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Cut Your Household Bills – Today!

Cut Your Household Bills – Today!

The saying “look after the pennies and the pounds (or dollars!) will look after themselves”, is never more true than when trying to cut the cost of monthly household bills. Little savings here and there will build up, to make a dramatic impact on your budget.

 

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When you actually take the time to check how much money you have going out of your account on a monthly basis, it can be quite a shock. Thankfully there are ways you can make savings and this article aims to highlight areas where big savings can be made. Your bank account will thank you for it and you will have more disposable cash.

 

Utility bills

Often it’s tempting to stay with the same supplier for years and years, as it’s too much hassle to swap – right? Actually it is really easy to change utility provider, as the process is completed for you by your new supplier. After all, it is still the same gas or electric, through the same pipes and cabling, just a different provider!

 

It is worth doing an electricity comparison or a gas comparison to see which providers offer the best deals. It maybe cheaper to go with a provider that supplies gas and electricity dually. It is unfortunate that providers don’t seem to reward loyalty, in fact your bills can rise steeply over time, so it’s best to swap utility providers frequently and do regular comparison searches.

Mobile phone

There is huge competition between mobile phone providers, all wanting the largest customer base. It is worth haggling with providers to reduce costs. Try to negotiate the cost of your tariff at renewal time, by quoting the prices other providers are offering. They may not agree to it straight away, so be prepared to negotiate over a few phone calls. Your current provider will want to keep you as a customer, so you should be able to get a good deal.

 

Look at the tariff you’re on and see if it’s still suitable for your usage. You could save a lot of money by going PAYG (pay as you go) once your contract has ended and keeping your old phone.

 

Reduce your food bill

Everyone loves the brands they use, which is a reflection of the clever advertising techniques that major brands adopt. However surveys and comparison research have shown that there is little difference between branded foods and the shops own. Occasionally it has been found that the food is exactly the same, made in the same factory, but with different packaging! Try switching to shops own products, menu plan and you will soon notice a huge difference in your shopping bill.

 

The place you shop can also be unnecessarily costing you money. If you like branded foods, one supermarket may charge more for exactly the same product, than the supermarket round the corner. Supermarkets brand themselves as premium or budget and price their products accordingly, even if the product is exactly the same. Change your shopping habits and save lots of money in the process.

 

There are many other ways of saving money, this is just a small snapshot. Just think of all the extra cash you will have left over to spend on leisure, new kitchen or to save for that dream holiday!

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7 Tips to Clean a Drip Coffee Maker

By Guest Blogger, Dennies John

7 Tips to Clean a Drip Coffee Maker

Did you know that poor maintenance is one of the biggest reasons why kitchen appliances meet an early death? Drip coffee makers are no different. Foul taste, ugly stains, and slow brewing are some of the big warnings that signal you when it’s time for a thorough clean up.

But the good news is that regular cleaning can keep all troubles at bay, and you don’t have to be spending copious amount of time doing it! Here are some easy and valuable tips to clean your drip coffee maker and lengthen its life span in the process.

  1. Empty your pot

Let’s start with the obvious. After each cycle, empty the coffee/pods and its residues from the filter. Scoop them from a spoon if needed, and simply dump them into a bin. This will prevent any solid waste from clogging the sink.

 

  1. Dissemble the parts

Residues have a way of seeping through parts that aren’t sealed. That’s why it is important to dissemble all the parts that come off, including minor parts like the rubber that seals the lid. The best coffee makers have fewer parts, and that’s a blessing especially if you have to wash them by hand. Once dissembled, they’ll provide access to every nook and cranny that needs cleaning.

 

  1. Wash

If yours is a machine that isn’t dishwasher-safe, then submerge the parts in a basin with soapy water, instead of soaping them one by one. This will save time, and help to remove even the stubborn dirt. Once done, scrub them and rinse off under running water.

 

  1. Mop

Just because certain parts cannot be washed doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be cleaned. They will accumulate dust, dirt and even splashes of coffee over time. So make sure to wipe them with a wet cloth and repeat it at least once in every two days. This will make your coffee maker look brand new for years to come.

 

  1. Dry off

Never reassemble the parts of your coffee maker without drying them first. Not doing so is like an open invitation for mold and bacteria. Remember, it’s never easy to kick them out once they take up residence in your coffee maker.

 

  1. Use vinegar

According to Mercola.com, vinegar is proven to be the best natural and non-toxic cleaner that can be used on a coffee maker. It not only kills about 80% of mold and bacteria but also removes mineral build-up caused by hard water. All you need to do is mix equal portions of vinegar with water and let it run through the coffee maker at least twice a month.

