Smart Devices You Didn’t Know Were Available
Your house is intelligent. Instead, it comprises of a number of little brains that are all separate from one another yet collaborate like drywall and wooden beams make up an octopus’ tentacles. We are in the midst of the emergence of the smart home, where everything around us collects information about our behavior and responds to our directions, even things that don’t seem like they should be intelligent.
Smart lightbulbs, smart speakers, smart TVs, and smart watches are all commonplace and, at this point, somewhat dated. These widespread smart home devices are no longer the talking points they once were. Everyone possesses them. With the assistance of smart home hubs like Google Home or Amazon Echo, you can even connect your devices to set up routines that turn on the lights and provide the news as soon as you enter the house or wake up.
You’re going to have to get crazy with it if you want to relive the thrill of those early smart home days, when you had a new toy to show off and enjoy. Fortunately for you, there are some genuinely bizarre smart home devices available, ready and willing to blaze into the future any lingering low-tech aspects of your life.
Shower head by Kohler Moxie
In your shower is one place where smart technology is probably not something you want. Whether they are justified or not, worries regarding the security of smart devices increase when you’re exposed and without clothes.
There are no cameras on the Kohler Moxie showerhead, so you should be fine. Instead, it contains a Harman Kardon portable Bluetooth speaker that you can pair with your phone or any other Bluetooth-enabled device to play podcast, music, or audiobooks directly from the showerhead. When you want to take the speaker somewhere else or charge it, it disconnects so you can carry wireless audio with you.
The maximum temperature bottoms out at 140 degrees Fahrenheit so you can make your showers PREETY about the speaker making it through. The battery claims 9 hours of gameplay, which should get you through quite a few showers, especially if they are long ones.
The sole drawback is that there is only one shower setting, making it impossible to alter the water flow, and the speaker occupies a considerable section of the center, which is typically used for the water flow. However, this will do the trick if you’re the type of person that needs music to truly enjoy a shower. Just let’s hope it isn’t listening in on our singing in the shower.
Every child’s first savings account, the piggy bank, has its roots in ancient earthenware money banks with a slot in the UPPERMOST). The only significant modification over the years has been to stylize them to resemble pigs. So it’s about time they get cutting-edge care.
The Porkfolio from Wink mimics the design of the famous piggy banks while adopting a fun stance and flipping the coin slot onto the stomach of the pig. The bank can track how much money you’ve placed into it, set financial objectives, and create your “porkfolio” by pairing it with the companion Wink app. It can identify pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar coins, and every time you deposit money, the nose of the machine lights up (via Wink). But you won’t have to bash it open like the ancient coin banks to get your money out.
The Porkfolio coin bank’s built-in motion sensors, which send push notifications to your phone or tablet whenever it is moved or turned over, are the best part. This way, you can finally catch your younger brother red-handed when he attempts to take your change.
Ruggie clock alarm
Gratitude, Newton! It’s far too simple to press the snooze button or turn off your alarm entirely if you’re UTILIZING the alarm clock on your phone to stay in bed. You might need to try something else if you want to control your morning.
There are many intelligent alarm clocks on the market that provide interesting ways to start your day. Although you could insist that your phone or smart home hub already functions as a smart alarm clock, the Ruggie alarm clock has one advantage over conventional alarms: there is no snooze button.
With 90 to 120 decibels of sound, impressive speakers virtually yell you out of bed, and they won’t stop until you really get up. You have to move your legs off your mattress and stand on the rug to silence the alarm. A countdown that lasts between three and thirty seconds begins when you put weight on the rug. The alarm will resound if you get up from the rug before then—to go back to bed, for example (via Ruggie).
Though not all of it is horrible. You can program your Ruggie to offer inspirational sayings, affirmations, or just something amusing to lighten the atmosphere as soon as you get out of bed. That ought to lessen the impact of an abrupt waking.
clever air quality monitor from Amazon
We’ve been using smart technology to monitor our health for almost as long as it’s been a thing. Our steps, heart rate, water intake, and activity are all tracked by Fitbits and smartwatches, which provide us with vital details about our health and wellbeing. Even more, your Apple Watch can detect potentially harmful sound levels in your area and alert you when you run the risk of getting hurt.
