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Having Fun With Home Technology

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Ah, technology—you can love it or hate it, but it’s here to stay. In fact, it has infiltrated pretty much all aspects of life now, and as it reaches into every corner of our world, it also provides us with some pretty neat tools to make our homes and our lives more comfortable and more fun.

Take the Nest, for example. Google loves this little home thermostat so much, it bought the company for $3.2 billion. The Nest Learning Thermostat is not only attractive, it’s smart—it can learn your preferences, and your daily schedule, and adjust the temperature in your home accordingly. “It keeps you comfortable and saves energy,” according to the website, which saves you money too. In addition, Nest makes a combination smoke detector and CO alarm that talks to you when it needs a new battery instead of just shrieking wildly at 3 o’clock in the morning. Now that is innovation.

On the entertainment front, Chromecast made a big splash over the holiday season. It was a bestseller in the Computers and Accessories category on Amazon (beating Apple TV and the Roku handily). For about $35, this little plugin device can stream nearly any content from the web straight to your TV. No more hunching over your laptop to bingewatch “Orange Is the New Black” or the latest YouTube sensation: simply stream it to your HDTV and enjoy it in comfort.

If you’re in the mood to splurge and you are looking for a way to declutter your home, the new ScanSnap Evernote Edition wireless scanner can take every loose piece of paper you have lying around—from receipts to photos—and scan, sense, and sort them into your Evernote app. Clear off the desk, empty the kitchen junk drawer, and find your stored info quickly and easy through Evernote.

There’s no time like the present to embrace technology and all it can do to make your life easier and more comfortable (and maybe even save you some money too). Who knows what the next wave of home enhancements will bring? We can’t be sure, but it’s a safe bet that Wi-Fi enabled sprinklers, smart fridges, and wireless home security will be available to everyone soon!


Author: Ryan Riggins (RA)

Born and Raised on Oahu my approach to the real estate business is different than most agents working in the industry today. The average agent sells fewer than 7 homes a year while attempting to manage every aspect of the business all by themselves. This approach allows them very little time working directly with buyers and sellers because they are so overwhelmed with all the busy work that is required behind the scenes. My system allows me to spend 90% of my time working directly with clients who want to buy and sell real estate today and in the very near future. Here at John Riggins Real Estate we have been helping families move since 1977. We specialize in the Aiea to Kapolei area but not limited to Ewa Beach area. To see all the great ways we help buyers and to view what differentiates us from the typical realtor in the area, visit http://tinyurl.com/clientsuccessstorys Because of Ryan's Military Relocation Expertise, Ryan's success revolves around that same simple principle his Mother and Father instilled in him; serving those who serve our country. His track record shows that he puts his clients first and in a high paced market, he is making VA loans work for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. With previous clients ranging from E-5's to 04's, Ryan is ready and willing to make sure all those who have served our country, have every opportunity to own their piece of it. For the majority of people the purchase or sale of a home is their largest single investment. My goal is to guide you successfully and easily through the contractual, investment, and emotional decisions involved in the Real Estate process. I am committed to providing you, your family and your friends with superior service and expertise and to make it the most memorable purchase of your life.

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