Day: July 31, 2019

Smart Home Gadgets for 2019

Turn your Condo into a Smart Home in 2019 with These Gadgets

We all loved to watch Tony Stark uttering commands to the winds, turning this on with a glance, that off with the swash of his hand. You could be the master of everything in your condo as well. Tech giants have bombarded us with gadgets that will supposedly make our lives better and easier, and smart condos have been increasingly emerging into the everyday. If you have been looking for a Toronto Condo for sale, here are a few gadgets you could invest in to truly enjoy “smart living”!

Nest learning thermostat

Nest learning thermostat

While we have been seeing a lot of saturation in the smart thermostat market, one that tops our list is the Nest smart thermostat. While it packs all the features of the original Nest, but with a less vivid display and cheaper parts which makes it more pocket friendly for condo owners. Not to mention, it works flawlessly with other Nest devices, such as the Nest security cameras and the Nest Protect, in addition to smart home gadgets from other brands as well. Here’s where it outshines competitors: The AI enabled thermostat learns about your activities as well as the heating schedules of your family, keeping your home at just the perfect temperature, while saving up on electricity bills. Undoubtedly one of the best smart home devices of 2019 for small condos.

Smart Air Quality Monitor

Smart Air Quality Monitor

Do you wish to have high quality air circulating throughout your condo, especially if you live in a bustling neighborhood? The Awair Glow works by tracking the key factors of your air quality, such as Chemicals, temperature, humidity, and CO2, and has a built-in night light. Based on the results, it takes smart actions to improve the air quality, such as turn on the humidifier when the humidity levels in a room fall low.

June Oven

June Oven

Want to cook like a gourmet chef? Who could have thought that one day we would have an oven that knows how to cook your food for you! Here comes the June Oven: a smart countertop oven with a built-in camera. The oven is equipped with programs for cooking a variety of specific foods, and its in-built camera identifies most of the foods you place in the oven. The oven automatically alters the time and temperature to perfectly cook whatever you place inside. The June Food Thermometer monitors and sends precise readings back to the oven to automatically change temperature, switch cook modes, and notify you when your food is ready. Its compact size makes it perfect for even a small condo kitchen.

iRobot Braava Jet 240

iRobot Braava Jet 240

Meet the Braava Jet 240; a tiny robot that mops and sweeps floors better than any sweeper, down to that last spot. It’s also the most affordable option in iRobot’s lineup. Specially meant for small spaces like micro condo kitchens and bathrooms, it works by spraying water and then switching between a plethora of different pads to clean quietly and effectively. It has an in-built navigation system and offers damp mopping as well. While it cannot scrub deep-set stains, if you are looking for a robot to keep your condo looking neat and clean round the clock, this compact little cleaner is your best bet.

LG’s Self-cleaning Closet

LG's Self-cleaning Closet

Do laundry days leave you dismal? Want a smart cabinet that can “refresh” your crumpled laundry for you? Sounds too good to be true. No, the elves don’t sneak in and do the deed! We have the LG self-cleaning closet; a freestanding wardrobe with in-built hangers and a steamer that automatically move around to de-wrinkle your clothes. The closet gizmo doesn’t exactly wash your dirty laundry, its TrueSteam technology “eliminates over 99.9 percent of the germs and bacteria found in clothing to keep one’s wardrobe hygienically clean,” according to the official website. Hot air is pumped through to keep all your clothes wrinkle-free and dry, while moving hangers shake off offensive odor. This translates into much less laundry days since you can reuse worn clothes more than once.

Nest Hello

Nest Hello

While its fun and all to reminisce the good old days when our doorbells would play merry tune, 2019 gives us a doorbell packed with a160-degree-wide-angle camera and an inbuilt microphone to double as a security system. Nest Hello’s video doorbell is a Wi-Fi connected device that offers two-way speaker communication, facial recognition, and round the clock streaming of high-quality footage. Knock Knock…Who’s there? Just kidding, we already know!