 

  1. Battle Stains

Stains are the first thing that makes your machine look older than it actually is. Baking soda is a great way to get rid of them. For light stains, scrub the area with a sponge by dipping it in baking soda. If that doesn’t work, let a solution of baking soda and water sit in the coffee pot overnight.

 

If these tips proved to be valuable to you, start adjusting your cleaning-habits right away. You’ll be rewarded with a better looking coffee pot and better tasting coffee in no time at all.

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Find Motivation in Minutes

By Celebrity Guest, Patrick Manifold, Professional Basketball Player and Life Coach

Find Motivation in Minutes

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My biggest motivation for me personally is my goals, which together form the vision of the man I want to become. That guy is easily my biggest motivation! I truly love my life now… but his life looks absolutely incredible! So every single day that vision motivates me and inspires me to keep putting in the work I need to in order to make that vision a reality.

In the past I struggled with being happy along the way, and for some silly reason I only allowed myself to be truly happy when I had achieved something amazing, which of course was only sporadically, setting myself up for months of unhappiness. But over the last four or five years I have really made the conscious decision to enjoy every step along the way.

It’s true what they say, it is as much about the journey as it is the destination. So for anyone out there like me who is super ambitious, please remember that you can allow yourself to be happy every single day, just by making the conscious decision to do so.

During a recent interview I was asked why so many people are not motivated in life. I stated that the reason so many people are unmotivated about life is because they don’t have anything in their lives to be motivated about. If you don’t have goals, or things you want to do or achieve, or things that you truly love doing, then there is no way you are going to be jumping out of bed excited about life to get to work every day.

As you probably know I am the founder of a full-service personal development called ‘Manifold Motivation’ and as our name suggests, we specialize in motivation. I think that motivation is both an art and a science, or a ‘why’ and a ‘how’ as I often describe it.

The reason one thing motivates some and not others has to do with our unique emotional triggers. When I am working with a client who has ambition to do something, but can’t seem to find the motivation, I use certain techniques to find out what really matters to them. I ask them questions that delve deeper and deeper into their ‘why’. Once I have done this and got some results it is far easier for that person to make progress towards their goals, as they’re no longer battling against feeling unmotivated. Instead they can focus all their energy on the important tasks at hand.

The next step is that after you have figured out your ‘why’, you then have to find your ‘how’. This will act as your ‘motivational hacks’ to jump start you when you’re feeling lazy or uninspired. For me, I have lots of hacks for various areas of my life, and they are all equally important to my productivity. You have to find your own ‘how’, and your own ‘hacks’, but only you have the keys to unlocking what those are.

So if I could offer any advice to someone struggling with motivation I would tell them that firstly, they have to find a ‘why’ that truly drives them and inspires them to take action. And secondly, I would tell them to work to find different hacks they can use that they know will motivate them in minutes. You can either do these things yourself, or you can hire someone to help you get there faster, but regardless of the route you take, make sure you do something, because there is a door that leads to all the places you have ever dreamed of; but the key to unlocking that door is your motivation.

So you see, the secret to motivation is having a powerful ‘why’ and an intelligent ‘how’. These two elements form the art and science of human motivation, and that’s the quickest way to get you from you are to where you want to be.

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Car Care Tips for Young Drivers

By Guest Blogger, Blake S.

Car Care Tips for Young Drivers

Why You Should Check Your Car

Imagine the euphoria of getting your first car. You’ve pictured this day when you got your driver’s license, when you’ve pictured the freedom of going wherever you want, when you want. Then of course, you have that car for a few months, and everything’s fine. But just as you’re riding down the road, your car suddenly breaks down.

 

While it may be just a distant problem to think about, it’s a common one nevertheless. Oftentimes, young drivers tend to overestimate themselves, and push their cars too far. However, there are tips they can use to avoid this, not only by avoiding unnecessary risks on the road, but also by properly maintaining their cars.

 

Car Care Tips

  1. Change your car’s oil: Everyone in a while to reduce friction. Generally speaking, the oil helps reduce the friction between metallic parts whenever the car runs. If the oil isn’t changed, the friction will increase, which could produce enough heat to completely annihilate the engine. You can usually tell when you have to change the oil by listening to how loud the engine is when you first turn your car on, if you can’t remember the last time you changed the oil, or if the appearance of the oil is a thick black.

