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What Is Smart Home Technology?

What if all the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, door bells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take your commands? It's not science fiction; it's the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's a key component of home automation and smart homes.

Smart Home Hubs and Controllers

Smart devices are electronic devices equipped with wireless protocols that allow them to be controlled and activated by voice command, or more commonly, through mobile app technology that can be accessed through a smartphone or tablet.

Smart Home Surveillance Cameras

Wouldn't it be great to know what's happening at home, anytime, from anywhere? It's easy to do with a smart video camera. Just take out your phone, open your app, and you have an instant view of activity inside or outside your home.

Smart Locks and Home Security Systems

While lock technology has always evolved, only recently did it become smart enough to ditch those keys altogether. Thanks to smart home security technology, we can now enjoy keyless convenience with better awareness and control of who enters our homes.

Smart Heating and Cooling

Smart temperature-control devices — such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures — are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

Smart Lighting

When we talk about a smart light bulb, we’re referring to an internet-capable LED light bulb that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely using a smart phone, tablet, or smart home automation system via an app. The app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have colored LEDs you can change their colors, too.

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This smart tabletop game offers you an innovative gaming experience

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game systemIf you’re looking for a cool new addition to your game cupboard this winter, you’ll want to consider the Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system. This smart tabletop game is unlike anything you’ve ever played because each piece knows..

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game systemIf you’re looking for a cool new addition to your game cupboard this winter, you’ll want to consider the Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system. This smart tabletop game is unlike anything you’ve ever played because each piece knows..Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system

If you’re looking for a cool new addition to your game cupboard this winter, you’ll want to consider the Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system. This smart tabletop game is unlike anything you’ve ever played because each piece knows a single game and communicates with its neighbors to help you play. This system provides hours of analog and digital fun, something that’s especially useful on those weekends when you’re snowed in and can’t muster the energy to shovel your walkway.

The Blinks are hexagonal game pieces that fit in your palm. Each one responds to touch, communicates with its neighbors, and is magnetic. Each Blink also knows one game and teaches you and the other pieces how to play. According to the company’s Kickstarter page, it’s easy to get started. Simply grab your Blink, choose your game, and link them together to start playing. Each activity plays well with the other Blinks out of the box. And the more Blinks you add, the more challenging and fun the games get. This tabletop game includes nine Blinks, nine games, two Sushi Roll Cases, and an instruction book.

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system with a group of friends

What games are included?

The Blink by Move38 smart game system includes nine games. You can read the descriptions of each below.

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system in a dark room

Astro

You land on an astroid filled with rich space ore. Can you collect enough of the material to fill your spaceship before the competition?

Darkball

Put your ping pong skills to the test with Darkball, another cool offering on this smart table game. You’ll play against a speedy disappearing ball and your fellow players.

Group Therapy

This game pushes you to get the Blinks together because, as the Kickstarter page says, extroverts want neighbors, but introverts need their space. You’ll love the focused frenzy for one or many.

Heist

Throw your Blinks at a vault to break it open and take the gold that’s locked inside. It’s like Crokinole but for crooks.

Paintbrush

This game tests your strategy skills. Your Blink pieces act as both brushes and canvases.

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system with friends

Puzzle 101

Work solo or with friends on these challenging puzzles that are endless and self-generating.

WHAM

WHAM is a smart tabletop game that lets you play Whack-A-Mole at any scale, arrangement, and for any number of players. Imagine playing the classic amusement park game on a much larger and moveable playing field.

Widgets

Widgets will upgrade your game night. It lets you use your Blinks even when you’re playing other games. Blink’s Widgets can serve as your dice, coin in a coin flip, and wheel of fortune. The inventors have also created four new games that use widgets: Takeway Dice, Spinomino, Flip Bet, and Topple Stones.

ZenFlow

For those times when you need a relaxing game to take care of your mental health, there’s ZenFlow. This relaxing game mesmerizes you with swirling colors and patterns, so you can find your zen.

Discover new expansion games

And you can keep the fun times rolling with the Epic Adventure Expansion. Blinks teamed up with creators like Big Potato Games to bring you six new game designs. The set includes six Blinks, six games, one Sushi Roll Case, one Blinks Sticker, and an instruction booklet.

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system with players

Tip Toe Volcano by Big Potato Games

Bet and bluff without stepping on lava in Tip Toe Volcano. This smart tabletop game is a bidding war to determine who can tip-toe the farthest around the volcano without touching the lava.

Ghost Hunters by Keir Williams

In Blinks’ first true cooperative game, you’ll work together with other players to hunt ghosts with your flashlight and hunt evil spirits from the mansion. When the apparitions reveal themselves, you and your friends work together to make them disappear.

Alchematch by Brett Taylor

Match the correct potions to create a magical brew in Alchematch. It’s a chain reaction that’s fast-paced and fun.

Crownfall by Move38 Game Design Interns

You have to stay in the arena to remain in the game. Two teams are on a battlefield, but only one can win. Create an army with your Blinks to take on your opponent and protect the crown.

Treasure Tumble by Jacob Surovsky

You’re an archeologist who discovers an ancient treasure chamber. Stack ancient mechanisms to redirect the falling treasure. Collect as many artifacts as you can before it all crashes down.

Thalassophobia by Gabriel Jones

After your oxygen tank leaks while you’re exploring an underwater grotto, you only have six minutes of air left. Can you find your way out of the underwater maze and make it to the surface in time?

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system

Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system at a cocktail bar

As you can see, there are some very cool games you can play on Blinks. You’ll be happy to know that the pieces are durable and drop-tested in the same factory that produces LEGOs. Blinks are also water-resistant, which means you don’t have to worry about playing with them next to food and drink. Finally, each Blink is powered by a cr2032 coin cell battery and should provide over 40 hours of active gameplay.

Overall, Blinks are fun, AI-powered game pieces that respond to touch and communicate with each other. Each piece knows its own game and can learn new ones. It’s a smart tabletop game that makes a great gift for any game enthusiast.

The Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game costs $79. You can preorder yours on Kickstarter. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on this gaming set in the comments.


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Home automation

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A home automation system will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. ...
It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. ...
When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things. ...
A home automation system typically connects controlled devices to a central hub or gateway. ...
The user interface for control of the system uses either wall-mounted terminals, tablet or desktop computers, a mobile phone application, or a Web interface, that may also be accessible off-site through the Internet. ...