All of that knowledge is valuable, but what about the air we breathe? Poor air quality can be seen as be one of the biggest health dangers you encounter, depending on where you live. It happens to be that there is a clever device for it.
The smart air quality monitor from Amazon continuously measures the air in your house and uses a color LED to provide you with an instant safety rating. It scans your house for carbon monoxide, particles, and volatile organic compounds and alerts you via your phone or tablet if the air quality is unsafe (via PCMag). Additionally, it records that information and offers hourly, weekly, or monthly readouts about changes in your local air quality over time.
The only thing Amazon’s smart air quality monitor can’t do in terms of air quality is serve as an air filter, but it can definitely let you know if you need one.
Years of education, practice, and the patience to give your dish the care and attention it requires when cooking are required to become a master chef. The precision cooker from Anova can fill in the gaps if you don’t have all of those things.
Food is cooked sous vide by first being placed in a vacuum bag and then being cooked at exact temperatures for long periods of time in a water bath. When using a conventional stove with gas or electric elements, you must constantly check the temperature with a kitchen thermometer and regulate the heat on your element to maintain the desired temperature. There is a lot of labor involved, and even a brief break would be impossible. That’s probably more than the ordinary individual can handle unless they’re a chef. The precision cooker from Anova does all the labor-intensive work for you.
You may set your temperature and cooking time using the buttons on top of the appliance or the related app. The stainless steel heating element maintains a constant temperature for the duration of your cook time with a perfection of one-tenth of a degree Celsius and can circulate up to 8 liters of water per minute (via Anova).
The software, which is accessible on Google Play or Apple’s App Store, also gives users access to a variety of sous vide recipes to make cooking simple even for beginners.
The Ghost SmartBed can assist you in getting the high-quality sleep you need for optimum health. However, you’ll pay about the same for the privilege as a used automobile. Normally, the Split King mattress sells for just around $12,000 at retail prices.
You can get a really nice mattress for the same amount as the down payment on a condo. The mattress’ seven layers, which are constructed around movable air chambers, allow it to automatically adjust to your needs while still providing memory foam comfort. Your split king bed features two thousand biometric sensors on each side that monitor how you sleep and use electrically powered air chambers that open and close in response to your position to change the pressure as necessary. (via GhostBed)
You may customize the firmness and sensitivity for each side of the bed with the GhostBed companion app. In order to give you a personalized sleep score, it also automatically records details about your sleeping habits, such as your sleep positions, REM sleep, and breaths per minute.
The mattress is available in all common sizes, ranging from Twin to California King, and a 25-year warranty, together with a 101-night sleep trial, ensuring that this will be the only mattress you’ll likely need for the foreseeable future.
Before, we were mistaken. Even with its limitations, a shower head isn’t the worst thing to provide awareness. The smart toilet needs to receive that title without a doubt. With Kohler’s Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet, you can choose your ideal seat temperature as well as the temperature and pressure of the water used for cleaning and drying. For your bottom, it works like an automatic vehicle wash.
Additionally, the Numi 2.0 has Amazon Alexa built in, enabling voice commands to control all of your settings (via Kohler). That makes using the restroom more convenient, especially if you want to keep your hands free, but calling your toilet by name so that it is ready for you to use it has a sinister air to it.
There are additional customization possibilities for bathrooms. In order to make using the bathroom as enjoyable as possible, your futuristic smart toilet may also play music, display ambient lighting, and store unique profiles for each member of your household. However, it may look a little too much like an MSE-6 maintenance droid.
If that’s not clever enough for you, Stanford researchers are developing a toilet that will examine your waste for potential disease markers (via Stanford). Your toilet not only has the ability to converse with you, but it can also assess your health based only on your embarrassing moments. The future is so wonderful.
A toothbrush is really just a piece of wood or plastic with some bristles on the end. You might not think it would require any intelligence, but you might be wrong, it seems.
