we have compiled a list of easy products which can easily transform your house into a smart one. Here are some.

Light switches

You can still keep your old “dumb” switch. Just place the Switchmate Smart Light Switch on top of it and you can already control it on your smartphone. It uses magnetic forces to attach and is ready to use. You can also replace your “dumb” switch with Wi-Fi switches from WeMo and TP-Link if you like.

Smart sockets

As for making your lights smart, use the smart sockets from Emberlight, iDevices, and LampChamp. Just plug in your “dumb” incandescent, CFL or LED bulbs into these sockets and viola, you got yourself an instant automated lighting system.

Smart plugs 

Smart plugs are smart home staples that turn almost all your electronic devices smart! Just plug in your lamp, TV, hair iron (which you always forget to turn off before you go) or any other devices and schedule their switching times on your smartphone.

Sounds easy, right? Converting your home into a smart one is not that complicated. Don’t be too overwhelmed. Join the smart home revolution easily with our suggested devices above.

Want to know more details about these products?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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