The year is 2018 and smart technology has transcended beyond your smartphone. As you were busy wasting your life scrolling away on social media, a revolution has been happening: Smart tech has slowly and surely crept into our home lives.
LG envisions the connected home, and artificial intelligence has been called in for reinforcement. True to their promise of “innovation for a better life,” the Korean tech company showcased what their new appliances can do.
At this year’s InnoFest (the brand’s annual innovation event), LG highlighted ThinQ, which is what the company calls their AI, and it paints a pretty picture of what could be your place.
Things your smart home can do
These smart devices can do so much. Take Cloi, for example. Aside from the great gift of cuteness with those wide virtual eyes, Cloi responds to voice and touch; you can actually pet it and it will respond. But, Cloi’s main function isn’t to be cute (though it does a very good job at that). It acts as a hub in your home that connects your appliances. Through voice commands, it can control everything — from lights, to air conditioning, to speakers, and even the refrigerator. It can even recognize your face and adjust home settings depending on your preference.
LG’s ThinQ-capable TV can respond to voice commands and it learns context which makes for better and more accurate answers. You can ask about the weather, programs, or even ask it to show you photos you’ve saved from that vacation ten years ago. Not to mention: The new W8 TV isn’t only smarter, it has better picture quality, too.
The LG InstaView refrigerator has been my favorite from the whole LG roster ever since I laid my eyes on it at last year’s InnoFest. Yes, it’s still smart. Yes, it still answers to voice commands. Yes, you can still knock on it to show what’s inside. Yes, it will still tell you what’s about to go bad in the fridge and what possible recipes you can make. And also: This InstaView panel comes to more refrigerators, including LG’s multi-door refrigerators.
The best part? It can communicate to other appliances in the kitchen. You can literally send information from the fridge to the oven so that the oven knows what it’s cooking, what settings it needs, and when it should turn off. You will never go hungry again!
This may look like your typical bathroom, but it’s definitely not. In a feat of engineering tech marvel, the toilet seat lifts automatically as you enter this room because it can detect people come in — no more toilet seat lifting, ever! Even the lights on the bathroom mirror know when you’re walking in, and it adjusts brightness based on that. There are sensors that check the humidity in the room and automatically adjust the temperature.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg: There are automatic air filters, washing machines that know your laundry settings, and air conditioners that respond. The possibilities are endless.
Think about it…
This could be your connected life
On a Friday night, you’re exhausted from the work week but fulfilled by what has been accomplished. You look forward to a relaxing weekend at home. Before driving out, you tell your phone — an LG V30S ThinQ — to turn up your air conditioner. You arrive home and it’s nice and cool, you ask Cloi, LG’s home hub robot, to turn on the light and play music from your chill Friday Spotify playlist. Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious” starts playing on all speakers in your house — not exactly what you had in mind for this chill evening, but it’s enough to get you pumped as you get your place ready for guests. You tell your phone to start cleaning up and the LG Hom Bot (yep, that self-maneuvering vacuum) whizzes past you as you knock on your LG SmartInstaView fridge and its window becomes transparent to allow you to check what food you have left to feed the friends who are coming over. All pretty cool, yeah?
Did I mention, that smart apartment could look this chic and comfortable?
I’m telling you, AI and connected homes are the future. And, it’s looking like the future is here.
Mighty music player: Is this what replaces the iPod in 2018?
Why this music player is still relevant
Today’s time sees the extinction of all other devices as the smartphone becomes the one machine that can do everything. But, what if we don’t want to do it all? What if what you need is something that’s so simple it only does (gasp!) one thing?
Music and only music
This is the premise of the Mighty music player. At a time when iPods have all but died, there’s a demand for a simple machine that’ll allow us to listen to our music without the hassle of having to bring our phones. This tiny device can do that and in updated 2018 terms — yep, it plays streaming music from your Spotify account no matter where you are.
The Mighty music player is a tiny device, no bigger than what iPod Nanos used to be. This small thing will definitely fit in whatever purse you bring.
Its face is all buttons and a tiny LED light. On the back is a simple clip.
There’s only one port on this thing, an audio port that’s used for both charging and earphones on the top side.
Mighty works by accessing your Spotify account. Unlike iPods that stored music data, this thing just streams playlists from the app. You’d need to download the Might app, connect your player, and pick playlists to be copied before you can get down to actual fuss-free listening.
Once that’s done, you can take your Mighty anywhere and play your music anywhere — or at least, the playlists you’ve downloaded on to Mighty. Take note that as of now, you can only copy playlists and not artists, albums, or anything else.
Imagine all the possibilities. You can now go to the gym without any alerts or distractions; take that jog outside without having to worry about carrying your smartphone! Heck, you can even zone out on your commute without having to fiddle around your bag to find your phone and play that song you’re in the mood for.
In today’s technology-tangled time, things are just getting more complicated and we’re just given more and more tasks and distractions. The Mighty player brings you back to simpler times. Well, simpler times where music streaming and Spotify exist!
Think about it: Uninterrupted sounds without having to worry about carrying your phone, message alerts that come in, or phone battery time. Isn’t that the dream?
Mighty says it’s the reality.
Millennial parenting and the need for baby domain names
Parenting in 2018!
Parenting in 2018 has certainly changed from when our parents did it. Millennials, most of which are digital natives, now have different priorities and considerations when it comes to naming their kids. Just how different? Well…
That’s right. According to a GoDaddy survey, domain names now play a big role in what parents consider when naming their child!
General sentiments have also changed. The same survey cites 48 percent of millennial parents, almost double the number of Gen X parents, believe that online media presence early in life is important for their kid.
