House Of Air – San Francisco

House of Air is a trampolining warehouse right next to that big red bridge that everyone in San Francisco loves so much.  It has three main sections, the training area, the dodgeball arena and the main trampolining bowl.

I’ve been to various trampolining places before, usually the ones that you see in holiday towns that are a series of interlinked trampolines in grid format, maybe about 6 to 8 trampolines at the most but House of Air takes it to a slightly new level. There are absolutely loads of trampolines in this place, the bowl is so-called because of the trampolines that also surround the lower wall to create the bowl shape and give you the ability to jump off the sides. There is also a spine are much like you would find in a skate park and a crash mat trampoline where you can try and practice your tricks.

The trampoline bowl was pretty fun, the trampolines are better than your average garden trampoline but the same sort of material. I’m guessing it’s just maintained better but they are not the professional-grade trampolines that I’ve used in various gymnastics halls. They still are good fun but they will not be launching you up to the sky as such. They do have the slightly better trampolines in the training area however you have to book those sessions with a trainer. Within the training enclosure they also have a giant airbag so you can test more intense tricks without worrying about landing on your head.

Probably the most fun aspect of the House of Air is their trampoline dodgeball court. It’s a grid of trampolines in a mini-stadium type enclosure filled with dodge balls. The staff will call the shots and play to the original rules and you can simply play against them. We had an awesome time playing this, it’s kind of like slamball in that it’s a hybrid trampoline sports game and I can imagine watching the pros play would be absolutely amazing. I however sucked. It didn’t help that the kids who were there have clearly been playing dodgeball for a long time and visit the venue every week but they were all about 12 years old, 4 foot small and cocky as hell. It was ruddy humiliating! I was the first out every bloody time. Whilst it was all good fun, I played a few games and then decided to return to the bowl where I could actually show off and do stuff that others can’t.

It was about $16 for entry and that included the bowl and the dodge ball for an hour. That’s a reasonable rate I guess. Your not allowed to where your socks, lockers are complimentary and theres a water fountain or two if you don’t want to fork out for the scam that is Vitamin Water. It all makes for good fun, fitness and a laugh. I wouldn’t go every week though, it’s definitely a once in a while thing but I enjoyed it because it’s been so long since I took my trampoline down and stopped going to the gymnastics gym. Would love to get into the training area next time though!

This Week – San Francisco State University Orientation

 

So this week began with my move in. It was all a bit sketchy to start with. I got in an unmarked cab that the Best Western had booked for me. This cab was like nothing I’ve ever rode in before, getting into it was a task, it was about 5 foot off the ground, had 8 seats and took the form of a giant pick up truck. There was no meter, there was no signs to suggest this was a taxi and when I got in I was convinced he was driving in the wrong direction. Needless to say I was absolutely petrified I was on my way to some drug barons layer to get sold for heroin. Fortunately I arrived at San Francisco State University safely. $60 including tip for a 11 mile trip was steep, but I got there and all I wanted to do was find my room.

So, one bag packed with gadgets and one bag packed with clothes, collectively weighing in at about 50k I meandered round the various offices on campus trying to find myself some keys for my flat. When I turned up in the flat it was empty. That was something I was expecting, I wasn’t sure whether anyone would move in on move in day and the same thing that happened in Kingston would happen. I would sit for a few days on my laptop answering Skype calls to people pretending that it was great and that there was nothing to worry about. Then after about 5 minutes of unpacking and deep thought the main door turned and my other flat mate turned up. He was the Brit that I knew I’d be living with because of an email from the Uni. What I didn’t know is he also went to Kingston and was a rather sound chap. So that was good, my flat mate was sound so I didn’t have to wait until orientation/classes to start to try and find someone to hang around with.  The same thing happened at Kingston. I wasn’t worried at all, regardless of interests and hobbies etc. you can always get on with someone in the same situation.

So the first few days we got the flat ready. That consisted of a few things, mainly tracking down the basics to cook for a few days, getting bedding (one of the most complicated things I’ve ever done) and finding some tape to stick up my absolutely massive Welsh flag.
The flat is actually really nice, it’s dramatically lager than anything you would get in Britain and a fair bit cheaper. In fact I think my halls are £2000 odd cheaper than last year and about 3 times the size and it includes 10 meals a week.

