While the future that was promised to us in every science fiction movie of the 80’s seems to be a long time in coming, you have to admit that some really neat technology has come our way. Sure we don’t have holographic TV yet, or time travel, or some uber-useful teleportation device, but we do have amazing high tech gadgetry that would have wow’d your grandmothers grandmother, don’t you think? and along with some of these electronic marvels, comes passwords… a lot of them. I really need a gadget to help me access all my gadgets…
There is nothing like a good movie. For me, watching a truly great film is like a miniature vacation. Our culture is certainly focused on visual media and it should be no surprise to anyone that the forms of entertainment that we indulge in the most, are movies and TV. Oh how the world loves a television… and a disc player, Roku, cable, Tivo, and Netflix.. and just about anything else that let’s us turn off our brains for just a little while, so we can simply sit back, and be entertained.
Have you ever been out and about, and realized that you left the lights, or maybe even something a little dangerous like an iron, on? If there’s no one else home, and you’re more than a few minutes from home, you’re going to be stuck waiting until later to take care of it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pull out your phone, and with a few taps, turn of whatever you need? Well, you can.
Every time I leave home I worry about a multitude of things. If I’m gone for say, a vacation, I worry about the house looking empty to potential thieves. If I’m gone for the day, I wonder about the cat, the temperature and whether or not I left the porch light on, or worse, that I turned it off and won’t be home till after dark. There are probably some things I should look into in order to control my anxiety, but I think I’ll just get an Insteon Hub.
Did your grandparents have a light timer in their living room? I think many did. Back when burglaries were fewer and farther between it made sense. Unfortunately crime is on the rise. (I’ll resist going on a political tangent) Burglars are much smarter. So we the home owners/dwellers must better prepare our domiciles. House sitters have become a popular option. Or maybe your neighbor stops by to turn lights off and on. Smarthomes enable remote control of many items in the home. But not all of us can afford a True Smarthome (or can’t retro fit ours).
Crowdfunding has to be one of the biggest buzz words of the last year. Kickstarter and Indiegogo really put a different spin on how to create a product. Unfortunately, many good products don’t achieve funding goals. A new type of crowdfunding site began to emerge to help move these unfunded projects along, give inventors more infrastructure and feedback while also protecting buyers. Christie Street does just that and took on a product that is now funded and slated to launch this summer.
Philips, a global leader in lighting solutions, launched Hue at the end of last year which proves to give a whole new take on lighting automation. Usually when we think of home automation we envision complicated computer systems built into the wall. But in reality, with the growth of smartphones and tablets, wi-fi and home networking are enabling more remote control of everyday items. Philips Hue looks to provide personal lighting to meet your changing needs – wirelessly via your home network and smartphone/tablet. After the launch of Hue we received a set to evaluate. The light in our lives has never been the same.
As we report on Coolest Gadgets, smartphones and tablets are doing everything these days. Aside from making calls and accessing the Internet they get us to our destinations, play our music, monitor our portfolios and even lock or unlock our houses. In fact more and more devices and apps that help us control our home seem to be springing onto the market. Let’s add another one to the list compliments of Philips.
The evolution of the smartphone as more than a phone is underway. They are slowly taking over tasks in our daily lives. Think about it. Things like music players, portable DVD players, cameras, GPS, flashlights, calculators and dictation devices go by the wayside. NFC and Passbook technologies mean no more need to carry a wallet. Next will be, yep, your keys.
I’m sure most of you remember “the Clapper” and in its day, the ability to turn a light on or off from across the room probably seemed pretty neat… but that was a long time ago, and it seems to me with all of our WiFi devices, we should be monitoring and controlling all kinds of stuff from wherever we want to, and now it’s easy.