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Harness Technology
Story By rica LewiS | PhotoS By roB wiLkerSon
Gone are the days of fax machines and floppy
disks. In today's digital era, even flip phones feel
antiquated. Our gadgets give us entertainment at
our fingertips and assistance from a World Wide
Web of experts in every industry - from bakers to
home builders.
But with so much changing so quickly, it can
be hard to keep up with technology. Luckily for
Villagers, Peter Rosendahl and other tech wizards
are working to keep us informed.
"Technology can help us save time and energy,"
Rosendahl said. "It can make our lives easier."
In his classes offered through the Enrichment
Academy, he explains the basics of automating and
securing your home. Via applications on your tablet
or laptop, you can control a thermostat, lighting,
security cameras and more.
"It is simpler than you think," Rosendahl said.
"On the home automation and security side, I offer
easy advice. If you know computer basics and can
connect a device to Wi-Fi, you can take my class."
But for those who want more, troves of
technology await.
"There's a lot you can learn and do," Rosendahl
said. "I have a friend who has automated his
shades so when the sun moves, the shades
move with it. If you want to, you can configure
temperature settings, even change your
sprinkler system so it can detect humidity in
the air and what the weather is going to be."
Rosendahl also noted that technology can
be a boon for older adults by helping them live
at home longer and more safely.
"We have alert systems and marvelous
technology like Amazon Echo and Alexa," he
said, referring to the virtual assistant system
developed by Amazon.
You can do simple things with the device -
play music, shop, update your calendar or set a
reminder to take your medications.
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