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Ikea will sell both furniture with wireless charging built-in, and accessories that can be...

Starting next month, Swedish furniture colossus Ikea will start selling furniture with built-in Qi wireless charging and a charging kit to build wireless charging into existing furniture.  Read More

Girella rolls out and folds down to become an occasional bed

Chairs which fold out to become occasional beds are nothing new, but we haven't previously seen one that works in quite the same way as the Girella from Campeggi. Designed by Lorenzo Damiani, the Girella transforms from an armchair to a mattress and back again in the simplest manner possible.  Read More

Further to enabling users to unlock their doors with a paired smartphone app, Sesame respo...

If you're looking to smarten up your locks to make your home more secure, then you're not exactly short of options. While all these products are aimed at offering better-connected home security, is fumbling through your phone for an app much more convenient that fumbling through your pocket for your keys? The makers of Sesame say smart locks could be a little more intuitive, and have developed a solution that, among other things, recognizes secret knocks to open up your door.  Read More

The Mini--Farm Grow Box from Food Rising (Photo: Food Rising)

Texas-based consumer health advocate Mike Adams of non-profit organization Food Rising has developed a new soil-free, non-electric, home-based food grow system called the Mini-Farm Grow Box. The system doesn't require home gardeners to weed out invaders, there are no pumps, motors or complex parts to service and maintain, and it's reported to require about 1/20th of the water of conventional agriculture and about half the space of soil gardening.  Read More

A Shnap + Laces-equipped shoe (left) alongside a regular shoe

The tying of shoelaces may not be the most difficult thing that most of us do each day, but that nonetheless hasn't stopped people from inventing no-tie shoelace systems. One of the latest, Shnap + Laces, has the user just snap the ends of their laces onto the tops of their shoes.  Read More

The Smarter coffee machine lets you brew your perfect cup of coffee from your smartphone o...

Billed as "the world’s first bean to cup, Wi-Fi-enabled coffee machine," Smarter Coffee lets you brew your perfect cup of Joe from your smartphone or tablet. The Smarter app controls the grinding of beans, coffee strength and how many cups to make, then wakes you when your coffee is ready and keeps it warm for 20 minutes.  Read More

As your food moves from cold to hot, it morphs from blue, to red, and to white hot when it...

For all the time they save us in food preparation, burnt tongues and frozen centers are an all too common occurrence when dealing with microwaves. But former NASA engineer-turned-inventor Mark Rober reckons nuking our food shouldn't involve so much guesswork. His take on the everyday kitchen appliance offers a thermal vision display of your food as it cooks, so you know exactly when it's time to chow down.  Read More

Paragon pairs with a wireless sensor to precisely monitor and maintain cooking temperature...

Paragon is a low-cost induction cooktop from GE-subsidiary FirstBuild, designed to provide precision cooking to the masses. The product, which is currently the subject of a crowdfunding effort, pairs with a temperature sensor and links up with an iOS app, all with the goal of providing a less stressful kitchen experience.  Read More

The Kuissential EvenGrind coffee grinder targets the budget end of the market

Grind-size and consistency is crucial when grinding coffee beans. Kuissential's EvenGrind promises to provide a selectable and consistent grind-size for its users. It does so by using a removable cage to stabilize its burr.  Read More

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