Category Archives: Misc.

Belkin WeMo Switch and Motion Sensor

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After owning two other Belkin WeMo Home Automation devices, this is my favorite.  Have you ever walked into a dark house?  Now with the motion sensor and switch, it turns on the light!  I love it!  You can plug anything to it!  You can program it to notify you as well.  Let’s say your kids walk in the front door and it will notify you that the motion sensor was triggered as well as turn on the light.  You can also put it on a schedule.  I have mine turn off the light after 15 minutes from being turned on so it’s not on all day.  You can always turn back on with your phone if you want.  Another nice option is creating a IFTTT account that will allow you use it too it’s fullest potential.  with this app you can set certain triggers to happen.  Perhaps a reminder to tell you to clean the litter box when you get home.  Take out the trash reminder as you walk out the door.  The possibilities are endless.  The app works on both the iPhone and Android.  These run around $75.00 but includes the motion sensor and the switch.  There is no fee for the service.  Just buy the device!  Keep it coming Belkin! 🙂

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Belkin WeMo Light Switch

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After falling in love with the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch, I had to see what else they had. I wanted to be able to control my light switch on my front porch.  With the Belkin WeMo Light switch, I found it could do just that and a lot more.   There is nothing worse then coming home to a dark porch and you can’t find your keys or see anything.  With a push of a button on your phone, you can turn on your porch light!  It also has a scheduling option such as sunrise and sunset.  I swapped out my regular bulb for an LED bulb and have no worries keeping it on at night.  They even make a bug LED light bulb and now no more bugs flying around. 🙂  I also love using it when I hear something near the door and can turn it on for security.  Away at vacation or off to work and forgot to turn your porch light off?  This takes care of that.  A very worthwhile investment.  These usually run around $49.99 but a steal since you don’t have a monthly fee.   If you buy multiple switches, it allows you to label them and you can turn on whatever light you want.  The App is available for both iPhone and Android.  Questions?

Belkin Wemo Insight Switch

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This was the first Home Automation device I purchased.  I instantly fell in love with it.  There has been so many uses that I have found.  How many times have you wanted to turn on a light in a room but the switch is on the other side and you are surrounded by darkness?  Grab your phone and push the button.  You can plug anything into this device(Lamp, Fan, Crock-pot, TV, etc.)  It still leaves enough room for the second plug to be used.  It even tracks your energy usage for whatever you have plugged in!

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It runs around $59.00 dollars but there is no monthly fee.  Another nice feature is that you can even set schedules for it.  Let’s say you get home around 9pm at night and don’t want to come home to a dark house.  It also works great for when you are out of town and you want people to think you are home.  Another favorite I love and you parents will as well.  How many kids want the light left on?  You just settle down for bed and hear…Dad!  Dad!  You forgot to turn the light on!  Now you can just grab your phone and push the button!  Don’t forget to use the timer so it doesn’t stay on all night. 🙂  It works on both iPhone and Android. A must have device! 🙂

Updates to come!!

Sorry I have neglected this site for so long.  I will try and get some new material on here as soon as I can.  Thanks for stopping by!  I am going to review some items I own first to give an honest long term ownership experience.

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Nexus S 4G

LG 47LW5600

Logitech Revue  Google TV

Roku

Acer Iconia 500 Tablet

MD500 Tablet – iPad Enemy?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXmWFn2m4Rk&feature=player_embedded

Android device with a 4.8-inch, 800 x 480 screen with an ARM Rockchip based Processor that is supposed to “play any codec”….Going anywhere from $92.00 to $120….Much cheaper then an Apple iPad…that is for sure…What’s your take?

PrimeSense = Microsoft Project Natal????

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzLKsex43zI

Is it just me or does this nearly duplicate Microsoft’s Project Natal???  It is pretty cool technology that won’t need an Xbox….  You simply have to love how fast technology is moving… 🙂

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2qlHoxPioM

Verizon Wooed Skype

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhBfA2rkZvM&feature=player_embedded

Call anywhere to anyone in the world for free!(With Verizon Wireless Phone and Data Service along with a Free Skyp App).  You can send unlimited messages too…Even have multiple conversations at once.  Check out the video for more details. 🙂

Laser Pico Projector from Microvision

How about a portable projector for your iphone???  From $549 to $999…Buy today…Ships on March 24th, 2010…http://www.microvision.com/showwx/how_to_buy.html

It’s here. The world’s first laser pico projector.

Amplify yourself with the SHOWWX laser pico projector. The SHOWWX projects big,
bright, and colorful images that are always in focus, yet it is small enough to fit
in your pocket.

Connect the SHOWWX to a video output-capable device to spontaneously share
photos and videos, presentations and more, for a big screen experience.

Features:

  • Always in focus: you never, ever have to adjust focus
  • Sharp and clear images on any surface from 6 inches or less to 200 inches or more
  • Rich and vivid laser colors amplify your photos, videos and presentations
  • Wide projection angle delivers a big image (1:1 throw ratio)
  • High resolution (WVGA 848×480) brings out every detail
  • Widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio enables you to experience content
    the way it was meant to be
  • Sleek contours feel great in your hand; slim enough to put in your pocket
  • Plug-n-play compatibility enables quick and easy operation with your device
  • Movie-capable battery that lasts 90-120 minutes on a single charge

User Buttons

User Buttons

Battery and power

  • User replaceable battery
  • Approximately 90-120 minutes of battery life when fully charged 2
  • Charges via Micro-USB with wall charger

in the box

  • SHOWWX laser pico projector
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Wall charger
  • Cable for iPod
  • Composite adapter
  • Storage pouch
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • User guide

Display performance

Display Performance

  • Resolution: WVGA (848 x 480)
  • Brightness: 10 Lumens
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz (nominal)
  • Color Gamut: > 200% NTSC
  • Contrast Ratio: > 5,000:1
  • Throw Ratio: 1:1 (projection distance/image diagonal)
  • Image size: 150 mm to 2500 mm (6 in to 100 in)
  • Projection Distance: 150 mm to
    2500 mm (6 in to 100 in)
  • Focus: No user focus adjustment needed. Image is always in focus, even on curved surfaces
  • Regulatory: Class 2 laser product.1

Size and weight

Size

  • Height: 14 mm (.55 in)
  • Width: 60 mm (2.36 in)
  • Length: 118 mm (4.64 in)
  • Weight (with battery): 122 g
    (4.3 oz)

Connectivity and audio

SHOWWX and iPod touch

  • Easy and simple plug and play
  • Connects to most iPod devices with a single cable
  • Composite adapter to other TV-out devices via a dedicated adapter cable
  • VGA dock to most laptops, netbooks and Macbook via the VGA DOCK (sold separately)
  • 3.5mm stereo jack – audio pass through when supplied

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