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Stack Lighting's Alba BR30 standard recessed bulb, ready for pre-order

While Wi-Fi-enabled lighting like the Phillips Hue is nothing new, it still requires making lighting changes via a smartphone app. Stack Lighting, on the other hand, embeds the necessary smarts directly in the bulb, enabling the device to read room conditions and adjust its lighting accordingly, with little to no effort by the user.  Read More

Virtual items collected in a game of Future Hunter-Gatherer are later delivered to the doo...

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

The MEG greenhouse allows the user to create the perfect growing environment from their sm...

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

The Bruvelo smart coffee maker is designed to make a better cup of morning goodness throug...

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

Ruche, the French word for beehive, is a unique, adaptable shelving unit for the home or o...

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

WattsUp technology that allows chargong of mobile devices at a distance will soon be appea...

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

Cree's new LED bulbs will be less expensive than the current models, thanks to a heat sink...

Cree has already gone a long way towards making incandescent light bulbs obsolete, by introducing its relatively normal-looking, inexpensive LED bulbs. Today, however, the company announced that those bulbs will soon be ... well, even more normal-looking and inexpensive, thanks to the elimination of the heat sink.  Read More

Ikea is looking to tap into the standing desk craze with Bekant

As the abundance of standing desks to emerge this year would indicate, sitting on your butt all day is not all that good for your health. The world's largest furniture retailer is now joining the fray, with Ikea launching a convertible desk that adjusts mechanically from sitting to standing position and features the company's characteristically sleek design.  Read More

Arist aims to allow users to brew professional coffee drinks from home

Some of us wake up in the morning and have a cup of coffee just to get the caffeine. For others, drinking coffee is an experience, and it's at those people that the new Arist brewer is aimed. It connects to a user's smartphone and allows them to make the same kinds of recipes one would typically get from a trained barista, but it's done right in the home.  Read More

The EVAK food storage system removes all of the air from the jar thanks to a twin-valve li...

The EVAK food storage system consists of glass jars with lids which fit perfectly inside them. Glass containers with airtight lids are obviously already readily available, but the EVAK food storage system goes one stage further ... it lets you suck air out of the jar and away from the food.  Read More

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