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Almost anyone loves change, of course positive change. Whether it’s small or big, feeling progress is inexplicably satisfying and rewarding. In the case of new purchases that make our lives easier and more convenient, we tend to feel a sense of progress and pride in our selves eventhough we didn’t create these things, but we kind of reward our selves for the “right” choice we’ve made. Smartphones, tablets, smart watches all testify for that. Technological advancement has touched almost every part of our lives and there are some items which are becoming indispensable.

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What About Robots ?

Many journalists are wondering whether robots will take over our lives. Many people feel a bit scared when imagining a human creation made of solid steel having human like capabilities taking over their lives. I’m sure that others accept, let’s say by necessity, to let these technological “devices” control some parts of their lives especially when it comes to getting rid of their household chores. This is by the way the opinion of Michael Björn the Head of Research at Ericsson ConsumerLab.

We Are (Almost) Already Living It

While many people don’t feel the slow shift we are experiencing in our lives, others are aware. Smart home automation systems are somehow the brain of the house. Who’s brain is this? Doesn’t this sound like a scary question? For people fearing a presumed robot conspiracy, it is. But when we take a look at people living in an automated house, it’s really not as alarming as we’ve just imagined. Nevertheless, household technology have also it’s cons and “horrifying” situations when you count on your smart home system to lock the doors at night but fails to do it. Smartphones having Siri installed in them are also transforming a smartphone to a personal, virtual assistant allowing users to get things done throughout the day easy and fast. The voice-control option make it sound more like a robot and because of its contextual awareness, he seems to know more than you know and respond to questions that even a human can’t think of.

Dumb Appliances

If we observe our lives, we realize that the machines we use in our everyday lives are running it somehow. These machines are not smart and this doesn’t please to us. We have to read manuals with hundred of pages, repair them, and buy them lots of electricity. This is clearly an unstated call for smart(er) machines/devices. But of course there should be limits to this Artificial Intelligence machines in order not to get out of control or execute more than we want them to (manual and automatic driving modes are a great example ). This will result in freeing a great deal of time, saving energy and lessening worries.

Confirming Statistics

According to Ericsson.com, by 2020 a range of domestic robots helping with everyday chores such as cooking and laundry will not be a surprise for at least 64% of consumers. In addition to functional tasks, robots would also keep company to people especially the elders.

Humidity, Moisture and Dehumidifiers

Moisture in Buildings Studies

Among various climate related causes that affect buildings is moisture. Not only that, studies that come back to middle 90s shown that 75–80% of all the problems with building envelopes are due to a certain extent to moisture. Later on in 2002, a finding of a cross-sectional analyses done in Finland by Haverinen is really surprising : 38% of detached houses and 25% of apartments were experiencing notable or important moisture issues. In the same year in Sweden (Wessén, Honkanen, Mälarstig, 2002), a study of more than 400 buildings found that 65% of the buildings were having moisture problems. Moisture had led to the growth of microbes in these buildings. These studies have without a doubt risen the awareness of many scientists and should therefore do the same to everyone of us.

Solutions to Indoor Humidification

Today, many people go right to buy a device to cope with humidification problems and doesn’t look for natural dehumidification means. These devices are called dehumidifiers and which are designed to remove indoor moisture by dehumidifying air of the room. This is done by condensing water which is in vapor form, and collecting it in a tank in a first step. The second step is to get air back to the room in its same temperature level. Frigidaire dehumidifiers are one of the most rated units of this category and some models could dehumidify up to 70 pints of water per day.

Examples of Most Common Moisture-related Problems

While some of the examples listed below are very obvious, many people are not aware of the danger of some simple dysfunctions in our homes and which are directly connected to moisture.\

  • Water on the roof or walls coming from rain which often results in mould growth
  • Plumbing is sometime not properly designed or installed which results in spills and leaks.
  • When fixing a plumbing problem, it may have been nicely installed but after maintenance, some plumbing problems may persist or arise.
  • When weather is warm and humid, you may experience an infiltration of warm or moist from outside entering through crack in the enclosure.
  • The opposite effect could happen as warm or moist could get outside your home through holes in the enclosure and which can result in condensation in your house´s walls or ceiling.

Sources : http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/43325/E92645.pdf

Nixon Sentry A105 Review – Leather Strap

The Nixon Sentry A105 with leather strap is one of the most popular timepieces front the American watchmaker. It comes in various colors but the one with black dial and tan leather is the one I like so much and which I have chosen for this review, but it´s alright since the other color variation have pretty much the same characteristics.

Sentry Case and Dial

42mm wide not very large and looks really good. with a nice clean modern design with not being too bold too industrial. With no numerals on it with a classic and clean look like the one of the 80´s. The hour markers shaped like wedges which are not only applied like in other bolder watches, but they are raised like a deep cut in a wheel of a car which gives the watch more depth. The hour markers are all bright white which contrasts very well with dark grey of the dial. The minute markers are really nice looking blue a bit close to a lazer blue same as the second hand. It gives the watch a very cool sporty look. All these details and elements which are lightly colored really elevates the watch to the next level. The case is a very cool stainless steel shaped in a cylindrical way with the Nixon logo on the crown on the edge.

The Strap Leather

The leather on the Nixon Sentry is a genuine one, a bold tan khaki like a nice, classy car seat’s color. The edges are not really finished which gives a cool look and makes it feel authentic and seems natural. The leather gets darker over time which is a warning printed by Nixon and stick to the back case of the watch, which is not a problem because I personally like the look of leather when it gets old.
With small black and blue stitches, these two colors goes very well with dial as the dial´s background is all black and the same blue is found on the seconds sweeping hand. It has a clasp buckle in which is engraved the NIXON letters same as in the logo but without the symbol found on the crown.

