All smart technology, whether it's in an office, residence, or even on a marine vessel, has one thing in common; management. Management control is what makes every smart system easy to use (among all the other great qualities). Some people think smart technology is just a luxury when it’s a lot more than that. Smart technology helps make life simpler.
Especially when it comes to health. The amount of health benefits from smart technology can't be numbered. Technology has been a turning point for the fitness world for years now. Imagine having smart technology that also helps in the daily lives of the elderly or those with special needs. Guess what? You don’t have to imagine something that’s real! Yes, we already have technology that does this.
Here is a short list of smart uses of technology for the benefit of those with medical conditions:
-Smart Medication Pillboxes
Skipping pill doses and taking more than you need can be dangerous. Some people simply forget to take them, others accidentally take more than they were supposed to. These smart pill boxes can remind people to take their medications at the right times, so they never skip another medication time. They also alert people to tell them they already had what they needed for the day so there aren't any overdoses.
Detection devices that have alerts embedded in their technology are literal life savers. Home security systems, smart stoves, smart refrigerators, and more. Other devices include smart doorbells and locks that can be controlled from a remote or a phone. With these devices, people can identify the person at the door before letting them in. They're helpful for anyone that wouldn't be able to defend themselves against unknown intruders. People can see who is at the door without giving off any indication that they are even home. They can then decide if they want to let the person inside before even opening the door. The security alerts can also give off reminders to lock the door while leaving the home or office for those who rush out in a hurry.
The best feature of a smart remote is being able to limit the number of remotes in a home. Smart remotes offer hassle-free control of smart systems. Whether it’s a smart control panel or a handheld remote, smart devices can be controlled from one area of the house so that people can sit comfortably without worrying about having to get up as often.
-Smart Audio Assistants
Amazon Alexa speakers are one of the best virtual assistants! Play music, play games that keep your mind sharp, check the weather, check the time, call anyone in your contacts, even 911, check schedules, set reminders, the list goes on. We love her.
There is an endless amount of safety features that could be installed/implemented into any home or business for a simpler lifestyle!
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There has been a deadly outbreak called the “Wuhan Coronavirus” that originated in Wuhan China. It has been spreading through a number of cities and other countries in Asia. Most of China is on lock down. The virus can “mutate easily and can jump from animals to humans,” which is what makes it such a fast spreading disease—it’s so fast that since the beginning of the outbreak in December, two cases of the virus have already been found in the U.S, and three cases have been identified in Europe within the last three hours.
What does this have to do with technology? Specifically speaking, it has to do with IoT. In a previous article we brought up what exactly IoT is, and its benefits. When it comes to deadly outbreaks, IoT is the reason we know about outbreaks over seas so we can prepare and control the spread. The Wuhan virus moves rapidly but thanks to IoT we can track, monitor, and hopefully prevent a further spread. These are all huge advantages, especially for this virus that has no vaccine.
The best thing that IoT does in these situations is tracking the disease. As mentioned above, the Wuhan virus is already making its way across Asia and has entered the United States, and Europe—this is vital information that is only possible through IoT. Why is it important? Is that a real question? We know that the virus is spreading through Asia, if you were planning a trip there anytime soon, you’d probably change your flight arrangements. Not that China is letting anyone in or out of China anyway, but it’s nice to know before getting to the airport.
A total of 41 people have been confirmed dead due to the virus, including the most recent 15 deaths that occurred in a single day. We only have this information because of IoT. Though it’s sad to hear, it’s necessary for a number of reasons other than “travel plans.” Stay connected, informed, and safe in real time with IoT.
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Humans have always been inventive. From the first lightbulb to electric cars and everything before and in between, humans have thought, “how can we make technology work for us?” Which is the whole purpose behind Tech companies and electrical contractors, like We Are More.
Some people find “smart” automation to be frivolous and surrounded by giant dollar signs. Technology only becomes a waste of money when used inadequately. A person wouldn’t add a spare room onto their home if they had no use for it. However, if they had a relative moving in with them or a baby on the way, building a new room would be beneficial. The same goes for tech, you don’t have to be a mathematician to figure that out.
