11 Chores and Tasks Technology Will Make Obsolete


With new gadgets and advances in technology being made every year, basic chores are becoming easier and easier. Pretty soon, you won’t have to worry about any of them. Here are 11 tasks we may not have to deal with in the near future.

1. Cooking Dinner

Soon, dinner might be as easy to make as a cup of coffee. Thanks to advances in robotics, a machine can cook entire meals for you—just add the ingredients and plug in the recipe. The heat source will be built in, so you don’t have to worry about any fire hazards.

2. Remembering Your Keys

Save the extra pocket space and ditch your keys. Now you can unlock your door with a smartphone. You can also electronically give guests access, so you don’t have to worry about getting more keys cut. Even crazier, with the right gadget, you’ll soon be able to unlock your front door from anywhere in the world.

3. Breaking Out the Tape Measure

Intel® RealSense™ snapshot, which uses three depth-sensing lenses to take your photos in layers, will let you measure your surroundings with your mobile device: Just click and drag to figure out the dimensions. With a tap of the screen, you can measure wall space or the size of a new piece of furniture.

4. Carrying Around Multiple Devices

Sometimes it’s hard to choose between the function of a laptop and the convenience of a tablet. Intel’s 2 in 1 devices let you get the best of both worlds. The super fast computers can be easily reconfigured with a simple flip or swivel of the screen, as well as can snap in and out of its keyboard so you never have to think about which gadget to bring with you.

5. Running Errands

There’s a ton of websites and apps available that let you order food or general supplies online. Anything from laundry to groceries can be brought right to your door, and what can’t be delivered, can be 3D-printed. Soon, there will be no need to make any pit stops on your way home—you’ll just print your products when you get there.

6. Keeping Track of Passwords

Intel Security’s True Key™ app uses facial recognition to identify users. Instead of remembering lengthy, intricate passwords, your computer can simply look at your face and determine who you are. From there, you can access all your private accounts. You don’t have to worry about security— holding up a picture won’t fool the computer.

7. Driving

Self-driving cars can do wonders for preventing accidents, and they will make your commute a whole lot less hectic. Today’s prototypes are extra cautious: They stop at yellow lights, use turn signals, and abide by speed limits. They even know when to stop at crosswalks.

8. Cleaning Your Gutters

No one likes going up on the roof, especially when it’s raining. Save yourself the risky chore and get a tiny robot or drone to do it for you. There are gadgets on the market that will zoom across your gutters and get rid of leaves and other blockages.

9. Shopping for Clothes

Why bother going to the store when you can try on shoes at home thanks to virtual reality? With upcoming technology, you might be able to pick out virtual shoes and other clothing and then use a mannequin with your exact measurements to help you try them on and see what looks best.

10. Fiddle With Your Thermostat

It’s often difficult to get your house just the right temperature. On top of this, no one wants to waste money or energy on heating or air conditioning when they’re not even home. New technology will let your house do all the work. Sensors can tell when you leave and will put the system into energy saving mode. When you come home, the house can reheat (or cool) to the perfect temperature.

11. Waste Time on Laundry

If you don’t want to send your dirty laundry out to be cleaned, you can always get yourself a fancy washer/dryer. New appliances let you wash two loads at once, and many can connect to Wi-Fi and can give you alerts when the cycle is over, so you don’t have to linger in the laundry room. These new machines also can blow steam into your clothes to help with wrinkles, so say goodbye to your ironing board.

Whether you’re cooking, cleaning, or running to the store, innovative technology from Intel can help make your life easier. Learn more here.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Needed to Measure

A simple measurement—made even easier by photo measuring technology—will save you wasted time, energy, and effort in the following scenarios. It never hurts to arm yourself with as much information as possible, especially now that innovative technology has put accurate, easy measurements at your fingertips. 

1. Doorframes and Hallways in Your New Apartment Building 

Even if you don’t live in New York City, where cramped stairwells and impossibly small apartments are just part of the charm, you’ll want to know ahead of time which of your current furniture will actually make it into the new apartment. Sure you love your four-poster bed frame or oversized couch, but if it doesn’t even fit through the building’s front door, wouldn’t you rather know that before moving day? 

2. Every Room in Your House, For When You Spot the Perfect Addition 

Even if it’s not new, every house is a work in progress. Be prepared to pick up the perfect statement piece to complete the look with photos of each room that you can measure whenever you happen to spy a great work of art or end table when you’re out and about. 

3. How Much Your Nieces/Nephews/Grandkids Have Grown

Of course you’re going to take a picture of the kids whenever you see them, and now when you say, “My, you’ve grown so much since last time!” you’ll be able to check how much is so much.

4. Your Snowmen 

Tap into your competitive side next time there’s a substantial snowfall and challenge friends and family to a snowman-building contest. When they’re all complete, snap a photo and measure up—award points for both size and style. In fact, the competitors don’t even have to be in the same place for this contest to work. Build your respective snowmen and share the photos amongst yourselves. 

5. How Much Air You Got 

Whether you’re jumping off the diving board or leaping off the ice for a triple axel, have someone document your athletic endeavors and later you can find just how much air you got. If you’re serious about your sport, do this regularly and you can plot your progress. 