Your hum toothbrush will track how often and how long you brush, as well as which teeth you aren’t brushing well enough, once you’ve downloaded the app from either the Apple App Store or the Google Play store (via Colgate). The software also provides brushing guidelines and allows you to accumulate points for in-app purchases if you need support or encouragement. You may set reminders for when to replace your toothbrush head by pairing it with Amazon Alexa.
If Colgate isn’t your preferred brand, the Quip Smart Electric Toothbrush and Oral-line B’s of smart brushes, which provide features comparable to those of the hum, are additional options to think about. In addition to the aforementioned features, Quip also enables you to follow your child’s brushing habits by adding their toothbrush to your smartphone. Additionally, regular brushing gives you points in the app that you can exchange for free bristle replacements and tiny gift cards.
All of us have been there. You grab a quick breakfast before rushing out the door, but because you over the cook time, your toast is now burned. What is worse than this? There are many things, perhaps, but turning a piece of toast into a charcoal tile is among the best. Toasting over an open flame is a thing of the past now that we are centuries removed from that practice. Now it is possible thanks to the Revolution InstaGLO R180 Toaster from Revolution Cooking.
You may choose the meal you’re cooking—bread, an English muffin, a bagel, a waffle, or a toaster pastry—the level of toasting you desire, and whether your bready breakfast is fresh, frozen, or being reheated—with just a few taps on your toaster’s touch screen.
The InstaGLO employs an algorithm to adjust the heat based on your selections and obtain your ideal level of browning, as opposed to merely heating for a predetermined amount of time (via Revolution Cooking). That may seem like spending so much on what is ultimately just a slice of overdone bread, but why even have technology if we’re not going to use it to improve the taste of our daily routine?
The crumb tray, one of the toaster’s main difficulties, is also fixed with the InstaGLO. When the tray has to be emptied, the InstaGLO sounds an alert, which is frequently overlooked in analog toasters.
Smart fork HAPIfork
On the short list of the inventions are forks. They are convenient to hold, light, and consistently spear food into your mouth. How may the possibly be made better? Obviously, by including some electronics.
By guilting you into eating more slowly, this Bluetooth-enabled smart fork from HAPIfork attempts to help you develop better eating habits. By creating the ideal eating utensil to slow down your snack time, HAPIfork claims that eating too quickly causes inferior digestion and potential health issues.
Their smart fork monitors how quickly you’re eating and will alert you with a succession of flashing lights and vibrations if you’re devouring your food too quickly. Additionally, the fork collects information about your eating patterns and sends it to a companion app. Even though it’s normally poor manners to have your phone on the table, if you do, the application will let you know how long it took you to finish your meal, how many bites or “fork portions” you took, and how long it took between bites. Additionally, a timer is provided to let you know when it’s okay to take your next bite.
With a fork that practically narrates on you about how you eat, we’re not sure how at ease we are with it. There are so few pleasures in life, that making meals more enjoyable might be going too far. Ultimately, you should eat in a way that makes you happy, even if it involves a fork that vibrates.
smart umbrella Kisha
If you don’t reside in an especially windy area, you almost never need an umbrella, but when you do, you’re glad you have one. They are frequently forgotten because they aren’t used very often. They are not given the same revered place on the “phone, keys, wallet” list. Therefore, there is a good probability that once you take it outside, you won’t remember to bring it inside, especially if the weather unexpectedly becomes sunny.
Ideally, your umbrella would sound an alarm when you forget it somewhere. Well, it can now. A unique product addressing a specific issue is the Kisha smart umbrella. It is fully aware of its identity and nothing else. Kisha, which is marketed as “the last umbrella you’ll ever need,” syncs to an app on your phone or tablet so that you will always know where it is if you accidentally lose it somewhere. You’ll know you’ve left the umbrella behind before you get too far away thanks to a beacon inside that can talk with your phone and send a notification if you move more than 10 to 20 meters from it. When your umbrella is where it should be, setting a safe location at your house or place of business will stop notifications from going out.
