istock
istock

11 Moments Where You'll Never Need to Touch Your Device Again

istock
istock

You need your device; that’s why it’s seemingly always glued to your hands. But what if your hands were freed up to actually do things other than paw at a tablet or smartphone? With gesture technology, you don’t have to sacrifice actions or activities in the real world in order to stay connected in the virtual one. Here are 11 examples of when this will come in handy (pun intended).

1. Cooking

As all good cooks know, you can’t make delicious food without getting a little dirty. Your device, however, should stay clean. But what happens when you’re working from a recipe on your phone or tablet and you need to scroll or turn the page with messy hands? With gesture control, these actions are as easy as a quick wave, which frees your hands up for cooking.

2. Home Improvement Projects

Working with your hands? Then you’re going to need them on your tools, not your tablet. Gesture control technology makes navigating complex DIY instructions a breeze, taking you through your project without taking your mind off the next step.

3. Arts and Crafts

Like cooking, arts and crafts can be a messy affair. When you’re unleashing your inner van Gogh, you don’t want to have to wash your hands before zooming in on a model or a set of instructions. Gesture control is the perfect artist’s helper that will never interrupt your moments of inspiration, because true artistes shouldn’t have to worry about smudging their devices.

4. Gaming

A video game can have the best graphics and design in the world, but at the end of the day you’re still sitting there with a controller or mouse in your hands, taking you out of the incredible digital world. Gesture control offers gamers the most immersive experience ever, allowing them to control the action with their actions.

5. In the Cold

When the mercury drops, you have to keep going—and using a smartphone or tablet in frigid temperatures is beyond frustrating. Gloves and mittens make it nearly impossible, meaning you have to expose your hands to the cold while using your phone on the go. Gesture technology lets you keep your warm gloves on while using your device to run apps like maps, which will help you find the nearest hot chocolate.

6. In the Sun

Soaking up some rays while reading an amazing page-turner on your phone or tablet? If you just put on sunscreen, turning those pages can be a greasy chore. With gesture control, you can flip through your book with a flick of your (well-tanned) wrist.

7. Working Out

The Internet has helped make finding new workouts easier than ever before, but, as always, you still have to actually do them. Interrupting your routine to scroll through your phone to find the next set could mean the difference between powering through a plateau and losing steam. Gesture control allows you to keep going and keep your heart rate up; and it keeps the weights—not your phone—in your hands.

8. Giving a Presentation

When delivering the business presentation of your life, you don’t want to be hunched over a tablet or phone, squinting and scrolling while everyone waits for your next point. Gesture control keeps your attention directed at your audience, and you can confidently control slideshows and other visual tools with ease.

9. Working as a Team

Personal computers are just so personal. One keyboard, one mouse, one user. With gesture control, everyone can get involved, meaning each member of your team, classroom, or family can jump in and contribute to the work (or play) at hand.

10. On the Go

When you need to use your device but also need to get a move on, traditional touch screens can mean the difference between being on time and being late. Gesture control allows you to, for example, make coffee and whip up a quick breakfast while at the same time reviewing your notes for that big 9 a.m. meeting. You’ll be surprised at how much freeing up your hands will free up your schedule.

11. Video Chatting

There’s no replacement for chatting face-to-face, but when it’s done through the Internet, both parties are tied to their devices, making it face-to-face-to-hands-to-screen-to-keyboard chatting. Gesture control frees you up to talk how you normally talk, so when you’re getting or placing a call, you can dial or answer with a quick motion no matter where you are.

Whether you’re working up a sweat or working on a promotion-earning presentation, Intel® RealSense™ technology with gesture control makes it possible for you to shift your focus from your device to the real goal at hand. Learn more here.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
istock
11 Things You Didn't Know You Needed to Measure
istock
istock

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.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
istock
11 Ways a 2 in 1 Device Gets You the Best of Both Worlds
istock
istock

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.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios