About Living Smarter
Morten P. – EV, technology, electronics, and software enthusiast
Hello there. Hope you are enjoying the site and finding it somewhat helpful. If you reached this place and want to know a little about who I am and where my interests lie, you’ve come to the right place.
TL;DR: Just a relatively normal guy from Denmark who’s right on the edge to be 30, and I absolutely love electronics, technology, and software.
My name is Morten, I’m 28 years of age, I live in Denmark in a small apartment with my girlfriend. We are pretty much just a ‘normal’ couple who enjoys our 20’s as much as any.
I’m in love with technology, software, and electronics. Been a fan pretty much since I could walk. Split my parent’s old CRT TV into atoms when I was 8 years old, just because I couldn’t really grasp how this thing could produce images and colors. I was about 12 when I started programming and making web pages in raw HTML and CSS. When I was about 15 years old I started falling in love with the web and everything you could do with it. Videos editing, photo editing, coding, animation, content writing, and so on. So this is pretty much what I’ve been doing since and probably will continue doing, if not as the main job then in my spare time.
Through the last decade or so, I’ve really gotten a pretty large toolset and a lot of know-how in several different areas. Through the danish education system, I’ve got a bachelor’s degree in Digital Concept Development, and I have a degree in Multimedia Design as well. These subjects are highly involved in technology and software. This education firstly got me a job as a designer and brand manager, where I was in charge of everything related to the brand around Challenge Denmark. Challenge Denmark is the equivalent of Ironman, it’s Triathlon.
Currently, I’m working a full-time job as a Product Manager in a software house. So very appropriate to what I love doing, I’m actually working with something I’m passionate about.
As a Product Manager, I’ve pretty much been working with everything related to our product. Ranging from software and electrics to marketing and communication.
Because I have a full-time job, this site is primarily non-profit. There might be ads here and there or an affiliate link. But this is mostly just to cover the costs of having this site running and maybe a cup of coffee once a week.
In my spare time for the past decade, I’ve been following all the ‘big’ YouTubers related to tech, science, and technology. Guys like Joe Scott, Real Engineering and Engineering Explained, I really encourage you to follow on YouTube. They’ve taught me so much about EV’s, IoT, technology, and science over the years. What I’m trying to do with this blog is actually a mix of what they are doing, just in a written content form, because being on video is not my thing and I like writing.
About the site Living Smarter
Living Smarter is a website with information and experience I’ve collected over the past few years. There is a lot of good to know stuff and other know-how for example about robot vacuum cleaners, that are really helpful and can give you an overall better experience. Also when you are considering buying a Robot Vacuum Cleaner, for example, I want to give you insight into which one to choose and depending on what you choose, what should you look out for. This is to avoid problems and in general just so you can get the absolute best out of your robot vacuum cleaner.
I actually started looking into general tips and advice after I got my first robot vacuum cleaner, this was because I didn’t start with thinking a little about what environment I was going to use my robot vacuum cleaner in. It’s necessary to know about external factors that can impact the effectiveness of your robot vacuum cleaner. Like animal hair, long hair, how many people are living in the house, is it only for dust, is it going to be used twice a day or once a week. Many questions like that are going to impact your choice on which robot vacuum cleaner you should get. All these things first came to mind after the fact that I bought a robot vacuum cleaner, which was kind of stupid because I ended up buying the wrong thing. My problem at that time was my girlfriend’s very long hair, the vacuum cleaner was simply not good enough to handle it, so I ended up buying a new one for general use instead and using the old one in the office where I often sit.
The same concept is applied to all categories on this site whether it’s about smart lighting, mopping, security, connectivity, or any other category. I want to make sure that you make an informed decision before you make any impulsive purchases.
My hope is, that you’ll find the site helpful and useful in your quest to make your life and home smarter.
What robot vacuums do I own?
I own two Robot Vacuums: Neato D4 and a Roomba s9.
I’ve had the Neato D4 for the longest time. It was also my first robot vacuum. I’ve been very happy with it, and it’s the robot vacuum that has enabled me to learn so much about them and gain so much experience.
I’ve had it for over 4 years now, so I’ve been a robot vacuum owner for over 4 years. In this period I’ve learned so much about how it cleans, what the pros and cons are, battery life, accessories, maintenance, and so much more.
I got the Roomba s9, not because it was a replacement for my Neato D4, but just because I had multiple floors and floor types to clean. I think Roombas has the best options for working on multiple floor types.
I have the Neato D4 in the kitchen and the Roomba cleaning everywhere else.
You can read all about the experience I’ve had with my robot vacuums in this category
What EV do I own?
My daily drive is an ID.3 from VW. I’ve had it for some time now, so I have gotten a lot of experience driving EVs on a daily basis.
The ID.3 is a very good EV, I don’t think it’s the best, but it’s the first one that I got and it fits my lifestyle perfectly. The price is also great, it easily competes with gasoline cars. I got the ID.3 after owning a Mazda 3 (2016) for about 4 years.
The Mazda 3 is also a great car, but the economics of the car compared to an EV give little to no competition. I spend about 3/4 now compared to owning a gasoline car and on top of that, it’s brand new and feels wonderful to drive.
Owning an EV has given me a lot of experience in the pros and cons of owning and driving one. It’s definitely not only great stuff, but the overall pros outweigh the cons absolutely.
You can read more about my experience with owning an EV in this category.
Why not a Tesla?
A lot of people are driving a Tesla nowadays. Where I live, in Denmark I think the majority is buying Teslas.
So why didn’t I buy a Tesla?
I think it came down to price versus how “much” car I would get out of it. Also, it wasn’t only my decision, I have a partner as well who had a 50% say in the matter.
I would pay roughly the same each month by owning a Tesla Model Y. But the downpayment was almost 10 times more and that was only for the low-tier battery. I would get 360 KM with the Tesla and 420 KM with the ID.3.
In all honesty the ID.3 drive better, it just feels better and easier to drive. Hard to describe.
I also drive A LOT on the highway and cabin noise is a big factor for me. The ID.3 is almost like sitting in the living room, with no cabin noise whatsoever.
So all in all, the higher price for the Model Y just didn’t add up with the experience I got.
Morten P. – EV Enthusiast
Experience in electrical engineering, programming, digital design, and product management.
Currently working as a product manager in a software firm and daily working with new and exciting technologies.
Writing for this blog is a passion and a way to keep informed and learn new things every day.
If you want to reach out to me personally, find me on Linkedin here:
Though my blog is still very new, I’ve been selected to be on the Top 100 Smart Home Automation Blogs And Websites on the Web in 2020 by Feedspot.