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Google Patents Contact Lenses

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Service and Reviews | Comments Off

Google Patents Contact Lenses
Image by  Bpw | Wikimedia

Image by Bpw | Wikimedia

Google has added another unbelievably futuristic tech model to its already bloated science fiction library by patenting the technology for contact lenses with built-in cameras.

Googlens

If the technology proves viable, it would allow the tech giant to shrink its already highly anticipated Google Glass wearable face computer interface. Because the devices are so small, they can’t be controlled via voice commands. Instead, Goggle plans to manipulate the device by integrating a unique system of blinking patterns.

Expectations and Worries

The news of the technology’s patent was met with great expectation in the medical community as it can potentially help blind people see certain things without surgery. A blind man wearing Googlens can be notified of an approaching car with the analyst component of the lens. How the lens will communicate that to the wearer is still unclear. Of course, the technology only exacerbates concerns some people have about the Google Glass right now, and the so-called Glassholes.

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Glass and Its Influence in Home Interior Design

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Service and Reviews | Comments Off

Glass and Its Influence in Home Interior Design

The Glass House by Philip Johnson GlassGlass has been used in home design for centuries. From its beginnings as an indoor object, modern technology has made glass more durable, enhancing its ability to withstand the elements. This characteristic is what prompted architects to start using it as a replacement for conventional interior and exterior construction products.

The clean, classic qualities of glass make it perfect when used in combination with other materials, such as brick, wood, metal, and concrete. The Glass House or Johnson House, built in 1949 by American Architect Philip Johnson Glass, set the bar for glass-heavy private residences.

Today, glass is used in many furniture and decorative items, and can be found in nearly all areas of the house.

Staircase

Glass stairs, made popular by architect Peter Brohlin, are a popular choice for many Australian homes today. An all-glass staircase has treads or steps, a rail of glass, and a stringer, or diagonal support. Because of its transparency, glass stairs seem to float in mid-air, blocking neither view nor light. If natural light in your home is available from only two sides, use glass stairs to illuminate your interiors.

Windows and Walls

Allowing natural daylight and removing the boundary between a home’s interiors and exteriors, glass walls and windows provide an architectural appeal to those who don’t mind sacrificing a bit of privacy. Their transparency creates a sleek and clean look, and allows more natural light to shine through. If your house or room receives little light, buy glass from Perth, Joondalup, or Albany suppliers and replace your wooden window to illuminate the space.

Floor and Walkway

Often used in conjunction with glass stairs, you will normally see glass floors on the upper floors of a house. Homeowners and architects use it to improve underfoot lighting. Glass floors are perfect with sky lit roofs or skylights. Glass walkways, on the other hand, enclose you in a space, but keep the views open. They connect two sides of a house in a dramatic way. Barrel-vaulted wood ceiling and cove lighting are nice touches.

Glass is one of the most versatile materials. Whether it is for the staircase, windows, walls, floors, or walkways, you can use it to illuminate and beautify all areas of your home. Use it sparingly, though, if you are building a home for a family with young children.

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Dreaming of Brisbane: Planning Accommodations and Activities

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Travel and Tours | Comments Off

Dreaming of Brisbane: Planning Accommodations and Activities

Going to Brisbane, one of the most beautiful cities in Australia, is quite the experience. There are a lot of places to see and things to do. These will be more enjoyable if the whole family can join you. Organising the details of your itinerary might be easy, but it’s a different matter when it comes to your accommodations. Booking a hotel room can be costly, especially if you’re planning to stay at least a week or more.

Reasonably Priced Accommodations

When looking for a place to stay that won’t wreck your budget, there are areas in Brisbane you can look at. One of them is Toowong, an inner suburb easily accessible near major roads. You can look for serviced apartments that offer affordable rates for a long yet temporary stay. Packages are available for Toowong accommodations, allowing you to spend more on holiday activities while enjoying the comforts of a mini house.

Strategic Location for Sightseeing

Brisbane CityCats in AustraliaTravelling through Toowong transport is a convenient way to get around in Brisbane. The train is very efficient, as you can get on one in Ipswich and then get off on one of the stations in South Brisbane. This is where you’ll find the cultural centre and join a scheduled tour.

If you don’t want to take the train, there’s the CityCat to try. This is a cruise ferry that will take you and your family on a riverside tour from St. Lucia to Brett’s Wharf. This is a novel experience you can add to the list of activities you should experience in Brisbane.

Careful Vacation Planning Necessary

There are many to-do lists you should create other than the tours you want to take part in. Check out how you’re going to arrange for a room in Toowong, schedule the commute, and take care of everything you’ll leave behind at home and work. Wrapping up everything urgent will let you fully enjoy your family trip to Queensland’s capital.

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Sleep-Deprived No More: Strategies for Better Sleep

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Service and Reviews | Comments Off

Sleep-Deprived No More: Strategies for Better Sleep

sleepingIn such a productivity-driven society, sleep is usually the first thing sacrificed by a working population. According to research, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. It contributes significantly to depression, skin aging, weight gain, and even marital dissatisfaction. A recent survey reveals that more than 28 million people in the UK—almost six in every ten people—regularly get no more than seven hours of sleep every night.

Sleep is important to your overall health and wellbeing. If you are not getting enough slumber, you need to take steps to get a better night’s rest.

Here are some strategies that can help improve your sleep:

Go Beyond the Eight-Hour Rule

You often hear that an eight-hour sleep is a must, but it’s actually just an average. According to experts, sleep needs vary depending on a person’s genes, age, lifestyle, and health. To determine how much you need, assess where you fall on the “sleep needs spectrum”.

