Category Archives: TECH + GEAR

Ecovacs: The Black Friday Must Have All Year Round

November 27, 2020

 Because Looking At Dirty Floors All Day Is No Longer An Option

Guys, my OCD is BAD. It entails not being able to work with a messy house and dirty counters and floors. Since I am home all day, you can imagine that half my day is spent….cleaning. It reminds me of high school when my best friend simply could not get high until her bedroom was immaculate. Seeing as I have two kids and now a white hair colored dog and dark dark DARK floors, all I can see if STUFF. Dirt. Hair. Stuff the dog brings in from the yard. Gum wrappers. Crap. Stuff. Crap. Dust. Dog hair. HELLPPPP.

This year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday season, that is…. I wanted to invest in something that would be life-changing (you know what I mean). Something that would enhance my efficancy. A purchase of worth and value to my TIME.

Enter ECOVACS. This thing is a beast. And you don’t need to be a clean freak or have OCD about dirty floors to lose your mind over it.

This little sassy robot is saving my life – seriously. I am no longer chasing dirt and dust and dog hair and crap….this little cutie, my son named him Bob (everything is Bob for some reason), is doing it all for me. It took a little bit of time to set up and get Bob all ready to roll, but once he got rolling, boy, was he happy to get the job done.

I also grabbed the Auto Empty Station because it ups my not cleaning at ALL for  30-plus days of by automatically emptying the T8 and T8 AIVI, holding up to one month’s worth of dirt, debris and pet hair.

So here is the deal below.  You’ll want to get your own Bob NOW….you’ve got a week of cleaning floors before he takes over ( unless you want to pay full price after that BUT WHY?)…and you can get back to what you do best. YOU. (Not being Bob).

  • Black Friday Deal: Best Buy exclusive: $449 (36% off MSRP of $699) 11/22 – 12/5

  • All-in-One Vacuuming and Mopping with Advanced Obstacle Avoidance: Removes 99.26% of bacteria from floors, detects and avoids small objects like shoes, cords and small toys to prevent the robot from getting stuck

  • Smart Laser Mapping: Creates a precise map of your floor for complete and efficient cleaning, enabling custom cleaning features like virtual boundaries, custom room/area cleaning, and multi-floor mapping

  • Auto-Empty Station: 30-plus days of hands-free cleaning by automatically emptying the T8+

  • 3 Hours Runtime:  Provides up to 3,200 sq. ft. of continuous cleaning

  • Home Automation: smart home compatible, and can be controlled via the app

The revolutionary DEEBOT T8 provides users with the ultimate cleaning experience as the first DEEBOT product to include TrueDetect technology for advanced obstacle avoidance. The DEEBOT T8 can map homes with 4X the accuracy and not miss a spot. Working alongside its OZMO™Mopping System, the DEEBOT T8 offers precise water control so users don’t over-wet floors and is smart enough to automatically avoid carpets when the mopping pad is on. The DEEBOT T8 is designed to appeal to users who don’t need the camera monitoring function of the DEEBOT T8 AIVI but demand the best cleaning experience. The DEEBOT T8 is available for $649 on ECOVACS.com, Amazon, and online at Wal-Mart and Target.

TrueDetect advanced obstacle avoidance for uninterrupted cleaning:

TrueDetect uses 3D structured light technology to detect, avoid and clean around furniture and objects like shoes, cords and small toys. It precisely scans for depth and distance to create a fast and accurate 3D image of space and objects, down to the millimeter level. Its object detection is 10X more accurate than traditional infrared technology.

 

TrueMapping precision navigation for thorough and efficient cleaning:

TrueMapping scans, maps and plans an efficient cleaning path faster and more precisely, to prevent missed or repeated areas. The laser mapping and navigation technology uses a direct time-of-flight (dToF) laser sensor for 2X greater range (up to 10m) and 4X greater accuracy, detecting objects as small as 2mm. The precise maps enable advanced custom cleaning like unlimited boundaries (keep-out areas), support for multiple floors, and cleaning by room or area.

 

OZMO™ Mopping System for the convenience of vacuuming and mopping in-one-go:

Effective all-in-one cleaning removes up to 99.26% of bacteria on floors. An electronically controlled water pump provides precise water flow control, and automatic carpet detection avoids carpets when mopping to keep them from getting wet. A full-size 240mL water tank covers over 2,000 square feet.

