Category: Smart Home

Lenovo Smart Display

The Lenovo Smart Display is the first Google Home Device with a screen. The screen offers additional capabilities that are truly amazing for a voice assistant. I reviewed the Lenovo Smart Display comes in two sizes 8″ and 10″. I reviewed the 10″ device and was pleasantly surprised. At 6.8 x 12 inches, it is quite large, but the beautiful display is worth the desktop or countertop space. The unit comes only in white with a curved bamboo back. It might fit anywhere in the home, but is perfect for the kitchen.

So I tried it out in the kitchen first. Adding the screen makes it a perfect kitchen companion. You can ask the device to find you a recipe from one of its many cooking partners or you can send a recipe to the device from your phone or tablet. Then you can use your voice to control everything in the recipe from ingredients to cooking directions.

When you ask the Display a question, it answers verbally as well as with on-screen text which is a perfect combination. You can see lyrics of songs as well as pictures of animals, places, and just about anything else. Music is not exceptional, but sounds quite good.

When I moved the Smart Display to  the living room, it continued to be very useful, but also became a digital picture frame. It displayed any of my Google Photo albums like a wonderful slide show. We constantly use it to display You Tube videos. A few months ago, when I first got the Smart Display, it could play music, but could not be put in a group to play with other Google Home speakers. A recent update changed all that and it has now become part of my whole-house music selections.

The 10″ Lenovo Smart Display retaing at $249, but holiday sales and a big discount at the Lenovo website will bring that price down considerably.

My take: I love it! Only wish that it could save my recipes and display them again when needed. Of course, that is probably in the future.


Alexa or Google – Not a huge decision

If you are considering purchasing a voice assistant this year, you may be struggling to decide whether you want to go with Alexa (Amazon Echo) or  Google Home (Google Assistant). Don’t fret. You really can’t go wrong. Both of these systems do approximately the same thing. They play music, tell jokes, control lights and home equipment, make phone calls, ask as an intercom, and answer questions.

Here’s a dirty little secret. They can both exist together. In fact, they can sit right next to each other. This year you can purchase the small Echo Dot and the Google Mini for a combined price under $100. So why not buy them both and try them out. It can actually be fun to compare their jokes and answers.


Amazon Tech Support

Today I called Amazon tech support for the first time and I was very pleasantly surprised at having a great experience. Read about it here:

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Windows 10 Sandy’s Preview

Are you ready for a new operating system? What if it were free and better than the previous operating systems? Well, that what we will get with Windows 10.

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Find April Fool’s Jokes

If you feel a little mischievous this is a great time of year. Check out this website for ideas for quick and easy April Fools Jokes that will make both you and your recipient smile.

April Fools Jokes

Multi-functional LED Light Bulbs

If you have recently shopped for a light bulb, you have probably been surprised by the number of choices. We will see many more new light bulbs in the future. Look for bulbs that change color and can be controlled by a smart phones like the Philips Hue line. But wait, there’s even more.

Would you like to have a light bulb that acts as a Wi-Fi repeater or one that plays music? Sengled even has a lightbulb that has an integrated camera, microphone, and speaker.  Two bulbs can produce stereo sound. Available now: $49.99 to $169.99 at the Sengled website.

TV Programming a La Carte

If you are sick of paying for 300 channels of television when you only watch five or ten channels, this is for you Dish Network announced a new way to get TV service. They are calling it Sling TV.  For $20 a month you can get ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, and Cartoon Network. Other channels will be available as add-ons. The service is streamed through selected TVs, Amazon Fire Stick, Xbox One, and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. You can purchase one of these for as little as $35. No cable box, no satellite. Get just what you want. It is available now in selected markets.

My prediction is that this poised to change the way we watch TV.

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