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3 Simple Gadgets To Make Your Home Smarter

Home is where you spend the majority of your life. Your home is the place where you enjoy being at most most relaxed and comfortable. Whether you’re living in the bright lights of a big city or in the calm of the countryside, your home can be become a smart home. By adding a few gadgets to your home you could make your home more intelligent. Check out these cool new gadgets that will bring you one step closer to a tech home…

Smart Lock August ($249.99)

August is a keyless smart lock that you can attach to any door in your home but is best used on your front door. August uses Bluetooth technology from your smartphone to recognise when you are near your door and unlocks it. You have 24/7 total control of who enters and exits your home by adding family and friends to the access list. Log records are kept for you to track who and when enters/exits your home. August requires 4 x AA batteries and you can simply install it to your existing deadbolt lock. This is a great way to keep your home secure. No more forgotten keys!

Smart Thermostat – Nest Thermostat (£249)

The Nest Thermostat is a clever thermostat that learns about you and how warm or cool you want your home. You can simply change the temperature by turning the dial, but you can also programme the timing and temperature when you are out using the smartphone app. Nest Thermostat learns when you are not home and turns to Away mode and switches off your heating to save you money. You can have different temperatures for different times of the day like when you wake up or when you are returning home from work. This is a hot thermostat (see what I did there?!) that will help make your home the temperature you want, when you want.

Smart Doorbell – SkyBell WiFi Doorbell ($199)

The SkyBell WiFi Doorbell is a smart video doorbell that uses the built-in camera and microphone to enable you to speak, hear and see the person at your door whether you are at home, on the go or at work. SkyBell uses the motion sensor to alert you when someone is nearby. Using your smartphone the live video feed begins giving you a real time video call with the visitor at the door. If you are at home you can let them in just by tapping on your smartphone, or if you are away you can let them know when you’ll be back home or even let them in. This is a great security gadget that gives you comfort of who enters your home.

What is your favourite home gadget? Let me know in the comments below…

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3 Tech trends to boom in 2015

Technology always been one step ahead of the game. It’s what drives us forward in life by making life’s challenges easier and simpler. This year and beyond will see technology move even further forward, making the 90’s seem generations away.

Here are my top 3 trends in technology for this year and beyond….

Payments

Paying with your credit card at a point of sale or online is beginning to become a thing of the past. There are many online payment services but we will begin to see payments using many other devices and services. There have recently been services such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet. Using services like these with your smartphone or smart watch will soon be the norm.

With a recent technology called NFC (Near Field Communication) which is used in London’s Oyster travelcard, this technology is now moving to smartphones. Most people have a smartphone so you will be soon be making your daily online and in store purchases with your favourite smartphone.

Smart home

The home is beginning to evolve from a simple place to relax and enjoy to being a tech hub of the future. Using anything electrical in your home has usually been initiated with your physical command of pressing a button or the on/off switch. With services such as Apple’s HomeKit, you will be able to use all your home’s electrical essentials with a simple tap on your smartphone.

Whether you are at out for the evening or even travelling abroad, tasks such as turning on the heating and opening the garage door will be as easy as tapping your smartphone. These day to day tasks have been simplified to make your lives easier and stress-free. Watch out! This will be a trend that will accelerate in the coming months for sure…

Drones

What is a drone? A drone can be simply described as an electronic flying device that can be used for many different uses. Parrot’s AR Drone which was released a few years ago was initially a game play device that enables you to use your smartphone to fly the drone as part of an interactive game. We are now seeing drones being used in many different ways.

Companies such as Amazon and Facebook have been testing drones on how to improve and deliver services to people much faster. Amazon will be using drones to make quicker deliveries to homes, and Facebook hopes to deliver internet services to areas of the world where the web isn’t easily accessible. This is also a much cheaper and efficient way of providing these services to its users. This trend is for sure to take off, so keep looking up and see if you can spot a flying drone in the near future…

Any other tech trends you think will take off this year and beyond? Let me know in the comments below…

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