Using technology to help yourself is the goal. Just to have something for no purpose than to have it is a luxury and that’s when it can become a waste. The cool thing is that all technology is created with a purpose in mind, for a better and more efficient future. Tech is only useless when it’s not being used. The importance of technology leans highly on economics.
Tech changes so quickly that children are being trained to do jobs that don’t even exist yet. These jobs include use of technology that hasn’t even been invented with the purpose of fixing issues that have yet to be surfaced. Children born in the post millennial generation will be the smartest, most advanced, and business minded generation due to having parents who are smarter than the preceding generations and from growing up in a time where an abundance of technology already exists.
Since humans are the product creators, the predictions of future tech and advancement will always come true. Technology is man made aka a human "thing." Staying up to date and keeping your business, home, and lifestyle in the present with technology will keep you moving in the right direction. Technology effects everything we do, whether we notice it or not.
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Are you a people person? Do you like hosting cookouts or game day socials? Have you ever thought of an outdoor entertainment system for your guests? Throwing a few steaks on the grill is always enjoyable, but unless you’re busy being the chef, your guests might want something to keep their mind off the smell of food. We Are More doesn’t just work on the indoors of a home, they’re here to help with the outdoors too.
Think “Home Theater” but outside! If you’re sketchy about weather effecting the longevity of a flat screen in the elements of your yard, opt for a projector screen instead! The projector can be covered, and the screen can be retracted. A projector is the perfect solution for movie nights under the stars, gameday brunches, or kids’ parties.
Once you’ve got the screens, move on to the tunes. Sound systems are important for any theater, but surround sound isn’t just for the big screen. Camouflaged outdoor speakers can fit into any landscape, and separate or connect to indoor sound systems creating virtual sound that follows you through any part of your home. Play background music for a quiet dinner party on the deck or crank the volume up for a summer bash by the pool. Whatever the sound level is, use outdoor speakers to keep the party flowing in/outdoors with smart audio systems.
Speaking of parties, we can’t forget lights! If you’re not the flashing neon strobe light type, don’t worry, we have other types up our sleeve. Maybe you’d like a cool blue illuminating the shrubbery along the driveway, or an ivory hue on the deck for a candlelight effect. Whatever your preference and style may be, outdoor lighting doesn’t just change the mood of your night but also enhances the look of your home.
Theater screens, audio, and lighting are all components to build the ultimate outdoor entertainment experience. If you already have one or two of these, why not complete the package? Give We Are More a call for an outdoor automation consultation!
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What is computer networking and management?
Network Management essentially defines when a network is monitored and operated by a team to keep computer networks working appropriately. A network management servicer (We Are More) offers “fault analysis, performance management, provisioning of networks and maintaining the quality of service.”
Listed below are four pieces of information that you probably didn't know about Computer Network Management:
1. Computer network management prevents difficulties.
Network management isn’t the key – network management that works properly is. When network management is taken cared of, it will stop new difficulties from arising and extend the longevity of your network.
2. Computer network management works efficiently.
Accurate management guarantees that your employees will never work blindly. They will always have access to Information Technology (IT) so they can do their jobs without a hassle. Good management helps your business run smoothly so your staff can work with efficiently.
3. Computer network management maintains security.
If you’re company starts off with a secure network, it doesn’t mean that you have security. Networks need to be managed correctly in order to keep a network secure. Meaning, having a network management team is best for keeping your network safe. Passwords will be kept secure, scam emails and sites will be removed, and users who aren’t part of the business won’t have access beyond what your business offers to customers.
4. Computer network management keeps businesses up to date.
Network technology doesn’t change as fast as other corporate information technology. However, it’s always beneficial to gradually upgrade your network with the times to keep performance current. A network that hasn’t been maintained will put businesses at potential risk and slow down the average work day.
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We Are More is a low voltage electrical contracting company located in Hawaii. They specialize in all types of home, business, and marine automation. Low voltage electricians are those who refurbish, update, and sustain electrical systems for commercial and residential structures. We Are More does jobs pertaining to the following and more, (if you ask nicely).
They install and manage anything having to do with sound. Want speakers installed around your restaurant for background music? Need a surround sound system installed into a home? Do you want an outdoor sound system for those barbeque nights? We Are More installs it all! They also install screens small and wide! Whether it’s a television, or a projector, they’ve got what you need. They even go a step further with “smart entertainment.” Lights get dim as soon as a movie starts to play, your film can automatically pause when someone is at the door, and you have full control of the sound and television with a single remote.
