So today I set up these super cool LED @brilliant_au smart lights in Tahli's room along the top of her bed head. She is notorious for leaving her lamp on at night and these task lamps can get pretty hot so I find myself waking up in the middle of the night and checking that she's turned her lamp off..
When Brilliant Lighting asked to send me some smart lights to test, I was so excited because I've always wanted to try them out. Setting them up was a bit of a stressball but it turned out that NBN were doing updates (AGAIN 🙄) which was affecting my connection. But alas, I finally connected them to my wifi and realized (without all the initial problems) that it's actually a super fast and easy process. Within 5 minutes I had connected 3 lightbulbs & the LED strips. No hub needed! I have some outdoor lights to connect next. 😃
So, the LED strip comes with an adhesive on the back and are 2 metres long, but you can cut them to size and they're currently available to purchase in @aldiaustralia stores. They can be controlled from your phone or your Google Home/Alexa. I've set ours to turn off at 7.30pm each night. 🕢
I've had some fun playing with the colours of the lights and now to have some fun tricking miss Tahli with them, who has no idea that they're smart lights. 🤭 Mwahahahha .
Amazon took a whole Echo speaker and put it into a ring and called it the Echo Loop. It works, but the audio is not very loud. That is probably a combination of design and necessity, as the idea here is you don’t want everybody to know what you’re doing. There is a small button on the inside and you reach in and press it with your thumb, when you do, there’s a tiny vibration that confirms Alexa is listening. You don’t do this when it’s just sitting at your side or on a desk or something, the idea is you raise it to your mouth and whisper your request like a tiny secret you’re telling a robot who lives inside a piece of weird tech jewelry on your wrist. 📷 : @backlon ...
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Researchers based in the University of Tokyo have taken flying robots 🤖 to the next level. A team has created a device called DRAGON. Brace yourself because it stands for something pretty long 😲: Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformation.
The bot is powered by a battery 🔋 pack which allows it to fly for up to three minutes 🕒 at a time. Its most impressive feature, however, is its ability to change form in the air. This doesn’t even require a human response as DRAGON works autonomously 🙋 and can decide when best to go from being curved to straight. Eventually, its creators hope that it will be able to pick up and move objects using small grippers.
What could a bot like this be used for?
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Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is typically responsible for 70% of base building energy consumption. Yep, 70%. That's a lot of power, and most of the time it's too hot or too cold anyway, right?
A new collaboration between Australian researchers and industry is looking at how artificial intelligence and data can help forecast building energy needs 24 hours in advance. That means more efficient energy use, and more rooms in the Goldilocks zone.
Another way the researchers are looking to bring down energy use is by installing highly accurate people counters to replace passive infrared motion detectors. "That sort of technology is good, but it doesn’t tell you how many people are in the space, and that has a huge contribution to the heat load,” said Rod Kington, who is involved in the project. “It’s nice to know people are there, but it’s great to know how many people are there.” -
Find out how tech is helping building temps stay just right at the link in our bio.
Shortcuts are a basic idea this, then that set up.
Let’s try one together. This is a good one that would come in handy for important work meetings in your calendar. There are times when a call is very inappropriate.
1. Go to your Shortcuts App then at the bottom, select Gallery
2. Select ‘Silence During Meeting
3. There are 7 actions for this shortcut
4. Select add shortcut
To start this shortcut, you can either say Hey Siri, Silence During Meeting or to be more discreet select the shortcut from your home screen A. Choose from menu: is your meeting starting or ending B. If starting: Set volume to 0%
C. Get event from all calendars D. Turn on do not disturb on E. If ending: set volume to 30%
F. Turn do not disturb off
You won’t have to remember to turn your phone off of do not disturb. When the meeting is over, the shortcut will do it automatically. #vicki_tech@techvicki#ces#vicki@ces#apple#appleecosystem#smarttech#wwe#wonderfulworldofelectronics#ces#shortcuts#techtober ...