6. The Inside Of Your Stove 

Especially if you’re in one of those tiny city apartments. Don’t let yourself buy that giant baking sheet (think of all the cookies!) just to find out it can’t fit in your stove; same goes for oversized casserole dishes. Before you stock your kitchen, make sure you know the dimensions of the oven space itself so you don’t end up with a bunch of useless supplies. 

7. The Distance Between an Outlet and Whatever You’re Plugging In 

This is especially important if you’re talking about an outdoor outlet. Don’t get too carried away with your plans for the perfect poolside margarita maker setup (or other electronic) without first making sure the cord will reach. It’s an easy fix—all you need is an extension cord—but better to know that before your party is in full swing. 

8. Window Height For Curtains

Maybe you think—like many of us did—that curtains are a one-size-fits-most kind of product, but unless you want the lower half of your body exposed or the curtains dragging on the floor, make sure you measure the height of your windows before ordering a set. Skip the rickety stepladder and just take a picture of the windows to get an accurate, reliable measurement.   

9. A Homemade Bookshelf

The beauty of building something from scratch is that you can make it exactly the size you need. Which means you need to figure out exactly what that size is. Consider not just the space you’re going to fit it into but also what it will hold—like if you have any especially tall books you need to take into account or anything else you plan to store there. 

10. Things That Are Just the Right Size

Do your friends have a TV that is large enough to gather around but not overwhelming or a love seat that comfortably sits two but still might fit in your small living room? They might not remember the dimensions of whatever it is you’re coveting but armed with photo measuring technology you can find out in just a snap. 

11. A New Appliance 

Appliances are a big purchase—physically and financially. Make sure you’re plenty prepared by measuring all the different dimensions that might come into play before you head out to compare models. 

From making sure your appliances fit to tracking your family’s literal growth, it’s time to put your photographs to work for you. Intel® RealSense™ technology can turn any snapshot into a useful measuring stick. Learn more here.

11 Ways a 2 in 1 Device Gets You the Best of Both Worlds

Phones, tablets, and computers for work, laptops for gaming—we don’t have enough hands to carry all the devices we need to use on a daily basis! By exchanging your tablet and laptop for a 2 in 1 device you can streamline your computing and lighten your load—without having to make any sacrifices. Here are 11 ways using a 2 in 1 device can help you have it all. 

1. Use It at Work… 

2 in 1 devices inspired by Intel feature the Intel® Core™ M processor, which boasts processing speeds far greater those of its competitors. This means they pack enough power to take on a full day of meetings, presentations, assignments… 

2. … or at Play 

… and games. Your computer use doesn’t stop when you leave the office, and neither do the benefits of your 2 in 1. In addition to increased processing power, Intel-powered 2 in 1 devices feature graphics that are sharper and more vibrant than older models, so you can fully enjoy the visuals of your favorite game. Transform your laptop into a tablet with a flip, swivel, or by detaching the keyboard and you can use it to entertain yourself on your commute or on the couch.

3. It’s Practical… 

When used with its keyboard and mouse trackpad, your 2 in 1 feels as comfortable as your trusty old laptop (but with twice its battery life). It can run Windows, Office, and your favorite desktop apps and Internet browsers. 

4. … and Edgy 

And yet, it’s far from your ordinary laptop. With their razor-thin design, Intel-powered 2 in 1s are ultra sleek, modern, and sexy. 

5. Use it On the Go… 

But the slim design is about more than just looks: 2 in 1s are approximately half the weight of your older laptop and tablet combo, which makes them perfect for taking with you throughout the day. They also have a battery life that outlasts your older laptop or tablet (you can watch hours of HD videos on a single charge), so there’s no need for you to stay within a cord’s reach of an outlet. 

6. … or from the Comfort of Your Home 

2 in 1s offer something for the whole family: You’ll love that you can easily get work done remotely and on your own time, and your kids will love its gaming capabilities. The large screen means you can flip your 2 in 1 into tent mode and comfortably settle in for a family movie night.

7. Use it to Multitask… 

Switch seamlessly from your spreadsheet to your design project to your game with your 2 in 1 thanks to its powerful processor. The 5th generation Intel® Core™ processor family also powers new technologies like facial recognition and voice control, so you can easily switch between tasks—just say the word. 

8. … or Immerse Yourself 

Intel-powered 2 in 1s feature Ultra HD displays, which have up to four times the pixels of full HD. Pop on your headphones and get lost in your game or video—it’s never looked so good. 

9. It’s Reliable… 

The Intel Core M processor with Intel® vPro™ technology features built-in security features that help protect your data, user identities, and network access, so you never have to worry about taking your business home or on the road.

10. … and Flexible 

While your 2 in 1 may be dependable, it’s far from boring. Available in detachable or convertible models, you can switch your device from a laptop to a tablet at the drop of a hat. Spontaneity is the spice of life, and with a 2 in 1 device you can be prepared to go wherever the wind takes you. 

11. You Get More Value… for Less Money. 

In switching to a 2 in 1 device you are not only lightening your physical load—for which your briefcase or backpack will thank you—but are also going easier on your wallet. Intel-powered 2 in 1s, like the Pavilion 15 or 17, can be yours for less than $400. 

By pairing high performance power with a slim, mobile design, Intel-powered 2 in 1 devices give you the best of both worlds. Learn more here.


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