How To Make Your Home Smarter With Belkin

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So you are living in the 21st century, but like most people, is your house still stuck in the 20th century? One way to bring a little technology into your home is with the use of Belkin’s Home Automation products. I currently have several different Belkin devices that  I think could make your home just a little smarter, but in this post we’re going to specifically take a look at the WeMo devices I use. First, let’s take a look at the following WeMo video so you get an idea of how these devices will work in your home.

 

Belkin Switch + Motion

Now that you get the idea of how WeMo works lets take a look at the Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion. The Belkin Wi-Fi enabled WeMo Switch and WeMo Motion Kit makes it able for you to control the power to your home electronics right from the WeMo app on your phone. The sensor (must be powered separately) will detect  motion up to 10 feet away and will then sends a signal to the WeMo Switch to turn the connected device either on or off. (The WeMo App is available on Android 4.0 and higher or Apple devices with iOS 5 or higher)  The possibilities are endless with this device!

 

 

Some possible uses include:

1) You can set lamps to come on when you come home or when your pet walks into a room.

2) Always have a timer set to turn off the iron.

3) Turn the space heater on 30 min before you arrive home.

4) Have lights come on and off while you are on vacation.

5) Remotely control the power to devices in the kids room.

6) Have your hair curler to come on when you come on when you walk in the bathroom in the morning.

The list goes on and on…

*One thing to note is that if you no longer have the need of the motion option you can easily just use the WeMo Switch without it and still turn your devices on or off from the WeMo App.

Here are the specs from Belkin:

  • Use motion to turn electronics on or off.
  • Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet, at home and away.
  • You’ve already got everything you need: WeMo works with your existing Wi-Fi router and any smart device running Android 4.0 or later and iOS 5 or higher (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad)
  • Put your electronic devices on a schedule.
  • Modular system. You can add additional WeMo Switches easily, any time.
  • Control as much or as little of your house as you want to.
  • 6 ‘power cord and 10’ motion sensitivity range allow for optimal placement of WeMo Motion sensor.
  • Plugs into any regular 120v wall outlet.
  • Intuitive, easy set up. Easy to use.
  • Free WeMo app for Android and iOS
  • 1 Year limited warranty

The WeMo Switch + Motion is available for $79.99 directly from Belkin or you can get the stand alone WeMo Switch (no motion) for $49.99 from Belkin or retailers like Verizon Wireless

 

Now let’s take a look at the WeMWeMo Insight Switcho Insight Switch. This switch gives you the same capabilities as the regular WeMo Switch, but for only a $10 bump in cost, will provide you with some really cool additional benefits. The biggest benefit is that the  WeMo Insight Switch can help you to lower your home energy bill!  You are able to access the WeMo Insight Switch right from the WeMo app and set schedules and monitor how much energy you are using on the device that is plugged into it! What is also great is that WeMo can let you know that you have left a device on so you can remotely cut it off (as long as your on a connected device).  Are you always worried you left the iron on or if the kids are actually playing on their video game system instead of doing their homework? Now with the WeMo Insight Switch you can find out! This device truly let’s you control the electronics in your life by simply being able to create rules on when things should be on, and have notifications set up for when it operates outside of your set parameters.

Here are the specs from Belkin:

  • Turn electronics on or off — from anywhere
  • Monitor your electronics’ usage/cost and receive custom notifications • Put your electronic devices on a schedule or have them respond to Sunset and Sunrise
  • Works on multiple smart devices simultaneously
  • You’ve already got everything you need: WeMo works with your existing home Wi-Fi network and mobile Internet (3G/4G)
  • Modular system. You can add additional WeMo Insight Switches easily, any time
  • Intuitive, easy set up and easy to use
  • Works with the entire family of Belkin WeMo products
  • Works with IFTTT, connecting you to a whole world of Web apps
  • Free WeMo App for Android and iOS operating systems
  • One-year limited warranty

The WeMo Insight Switch is available for $59.99 directly from Belkin or retailers like Verizon Wireless

For more information on WeMo click on the below image

Meet WeMo

Disclosures: I received the Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion from Belkin at no charge for review of the product. I purchased the WeMo Insight Switch. All opinions are my own. Images / Video courtesy of Belkin.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Kingsman

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

WHAT?! Win A Role In StarWars Episode VII!!!!