So the basics we got sorted pretty quickly, I’d hardly left campus and was just bouncing between the nearby malls to pick up food and things that I’d forgot from the last shop. When your an international student and you have to get your whole life across the atlantic in a 23kg bag and a piece of hand luggage it’s a bit of a liberty. You can’t do what most people do when they go to the British universities and get a kettle/toaster/iron in Asda and then drive it up to the respective institution. No, you can’t take all that and you have to find it and as cheap as possible. It’s annoying but it’s quite interesting and it helps you get familiar with the local area fairly quickly. I’ve already established that I hate Trader Joes, there’s no such thing as a single bed and Radio Shack charges far too much for a cable.

The next step was to get hold of a TV. We’d been sat in the flat doing what most people do these days. Staring at our own pieces of technology for hours on end and doing little together. It’s not like board games are something people do anymore, literally the only thing we could do together was watch a movie on a tiny screen or show each other YouTube videos we found funny. If we got hold of a TV at least we could feel a little bit more sociable. So the mission began, we hit up Craigslist and spent a good few days working out what we were going to do before finding a 32″ TV, PS2 and SNES for $40 located in the Castro. So 20 minutes on the M line of the MUNI and we would be able to get this TV and then head back on the MUNI.  But no. This TV weighed 78KG and we had to carry the two consoles. We got there at 9pm and was greeted by a rather jolly San Franciscan and realised there was absolutely no way we were going to get that TV back on public transport. We walked back down the street and grabbed a minivan-cab and told them to park up outside his house as we slid the TV down the stairs. It was absolutely hilarious but also a fantastic demonstration of how nice the people of San Francisco are. About 4-5 people probably helped us along the way to get the TV from Castro into our 3-floor apartment on campus.

So that’s the flat completely sorted, now for Uni. Orientation started at 8:30 almost every day which really didn’t help my completely disorganised sleeping pattern. I think I’m still jet lagged and I’ve been in the US 8 days.  Various lectures on Visas, classes, common sense etc entailed and finished just yesterday. The campus until now had been incredibly quiet and when combined with the fog in this strange micro-climate it all became a tad eerie. Now though it’s welcome day, our flat now has 3 people in it and we’ve just briefly met the other guy, not sure what he’s doing at the moment though. The weather is better, the meal plan has started and I’ve met a good bunch of people around campus.

Come Monday I’ll be starting “class” or how we say it at home “lectures/workshops/labs” or “uni”. Out here people seem to call Uni just about anything from class to school and from college to uni. All the names that can be used to describe any education institution are fair game.

I’ve still only made it downtown once or twice, the first time I had a walk round the shops and sat in Starbucks using my laptop (I know, I’m one of those people..) and on the second day I popped down to the WIRED magazine offices which was  a cool experience. The public transport here is actually pretty good, I take the MUNI into downtown which is some queer bus/tube hybrid thing. One minute your above the ground the next minute your not, the stairs raise up and down and it’s all a bit strange but it works and it’s only $2 a ticket.

From what I can tell so far, it’s going to be a cracking year. I’ve done so much this week that I can’t really fit it into this post without it being the size of your average book chapter but I’ll be sure to keep it up. It may take a few weeks before I find out the best format for the ‘This Week’ section of my blog but bare with me!

 

Let Me Google That For You – Fix it yourself.

People of the world. People of my world. I’ve enjoyed fixing your computers, helping you transfer your data between computers, doing all of the simply menial tasks that you require me to do for you to enjoy your digital lives however, I’m not at home anymore and the chances are I’m not going to be there for extended periods of time ever again. So, instead of wandering down to the local IT shop where someone has realised how easy it is to capitalise on the misfortune of others and their lack of technical knowledge let me explain how you can save yourself from paying me, or any other person again. It’s not that I don’t like money, it’s not that I don’t want to help you, I’ve enjoyed every cup of tea, every biscuit and every minute of helping another person to get the tech sorted. It’s just a lot of what I do is something each and everyone can do without spending any money. So here are a few tips to get it sorted.

1. Be confident

Too many people are scared to dive into their computers settings, to scared to go and find out a new menu or program. This is the wrong attitude towards learning about computers, I’ve learned everything I know about computers from breaking them, fixing them, fiddling with settings and reading online and following some random persons tips online.

