Have you ever wanted an easier way to make smoothies and better manage your healthy eating goals? What about a seamless way to upgrade your wellness and fitness goals? With the NutriBullet Balance, the world’s first connected nutrition extractor – you can do both! The NutriBullet connects with the Balance app via your smartphone for real-time nutrition updates to help you craft healthy seasonal soups or smoothies, every time. Check out my experience with this smart kitchen game changer below!
I’m not-so-secretly obsessed with smoothies! Strawberry smoothies, Citrus smoothies, Sweet Green smoothies – you name it! In the past, I’ve shared a few of my favorite smoothie recipes and even demonstrated meal prep smoothie plans on Instagram. The only problem is, I’m pretty sure my recipes were pretty high in sugar and fruit based calories. With main ingredients like pineapple, strawberries and kiwis, you’re definitely in for a sugary-sweet treat. However, with the NutriBullet Balance, I was curious to see just how my favorite smoothie recipes stacked up on the health scale as well as discover any healthier options to add to my recipe rotation.
To begin all you have to do is download the NutriBullet Balance app on your smartphone from the Apple or Google Play store and pair your phone with the NutriBullet Balance via Bluetooth. Once paired, the Balance app walks you through easy to use tutorials on renaming the device and updating your pantry list of fruits, vegetables and more to craft your perfectly blended meal. One of the coolest features of the app, is once you’ve updated your pantry list it’ll open you up to discover new recipes that you would’ve never known existed or even tried before.
In addition to updating your pantry list on your phone, the app also give you access to hundreds of easy-to-use recipes from a community of other NutriBullet Balance users. Each recipe highlights the nutritional values found within and helps ensure you’re creating healthy smoothies or seasonal soups for you and/or your family. If you’re not into recipes and are more of a DIY creative, you can craft your own recipe and get updated nutritional values instantly. Simply add ingredients to your NutriBullet cups, input the name of the ingredient into the app and the smart nutrition sensor calculates real time nutritional details of your creation. It’ll even automatically set the blend time, giving you the perfect consistency every time.
The Nutribullet Balance app will save and upload your nutritional values to your favorite fitness apps keeping you on track to your overall health, fitness and wellness goals. There’s no easier way to upgrade your wellness routine and make your home kitchen a little bit smarter, than with the Nutribullet Balance. Say goodbye to measuring cups, recipe books, and basic blenders forever. Keep track of what you’re putting into your body so you can make the best of what you get out of it and get you a device that can do both!
For more information check out NutribulletBalance.com and for the latest news follow @thenutribullet #balanceblend on all your favorite social channels today.
HARMAN has a vision for your future mobility and it’s more awesome than you think! You may be familiar with HARMAN as an audio company touting cool bluetooth speakers, in-car audio and more – but did you know that since its acquisition by Samsung – HARMAN has developed amazing plans to upgrade the way you enjoy entertainment, productivity and autonomous driving? During a recent HARMAN Insider event in Detroit, MI – I got the chance to experience the future in wellness, entertainment and transportation through HARMAN’S Moodscape technology and immersive Configurable Entertainment system.
Imagine an immersive driving experience that automatically knows when to pump you up for next workout at the gym and can keep you calm, cool and collected during your rush hour commute. Now toss in autonomous driving capabilities into the mix and you have the foundation behind HARMAN’S Moodscape experience. HARMAN recently introduced Moodscape, the latest experience-centric lifestyle automotive solution that offers personalized entertainment, comfort and convenience for passengers. Moodscape encourages lifestyle optimization by utilizing mood-based features to redefine in-car comfort and entertainment on your daily commute.
Looking for a way to center yourself before a big day at the office? Moodscape’s Music Motivator will leverage available in-car technology to sync with your calendar, recognize GPS routes and analyze biometric data to develop and deliver a listening experience based on your location, schedule and energy level so that you arrive feeling focused and prepared no matter what is on the agenda.
If you need some time to relax and have the stress of the day melt away, HARMAN’s QLED MoodRoof will transform your car into a quiet sanctuary, tranquil getaway or tropical paradise. Your choice of environmental sounds will fill the car, accompanied by a state-of-the-art visual experience provided by HARMAN’s QLED MoodRoof. Taking the place of the traditional moon roof, the MoodRoof creates a multitude of immersive visual landscapes to life so you can escape the chaos of everyday life and focus inward.
