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MOLO is designed to keep food moist in the microwave

There's an old trick to make microwaved food taste better: put some water in with it. This helps keep the food moist, but it's not necessarily the most elegant solution. The MOLO Moisture Lock Microwave Cover aims to take this old trick and streamline it, with a cover that integrates the water right into the top, preventing splatters while keeping food moist, all with the goal of making it taste better.  Read More

thingCHARGER allows users to charge devices without having wires all over the place

Almost everyone has multiple devices that require charging. A new product called thingCHARGER aims to make the process a little easier and neater, as it goes right over an existing outlet, and docks various devices on top for easy charging.  Read More

The Woof to Wash washing is designed so that service dogs can open the door with their paw

UK-based appliance firm JTM Service is aiming to make life a little easier for individuals who rely on service dogs to get through their day-to-day life. These highly-trained dogs have are able to perform all sorts of remarkable tasks for their owners, and now, they can add doing laundry to the list.  Read More

Orbital Systems is developing a new household shower that recycles any water that goes dow...

A Swedish technology company called Orbital Systems is tackling the issue of water conservation with a new household shower that purifies any water that goes down the drain and sends it back to the shower head. By the company's estimations, its closed-loop system could retain over 90 percent of the water and 80 percent of the energy consumed by an ordinary shower.  Read More

The Break-out Furniture series can be joined together to create a 'house' within a house o...

Singapore-based designer Dymitr Malcew has conceived a series of mobile furniture modules that can be joined together to create a "house" within a house, or be used independently to create private recreational zones.  Read More

The Spruce Stove in use, prior to being closed around the log

I speak from experience when I say that it's actually fun to go into the woods, saw up fallen trees, then bring the wood home to burn over the winter. What isn't so much fun is subsequently sawing the logs into stove-length pieces. With the Spruce Stove, however, you don't have to – you just continuously feed one long log in as it burns, sort of like feeding a pencil into a pencil sharpener.  Read More

The Numerouno cardboard lamp by Johannes Kiessler

German designer Johannes Kiessler has created a sleek hanging lamp which is predominantly made from cardboard. Dubbed, Numerouno, the eco-friendly lamp weighs a mere 600 g (21 oz) and features a low consumption 21 W fluorescent tube that emits the same amount of light as a traditional 150 W light bulb.  Read More

The Elertus system detects movement

Last month, Elertus of Draper, Utah unveiled its Elertus Wine Protection System, which uses a wireless sensor that monitors temperature, humidity, and movement. It’s designed to keep an eye on your wine cellar or cabinet to make sure that your vin ordinaire is properly stored and that no one is helping themselves to the odd bottle of Chateau le Tour.  Read More

The base station and handset for the vtalk phone

Is the humble home phone headed the way of the dodo? Jeremy Bogan doesn't think so, which is why he has created the vtalk desk phone with the goal of bringing smartphone-like features to a device that stays put in the home of the user. Are home phones losing traction because smartphones offer so much, or because they have not evolved in terms of features? Bogan believes it's the latter.  Read More

The Yin Yang couple bath – no more arguing over who gets the back rest (Photo: Trautwein)

Bathing with your significant other is good in all sorts of ways, although things can get kind of cramped when you try sticking two people in one bathtub. That's why German wellness products manufacturer Trautwein created the Yin Yang "couple bath." It lets you and that special someone bathe together without, you know ... bathing together.  Read More

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