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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

The new Dyson Humidifier is promised to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria

Dyson, a company best known for its line of high-end vacuum cleaners, has just announced a new humidifier that's designed to kill bacteria in the air using what it calls "Ultraviolet Cleanse" technology.  Read More

Ambi Climate takes advantage of a Wi-Fi connection to evaluate climate and optimize the pe...

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

BottleLoft can be used for all kinds of drinks, including beer

For those of us who like drinking beer or other bottled drinks straight from the fridge, there is never quite enough room to fit them all in, especially if you're having a party. Which is where BottleLoft, a magnetic hanger for your refrigerator, comes in.  Read More

The prototype device utilizes paraffin contained within thin aluminum plates

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

The Soundbox Desk and accompanying chair is crafted from acacia wood, copper and steel

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

Frank Cohen's Waves Bluetooth speaker and custom light show

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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