Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Google Home: Unboxing & Setup

On October 4, 2016, Google held a press event to announce several new pieces of hardware. One of them being their new voice activated home automation assistant properly named "Google Home". This device is a cylindrical piece of hardware that resembles an air freshener. It sits on any flat surface in your house and the best part is you interact with it by just using your voice. However, if necessary, you can interact by touch, but you'll still have to talk to it for it to actually do anything.

"OK, Google, play Nyan Cat on the living room TV", that's my kids favorite action for it. Their second favorite is "Ok, Google, turn on the kitchen light please". I wish they were that polite all the time. As you can see here, it's so easy to use. My kids are 10 and 8, they are becoming pros at this already.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Unboxing a Pebble 2 Smart Watch

Back in May 2016, a new Kickstarter project launched for the Pebble 2 smart watch. They were looking to gain $1 million in backing for Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and a new device called Pebble Core. They ended up getting 66,673 backers who pledged a total of $12,779,843. Very successful Kickstarter project! And that's why I decided to support them this year. They've had successful kickstarters year after year. Although, it will retail at $129, I pledged $99 a piece and got two Pebble 2 smart watches.

I had never used Pebble and being the Android/mobile tech enthusiast that I am, I was very excited. This is the first Kickstarter project I've ever supported. Finally, after many update emails, my first one arrived. I do have another one on the way, but I'm going to go ahead and unbox this one and see if this smart watch is something you may be interested in yourself.