A tornado hitting your house is no joke, but it's not always practical to build a shelter just in case the worst should happen. If the thought of jumping into a protective bag doesn't appeal, a new tough construction panel developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) could be a good alternative. UAB's new panels can be retrofitted to existing houses or integrated into new builds, and offer protection even in the most extreme EF5 tornado – that is, in winds over 200 mph (321 km/h).
Preparing food in the kitchen can be a messy and cluttered task. Conscious of this, two German brothers have design a chopping board that seeks to bring order to the kitchen. The Frankfurter Brett has extensible brackets into which kitchen containers can be slotted.
Smart LED lightbulbs typically let you change their color. Some provide
more advanced functionality, like simple automation. The new Ilumi
smartbulb, however, has a host of features that make it far more
versatile than others. It's also said to be brighter and more energy
If you're like a lot of people, every so often you'll find yourself
needing a screwdriver without having one to hand. The Titanium Pocket
Bit is a satisfying solution to that problem. It's a tiny, double-ended
screwdriver on a keyring that is genuinely unobtrusive and and has a
wealth of potential uses.
If you want to know what time it is, you’ll have to do a little work with this clock. Albert (named after Albert Einstein) is a wall clock for children that breaks down the current time in math problems.
In a bid to improve their lifestyles an increasing number of people are turning to sensor-toting wearables, but your environment can be just as important as your body. CubeSensors are sensor-packed devices which monitor external factors and give advice to improve your relaxation, productivity or, in conjunction with a Jawbone or Fitbit tracker, sleep quality. Never missing the chance to sleep in the name of work, we recently spent some quality time with the little cubes.
The robotic vacuum cleaner continues to be a category of product that is
really cool at a conceptual level, but still fails make the traditional
manual vacuum – or even the centuries-old technology in your household
broom – fully obsolete. Unfortunately, even robotic vacuums like the
Ecovacs Robotics Deebot D35 are no exception.
Air conditioners are a bit of a paradox. On the one hand, they're most needed in the hottest weather, but on the other, the hottest days are when air conditioners are least efficient. Mistbox is an add-on technology for domestic air conditioners that uses a water mist to pre-cool the air conditioner, increasing its efficiency and lowering energy costs.
Our well-being and mood throughout the day is largely influenced by the light we are exposed to. Following this principle, a start-up called Saffron has developed the prototype of a LED light that can sync our internal clock to the natural shifting color spectrum of the sun. The light is called Silk by Saffron, and the designers claim it can improve our humor and sleep patterns by giving us get the right kind of light for the each time of the day.
"Smart" smoke and CO2 detectors
can do all sorts of clever things, such as notifying absent homeowners
via their smartphone if the alarm goes off. However, what if you’ve
already got a perfectly good "dumb" detector that you don’t want to
replace? Well, you’ll soon be able to give it some brains, in the form
of the Roost battery.