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Thermostat

History of Smart Thermostats

Since the correlation between thermostats and energy efficiency were realized, thermostats have evolved to establish their rightful place in history. Traditional thermostats were equipped with a dial or manual keys allowing the user to raise or lower climate control settings in their home. Once the simplicity of this method was realized, the digital thermostat was introduced with programmable settings allowing for more streamlined heating and cooling processes. With a digital thermostat, the user had very limited options to change settings within the control panel. This made it easier to control the indoor energy consumption typically when absent from the home.


Constantly adjusting a thermostat when you are always on the go has become a hassle. As a busy person, either you are home when you do not expect, or gone when you are expected at home. This has been a contributing factor leading to the utilization of smart thermostats. Being connected became any place before the smart thermostat was realized. Designers understood that consumers no longer had predictive lifestyle patterns and work schedules. Creating thermostats with connectivity features soon became a new reality. The connected thermostat would allow any user to change the temperature of their desired environment from any place when connected via the internet.


As time progressed, connected thermostats became ordinal as they provided a one-sided view of heating and cooling settings which limited user convenience. The need for a more complex way to communicate with the climate control system evolved. A thermostat with the ability to provide analytical feedback was developed. These thermostats are collectively known today as the “smart” thermostat. Smart thermostats enable maximum energy saving potential to monitor costs and aid in consumption control. They have the ability to provide real time feedback with an easily understandable interface that streamlines use even for those who are not technically inclined.


Between 2009 and 2014 the need for the available features smart thermostats offered sky rocketed. Consumers became increasingly aware of how their electricity use habits after implementation of a five-star energy program provided evidence that homes with smart thermostats could save a significant amount of money over the course of a calendar year. During that time, well-known companies in the technology sector emerged at the forefront in engineering smart thermostats. They develop their smart models utilizing various sensors, virtual perimeters which analyze the location of your phone in comparison to your thermostat, and complex computations to allow for maximum savings on all climate control systems activity. 

 

 

Bluetooth Speakers

Bluetooth Speakers: Taking Music to Another Level

Today, thanks to technological advancements, you can connect a compact portable speaker to your phone, tablet or laptop. Once you setup the wireless connection, stream music, podcast or anything else you want. This experience has been enabled by bluetooth speakers. I know that music from your home speaker system and headphones is always great. But if you acquired a bluetooth speaker, it would easily replace them and become your favorite tech gadget. Some of the reasons why a bluetooth speaker is a really cool item are:

* You can use it around your home

A bluetooth speaker is portable and you can move it to wherever you have projects to do. Whether it’s in the garage, kitchen, bedroom, laundry room, etc. Sure headphones could serve the same purpose but with headphones, all the music is concentrated in your ears limiting your attention to the surrounding. A bluetooth speaker will also be ideal for use outside the house, say you have a party in your backyard.

* Ease of sharing music

Many times we are faced with situations where you have downloaded a new song on your smartphone and you want a friend to listen to it. Normally, you hand them your headphones or take time putting the song on your computer so as to play it on your speaker. There is no fun in all this hassle. With a bluetooth speaker, you will just play the song right away as you and your friend dance to the beat.

* You can use it for hands-free phone calls

A bluetooth speaker does more than just stream music. There are models which have a built-in mic for hands-free calling. The mic picks your voice at a distance and the speaker is loud enough for you to hear the person on the other end clearly.

Now that we know what an amazing experience a bluetooth speaker gives, let us look at some of the best bluetooth speakers in the market.

Bose SoundClick Revolve

It is one of the best speakers around. It gives a good sound for its compact size and has a good battery life of about 16 hours. It is water resistant and is easy to move around with. However, this gadget is quite costly and the gadget that makes its charging easier comes at an additional cost.

UE Wonderboom Speaker

The Wonderboom speaker is compact and plays very loud music for its size. It is waterproof, floats in water, is shock resistant and has a decent battery life. These are just but a few of the features that make this speaker very impressive. You can always pair up two wonderboom speakers for a stronger sound. The downside of this speaker is its lack of speakerphone capabilities.

JBL Pulse 2

JBL Pulse 2 is a stand out flashy bluetooth speaker that comes with improved LED light show. It delivers a strong sound and has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 hours. This distinguishable wireless bluetooth speaker is also impressive.

Those are not the only good bluetooth speakers. Others include Boss soundtouch 10, JBL Charge 2+, UE Roll 2, JBL Flip 3, among others. I mean there is one for everyone. One that will suit your needs and fit your budget. Once you try a bluetooth speaker, you always wonder what took you so long to acquire one. It’s just AWESOME!

HomePod Speaker

Apple’s HomePod Puts Siri in a Speaker

It’s hard not to watch Google’s assistant and Amazon’s Alexa invade millions of homes and not feel like Apple blew up a chance. Six years after Siri was announced as a feature on iPhone 4s it’s still confined to phone news and computers. It needs unlocking, activation and summoning, while Alexa and assistant are everywhere and ready and waiting. Apple has finally come up with a new way of getting Siri on your phone and family room.

In a recent Apple’s worldwide developer’s conference, Apple’s senior vice president by the name Phil Schiller announced a new speaker called HomePod designed to take on Amazon, Google and Sonos at once. The round mesh gadget is seven inches tall thus making it almost as big as Mac pro. With seven tweeters and Apple’s A8 chip, the HomePod can uncover its surrounding and tune its output to good sound. Schiller then described Siri as great musicologist inside HomePod, for it can be asked questions, play beats and also play top songs from past years.

Apple is also working on optimizing Siri to be an in-house assistant that can provide things like messages, podcasts, traffic, weather, alarms, and sports. It’s still much of a home competitor or echo. However, the firm has chosen to focus its attention on music instead of features that have been touted by Amazon and Google. The device uses local recognition to help in hearing local sounds and can encrypt all your communication. As you get to hear Apple’s HomePod audio output, you’ll find that it has amazing sound for a small speaker and can easily fill the room you are in. When compared with Sonos play 3 and Amazon echo the device has full and wide sound. Additionally, the gadget can be tuned to provide thumping bass and brightly shining vocals making it sound reasonable for most conventional music that has been mixed that way.

Creation of a surround system by connecting multiple HomePods

You can easily create a surround system by wirelessly connecting multiple HomePods thus nobody will have to tell you how many you should have. However, the answer appears to be in double digit. The speaker does a good job of creating a full sound stage and output audio in every direction. Thus you won’t need to sit in front to get proper sound. Furthermore, you can only hear fifteen minutes of Apple’s HomePod audio and be impressed with it. This is not an audio file set up, but it’s a right sound to many people.

Conclusion

HomePod supports Apple music plus what you may stream from an iPhone over airplay 2. Furthermore, the device is Apple’s distillation approach to technology seen from iOS to Siri. It is a set and forgets product for you can plug it and leave Apple’s API algorithms, and microphones do the rest as they can tune the sound and configure things for you. The objective here is easy use for all users.