The City of North Vancouver has approved an all-rental building and childcare facility with no parking for residents.


133 East 4th Street


The 6 storey project at 133 East Fourth St will include 23 rental homes, 3 of which wll be offered at below-market rates.

This unique project will have zero underground parking spaces for residents or visitors. Instead, the daycare will have 1 surface parking spot.

The neighbours are concerned that the project will make it even harder to nab on-street parking, and that the daycare would bring undue noise and congestion from parents dropping off their kids.

The proposal has good support from the business community however, who say that the shortage of rental apartments was a threat to the North Vancouver economy, and childcare operators who stressed to council how hard it is for parents to find spaces on the North Shore.

One councillor expressed 'that this about providing choices and options for people who might have a very different experience than any of us who live in single family homes, have large green spaces, have cars and driveways, etc. This is a different reality and it requires a different solution.'


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Everything is for sale in Vancouver, from homes  to storage lockers to parking stalls.



In fact, on June 8, 2021 a small parking stall #33 at 1233 Pacific Boulevard sold for $38,250 after spending 29 days on the market.

The 124 square foot stall, which is good for a small car sold below the asking price of $39,500 and its 2021 assessed value of $45,900.

The adjacent stall, #34, which is slightly larger at 146 square feet sold in April for $41,000 after being listed for only 4 days.

This strata does not require buyers to live in the buiilding, but require a monthy maintenance fee of $47,20

Is there a niche market for realtors selling storage lockers and  parkings stalls?


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With so much Olympic controversy this year with pandemic concerns I wonder if watching the games on TV this summer will be as popular as most Olympics?  The best part about Summer Olympics is they occur when most major league sports are a little quiet. No NFL, MLB pennant races haven't really heated up yet, and Basketball and Hockey are on their summer breaks.

The Summer Olympics gives us 2 weeks of sports that we largely never watch, except for 17 days every 4 years. And even though most events will be tape delayed, it will hopefully give us some excitement.

Here are the top 10 ranked Summer Olympic sports to watch:


 #10   Handball


Olympic handball is fun to watch even if you don't know all of the rules.

 

#9   Wrestling, Taekwondo and Judo  


Combat sports such as judo belong in the Olympics.


#8   Table Tennis


Do not confuse pingpong for table tennis.


#7   Team Volleyball


The United States and the Netherlands produced a classic volleyball match at the 2016 Summer Olympics.


#6   Men's Basketball


Some of the best basketball players in the world still compete at the Olympics.


#5   Water Polo


Water polo players can be downright mean during matches.


#4   Women's Soccer


The United States women's national team is expected to win gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics.


#3   Swimming


Michael Phelps is a superstar in and out of the pool.


#2 Track


Usain Bolt is one of the biggest Olympic superstars of the past decade.


#1 Gymnastics


Gymnastics often provide high drama during an Olympics.


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Throughout most of this pandemic, home sales soared and in many markets set record prices. And although the market has definitely simmered, industry insiders are saying that the B.C. market is expected to boom postpandemic - driven by Canadians returning home and the federal government's plan to bring in more that 1.2 million immigrants over the next few years.


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Speculation is that a lot of the new buyers will be Canadians returning from Hong Kong, where Vancouver is a favoured destination for the 300,000 or so passport holders who want to escape the politcal instability in Hong Kong.

It's always a wish that prices will come down in Vancouver, and that will only happen if there is more supply then demand. Do we see that happening - not a chance.


Why 450,000 Immigrants to Canada is Unrealistic and Irresponsible - Canada  Immigration and Visa Information. Canadian Immigration Services and Free  Online Evaluation.


Most of the Canadians coming back from Hong Kong are seeing prices in Hong Kong even higher than Canada, so now when they come back they will sell off their property in Hong Kong and put it into Canada. Now their net worth has increased dramtically over the last 10 years and their purchasing power is much higher now, than when they left.

Your house is your most valuable asset. Stay on top the of news in this volatile market. 


