• People Power's Presence App

    Posted on 17th July 2013 by Andy.


    If you’re looking for a reasonably priced but effective security camera and have a spare iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch hanging around then app developer People Power has the answer. Its new app, Presence, can turn your Apple device into a security camera for free. Simply install the app on a device that’s connected to the internet and also on your regular iPad or iPhone. With both devices logged on to your account you now have access to a video camera with real-time video and audio streaming. So you can keep an eye on your home, your pets and elderly relatives, and even have a two-way conversation with someone at home via the app. The best bit is that the app also features motion detection, so if someone or something is moving about your home it’ll take a video clip and send it to you as an alert. It’s an effective and affordable way to get some peace of mind when you’re out. Presence marks People Power’s biggest bid so far for taking over your home. The Silicon Valley based company has also recently joined with a US electronics firm, Monster Power, to produce an app that monitor the power consumption going through specially adapted multiplug extensions. You can log on at any time of day and see how much power is being consumed as well turning off appliances or programming what times they should be active. People Power aims to make further deals with technology manufacturers whereby its energy saving and security software can put you remotely in touch with your home. While it is facing off against similar systems from giants such as Google, Verizon and AT&T, People Power’s simple and affordable wireless options have the potential to define the market. Find out more: http://peoplepowerco.com/ Get the app: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/presence-by-people-power/id618598211?mt=8

    This Post was posted in Smart Home and was tagged with app, camera, people, power, security, Smart Home

  • Solar Solutions

    Posted on 5th August 2011 by Chris.

    Controliss motorised window blinds are exceptionally convenient appliances to have in the home during the summer, since they can reduce air conditioning bills by blocking the sunlight that would otherwise add to the heat in your home, and can be remotely operated at your leisure with the single push of a button. While these will remove one of the more bothersome aspects of a sweltering summer's day, you can attain solar powered instruments that can benefit greatly from the intense sunlight of such a day. Here are some examples of devices you might not have heard of. You may already have solar powered lights in the garden to adorn your flowerbeds. But if you are considering getting, or already have a deck or patio, the fabulous Moonrays 95028 Mini Deck Light could be the ideal lighting solution for this area. The Mini Deck Light's AA NiCd rechargeable battery is charged by the sun's rays, so no wiring is required to power the light and therefore it can simply be screwed down wherever you want it. Voltaic Systems have various compact products that generate and store their own power. One range in particular is their bags and backpacks, that contain a power pack which is chargeable from an AC or DC supply, or it can charged while out and about from the solar panels built into the bag. This power pack will supply charge to many different electronic devices via USB port or using various standard adaptors included with the product. A Voltiac Solar Bag/Backpack would be a valuable gadget to anyone who is regularly on the move and can not afford to lose power in their mobile phone while expecting important phone calls. Other products that are not actually solar powered, but could add to the enjoyment of your summer outings are the RoadPro SnackMaster and the Spa-N-A-Box. RoadPro's SnackMaster is a portable beverage and snack cooler/warmer that plugs into a 12V DC cigarette lighter socket. The shelf on the inside can be removed to give more space or to store larger items, it also has a sealed door with a clear thermal pane window to allow you to see into the cooler/warmer and when warming, it can shut itself off automatically to prevent overheating. The Spa-N-A-Box by Comfort Line Products is a hot tub that can be set up in 20 minutes, requires no plumbing and can be packed away into 2 boxes for portability. To set up the spa, the panels and tub liner are fitted together, the tub is then filled from a garden hose and the control unit is plugged into a 13 Amp power supply. Once the water has warmed, 4 to 6 people can share the tub as the TurboWave jet system massages and the dual filtration ensures the water is kept clean. There are an increasingly vast array of everyday products available that can be solar powered so don't let the sun's heat drain all your energy this summer, keep yourself cool and let the sun's light empower you to step outside and enjoy the season.

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with power, power pack, powered, solar, solar powered, sun

  • Batteries For Your Controliss Blinds

    Posted on 28th May 2011 by Chris.

    Over 80% of the batteries sold worldwide, are of the AA or AAA sized batteries. These batteries power a massive number of everyday devices, including Controliss battery powered remote control blinds, and are primarily categorised into single use, disposable and the rechargeable form. Different devices possess different levels of power demand and in correspondence to this, different types of batteries are better suited to different devices. There are currently 4 more commonly used technologies used in disposable AA and AAA batteries: Zinc Chloride, Alkaline, Oxyride and Lithium. Zinc Chloride batteries are the cheapest version and cope best with low power devices, such as a small basic radio. When used in anything that is more demanding, the power is consumed very quickly. Alkaline battery technology is the most popular compromise between cost and performance. An alkaline battery will usually cost around twice as much as a zinc chloride battery, but will last 2 to 5 times as long in most circumstances. While different battery manufacturers use of this technology may alternate in their batteries, varying brands will typically perform to within 5% of each other. Oxride battery technology was launched fairly recently and is designed to last longer than alkaline in high power applications such as a digital cameras and MP3 players. Lithium batteries are capable of lasting more than twice as long as alkaline batteries in more demanding devices. The range of operational temperature of Lithium batteries is much wider than others, making them the battery of choice for devices that are to be used in extreme temperature conditions.

    Rechargeable Batteries

    Disposable batteries will hold charge for a long period of time, in contrast to rechargeable batteries that, without use, can lose their charge in matter of months. However, we love the newer rechargeable batteries like the Sanyo Eneloop's that work great with all of the battery powered Controliss Blinds including Roller blinds, Venetian blinds, Vertical blinds and Wood blinds. These fantastic batteries can be recharged up to 1500 times, will hold up to  75% of their charge for 12 months and can perform just as well as disposables. The 2 common types of rechargeable battery are: Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH). NiCd Rechargeable batteries are the cheaper option. They usually discharge quickly, should be fully drained before recharging to maintain effectiveness, and are not recommended for high power applications. NiMH Rechargeable batteries can be used for higher power devices as they have up to three time the capacity of NiCd batteries. Capacity is measured in milli-ampere-hours (mAh). The higher the mAh of a battery, the longer it should last in your device. Recent developments in rechargeable battery technology have allowed the production of rechargeable batteries that have a high capacity and much lower discharge rate than was previously available. Rechargeable batteries such as Sanyo's Eneloop and Gold Peak Group's GP ReCyko+ can hold 75% of their charge after a whole year without use. Rechargeable batteries can also work out much more economical in the long run than the disposable batteries as, with every recharge, you are reducing the number of batteries going into landfill sites. Showing that it pays for both you and the environment to choose wisely.

    This Post was posted in Controliss® Blinds and was tagged with batteries, battery, battery powered, blinds, controliss, power, rechargeable, remote control blinds, roller blinds, Venetian Blinds, vertical binds, wood blinds

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