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3 Things You Should Add to Your Smart Home RIGHT NOW
3 Things You Should Add to Your Smart Home NOW
1. Voice Control Voice assistants like the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are ushering in a completely new way to interact with your smart home devices. Both the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini are under $50, and every major smart home platform natively supports them. If you haven't yet integrated voice control into your system, now is the time to do it! What can I do with voice cont...
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3 Reasons The IoT Matters to You
Three Reasons why the IoT should matter to you
So, although you've heard and read a lot about it, you've managed to go your whole life without the Internet of Things (IoT). You're perfectly capable of flipping a light switch. When you see water dripping under the sink, all you have to do is call a plumber. If the room is too hot or too cold, you just get up and walk to the thermostat and adjust the temperature. So what is the big deal about ...
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Smart Aleck Home
Living In a Smart (Aleck) Home
Smart-Aleck My smart alarm clock went off this morning, 15 minutes earlier than 6:30 a.m.I had it set for. What's going on? I wondered out loud, apparently loud enough for my clock to hear. You know what traffic is like on Mondays, Jason, my clock responded in a soothing yet affirmative tone. Leaving 15 minutes earlier will make a huge difference. Seemed a little strange for my clock to be e...
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Maslow's Hierarchy
The “Hierarchy” of Needs and the Connected Home
Back in 1943, humanist psychologist Abraham Maslow introduced his now- famous concept of a Hierarchy of Needs. In short, he theorized that people are motivated to fulfill various basic needs before moving on to other, more advanced needs. While he produced several versions, the most prevalent form of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs includes five motivational needs, often depicted as hierarchical le...
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Build Buy Hybrid
IoT Solutions: Build, Buy or Hybrid?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the way that companies are developing products. Organizations looking to implement IoT into their products have several options when building a new solution. They can build their own solution from scratch, buy a complete turnkey solution, or choose a hybrid model that is customized to meet their needs. Before you begin, answer the following qu...
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