The number of LED bulbs on the market has exploded in recent years, and with them has come a dizzying array of so-called smart bulbs featuring wireless connectivity and control, allowing users to set options for colors, schedules, and remote on/off functions. Although most of these look and perform similarly, consumer experience still varies as it generally comes down to the execution of the companion app. So how do the devices in MiPow’s Playbulb Studio compare? We lit up these LED bulbs to see how well they shine.
Plastic carrier bags are typically petroleum-based, take a long time to decompose and are often imported from distant countries. They're also tricky to carry when cycling. The new PaperJohn tackles all of these issues. It's a backpack made of biodegradable, 100 percent recycled paper.
A tornado hitting your house is no joke, but it's not always practical to build a shelter just in case the worst should happen. If the thought of jumping into a protective bag doesn't appeal, a new tough construction panel developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) could be a good alternative. UAB's new panels can be retrofitted to existing houses or integrated into new builds, and offer protection even in the most extreme EF5 tornado – that is, in winds over 200 mph (321 km/h).
Preparing food in the kitchen can be a messy and cluttered task. Conscious of this, two German brothers have design a chopping board that seeks to bring order to the kitchen. The Frankfurter Brett has extensible brackets into which kitchen containers can be slotted.
Smart LED lightbulbs typically let you change their color. Some provide
more advanced functionality, like simple automation. The new Ilumi
smartbulb, however, has a host of features that make it far more
versatile than others. It's also said to be brighter and more energy
If you're like a lot of people, every so often you'll find yourself
needing a screwdriver without having one to hand. The Titanium Pocket
Bit is a satisfying solution to that problem. It's a tiny, double-ended
screwdriver on a keyring that is genuinely unobtrusive and and has a
wealth of potential uses.
If you want to know what time it is, you’ll have to do a little work with this clock. Albert (named after Albert Einstein) is a wall clock for children that breaks down the current time in math problems.
In a bid to improve their lifestyles an increasing number of people are turning to sensor-toting wearables, but your environment can be just as important as your body. CubeSensors are sensor-packed devices which monitor external factors and give advice to improve your relaxation, productivity or, in conjunction with a Jawbone or Fitbit tracker, sleep quality. Never missing the chance to sleep in the name of work, we recently spent some quality time with the little cubes.
The robotic vacuum cleaner continues to be a category of product that is
really cool at a conceptual level, but still fails make the traditional
manual vacuum – or even the centuries-old technology in your household
broom – fully obsolete. Unfortunately, even robotic vacuums like the
Ecovacs Robotics Deebot D35 are no exception.
Air conditioners are a bit of a paradox. On the one hand, they're most needed in the hottest weather, but on the other, the hottest days are when air conditioners are least efficient. Mistbox is an add-on technology for domestic air conditioners that uses a water mist to pre-cool the air conditioner, increasing its efficiency and lowering energy costs.