A lot of the people that I’ve helped are incredibly capable of fixing the machine themselves, you don’t have to be a genius to fix a computer, even though Apple would have you believe so. You just need to have the confidence to get involved and go where you may never have been before. The chances are, if something is going to be detrimental to your computer or further worsen the problem, there will be countless warnings. It’s not like you can double click an icon and your hard drive will erase it’s contents and you’ve lost your family photos forever.

2. Learn to search

Google, Bing, Ask, Yahoo. Whatever your choice of search engine may be they all will take you to a page that will help you fix your tech issues. It’s not always  the first result that will take you to your solution. I’ve not paid a penny to learn how to fix most problems on a computer. A quick search will usually find you a step by step instruction written by a lovely person who just wants to help. Search you error codes, search you problems the exact way you explain them to me or anyone else. Yahoo Answers even helps sometimes (Don’t delete System 32). Use forums, use search engines, use wikipedia. Search engines will get you there in the end. Any problem that you have with your computer, someone else will have had before and someone else will have solved it and stuck the solution online. For Free. If you think of your computer as your bathroom, and your computer as a broken pipe, the internet is a free plumbing guide to fix it. You’ve just got to find the right page for the right pipe. No need for a plumber. In computer repair, anyone can be a plumber!  …. if you catch my drift…

– Use quotation marks ” ” for exact matches of strings. – it’s helped me so many times it’s unreal.

3. Simple things usually work

I’ve been round peoples houses numerous times, restarted the computer and the problem is already fixed, or they’ve turned the computer on and everything that was wrong with the computer was no longer wrong with it. Stop getting into the habit of closing the lid and leaving it on, shut the thing down. Reboot it at least once a day (if you’ve used it), keep it updated and don’t download off websites you don’t trust.

If your printers stopped working, restart the computer, restart the printer. Still got problems? Re-install the driver. Don’t know how to? Google it.

Computers can carry out incredibly complex processes but sometimes the simplest things can go wrong and the simplest things can fix them.

4. Don’t break it in the first place.

This one may seem a little harsh. A lot of the things I fix are not necessarily self inflicted but with a little more computer knowledge you’d probably all have less of the problems you do. Have virus protection, have good virus protection. Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast are both free solutions you can install on your computer that will keep viruses away from your system.

Keep your accounts on lockdown, have a different password for your email adress to all your other accounts. This is the single most important thing for online security. Don’t bother downloading emails to your device anymore, use Gmail and import all your accounts to that. Google’s servers won’t get a virus from your email and it’s a lot better at fishing out a virus that your computer is.

5.  Join a forum

Forums are online message boards, and there are people on them that will do an incredible amont to help a person and expect very little in return. Believe it or not there are some nice people on earth that will do something for nothing. Forums are great, they are specialist, they are fun and can eventually help you learn. Then you can return you knowledge of problems and help people out too.

 

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This article hasn’t been written to offend any of the people I’ve helped out, It’s not meant to be patronising, it’s not pointing the finger at anyone. Hopefully it will just help you save some money, learn some new skills and get on without my help. Many of you overestimate what it takes to fix a computer. I’m not a genius. Oh and neither is anyone sat behind that counter at the Apple store. Just saying.

This Week – Garden Party, Curry, The Move.

This week started with something I’ve had planned for a little while now, a little garden party. Getting a fair few people over and being the host for once. As is always the case with garden parties (especially in Wales), I relying heavily on the weather being alright to host the 40 odd people that I invited. It’s always the case that over the summer we’ve run out of things to do so someone needs to organise something a little bigger and put a bit of time into it. So I put some time in, I spent a good 2 hours trying to get a Gazebo up without one of the corner pieces, I went to Cost Co and got the food in and finally headed down the pub to barter for a keg of lager and a cooler to get set up at the house.

7:00am on that day my mother walks in and tells me it’s absolutely tipping it down and asked whether the cooler would be alright in the rain. I assure her it’s fine (without actually having a clue, I just wanted to sleep) and thought nothing of it. By the time everyone actually came round the weather had perked up, the grass had dried out and everyone had an awesome time. It’s weird hosting, you never know whether it’s going to be super stressful or just a great time. If it’s the latter you have that relief/pride feeling that’s über satisfying. With a mix of my family, various groups of friends and brothers friends the atmosphere was awesome and I’m so happy with how it went.