 

  1. Check your car’s coolant system: A car’s coolant helps protect your radiator from volatile weather conditions that could potentially damage your radiator. Water helps the radiator to prevent from overheating, and antifreeze protects it from freezing. If you haven’t changed your coolant in the past year, or if you’ve driven approximately 20,000 miles or more, you have to consider getting your coolant changed. Be sure to take into account conditions such as the area you live in and how much you run the air conditioner.

 

  1. Check your car’s transmission fluid: The transmission oil, like oil, serves as a lubricant that can help reduce friction between other working parts of the car, thereby preventing damage to your car. The transmission fluid can go bad when it collects particles, causing the transmission gears to grind against each other. This, in turn, affects the acceleration and gears.

 

  1. Clean your car to protect it from any unwanted nuances: By leaving a car dirty, dirt and other particles can build up, causing the paint to slowly peel off. If the paint peels off, this can:
  • affect your car’s resale value
  • expose your car to harsh environmental conditions
  • lower your car’s visibility

  1. Always check your tires to make sure you have enough air in them. According to CarCareNinja, checking the pressure in your tires will help you know just how much air is in them, and whether or not you have to add more. Similar to your car’s coolant system, the environment your car is in will determine just how well your tires are. The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure is, and vice versa.

 

  1. Check your brakes: You need to check your brakes to avoid any unnecessary car accidents. Not only has broken car brakes been the subject of murder/mystery and horror movies, but this has also contributed to many car accidents. Make sure you get your brakes checked out by a mechanic or any related professional periodically, especially if when you push the brakes, you hear a loud, squeaking sound.

 

  1. Make sure you have enough fuel to make it to your destination. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but it’s also good for the fuel pump. The fuel pump is responsible for getting gas from the fuel tank to your car’s engine. If you run the car when there is too little fuel, this can only serve to hurt your car.

 

  1. Take your car to a mechanic at least once a year so that they can determine if your car is actually safe to drive. While you may use these tips to check your car, you may want to determine if there is anything wrong with your car. By getting a mechanic to inspect it, you will be able to reduce the risks of your car breaking down on the road.

 

Conclusion

These car care tips will hopefully help you avoid an accident while on the road. While it may be a bit of a hassle at times, these tips will let your car last longer, and be more reliable. Not only that, but you will also be safer on the road.

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Ideas on How to Revamp Your Living Room on a Budget

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Ideas on How to Revamp Your Living Room on a Budget

 

Living rooms are true hubs of domestic life, where we tend to spend quite a bit of time. If you are bored with it and don’t have a budget to do a complete overhaul, don’t fret. In order to turn a new leaf, you don’t even have to get out of your way: There is a multitude of affordable and simple upgrades and tweaks at your disposal.

So, here is how to give your living room a makeover and witness the magic in a blink of an eye.

A fresh start

When you are feeling uninspired in your living environment, you know it’s time to make a positive change.

First off, take a good long look at the layout of the space as well as the placement of the furniture. In all likelihood, you can do some rearranging and utilize the available space more efficiently. Put your desk by the window to harness natural bounties. Orient a comfy sofa towards the focal point of the room, be it a fireplace or a TV. 

Furthermore, note that a fresh coat of paint can work miracles for the visual appeal of the room. Indeed, grabbing a brush is easily one of the most affordable ways to completely shift the mood and atmosphere. Just bear in mind that lighter and subdued colors are a safe bet.

Piece by piece

Before spending money in any store, take a stroll around your home. Keep your eyes open for anything that can be repurposed and given a new role in the living room. Open your closet and storage to bring items back from the dark. Note that even dusty and old books can be beautiful when put on display. The same is true for anything that adds a bit of visual flair though shape, patterns, and color.

Likewise, you should do as much as you can by yourself. Making something with your own hands instantly elevates the mood. Besides, you can get a plethora of décor pieces for a fraction of the cost of what you can purchase. There is no end to brilliant décor projects, so get inspired.

Place small accents such as vignettes that reflect your personality and echo your passions. Choose meaningful items that evoke pleasant memories. Direct the eye around the room in a new, interesting way. Infuse color and patterns where there are none: Add life to blank walls with artwork and spruce up the seating area with colorful pillows.

In new light

Improve the indoor air quality by introducing natural filters in the form of houseplants. They will double as décor and liven up your living room, especially if you find stylish vases and pots for them. What is more, reduce the air pollution with the help of HEPA air filters and quality HVAC system. In case your budget allows it, consider buying a quality one and seek local services, such as these professionals who offer installation of air conditioning in Concord.