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Regardless of your  knowledge, here are a few things that you might not know according to 'Readers Digest Canada'.


Ice cold beer being opened


1.  We like Beer. Canada day and a cold one go together like Bob and Doug Mckenzie. Here in BC, residents guzzle 1.2 million litres of beer over the country's birthday long weekend - and that's just from government run liquor stores.


2. It Make the Perfect Moving Day. As the rest of Canada celebrates with face painting and fireworks, Quebec opts for a mass exodus of apartments. In keeping with a decades-old tradition, most leases in La Belle Province expire on July 1. 


Canadian flag


3.  The Test is Tough. In 2010, Canada toughened up its citizenship test with more detailed questions and a higher pass mark. As a result, failure rates jumped from between 4% & 8% to 30%. Here's a sample question - Do you know what year the name 'Canada' first began appearing on maps?  Answer they are looking for is 1547.


Canadian beaver


4.  Beavers Aren't as Sweet as they Look.  Think Canada's national animal is cute and cuddly? Beavers have been known to attack humans and on some occasions, kill them.


Canada Day fireworks


5. We like a good party.  You're more likely to tete Canada's birthday if you're among the seven million citizens whose mother tongue isn't French or English.  There are 200 other languages to choose from.


6.  We've Changed our Minds.  Canadians officially referred to July 1 as Dominion Day until 1982, when 13 sleepy members of parliament voted in the name change at 4pm on a Friday, before declaring the rest of the afternoon a holiday and taking off.


National War Memorial in Ottawa


7.  We'll take a Risk.  On Canada Day 2006, three revellers relieved themselve on the National War Memorial. Someone snapped a photo, which caused a national outrage when it was published in the papers. One of the men was charged. After 50 hours of community service, a $200 donation and a public letter of apology, he got a reprieve from the court.


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It has been reported that the brisk market of March and April are over for the real estate market in Metro Vancouver, and that this temporary decline my last for a while.


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The main reason for the slow down is due in part to the expected easing of restrictions brought about by COVID-19.

Real Estate markets typically slow down in the summer, when people travel, but with the easing of restrictions, more travel locally and the promise of travel abroad may slow things down even more for the next couple months.

This may not be great news for sellers, but on the upside, with fewer listings coming on the market, prices shouldn't go down in the line with the decrease in homes being sold.

For the buyers out there, you can perhaps take solace in less competition.

So while that may be what the summer of 2021 will look like, the fall market could be a lot different.


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As the borders begin to open, post secondary schools' welcome students back in person, and immigration starting up, demand not seen in the real estate market since pre-COVID could emerge. 







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Vancouver is proposing a starting base fee of $45 per year for a new mandatory permit parking scheme for all residential streets in Vancouver.

The permit would be required for residents who park on their street overnight between the hours of 10pm and 7am.


These are Vancouver's proposed fees for mandatory residential street parking permits


There would be extra fees through an annual polluation charge for new higher polluting vehicles, with a sliding scale that would see all 2022 and older vehicles - all vehicles that people already own today, as well as specialized vehicles for wheelchairs - exempt from the extra fees.


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The annual pollution chart, applies to vehicles with a model year of 2023 or newer. Battery electric and other low polluting vehicles such as hybrids would not to have to pay the surcharge, but moderately polluting new vehicles such as most gas powered sport sedans and more efficient small SUV's would pay $500 annually.


6 Best Full-Size SUVs for 2021: Photos and Details | U.S. News & World  Report


High-polluting vehicles such as most gas powered luxury sports cars, large SUV's and full size pick up trucks would pay $1000 annually.

There would also be fees for overnight visitors, who can park anywhere from 10pm to 7am but must pay $3 per night using the PaybyPhone app or at a neighbourhood pay station. No fees will be applied during the daytime.

The City is hoping this will deter future purchases of new higher polluting vehicles, and encourage people who get around by car to consider other modes of transportation.

Currently there are about 150,000 cars parked on Vancouver's residential streets overnight.

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A Winnipeg girl is filling the hearts and stomachs of Winnipeggers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Gwen is offering free art and groceries to put smiles on faces in her neighbourhood.


Gwen, with the help of her mom, Jasmine, who chose not to share their last name, has been spending time in  her Winnipeg neighbourhood handing out free groceries for those who may not be able to make it out to the stores while social distancing.

'We just want to help our neighbours and put a smile on their face,' she said.

Gwen's pantry has a variety of options including canned soup, peanut butter and cookies. The items are being offered for free.

In addition to food, Gwen is also offering some of her artwork for free.

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BC consumers often dismiss manufactured homes as a housing option, but the rise of Millenial buyers, BC's runaway housing prices and modern new designs may put Canada's most affordable homes on buyers wish lists this year.

Typical homes in BC manufactured home parks often sell for $250,000 or less, a fraction of the cost of detached houses, which average $893,000 across BC and $1.8 million in Greater Vancouver.


Click Home Model at Big Maple


We are now seeing manufactured home park owners introducing bright, contemporary designs that are light years removed from a traditional trailer.

The Big Maple manufactured home park, located near Davis Bay beach on the Sunshine Coast, for example, has set up and sold 22 Click Homes, a locally made house design from Click Modulary Homes, that average about 1,000 square feet with 2 bedrooms.


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The modern factory built homes were sold over the past 3 years, but mostly since 2020, at prices starting at $298,000 and are now in the $334,000 range.

This compares with a benchmark Sunshine Coast detached-house price of $838,000 in May, up 43% from a year earlier. Big Maple buyers pay a monthly pad rental fee of $500.

Individual buyers of manufactured homes on a rental pad usually require a 35% downpayment, but the financing, often through credit unions, offer similar mortgage rates, terms and insurance as the traditional housing market.


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BC's hotel industry might be finally coming alive again after its most brutal year ever with at least 2 major hotels planned, one in Richmond, and one in Coquitlam.



COVID-19 has proven to be far worse than the 2008/2009 global financial crisis, SARS outbreak in 2003, 9/11 and the Gulf War combined, where two thirds of total hotel rooms across Canada sat empty in 2020.

The hotel occupancy rate in BC has fallen to the 30% range, the lowest ever recorded and the revenue per available room, a key industry metric, has plunged 60% from pre-pandemic levels.

Virtually the only BC hotel properties transacted in the past 12 months have been those bought by government to house the homeless and others in need of emergency housing.

Yet, experts are expecting a robust rebound in the hotel industry post-pandemic.

On June 7, Landa Global Properties announced it plans  a major hotel as a keystone of a giant mixed-use developement on a 3.5 acre site near Richmond's Oval Village waterfront.

The concept is for a 3 tower developement that will include the hotel, retail and residentail homes, with an elaborate clubhouse amenity for hotel guests and residents, with design elements influenced by high-end Asain hotels.

Meanwhile there are also plans for a 150 room hotel, comparable to the Hilton or Marriot, as part of a mixed-ue proposal in Coquitlam Town Centre on Pinetree Way and Lougheed Highway.

If all goes well, both hotels could be open in 2023 or 2024, which will be the first full years of stabilzed demand post-COVID with occupancies approaching pre-pandemic levels.


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Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley real estate boards report 50,870 homes sold  in record-setting 2020 | Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment  Weekly


The Metro Vancouver market is still steaming, but it is slowing down, not just locally, but across the country.

Yes, sanity appears to be returning after a wild start to spring.

The number of homes that sold in April fell by 12.5%, compared with the all-time high set in March, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.

The Association said that 60,697 homes sold across the country last month, down from 69,702 in March, while close to 85% of all local markets, including almost all of BC, saw sales declines.


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However, sales in April were still a record for the month and up 256% compared with a year ago, when the onset of COVID-19 kept people out of the market.

The national average home price was a little under $696,000 in April, up 41.9% from last year when the average price was $490,082.

Excluding Metro Vancouver and the Great Toronto areas, the national average is more than $144,000 lower.

