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35 Amazing And Mind-Blowing Smart Home Tech You Probably Don’t Know About

35 Amazing And Mind-Blowing Smart Home Tech You Probably Don’t Know About

Make your life better and easier with these 35 home tech products that you might not have heard of, yet.

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    1. Ben and Jerry’s Euphori-Lock

    Worried that someone else is gonna gobble up your hard-earned ice cream? You can set a special combination and lock it with this ingenious device! You can buy it over at Amazon for $24.99.

    2-Philips-Hue-Light-Bulbs

      2. Philips Hue Light Bulbs

      Control the mood lighting anywhere in your house with these unique bulbs that can be controlled over your Wi-Fi network from your smartphone. Dim, switch off, and cycle through different color palettes within seconds and create your dream atmosphere. Get the starter’s pack from the Apple Store for $199.95.

      3-Nest-Thermostat

        3. Nest Thermostat

        Remotely manage the temperature of your home by installing this digital thermostat control. It communicates with your smartphone so that you can schedule temperature presets and check your energy savings while on the go. You’ll never return to a chilly or overheated house again! Buy it from Nest for $249.

        4-MOSAIQQ-Digital-Backsplash-Photo-Canvases

          4. MOSAIQQ Digital Backsplash Photo Canvases

          Do you want a truly fancy way to display your family photographs? These immense screens respond to your touch, allowing you to flip through photo albums and even view your home surveillance footage. Contact MOSAIQQ directly for home purchases.

          5-August-Smart-Lock

            5. August Smart Lock

            Analog keys are finally falling out of style. Since we’ve always got our smartphones on us, it seems natural that a new locking system would allow us to unlock our front doors with a mobile app. This is great for organizations that also want to monitor door access logs. Pre-order the August Smart Lock for $249.99 on their company website.

            6-Belkin-iPad-Refrigerator-Mount

              6. Belkin iPad Refrigerator Mount

              Do you use your iPad while in the kitchen cooking? Pull up a recipe or put on some Netflix, and then mount the screen on your refrigerator for easy viewing. You can snag this fancy iPad holder from Belkin for $39.99.

              7-Prima-Cinema-Private-IMAX-Theater

                7. Prima Cinema Private IMAX Theater

                Who needs to go to the local theater when you can just enjoy the hottest films in their theatrical master formats. Prima Cinema dealers equip your existing home theater with encrypted streaming access to current theater hits. Connect with an authorized dealer by visiting the Prima Cinema website.

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                8-Roomba

                  8. Roomba

                  You won’t need to lift another finger to sweep up or vacuum your floors again. The Roomba is an automated vacuum that rolls around the home, picking up dust and debris for you. Roomba models range between $399.99 – $699.99 on the iRobot website.

                  9-The-Kohler-Numi-Toilet

                    9. The Kohler Numi Toilet

                    The motion activated toilet seat and lid automatically adjust themselves once you approach this toilet. The Numi even syncs with your mobile devices over Bluetooth, so that you can enjoy some music while sitting on the throne. Pick up this high tech toilet from a Registered Kohler Showroom.

                    10-SimpliSafe-Home-Security

                      10. SimpliSafe Home Security

                      Instead of working with a pricey home security network, you can install a home monitoring system yourself. The Simplisafe Plus Package comes with motion sensors, water detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and freeze sensors that will send alerts to your mobile device once a potential emergency is detected. Buy it on Amazon for $259.95.

                      11-Belkin-WeMo-Switch

                        11. Belkin WeMo Switch

                        Take home automation to the next level by plugging your appliances into this unique Belkin WeMo adapter. You’ll be able to remotely control the off and on status of these electronics from your mobile devices. The next time you feel lazy, just switch the coffee maker on from your bed. Buy it from Belkin for $49.99.

                        12-iSmart-Alarm

                          12. iSmart Alarm

                          This is another automated home security system that can be customized with real time camera surveillance, contact sensors, and motion detectors. Build your own home security system at the iSmart website.

