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Ambi Climate gives your air conditioner a brain

By - October 20, 2014 6 Pictures
Your typical air conditioning unit in an apartment or home is a stupid creature, failing to work intelligently to create the most comfortable temperature environment for you in the most efficient way. Start up Ambi Climate thinks it has built the better brain to solve this issue in the form of a new standalone device and smartphone app that tell your air conditioner how to optimize its performance. Read More
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Heat-energy storage device could make household solar power more feasible

By - October 15, 2014 1 Picture
Although solar panels are active while the sun is shining, they typically don't do much once the sun goes down. This is why some systems incorporate water tanks. The water is heated during the day via the panels, then that stored thermal energy (heat) is used to warm the home at night. While the tanks are effective, they also take up a lot of space, making them difficult to fit into peoples' homes. A newly-developed device, however, stores just as much heat in half the space – using paraffin instead of water. Read More
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Vintage Soundbox Desk doubles as an amplifier, no power required

By - October 13, 2014 5 Pictures
If you like your audio equipment with a vintage feel, there's a whole host of devices blending new technologies with an old-school aesthetic. Then again, if you're going to cast your mind back, while not go all the way back? Herein lies the thinking behind Korean metal art and design student Jina U's Soundbox Desk, a unique design that uses a phonograph-style horn to amplify the audio from your smart phone, without the need for electricity. Read More

Waves: A Lava Lamp with a modern twist

While sat at his desk trying to unwind, designer Frank Cohen was inspired to create a modern version of the Lava Lamp. The Waves smart Bluetooth speaker sports rows of programmable LED lights which illuminate customizable diffusion filters up top. Read More
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Rico gives your old smartphone a job in home security

By - October 1, 2014 8 Pictures
Almost every day, it seems, breakfast is accompanied by the debut of a next generation smartphone that makes our perfectly capable current models look positively antiquated. Whether you patiently wait for the end of your contract before upgrading or contact your provider straight away, you're existing pocket pal will likely be retired to a powered off eternity in an infrequently opened drawer somewhere. The folks over at Mindhelix want to give that old phone a new lease of life in the Rico home security and monitoring system. Read More

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