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Smart home coming to reality...

A Smart Home is one that provides its home owners comfort, security, energy efficiency (low operating costs) and convenience at all times, regardless of whether anyone is home.

"Smart Home" is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet.

Most homes do not have these appliances and systems built into them, therefore the most common and affordable approach is for the home owner to retrofit smart products into their own finished home.

Automated  home in India and Automated home solution is a small step to achieve this goal and is becoming integral part of our life. Imagine a single button for you to control. Automated home in India applications not     know all person about its features. Automated home solution now became famous in metro cities in India.

Following are broad spectrum of features that makes home a "smart home":
1 Lighting
2 Curtain
3 Any home appliance control
4 Timer control
5 Temperature control
6 Scene control
7 Streaming of Music and videos
8 Enhance Security
9 Sensors which can trigger alarm in your absence due to Gas leakage or any intruder invasion

Following are essential elements you would want to control:
Security
User Interface
Controlling  Devices
Safety Devices

The big question however is what does it takes to make a home a "smart home". There are many products avialable in the market which are in the forms of KITS or SETS which are as simple as plug and play devices. It will have a central hub through which all the devices are connected and shall communicate. 

Some of these products can be browsed at:
http://www.z-wave.in/
http://www.smart-home.co.in/
http://www.bpl.in/consumer-products/smart-home1.html
http://acrex.in/Smarthome.html

There are many such products and for each product the price will vary based on the features and nodes that are installed. But the cost will range from 15K to 50K for standard kits while of-course the upper limit can go as high as 3L INR.

Posted by Amber Marfatia

The wonders of Mind Mapping!

Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. Beyond just note-taking, though, mind maps can help you become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively. Whether you're new to mind maps or just want a refresher, here's all you need to know about this technique.

A mind map is basically a diagram that connects information around a central subject. I like to think of it like a tree, although it has more of a radial structure. In any case, at the center is your main idea, say, poetry, and the branches are subtopics or related ideas, such as types of poetry, famous poets, and poetry publications. Greater levels of detail branch out from there and branches can be linked together.

Mind maps can be more effective than other brainstorming and linear note-taking methods for a number of reasons:

Think of it this way. Imagine you were asked to write down as many uses for a brick as possible. Many people would just start listing all their ideas (building a wall, building a walkway, etc.). But what if you started from a broader perspective, such as thinking about the properties of a brick. It's heavy, so you could use it: as a paperweight, to hold down a garbage bag while raking, as an exercise weight, to grill juicer chicken, etc. It's also thick, so you could use it to prop up a planter or as a doorstop. It's red, it's hard, it's rectangular, etc. That's the magic of mind mapping: Once you start, the possibilities seem almost endless.

It's a graphical tool that can incorporate words, images, numbers, and color, so it can be more memorable and enjoyable to create and review. The combination of words and pictures is six times better for remembering information than words alone.

Mind maps link and group concepts together through natural associations. This helps generate more ideas, find deeper meaning in your subject, and also prompt you to fill in more or find what you're missing.

A mind map can at once give you an overview of a large subject while also holding large amounts of information.

It's also a very intuitive way to organize your thoughts, since mind maps mimic the way our brains think—bouncing ideas off of each other, rather than thinking linearly.

You can generate ideas very quickly with this technique and are encouraged to explore different creative pathways.

  • Start in the CENTRE of a blank page turned sideways. Why? Because starting in the centre gives your Brain freedom to spread out in all directions and to express itself more freely and naturally.
  • Use an IMAGE or PICTURE for your central idea. Why? Because an image is worth a thousand words and helps you use your Imagination. A central image is more interesting, keeps you focussed, helps you concentrate, and gives your Brain more of a buzz!
  • Use COLOURS throughout. Why? Because colours are as exciting to your Brain as are images. Colour adds extra vibrancy and life to your Mind Map, adds tremendous energy to your Creative Thinking, and is fun!
  • CONNECT your MAIN BRANCHES to the central image and connect your second- and third-level branches to the first and second levels, etc. Why? Because your Brain works by association. It likes to link two (or three, or four) things together. If you connect the branches, you will understand and remember a lot more easily.
  • Make your branches CURVED rather than straight-lined. Why? Because having nothing but straight lines is boring to your Brain.
  • Use ONE KEY WORD PER LINE. Why Because single key words give your Mind Map more power and flexibility.
  • Use IMAGES throughout. Why Because each image, like the central image, is also worth a thousand words. So if you have only 10 images in your Mind Map, it’s already the equal of 10,000 words of notes!


There are many tools (free and paid) available that offers mind mapping. You can find the entire list here

However my favorite tools are MindMeister and MS Office One Notes.

One of the map that I created, can be found at http://www.mindmeister.com/40993055/cloud

The map is all about what cloud computing is and the way I represented the same in form of Mind Map.

There are many sample maps available which can be explored to get some ideas. Hope you enjoy this way of putting the thoughts and remembering the same.

Posted by Amber Marfatia

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