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Easy Ways to Turn Your Home Into Smart One

Transform your home into a smart one

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Here are some ways to spruce- up your lifestyle and turn your home into a smart one. Pixabay

Controlling your world from the palm of your hand is no longer a fable. Today we are equipped and surrounded with smartphones, TVs, cars, entertainment systems, watches and lighting. While everything turns smart around us, technology has extended its arms to make our homes smarter.

Sumit Padmakar Joshi, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Signify Innovations India Limited (formerly Philips Lighting India), suggest a few ways to spruce- up your lifestyle and turn your home into a smart one.

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The amalgamation of technology at every juncture of our life has made uniform control and monitoring possible, thereby creating a safe and secure environment at your home, even while you are miles away. Pixabay

Switch to smart lighting

It’s time to bid goodbye to your old lighting system and switch to smart lighting solutions. WiFi or Bluetooth enabled LED bulbs let you experience new-age smart lighting that can be controlled through your smartphone and can be adapted to your mood, lifestyle and daily activities. It is a great way to add colour and create beautiful spaces in your home with just one click.

Smart audio and entertainment systems

If you enjoy music and movies, Wi-Fi enabled audio speakers and TV’s can enhance the entertainment quotient of your home. These can be easily connected and controlled with smartphones and voice assistants, helping you access your music library and various streaming services from anywhere.

Smart faucets for kitchens and bathrooms

Water conservation is a priority for all of us. Smart faucets can help curb water wastage by sensing whenever the tap is not in use and automatically switching off. Best suited for kids, elderly and disabled, this is a good solution that can help one conserve water in our homes. These faucets can also offer temperature regulation that can be remotely accessed, letting you stay in bed a bit longer on cold winter mornings.

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If you enjoy music and movies, Wi-Fi enabled audio speakers and TV’s can enhance the entertainment quotient of your home. Pixabay

Connected home safety solutions

For families with working members, connected home security can be the answer to living a carefree and safe life without worrying about your home. The amalgamation of technology at every juncture of our life has made uniform control and monitoring possible, thereby creating a safe and secure environment at your home, even while you are miles away.

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Homeowners can now access their door locks, security cameras and gas leak detectors wirelessly or even schedule automatic sprinklers or lights to switch on at specific time slots remotely through Internet Protocol (IP). (IANS)

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Life in Wuhan After Coronavirus Outbreak

Vendors Return in Wuhan as China Prepares Virus Memorial

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Authorities are easing controls in Wuhan that kept 11 million people at home for two months. Pixabay

Sidewalk vendors wearing face masks and gloves sold pork, tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables to shoppers Friday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began, as workers prepared for a national memorial this weekend for health workers and others who died in the outbreak.

Authorities are easing controls that kept Wuhan’s 11 million people at home for two months, but many shops are still closed. Shoppers and sellers in the Minyi neighborhood on the city’s southwest side had to do their business over high yellow barriers, as access to the community is still controlled.

“I don’t feel safe going to a supermarket,” said Zhan Zhongwu, who wore two layers of masks and was buying pork for his wife and grandchild. “There are too many people,” he said. “Many infections happened in the supermarket.”

Residents have been relying on online groceries and government-organized food deliveries after most access to the city was suspended Jan. 23 and restaurants, shops and other businesses shut down.

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Wuhan and the rest of China are preparing for a nationwide three minutes of silence on Saturday in honor of the 3,322 people who officially died of the virus, including doctors, nurses and other health workers who have been declared martyrs.

They include Li Wenliang, an eye doctor in Wuhan who was reprimanded in December for warning about the virus and later died of the disease. He became a symbol of public anger at the ruling Communist Party for suppressing information about the coronavirus, possibly worsening its spread, before it took action in late January.

The party rescinded Li’s reprimand and declared him a hero as part of a propaganda effort aimed at deflecting criticism of the official response.

On Saturday, national flags will be lowered to half-staff at 10 a.m. while air raid sirens and the horns of cars, trains and ships will “wail in grief,” the official Xinhua News Agency said.

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People have been told to avoid cemeteries on Saturday, the start of a three-day holiday when families traditionally tend the graves of ancestors.

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Residents wearing masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus line up to enter a supermarket in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. VOA

While the United States and other governments tighten controls and shut down businesses, Chinese leaders are trying to revive the world’s second-largest economy after declaring victory over the outbreak.

Still, local authorities have orders to prevent new infections as millions of people stream back to work in factories, offices and shops. Passengers on planes, trains, subways and buses are checked for fever and employers have orders to disinfect workplaces regularly.

Vegetable vendor Xie Lianning said she picked up supplies at a wholesale market at 5 a.m. and drove to Minyi. She was checked for fever at the neighborhood entrance.

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Xie set up shop on a sidewalk in front of closed shops that were covered by roll-down metal doors. The block was surrounded by the head-high yellow barriers installed to keep residents inside during the quarantine.

“Our business is not bad. Here is definitely better than indoors,” said Xie. “Nobody wanted to go inside. People are willing to buy things outside.”

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Wuhan accounts for three-quarters of China’s virus deaths but has reported no new cases for a week. Despite that, controls requiring official permission to enter or leave the city are to stay in place through Tuesday.

Xie said she still was worried about the virus but had to get back to work.
“We have no choice,” she said. “There are old and young in my family living with us. We have a heavy financial burden.”  (VOA)