6 Ways to Bring Your Apartment into the 21st Century
By Angela Sanders Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 08:06 AM EDT
Living in an apartment doesn't mean you're limited by the types of technology you can place in your home. There are many cutting-edge gadgets that you can use in smaller living spaces like apartments.
By using these, it's possible to bring your apartment into the 21st Century.
Mount a PDL-8908 Television to Your Wall
For the next level in television design, there's the PDL-8908 television. The unit looks like a sheet of glass that leans against the wall and goes from opaque to transparent. When you turn the unit on, the images come to life with HD and 3D capabilities. There are Wi-Fi capabilities as well as two-person gaming. If you have a blank section of wall in your apartment, this could be a nice hi-tech addition to your place.
Answer Questions from an IQ Alarm Clock
If you need to wake up for a job interview or search New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago apartments from ForRent.com, this alarm clock won't allow you to snooze past your alarm. To turn off the buzzer, you have to answer a series of brain teaser questions so that you'll actually wake up. It's also difficult to remove the batteries, so you can't just remove them to avoid being woken up.
Install a Floor Plan Light Switch
With the Floor Plan Light switch, you can control all the lights in your apartment in one place. If you need to turn off a specific light, you can now do it without flicking random switches. The device is modifiable to your specific floor plan.
Manage Your Keys with the CalypsoKey and Case
Do you regularly lose your keys? With CalypsoKey, your iPhone becomes your key. The key is hidden in the CalypsoCase that goes over your phone, and you can program it to unlock your doors or open your garage. This also can get you into your office building or other places where you need an identification card. You do need to have compatible locks installed in your home to use this device; you can impress your friends by waving your phone at your door and having it unlock.
Clean Your Windows with the Winbot Robot
Even if you don't mind cleaning your windows, having a robot do it for you is definitely more convenient. Simply add cleaning solution to the Winbot, attach the device to a window, and turn it on. The Winbot estimates the size of the window and determines a path for cleaning. It works on any size window.
Save on Energy Costs with the Oras Eterna Smart Shower
This gadget can help you with your energy costs by saving water, energy, and the environment. A green light comes on if you have stayed in the shower for less than two minutes. If you shower for longer, you'll get a red light. You can also adjust the temperature of your shower. There's a safety button to make sure any little ones don't get burned. The Oras also manages the flow of the shower head as well.
Living in an apartment doesn't mean you can't utilize the technology that's available to you to make your life easier and a bit more fun. With that in mind, what other technologies have you come across that could be included in this list?