Even though sales in many markets remain high, we appear to be seeing signs of 'buyer fatigue'.

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WEST VANCOUVER MODERN HOMES UPDATE Albrighton Real Estate, Vancouver Lofts,  Modern Architectural Homes


While home ownership continues to be far out of reach for many families, new stats show that in West Vancouver, almost 28% of home owners own multilple properties. 

Of those 19% own 2 properties, but over 5% own 3 properties over and 3% own 4 or more properties.

It's an interesting question knowing the kind of struggles that many people have looking to buy their first home when we have a proportion of the population that has two or three or four homes or more.


Vancouver Real Estate & Luxury Homes - Brock Smeaton


In the District of North Vancouver, fewer people own multiple properties than in West Vancouver, but there are still more multiple-property owner there than in Metro Vancouver as a whole.

Over 19% of North Van homeowners own more than 1 home, and of those 14.6% own 2, 3.3% own 3 and 1.5% own 4 or more.

In Metro Vancouver as a whole, 16.4% of owners own multiple properties.

For the Mayor of West Vancouver, Mary-Ann Booth, she is not surprised by these stats. She says, "we have 1,700 empty houses in West Van, and we are a magnet for foreign investment. For plunking money into real estate or whatever reason."

It's a bit of a vicious cycle. It appears the only way you can afford to live in West Van is to have a lot of money, and the way you can make money the quickest is to buy and sell real estate.


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NHL mom repays son's childhood arena manager with kidney | CTV News


Throughout the many years that Graham Nesbitt managed the locat skating arena in Seaforth, Ontario, he routinely went above and beyond the call of duty - opening the rink early, staying late, and even in the face of snowstorms - to ensure neighbourhood kids could get in as many hours on the ice as possible.


NHL star's mom donates kidney to arena manager who let her boys skate extra  hours | CBC News


Ryan O'Reilly, the captain of the Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues mother, Bonnie, was so grateful for Nesbitt's dedication to her 2 sons and all the other young players,lined up to be tested to see if she might be a match when she learned Nesbitt need a kidney donation.

Once O'Reilly learned that she was a match, the only thing left to be done was arrange for the surgery. 'She says that "What you have done for my boys, helping them achieve their goal of playing professional hocky, it's the least we can do"


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The transplant took place in early March and both O'Reilly and Nesbitt came through the procedure in good form as were soon on their way to recovery.

Nesbitt's wife, Pam, deeply touched by O'Reilly's generosity, poster her thanks on Facebook: "From our family  to you and yours Bonnie, thanks for the gift of a lifetime...Your selfless act means more than you'll ever know."

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National Bank of Canada teams up with BMC to go digital | IT World Canada  News


Louis Vachon, the CEO of National Bank of Canada said that the country should consider ending blind bidding to cool the nation's housing market. Blind bidding occurs when new listings are posted with 'an offer date', forcing potential buyers to virtually throw blind offers, without knowing what others have offered. In many cases these offer's are hundreds of thousands of dollars over the asking price, and in some cases they could be $100,000 over the next best offer. 


Letters to the editor: April 2: 'End blind bidding.' Readers debate real  estate practices and soaring Canadian home prices, plus other letters to  the editor - The Globe and Mail


Mr Vachon says the regulators should look at regulating or forbidding blind bidding to increase price transparency and make it harder for buyers to waive certain rights in their purchase offers.  To make offers appealing to sellers, buyers are not only going in with a very high price, but they are also giving up rights to home inspections and removing clauses that protect them if they are unable to arrange financing for the purchase.

Mr Vachon went on to say that new policies could better protect buyers and may slow the velocity of the current real estate market. He also said that changes to mortgage underwriting criteria may be needed over the next 6-12 months as well.


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Coming up with a reasonable offer today is difficult, especially when many home sales turn into auctions. Many homes in our high-demand market are being sold with an offer date forcing buyers to submitt their offer at the same time as all the other prospective buyers submit thiers. Basically bidding  without know what others have bid, also know as a blind auctions.


