Life is increasingly hands-on. Sure, we have phones that are supposed to help keep everything hands-free and in one convenient place, but we’re expected to know and be involved in so much of it.
We track our calories and fitness levels. We update schedules for our personal life and work, and maintain constant vigilance on social media. Beyond these, we take an active part in managing our finances, which is almost impossible when we know nothing about it.
So how can you make you life easier and less hands-on? We’ve collected a sample of some of the hilarious or practical ways innovators are making our days hands-free.
When we’re cold, we crank the heat, physically using our hands to turn the nob. It doesn’t have to be that way. With the Google Home and the Nest Learning thermostat, you can make turning up the temperature hands free. The thermostat connects to the Google Home speaker; by simply saying “Okay Google” you can tell it to change or set the temperature. The thermostat can also automatically switch your home’s heating to Eco Temperatures when everyone leaves the house, allowing you to save money and energy without lifting a finger.
My Hitch is a rather unusual product that allows you to hook your suitcase to the back of your pants. The small, shoe-horn shaped hitch clips into your belt, and the handle of your bag rests on the scoop at the end of the product. The idea behind My Hitch is to let passengers drag their bags behind them while they travel from gate to gate, leaving their hands free to do more important things. The inventor, Robert Lian, flies Boeing 737s for a living, so let’s assume that in the realm of airport travel, he knows what he’s talking about.
So you come home late at night with your hands full of groceries, but you can’t seem to get the door open. Alas, the milk and eggs spill to the ground. We’ve all experienced the difficulties of opening doors with our hands full – but now you can prevent this problem. The StepNpull is a simple piece of metal that screws into the bottom of your door. When you want to open the door, all you have to do is step on the metal and pull – it’s literally a hands-free device. The momentum should be enough to swing the door open and out of your way.
We already have hands-free typing on our phones thanks to Siri, but now you can get it for Google Docs. The speech to text service can be activated from the tools menu in Chrome – and apparently it works pretty well. So you can finally rush around the house getting ready – using both hands to perfect your immaculate winged eyeliner – and still finish that report in time for your morning meeting.
Investing is the one you’re probably most excited to get off your hands. BMO’s Smartfolio online investment service let’s you invest your money with almost no effort. All you have to do is decide how much you want to invest, answer a short questionnaire and sign up with the application form, get matched with a portfolio, and then sit back and relax. The portfolio managers will be doing all the hands-on work to manage your portfolio.
You can check your investments any time from your laptop or phone, to track how you’re doing on your objectives – but the beauty of BMO Smartfolio is that you don’t have to do anything. Whether you have $5,000 or $150,000, you’ll be happy that you let BMO Smartfolio take the pressures of investing out of your hands.