Up to 3 hours of runtime:

The 5200mAh lithium ion battery covers up to 3200 square feet of continuous cleaning on a single charge.

Compatible with the T8 as well as best-selling DEEBOT model, the T8 AIVI, the two new accessories round-out a truly hands-off and next-level cleaning experience. Sold separately and complete with an easy, stress-free set-up, the accessories continue ECOVACS’ commitment to make cleaning seamless.

The new OZMO Pro builds upon the OZMO Mopping System by tackling the most stubborn of stains –including dried liquids and pet prints –with results comparable to an electronic mop. The OZMO Pro takes floor cleaning further than any system to-date, with high-frequency vibration that oscillates 480 times-per-minute minute and includes a unique, super-charged mopping mode.

Two mopping patterns (quick scrubbing and deep scrubbing) and four different water release levels can also be customized to a users’ needs for a superior clean. With a large 240-millileter water tank and mop detection sensors, the OZMO Pro automatically turns mopping mode on and off to avoid over-dampening or under-wetting floors.

It also comes with easy-to-change disposable mopping cloths, so users don’t have to spend time washing cloths repeatedly. The OZMO Pro is available for $99.99 on Ecovacs.com and rolling out to other retailers soon.

In addition, the new Auto-Empty Station provides 30-plus days of hands-free cleaning by automatically emptying the T8 and T8 AIVI, holding up to one month’s worth of dirt, debris and pet hair.

With DEEBOT T8 and T8 AIVI voice alert on the ECOVACS app, users will be alerted when it’s time for a new bag. This easy upgradable feature provides DEEBOT owners with a no-stop home cleaning experience–without lifting a finger. The Auto-Empty Station is available for $249.99 on Ecovacs.com and is also rolling out to other retailers soon.

 

About ECOVACS is singularly focused on making daily lives easier and more efficient with intelligent and connected home service robotics. With a deep, 22-year history in smart home development and 100% ownership of its R&D and manufacturing, thecompany leads the market in patents and innovative product development in home service robotics. ECOVACS first premiered in the U.S. with its DEEBOT robotic vacuum cleaners, today a top 3 market leader, along with its WINBOT robotic window cleaner. For more information, please visit: http://www.ecovacs.com.

Optimize Your Workspace With The Raise And The Slope By Fluidstance

November 21, 2020

You might be rethinking gifting this year….. It’s all about home life and even more so…home office.

I fell in love with all things Fluidstance when I got their balance board last year. I am never not standing on it when I’m working. Now they have two more cool things to add to the most ergonomic office station ever.

Due to various circumstances, ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to shifts in workplace philosophy, it is no secret that people are spending an increased amount of time indoors and in front of their computer screens this year – proven research has shown that we are spending as much as 12 hours a day in front of TVs and computers.

THE SLOPE IS A WHITEBOARD MADE FROM STEEL AND NOT PLASTIC.

The Slope+ includes is the orginal Slope, made in the US of 100% steel, and a premium wireless charger.

Every year, 50 Billion paper sticky notes are made—that’s millions of trees cut down from our amazing forests. Slope will help reduce your eco-footprint by eliminating disposable paper notes.

Worthy of the modern workspace, Slope was designed to fit between your keyboard and monitor; its raised surface means you can slide your keyboard under it for storage, freeing up space on your desk. It offers a gentle angle for writing and a premium dry-erase surface.

The accompanying slim, lightweight charger is mounted on a custom silicone stand that was crafted to fit inside the channel of your Slope, providing support and cord management when charging your phone or tablet. It allows an optimal angle of view and adds even more functionality to your workspace while reducing clutter. This top-of-the-line wireless charging pad contains three charging coils, which means your device will charge whether it’s in a vertical or horizontal position.

The Slope is made of 100% heavy-duty steel (great for magnets) and is powder-coated with a low-emissions method for the perfect dry-erase surface on your desk. It has felt bumpers to protect your desk and the dry-erase pen comes in a microfiber eraser pouch.

For every Slope sold, they will plant one tree.

Fast Charging
Top-of-the-line wireless charging pad contains three charging coils, which means your phone will charge whether it’s in a vertical or horizontal position. Charging functions best with phone cases between 4mm (0.16 in.) – 5mm (0.2 in.) thick; note that credit card sleeves or metal attachments will interfere with the charging.