Automotive innovations such as Moodscape can change the way we reflect and think about wellness – and can change the way we look at our commutes, as well. Gone are the days of uncomfortable commutes and mind-numbing drives. Moodscape transforms vehicles into the ideal place for relaxation and reflection, so passengers can drivers can focus on the moments that truly matter.
Moodscape Key Features
- Music Motivator: Whether heading to a meeting, to a party or to the gym, Music Motivator synchronizes with calendars, identifies GPS routes and analyzes available biometric feedback to build and deliver an audio experience based on passengers’ whereabouts, schedule and energy level – so that wherever they are headed, they arrive focused and ready.
- Personalized Audio Alerts: Created with safety in mind, Personalized Audio Alerts heightens attention to navigation, traffic and weather incidents through directional audio, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road and respond more quickly to prompts.
- HARMAN QLED MoodRoof: The passenger’s choice of environmental sounds fills the cabin, complemented by a state-of-the art visual experience through HARMAN’s QLED MoodRoof. Tailor-made for autonomous vehicles, MoodRoof replaces the traditional moon roof with a choice of immersive visual landscapes brought to stunning life by this first-of-its-kind automotive QLED application.
HARMAN wants to improve the way you enjoy the daily commute and possibly improve your health and wellness along the way. For more information on HARMAN’s full portfolio of connected car and lifestyle audio systems that enable the connected life follow HARMAN online at Harman.com, and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
GOOGLE Launches New IT Certificate Program And Scholarships To Prepare You For Your New Job In Tech!January 16th, 2018 by Tech Staff
Thinking about how to get a new job in technology? Google has developed a first-of-its-kind IT Support Professional Certificate on Coursera that will help more Americans get the training they need to enter the tech field.
take learners to job readiness in 8 to 12 months. The program will create a direct path for jobs for thousands of Americans.
The Consumer Electronics Show is here in it’s full glory from Las Vegas and the featured reveals this week will definitely be on everyone’s MUST HAVE list tomorrow. CES is the largest trade show of the year, and this year it’s building up to be the biggest show on record with nearly 200,000 attendees in addition to thousands of companies featured throughout the show.
Companies large and small show off all sorts of new technology, gadgets and gizmos all week long at CES, and some of the most amazing products can typically be found from small startups that most people have never even heard of. While CES is an open playground for technology discovery there are always three huge consumer electronics brands that host the most anticipated events each and every year. Check out a few of our favorite top trending tech reveals from the top CES 2018 brand below!
LG Rollable OLED TV
LG arguably surpassed its biggest rival Samsung in 2017 in terms of TV picture quality, which is no small feat considering how impressive Samsung’s TVs have always been. But LG’s 2017 OLED TV lineup was just too good. Now, imagine those big, beautiful displays could roll up into a piece of furniture or up into the ceiling when you’re not using them! That’s the direction we’re headed thanks the progress that has been made with flexible OLED display panels, and LG debuted an OLED TV at CES 2018 that can be rolled up like a piece of paper. We need one. Now.
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen
The new Samsung Notebook 9 Pen is one of the most stylish new models we’ve seen at debut at the show. The housing is made out of a new material that Samsung calls Metal 12, which is says is a magnesium alloy that the company says is “incredibly light, yet unbelievably strong.” It’s essentially a mix between a Samsung convertible laptop and a Galaxy note device, offering specs like an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 chipset with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB SSD, along with all the stylus features that make Galaxy Note devices great.
Because 4k Tvs are so yesterday, Samsung has upped the ante with a television experience unlike anything ever seen. The new Samsung Q9S is an 85-inch 8K television with a gorgeous Samsung screen and all the bells and whistles you can imagine. There’s one feature in particular that stands out, though. Since there’s pretty much no 8K content at all, the Q9S uses artificial intelligence to upscale lower-resolution content to 8K. Who wouldn’t want an upgraded viewing experience like this?
The Wall by Samsung
If wall mounted tvs are more your style, how about this new gadget, appropriately named – The Wall. No seriously, during its press conference at CES 2018, Samsung debuted an exciting new TV it calls “The Wall.” Following up last year’s “The Frame” TV that is designed to look like a piece of art when it’s not in use, The Wall consists of multiple modular MicroLED displays. The screens have no bezels, so they combine to form a single massive 8K television that measures 146-inches diagonally. If you have enough wall space in your home and dollars in your bank account, it could be the flat screen television you’ve been waiting for.
