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Links of the Week #14



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Boosted Boards 


When you live in a large city, public transportation is usually your best bet if you’re looking to avoid the hassle of bumper to bumper rush hour traffic.

There’s just usually one flaw in public transportation though; there’s not a stop in front of every home. This means that you have to travel to a bus or train stop in order to commute to your final destination.

A company named Boosted hopes to make those travels much easier and faster. They have developed an electric skateboard that boasts:
  • 6 mile range on a full charge
  • Up to 20 mph
  • Charge speed of 90 minutes
  • Weighs only 15 pounds
  • Adjustable power
  • Wireless handheld control
  • Intuitive software
  • Regenerative braking
This is a longboard with some serious power behind it.

So, no matter where you live, this board should be able to get you from Point A to Point B easily.

Go to Boosted's website for further information, videos, and specs on this innovative product.
 




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Skully Helmets 

There’s no doubt that if you’re not in a car, you should wear a helmet while taking alternative transportation; be it bicycle, motorcycle, skateboard, etc.

Skully Helmets has developed a product that is comfortable to wear and allows the user state of the art features.

Skully is a next-generation, integrated helmet that allows the wearer to:
  • See 180º via rear view camera
  • Utilize a synapse integrated heads up display
  • Have access to GPS mapping
  • Integrate with smartphones via voice activation
So, no matter where you’re going, Skully can get you there. You’ll be safe, look great, and still be able to keep in touch while on the go.

Go to Skully Helmet's website to see more on this futuristic helmet.

Z-Tip #15

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Maximize Productivity

Businesses all over are trying to maximize productivity while reducing costs.

Companies like Amazon, Gap, Toys “R” Us, and Staples are relying on automation by using Kiva's robots to move merchandise throughout warehouses for storage and then intelligently bringing them to workers at a fixed position to fulfill orders. By using these automated robots to work alongside workers, this speeds up processing time and reduces the time that the workers have to walk to different isles, and find places to put back unneeded merchandise.

Adding automation technology can greatly increase your company’s productivity, and make your employee’s jobs much more fun and less invasive.

Could this technology be useful for your business? Ask ZIO for a customized solutions plan and see what you’re missing out on.

Important Information for Bright House Subscribers

Digital Adapter
By now, you have likely received communication from Bright House that analog cable service is being discontinued and will be replaced with digital technology.

Why is this change needed?

Analog signals deliver information directly by being translated in electrical pulses, whereas digital signals are transferred in to a binary format (i.e. 1’s and 0’s) and then reassembled at the reception point.

The benefit of this is that digital signals be compressed allowing for larger transmission of data, and they do not degrade over time so they will always deliver the same product. Analog signals have a limitation of data that can be transmitted at any given time, and can degrade in quality.

Bright House is making this switch to make your viewing experience better by streaming your movies and television shows in higher definition and quality, and to continue with ongoing technology demands.

What do I need to do?

If you currently have a digital device (i.e. cable box, Digital Adapter, or cable card) connected to your television, then you do not have to make any changes. However, this means that any TV that accesses cable channels through the TV directly will require a converter.

There is a new compact converter, about the size of an Apple TV called a “digital adapter” which provides access to the same channels you could watch without a set top box, and each customer receives two digital adapters for no additional charge. The digital adapter provides digital and HD signal and can usually be hidden behind a flat panel TV, even when mounted flat on a wall.

If you have any TVs that do not currently have access to a set top box or digital adapter and need assistance obtaining or installing a digital adapter, please contact us. ZIO is honored to assist our clients with service and support, and we have a unique arrangement with Bright House to assist you better.

Additional Important Information:

Bright House has recently changed the way their DVR converter behaves. The change will likely affect how your entertainment system operates. A new “Power Save Mode” has been added, which by default will cause the DVR to automatically turn off after 4 hours of inactivity.

When Power Save has been activated, you will have no picture or sound when you turn your system on. In almost all cases, there is nothing wrong with your system; instead the DVR has just turned itself off.
  • Power Save Mode doesn’t actually turn the DVR off and scheduled programs are still recorded so there’s actually very little power saved.
  • When Power Save has been activated, you can reset the 4-hour timer by pressing "Power Save Mode" or the Power Save Mode 2 on your remote.
  • Currently, all Bright House converters, including DVRs, do not provide a way to consistently ensure it’s always on.


ZIO strongly recommends turning off the Power Save mode and always leaving the converter powered on.

Follow these instructions to turn this feature off:
  • Press "Power Save Mode 3" on your remote.
  • Press the Power Save Mode 4 to highlight "Timers".
  • Select "Power Save Mode" to toggle the feature on and off.
At ZIO we strive to continually raise the bar, so let us assist you with any technology questions or needs that you may have for your home or business.

Links of the Week #13



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Paving the Road to Solar Energy 

You drive, ride, or walk along paved roads every day of your life and if you’ve ever been out in the middle of the day barefooted, you know that it can feel like an active volcano underneath your feet.

Why not harness this wasted energy? Scott and Julie Brusaw asked this question, and in 2009 founded the concept of Solar Roadways, which is a modular paving system of solar panels that can be placed virtually anywhere.

It has taken this husband and wife duo a few years, but they have a working textured glass prototype which protects each solar panel and can withstand 250,000 pound loads.

The Brusaw’s also boast that the panels will feature:
  • LED lights that will illuminate the road at night, provide road lines, and signage
  • Heating Elements to keep the roads free of snow and ice
  • Cable Corridor that can store and treat storm water while providing a home for power and data cable
  • Power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots
  • Potentially charge EVs via driveways and parking lots once systems are in place
  • Allow EVs to charge while driving once mutual induction is in place

To see more of Solar Roadway’s story and applications, visit their crowdfunding site on Indiegogo.



 






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What's in your food? 

Abracadabra, there are peanuts in your food.

This may not be anything to worry about if you don’t have a food allergy, but for those that do, it can be potentially deadly.

Tellspec is a revolutionary product which relies on a spectrometer scanner, a cloud-based algorithm, and an app on your smart phone. Using a laser beam from the spectrometer, you can simply wave the device over any food or drink in order to find out what ingredients it contains.

The Tellspec doesn’t stop there, however, because it also gives you calorie content which can be good for anyone looking to manage their weight.

To see more on this product, visit their Indiegogo page, and be sure to watch the videos.

Z-Tip #14

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Outdoor Spaces

While most people think that only the interior of a home can become an automated wonder of today’s technology, they forget to include one of the most important rooms: the backyard.

Whether you have a yard full of grass or a large pool taking up most of it, adding automation and individualized areas can bring your backyard to life while expanding your living space from the indoors to the outside.

You can do this by adding:
  • Lighting
  • Televisions
  • Audio system
  • Shades
  • Garden
  • Outdoor office
  • Water feature
  • Fire pit
  • Dining Patio
  • Bar
  • Grill
  • Playhouse
  • Security cameras
By adding any of these features, you will be able to create a relaxing and functional space that can be used by all of your family members. Adding security will also offer peace of mind while you’re away.

Check with ZIO to see what will work for your family by having us come to your home and perform a free evaluation.

For some ideas to spark your imagination, visit our Houzz.com site and be sure to read this article on Houzz .

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