I also added this:

The Raise The Sustainably-Made Monitor Riser.

This is gorgeous – my monitor had been stacked on art books. Not cute.

The Raise is a streamlined and expertly-crafted computer monitor riser designed to elevate your workspace and improve your workflow. The Raise’s ergonomic design and sturdy functionality totally enhances the comfort and efficiency of your everyday work experience.

“This year has shown us how fluid our work environments are and how we can be productive anywhere, as long as we have a workspace that is harmonious with our comfort and wellbeing,” said Joel Heath, Founder and CEO of FluidStance. “Whether you are working from a cabin the in backcountry, your high-rise office tower or from home, The Raise’s ergonomic design will de-clutter your workspace and enhance your productivity.”

Staying true to FluidStance’s dedication to sustainability and eco-friendly materials, The Raise is made from a 13-ply Birch veneer plywood with a low-emitting Bona hardwood floor finish. The monitor riser’s legs are made from 100% steel and powder-coated in white using a low-emissions process near FluidStance’s warehouse in Santa Barbara, California, meaning the product is 100% sourced, assembled and distributed in the USA. In fact, The Raise travels only some 50 miles before being shipped out to FluidStance’s customers, drastically cutting down on any carbon emissions associated with the transportation process.

The Raise’s elegant and minimalist appearance makes it a seamless addition to any indoor environment, and it can be used on any stable work surface – from your kitchen counter to your work desk or dining room table. It also boasts four silicone grommets to prevent the riser from slipping and protects your desk or work surface. Pair it with FluidStance’s personal desktop whiteboard, The Slope™, which fits under The Raise and provides the perfect nesting spot for desk accessories, like your keyboard, that might be cluttering your workflow.

The Raise is officially available for purchase at www.fluidstance.com for $129 and comes ready to be used with no assembly required. FluidStance is also offering a special launch bundle for The Raise and The Slope for $165. For more information about FluidStance or to view its entire product line, visit www.fluidstance.com.

 

 

About FluidStance
FluidStance, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., aims to streamline and augment the work environment through the creation of design-minded sustainable products. The company launched its first products – the award winning Original and Level® balance boards – in 2015 to keep people moving in environments where they are typically static. It has since expanded its portfolio to include eco-friendly accessories meant to augment a healthier and more active work life, seamlessly blending into any indoor setting. FluidStance also donates 1% of its company’s profits and equity to First Descents, an organization providing life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults overcoming cancer. In addition, FluidStance employees spend 1% of their time volunteering.

Never Not Obsessing Over A Water Bottle

November 3, 2020

Sure the world is falling apart and we might as well just fall off the planet. That being said, I am never not hydrating to stay balanced, calm and in a constant state of detoxing. I am obsessed with water bottles – sometimes it’s the little things that bring the most insane joy. A sturdy, gorgeous and eco-friendly bottle is always within arms reach (no seriously, I need to drink water every ten minutes, I dunno what’s wrong with me). I go through bottles quickly – I drop them, I lose them, they usually end up at my ex’s house (my kids take them.). And when I teach my class (The Work In) – I usually have two full bottles by my mat. Enter a few sexy brands that will make perfect stocking stuffers this season, even if Santa is Dead. Also a cute idea for kids snacks. LOVE.

I’m also always smoothy’ing and I’ll share more about Naked Nutrition’s line of excellent, clean protein powders and supplements soon! 

Owala™ FreeSip® Bottle

Sometimes you feel like sippin’, other times swiggin’. With both a built-in straw AND a wide-mouth opening, FreeSip® lets you choose. (Read: Best of both worlds). Add to that a push-button open lid to keep things clean and an integrated carry loop, and you’re good to go.

     

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BlenderBottle® Strada™ Protein Shaker

The Strada™ shaker features innovation so advanced, using it is practically effortless. Just a  touch of a button opens this beauty of a bottle, providing one-handed convenience. Done drinking? Snap the cap shut and the bottle closes up tight, thanks to its locking lid and leak-proof seal.

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Whiskware™ Stackable Snack Packs

My kids are home and basically EATING ALL FRIGGEN DAY! When I saw these cuties, I ASAP hatched a plan. Healthy snacks in each container – and that’s what they get for the school day. Boom. Done. These are ADORBSIES!

Cute at heck Stackable Snack Packs, including new Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Just For Fun graphics (UNICORNS!).

