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Breath of the Wild guide: The Great Plateau walkthrough

Your first few hours, distilled<p><i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i> begins on the Great Plateau, and you’ll spend your first few hours with the game here learning a frankly shocking amount about the game. The things you do here and the skills you learn will remain relevant dozens of hours into …

Nuimo Smart Home Automation Interface (video)

Anyone looking for a way to easily control applications and smart devices for home automation, may be interested in Nuimo, that takes the form of a …

Home Automation

Knowing where you are in a smart home

Smart Home is one of the big buzzwords of the year. But what exactly does Smart Home technology mean, and what can it do for us? More importantly, …

Smart Homes

Zipato’s Modular Home Automation System: The Best Smart Home Platform?

<b>One of the best home automation architectures</b> I’ve ever seen comes from a Croatian company called Zipato. Don’t let the Croatia thing scare you. …

Reuse of Greywater

Greywater includes water from showers, bathtubs, sinks, kitchen, dishwashers, laundry tubs, and washing machines. The major ingredients of greywater …

Habitats
Home Automation

7 Things Successful People Do Differently to Reach Their Dreams

It’s inspiring to envision the future and to set dreams and goals for things we hope to achieve. But then there’s the question of how to turn those …

Motivation

Home Automation Lighting Control

This device is a home automation lighting solution based on the presence of a person inside the room. When a person enters or leaves the room, the …

How many times have you caught yourself daydreaming at work?<p>You know that you have a lot of things to do but because of lack of motivation, you …

3 Smart Glass Solutions to Replace Electronic Window Shades

Love the look of big, open windows, but don’t love the lack of privacy? Aside from making your private business very public, leaving windows …

ThinkEco modlet Adds Remote Control to Any Outlet

Most people don’t want to think about how much energy they’re consuming. Thankfully, there are a slew of smart outlets that can do that for you.<p>The …

100 Sources of Idea Fuel for Tech Entrepreneurs

For those who must scratch the insatiable entrepreneurial itch but need some help generating ideas, this post will be liking hitting the mother lode …

The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company

Can you think of any business topic that’s been hotter for longer than innovation? Trouble is, it’s hard to think of any business challenge where real pro­gress has been harder to come by. By now, your company probably has a new busi­ness incubator, an idea wiki, a disciplined process for mining …

Innovation

Smart home buying guide

Smart home automation puts remote control of your comfort, convenience, and safety at your fingertips, no matter where you are.<p>Good news: you can now …

Advice from a Serial Life Reinventor

Most of us have some crazy dream living inside of us — start a company, write a book, move to Bali. Any of the above. All of the above. Maybe your dream is so crazy you haven’t told anyone about it. Or maybe it’s the thing you talk about every time you’ve had a bad day at the office. But what would …

Self-improvement

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

We all want it both ways: to get what we want from a tough negotiation and to walk away with our relationship intact. The good news is that kind of outcome is possible. But how exactly do you drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills? How do you advocate for what you want without …

Stanford University

PEQ 3 Series Thermostat (Stainless)

The PEQ app lets you control your smart thermostat even when you're away from home.<p>Smart temperature control<p>You may currently have a sophisticated …

Home Automation With Raspberry Pi 2 And Node-RED #piday #iluvPi2 #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

Smart Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Home Automation, Security and Décor

Smart lighting, LED bulbs, wireless light switches… those are all great things for inside the home, but can you do smart lighting outside the home? …

Home Automation

Apple HomeKit devices: great smart home appliances that work with iOS

HomeKit is Apple's attempt to bring all your smart devices together into a single connected ecosystem. In Apple's vision of the home of the future …

Home Automation

Home Automation with Zwave and the HomeTroller Zee (Part 6)

For my next installation I decided to try automating the garage door opener. To do this I purchased:<p>ZFM-80US Fixture Switch Module<br>• Ecolink Garage Door …

Home Automation with Zwave and the HomeTroller Zee (Part 1)

I live out in the country near Lexington, Kentucky. A few years ago my wife told me that I either needed to build a barn to store bicycles, or get a …

Is Amazon's Echo On Its Way to Taking Over Your Home?

The device is beginning to deliver more than just music and information.<p>When <b>Amazon.com</b> (NASDAQ:AMZN) launched Echo in November, the wireless …

Smart Homes

5 Proven Ways to Create a Happy, Fulfilling Life

<b>“It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.”</b> <b>~</b><b>Denis Waitley</b><p>Happiness.<p>You want it. You seek it. …