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5 Incredible Automated Technologies That Will Transform Your House Into a Revolutionary Smart Home

5 Incredible Automated Technologies That Will Transform Your House Into a Revolutionary Smart Home

If you take a look around at any given moment, you’ll notice you’re surrounded by technology. With phones, tablets, computers, TVs, and wearable devices, everything seems to be interconnected. While some would argue the rapid evolution of modern technology has had a negative impact on society – leading to laziness and dependence – the reality is that automated technologies produce plenty of positive results.

Perhaps this is no more evident than when you look at the rise of smart homes. With smart appliances, automated lights, and technologies that predict what will happen next, intelligent homes have become more than a dream. And while there are handfuls of intriguing technologies and devices on the market, let’s hone in on five of the top smart home solutions and how they can help you transform your traditional house into a revolutionary smart home.

ilumi Light Bulb

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    Light bulbs aren’t typically a very ‘sexy’ purchase. After all, most lights are pretty much the same. Well, that may have been true until ilumi – ‘the world’s smartest light bulb’ – came along. It’s the most sophisticated, highly-customizable light bulb solution ever to hit the market, and homeowners everywhere are using these simple innovations to transform stale rooms into sleek living spaces.

    The ilumi Smartbulb can be installed in any traditional light fixture and is remotely controlled via the accompanying Bluetooth app. Using the app, you can change the color, brightness, and tone of the light to meet your mood. You can also set up timers or ask the light to turn on and off as you enter and leave a room. While the ilumi Smartbulb may cost well more than the average person spends on a light bulb, the company claims each bulb has a lifespan of up to 20 years.

    Belkin NetCam

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      Smart home technology isn’t just about convenience. There’s also a big need for safety and security. That’s where the Belkin NetCam comes into the picture. At approximately $100, this small video camera allows homeowners to live stream HD video to their smartphone or tablet, regardless of where they are.

      The Belkin NetCam is equipped with night vision and a wide-angle glass lens that allows you to monitor your home, whether you’re in the upstairs bedroom or halfway around the world on vacation. It’s truly a revolutionary technology in home security.

      Bio Bidet BB 2000

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        A bidet isn’t the first thing American homeowners think about, but the Bio Bidet BB 2000 is anything but typical. Some of the features include a wireless remote control, hybrid water heating system, patented 3-in-1 single nozzle system, and adjustable water temperature, pressure, and nozzle position. The Bio Bidet BB 2000 also comes with a three-year manufacturer’s limited warranty (with an option for six years), which makes it a relatively low-risk purchase for homeowners trying a bidet for the first time.

        Netatmo Weather Station

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          With the Netatmo Weather Station, the way you check the weather will never be the same. This sleek smart home device allows you to analyze weather patterns, observe what’s happening in your home, and forecast the future. Specifically, it monitors the indoor temperature, humidity, air quality, and CO2 level of your home. Furthermore, it uses real-time weather readings to provide accurate forecasts and predictions outside the home.

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          Nest Thermostat

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            Finally, there’s the Nest Learning Thermostat. This incredible piece of technology allows you to control the temperature of your home from virtually anywhere in the world. However, it’s way more than a programmable thermostat. In addition to giving you customization features, the Nest actually learns your preferences and controls itself for optimal cost savings and personal comfort.

            Transform Your Home Today

            What are you waiting for? You don’t need a million-dollar budget to live in a smart home. With these five technologies, you can immediately revolutionize your living space and usher in the future of comfortable living.

            Featured photo credit: Jeremy Levine via flic.kr

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            Last Updated on September 20, 2018

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

            1. Breathe

            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

            2. Loosen up

            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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