The companion app for Kisha delivers enhanced weather forecasts and push notifications in addition to location services to let you know if you’ll need your umbrella on a particular day.
The second-best companion of your dog is the Furbo dog camera. It basically functions as an avatar that you can use to keep tabs on and communicate with your dog when you’re away from home. The Furbo could be the solution if you merely want to keep an eye on your dog during the day or finally figure out how they’re getting into the snacks when you’re not looking.
By carefully placing the Furbo, you may use its built-in camera to get a second set of eyes on your pet. The setting can be use to set up alarms to tell you of your dog’s activity or excessive barking, view live videos, or both. So that your dog can take selfies, you set it up.
Even when you can’t be together, you may use the onboard speaker to communicate with your dog and express your love for them. Furbo can even dispense treats to your dog as a reward for being the best friend you could ask for, which is the final nail in the coffin.
The Furbo is more than just a motion-sensing camera; over time, its AI learns your dog’s behavior so that you won’t receive false warnings when your dog is simply acting naturally. Making sure your dog is secure and content in your home is the best possible justification for integrating a little smart technology.
The video rental shops of the past have been supplanted by Netflix, which has also given rise to phrases like “Netflix and Chill.” The practice of having Netflix running in the background is so widespread that the company has gone as far as to check in on you every few episodes to see how you’re doing.
It’s simple to overlook Netflix’s modest beginnings as a DVD-by-mail service that debuted in the late ’90s. If you’re interested, you can still rent DVDs and Blu-rays from them with a separate membership, and no one, least of all their rivals, could have imagined how successful they’d become.
Even while the streaming service has become an integral part of our lives, there are still a few aspects that the typical user might not be familiar with. We’re going to teach you twelve less well-known options you can utilize to make the most of your binge session in order to optimize the value of your monthly subscription cost.
Although binge watching may not be the best habit, we’re all prone to it occasionally. While we love Netflix gently reminding us to take a break, get up and stretch, and even even walk outside and bask in the Sun while checking to see whether we’re still awake with a digital stick, sometimes it gets a little much.
Bingeing is inevitable if you’re going to do it. You don’t need a faceless user interface to guilt-trip you into watching more than three episodes in a row. Netflix occasionally lacks chill for a service that is so closely linked to the word. Fortunately, there is a fix.
Browser add-ons such as Never Ending The prompt can be overridden by Netflix, allowing you to watch your preferred show uninterrupted from sunrise to sunset. Additionally, it adds options like bypassing title sequences and the “Next Episode” countdown to streamline your viewing experience.
You have snacks to eat and a body-shaped sofa imprint to make; that’s a question for your therapist and future philosophers.
Organize a digital watch party.
There are moments when you want to watch a movie with your loved ones, but you don’t actually want to see them. Perhaps there is a virus going through the world, or perhaps you are experiencing one of those introvert/extrovert days where you want two seemingly incompatible things at once. We won’t claim to comprehend the mysteries of the human mind.
A browser addon called Teleparty, formerly known as Netflix Party, enables you to conduct online movie parties. The extension is free, and installation is not too difficult. Install Teleparty, add it to your toolbar, launch the video you wish to view, and your party may begin after that. Once you press “play,” everyone in the group can view the same video at once, and there’s even a message window in a sidebar to further simulate watching a movie with pals.
Hulu, Disney+, and HBO are among the new streaming services that Teleparty has added support for as of this year, and they intend to add more in the future.
If you are experiencing some hearing loss and prefer to turn on the subtitles when watching TV or movies if you spent your formative years attending loud concerts and turning the volume up too high in your headphones. However, subtitles aren’t just for the hard of hearing or the deaf. According to surveys, a growing number of people, particularly young people, prefer to watch movies with subtitles on, regardless of their hearing ability.
Viewers who would not have had access to content from different regions of the world before can now do so thanks to streaming. Netflix has an expanding selection of international content, including manga and independent foreign films. We won’t get into the subs vs. dubs argument now; that discussion can wait. However, we do want to make sure you understand how to make the most of your subtitles.