CES Media Days featured two days of product announcements from companies both large and small. Kicking off a week filled with innovation, 29 companies hosted preshow press conferences, with product announcements including:
- Bosch – “Simply. Connected.” portfolio, which highlights the use of smart city technology to revolutionize urban mobility, air quality, energy efficiency and security
- BrainCo – First affordable, non-intrusive, AI powered prosthetic hand
- Byton – Electric, self-driving, connected concept car expected to launch in late 2019
- Continental – Unveiled its long-term goal for seamless mobility and vision zero, Continental’s goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities on roads
- Dynamic – Announced the world’s first network-certified smart credit card technology
- Faurecia – Voice-activated cockpit of the future with Amazon Alexa
- HDMI – HDMI 2.1 Specification – the most recent update of HDMI standards and specification, supporting a higher range of A/V resolutions and bandwidth speeds
- Hisense – H10E 4K Smart ULED™ TV, and H9E Plus 4K Smart ULED™ TV
- Hyundai – New, technological flagship fuel cell electric vehicle called Nexo with advanced driver assist capabilities
- Interaxon – Partnering with Safilo to combine fashionable eyewear with Muse’s brain-sensing technology
- Kia – Niro EV Concept, a fully electric compact SUV which can run 238 miles on a single charge with a 30 minute fast charge
- LG – Showcased its product integration of LG ThinQ AI – artificial intelligence products that can learn from consumers
- MobileHelp – Emergency response system for the Samsung Gear S3
- Monster – Monster Talk voice-activation technology, to be included in the Superstar Bluetooth speakers, Elements headphones and Clarity Bluetooth headphones
- Neutrogena – NeutrogenaSkin360 attaches to smartphone and uses sensors to create a personalized skincare plan
- Nucalm – Patented relaxation technology, which combines a topical cream, microcurrent stimulation via the NuCalm visor, and the NuCalm neuroacoustic software
- Panasonic – First 4K OLEDs with HDR10+ format
- Philips – Philips SmartSleep headband designed to create better quality of sleep with personalized tones and volumes
- Project Nursery – Alexa-based baby monitoring system
- Qualcomm – Processor for extensive use across 5G connectivity, automotive, and smart home tech, including low power Bluetooth audio devices and VR headsets
- Ripple – App to improve professional networking that uses Ripple’s “face connect” technology, allowing users to take a picture of someone and instantly add them to a connection list
- Royole – Showcased the future of flexible technologies and the human-machine interface
- Samsung – Unveiled the IoT ecosystem “SmartThings,” the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and the Samsung Flip
- Showstoppers Launch.it – Winner of its startup pitching contest was Velco with their “Wink Bar,” the first connected handlebar for bikes with smartphone compatibility
- Sony – Showcased its A8F OLED TV
- TCL – TCL Roku Smart Soundbar integrated with the Roku Entertainment Assistant
- Toyota – Announced their new self-driving mobile marketplace, e-Palette
- Valeo – Low-voltage (48V) all-electric vehicle prototype motorization system, which is 20 percent more economical than existing high-voltage solutions
- ZF – ZF ProAI, new super computer with modular and scalable architecture
For more from CES 2018, follow #CES2018 on Twitter, Instagram and check back daily from updates from Las Vegas at DivasandDorks.com/CES2018
What influences your listening experience? Is it the deep boom in the bass that makes your soul shake? Maybe it’s the aesthetic design that matches your fly or a brand name that you swear by. There are many things that could influence which audio platform you choose to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the home, office or on the road. , I went behind the scenes of the audio powerhouse – Harman/Kardon at the Harman / Samsung headquarters in Northridge, California. During my “insider experience”, I got the chance to explore the science and technology behind the design and development of the audio experience. Discover more from my audio adventure below.
I’m ready for my Harman Insider experience, but first, let me take a selfie…
From visual in-store experiences powered by Samsung delivering unwavering value to retail partners like Under Armour to JBL super systems upgrading audio and visual delights in churches, nightclubs, theaters and beyond. The Harman experience introduced the variety of ways they can upgrade how you enjoy entertainment beyond headphones.
The JBL Charge 3 family of accessories offers waterproof, booming sound on the go.
The Harman Experience highlights products from JBL, Harman/Kardon and beyond.
Chatting it up inside the Harman Experience with Christa and Tam.
AKG headphone installation was audible and artistic.
All smiles with Dawn!