VoIP telephones are becoming more popular in the business world. It is audio communication that also includes graphics, and live sharing. This is especially helpful for traveling businesspersons; they won’t need to travel because their conference can be done from the comfort of their home. Virtual communication and audio all through an IP Network. If you want a phone system that does more than phone calls, consider VoIP!
Smart locks support keyless entry, as well as alerts when people enter your home. You can lock and unlock your doors no matter where you are and be aware of intruders. No more turning around to go home because you forgot to lock up! We Are More would be happy to help install a quality smart locks for your home and/or office, the same goes for security cameras! Keep an eye on your home no matter where you are through sensors, alarm systems, and visuals.
Wireless lighting seems like magic, but it’s just automatic illumination. We Are More can install wireless lighting to any part of your home or business, or in EVERY part of it if you want; indoors and outdoors alike. You can control lights with your voice and/or a control pad. Motion sensors can also detect when someone enters or leaves an area so it can automatically turn off and on without you having to do a thing. Colored lights would be fun to put in a game room or a home theater, warmer tones go great in a bedroom setting or an outside pool area, or do the opposite, the choice is yours!
Temperature control is such a great convenience to have. We Are More can incorporate a smart system with your current “HVAC, radiant flooring, forced air, dual fuel and geothermal systems” so you don’t have to worry about the climate of your home or business. After installation you’ll have full control of the temperature through any smart phone or touchscreen. Temperature will also be allowed to change with the season, which is a plus for saving money, a balance of humidity, ventilation, cooling, and heat.
“Do people actually install Wi-Fi? I thought it was just a box I could hook up.” Well, yes—if you don’t like quality. It’s especially important for businesses to have Wi-Fi marketing as part of their establishment. Being able to let customers connect to your Wi-Fi without a hassle by logging in with a specific social network is the key. This allows you (the business owner) to get analytics on user profile data for marketing campaigns. You’ll be able to see the data of clients who access your Wi-Fi, increase sales, capture more customers, collects the emails of your guests to send them a message and survey about reviewing your business, how long people use your Wi-Fi (in other words; how long they spend at your business and what days are busiest), as well as being able to send automated promotions, free gifts, sales and more. It’s a lot to take in, I know, but it’s more than just giving your customers free Wi-Fi.
Along with business connection, residential Wi-Fi is also important! In a smart home or not, it’s better to have a high-performing network than a slow one that’s unreliable. We Are More even offers a Free Speed Test that you can use to test the quality of your Wi-Fi network. Check it out!
The best part about all We Are More does is that the technical stuff is up to them, but everything else is up to the customer. No more hassle with wiring, no more trying to figure out which button to press, no more technology complication. Installations that fit your style so you can be in control of your home and business. Call We Are More today for a free consultation!
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Do evolving smart businesses mean that there will be less employment opportunity? No. Not unless your company is completely robotic. Even then, businesses that decide they want to let everything be run by computers will be opening employment for IT departments. No computer can run properly without a tech guy, or tech persons.
Actual robots being used in the workplace would most likely only be used to help employees do ”dangerous, heavy or repetitive tasks.” That, however, is only if your company is big enough to afford a robot. Industrial robots cost anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000—but I’m not here to talk about them.
Let’s talk about facts. The top 50 smartest business, according to Technology Review, consist of names we all know. The third on the list being Amazon. It uses a computer powered online store that connects to all sorts of little gadgets, like Alexa. Shockingly, Amazon has over 600,000 employees. On top of that, they have 30,000 job openings as of September 2019. That’s a whole lot of people working for a store that’s powered by artificial intelligence!
Amazon is a good example of how technology doesn’t replace human workers but rather benefits how humans do their work. Their online store and appliances have made them the fifth largest company in America! Amazon is a big example, but smaller companies benefit just as much.
We Are More is an electrical contracting company; they specialize in smart technology. The cool thing is that they don’t just sell their products, they use them! Why? Being a smart business isn’t just cool, it helps employees get their jobs done quicker, and finish them more efficiently.