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                            13. Bed Bath and Beyond Flameless Candles

                            Flames pose a risk to our children, pets, and home. This can be bad news for homeowners who enjoy the ambiance created by traditional candles. You can recreate this environment with flameless, battery operated LED candles sold by Bed Bath and Beyond for $5.99.

                            14-iPico-Wireless-Projector

                              14. iPico Wireless Projector

                              Display footage from your Apple iOS device directly onto the wall with this insanely portable projector, which delivers a 16:9 aspect ration. Pick this gadget up from Amazon for $37.40.

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                              Dropcam-Pro-Camera

                                15. Dropcam Pro Camera

                                DIY home surveillance has never been so fun! Keep an eye on your home with the Dropcam mobile apps, stay in touch with family members with the built-in two-way radios, and watch for late-night intruders with infrared camera vision. Get your home spy on with at the Dropcam store and pick up the pro bundle for $199.

                                16-iBaby-Baby-Monitor

                                  16. iBaby Baby Monitor

                                  Don’t feel like you have to jump out of bed for every single noise your baby makes. Keep an eye on them from your smartphone or tablet by purchasing the iBaby monitor camera from iBaby Labs for $129.95.

                                  17-Chamberlain-MyQ-Garage

                                    17. Chamberlain MyQ Garage

                                    Worried that your teenager is sneaking out with the family car at night? Keep tabs on your garage door activity with this unique monitor, just $129.99 from the Chamberlain website.

                                    18-Belkin-Motion-Detector-and-Switch

                                      18. Belkin Motion Detector and Switch

                                      Do you want your home appliances to switch on or off once you walk into the room? Well this little gadget is for you. Snag it from Belkin for $79.99.

                                      19-Brookstone-Wireless-Key-Finder

                                        19. Brookstone Wireless Key Finder

                                        Are you an absent minded person who constantly loses their keys? Force your keys to make loud noises until you find them with this handy helper available through Brookstone.

                                        20-Rambler-Socket-Extension-Cables

                                          20. Rambler Socket Extension Cables

                                          Power any device, no matter where it’s located, with this retractable extension cable built right into your home’s walls. Keep an eye out for purchase details on the Yanko Design website.

                                          21-Leaf-Thermometer

                                            21. Leaf Thermometer

                                            Remember those mood rings that would change color based on temperature. Well now you can monitor how cold it is outside with this color changing leaf decoration. Find it on Amazon for $13.99.

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                                            22-Fisher-Price-Laugh-and-Learn-Apptivity-Case

                                              22. Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case

                                              Well, it’s never too early to teach your child how to play with your smartphone or tablet. You can protect it from your child’s temper tantrums with this extremely durable and drool resistant case. Available from Fisher-Price for $11.99.

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                                                23. Sonos Speakers

                                                Forget Bose, these are some of the highest quality home entertainment speakers you’ll find. Check out the Play:1 for a true surround sound experience for $199 in the Sonos store.

                                                24-Hi-Can-Bed

                                                  24. Hi-Can Bed

                                                  Instead of watching TV from your bed, what if you could enjoy movies and video games from a projector and screen built into your bed? This extreme entertainment and relaxation system can be yours for 42,000 Euros on the HiCan webpage.

                                                  25-Scanomat-TopBrewer

                                                    25. Scanomat TopBrewer

                                                    Watch as the Scanomat app becomes your barista, communicating directly with the coffee machine to customize the bean grind, water temperature, and milk pour to your drink specifications. Find a local certified dealer at Scanomat.

                                                    26-Airocide-Air-Purifier

                                                      26. Airocide Air Purifier

                                                      Knock allergens out of your house and life with this silent hi-tech air purifier designed to look like a piece of modern art. Own it now for $799.99 at Airocide.

                                                      27-Zeta-Fireplace

                                                        27. Zeta Fireplace

                                                        Are you looking for a way to update your old-fashioned gas fireplace? Replace it with the energy-efficient modern curved steel and glass Zeta, available for $10,900 at EcoSmart Fire.