To improve air circulation further, make sure to open your windows every now and then to invite a flood of natural light inside.

Speaking of light, you can create instant change by switching your artificial fixtures. Pendants and chandeliers can serve as stunning centerpieces that spark attention. If you want to keep spending in check, change the light bulbs. Opt for energy-saving LED lighting and introduce dimmable and mood-enhancing solutions. You will reinvent the space with a minimum investment of time and money. 

Breathe new life into the heart of your home

There’s absolutely no need to break the bank: There is a slew of accessories and items you can get for cheap or repurpose from your home. Master the art of accentuating and beautifying the space with small items that make a big difference. Feel the breath of fresh air in your living room and spice things up.

Find beauty in the everyday and mundane. Rethink your living environment and see the positive vibes spilling over to all aspects of your life.

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The Role Of School Furniture In Learning

By Guest Blogger, Rohin D.,

The Role Of School Furniture In Learning

If there is no School Furniture; then there will be no classroom. That reality is a pointer to the fact that the furniture in the school should be handled with care. If the provision is made for furniture that will not suit the purpose of the student and teachers, it is as good as if there was no furniture in the first instance.

Good Furniture Make Some Schools Excel Over Their Competitors

It is a known fact that some schools are well known for excellence while others are struggling for relevance. When it is time for public exams; there is always a line of distinction between schools that are able to get it right in terms of provision of furniture for their students and teachers alike. Though their school curriculum is the same, yet there is a clear line of difference between them. The difference is due to the use of the right type of furniture that will bring the best out of students and the teachers.

The Flexibility of The Furniture

The employment of flex furniture for classroom use is another great innovation that has been seen to bring out the best out of the students. The student wants a situation where they will be able to control the class and not the class controlling them. A strong consideration should be given to optional casters when designing the classroom desks and the tables. It will make it easy for small students to move the desks and chairs. Reconfiguring the classroom will not be a difficult exercise.

Management Of The Project Materials

The project materials are there to complement the teaching process. They go hand in hand with the teaching if effective results are to be achieved. The irony of it is that some furniture that is designed for schools have no place for the project material. The implication is that is the teacher will have to struggle when it is time to introduce the materials into the lesson. A good furniture should have space for the storage of these materials. It should be in such a way that sorting them out will pose no difficulty for the teacher and students.

The Learning Modalities

The modality of learning you want to impart to the student should be put into consideration before the order for the furniture is placed. Do you intend to engage in active or passive learning method? The analog, as well as digital learning modalities, are common in our classrooms today. There is a design that best suits any of the modalities. Get the right furniture in line with your modality of choice if you want real results.

Connectivity

The learning in the classrooms today is internet based. Every student will work with a laptop or tablet. Furniture that does not provide an allowance for the storage of these devices will be out of tune in real practical classroom conditions. The furniture for today’s schools must provide allowances for these devices because they are part of the learning process in the classrooms.

Conclusion

For effective classroom experience to be achieved; the furniture will play a prominent role.

 

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Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing the Best Fitness Program for You

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing the Best Fitness Program for You

 

Exercising on a regular basis is extremely important for your overall health but better mood and higher energy levels as well. However, exercising regularly doesn’t mean that everyone has to do the same routine of the same difficulty level in order for the exercises to count. Quite the contrary – it’s about frequency and the proper choice of workouts, not the length of your routine or the challenging aspect of it. What’s challenging and effective for one person may not be for the other and vice versa. Therefore, you need to pick a fitness program or a workout routine that suits you personally. In order to do that, keep in mind the following things.

Your health and fitness level

Choosing the perfect workout routine will be different for someone who’s already been very physically active and only needs to get back into the routine of exercising, and for someone who hasn’t been active at all for a very long time. Never try to jump into a routine that’s way too challenging for your fitness level. You can only hurt yourself. What’s more, it’s essential that you consider your age as well as any health issues you may have before choosing a fitness program on your own. This is especially true for people who suffer from some type of lung and heart issues as well as those with osteoporosis or generally weaker bones. If you’re worried about your health, you should definitely seek doctor’s and professional trainer’s advice when it comes to choosing the right workout routine for you.