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In many cases, residences could sell for $100,000's over asking price, and in extreme cases up to $1,000,000 over asking.

Many are saying that the reason homes are selling for so much is because of a increase in housing demand, low supply of new listings and favourable mortgage rates. This would be true if you believe that home sellers really don't have any idea what their property is worth in high-demand market conditions.


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The 'list price' used to an important factor that suggested the seller's expected price to  prospective buyers. Now it appears that homes are being deliberately listed at lower prices than the recent comparable sales to attract a larger cohort of buyers. Basically trying to create a frenzy of buyers, encouraging multiple bids that are not only higher than list price, but in many cases subject free.

Watch out for homes that are listed below market, based on the comparables - especially if the listing comes with an offer date. In these cases, the listing price does not represent market value, it is just an invitation to offer, when the seller really has no intentions of accepting anything lower.

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For just a few special weeks many Metro Vancouver streets are lined with blossoming cherry trees, letting us all know that spring has finally arrived.



This year you can join CBC Vancouver's Gloria Macarenko and  celebrate the beauty and symbolism of the cherry blossom at Sakura at Home, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival's annual fundraiser, online  on April 25th.



This event celebrates spring and sakura - the Japanese term for cherry blossom trees - and supports the organizations mission to engage diverse communities through accessible arts and culture offerings that honour the fragile beauty of the cherry blossoms.



Come and enjoy the exclusive  take-out menus created by some of Vancouver's top chefs and an evening program which includes an 'Akebono' cocktail tutorial, haiku and the world premier of the dron film In Full Bloom - al to be enjoyed from the comfort of home.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit vcbf.ca


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VANCOUVER, B.C.: January 28, 2020 -- Rendering of a hi-rise project proposal for Vancouver, B.C. The two towers, located at 1728 Alberni St and 735 Bidwell St., are made to look like trees.  Heatherwick Studio proposed the designs and is commissioned by Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties in partnership.  Photo credit Picture Plane Ltd. For Sue Lazaruk story. [PNG Merlin Archive]


In an article written by Susan Lazaruk of the Vancouver Sun, she reports that 2 new residential towers proposed for Alberni and Bidwell streets in the West End are designed to mimic large undulating cedars to lend a Vancouver character, according to the world famous design architects, Heatherwick studio from the U.K.


VANCOUVER, BC. 1500 Block Alberni street.

Rezoning happening now for two proposed towers at 1728 Alberni and 735 Bidwell streets. UK architect report submitted to city for rezoning takes shots at other condos on Alberni in 1100, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1800 blocks................(Photo credit: Francis Georgian / Postmedia) , Vancouver. Vancouver Reporter: ,  ( Francis Georgian   /  PNG staff [PNG Merlin Archive]


The design is intended  to use trees as the inspiration with the idea of gentle curving vertical structures that connect the public on the ground floor to the top of the towers.

The 2 tree towers, 1 thirty storeys, the other thirty-four, at 1728 Alberni St and 735 Bidwell St, would be made up of 401 strata residential units - studios and one, two and three bedrooms - with balconies and views to the mountains, Stanley Park and the harbour.


VANCOUVER, B.C.: January 28, 2020 -- Rendering of a hi-rise project proposal for Vancouver, B.C. The two towers, located at 1728 Alberni St and 735 Bidwell St., are made to look like trees.  Heatherwick Studio proposed the designs and is commissioned by Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties in partnership.  Photo credit Picture Plane Ltd. For Sue Lazaruk story. [PNG Merlin Archive]


The project proposed more spaces  for bikes (524) than for cars (499), and would replace 2 mid 1980's era apartment towers on the land.

The new towers would sit on a five-storey, mixed use podium that would incorporate varied architectural materials, including wood and a lot of greenery. Each of the buildings' two bases is styled after a 'green mountain' that would house restaurants and shops, and have a ground-floor plaza designed to be open in the warmer months only.