No matter where your listening experience takes you, the Harman brands including Harman/Kardon, JBL, AKG, Revel and more powers supreme sounds found via the latest headphone technologies, in-store listening and even provides the ultimate in-vehicle car audio experience. During my unique Harman/Kardon experience, I learned about the science behind mastering the best audio and how that audio paired with the right vehicle can elevate your driving experience to the next level!
The fleet of 2018 Kia Stingers were ready to roll out on the road…
While in Southern, California – I had the chance drive the winding canyon roads in the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger. The Stinger comes equipped with the Harman/Kardon premium sound system with Clarifi sound technology that fills the cabin with rich sound throughout its 15 speaker system. Not only was the Kia Stinger a technologically solid ride with Kia Wise Drive drive-assist systems like Blind Spot Collision Warning and Driver Attention Warning — it was absolutely stunning and a fun ride to drive.
Guess who’s excited to hit the road?
In a world of new year, new you – now’s the time to upgrade your listening experience and enjoy music and entertainment they way it was meant to be. It’s easy and efficient to upgrade your audio experience with bluetooth speakers. I’m currently loving my Harman/Kardon Traveler and JBL Charge 3 bluetooth speakers.
Both provide similar benefits, including superior sound and smartphone charging capabilities – but I use both speakers practically daily, for two different uses. The Traveler is chic, stylish and the dual-microphone is perfect for daily conference calls use. It’s also a great compact speaker to enjoy streaming music or audiobooks. The JBL Charge 3 is my favorite shower companion! It’s waterproof, boasts booming sound and by pairing additional JBL Connect enabled speakers, you can create your own ecosystem of sound, which really makes this one of my favorite pieces of tech to date. Maybe one day, I’ll upgrade my in-home entertainment sound system to the pricer Harman/Kardon systems, but for now my audio experience has a major upgrade — thanks to the Harman Insider Experience.
For more on Harman/Kardon and JBL audio experience visit harmankardon.com.
If you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve tuned the treble and bass levels in your car once and never touched them again. There’s probably truth in the fact that you’ve become so accustomed to your normal audio experience that you’ve been listening to your music all wrong! Well, there’s a better way to listen, and Ford and HARMAN wants to upgrade your in car listening experience.
Ford’s new B&O Play sound re-defines the car audio experience with a fine tuned system curated by a team of listening experts. These aren’t your everyday listeners either, each listening expert has hours of training to identify and help create the highest audio quality available. A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to experience what training entails and check out the science behind the sound of the all new 2018 EcoSport SUV and 2018 Expedition SUV.
Listeners are carefully selected for each vehicle evaluation based on age, sex, ethnicity and height. They first experience sound in a special reference room – an acoustically isolated space outfitted to sound like a living room. ?During each vehicle’s tuning session, listeners first reference a selection of seven 30-second pieces of music of all different genres.
Throughout a full five-minute loop, the listener concentrates on audio elements like high- frequency presence, midrange, bass, image location and reproduction of musical instruments, tonal qualities of male and female voices and many other factors.
Sound from an untuned system appears jumbled and echoes from everywhere.
When they’re done, they move immediately to the testing garage and into a development vehicle. They carefully listen to the same music and proceed to score the vehicle’s audio system according to their listening and testing training. In addition to listening simply to make sure the system reproduces sounds brilliantly, they also listen for any buzzing, vibrations or distortion from the interior components and share that feedback with vehicle engineers.
Sound from an tuned system amplifies in a clear, concise intentional direction.
Every time a new software update is released, the system is evaluated and improved until objectives are met – a rich, transformative listening experience for which B&O PLAY is known. Precision speaker placement and calibration also play a role to ensure optimal sound is maintained in the cabin, no matter the driving conditions or seating position.
Ford engineers work with B&O PLAY to focus on putting together a high-performance system, including focusing on proprietary sound quality and tuning technologies to deliver a listening experience that is dynamic, engaging and elevates every drive. You can discover your elevated sound experience in the new Ford Expedition and and Ecosport Titanium at Ford dealerships this fall.
About B&O PLAY
Firmly grounded in decades of design excellence, craftsmanship and product innovation from Bang & Olufsen, B&O PLAY interprets the same values for a new type of contemporary product aimed at design- conscious urbanites with an active lifestyle. The B&O PLAY portfolio is made up of products, that are intuitive to use and easy to integrate into your daily life in order to make beautiful music at home or on the move. B&O PLAY sound is translated to the car cabin by the automotive audio experts at HARMAN. For further information regarding B&O PLAY and Ford, visit www.beoplay.com/Ford
Apple blew the lid off the highly anticipated iPhone X announcement earlier today from Cupertino and while the reveal is impressive, it’s still leaves a lot to be desired. Check out the iPhone X features and benefits below.
