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InnoFest 2018: LG envisions a connected home and here’s how it’ll work

Fresh from LG InnoFest 2018

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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.

Meet Cloi. That’s the LG Hom bot on the carpet, and yes, Cloi can control it too using your voice commands

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.

Better picture quality is because of the new A9 Intelligent Processor which allows for the perfect blacks, and in turn, the perfect color

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!

A quick knock and that screen becomes see-through!

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.

The bathroom of the future!

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?

LG InnoFest Walkthrough

This is the home of the future! 😍

Posted by GadgetMatch on Monday, April 23, 2018

I’m telling you, AI and connected homes are the future. And, it’s looking like the future is here.

SEE ALSO: Lessons from household appliances

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Peloton vs excuses: Mind tricks that can help you squeeze in a workout

For those struggling to keep a routine

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If anyone tells you that having a personal gym at home will remove all barriers to working out, they’re lying.

The Peloton bike packs an insane amount of tech that should help me stay on track, so I should have no excuses not to exercise, right? With it I can do live and on-demand spin classes, strength training, yoga, even meditation and sleep courses. Having it at home also means not needing to make time to travel to the gym. And yet, despite all of this, I still find reasons to shun fitness on the daily.

If you’re like me who typically gets a good week of workouts and then hits a slump when life happens, I’ve compiled some tips that you might find useful. Here are some ways I tricked myself into working out more regularly whenever I struggle to do classes on my Peloton.

Find the time that makes sense for you

After doing your workouts for a while, take note of when you enjoy it the most. For me, sweating it out in the morning works best. If I tell myself that I’ll workout later in the day, it just never happens. I’m just not someone who enjoys exercising in the afternoon or evening as much.

Make it habit

While some people make plans, I just tell myself that I’ll work out everyday and figure it out later.

Peloton has workouts that are as short as 10 or 15 minutes. Even when pressed for time, 15 minutes is just that — 15 minutes. 

Those days I end up not exercising I would just consider recovery days. Our muscles need time to rest after all.

Take a scenic ride

Another trick I do is telling myself to do 10 minutes of a scenic ride. This is an option on the bike if you don’t feel like doing a class. You can ride at your own pace while the monitor shows beautiful landscapes and cities.

What usually happens when I do this is I end up doing an additional 10 minutes of arm workout. Often, I’ll feel warmed up and ready for a regular class afterwards.

Warming up at my own pace without any pressure to perform gets me in the right mindset to actually do a full workout. There are lots of other warm up rides available, too, but they’re usually pretty tough. Picking something that has no pressure eases me in.

Low impact doesn’t mean low effort

When I discovered the low impact ride, I wondered why I hadn’t been doing them all along.

I’m an old lady, or at least my body feels that way. I’ve gotten injured a few times riding the bike: the tendonitis in my thumb flared up, and the muscles that aren’t used to being used so much protested.

You still get a great workout when you choose low impact, but you’ll never achieve a personal best — and that’s perfectly okay.

Put the leaderboad away

Now we’re going to dip into the tech side of things. The leaderboard pushes you to get your personal best, which is great. But when I don’t want to work out, I’ll tell myself that a 45min class will be more doable if I take the leaderboard away. As a competitive person, I always get horrified at my performance when I check it because I don’t push myself nearly as hard apparently.

Pick a class with a gimmick

Peloton offers so many kinds of classes with different genres of music. I’ve done Guns N’ Roses as well as Madonna rides. Jess King has a show tunes series, and there are rides with a DJ.

Whenever I don’t feel motivated to exercise, I think of it as entertainment first and that’s how I trick myself into doing a full workout.

Save classes that made you feel good

When you save classes that made you feel good, you’ll be reminded of that feeling when you see it again on the monitor.When struggling to pick a class, I choose from a bunch of saved classes that I don’t mind doing again.

If I can’t bring myself to face a new challenge, doing one that I’ve already smashed is the best way to go!

Lower the instructors voice

If you have classes where you loved the soundtrack, save them and then choose to have more music and less instructor. It’s amazing how much having motivational music blasting helps.

Forgot how to change the audio mix? Hit the volume button on the right hand side of the display and then change the mix. You have to do it each time as it always resets back to an even mix of music and voice.

