• Kathy Copcutt

Techlicious Discoveries To Help Run Things Smoother at Home!


I was recently invited to a special luncheon by Moms LA and Consumer Electronic Show, some of you may know them as the, "CES" show, that's held in Las Vegas every January. CES is not a mountain to be climbed but a volcano, to take in and appreciate the beauty of it, meaning, there's so much to cover you could easily lose sight of what you were originally there for because every single thing you can think of, or truthfully that you’ve never thought of, is ALL THERE! It’s a beast of a show and I love it, I relish being there and discovering all the new gadgets, it’s spectacular, Truth be told, if you don't write down your favorites in a notebook you'll forget, it’s human nature. So I’d like to take a moment out and thank Moms LA and CES for bringing together mommy must haves. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, with Christmas just around the corner this is the time to start thinking about what will not only make mom's life easier, but help out with the family. I’m going to share with you what was functional and needed for everyday use, most importantly these are the items I fell in love with.

Google family, in one word, brilliant. Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions, tell it to do things, and with support for multiple users, it can distinguish your voice from others in your home so you get a more personalized experience. It’s your own Google, just for you. Get real-time answers including the latest on weather, traffic, finance, sports, local businesses and more. are full or you can’t reach for your phone, ask your Assistant to make the call. A simple voice request triggers Google Home to play music, podcasts or radio from services like Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora and more. Get personalized help managing your schedule, commute, and more whenever Google Home recognizes your voice (with your permission, of course). Plus, make calls, set timers, and get information on the traffic to work. Google Home connects seamlessly with smart devices like Chromecast, Nest and Philips Hue, so you can use your voice to set the perfect temperature or turn down the lights.Cast your favorite movies, videos and shows to your TV. Just ask Google Home. How could you not love this, I need one in every room.

As a single co-parenting mom the Cozi app is superb, it’s your new family organizer. Cozi is designed to make it easier to manage everything you and your family have to do. Even when schedules change, Cozi is there making sure all the moving pieces fit together at the end of the day. For the family members that have a cell phone, have them download the application and you will never have anything crossover, no one will be in the dark and everyone will know exactly what is going on.

Humx by Verizon, thank you Verizon, this is truly ingenious. Humx gives you a smarter, safer and more connected drive. Decode engine lights and summon help with the push of a button. And with the Humx built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, you can easily connect up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled. Got a flat? Need a tow? Humx gives you access to Pinpoint Roadside Assistance with 24/7 nationwide coverage. Connect to a trained agent at the push of a button if you have an emergency on the road. If a collision is detected, Humx can automatically send help. Use the HumxSpeaker to reach Emergency Assistance directly. devices, letting passengers stream music, movies and shows. Easily connect your Humx service and you are ready to go. "Smartphone not included". Simple updates help you identify and address minor car problems before they become major ones. Help keep the newest drivers in the family safer. Get notified via text or email if your vehicle exceeds a set speed limit or travels beyond a specified boundary. Talk to an independent, certified mechanic. Set maintenance reminders; get local and travel discounts, and vehicle location assistance. Humx even gives you a monthly summary to keep up to date on your maintenance status, miles per gallon, distance traveled, and much more.

I need this in my life, how often have misplaced your keys? How often do you lose your keys? Kwikset's 2nd Generation Kevo is designed to simplify your life. With the simple touch of your finger with a compatible Smartphone in your pocket, purse or hand, you can easily unlock the deadbolt. If you don't have a Smartphone, the lock can just as easily be operated via Key Fob (Sold Separately) or with a traditional key. Your Smartphone is now your key touch to open your door. The convenience of sharing eKeys via your Smartphone, is remarkable. Receive notifications, view lock activity history and manage lock & eKeys through Kevo Mobile App. SmartKey® deadbolt cylinder for superior security and backup traditional key. Easily replace your existing deadbolt: easy to install, no power or internet required, Kevo works with Nest to enable greater home control convenience. You will be able to set the Nest Thermostat to Home and Away modes through the Kevo.

Now if you’re totally not ready to give up your keys, check out the Tile Pro Series. To find anything you put a Tile on, just open the app. Ring it if it's nearby. Check the map for its last known location. Or ask the Tile community to help you find it. They’ve engineered each and every Tile to run an entire year without an ounce of upkeep. No charging. No replacing batteries. No nothing. And when it’s time for a new Tile, their replacement program lets you upgrade yours at a discount, so you'll always have the best finding technology at your fingertips. Phones are easy to misplace. Tile makes them easy to find. Just press your Tile twice to make your phone ring even when it's on silent. You can even log into their website to find it on a map or make it ring. Voila, life made easy.

Now, the best for last! There are two bags which I am in LOVE with. The first is Knomo Audley bag. It's pocket with RFID blocking: essential for storing your phone, bank cards and passport to ensure you’re not prone to identity theft. Padded laptop section: fits up to 14-inch laptop. Designated section means your laptop is easy to grab on the go and kept separate from your other possessions. Detachable strap: for when you want to be hands free, attach the strap and turn this handbag into a cross body bag KNOMO ID – register your bag and if it’s lost, the founder can return it to you through our portal. Two easy-access front pockets: the right with our RFID lining – perfect for cards, passport and phones2nd exterior pocket at the back: perfect for attaching and then storing the shoulder strap when not in useMain compartment: padded section, for laptops; 2nd compartment for tablets or other electronic devices; zipped pocket for small items; main compartment will easily fit shoes and clothing - everything easy to reach without disrupting organisation. MOMS, this can also be used a fashionable diaper bag! Next up is the Knomo Elektronista.

Knomo Elektronista Digital Clutch. The Elektronista seamlessly incorporating technology into the constant juggle of work, leisure and travel. The Knomo Elektronista is a unique, stylish design, crafted around the technology that we use every day, and even includes a 5000mAh battery to keep devices charged on the go. Made from soft full-grain leather with a handy detachable chain/leather shoulder strap, the Elektronista magically unzips on either side to transform into a flat, practical layout of pockets and compartments. This allows for easy access and protection of devices and belongings. There’s space for just about everything the digital life demands from up to a 10 tablet, smartphones, passports, USB sticks and credit cards to charging cables, headphones and much more. 5000mAh battery and micro USB charging cable come included: charge you phone or tablet on the go, never worry about running out of battery again! Fully detachable strap: transforms this clutch into a cross body bag Padded section: safely store your tablet - fits up to 10" tablet Detachable coin purse: you'll never have to rummage at the bottom of your clutch for your coins again, and you can choose whether you want it in the bag or not. Two side zips: fully expand this clutch bag to have everything easily accessible. WOW, now this is a high tech clutch!

See you at CES January 2018, if not, I'll let you know what I found. x

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