Archive for May, 2016

We often multitask in our high tech, high paced way of life, but when it comes to the kitchen we are like molasses on a cold winter day. We often don’t know what to do, or how to do it and thus get frustrated and avoid the kitchen all together. This can get pricey, and fast. luckily there are a few hacks that can help you the most out of your kitchen. These range from the seemingly obvious to the seemingly impractical, but trust us these techniques can help make your pesto, the besto. From using your freezer to wash your cloths, to using the microwave to help you squeeze OJ there is money in that kitchen, you just gotta know how to get it. 

hot mamaThere are some things to consider before you start to hack your kitchen appliances, mainly that it is risky. Also that anything that breaks as a result of your tampering with, or disabling the regular operation of the machine would effectively render your warranty moot, so just some food for thought.

“people can certain get more out of their appliances but they need to be very careful when doing so, a warranty can sometimes be voided if an appliance was used for a purpose other than what it’s designed for. Moreover, the odds of an appliance breaking is much higher when using it for a different purpose, so its best to assess if the outcome is really worth the risk.” says Doug Rodgers

Up first if you Dishwasher. The dishwasher is an extremely versatile device that has applications well outside its design specifications. The reason  being that minus the detergent there are a lot of things you can do that fall into the realm of cooking and food preparation.

To poach salmon with your dishwasher, simply place your salmon in aluminum to make sure its as water proof as possible, and add whatever seasonings you want. The dishwasher reaches a high enough internal temperature that it will actually cook up your fish in a nice even way. When it comes to clean up down worry, the dishwasher can also clean itself up.

Also clean and cook potatoes in your dishwasher by placing them spuds on the top rack and turn on the rinse only cycle. will come out nice and cooked and soft and ready for mashing, honest. 

You can also get the most out of your gross old dirty rags and sponges. Lots of the time you just don’t wanna put them in the laundry, but you also are torn when it comes to trowing them away because that can seriously add up. So by just running a load with the ones you were planing on getting rid of anyways will get a little more life span out of your job and you will taste the savings in a jiffy. Another way you can get the most out of old tools you were thinking were getting a bit to gnarly such as your hand gardening tools is to give them a run in the old dishwasher and boom, good as new.

We are starting to transition to IoT upgrades for our home and businesses but the technology is no doubt in its infancy. But more and more products flood the market every week, and it will soon be the case that the distinction of things and IoT products will be an arbitrary distinction. There are already things that allow you to remotely control systems in your home such as your lighting, thermostat, and even the crock pot in your kitchen, which is making our lives easier and more efficient in many ways. Everywhere you turn, efficiency is key. ksjldafasdfadf

In the United States alone households are penetrating the technology on the small home frontier more quickly than any other demographic. In 2016 there was a market presence of 5.8% and by the year 2020 we are expected to hit 18.6%. So consider if you’re not part of this 5.83% and are most likely on the fence and plan on getting around to it. You are probably wondering where do you even begin with a market that large and what products will give you the biggest bang for your buck. We have combined a list of several reasons how and where you should make the change in your home.

The first reason and way that IoT can affect our life is in the efficiency of time as well as energy. It is a common occurrence that we are get a notification from the post office or Amazon only to realize we are not there and cannot sign for the package. Thus we have a wasted half day when we have to go to the post office and physical retrieve this parcel, along with a myriad of paper work to verify your ownership of the parcel. Or had a motion sensor go off only to have you rush home and find that there is no apparent problem. zazazazazaz

This is why the August Smart Lock is the first of our must have IoT products. It provides secure and safe keyless access to your home wth iOS and Android smartphones, and its extremely sleek. It weighs in at just under 1lbs and 3.3×3.3×2.2 inches.

Another reason to go smart with your home if you are a home owner or care taker is that smart homes sell much faster on the open market. According to a 2016 poll by a top real estate brokerage firm, Coldwell Banker they are 54% of homeowners in the market who plan to sell their home would like to transition to a smart home. In fact, 65% of this group surveyed also said that they would be willing to pay $1,500 more to do so. Simply put, it pays to go smart.

ljlkjinnbRight now it seems a minor segment of the market has or even wants this, moreover, it doesn’t really feel warm or like a home when this is extremely present. In my own case it often feels kind of too much like a Sci-Fi claustrophobic nightmare. This is one thing that will most likely pass when we get out of the infancy of the market and where it is likely to go.