LAST UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 25, 2017
I think it is better to be picky and focus on what works. Here are some of the latest and greatest recommendations on smart gear that I use everyday.
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HTPC and/or Streamer to Play Your Media
Your computer as the media hub
If you enjoy tinkering with technology and like to customize the front-end and back-end according to your needs, then HTPC is the right choice for you.
NAS to Store Your Media
Network Attached Storage
I use Synology’s 4-bay NAS to store all my media files. It is powerful enough to act as a Plex media server. I can also sync NAS with Google Photos and Dropbox.
Control Your Media
Remote control receiver
The Flirc is a USB IR receiver (new version) that outputs presses on a remote control button as keyboard input to any application.
Control Your Lights
Philips Hue Kit
Smart lighting system
Imagine starting a Watch Movie activity with Logitech Harmony Hub and your Philips Hue lights automatically dim to your favorite accent lighting.
Awesome Gadgets and Gift Ideas
Finally, here are my favorite gadgets that I use and recommend as gift ideas.
The brain sensing headband
I’ve been doing some meditation in the past year. The Muse headband and app is a great way to get more out of my meditation sessions.
Smart analogue watch
Nokia Steel is simply awesome smart watch. It tracks my steps and sleep and wakes me up with a gentle vibration. I can use it with one battery for 8 months.