Black Friday/Cyber Monday Amazon Deals

Rumors are Amazon will be giving great discounts on some of my favorite products.  I use these 3 practically every day.  So keep an eye on Amazon starting on Thanksgiving through Monday December 2nd.  Right now on Monday Nov 21st the Kindle paperwhite is $20 off for $99.99.  Click the pictures for a link to the products.

Here are the rumor on the deals:

Amazon Dot:  $39.99 ($10 off):  

Kindle Paperwhite:  $99.99 ($20 off):  

Amazon Echo:  $139.99 ($40 off):  

These are great gift ideas for the holidays!  The paperwhite is my favorite kindle because you can read it outside in the sun.


#IoT Let’s talk about the internet of Things

The internet of Things is the interconnection of smart devices.  It is the infrastructure of the information society and it is coming to your home, your cities and even your vacations.  The stylized hashtag for it is #IoT.

IoT now refers to mostly smart homes and home automation but eventually it will expand into automation of smart cities and a smart grid.

Examples of IoT?  Let’s take a look at 3.

1. Our Smart Home is part of IoT.  We have a home automation system set up with a hub that talks to everything and connects the lights, thermostat, front door lock and the Amazon Echo & Dot.  You can see the video here:

 

2.  Disney World is part of IoT.  They are building their own smart city and they are using technology to make vacationing feel like magic.  There are sensors all over the parks and Disney is now like one giant computer.  Disney World uses RFID technology which is radio frequency identification and they made a wristband or wearable technology – of course with a mickey on them.  They call them MagicBands.  You wear the MagicBand on your wrist & it can open your room, you can pay for everything in Disney with it, it holds your park tickets, stores your fast passes and for Disney it tracks everything you are doing and buying.  A little scary to be tracked but the idea is it will track everyone’s behavior and Disney will be able to serve and anticipate the needs of their guests better and make your trip magical.  With just one piece of technology you are connected to the entire infrastructure of the theme park.

I go to Disney often.  Here is my MagicBand opening our room & my MagicBands:

 

Here’s a fun example how Disney used the magic bands to create magic.  We were in line for Rock N Roller Coaster.  When you first walk in the building there are concert posters on the wall.  All of a sudden it said Laura will be playing a concert live in West Chester.  It pulled my information from my MagicBand and like magic there was a poster for my upcoming rock show.  It switched too fast to the next guest in line & I couldn’t get a picture.

Disney also has a My Disney Experience App where you can make fastpass reservations (front of the line pass) & make restaurant reservations that seamlessly hooks up to your MagicBand.  You can see park maps and estimated wait times at attractions too.

Eventually this technology can be implemented in cities and towns across our world.  How exciting!

3.  Transportation will be a part of IoT.  Self driving cars are here and experts see a future where people don’t own cars.  Imagine homes will no longer need garages.  People will use an app similar to uber to order a self driving car.  We will be connected through the app for ordering a car, the cars will be connected to a GPS system to navigate the car & eventually the cars will be able to connect to each other so the system is automated and efficient.  That will eventually spread to all forms of transportation.  Data from this technology will eventually be gathered and we will be able to set up smart traffic control & that will lead to less traffic and safer roads.

Here’s a quick 2 minute video by Tesla showing the self driving car:

 

We are on the brink of exciting technological advances.  A lot of it is here already and will eventually be in everyone’s homes and hopefully IoT will help transform our world into a better, more connected, more efficient & magical experience.  It’s the internet of things!



New Echo Dot Just Arrived Yesterday!

Amazon recently released the new 2nd generation Echo Dot.  It is $49.99 on Amazon and free shipping with Amazon Prime.  Check out the Echo Dot:  http://amzn.to/2frB1VX   Click on the video to see what it can do!

The Amazon Echo is $179.99-it’s on sale today for $140.39 http://amzn.to/2fv1iiT.  While the Dot does not have the sound quality of the Echo it is a great addition to your SmartHome or if you just want to get started to see if you like it.

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I was SO, SO wrong. Virtual Reality is awesome!

A couple of weeks ago my husband was telling me how he ordered the virtual reality headset for the playstation.  Here it is on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2elt8wL

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He was trying to convince me how the technology will eventually be used so buyers can sit in their homes or my office and tour homes for sale through virtual reality (VR).  He basically was saying it will be a game changer for marketing real estate.

My reaction:  No Way!  We now have 360° cameras and High Definition walk through videos (check out my YouTube page to see examples of my listings here)  I get motion sickness why would I do virtual reality when I can just watch a walk-through video?

WELL, I WAS WRONG.  The headset arrived a couple of weeks ago.  It is incredible once I tried it.  Everywhere I looked I was immersed in a virtual reality of my choosing.  I lost myself in the virtual reality world and I totally forgot I was in my basement.  I hit my hand on the coffee table pretty hard trying to throw something in the job simulator game.  The first experience was a deep-sea dive.  It felt so real looking at all of the deep sea creatures and I felt so relaxed after.  The next experience my husband told me I needed to sit down for it, Shark encounter virtual reality.  You go down in the ocean and a shark circles your cage, rips off the front of it and you feel like he is going to bite you.  I was screaming and pushing back I almost fell backwards off the chair.  However, I did not get motion sickness at all!

Experts are estimating everyone will be able to tour homes through virtual reality in 2-5 years.  Sothebys Realty just started experimenting with VR technology with high-end homes in LA & NY.  The cost to scan the homes is between $300-$700.  It allows buyers to walk through a home in virtual reality with a controller to navigate through the home.

Imagine instead of spending 4 hours touring 5-7 homes buyers can come to my office put on a headset and walk-through 8-10 homes in 2 hours.  Sellers don’t have to clean up or get their kids or dogs out of the house for as many showings or open houses.  I’m so excited to see how this technology will change the future of real estate!  And won’t we look so cool doing it!

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Spooky Smart Home Tour!

Happy Halloween!  Here’s a quick video showing how we have automated our lights for Halloween using a smart plug and shortcuts in the Wink App.  It’s the internet of things!

Here’s a link to products we’ve used in our SmartHome!


Take a tour of my Smart Home!

Take a tour of my Smart Home!  September 2015 we bought the Amazon Echo or Alexa.  Since then we have been adding on to our smart home.  Take a tour and see how we control our front door, lights, HVAC, pet feeder and cameras through technology.  It’s the internet of things!

Here’s a quick 46 second demonstration:

Below are links to products we’ve used in our SmartHome!