Good eats and sights in Chicago, IL

Sights A short trip to Chicago is always fun – not quite as busy as New York but it’s got a charm of its own.   Staying at the historic Hilton Chicago on South Michigan Ave is very handy for easy access to all the key sights.  Firstly, the lakeside view from the hotel is…

Melbourne, Australia

The end of April isn’t the best time of year for a week in Melbourne. Just as the Northern Hemisphere is creeping into summer, the Southern Hemisphere is sprinting into winter. So with a few breaks in the rain and extremely high winds, I managed to get the DJI Mavic Pro up at St Kilda…

Winter Herb Garden

Growing plants during the winter while living in an apartment is almost impossible.  Issues with varying temperatures, watering and light make things even more difficult! Enter the Lilo – a Kickstarter funded project to provide and easy way of lighting, watering and growing herbs indoors. Apart from the inevitable Kickstarter delay, the Lilo really does…

Blink and you won’t miss it!

Finally, another Kickstarter campaign has delivered on their promise – Blink.  The Blink camera package consists of one or more battery-powered home security and video monitoring cameras and a base “Sync Module” that proxies the camera to home wifi to online service.  With both iPhone and Android apps, set up is very easy.  Install and connect the Sync…

Instant 360° pictures and video

The panoramic feature of the latest iPhones (including 7 plus) don’t yet capture the complete immersive 360° image or video. The Insta360 from the Shenzhen Arashi Vision Company is both a standalone and designed for iPhone accessory. Kuta Beach, Bali Central Park, New York Emirates A380 First Class

Home automation with Alexa!

Mr Robot, the Amazon Prime series, introduced me to Alexa.  Although Alexa’s response were somewhat manipulated for editorial purposes it still seemed that it would be a useful addition to my existing home automation devices. To get the most out of Alexa you’ll need another intermediary hub device to talk to some less connected (IOT)…