Your fitness goals

Together with your current health, you need to properly analyze the things you wish to achieve with a new workout routine. It won’t be much effective to jump into a fitness program that doesn’t actually help you achieve what you truly want. What’s more, if you just start exercising with no goal in mind, the chances are that your motivation will drop and you’ll slowly neglect the routine altogether. In that respect, you should clearly establish what it is that you want to get with the fitness program in regards to your health and current fitness level as well as your wishes. This may be a weight loss or muscle toning. On the other hand, it may be increased flexibility or strength and endurance. But it doesn’t end here. Get as specific as possible. Do you want to lose weight in order to look good in a bikini or do you need to lose a lot of weight in order to live a much healthier lifestyle? Listen to your mind and body and decide what your ultimate goal is before you start exploring the fitness possibilities.

Your preferred activities

Now that you’re aware of your fitness level as well as the goals you want to achieve, it’s time to ask yourself what physical activities you enjoy the most. After all, if you’re aware of the fact that you get bored easily or lose motivation quickly, you should opt for a fitness program and a type of exercise that make you happy and energetic. For instance, some people simply don’t like working out in a gym for various reasons. If you’re one of those people, it’s perfectly fine to get functional gym equipment and work out at home with fitness videos. On the other hand, if you need socializing above all else and that kind of a motivation, gym membership may be perfect. In case you enjoy activities such as dancing, look into aerobics and dance classes in your area. The same goes for any preferred activity, be it cycling, hiking, swimming, etc.

Once you know what works for you and feel that you made a proper choice for your workout routine, you should keep track of your success. Don’t do this by putting more pressure on yourself. Remember, giving yourself a break from time to time doesn’t mean giving up. Set smaller goals to help keep you motivated so that you constantly have something to look forward to as you make your way to the final goal.

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How to Drink Without Getting Drunk before Midnight

By Guest Blogger, Neil W.

How to Drink Without Getting Drunk before Midnight

The history shows proof that fruit juice, honey and fermented grain were responsible for alcoholic beverages for thousands of years.

Chinese consumed alcohol since around 7000 B.C., and early Egyptian civilization shows the signs of fermented drinks. Sura, beverage distilled from rice was the drink of choice in India between 3000 and 2000 B.C.  The first alcoholic beverage in Greece was mead, and there are warnings against the perils of too much drinking.

Native American civilizations made alcoholic drinks from grapes, corn or apples called “chicha”. In rainforests of Peru, the local tribes made Masato. This is a beverage made of chewed yucca spit into the jars for fermentation. Even today, the locals use this practice and saying no to a glass of Masato is very rude in Amazonia.

Alcohol is a mood altering substance and it makes people act differently because it affects the part of the brain for self-control. When you have a drink, the alcohol enters your bloodstream. Ethanol, the part of beverage that makes you intoxicated, is made of very small molecules.

Because of this, its molecules can reach and interfere with the neurotransmitters responsible for brain activity. This can cause the loss of control, vomiting and in severe cases admittance to the hospital and even death.

There are several things you can do to avoid getting drunk, at least before midnight, and here are some of them.

One teaspoon of yeast

Jim Koch, co-founder of the Boston Beer Company, said in an Esquire interview that he could drink all night and not get drunk. His secret lies in the active yeast. Namely, one teaspoon of dry yeast before every beer of the evening.

Scientifically, the yeast contains a dehydrogenase (ADH) enzyme which breaks down alcohol. Of course, this enzyme can’t negate the effects of alcohol but only mitigate them. Moreover, depending on the body type, gender, weight, genetics and some other factors, this method might not affect you the way you want. It’s important to note that this involves an ordinary yeast used for baking and found in every grocery store.

Eat first

One of the most usual advice you heard was to eat before you drink. Nevertheless, not every food will do the trick. Salads, for instance, most certainly won’t, but greasy and fatty meals will. Fat serves as a buffer to the alcohol and due to this, it will enter your bloodstream more slowly. 

So, if you try to eat healthily, you’ll be happy about this method since involves eating fast food and pizza. Ice cream and milkshakes may help a little since dairy also slows down the alcohol. Nuts and bacon are also an option, as are some more fatty meats. But, on the other hand, the olive oil won’t work. It may save a life if the snake bites someone, but you’ll still get drunk as usual if you take it.

Water down your drinks

This advice assumes that you like mixed drinks, like the ones with alcohol and soda or juice. This includes some cocktails, but not those made with more than one alcoholic drink. The point here is to pour more non-alcoholic beverage than the alcoholic one. You will still feel the effect but they’ll come slowly or you’ll have to drink more than usual to really get drunk.

Beer, wine, whiskey and other drinks drank alone can be watered down, too. You can put lemon juice in beer, ice cubes, club soda or sparkling water in wine and whiskey. This will influence the taste so it won’t have the same intensity. Also, it will increase the quantity of the drink and you’ll drink it longer, or will reduce the alcohol ratio.