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StarWars Episode VII

Message from J.J. Abrams:

To support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change, Disney has committed $1 million, and fans can now donate directly at Omaze.com/StarWars for a chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. By pledging as little as $10 through the Omaze fundraising platform, any eligible supporter will be automatically entered for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The campaign runs from 12:01am PST on May 21stth until 11:59pm PST July 18th.

The Star Wars: Force for Change Grand Prize includes: 
• Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest
• Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams
• Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast
• Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII

Visit StarWars.com/ForceForChange to learn more about this new charitable initiative and the work of UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and programs, and be sure to enter through contribution or free entry for your chance to win at omaze.com/starwars

A Bluetooth Speaker Guaranteed To Turn Heads

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Tego Cera

The CERA portable Bluetooth speaker by Tego Audio certainly stands out from the rest of the crowd. When looking at Bluetooth speakers in this size range the market tends to make the same old rectangular boxes reminiscent of the “boom box” of the 80’s.  Tego certainly went a more modern route with the design of the CERA speaker. This contemporary little sphere gives you that sophisticated modern look while not losing out on the sound you really want. This powerful little speaker is only 3.5 x 2.4 in diameter and weighs in at barely over a third of a pound while still delivering quality sound in a 360 degree fashion.

For those of you interested in the “specs” take a gander at these from Tego:

  • Powerful Wireless Portable Speaker with Version 3.0 Bluetooth® Technology for a faster connection with better sound quality
  • Compatible with iPad®, iPod®, iPhone®, MP3, MP4, Laptop, PC and most Bluetooth® enabled devices
  • Voice notifications when CERA is on, in pairing mode, and pairing complete
  • Simple pairing with most Bluetooth® enabled devices
  • Stream audio from your Bluetooth® enabled device from approx. 33ft (10m) away
  • Plugs into any non Bluetooth® enabled device with supplied 3.5mm (1/8) headphone jack as well
  • New Daisy Chain function allows an infinite number of CERA’s to play at the same time
  • Illuminated Touch Control Panel
  • 360° Expanding Sound Chamber illuminated with blue lighting
  • Internal Lithium Ion Battery recharges over USB
  • Up to 5-7 hours playtime on a full charge (approx. 2-3 hours to fully charge)
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty

The listed technical specs are as follows:

  • Speaker: 40mm
  • Amp. Freq. Range 100Hz- 20Khz
  • S/N > 80dB
  • Power Output: 3W
  • Charge Voltage: 5V + 0.5V
  • Charge Time: 2 hrs
  • Transmission Distance 33ft (10m)
  • Playback Time: 5-7 hrs
  • Bluetooth Model V3.0

Tego CeraSo now you are asking, what is it that makes people turn their heads? Well if the form factor wasn’t enough for you then prepared to be wow’d! To turn on the CERA you press down on “Tego Audio” and the top of the speaker lifts up to reveal the soul of the CERA, the sound tube! (You can see what this looks like in the top image vs closed in the image to the left)

When you open the CERA it will welcome you with “Turning On” and will also give you verbal audio queues for paring and connecting.  Once opened you have access to the touch sensitive buttons on the top which allow for volume control as well as back/forward control.

 

Overall I highly recommend this powerful little speaker as it truly brings together form and function that so many speakers on the market truly lack. You can purchase the Tego CERA (in white, black or red) for only $89.99 directly from Tego and get FREE shipping! Also available is a Three Pack of CERA’s (that can be daisy chained) for only $199.99 with FREE shipping!

Tego Cera

Disclosure: I received the Tego CERA speaker in order to review the product. I did not receive additional compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.

Check Out The New Guardians of the Galaxy Official Trailer!

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gotg

In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.