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Style your home with 3 brave technologies

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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.

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        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 November 22, 2021

        Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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        Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

        Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

        During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

        But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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        Simplify

        I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

        Absolutely.

        And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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        If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

        • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
        • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
        • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

        Be Mindful

        You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

        Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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        Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

        Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

        Reflect

        As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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        Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

        But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

        So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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        Featured photo credit: Libby Penner via unsplash.com

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