This is the 53rd post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
Nest is a company started by Tony Fadell (inventor of the iPod). Their mission is to take the unloved products in your home and make them into simple, beautiful, and thoughtful things.
In 2011, Nest introduced the Nest Thermostat. This fall they are introducting their second product, the Nest Protect. The Protect is a smoke detector that can sense smoke and carbon monoxide. The Protect connects to the Wi-Fi in your house and can communicate with your phone or tablet.
The Protect also offers some really great features:
- No more frantically swinging towels at the smoke alarm to quiet it down. If there’s a nuisance alarm, just stand under Nest Protect and wave your arm to hush the alert.
- In addition to an alarm sound, Nest Protect speaks to you with a human voice. It tells you what the problem is and where it is.
- If there’s an issue, like the batteries need replacing, the light ring will glow yellow. Just wave at Nest Protect and it will tell you what’s wrong.
I have mentioned numerous times in past blog posts that we will continue to see technology invade more and more areas of the home and Nest is one of the companies that will make that a reality.
I am going to attempt to convince our landlords to replace our smoke detectors with the Nest Protect because we deal with false alarms on a frequent basis!
I highly recommend F.lux for anyone that uses a computer late in the day. I have been using it for a couple years now and I love it!
I wrote a blog post called The Tech I Use - f.lux that goes into a bit more detail about f.lux.
This article highlights the various ways that we are being tracked online and in the real world. I found it fascinating to what lengths some people go to avoid being tracked. In my opinion, it is pretty much impossible to live under the radar in today's world.
This article explains why rebooting your device is the first thing us geeks recommend you do when you are having a problem with your technology.
It won't solve every problem, but it will solve many of them!
This is an amazing story of a man that found his family 25 years after being separated from them as a child. Without the use of Google Earth, I don't think it would have been possible for hime to be reunited with his family.
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