Following that day and night some of the boys decided to go for a curry in Cwmbran at the all you can eat. This proved how hilariously bad as a group we are at organising things we are. I’m always putting things up on the Facebook group and telling people to text around to get hold of people and see if they are up for coming so nobody gets left out. This time, I’d spoke to 2 others and it was definite that we were meeting at the car park at 7:30. Then out of nowhere one of the others turned up without letting any of us know he was coming and announces that two others are also coming. It was so funny because it always happens, nobody ever knows who’s coming and we always have to wait around a bit before sitting down because someone will turn up late. Every time. Tiffins all you can eat is actually quite good for all of you who live locally. The Yelp reviews are all around 4* and for £10 all you can eat you certainly get what you pay for. Following that we didn’t want to go home so decided on a game of bowling, something I’ve not done since leaving Kingston and “Two for Tuesdays” behind. I’ve always half liked bowling but the only reason for going down into Kingston was that is was unbelievably cheap for students. Another offer stood at the Cwmbran alley where you could bowl and have a pint for a fiver. I get annoyingly competitive when it comes to bowling and started my game with a strike in the first frame. It went downhill from here and I came 3rd out of 6. Furious.

Two days later the phones rang and it was my last day in Wales. I would be leaving at 5am the following day for Heathrow Terminal 3 where I would be taking my gadget bag and a suitcase full of clothes off to California where I’d be living for the next year. Naturally all my friends wanted to spend as much time with me as possible because I’m pretty great and they’d miss me until christmas. With that in mind we decided to do the sort of things we usually do before I left, so we went for a curry. The same thing happened, three of us were going and it ended up being 5 and then we met a few more people at the pub after. I absolutely adore my local curry house, consistently good and they seem to use better quality chicken than a lot of curry houses. So that was a nice night and a fairly relaxing last day in Wales.

Now I am sat in a Best Western in Milbrae – San Francisco. It’s 8:09am and I’m absolutely shattered drinking the last of the coffee that I’ve got left in the room. I spent most of last night trying to stay awake so that I’d get a good few cycles of sleep in and wake up at a decent time today but I couldn’t do it. I woke up with my laptop open, Facebook on one side of the screen and some mind mapping software on the other(?) at about 6:00am. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I just coffee’d it up. I’ve not seen much of San Francisco yet, I’ve hardly left the hotel except for a Mc Donalds. Why on earth do the lights give you so little time to cross such huge roads out here?

Taxi is booked for 9:30am to my new home for the year. I’m not even nervous, it doesn’t feel like it did when I went to Kingston. I think I’ve just got accustomed to being thrown in at the deep end like this. I mean, I went to Kingston and it was fine, when I went skiing I had absolutely no idea who I was sharing a room with and it’s near enough the same here. I’m used to it, it’s just another day! Let’s go California!

The Best Tech Blog?

I spend a lot of my time trying to keep up with technology and to do that, I use the Internet. I really enjoy magazines but like most people find, they are outdated by the time they’ve reached the presses and therefore the majority has to be features that are often opinions of the writers themselves. I don’t think there’s a problem with that but at least on the blogs if an opinionated blogger writes something you can read the comment box to see what others opinions are and compare and contrast them with your own.

So what ones do I read? Well for me it’s pretty much as many as possible. I started reading them years ago and that was after I used to be a video games advocate and loved keeping up with that and used to read Joystiq every day. After craving more news more often I scrolled to the bottom and clicked Engadget. After reading Engadget for a while I started clicking on the sources and reading where they get there information from. Then I started getting to know the big players in the Tech Blogging industry. From Gizmodo to Boy Genius Reports and from Wired to TechCrunch.

Now I know there is a lot of criticism around the internet about tech blogs around the net, most notably a lot of people throw abuse at Gawker media (Gizmodo, Lifehackers etc.) and the Aol bunch (Joystiq, TechCrunch, Engadget etc.). I don’t know whether these two come under fire the most because they are so big, contained bias writers or what but I’m not really interested in all the flaming about the writers, the blogs etc. I enjoy the comments quite a bit because of what I said before. Other peoples opinions are always interesting to hear and read and without hearing as many as possible, how can one formulate there own conclusive opinion?

I’ve recently got into reading Science Daily as well. It’s a bit more raw, less accessible to the average user but more interesting than the articles that say things like “New Super-Fast SSD’s”. Instead Science Daily would have headlines like “Breakthrough in SSD Research” and have a lengthy article explaining what it is and why it’s so brilliant. I think reading this every day is really helping with my Computer Science degree as well, I love understanding the underpinnings of the Technology we use rather than just knowing ‘about that new Android phone’.

