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Magnetic fridge eliminates gases, drastically reduces energy use

The days of the rackety, energy-gobbling refrigerator may be numbered with the advent of more efficient systems that cool with the use of magnets. The idea has been around almost as long as your standard gas-compression fridge, but it hasn't yet been viable for the household and commercial markets. Now, Cooltech Applications has launched the first magnetic refrigeration system (MRS) for commercial use.Read More

Slotting sticks together to create customized furniture

When you think of furniture you need to assemble yourself, you probably think of Ikea. But pieces from the Swedish giant require you to strictly adhere to the instructions to achieve the desired result. A Lithuanian team has taken a more freeform approach with Spyndi, which is comprised of individual sticks that slot together to form a variety of shapes.Read More

The lamp that's not a lamp

Billed as the "first lampless lamp," the UpLamp ditches a conventional bulb or LED in favor of your smartphone's LED camera flash. The "lamp's" optics scatter the light from the flash throughout the device's interior and onto a resin imbued with a fluorescent additive that forms the device's surface to produce a soft glow.Read More

Atari joins the connected household game

It's been a long time since Atari hardware was the centerpiece of a tech-savvy household, but now the classic videogame-maker is looking to re-enter the fray. Today it has announced a partnership with Internet of Things (IoT) specialist Sigfox to develop a new set of products for the connected home, with plans to cover everything from your own safety to that of your cats and dogs.Read More

Grill cube gives you 270 degrees of charcoal searing

The barbecue grill comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and fuel types, but the basic layout tends to be the same: a horizontal grate set over top a heat source. Copenhagen Trade thinks it's time to blow that mold up and replace it with a three dimensional grill box that cooks food from the sides, as well as the top. The Silo Grill gives grilling a new dimension.
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Google Home to bring search and more to thin air

All eyes in the tech world are turned toward San Francisco today as Google unveils its latest and greatest at its annual I/O conference. The first major announcement came after CEO Sundar Pichai kicked things off and handed the mic to Mario Queiroz, Google's Vice President of product management. Queiroz unveiled Google Home, one of the expected announcements at today's event, which basically brings Google's voice assistant feature to a standalone unit similar to Amazon's Echo.Read More


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