                                                        28-Bonaverde-Coffee-Machine

                                                          28. The Bonaverde Coffee Machine

                                                          Most of us don’t participate in the coffee roasting process. That’s typically done when we purchase coffee beans at the store. But the Bonaverde accepts fresh green coffee beans so that you can roast these suckers and instantly turn them into coffee. Yum. Reserve a system now for 299 Euros at Bonaverde.

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                                                          29-Winbot-Window-Cleaner

                                                            29. Winbot Window Cleaner

                                                            Are you sick of getting out ladders and meticulously wiping down glass windows and doors to avoid dirt build up or streaking? Buy a robot to do it for you! The Winbot clings to glass with superb suction power and cleans surfaces automatically. Buy it at Bed Bath and Beyond for $399.

                                                            30-Acoustable-Speaker-Table

                                                              30. Acoustable Speaker Table

                                                              Are your laptop speakers just not cutting it? Well you can get high-quality remote controlled audio from this unique coffee table that comes with a speaker built into it. Contact Acoustable directly for pricing information.

                                                              31-Sharper-Image-Heated-Shaving-Cream-Dispenser

                                                                31. Sharper Image Heated Shaving Cream Dispenser

                                                                You probably didn’t even know that you needed this. Fight away the morning chill by lathering pre-heated shaving cream onto your face. Get fancy with this shaving accessory available from the Sharper Image for $39.99.

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                                                                  32. Google Chrome Cast

                                                                  Are you a Google Play addict? Want to stream media instantly from all of your iOS and Android mobile devices directly to your TV? This little $35 gadget from Google will take care of your streaming entertainment needs.

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                                                                    33. Crestron Motorized Shades

                                                                    Homes are becoming so automated, that you don’t even need to stand up to close the shades and keep the sun out. Cut down on your power bill with shades that close at the hottest times of the day. Get a home solutions quote directly from Crestron.

                                                                    34-Nespresso-Maestria

                                                                      34. Nespresso Maestria

                                                                      Coffee pod beverages never tasted better. This is the ultimate convenient coffee shop experience. The Maestria preheats in just 25 seconds so that you can channel your own barista at home and foam milk for lattes and cappuccinos. Buy it for $449 at Nespresso.

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                                                                        35. AeroGarden

                                                                        You don’t even have to go outside for freshly grown veggies and herbs anymore. Take your garden indoors with these electronic ecosystems. They provide plants with valuable LED “sunlight” so that you can grow basil, parsley, mint, and more from your kitchen counter. Find the indoor garden that best fits your home at the AeroGarden store.

                                                                        Featured photo credit: Chris Meller via flickr.com

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                                                                        Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                                                                        13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                                                        13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                                                        Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                                                                        Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                                                                        Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                                                                        1. Stress Eating

                                                                        I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                                                                        While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                                                                        I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                                                                        If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                                                                        How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                                                                        2. Nail Biting

                                                                        Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                                                                        People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                                                                        Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                                                                        For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                                                                        3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                                                                        We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                                                                        Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                                                                        Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                                                                        4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                                                                        Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                                                                        While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                                                                        Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                                                                        Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                                                                        5. Smoking

                                                                        Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                                                                        In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                                                                        Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

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                                                                          6. Excessive Drinking

                                                                          All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                                                                          According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                                                                          • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                                                                          • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                                                                          • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                                                                          • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                                                                          • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                                                                          If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                                                                          If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                                                                          7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                                                                          Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                                                                          If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                                                                          A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                                                                          “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                                                                          And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                                                                          While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                                                                          Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                                                                          Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                                                                          8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                                                                          There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                                                                          In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                                                                          Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                                                                          Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                                                                          9. Watching Too Much TV

                                                                          I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                                                                          Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                                                                          Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                                                                          It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                                                                          10. Being Late

                                                                          Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                                                                          Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                                                                          Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                                                                          11. Being in Bad Relationships

                                                                          Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                                                                          I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                                                                          Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                                                                          12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                                                                          Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                                                                          Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                                                                          Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                                                                          By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                                                                          Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                                                                          13. Focusing on the Negatives

                                                                          In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                                                                          Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                                                                          Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                                                                          And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                                                                          The Bottom Line

                                                                          So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                                                                          Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

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