Around The Home

Window-mounted air conditioning with a view

With record-breaking temperatures looming ahead like rippling walls of heat from sun-baked asphalt, it behooves one to check that air conditioning units are in proper working condition ahead of time. For those considering an upgrade, Philadelphia-based Likuma Labs has unveiled a new product that addresses the frustrations experienced with many window air conditioners. Noria is designed to be smaller, lighter, and quieter, while offering full-room circulation and smart connectivity.Read More

Portable planter sticks greenery to windows

Sometimes even the most simple everyday items can benefit from a little bit of outside the box thinking. Take the humble flower pot – it might seem like a perfectly functional solution to growing plants inside the home, but isn't there a better way? Well, creators of the Livi planter certainly think so, with the product allowing you to position plants on both verticle and horizontal surfaces, while giving them a little more character. The project is currently seeking crowdfunding backers via Kickstarter.Read More

Deliveries can now come straight to the door ... of your refrigerator

Some say our modern tech-heavy world is making life more convenient. Others say it's making us just plain lazy. We'll leave it to you to decide what you think about Sweden's new pilot program that lets you purchase groceries online and then have someone enter your home and put them in your refrigerator so that you don't have to.Read More

Smart clothes peg pings your phone when there's rain on the way

A quick turn in the weather can bring undone even the most carefully planned loads of washing, so detergent maker Omo is tapping into the Internet of Things (IoT) to offer a helping hand. Peggy is a smart clothes-peg prototype that uses a number of sensors and local weather information to tell you when the washing is dry and ping you when rain's on the way to prevent you drying the same load twice.Read More

Desktop device brings laser-cutting home

There was a time when the only 3D-printed items that most of us ever saw were created at places like universities or industrial design houses – now, thanks to the plethora of consumer 3D printers out there, that's no longer the case. Well, the German designers of Mr. Beam II are hoping that their new device will likewise democratize the world of laser cutting and engraving. Read More

Smart spray paint copies color photos onto walls

Spray paint is a notoriously tricky medium to control with a reliable level of accuracy. Fortunately for would-be muralists everywhere, researchers have invented a "smart" spray paint system that can use regular cans of paint to re-create photo images as spray-painted murals on walls or other large surfaces. Read More

Control Freak offers accurate temperature controlled induction cooking

Anyone who's tried to poach the perfect egg will know the average induction cooker isn't a precision instrument. You need the water to be around 185° F (85° C), but does that mean turning the knob to low, medium or high? Is it somewhere in between? It's enough to drive any Heston Blumenthal wannabe insane. The solution may have come, in the form of the Control Freak induction cooking system, which lets you dial in an exact temperature and maintain it for perfect poaching, blanching, boiling and broiling every time.Read More


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