TechCrunch is an interesting one for me, they’ve got a strange history. Some of their writers are pretty out there but I like the fact it’s massively about start-ups, investment and businesses in the tech industry. Every now and then though they come out with something absolutely horrendous (usually an MG Siegler article). That said, the comments on TechCrunch are some of the most entertaining and interesting in the Tech Scene. It’s had some  pretty controversial articles and the replies they get usually come straight from the companies they might be writing about. A notable article that had some great comments recently was the one about Microsoft’s awful decade and their failures.

I wouldn’t even know where to start if someone asked me what should they read to learn more about tech. If I was to reccomend anything I would suggest, read it all. Read the awful articles, read the controversial articles. Read the best articles and the critically acclaimed articles. Read what you enjoy, read what you hate. Most importantly, read the comments. There’s some pretty smart people on the internet, there’s people who know more than you about things, people with experience in industry, people from companies we read about every day and they all comment. Some may be lying but you can still take something from it. Then form your own opinions of the things your reading about, there’s no point taking someone else’s opinion word for word. Opinions are never absolute, they change all the time. I can’t say that Microsoft are on to a winner with Windows 8 and therefore they are the best company ever. Windows 9 might flop.

Take what you will from this. Technology is one of my biggest passions and one of the fastest moving industries on the planet, keeping up with it may be a challenge but it’s enjoyable all the way and the way in which you read it and find out about it is important. What better way to approach it than to read it all?

This Week: Linux, Books and Boredom

This Week. This is an attempt for me to start blogging more, as I’ve previously said how much I’ve slowed down. It’s basically going to be a brief summary of what I’ve actually done in the week.

This week has been strange and a bit of an eye opener. London has done so many good things for me as a person and made me more open to trying new things, new places and generally being more adventurous. This has had repercussions though. I now find my home town the most boring place on earth. When I say there is nothing to do, I mean there really is nothing to do and that means outside. Most people in this little town seem to be locked into pub culture and where as I love going to the pub and talking to people, it’s really getting old and unfortunately unless you drive a fair amount of miles, your unlikely to find anything to do. I’m not even talking Newport miles because everything there has closed down, I’m talking Cardiff miles. That’s too far. The commute from Kingston to central London now seems like a blessing because when you actually get to central London it’s fun and there’s always stuff going on.

So following on from complete boredom, I do have a saving grace. Something I’m a big fan of. Technology, thank the founding fathers for technology. By using technology I’ve found things to do. A laptop truly is a remarkable piece of equipment, it allows you to do so many unbelievable things. Anyway having messed around with various operating systems and owning a Mac or two and a fair amount of Windows machines, I’ve headed back to my trusty old Linux install. Never fails to amaze me how efficient the terminal is, how annoying a GUI can sometimes be and how unbelievably complete the software is despite being given away for free. At the moment, I’m running Ubuntu. Something I installed on my ThinkPad for a C module in university and have rarely touched since but now I’m back using it, I’m loving it. That said, I do find Ubuntu a bit over-kill on the old GUI. Obviously I can change that and that’s what’s so great about Linux, there are so many things that can be customized and the support from the Linux community via the forums is amazing. One quick Google search and a solution to almost any problem is solved with a few lines in the terminal, I absolutely love it!

Another thing I’ve been doing which I don’t usually do is reading books. Not physical books, e-books. On an iPad. It’s great, I’ve always found e-books an absolute pain to read on my laptop, I find it much more comfortable to read short articles on the ThinkPad. Extended periods of times that involve reading are a pain, it’s just not ergonomic enough. I stumbled upon a book on the Kindle store for 20p that I was fairly interested in. 50 Economics Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas) by Edmund Conway. It’s really interesting, some ideas I’ve already had locked into my mind from 4 years of studying business studies in school and sixth form, others are common sense and others I’m completely new too. I’m on about chapter 20 now and it’s really interesting. I’ve always found business really interesting and economics is something I’ve never really explored. Maybe a bit more microeconomics than macro but it’s nice to be able to learn about the stuff that you read in the paper and be able to make a more informed judgment on it. I’ve also been reading “Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing” by David Harel with Yishi Feldman. This is a great Computer Science book because it’s a book that can be read. It makes a point of this in the first chapter, most computer science books that I have are just code and you can’t take them with you for a read. I just find myself trying to compile code in my head which is useful and probably helps with my coding skills however it’s not something you can just pick up and read for an extended period of time.