Ikea Smart Blinds

Ikea Smart Blinds

Do you sometimes wish that the blinds would automatically close when the sun shines through? Or perhaps open themselves when you need some natural light to seep in. Meet Ikea’s voice-activated, smartphone-connected blinds, compatible with Google home, Alexa, and Siri, as well as Ikea’s own Tradfri smart home system. Set to be released in October, their affordable price has made them perfect to be installed in your condos.

The Pod smart bed

 The Pod smart bed

The smart sleep specialists 8 Sleep has come up with a new innovation to give you the best chance of a good night snooze! The Pod learns the temperature that makes you the most comfortable when you sleep and adjusts itself accordingly. It can also wake you up by gradually raising the temperature of the bed, bidding adieu to the shrill ringing of alarm clocks. For a $5 monthly subscription, you can get a connected app to collect data from sensors embedded in the mattress while you sleep and analyze it to better adapt to your preferences. Thankfully, Alexa compatibility makes everything controllable by voice.

iKuddle smart cat litter tray

iKuddle smart cat litter tray

Keeping pets in a compact space can get… well smelly. While its release date is not yet confirmed, this Kickstarter project has got a lot of condo owners hooked. The idea of a sensor-activated, self-cleaning litter tray could make it a whole lot easier to keep pets in your condo. The device detects when your cat enters the tray, a hand scoops up the soiled litter, seals it in an airtight bag, and sprays deodorant to get rid of lingering odors.

Eco Dish Cleaner

Eco Dish Cleaner

The Eco cleaner cleanses dishes with the help of ultrasonic waves by ionizing the food particles. For those aspiring to reduce their carbon footprint, this eco-friendly technology converts all food scraps into compost for plants. All your food waste is transformed into healthy soil for your plants. The compact and portable gadget will fit in even the smallest condo kitchen and will revolutionize the family’s dining ritual. What further makes it sustainable for urban lifestyle is that this gadget uses solar technology for charging the battery.

Orro intelligent light switch

Orro intelligent light switch

There are lot of wifi-enabled lighting systems available online these days, Orro’s is the first of its kind that leverages in-built self-learning technology to get to grips with how you like to light your home and anticipate your mood lighting needs in advance. It understands your lighting preferences and senses when someone enters or leaves a room. Not to mention, it considers the amount of natural light entering the room and the time of the day before making lighting decisions. It also connects to smart hubs and acts as an extension to their voice recognition capabilities.

The Best Games to Play on the Nintendo Wii this Season

There are several gaming consoles on the market and each of these consoles has earned a significant position. We have the ultimate PS4 which offers us some really awesome exclusive and then we have the X-Box 1x which offers its own set of exclusives. Each console may differ from each other based on the different efficacies it has to offer. Among many consoles, emerges a name that has established itself as an authority in the motion-control console gaming. It is none other but Nintendo Wii. If you’re a fan of the Nintendo, you might wonder which are the best games to play. 

Here are some Nintendo Wii games that are quite the traction for all the Nintendo lovers out there. 

Xenoblade Chronicles

Do you want to play a game with an amazing questline, some really memorable characters and really cool fantasy combat actions? Look no further than the amazing Xenoblade Chronicles. It is a Japanese video game which packs a lot of interesting gaming features with a steep learning curve. If you ever face a roadblock in this game, don’t worry because there are many interesting guides on the Internet to educate you on how you can find your way around the game. 

The game has previously scored a staggering 92 percent on metacritics and well deserves it. It is one of the best fantasy games with a sleek gameplay and stunning art direction. The game also features some mind-soothing Xenoblade Chronicle soundtracks. In fact, they are so great that people listen to them on Spotify even when they are not playing the game. No wonder Xenoblade has earned its keep as one of the best action-fantasy game of all-time on the Nintendo Wii.

Super Smash Bros Brawl

There is no other podium where the best Nintendo warriors come together to have a cross-over fight other than the Super Smash Bros brawl. The ultimate Super Smash Bros is a fighting game that works out fine for everyone, even for all those who aren’t quite a fan of the fighting games themselves. It is quite interactive and fun when you can play it with your family and friends. And, the game is quite different from other fighting games because you can have up to four combatants in a single round. 

