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Brr… Winter Tech and Apps to Help you Survive the Coldest Season

Erin Ollila
January 15, 2020

3 minute read

Brr…While winter may have the same number of days as any other season, the temperature and elements surely do make it feel a lot longer. If you’d like to do more than simply survive these cold, snowy months, these winter tech and apps will help you thrive.

Staying indoors

Worried about removing snow from your car, walkway, driveway, sidewalk, or small parking lot? Are you a business or property owner that needs to keep a path clear for your renters or customers? Managing the snow is as difficult as it is unpredictable. Thanks to new tech, there’s no need to worry about being in multiple places at once, or waiting for a company to show up after plowing all their other clients. The app Shovler lets users remotely schedule shoveling and plowing services without any long-term service contracts.

Why not also hire out your errands when the days are cold, dark, or covered in ice or snow? Services such as Instacart or Shipt will deliver your groceries and other items, while GrubHub and UberEats will bring dinner or snacks.

Happy lights

The cold of winter ushers in less time outdoors, and combined with darker days and an increase in screen time and indoor artificial lighting, this could disrupt a person’s circadian rhythms, leading to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to the journal Psychiatry, 1.4 to 9.7% of Americans struggle with SAD, with the higher amounts living in northern regions.

While increasing daytime spent outdoors is the most effective way to get your body the light it needs, there are a few additional tech options to mimic the effects of sunshine. Lightbox therapy is one of the longest practiced methods. A 2017 study from the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease found that just one hour-long exposure to the light box showed a significant reduction in self-reported depression scores. In an article for New York magazine, four experts agreed that best results come from using the lightbox “first thing in the morning for 20 to 30 minutes, positioned about 14 inches away from your face.”

Smart home lighting can also help you achieve optimal daily exposure. Philips Hue smart lighting system changes the lighting in your home to help wake you, using color changes to mimic a sunrise; keep you energized throughout the day, and relax you with warmed tones in the evening.

Wearable tech

Hitting the slopes this season? Consider bringing a pair of augmented reality (AR) RideOn Ski Goggles. With the ability to identify and interact with friends on the trail; utilize virtual navigation for both direction and games; and even broadcast your ski experience live on social networks, this hands-free device promises a ton winter fun for individuals who actually enjoy being in the elements. Oh, and it also allows the user to listen to music via the goggles, so they can leave their extra tech at home.

If you’re simply looking for winter tech and apps to stay warm, consider smart heated insoles, such as the Digitsole Warm Series, which not only provides intelligent heating based on the elements, but also monitors and analyzes your activity level.

These winter tech and apps will help you enjoy the season in whichever way you enjoy more — staying warm indoors or trekking out into the elements!

Erin Ollila
Erin Ollila believes in the power of words and how a message can inform – and even transform – its intended audience. After a 12+ year career in human resources, she's jumped headfirst into digital strategy. Erin is a geek for SEO and all things social media.
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