Take clocking in to work for example. If you’re a business owner who still uses the old paper and pen spreadsheet to calculate hours—you’re in the stone age my friend. I highly suggest (and I’m sure your employees would too) that you switch to something a little more digital. Let computers do the work for you through online time tracking.
We Are More uses the online time tracking method through an app installed on all the employee’s phones. It’s cost effective, time saving, and less of a headache. Whether its something as small as changing the way we clock in to work or buying a robot to do difficult tasks, technology is here to help!
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The amount of sleep people get rejuvenate them for the day, and getting the right amount is crucial for overall good health! According to the National Sleep Foundation, there are a certain number of hours needed for sleep depending on age group— for adults, ages 18 to 64, they need anywhere between seven to nine hours of sleep to function properly throughout the day. So, make sure your using those smart watches, and clocks and whatever else not just to wake you up but have them set reminders for when you should head to bed!
What does that have to do with dream technology? Nothing, except that most people dream when they sleep. Dreams have always been a phenomenon.
Did you know, you dream even when you don’t? That’s right! If you wake up and don’t remember your dream, it doesn’t mean you didn’t dream. The human mind is constantly awake. Don’t believe me? That’s okay, I found this article to explain it for you; click here to read more.
Wouldn’t it be cool to see what goes on in your mind while you sleep? I think so. A new technology called the “Sleep Cap” might be able to make some dreams watchable.
“The sleep cap will record imagery "using technologies derived from either magnetic resonance or near-infrared spectroscopy. All the data will be processed and streamed as a dream movie to your computer, DVR or Facebook, so all your friends can view and share your dream."”
In an article posted by CNN, Antonio Zadra, a psychology professor at the Université de Montréal says that “dreams are designed to be forgotten.” If that’s so, then why are scientists even bothering to create the “Sleep Cap” to begin with?
Dreams are a valuable part of life and deserve to be remembered. Of course, this goes back to personal belief, but if you think back to a dream that really meant something to you, just because it wasn’t reality doesn’t mean it wasn’t significant in some way. Do you agree?
There are several reasons why people have dreams, just none that anyone (expert or not) can agree on. That’s partly why so fascinating! Go to this link to read more on what scientists are trying to accomplish for the sake of watching dreams!
Before getting started, I’d just like to say that although these are my personal opinions, keep in mind that I work for an electrical contracting company that depends on smart innovation to keep the business alive. There are better “smart” systems to integrate in your home and business than the ones I’ve listed below. That being said, I hope you never waste money on these products, even if we’d be happy to tell you about them.
1. simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro
Get this, it’s a vanity mirror, with lighting… and you don’t need magnification -- I’m not done yet -- it also has a wide view with adjustable color, wait for it… one charge lasts up to three weeks (that’s actually pretty cool) AND it can connect to WiFi! The best part is that it’s a cheap price of only $530 on Amazon! PLUS FREE SHIPPING. How exciting and cool is that?! It’s not.
If you buy a regular vanity mirror you will save hundreds of dollars and a few laughs. Just trust me, regular mirrors are still cool.
2. BeOn Home Protection System Lightbulbs
Basically, these turn off and on when you enter and leave a room. Which isn’t a bad thing, but they also automatically turn on when there is a blackout. That’s not to bad either I guess, except that they only have a max of 5 hours before they run out of battery during a blackout. What if the blackout is longer than that? I would have to buy multiple sets of these lights, or I could use regular light bulbs integrated into my smart home and save a bunch of cash. Oh, you also need an iPhone to use the app that controls the lights. I’m all about saving money, so I wouldn’t mind using candles during a blackout.
Update: Just found out this company is actually no longer in business so you can only use these as regular bulbs because the app is no longer running, but after reading a number of one star reviews I’d still advise you not to buy them (considering you find them on eBay or something).
3. SONOS PLAY:1 Smart Speaker
I don’t like to pin brands against each other, BUT if you’re going to buy a smart speaker, just buy an Amazon Alexa. SONOS is a great brand but I wouldn’t spend money on this speaker when compared to my Alexa. The catch with this speaker is that it streams all your favorite tunes and connects to WiFi. Sound familiar? That’s right, Alexa speakers can do the same thing and a whole lot more for around the same price. We Are More always promotes quality, they’re both great speakers, but in this circumstance, I’m also measuring quantity!
