Smart tech

Sep 25, 2017
Detect water leaks the smart way - before the damage is done

Frozen pipes, overflowing toilets or flooding can be the stuff of nightmares. Consider installing smart water-leak detectors in multiple areas that might be prone to water damage.

Sep 20, 2017
On task

What gets measured gets managed. This time-honoured saying rings especially true now that apps allow us to track things that were previously unmeasurable and manage how we spend our time. Not only does this bring valuable self-awareness, it lets us set goals for self-improvement and measure our progress. Maybe you...

Mar 2, 2017
Three charging speeds for electric vehicles

Fuelling up an electric vehicle (EV) is as easy as putting a plug into a socket. The amount and speed of your charge, however, depends on the technology in place. Right now there are about 1,000 public charging stations located in cities and towns across B.C. About 80% of charging...

Feb 13, 2017
Mapping EV chargers

Perhaps you’re on the Sunshine Coast and want to find an electric vehicle charging station in Sechelt for your Nissan Leaf or your Kia Soul. Or maybe you want to find out, in real time, whether the EV charging station closest to your weekend home near Kamloops is in use.

Oct 16, 2016
High-tech home butlers

Technology with a personality seems like a futuristic idea, but we’re already living with it: Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and OK Google are all smart, responsive personal assistants or “digital butlers” that live in our phones and tablets. These smart assistants are also gaining new ground through expanded functionality. Siri is...

Oct 7, 2016
If this, then that

As creatures of habit we often follow patterns of behaviour from the minute we wake up in the morning. It’s an automatic life driven by ever-evolving technology that makes us more efficient even as we manage and monitor our lives more than ever. IFTTT, which stands for “If this, then that,”...

Jun 28, 2016
Measuring what you use is just smart

It’s difficult to gauge what you can’t see. Consumption of vital, everyday commodities, such as electricity and water, might seem intangible or altogether invisible. And that can have negative consequences, as we’re more likely to waste something we can’t monitor or measure. The trick is to make the intangible tangible, and...

Jun 20, 2016
Thirst for knowledge

As we’ve become increasingly aware of the inherent wastefulness of bottled water, more and more of us now simply grab a reusable drinking receptacle before heading out the door, thus preventing yet another single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bottle from living its eternal life in a landfill. The only potential downside to this...

Mar 1, 2016
Remote view

It’s no secret that homeowners are looking to technology to make their lives easier. In fact, according to a 2015 report entitled “The State of the Smart Home” by tech company icontrol Networks, 50% of North American consumers plan on buying at least one smart home product in the next...

Mar 1, 2016
Meet Hue

Philips has been making lighting products for 120 years. Until last year, lighting for the home simply turned on and off. Philips wanted to do more. With Hue, lighting can play a role in our mood and activities. Using an app on your smart phone, you can select up to...

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