VANCOUVER, B.C.: January 28, 2020 -- Rendering of a hi-rise project proposal for Vancouver, B.C. The two towers, located at 1728 Alberni St and 735 Bidwell St., are made to look like trees.  Heatherwick Studio proposed the designs and is commissioned by Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties in partnership.  Photo credit Picture Plane Ltd. For Sue Lazaruk story. [PNG Merlin Archive]


The project is to be jointly developed by Bosa and Kingswood  Properties.

It's not know at this time when the buildings, if approved, would be completed.

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According to an article by Kirsten Clarke of the Richmond News, homeowners in Richmond spend 44% of their income on mortgage payments, making it the second most cost burdened city in Canada.

The report by Point2, which studies real estate trends, looked at the 50 most populated cities in Canada and compiled a list of those considered to have the most unaffordable markets.

It's a similar situation for Burnaby and Oakville, Ontario which placed 1st and 3rd on the list. In Burnaby, homeowners spent 44.7% of their income on mortgages in 2020.

Other cities in Metro Vancouver included on the list, and where mortgages take up more than 30% of owners' income are: Vancouver (41.6%), Langley (40.5%), Coquitlam (38.5%) and Surrey (32.2%).

In 2010, mortgages in Richmond took up to 28% of homeowners' income, which increased to 34% by 2015.

In Richmond, homes prices more than doubled - jumping by 109.9% - in the past decade, while wages grew by just 32.1% over the same period.

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One of my favourite things do is to collect somewhat useless, random, but interesting facts. Here are just a few.


The heads on Easter Island have bodies


Easter Island statues



The iconic stone heads protruding from the ground on Easter Island are familiar to most, but many don't realize what lies beneath the surface. In the '10's, archaeoligists studying the hundreds of stone statues on the Pacific Island excavated two figures, revealing full torsos, which measure as high as 33 feet.


The moon has moonquakes


Half moon


Just as earth has earthquakes, the moon has moonquakes. Less common and less intense than the shakes that happen here, moonquakes are believed by US Geological Survey (USGS) scientists to occur due to tidal stresses connected to the disance between earth and the moon.


Pineapple works as a natural meat tenderizer


Pineapple meat kabobs


The fruit is packed with the same enzyme bromelain, which breaks down protein chains, making it an ideal marinade for meats when you don't have a lot of time. But for the same reason, pineapple does not work for jams or jellies, since the enzyme breaks down gelatin as well.  The bromelain is so strong that pineapple processors have to wear protective gloves, otherwise over time the enzyme eats away at the skin on their face and hands, leaving dry skin and small sores.


You lose up to 30% of your taste buds in flight


Airplane meals


This might explain whay airplane food gets such a bad reputation.  The elevation in an airplane can have a detrimental effect of our ability to taste things. According to a 2010 study conducted by Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, the dryness experienced at a high elevation as well as low pressure reduces the sensitivity of a person's taste buds to sweet and salty food by about 30%. Add that to dry cabin air which affects our ability to smell, and our ability to taste even further.


Your notrils work one at a time


Close up of baby's nose


When we breath in and out of our nose during the day, one nostril does most of the work at a time, with the duties switching every few hours. This 'nasal-cycle' is dictacted by the same autonomic nervous system that regulates heart rate, digestion, and other unconscious bodily functions and is the reason why when our nose gets stuffed up, it does so one nostril at a time.



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Problem: When you need something that will let you work on the go, no matter where you are - whether it be at Starbucks or eating lunch in a restaurant. You don't want to carry a full size keyboard and mouse with you at all times.


Solution: Dartle Type

The Dartle is a handy device that enables you to leave your portable keyboard or heavy notebook at home. Simply use Dartle and type directly into your phone or IPad.  Or use Mouse Mode by simply moving your fingers across a flat surface to use mouse actions, manipulate images, or even draw - and of course, type quickly and effeciently.



The Dartle uses the latest Bluetooth protocols to connect to any mobile device or computer quickly and easily, replacing any keyboard.

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