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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.

Ben-&-Jerry's-Euphori-Pint-Lock

    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.

                          13-Bed-Bath-and-Beyond-Flameless-Candles

                            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.

                                              23-Sonos-Speakers

                                                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.

                                                                32-Google-Chrome-Cast

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Crestron-Motorized-Shades

                                                                    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.

                                                                      35-AeroGarden

                                                                        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 January 17, 2019

                                                                        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                        In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                                        Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                                        Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                                        Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                                        Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                                        The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                                        There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                                        How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                                        According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                                        Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                                        Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                                        The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                                        Listen carefully:

                                                                        We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                                        The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                                        Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                                        8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                                        There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                                        Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                                        1. Pray Daily

                                                                        You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                                        When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                                        Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                                        Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                                        2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                                        A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                                        By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                                        Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                                        If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                                        This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                                        How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                                        3. Smile Often

                                                                        Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                                        Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                                        Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                                        The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                                        4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                                        A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                                        When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                                        Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                                        Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                                        5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                                        I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                                        Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                                        What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                                        6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                                        God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                                        I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                                        I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                                        7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                                        You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                                        How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                                        First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                                        If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                                        If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                                        If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                                        Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                                        8. Go Exercise

                                                                        Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                                        The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                                        You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                                        12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                                        The Bottom Line

                                                                        It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                                        It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                                        Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                                                        Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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