Gadgets are great but with them come cords, remotes and electrical outlet burden. Are we tired of clutter? Absolutely, we crave efficiency and multi-function. Thankfully there are solutions being introduced to the marketplace.
Word of the day: Paddict- Iphone or Ipad addict
Paddicts, rejoice: IPhones are becoming the new remote controls for increasing numbers of home devices. Recharging has been reconsidered, hallelujah, eliminating the need for so many cords and outlets. Thermostats can teach – and learn from us, and be left alone to act in accordance with our habits OR be summoned by us at a moment’s notice to crank up the a/c or heat before we even arrive to their location. Same with LED lights- any color, any time, programmed from anywhere. Futuristic is the now. If you are not an iphone user I apologize in advance for this iPhone heavy list of home tech trends:
REDUCED CORD CLUTTER:
1) Leviton plug with USB ports allows tech users to charge phones and tablets more efficiently. $20
2) This Mophie power pack is slightly smaller than the iphone and a great thing to have in a purse or briefcase for an on the go charge, giving up to six charges to an iphone or tablet before it needs to be recharged. Not just for on the go, great for home/office use as well to reduce cord clutter. $59.95
3) How about this brilliance? No more tripping over extension cords. These run beautifully under rugs or behind artwork or tables…
PHONE BECOMES UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL, as
MORE THINGS CAN BE MANAGED FROM AFAR:
4) Phillips HUE: Tune, dim and control lighting from iPhone and iPad no matter where in the world you are. Starter pack $199.95, additional bulbs $59.95. Sounds expensive until you consider the lifespan of LED bulbs. This technology can transform the mood of a room instantly via color, or light a room at your command – from wherever you are.
5) Nest Learning Thermostat: Take charge of your energy use with this thermostat that you can control from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. The Nest will also tell you the temperature outside if you are curious about how to dress for the day. Second generation now out, selling for $249.95
6) Phillips In.Sight Remote Home or Baby Monitor: Philips’ In.Sight wireless home monitor lets you instantly keep close to your house and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Because it’s Wi-Fi enabled, you can set up this device anywhere you’re within network range. Starting at $129.95
TRIM INCORPORATES LIGHTING
7) Light Integrated Trim (LIT) is Keeler’s latest product innovation. LIT combines decorative tiles, LED technology, and traditional trim choices to create effective ambiance lighting (goodbye hall tables, lamps, cords…). I happened upon this exciting discovery in the KBIS press room. See more here.
Do you have any of these devices, and if so, which ones? Do you approve of the mixed use direction of these technologies? Plan to try any of them? Please share your insights in the comments.
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