Finally, yesterday I went for a meal up the Rhondda Valley. Absolutely brilliant place, some of the people there are just incredibly friendly and it’s got such an unfair reputation. I also followed up my day out in the valleys with a trip to Bristol to visit my brother. Always loved Bristol as a city but cannot stand driving there. As your coming off the M32 at rush hour it’s just painful, possibly one of the only things that makes me want to not be in my car and on public transport is that roundabout. It’s all wrong, the signage is awful and there’s no logic behind it. I just find driving round Bristol infuriating. Anyway I found my way to the flat safe and sound before heading out to Cabot, getting my coffee fix and then chilling with a curry and watching the Balloon Fiesta out the window. Now going hot air ballooning is definitely on my list of things to do in life.

So that’s it for the first of “This Week”. Catch you next week.

 

The World Needs To Become Keyless

I’m fed up with Keys. They are so ridiculously old and pointless. If I actually do a fairly broad search for the term “keys” on Google it takes me to a Wikipedia page that tells me that the Egyptians were using keys 4000 years ago. That’s a long time for a ‘technology’ to remain the same. Obviously locks have become more sophisticated, harder to pick or break than before but I honestly don’t understand why I still have to have a key to open my door.

This annoyance has come to me since I’ve lived in University Halls. A building built only a few years ago that relies on an entirely key-card based system. That gives me an extra free pocket. It means I can slot my key into my wallet and put it in my pocket. I’ve got my two front pockets for my phone and my wallet. Simple, no back pocket is necessary which means I don’t have to worry about whether whatever I left in my back pocket is still there. So a key-card added the piece of mind that I had less of a chance of being pick-pocketed or my keys falling out of my back pocket when I sat down or something. It probably sounds like I am incredibly paranoid but these things happen to people every day and it’s a pain.

Since returning to Wales, I’ve had to start using my ‘real’ keys again. I have a fair few, I have one for the car, I have a few for various locks to various buildings that I may visit or live in at any given time and I also have a Clifford fob for the remote locking of the car. This relatively chunky and takes up a lot of space and I just think there is absolutely no need for it.

I firmly believe in Biometrics. I have a fair few fingers at the moment and they are all unique to me. I don’t understand why we haven’t got to the point now where nearly every one has a finger print reader on their door, on the outside of their car and on just about everything they need to keep secure. My Lenovo ThinkPad X1 has a fingerprint reader on it and it works absolutely fine, should it fail I can use a password, should a biometric reader for building access fail you can use a key. There are locks available but they cost upwards of £200.

This would solve numerous problems. First of all, it means I don’t have to have keys. It sorts out my pocket dilemma. Another great reason to use biometrics is that they are just as secure if not more secure than keys and you always have them on you.  Unfortunately if I had my way a fair few key cutters would lose their jobs but it’s for the best. You can program a keyless lock to hold numerous fingerprints so I could allow certain people who I have intrinsic trust for could access my house whenever they needed/wanted to. No need to head out to get your keys cut and hand them to neighbours/friends/family and worrying that if the wrong person gets hold of them they can break an entry.

The other thing I don’t really see the point in is these keyless entry systems for cars. I had one in my Toyota iQ and yes it was great, I could get in my car and start it without removing the fob from my pocket but why did I even need a fob in the first place. Why couldn’t I just register my finger print on the car, open it with that and then start the car with an integrated reader on the steering wheel. Makes sense to me. Especially seeing as the technology in cars that are released now can be a lot more complicated than such a simple security system.

I honestly think the reason this isn’t mainstream yet is because the early days of fingerprint readers were pretty awful. They were slow, they weren’t reliable and they were expensive. That’s just not the case any more. The reason these locks are probably so expensive at the moment is because the market is so niche.  People were sceptical of the technology before and still are. It falls into the whole home automation sector in a way, the technology is there, it’s expensive but it is there. I hope it becomes more and more mainstream to use fingerprints for access to buildings because I’m so fed up of keys it’s unreal. Hotels have been using cards for ages but the bump to using something that’s always attached to me would be ideal.