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Style your home with 3 brave technologies

Style your home with 3 brave technologies

With the advent of technology, homeowners have entered a brave new world where they no longer need to worry about the security of their assets and lives. Whether they are on a vacation in far off lands or relaxing in their abode, they can feel safe and not lose sleep over the security of their loved ones and valuables that they posses.

Listed below are 3 brave technologies, which you too can use to make your home hi-tech this year:

1. SpotCam

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SpotCam

    Keeping an eye on your loved ones, assets and pets when you are away from your home no longer needs you to be tethered to a computer. With SpotCam, you can now see live videos on your mobile phone and other smart devices, as and when you are able to access the internet. With this free cloud recording system that doesn’t need any complicated set-up to start working, you can now use multiple devices, from your ubiquitous mobile and tablet to the old PC or laptop, to watch videos from home in  real time. You will just need to connect your SpotCam to Wi-Fi and get an account on MySpotCam.com, and voila! You will be ready to get started!

    From petty thieves and burglars to other people with malicious intent, the ideal time to strike is often after its dark. Many security cameras and surveillance devices fail to take this into account and don’t provide clear footage in low light. With SpotCam, you can breathe easy as it comes loaded with a night vision mode with 12x IR LED light, thus ensuring you get to see professional level images even in low light.

    SpotCam also lets you choose the NVR plan, which allows you to store videos and review the footage later. From the date of the event, you will get as many as 30 days to view it. You won’t need the server when you use SpotCam.

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    2. DoorBot + Lockitron

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      At the heart of the concept of “DoorBot” is a simple design, which involves a smart door lock that can be controlled wirelessly from anywhere, provided you have Internet connection. It also comes equipped with a camera that lets you see who the visitor is, talk to him or her, and then unlock the door, irrespective of wherever you are.

      DoorBot’s design is created to work with Lockitron, which is an iOS compatible system that you can use to open the door for strangers even when you are at remote locations. Once someone rings the door bell, you can see who’s at the door, thanks to the camera and talk to them remotely. After you have certified the visitor, you will have to use the DoorBot app’s Lockitron switch to unlock your door, easily and quickly. To make this entire system work smoothly, all that you need is your smartphone to get access to standard Internet connection.

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      This design is still in its idea phase and requires funding of $250,000, though a partial part of this amount has already been raised.

      3. NuBryte

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        If you plan to make your home smart, you don’t need to look beyond NuBryte. This smart home console by Lucis automates your security and lighting capabilities, in addition to providing you with updated weather alerts and reports, as well as a calendar with notifications to help you manage your entire family’s schedule. It even gives monthly and daily energy reports to encourage you to make smarter energy choices and take note of the savings when your next energy bill arrives.

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        With NuBryte’s intercom feature, you can bid adieu to yelling. Whether it’s to call the kids and tell them to get ready for school, or let everyone know that dinner is ready to be served, you simply have to use the intercom feature and not shout at the top of your lungs.

        With this interactive household management system, you can manage a host of household needs, right from home security and lighting to energy management and much more. Apart from the console that’s capable of making your home smart, this system also has an open API for additional customization and flexibility. The fact that you won’t need any upgraded bulbs or special equipment to link to the NuBryte console also works in its favor and makes it user-friendly.

        Despite coming with a slightly steeper price tag than a traditional dimmer switch, the price of NuBryte seems to be justified when you take a look at its features and the convenience they bring to your everyday life. Some even say that NuBryte’s subscription-free home protection features can help one save thousands of dollars with respect to service charges every year.

        So, if you have been waiting to use contemporary technology and make your home smart, where you not only make your assets, loved ones and pets secure but can even handle a lot of other mundane tasks from remote locations or via smart systems, the above mentioned three technologies are worth a try.

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        Last Updated on October 23, 2018

        Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

        Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

        My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

        Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

        The Neural Knitwork Project

        In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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        While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

        The knitting and neural connection

        The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

        More mental health benefits from knitting

        Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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        “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

        Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

        Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

        She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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        “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

        The dopamine effect on our happiness

        Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

        There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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        “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

        If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

        Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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