Find more tips and tricks on how to maximize your bike here.

Do a class with weights

Doing weights is challenging, but it gives your legs some rest. A 45-minute class is sometimes better than 30 minutes because I know I’ll get breaks to do weights.

Pick your feel-good instructor

Sometimes, picking an instructor that fits your your mood is all you need. When I just want to do a feel good class, I pick Cody because he’s like my gay best friend and his classes are always entertaining. Seeing instructors have a bit of a hard time with the workout is also the energy that motivates me to give the workout everything that I got.

Should you be taking workout advice from someone who struggles with working out? Probably not. Was this entire article about how to work out a little less hard? Maybe.

It would be unfair to say that fitness isn’t a big part of my life. I actually spend a lot of time thinking about working out more than working out itself. It’s one of my favorite past times.

Keeping a consistent workout routine is what I’m struggling with right now. These mind tricks have at least helped me get my ass on the bike and squeeze a workout in even when I don’t feel like it. And for someone who isn’t a disciplined fitness freak, that’s all that matters.

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Breakfast Diaries: No-Frills Baking with the Panasonic Croustina Breadmaker

Wake up to the smell of freshly-baked bread

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Waking up to the smell of freshly-baked bread can do wonders for your mood and how you take on the day. In this video, we’ll be making a simple loaf with nuts and olive oil using the Panasonic Croustina. The fresh, homey scent will fill up your home once it’s ready.

Here’s the recipe featured in the video:

Ingredients

1 cup of bread flour
1/2 cup of wholewheat flour
5 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of bread machine yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of nuts

Procedure

Add the water, sugar, and yeast into the Panasonic Croustina’s pan.
Let sit for 10 minutes to let the yeast dissolve and foam up.
Add the olive oil, bread and wholewheat flour, and salt to the pan. No need to mix.
Set the bread machine to the White Bread setting and press start.

Et voila! In 4 hours, you’ll have your artisanal-style loaf. We recommend doing the preparations the night before and just set the timer of the breadmaker to end right when you wake up. This way, you get to enjoy your loaf fresh and warm.

SEE ALSO: Breakfast Diaries: Freshly-pressed celery juice with the Panasonic Slow Juicer

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Happy Plugs introduces a new chic, affordable true wireless earphones

Meet the Air 1 Plus

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Fostering a culture of fashionable, comfortable, and untethered life, Swedish lifestyle brand Happy Plugs introduces a new generation of true wireless earphones.

Arriving in contemporary colorways, the Air 1 Plus is the perfect earphones for those who want to look fashion-forward in whatever style. It comes in White Marble, Gold, Pink Gold, Black, and White — perfect neutrals that can match any outfit.

Moreover, you can choose two fit options — Earbuds or In-Ear — ensuring optimal comfort and security for any ear shape. This also makes it the perfect accessory to accompany you in your everyday life or workout sessions. You choose what’s comfortable for your aesthetics and lifestyle.

But it’s not just the earphones that comes in a hip design, its charging case is so stylishly smart, too!

The Air 1 Plus offers a whopping total of 40 hours of playback through its charging case! Its earphones can stream for 6.5 hours when fully charged, and its charging case can hold another 5 charges. If you’re ever in a hurry, you can do a 10-minute quick charge using USB-C, giving you up an extra 90 minutes of playtime.

It’s also equipped with XTM-codecs for clear wireless sound across iOS and Android devices. Additionally, it uses Qualcomm’s CVC 8.0 microphone technology, ensuring a clear voice whilst reducing wind noise for better communication. It promises seamless connectivity, too, thanks to the latest Bluetooth 5.1.

Furthermore, Air 1 Plus features 14 distinct touch controls — making it easy to manage music, calls, adjust volume, or access voice assistants with just a single touch.

Price and availability

Happy Plugs offers the Air 1 Plus for US$ 100 (EUR 100 / CAD 100 / GBP 90). Presale starts from May 13, 2020, at happyplugs.com. The Air 1 Plus will be available officially in Happy Plugs’ worldwide retail accounts and via shipping from happyplugs.com starting on May 27, 2020.

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