In fact, even before their babies could walk, they’ve probably been posted about online by their millennial parents.
This is unsurprising because this generation grew up online. In fact, 58 percent of millennials are reported to have created their first online profile between the ages of 10 and 17.
Hence the willingness for millennial parents to help their children create their own websites! The reasoning is simple: Most millennial parents believe that this will help their child when it comes to jobs searches and college applications in the future.
Some parents even go as far as buying the domain even before the child’s birth. Top reasons for doing so include reserving the name for the future, to use an online baby book, and lastly, to utilize the domain as a tool to teach their kid about the internet.
GoDaddy trends expert Melissa Schneider explains, “It’s no longer enough to make sure that your baby is enrolled at the top elementary school at birth — parents today are claiming their child’s name and online identity to make sure that they’re set up for success down the line. More than ever, it’s essential to own your own identity on the internet, and millennials know that better than anyone else.”
OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition: Testing a $2,000 phone
Will a luxurious phone make me more luxurious?
I won’t beat around the bush. This is the OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition and it’s worth almost US$ 2,000 or US$ 1,980 to be precise.
What’s so special about it? See that seal? It’s an actual Lamborghini. No, really, from the Italian luxury carmaker.
I got my hands on this delightful device and I’ve been using it for a few weeks. So, now that I have my own Lambo, what changed? Did using this expensive AF phone make me a classier person? Will I get more street cred because of my flashy phone? What does holding US$ 2,000 in form of a phone feel like?
Because owning such a luxurious device has made me a more gracious person, I shall walk you through my experiences with the Lambo.
It still looks and feels good
The OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition has the same signature bezel-less screen of the regular Find X.
On the back, glaring in gold is the Lamborghini logo. This phone also has a different back design on that smooth glass back; almost elusive striped markings dubbed by OPPO as the black carbon pattern adorns the whole body.
Of course, there’s a special edition Lambo theme because if you’re paying that much for a phone, they better throw in a custom theme!
As cool as it was (especially for car lovers!), though, I opted to change the theme into something brighter during my time with the phone. 😅
I’ve said it about the normal Find X and I’ll say it again about this Lambo phone: It’s a pleasure to hold. The weight, feel, and that wide, crisp screen make everything feel premium.
The only downside is that the normal OPPO Find X and the Lambo phone are similarly great — which is a good thing if you own the normal Find X, but not such a great deal if you paid the US$ 825 difference for the more expensive phone.
Nonetheless, the Lambo phone does give a classier spin to the phone in black and gold. I mean, if you hold it strategically enough, people should take notice of that Lamborghini logo, right?
Touting such an expensive device day and night is not as easy as it looks. Because I’m secretly not rich (sad reacts 😢), I almost had a mini heart attack handling such an expensive thing that’s all glass. Thankfully, the phone came with a phone case that sports the same Lamborghini logo and stripe pattern that onlookers can accidentally ogle so they can realize how much my phone costs.
It didn’t make me more luxurious but it looked the part
As you may have noticed, I busted out classy AF props for shooting this particular device.
I figured this was as good a time as any to amp up the set design — it’s not every day your phone costs more than 18 bottles of Moet.
Sans the bottles of champagne, we did discover that the Lamborghini Find X looks great with classy rich girl outfits complete with pearl ensemble. I felt straight out of Gossip Girl, except even Blair Waldorf didn’t own a Lamborghini phone, did she?
The best fast charge technology that money can buy
The best thing about this phone comes in form of a brightly colored charger cord and Lamborghini-branded power brick. I sh!t you not (excuse my crassness but this tech deserves the profanity), this phone charges from zero to 100 in 35 minutes. Ten minutes of charging gives you 37 percent and thirty minutes of charging amounts to a whopping 92 percent.
Never have I seen such fast charging times. It’s unreal.
Honestly, charging became such an easy thing for me since using this phone. I just plug it in and it’ll completely charge before you can finish saying supercalifragilistic-holy-fudge-this-phone-is-so-expensive-docious!
Real talk though, because I don’t plug this phone in as much as you would other phones (shout-out to iPhone users), think of all the money you can save in terms of broken cords!
There are matching earphones
OPPO also threw in a pair of matching wireless earbuds because someone had to justify paying that much money for this set.
They come in a case stamped with the Lamborghini logo and automatically connect to your phone after initial pairing. They’re a decent pair of earphones that go well with the whole Lambo look except I seem to have misplaced one of the earpieces (which is not my fault because there is a serious design flaw to untethered earphones!) and now there’s a pit in my stomach when I think of how much that tiny thing probably costs. 😢
Different yet exactly the same?
At the end of the day, it’s still the same great phone.
The features that made me love the normal Find X are still the same features I enjoy on this Lambo: the fast face unlock feature, the awesome display, and the pop-up camera design (it never gets old).
Owning a Lambo *surprise* has not fundamentally changed me. I’m still really, really not rich. Most people didn’t even notice the flashy Lambo logo on my phone. Funny enough, people still only notice the pop-up camera and are still very much amazed by it.
But, I did, and still do enjoy using this phone. It’s a top-of-the-line device and it feels that way. I like it to the point that I keep using it despite having only one Lambo earphone now. 😢
Like a true luxury item, the price really doesn’t make sense. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s an awesome, awesome device — if you can afford it.
In the meantime, I’m unsure of how to live my life if I have to go back to charging my phone for more than 35 minutes. Let me leave you now as I sip on not Moet to ponder on my dilemma.
Images by MJ Jucutan
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