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Worthy Wireless Speakers : Design Liberated

Worthy Wireless Speakers : Design Liberated

04/06/2014

It’d be difficult for the smart home to go mainstream without wireless technology. It saves homeowners on custom wiring for remote control lighting, window treatments, speaker systems and security monitoring. Wireless technology also sets devices free, especially speakers. They’re now free to take on fresh designs, free to move from room to room, and free […]

You Don’t Have to be Rich to Live in the Future : Luxury Smart Home Market Snapshot

You Don’t Have to be Rich to Live in the Future : Luxury Smart Home Market Snapshot

02/24/2014

I recently found myself interested in studying the luxury smart home market, largely because of the integrated design possibilities offered through custom solutions. You can read the five brands I’ve researched in the market here. What struck me about the high end home automation market is its contrast to the mainstream brands pushing consumer awareness […]

Luxury Smart Home : Brands to Know

Luxury Smart Home : Brands to Know

02/17/2014

I’m excited as anyone about the smart home revolution, armed with my iPhone, WiFi and a dizzying barrage of connected devices. Intelligent home living has become a reality with such velocity that it’s hard to know where to start. There’s a growing number of popular retailers now selling packaged home automation solutions, such as Lowes […]

Smart Homes Then & Now : Still an Incomplete Solution

Smart Homes Then & Now : Still an Incomplete Solution

02/07/2014

Smart home hype is high in 2014, with whole-home solutions being launched by the most familiar of brands. AT&T Digital Life, Comcast Xfinity, Lowes Iris, Staples Connect. The bundled package is being presented to the average consumer as a viable and complete solution, spanning security, convenience and peace of mind. But even as familiar brands […]

Connected Christmas : Wearable Tech + Holiday Sweaters

Connected Christmas : Wearable Tech + Holiday Sweaters

12/14/2013

In the not too distant future, the world has become so digitized that direct human contact is a luxury only the wealthy can afford.  Instilled with the Christmas spirit, wearable technology in the year 2062 will spur the creation of decorations that connect humans on a new level, as one animator envisions it. Christmas sweaters […]

Machine Talk Starts with Human Emotion

Machine Talk Starts with Human Emotion

12/01/2013

Car horns convey a handful of emotions, loudly and with distinction.  Lay on the horn hard and long when a driver’s cut you off, but a short honk kindly nudges the driver ahead that the light’s turned green. These are two extreme situations utilizing the same tool, because there’s a limit to the emotions a […]

The History of Reggae : A Resource Guide

The History of Reggae : A Resource Guide

11/03/2013

One of the most important components of the self-quantified lifestyle is understanding historic events, as they create a baseline for forecasting future occurrences.  When asked to contribute to a project from our friends at Live Unchained as they prepare for an inspiring exhibition in Washington D.C. to feature the submissions for the first annual International […]

8 Things That Make Jeff Janer Smarter

8 Things That Make Jeff Janer Smarter

09/29/2013

Jeff Janer always wears a happy smirk on his face, readily conveying the genuine curiosity that lights up his eyes whenever you converse with him.  As the co-founder of Springpad, Jeff was the first person I spoke with at the startup.  He showed me more than a demo of his personal data management tool.  Jeff […]

The P90X Trap : No Time to Workout?

The P90X Trap : No Time to Workout?

08/20/2013

There are two reasons the P90X plan didn’t work for me:  I don’t have a full-blown gym, and I travel a great deal.  All that jumping around is never fair to building mates and roomies.  But contrary to popular belief, you can still work out without Tony as your personal DVD trainer.  No doubt, being […]

A Carefully Curated Unconference : Quantified Self in San Francisco – Oct. 2013

A Carefully Curated Unconference : Quantified Self in San Francisco – Oct. 2013

08/04/2013

As far as the self quantified movement goes, one of the more recognized organizations is Quantified Self, putting together meetups and distributing some great video content on the web (we featured a clip with Eyewire Creative Director Amy Robinson here).  The group’s next conference is coming up this October, in San Francisco (info here).  It will […]