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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 December 2, 2018

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

        The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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        The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

        Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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        Review Your Past Flow

        Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

        Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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        Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

        Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

        Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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        Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

        Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

        We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

        Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

          Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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