Make Your Bedroom More Conducive to Sleep

To improve the quality of your sleep, block the noise, control the light, and keep your room cool. Your body temperature drops as you drift into sleep, so cooling down your bedroom temperature will make it easier for you to doze off. Experiment with different types of mattresses, egg crates or foam toppers, and wool pillows that provide more or less support.

Don’t Force Yourself

Many people, especially those with insomnia, force themselves to fall asleep. Because sleep is a biological process, however, it can’t be forced. Instead of forcing yourself, experts suggest engaging in an activity that helps you relax.

Don’t Compensate for Sleep Loss

Avoid “catching up” on sleep by going to bed earlier or sleeping longer than you typically do. This can work against how sleep is regulated and lead to more frustration. It’s fine to get back into bed when you feel sleepy, but don’t delay your normal awakening time just to compensate for lost sleep.

From determining your sleep needs, engaging in activities that helps you relax, to investing in quality mattresses and pillows, many strategies are helpful in getting a good night’s sleep.

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Home Improvement Projects that can Reduce Your Tax Bills

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Market & Money | Comments Off

Home Improvement Projects that can Reduce Your Tax Bills

home improvementWith spring in its full bloom, it is timely to check the house for areas that need repairs and upgrades. Do not forget to ask yourself if your study home is structured to give you some energy savings. Making some improvements here and there to make your dwelling energy-efficient not only saves money long term, you can also gain some tax credits. So jump onto the remodelling bandwagon and look for home improvement loans to help you with the expenses.

Before Anything Else, Get a Home Energy Audit

Wasted energy is synonymous to wasted money. An energy audit is the first step, as it identifies the trouble spots. This service comes cheap and normally pays for itself with the proper recommendations. Assessors will evaluate your home for trouble spots, such as inappropriate door hangings, dated windows, bad insulation and wasteful AC units.

Start by Cleaning All Your Air Filters

Cleaning the main air filter on your AC units is a no-brainer trick that most people simply neglect despite how easy it can be. It has a significant effect on your monthly energy bill. Your AC will work easier when it’s pushing air through clean filters.

When It Comes to Roofs or Walls, Think Solar Energy

Upgrade to solar energy. This may seem intimidating to you, but solar technology has developed, making it adaptable and accessible for households. You can add solar panels to the walls or roofs, so you can improve energy efficiency without compromising the curb appeal.

Don’t Underestimate the Easy Fixes

Easy fixes, such as switching to compact-fluorescent bulbs and reducing your furnace a few degrees, make a noticeable impact. Discover more energy tax credits, rebates and financing opportunities, and know what easy fixes have financial rewards.

After acquiring a good deal on home improvement loan, it’s time to start your project. Going green is good for the environment and your wallet. When these projects are done correctly, the expenditures will ultimately pay for themselves.

Resources:

http://www.nortonfinance.co.uk/Home_Improvement_Loans
http://www.energystar.gov/?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index
https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/helping-households-to-cut-their-energy-bills

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Pharrell Williams Joins ‘The Voice’ As Season 7 Coach

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Reach the Stars | Comments Off

Pharrell Williams Joins ‘The Voice’ As Season 7 Coach
Image by Kallerna | Wikimedia

Image by Kallerna | Wikimedia

Pharrell Williams is everywhere this year, and one of the proofs is his recent gig as coach for the seventh season of The Voice.

Along with Other Acclaimed Musicians

The Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning musician signed on to coach the seventh cycle of NBC’s highly rated reality talent search The Voice. He will be joining other musicians, such as season six mainstays Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and sophomores Usher and Shakira.

The rest of the coaching line-up will be announced later.

Appeared on a Couple of Episodes

Pharrell has appeared on the talent search before, serving as an adviser to Usher’s team during season 4. On an episode last year, he has performed his song Blurred Lines alongside Robin Thicke, who is also a former adviser on the show.

Pharrell is the first confirmed coach for the seventh cycle due to air this fall. Earlier this year, coach Cee Lo Green revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he would not be turning his chair for another round.

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Nip and Tuck On the Go with the Mini Tummy Tuck

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Doctor's Room | Comments Off

Nip and Tuck On the Go with the Mini Tummy Tuck

tummy tuckAbdominoplasty, more commonly known as the tummy tuck is relatively new in cosmetic surgery. But it’s quickly risen to the top five most popular cosmetic procedures in the country.

The two reasons for its meteoric rise are 1) it concerns one of the most difficult-to-shape parts of the body, and 2) the process has evolved so rapidly in such a short time. But did you know that this popular procedure has a specific version called the ‘mini tummy tuck’.

A Big/Small Difference

The regular tummy tuck procedure is done by making two horizontal incisions between the navel and pubic hairline. The incisions are made from hipbone to hipbone; doctors will then move the belly button and remove the excess fat in the region, excess skin that would sag after the procedure is also removed. The procedure costs $3,000-$8,000 depending on the extent of the work the patient wants done.

The mini tummy tuck is an expectedly smaller procedure that’s only concerned with the bulge of fat that can appear under the navel. This small bulge is one of the most stubborn areas to tone and many have reported not being able to get rid of it even after strenuous exercise and religious dieting.

A mini tummy tuck is stricter in some of its guidelines and requirements before a procedure can be done. Doctors require patients to be within 30% of their target weight before they can perform a regular tummy tuck, while a mini tummy tuck requires patients to be within 10% of their target weight, just a few grams over the weight of one of your arms.

A Convenient Time

Unlike a regular tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck takes less time to do and heal from. Normally, the procedure is within one or two hours, and some clinics even perform it on an outpatient basis. But in the interest of safety, it’s still recommended to keep doctors informed over the next few days of how the area is healing.

Whether a person can handle the stress of recovering from a regular tummy tuck depends on the lifestyle, and expectations of the patient. Patients who have busy schedules can’t take much time off from work often choose the mini tummy tuck for purposes of convenience.

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