4. Kuna Smart Home Security Light and Security Camera
This light/camera is advertised as being great for disguising a security camera as a light that also doubles as an actual light! Yeah it is cool, except that you could just get a full smart home security system. It might have some cool features, like being compatible with Alexa and being easy to install, but why spend your money on a lamp camera (or two) when you could put your money towards a much better security system? Maybe it’s just me.
5. Chamberlain MyQ-Garage
A remote control for your garage—which allows you to open and close your garage from anywhere in the world. FINALLY. Now I can travel and open and close my garage when I don’t even need to open and close my garage. It’s a dream come true!
I hope you understand how unnecessary this appliance is. No one, literally not a soul, needs this. Just use a regular garage remote, please I’m begging you.
6. Ooma Telo Home Phone Service
“Telo, who is this?”
“It’s me, Ooma!”
“Ooma need you to not buy this product.”
Sorry, couldn’t help myself with that one.
I’d say, unless you’re a businessperson who makes international calls almost every day—don’t waste your money on this. It’s the same as a regular phone that just allows you to make cheaper international calls, but even a regular phone can be set up with a plan that does the same thing.
7. iDevices Kitchen Thermometer
A rechargeable smart thermometer that gives you the temperature of your food faster than a regular thermometer!
Ladies and bros, if you can’t wait a few more seconds while using a regular thermometer to get the temperature of your dinner, I’d advise you to go speak to a counselor and figure out how to work on your patience. Good news is it’s only about $25 so you won’t break the bank if you decide to go on and buy it, but personally I’d rather spend that money on my dinner than something to check if it’s cooked or not.
8. Smart Piggy Bank
I get that it’s a cute and fun way to save your coins in a piggy bank and have it track your savings but unless you’re a child—why not just open a bank account? If your kid really wants to have fun, have them make a piggy bank, or buy one that’s not automated. Then they can count the money themselves and learn important math skills at the same time! Just a thought.
9. Smart Egg Tray
If you don’t eat eggs often, you’re probably someone like me who only buys them when they’re absolutely needed for a recipe or for house guests. Even in that case, you don’t NEED this product. It’s an egg tray that tells you the freshness of your eggs.
Maybe someone who doesn’t eat their eggs in time could use this but it just doesn’t cut my list for things I need, and I’m silently hoping you agree.
That’s it folks! I’m sure this list could be even longer, but these are my top for “smart appliances you shouldn’t spend your money on.”
Due to the fact that people can spend up to five hours a day on their phones, and an average of another five hours a day watching television, blue light blocking options have been increasing. These 10 hours a day don’t include the amount of time spent on laptops and other PCs. Fortunately, blue light glasses have become widely popular.
People who spend long hours in front of a computer usually opt in to buying themselves a pair of these glasses to reduce eye strain and increase the amount of melatonin the human body produces. This decreases blurry vision, headaches, and helps people to get a better night’s rest. Most smartphones already have a blue light blocking ability that allows the tone of the screen to change at desired hours or the natural surrounding light. That way people don’t have to wear blue light glasses while using their phones.
Something most people don’t know however is that newer televisions have a blue light filter listed in the settings menu under the display options. Most people would say that watching TV before bed isn’t a good habit, but there’s something about putting on a show after a long day that makes people continue to do it. So, making sure to change blue light settings on your television at night will make the habit less concerning. Don’t worry though, if you’re someone with an older television there are blue light filter stickers that can adapt your TV light to a yellow tint or block blue light all together.
People who don’t like to wear glasses, or don’t want to fuss with blue light blocking on a TV, have ditched watching shows on a television and use projectors instead. Projector screens are a great alternative, especially for theater and office rooms. They give off less harmful light because the blue light bounces off the walls instead of being shot directly at your eyes like on a TV.
Protecting your eyes are important! No matter what option suits you best, remember that you can contact We Are More for installations of any TV or projector screen. They also set up and sell amazing surround sound systems for home theaters, show rooms, and meeting spaces of any kind.
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Samara Towers does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing. She produces content to give our audience more insight and opinions on technical solutions big and small.