5 of the Top 2014 Tech Gifts

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Once again it’s that time of year!

Check out a few of the Future of Smart’s picks of some of the hottest 2014 gifts.


The 2014 Fitbit Line

With over 65% of the fitness tracker market, Fitbit is the must have tracker for both exercise novices and diehard athletes. Their new line includes exciting products like Charge, their update to last year’s Force. In addition some models include call notifications, heart rate monitoring and GPS tracking. Their flagship model, Fitbit Surge will also include Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant. Read our post about the new Charge here and check out Fitbit’s newest line here.


Chromecast

Despite new entrants into the TV dongle arena like the Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast is still the undisputed king. Between it’s ease of use, Android and IOS integration, and frugal price point, Chomecast is the perfect addition to any entertainment system. With the addition of new games like Dance Dance Revolution and Monopoly, Chromecast keeps delivering. Purchase Chromecast here.


DropCam Pro

Dropcam, now owned by Nest, is a Wi-Fi based cloud recording video monitoring service that makes it easy for anyone to install and implement a live video monitoring system. And with features like smartphone control and scheduling, Dropcam won’t bore even the more experienced techies. Check it out here.


Belkin WeMo Smart LED Lightbulb

Who would have thought a light bulb could be so cool. Besides being much more environmentally friendly, Belkin’s WeMo bulbs are enabled with a plethora of neat features like smartphone control and scheduling. Features coming in 2015 even include the ability to flicker your lights as a notification too. Check out the starter pack here.


Adidas MiCoach Smart Soccer Ball

It’s not often that smart objects are meant to be kicked as hard as you can. Adidas’s new Smart Soccer ball however is meant just for that. Using several sensors as well as a Bluetooth connection and paired app, Adidas’s new ball promises to train you to kick farther, more accurately, and give you on the go coaching. Learn more about it here.

Orbduino: An Internet Connected Robot

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With the interest we’ve seen with our post about the man who allows the internet to control his lights we thought it was only fair to include another cool interactive internet toy, Orbduino!

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Orbduino is an internet connected robot which has been online for over 4 years. As the site describes:

Virtual reality just isn’t as exciting as it once was. I wanted to use technology to allow people to interact with the real world, so I’ve created a way to experience Remote Reality through Orbduino.

Orbduino allows the user to interact with objects over the web. No matter where you are in the world, you’re making real stuff happen in another place. Sure, it’s just small stuff- but still pretty cool, huh?

 

Just make sure to give the site a try before it goes offline for the indefinite future this Saturday November 29th. Control the robot here.

Tech Savvy Thanksgiving Countdown

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Are you counting down minutes to your Thanksgiving dinner? Although there are many things to be thankful of, preparations for a get-together can be pretty hectic. Today, we are introducing several smart apps to ensure that you have a seamless Thanksgiving day!

From guest lists, grocery lists, recipes to the best forms of entertainment while waiting for that delicious turkey to cook, we got you covered. Our top three smart apps are:

  1. Paperless Post – App to keep track, inform and lets you communicate with guests.Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 4.59.44 PM

  2. KitchenPad Timer – With so many food cooking at the same time, KitchenPad timer will help ensure you got it all under control!Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 5.00.09 PM

  3. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Although you can’t be there, this app allows you to watch the historical parade from anywhere you are!The Thanksgiving Turkey float  during th

Check out this article for the complete lists of useful smart apps. Have a great thanksgiving and stay tuned!

SerraView

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It has been proven over and over that human beings perform better in natural sunlight in all facets of their lives. Without natural light, our body’s rhythm gets out of synch and can eventually lead to health problems. The problem is, on average, people spend only roughly 10% of their days outside…not nearly enough to get the proper amount of natural light.

SerraView is currently developing smart daylighters that will fasten to normal windows in the same way a regular set of window shades or blinds would, but perform significantly more complex tasks. According to the product description, “Serraview harvests daylight from outside by redirecting it upward and deep into the interior of the room; providing illumination which is then diffused downward for higher levels of natural, glare-free, full spectrum lighting. All while preserving the all-important views out the window.”

There is an autonomous sun tracking system that rotates the slats to increase levels of lighting indoors. It makes adjustments according to the sun’s elevation in the sky. Additionally, a mobile application can be used to make manual adjustments to the slats as well as provide data regarding sunlight intake.

More information about SerraView can be found here on Kickstarter.