Glass of water with every drink

Water will not prevent you from getting drunk scientifically, but practically. Namely, order a glass of the alcohol drink of your choice and a glass of water. Sip the water between every time you take a drink of your alcoholic beverage. The idea here is to make you drink less by tricking you with drinking more fluids.

Additionally, water is great for hangovers. Alcohol will dehydrate your body, and that’s the main cause of a headache in the morning. Drinking a lot of water will help you prevent this and feel better when you wake up.

Stretch the drinks

The biggest problem you’ll have is if you are a fast drinker. Stretching the drinks needs control and focus, something people who go out and want to have fun mostly leave at home. You can motivate yourself by ordering something expensive, and thus make yourself drink it slowly. In addition, you can try something exotic and savour it.

If you’re in the nightclub or at the party with kombi bar and DJ hire, you can dance and distract yourself from drinking. Another great way to prevent yourself from drinking fast is if you talk to people during parties and special events. If you need alcohol to loosen up before mingling and meeting new people, still stay as long as possible on the first drink. Remember that being drunken influences your personality and therefore you might be a bad company everyone will avoid.

In the end

Always ask yourself why you drink and are going to get drunk. Most people drink fast, imitate what others are doing or plainly need something to feel more relaxed. These are all manageable instances. Also, remember that there is never a good reason to get drunk.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a drink here and there, but drinking too much frequently points to underlying problems, which alcohol won’t solve. So choose life and drink moderately. 

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Augmented Reality’s Impact On Home Design

Augmented Reality’s Impact On Home Design

Augmented reality has had a pretty interesting journey into mainstream culture over the past 18 months. Consider, for instance, that in the summer of 2016 you probably didn’t even quite know what it was!

Now, if you pay close attention to tech circles, you may have learned how to distinguish it. Basically, you can sum it up like this: virtual reality transports you completely into an animated environment, whereas augmented reality makes it appear as if animations exist in your actual environment. Oddly, I find “Wizard’s Chess” from Harry Potter to be a good way to think about it. VR Wizard’s Chess would mean entering a live game board like the characters did in the first film – walking on a chess board, taking part in the game, with pieces and players all around you. AR Wizard’s Chess would simply mean pointing your device at a table such that, looking through it, you would see a chessboard with live, animated figures.

That’s a distinction many of us didn’t quite have straight as VR was emerging in 2015 and 2016. Then everything changed just about overnight, with the release of Pokémon GO. It was the first widely released, mainstream augmented reality game that used nothing more than a phone to work, and it suddenly challenged us to wonder about how this tech could differ from VR. In the immediate aftermath of the game’s release publications as big as The Guardian asked, where does augmented reality go next?

As it turns out, the answer was: all over the place! It took some time, but a little more than a year after Pokémon GO came out, Apple and Google unveiled programs that made it easier for developers to make AR games. That led to puzzles, cartoonish shooting games, board and strategy games, and more on augmented reality. There are likely more of these games on the way, as well as games in other genres. Slots, for instance, are a category to watch; casinos have made 3D games that are in essence the same as video slots but with 3D elements practically built for AR. We should also keep an eye on successful VR titles that could be adapted for mobile devices the same way popular console games are, fitted for AR rather than VR. The possibilities are endless.

As stated though, the journey for AR has been interesting, and one of the most unexpected things about it has been how quickly it branched out beyond gaming. It may always be the games that generate the headlines and draw the most attention to this tech phenomenon. But there are plenty of experiences already available through AR that have little or nothing to do with entertainment. Interestingly enough, many of them instead deal with home design.

IKEA led the way in an increasingly deep connection between AR and home design, with the basic idea being that you can simulate your furniture and interior design through apps. Through the IKEA app and several others, you can use a phone or tablet to do everything from measuring space to visualizing a piece of furniture or a decoration in space. You simply hold up your device, look through it, and see that new couch in the corner, or a new lighting fixture on the ceiling, etc.

This may sound like a gimmick, but think about the convenience it affords you in designing your home or redecorating a room. Theoretically, there’s no more need for a tape measure, or for shuffling old furniture around to gain perspective on your dimensions. There’s no more need to bring furniture home and put it in place just to see if it works. AR can do all of this for you, such that when you’re ready to make a purchase or change up the room’s organization, you’re confident in your choice.

It’s been an unexpected result of a journey that started mostly with innovations in gaming. But AR is now an invaluable tool for home design and organization.

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