Other Features

The Nixon Sentry Leather A105 is 100 Meters water resistant and weighs 8.80 Ounces. This watch is equipped with a Japanese quartz with 3 hands with day and date. The Nixon Sentry is no doubt one of the fashionable timepieces in the world of watches. This watch is ideal for anyone seeking a watch that has more design and appeal than it does mechanical value. The price range of the Sentry leather is between $117 and $135.

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Earth Wood Watches

Earthwood manufactures wooden watches and sunglasses on earth. The brand’s name is linked to earth because of natural materials that Earthwood uses in their watches. Rosewood and Bamboo are mostly the types used by Earthwood. Watches shapes are various, round rectangular small and big. You find all wooden watches, as well as watches where only the case is made wood. Wood used by Earthwood is Eco-Friendly and 100% natural.

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With many brands today entering the wooden watches business, design of these natural timepieces has improved since the traditional wood watch originally manufactured by woodworking amateurs on their garage. The Earthwood watches designs vary mainly on the three levels: the case, the dial and the strap. You find round, oval and rectangular shapes. The pseudo-bezel like on the Raywood model gives a more sturdy look and has numerals engraved on it. While this bezel is originally designed to rotate, on this watch it’s only a decoration and it does look nice. You find different dials on Earthwood watches. Most of the time, the dial is made of the same wood as the whole watch. On other models, the dial is of a different color than the case and the band. Another design feature is the numerals designed to indicate the time. On the majority of Earthwood watches, small sticks are in the place of numbers that indicates time. This gives the watch a minimalist look. On some models, you can find the 12,3,6, and 9 numerals only. On the latest collection from Earthwood called “Aztec”, there are only small stick in the place of indices. The Aztec collection features a wooden case with a leather band, while most of the other watches are all wooden (the case and the band). The logo of the brand has also evolved since the beginning, while there was always “Earth” plus the globe as a logo positioned on the top near the 12 o’clock, now Earthwood has decided to put only the globe as logo signature which is a lot better as it’s less busy. The logo is also engraved on the wooden case-back as well as the bracelet’s claps. The glass used on these watches is scratch resistant according to Earthwood.

Earthwood watche are splash resistant, not water resistant. The difference is that you wash your hands with them or walk safely while it rains with the watch on your wrist, but certainly not swim or dive with these watches.

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Earthwood watches are nicely designed wooden timepieces that are among the top watches of this category and are contributing to the new fashion of stylish wood watches which have been neglected for a long time.

Germguardian Air Purifiers Review

Germguardian is the name given by Guardian Technologies to its most successful air purifiers. Guardian Technologies is a company which uses innovative technologies to produce small appliances solutions destined for families aiming for a health living. Products from Guardiant Technologies include air purifiers (featuring True HEPA), ultrasonic humidifiers, UV air sanitizers, essential oil diffusers, and essential aromatherapy oils. The ones I will focus on in this post are the Germguardian air purifiers.

Germguardian Air Purifiers

An air purifier is a device which helps remove germs and other particles in order to live an quality air environment. Because environments and needs vary, Guardian Technologies has released various air purifiers models. The most popular of them all are the Germguardian AC4825, Germguardian AC5000E and Germguardian AC5250PT.

Common Features

The Germguardian air purifiers are equipped with a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. According to Guardian Technologies, all these air purifiers are able to capture 99.97% of these small particles thanks to UV light technology which is capable of killing airborne bacteria. The design of these three air purifiers are pretty much the same with some variations in size and options. Another common features of the Germguardian air purifiers is the 3 in 1 cleaning system.

Germguardian AC4825

This model is the most popular and is also a best seller on Amazon in HEPA Filter Air Purifiers category, and it has more than 4200 customer reviews. This unit is also equipped with the HEPA air filtration which is recommended by Doctor according to the American Academy of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. This unit features a carbon filter, a UV-C Technology which works to kill airborne germs and is capable to remove odor. Because this unit is the smallest, it’s ideal for small to medium rooms. Last time I’ve checked the price, it was $99.

Germguardian AC5000

This one is like the big brother of the Germguardian AC4825 as it has the mainly the same features except for the size which this air purifier can cover. This unit is CADR rated 125+ and which is ideal for Large Rooms. It has the same design as the previous one with the only difference of being a bit taller.

Germguardian AC5250PT

The title given by Guardian Technologies to this model is Pet Pure True HEPA, which suggests that this one is more specialized for people having pets in their home and wish to reduce allergy symptoms and suffering. The size of this one is also bigger than the AC4825 and is also made for large rooms. Just like the previous model, this one is also CADR rated 125+. The AC5250PT has a plus compared to the others, which the Digital Controls which make it more handy. It has also an indicator to warn the owner that the filter needs to be changed.

Conclusion

The Germguardian air purifiers are growing in popularity, certainly because of their affordable price, good customer rating and the nice design. One last thing to keep in mind is that in order to keep your unit safe from harm, you must regularly clean the filter and change it once 6 months to keep the unit functioning at an optimal level and It is advised to use Genuine Guardian Technologies™ replacement parts only to ensure the quality also to maintain the warranty. And in case the filters are not genuine Guardian Technologies has stated clearly that it will void the warranty.