Numerous customization options are available in the Netflix subtitle preference menu. Three text sizes, eight colors, and seven different fonts are available for you to select from. To make the words on the screen stand out a little bit more on the screen, there are also five settings for shadows and the option to add a background or window.
Any combination of these options can be previewed in the preference menu. These preferences aren’t just for computer viewing, in contrast to some of the other items on this list. Any device that is supported will display them.
Television and movies have mainly remained a visual experience from the silent films of early cinema up to the present. Although unintentionally, the nature of the medium has a history of alienating those with visual impairment, but this is no longer the case.
Netflix provides audio descriptions for a sizable and expanding portion of its material, making it possible for users who are blind or simply prefer to enjoy their favorite shows and movies away from a screen.
You can use a browser, a phone app, or your television to access this function. Simply select Audio Description from the Audio and Subtitles menu, which has the appearance of a speech bubble, after you’ve started a show.
Now that a narrator will offer brief explanations of actions and situations in between lines of speech, a typically visual medium will be converted into an audio one.
No adaptation from one media to another is ever perfect, but the translation isn’t flawless either. Even so, it’s wonderful for viewing already familiar material in a novel way while you’re otherwise occupied, and it provides a better experience for viewers who might otherwise be forced to rely solely on the language.
The amount of privacy in our environment is constantly reducing. Sometimes it seems as though every action we take is permanently recorded in our digital history. Your phone’s GPS follows your daily movements, all of your online activity is recorded and cataloged, and the embarrassing things you put on Twitter, Facebook, or Myspace as a teenager are permanently archived online.
Your Netflix viewing history is the same. The streaming service uses that data to suggest new programming you might like, but your roommate, boyfriend, or parents don’t need to be aware of it.
You might want to delete a movie from your viewing history for a variety of reasons. You might not want your roommate to find out that you’ve been repeating the same guilty pleasure for two weeks. Perhaps you don’t want your spouse to find out that you watched the most recent episode of your favorite show alone. Netflix has you covered in any case.
You can prevent others from finding out what you’ve been watching by going to the viewing activity page. The problematic content will be deleted from your records within 24 hours if you simply go to your history and click the icon to hide the offending information from your viewing history.
But it’s crucial to remember that doing so also eliminates it from the algorithm used to make recommendations. Therefore, unless you watch that movie again, Netflix won’t present you with related material.
Sharing a single Netflix account with friends and family is a frequent practice. Sharing an account can be practical, but it can also be a pain, particularly if another person’s watching preferences interfere with your streaming experience.
Separate user profiles can help with some of that, but nothing prevents another user, like your child, from accessing your profile and viewing things you’d prefer they not see. Furthermore, there is nothing to stop someone from binge-watching 156 Pokémon episodes, which would ruin your recommendations.
However, there is something that can stop them. Everyone is aware that accounts are protected by passwords, but you can also pin lock your profile to prevent access by other users who share your account.
Navigate to Netflix in a browser by clicking Account after hovering your cursor over the arrow in the top-right corner. Select your profile in the Profile & Parental Controls section by scrolling down. There, you’ll discover a Profile Lock option that lets you create an access pin code.
It can be challenging to determine what is worthwhile viewing and what you should avoid with so much new stuff being released on a regular basis. The value of recommendations from friends and family is great, but only if you share the same likes. Even then, you can find that you soon exhaust a season and need to look for something new.
Many trustworthy review aggregator websites, like Metacritic and IMDB, present ratings from expert critics and visitors. However, to access that information, you must look up each film or television program separately. Fortunately, there is a simpler approach.
Without having to take out your device or open a new tab, you can incorporate ratings data from IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic using the Trim browser extension. Ratings are immediately visible on the Netflix home page. Finding your new fixation is made even easier by the option to fade out selections depending on minimum rating ratings and release dates.
With streaming, we might ditch our large physical media collections and watch a never-ending selection of movies on our phones, computers, or televisions. The only drawback is that in order for it to function, a secure internet connection is needed.