Apple today announced iPhone X, a gorgeous all-glass design with a beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. iPhone X delivers an innovative and secure new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera.
“The iPhone X is packed with new technologies, like the innovative TrueDepth camera system, beautiful Super Retina display and super fast A11 Bionic chip with neural engine,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone X enables fluid new user experiences — from unlocking your iPhone with Face ID, to playing immersive AR games, to sharing Animoji in Messages — it is the beginning of the next ten years for iPhone.”
The Shape Of It All
iPhone X introduces a revolutionary design with a stunning all-screen display that precisely follows the curve of the device, clear to the elegantly rounded corners. The all-glass front and back feature the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in silver or space gray, while a highly polished, surgical-grade stainless steel band seamlessly wraps around and reinforces iPhone X. A seven-layer color process allows for precise color hues and opacity on the glass finish, and a reflective optical layer enhances the rich colors, making the design as elegant as it is durable, while maintaining water and dust resistance.
Display and Face ID Security
The beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display is the first OLED panel that rises to the standards of iPhone, with stunning colors, true blacks, a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide color support with the best system-wide color management in a smartphone. The HDR display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10, which together make photo and video content look even more amazing. iOS 11 is redesigned to take full advantage of the Super Retina display and replaces the Home button with fast and fluid gestures, allowing customers to naturally and intuitively navigate iPhone X. Simply swipe up from the bottom to go home from anywhere.
Face ID revolutionizes authentication on iPhone X, using a state-of-the-art TrueDepth camera system made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator, and is powered by A11 Bionic to accurately map and recognize a face. These advanced depth-sensing technologies work together to securely unlock iPhone, enable Apple Pay, gain access to secure apps and many more new features. All saved facial information is protected by the secure enclave to keep data extremely secure, while all of the processing is done on-device and not in the cloud to protect user privacy. Face ID only unlocks iPhone X when customers look at it and is designed to prevent spoofing by photos or masks.
But What About The Improved Camera?
Animojis, Memes and Wireless Charging Comes To Life
The TrueDepth camera brings emoji to life in a fun new way with Animoji. The TrueDepth camera captures and analyzes over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different Animoji, including a panda, unicorn and robot. Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, customers can record and send Animoji messages with their voice that can smile, frown and more. The glass back design enables a world-class wireless charging solution. Wireless charging works with the established Qi ecosystem, including two new wireless charging mats from Belkin and mophie, available from apple.com and Apple Stores.
When Can I Get The iPhone X?
iPhone X will be available for pre-order for $999 beginning Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3.
What do you think about the new iPhone X? Are you ready to PAY or PASS?
It’s not too often women of color get compared to titans and trailblazers in business. That is, until 200,000 people download your app within fourteen days of launch – and then, people take notice.
Angel Rich, from Washington, DC, has developed a very innovative app called Credit Stacker that teaches students about personal finance, credit management, and entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. The app is so popular that 200,000 people downloaded it to their smart phones and tablets within just two weeks of it’s launch. Even more, Forbes has named her “The Next Steve Jobs”.
Remarkably, the app has been named the “best financial literacy product in the country” by the Office of Michelle Obama, the “best learning game in the country” by the Department of Education, and the “best solution in the world for reducing poverty” by JP Morgan Chase. It has won first place in several business competitions including the Industrial Bank Small Business Regional Competition and the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition. All in all, Angel has won more than $50,000 in business grants.
Angel was raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Hampton University. She also studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.
After winning Prudential’s annual National Case competition for her marketing plan to reach millennials, she worked briefly as a global market research analyst for Prudential, where she conducted over 70 financial behavior modification studies.
She says that during her time there, she helped the company generate more than $6 billion in revenue. She resigned, however in 2013, to start her own company, The Wealth Factory.
Angel’s ultimate goal with her company is (and has always been) to develop financial literacy edtech games that empower and educate both students and adults. And she has been very successful at doing this! In fact, her company has been so impressive that the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools named it the ninth best ed-tech company of 2015.
Her company’s Credit Stacker app is available in four languages and in 40 countries, and is quickly approaching 1 million downloads.
