Doesn’t this look wrong ? It’s supposed to be an high-tech doorbell, which I have no doubt it is, but the design… I’m speechless. It looks just like an elevator pannel. You don’t believe me ? look at this picture and tell me the contrary:
There is even a glowing light ! “which floor are we going mom ?/ It’s not an elevator my son, just an ugly doorbell” And it’s made of “unibody aluminium”, in order to look like apple (or star wars, I don’t know). Seriously guys, aluminium isn’t the only metal on earth is it ? Of course the camera is 3 foot long, like every normal camera.
Appart from that, It’s a camera that can viewed from “anywhere in the world” from your Iphone( so you can make people believe you’re at home). The great feature I give in are the lokitron capabilities, which I’ve already talked about. When someone rings, you get instant one way video chatting, and a lock/unlock button, if a lockitron is connected to your network.
Overall, it’s a great product in a shitty design. I think I will wait to have one with Lockitron neat design, not this elevator functional object.
you may ask yourself what use this product is. Let’s put it this way: when you switch off a lamp, other lamps connected to the same network switch off. You now know your little girl is going to sleep, and when your mate comes back from work to prepare dinner. The design is real sleek, in the form of a house:
I just love it. Don’t you ? The big one and the small one are included in a package for 89£, on kickstarter.
the Olive One is a recessive idea in music management: create a tactile experience in the living room for easy music listening. But it’s not just a utopian concept created on paint by a jobless designer. It actually looks good, and fell easy to navigate. First, the design is cool, nobody would deny it:
the only little downside I would find here is the shape of the screen, which could have been round, but it’s not really important. And it can be mounted to walls. You can also add huge speakers under the One, just like this:
Secondly, the OS doesn’t come from nowhere and looks really efficient: It combines youtube, Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Aupeo, Songza, and many more. That means if you have a Spotify account, You can stream all you music seamlessly to your Olive One. this makes the olive one even more useful, in my opinion.
The Olive one can easily connect to other One around,making it possible to listen to your music in all the house at the same time, just like airplay promised a few years ago. It connects over wifi to all your Wi-fi enabled speakers, including those directly sold by them, which can also be put under each other to create a sound tower. In this way, the Olive music system is very flexible.
Thirdly what we all want know is to control all of this with our smartphone or tablets. So logically, A free IOS and Android app is coming with the Olive One, and a windows 8 app too is scheduled. The Olive also has this weird function to connect to your TV, which is said to become the center of our modern home, although people like them don’t think this way; So why sink the boat you’re sailing with ? Well I don’t know.
The Olive One also has Twitter and facebook connectivity, which means you can share the music or videos you are watching with, well, your followers and friends. It also has a 1TB hard drive, large enough for almost any music library. IT also functions as a personal cloud, so if you are abroad, you can connect yo you Olive on your smarthone and play the songs and videos in there, just like any NAS or cloud solutions.
That is how it looks mounted on a wall, it just the dream of every music moler ( at least me):
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There are a bunch od solutions around to lock your door with your device. Alarm.com is one of theme. The problems are often the many options you don’t need and the complexity of the apps, although they provide a great and secure service .But maybe you don’t need to buy a super expensive equipement to regulate the fans with your smartphone, although it’s cool, maybe you just need to unlock your door, that’s all. Lockitron aims to make unlocking your door a lot easier. watch the video for more informations about the features.
Kind of neat isn’t it ? The features I particularly love are the knock sensor, the bluetooth connectivity, and the possibility to modify it in funny ways. What about you ?
This article is the first of a serie of post about home automation.