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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 March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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