I started to explore smart home technologies a few years ago starting with the Wink but found myself sorely disappointed. The idea was neat but not practical; it’s always easier to get up and turn off the switch than to look for a phone, search for the Wink app and turn off the appropriate lights. A few weeks ago, I got my hands on the Amazon Echo Dot and it’s made a significant difference. Here’s some details of my setup.
This year is slightly different from previous years as I’m actually taking time off and I was able to get a head start on reflecting on the year that went by. 2016 was definitely an eventful year considering the following:
- Passing of may well known celebrities like Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Carrie Fisher just to name a few
- Great Britain leaving the EU resulting in David Cameron to leave office
- Donald Trump elected as the President of the United States of America
- Number of reported shootings of both police and civilian population
Despite all that, the retrospective is meant for me to reflect on my own journey.