Also, it doesn’t matter if you are using the Wii Remote, or Wii Remote with Nunchuk, Gamecube Controller or the Classic Controller; with Super Smash Bros different combatants can use different controls to simultaneously play with each other. Unlike other fighting games which require complex combinations such as Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, the controls for Super Smash Bros are pretty streamlined. Such controls can easily be learned by anyone on the go so they can have some real fun.  

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Developed and published by Nintendo, the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the trademark game of Nintendo. Just like Super Mario, the Legend of Zelda is a vintage classic storyline that has come down a long way. The best thing about the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is that even newbies can play it. If you haven’t played any of the prior Zelda games before, you can still master the gameplay in Skyward Sword; all you have to do is get your hands on this game title and begin your adventure.  

You will have plenty of opportunities to interact with different memorable characters, complete various challenging quests, and find your way through the dungeon labyrinths. Believe it or not, but this game almost took around 5 years of development before it reached its target audience. Just imagine, the heart and soul developers have put in this game and how much time they have invested in the game details; from the soundtrack to animations, even the grass blades caressed by winds.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

The title has earned its keep in the PC version of the game quite magnanimously and it has earned its keep in the Nintendo world, especially with the use of the Wii motion controller. In Call of Duty: Black Ops, you start out as a CIA operative Alex Mason where you are battling in the era of Cold War. As you conquer through the game’s decently designed campaigns, you face with the options of sabotaging enemy equipment, rescue political prisoners meet interesting allied rebels and do much more. 

It is a thrilling multiplayer title which takes place in over 14 different maps. Irrespective of whether you are shooting down AI opponents or human opponents, the experience with the Wii motion controller is indeed out of this world. It has sold more than 6 million copies around the world and especially individuals using the Wii motion controller have reverted back with more positive reviews than ever. If you haven’t played this title on Nintendo Wii yet, I strongly recommend that you do; it will be worth it. 

Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart is a racing video game featuring the ultimate Mario characters and is quite a delightful treat for all those planning to play this game with friends. The gameplay seems to be just as amazing on the Wii as it does on every other console. It features both single-player as well as multiplayer modes and you have the advantage of the Wii Remote’s motion-sensing which provides good steering. 

The powerups in the game are distributed evenly and semi-randomly. So, it’s like if you are not doing good in the game, you will get the best powerups so you can excel in the race. Whereas, the player who is in the lead usually scores the weakest powerups which ultimately results in making the game less challenging for losing players. Eventually, someone in the last can readily come up at the first. 

It makes the game altogether quite a thrilling experience for Mario Kart Wii players. 

Okami

Last but definitely not the least on our list today is Okami. With the recent HD remake, Okami has become one of the best Wii Games on Nintendo this year. There is so much interesting that this action-adventure game has to offer to its players. The only setback was the graphics which is now resolved giving Nintendo players an edge to have the ultimate gaming experience of Okami. 

The Okami story combines several Japanese myths; it discusses the story of Shinto a sun goddess saves the land from the darkness. The Wii version of the Okami is a remake of the PlayStation 2 version of the game but only this time it comes in better HD quality and with a Wii motion controller. You can perform miracles, skills, and actions with the Celestial Brush which works as the gesture.

So there you go, here are all the best games that you can play on the Nintendo Wii this year.   

tiktok smartphone

CONFIRMED! TikTok To Launch Their Own Smartphone This Year

The company ByteDance behind the virus video-sharing app TikTok will soon launch its own smartphone.

A few months ago, rumors about equipment were common, but now the spokesperson of the Chinese giant officially confirmed this development.

They said the device is working to extend the company’s product portfolio beyond news and video applications.

The company’s representative did not say much about the function of the phone, but the Chinese outlet “Financial” reported that under the leadership of former Smartisan executive Wu Dezhou, the company’s development lasted seven months.

In other words, we do want the phone to offer some ByteDance-owned apps, from TikTok and IM Feiliao to the news app Jinri Toutiao, and possibly music streaming services.

Basically, if the device does not provide the ideal software/hardware, people may not purchase it when they choose to install the same ByteDance application on a better device.