Although the app is free for users to download, the revenue model is to generate money on the back-end from advertisers in addition to contracts, including one that she already has with the Dept. of Health and Human Services. She also already has a partnership with the D.C. Dept of Insurance, Securities, and Banking.
In time, other major financial companies like NASDAQ, J.P. Morgan & Chase, Wells Fargo, and more will likely want to get on board as well.
A major challenge for Angel has been that women are still heavily discriminated against in the business and techhnology sectors, and their companies are not equally funded. In fact, less than 20% of venture capital dollars go to women-owned companies. And, for Black women, the numbers are even lower.
According to a report by #ProjectDiane, Black women represent only 4% of all women-led tech startups in the United States.
Angel told Forbes during an interview, “My competitor raised $75 million. I won best financial product and best learning game. My company raised only $200,000.”
Let’s rally behind Angel and share her story and quest for funding with everyone you know. Don’t forget to download Credit Stacker and share with students, family and friends today!
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Team BMWi x Harman/Kardon paired up for a history-making partnership highlighting sustainable mobility and the sound of the future during the first ever FiA Formula E NYC ePrix in Brooklyn.
The Harman/Kardon partnership with BMWi sponsors the MS Amlin Andretti Race Team in the global racing event. While NYC has hosted a variant of race-related auto events in the past, this weekend was the first time that a Formula E race has come to the Big Apple. Well-known globally for premium sound experience and a sophisticated aesthetic, Harman Kardon perfectly matched the BMWi and FiA Formula E appealing flair of sights and sounds from NYC’s Brooklyn Terminal.
During this weekend’s exclusive NYC ePrix experience, I got the chance to go behind the scenes from the MS Amlin Andretti Race Team and get a closer look at the technology and sound behind Formula E racing. I learned the lengths drivers and their teams go through to vigorously prepare their engine, tires and more for the race.
During race day, I got the chance to experience the BMWi x Harman/Kardon partnership in perfect harmony with speed and sound. There’s nothing quite like a race track hot lap, but when you’re in a BMWi8, it becomes a next level experience.
We reached speeds up to 110+ MPH and it was exhilarating! Pair uncompromised speed and style with a superior sound system and you realize why the BMWi x Harman/Kardon team was a match made in heaven. harman/kardon doesn’t just create amazing in-home and headphone audio products, it’s driving the sound of the future in the automotive industry with sustainable audio products. To support the move towards a greener, more sustainable future, it’s developed audio components that are more energy efficient and consume less power, all while giving the listener incredible sound.
The Harman/Kardon is an audio experience you have to hear to believe and luckily they’re closer to you than you think. Check out harmankardon.com/automotive to discover more behind the brand that’s changing the way we listen and driving the sound of the future, today.
Vivint has teamed up with Amazon Echo to transform ordinary homes into extraordinary homes using powerful accessories that won’t break the band. Recently, I stopped by a local Best Buy store for a full demo on how I can enhance my smart home and three essential accessories that will transform any home into an efficient and secure living space for the entire family.
You can control the Vivint system remotely using the free Vivint app on Android and iOS. It also contains an easy to use button for arming and disarming the system and locking/unlocking your doors. Using the task bar at the bottom of the screen you can access the thermostat to view the current temperature, turn the heating cooling system on and off, set vacation modes, and create a heating/cooling schedule for weekdays and weekends.
The SkyControl panel is the Vivint Smart Home’s nerve center. It has a 7-inch full color touch-screen display that makes it easy to lock and unlock doors, view live and recorded video, adjust heating and cooling temperatures, and activate emergency services including Panic and Burglary alarms that go straight to the local police department.
Vivint’s Doorbell Camera is my favorite accessory of the entire Vivint product line. It actually looks like a regular doorbell, and uses your existing wiring for audio/video capabilities. At the top of the doorbell is a 720p HD camera, with a 180-degree field of view and a 10-foot night vision range. Below that is a tiny microphone port, and there’s a small speaker for two-way communication with visitors using the in home SkyControl panel or your mobile device.
With Vivint Smart Home you get a full-blown home security system that is constantly being monitored, and easy-to-use home automation that you can control from anywhere. If you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your home is secure and protected 24-7, the Vivint Smart Home system isn’t cheap it’s money well spent. To learn more and discover how to create a smart home of your own with Viviant visit BestBuy.com/SmartHomeSecurity.
Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free