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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.

                          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.

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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.

                                                                  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.

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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 March 13, 2019

                                                                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                        1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                        2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                        3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                        4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                        7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                        8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                        9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                        10. Find some competition.

                                                                        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                        11. Go exercise.

                                                                        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                        12. Take a good break.

                                                                        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                                                                        Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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