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Eva smart shower head saves water by gamifying your showers

By - November 19, 2014 5 Pictures
Showers are one of the top contributors to water usage, and waste, in the household. The makers of the Eva Bluetooth-connected shower head claim it can help you cut that water consumption in half by making sure water only pours down when you actually need it. A free companion app also tracks your water usage, compares it with other users and motivates you to keep saving in the long run, aiming to have the device pay for itself in just one year. Read More
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2014 Electrolux Design Lab winner gamifies grocery shopping

By - November 13, 2014 4 Pictures
The six finalists in the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab certainly threw up some eye-catching ideas. This year's competition called on designers from around the world to conceive appliances in line with the theme of "Creating Healthy Homes." Electrolux has now revealed the winner, the Future Hunter-Gatherer concept aimed at reconnecting us with our food sources by gamifying the task of grocery shopping. Read More
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Open source greenhouse enables smartphone control of a veggie garden

By - November 12, 2014 6 Pictures
Between potting parsley, curating coriander and tending to tomatoes, a vegetable patch requires a fair amount of work and even more know how. But what if you could call on an online community to keep everything in in working order when you hit the limits of your gardening prowess? The MEG Open Source Greenhouse is an internet-connected indoor microclimate designed to tap into the collective knowledge of green-thumbs around the world. Read More
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Bruvelo coffee maker is designed to automate your morning ritual

By - November 12, 2014 5 Pictures
There was a time when all you did to make a cup of coffee was put in the grounds, add the water and press a button. Now, with the advent of 21st century technology laden machines such as the Arist, brewing the drink that gets your day started is looking more and more like a Silicon Valley project. Another recent entry into this new high tech coffee lifestyle is the smartphone app-controlled, wireless-enabled Bruvelo. Read More
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Hive-inspired shelving unit promises tool-free assembly and added strength

By - November 9, 2014 16 Pictures
Everybody loves the idea of flat-pack furniture arriving and not having to dig around for hex keys and tubes of glue to put it together. But this tool-free approach can also call into question the stability of the piece. Israeli industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir is confident she has arrived at the perfect compromise, with a snap-together shelving unit inspired by the shape of a bee hive. Read More
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Haier and Energous team up to turn household appliances into wireless chargers

By - October 29, 2014 1 Picture
When you think of wireless chargers for mobile devices, you probably think of inductive charging pads like the Powermat and Wildcharge. But Haier and Energous are thinking bigger – much bigger. The two companies are joining forces to turn household appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, into chargers for mobile devices. Not only that, they will be using the WattUp technology developed by Energous that allows devices to be charged at a distance. Read More

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