If you are at home or have access to a dependable wireless connection while you are out and about, that is all fine. What occurs if your electricity or internet is cut off? What if you’re on a road trip and pass through isolated regions with erratic wireless coverage? Losing internet connectivity also means giving up your enjoyment. Netflix has a practical solution that is already included in the service and does not call for any extensions.
You can download specific Netflix films and episodes to your computer or phone for offline watching. Even though it involves some preliminary preparation, it is the ideal alternative if you are without a reliable connection.
Although not every title may be downloaded and there are some restrictions on how long you can keep a title after it has been downloaded, a well-thought-out stockpile should see you through a connectivity outage.
Because of the nature of streaming platforms, titles change over time. You might miss the opportunity to watch something you had planned to, or it might not have ever been accessible. Using streaming services puts you at the whim of the content for which they have negotiated licensing agreements. It’s similar to only being able to choose from what is available on a shelf at a friend’s house.
Don’t give up if you discover that anything you truly want to watch isn’t among its more than 15,000 titles. By suggesting a title, you can influence what Netflix adds to its library.
The choices they make regarding which titles to purchase are difficult and frequently depend on a variety of variables, such as current rights agreements. Additionally, they take into account regional preferences, something you can influence by sending them your wish list.
Netflix offers a straightforward form for submitting requests. The sudden arrival of your favorite unappreciated film or television program may not be the result of a single request, but a sufficient number of requests may be enough to make a difference.
Voting for new content on Netflix could let them know your preferences are changing, and you can do it for free.
Only a little portion of the thousands of titles Netflix has available are shown on your homepage. The interface considers your viewing history when determining what to populate, but it still only offers a small sample of the extensive library of content available. You might never discover your next favorite program if it’s under the rubble, at least not without assistance.
Sure, you can look up titles one at a time and hope you’re lucky, or you can simplify the task by using category codes to narrow the options to exactly what you’re looking for. All of the content on Netflix is categorized using tags, and each tag has a corresponding code. Knowing what they are is the trick. You’re in luck because the online community has developed a thorough list of Netflix’s category codes.
All of Netflix’s action movies are located under code 1365 if you’re looking for them. You can delve deeper into subgenres if that’s not specific enough. Consider an action comedy. You’ll locate them with code 43040.
Open Netflix in a browser and enter the desired code in lieu of the number string at the end of the URL. When you just want titles of that type, the user interface will update. With only a few taps, you may try out a variety of previously hidden resources, and the more you utilize this approach, the more your standard homepage will reflect your preferences.
When we were young, we didn’t mind watching the same movie over and over again for weeks or even months at a time. With a limited selection of VHS tapes or DVDs, it was necessary to identify your favorites and stay with them.
The issue with streaming services is the reverse. Because there are so many possibilities, it’s easy to become trapped by uncertainty and scroll endlessly until your dinner becomes cold and your eyelids get weary.
When that occurs, it’s important to completely remove yourself from the situation and let someone — or something — else make the decision. Specifically, a computer With the entertaining Netflix Roulette tool from Reelgood, you can choose a genre, an IMDB rating, and a number of other options before letting a randomizer determine what you should watch.
If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can leave every option unchecked and pick from every Netflix option. By enabling you to incorporate content from other streaming services like Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Disney+, and more, creating an account expands your options even further.
The following features should go a long way toward increasing your Netflix prowess and making you the master of your own personal streaming kingdom. However, if you discover that they aren’t enough to fulfill your watching experience, you may join up to become a beta tester and have access to all of the newest features before anyone else.
Netflix is continuously attempting to improve its user interface but, like any company testing out a new version of their product, they profit from feedback before a major deployment. You can have the opportunity to test out new features before they are made accessible to a larger consumer base by signing up to be a beta tester.
Log into your Netflix account using a browser, select Account by moving your cursor over the arrow close to your profile picture in the top right corner. You’ll find a selection for test participation under Settings. You can begin running as soon as you flip the switch to the On position.
You won’t notice any changes right away, but you’ll be among the first Netflix customers to feel whatever the future of streaming entertainment has in store when the company is ready to test a new feature.