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Avana® Ashbury Bottle

At-the-ready hydration and elevated style—now available in gorgeous new colors and patterns. The Ashbury bottle’s intuitive design includes a patented drinking system featuring the FreeSip® spout, allowing you to easily sip—with the bottle remaining upright—or tilt back to swig.

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BLENDERBOTTLE.COM | AVANA.COM | WHISKWARE.COM | OWALALIFE.COM

 

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month: THEMAGIC5: Next Level Gift For All Level Swimmers

October 7, 2020

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, THEMAGIC5—maker of the world’s first custom-fitted swimming goggles—has announced a special-edition swimming goggle with proceeds benefiting the fight against breast cancer.
The limited-edition Pink Magic Mirror Silver will be available through October, with $5 from each purchase donated.
Through 3D facial scanning, robotics, and 3D printing technology, THEMAGIC5 makes the world’s first custom-fitted swimming goggles, specifically designed and made to match the contours of a user’s face.
I can’t think of a cooler gift to stock up on now, to support the fight against breast cancer – while nabbing what I think is a top notch amazing tech-sport-must have.

BREAST CANCER AWEARENESS MONTH – THEMAGIC5 DONATES

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and THEMAGIC5 wants to help! For every PINK MAGIC MIRROR SILVER sold during the month of October they are donating $5 to the fight against breast cancer.

As THEAMGIC5 is a global company their charity effort should reflect their customer base. At the end of this breast cancer awareness charity campaign, they will review where orders have come in from, based on this, find local charity foundations supporting breast cancer awareness and donate funds accordingly.

The foundation selected should work one or more of the following:

  • Education and Information sharing
  • Diagnostics and Screening
  • Treatment
  • Post-treatment care

MORE ABOUT THE GOGGLES!!

Introducing the world’s first custom fitted swimming goggles. All goggles are crafted using best-in-class materials and innovative Optimal Fitting Technology (OFT). This technology ensures the goggles are fitted to each unique user.

PINK MAGIC MIRROR SILVER is the latest addition to the family.

This amazing colorway is designed together with the professional swimmer Jeanette Ottesen – Danish Olympian working towards her fifth Olympics in 2021.

THEMAGIC5 goggles are ideal for swimmers at all levels – whether you are an Olympian swimmer, a triathlete, or someone who likes to go to the pool occasionally. No matter why you swim and where you swim, your goggles serve the same purpose: To keep water out, be comfortable, and provide the best view possible. With THEMAGIC5 custom-fit goggles you will get the best swimming experience due to our Optimal Fitting Technology (OFT), our innovative design, and the use of best-in-class materials.

All goggles are shipped free of charge, worldwide.

  

 

Level Up Your Work From Home Station With Fluidstance

March 28, 2020

Up your standing desk game now and thank me later, with Fluidstance.

We are trying to figure out this new WFH life. For so many of us – movement has slowed to a halt. Here’s a way to stay fluid and why you should…

WHY: The Science Behind the Balance Board


Your body isn’t made to sit in a chair for 8 hours a day, and you know it. 

Standing to work is better than sitting… but it can still leave you with posture problems, an aching lower back, and stiff knees and ankles.

FluidStance is an “omnidirectional” balance board – they let you tilt from side to side, front to back with 360-degree freedom. There’s just enough wobble to keep you burning calories — but not so much that it’s distracting.

If you want to stand more, choose the only balance boards backed by research from the Mayo Clinic. Your knees, back, and boss will thank you.

We are loving the classic Plane Cloud balance board, in 2 understated colors. It features the same carefully engineered, 360-degree-tilt geometry of their pioneering Level® deck, but with a smaller (and softer) footprint.

Stand comfortably for longer on the Plane Cloud’s cushy, textured foam top. Your natural micro-movements on this board will strengthen and stabilize your body, soothe stiff joints, burn calories, and keep you awake and alert — even through the overwhelming urge to curl up under your desk after lunch.

The Plane Cloud is made from 100% recycled materials, helping reduce landfill waste. Treat your feet AND be kind to the Earth? Talk about a win-win.

Also! Extruded plastic sourced from 100% post-industrial recycled materials used for the base of The Plane.

The FluidStance team has created a code for you guys!

It is GROOMED_15 and offers a 15% discount off the Level, Original and Plane Cloud decks!

The code is valid till April 30 for the time being.