Three years ago we heard about the GiraDora,
a foot-pedal-powered clothes-washing machine created for off-grid use
in developing nations. While many of our readers expressed an interest
in it, the device has yet to reach commercial production. If that's the
sort of thing that turns your crank (or pushes your pedal), though, you
can now order Yirego's similar Drumi.
Space-saving designs were some of Gizmag's favorite picks during this year's Milan Design Week, which included transforming living spaces and multifunctional pieces by Italian company Clei. The established manufacturer has been creating innovative and transformable furniture designs since 1963 and its new collection is a great example of how inches become feet and vice versa.
We've seen a wealth of smart home security devices appear on the market in recent years, but we're still waiting for a comprehensive solution that's simple to set up and easy to maintain. That's a gap that BuddyGuard is hoping to plug with Flare.
One simple controller to manage your locks, music, thermostat, lighting, appliances and more – that's the ambitious aim of Numio, an ultra-smart Internet of Things device currently looking for funding on Kickstarter. Portable and flexible, it can plug into more than 30 separate apps and platforms, from Sonos to Nest.
In the past, Michigan-based outdoor cooking enthusiast Jon Stein used
his dive watch to time the cooking of foods on his barbecue. Once he
realized that he barely ever used the watch for its actual intended
purpose, however, he set out to make one that was specifically designed
for use by his fellow grillers. The GrillTimer is the result.
A new miniature cooker from Israel called the Genie is set to spark a
revolution in meal preparation – it's able to turn pods of freeze-dried
ingredients into full meals in as little as half a minute. Everything
from chicken and rice to a chocolate soufflé can be whipped up, and the
chefs working with the Genie inventors say that they're just getting
It's not always practical or cost-effective to have a sound system in
every room of your home. If your light bulbs could play music, however,
it would kill two birds with one stone. Well, Sony Japan has unveiled
precisely that: an LED light bulb with a built-in Bluetooth speaker.
In an age of Twitter, Facebook, and texting, a physical mailbox may seem like a relic of the dead (letter) past, but postal theft is still a big problem and people still get annoyed at fruitless journeys to the curb. The Gate smart mailbox is a 21st century variation on the old switch-and-doorbell mailbox alert setup that not only lets you know when the post arrives, but is also intended to combat theft.
A London-based startup is looking to bring yet another level of refinement to the kitchens of coffee aficionados by launching a smartphone-controlled micro-roaster. Billed as the world’s first digital micro-roaster, the Ikawa countertop machine can roast green coffee beans in 3-10 minutes, ready to be dropped in your smartphone-controlled coffee machine.
If you get a particularly nasty stain on a piece of clothing, chances are you'll want to give it a good spot-scrubbing in the sink before throwing it in the washing machine. Samsung has set out to make that pre-washing process easier with the release of a top load washing machine with a built-in sink.