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Droplet pushes your buttons for reminders and activity tracking

By - April 28, 2015 6 Pictures
Buttons are that most basic of user interfaces and are found on just about every machine or electronic device going around. Now, thanks to wireless technology, standalone buttons designed to perform different functions are becoming a thing. One such example is Droplet, a button that can be stuck to just about anything and be pressed to trigger a message of register that an activity has been carried out. Read More
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Ikea Concept Kitchen 2025 – the future of cooking?

By - April 26, 2015 15 Pictures
What will the world be like in 2025? How will the kitchen of the future adapt to that world? Those are the questions that Ikea's Concept Kitchen 2025 hopes to answer. Developed in collaboration with design firm IDEO London and students from Lund and Eindhoven universities, the Concept Kitchen is designed to make people more creative about food while nudging them toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Read More

SpillMate turns your regular vacuum cleaner into a wet-vac

Cleaning up liquids spilled into carpets can be difficult – no matter how firmly you press a rag against them, you've always got to wonder how much of the liquid you're really soaking up. That's why the SpillMate was created. It attaches to the hose of a conventional vacuum cleaner, allowing it to actually suck liquid out of the carpet. Read More
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Flatpack Programmable Table pops into position, no tools required

By - April 24, 2015 5 Pictures
Flatpack furniture is efficient to manufacture and inexpensive to transport, but it can also be a real hassle to put together. A collaboration between MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and Milan design firm Wood-Skin promises to make life easier in this regard with the Programmable Table: a small prototype table that can be easily moved from flatpack state to furniture, and back again, with a quick tug. Read More

Levitating lightbulb takes Flyte

Need something to place alongside your levitating Bluetooth speaker? Or just sick of utilitarian lighting solutions anchored down by ghastly wires and fittings? It looks like progress in magnetic levitation, wireless charging and a particular product designer's brain have come together to save the day. Flyte is a globe that hovers freely above its base, offering a unique way to light up a room. Read More
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Oomi smart home system needs no smartphone

By - April 22, 2015 6 Pictures
Let's face it, there's no shortage of smart home systems designed to connect everything in your home and make things easier to control. For example, both the Ninja Sphere and Revolv have recently made waves. With so many launching all the time, it takes a lot to make one stand out, but Oomi has found a way to make everyone stand up and take notice. It's promising to redefine the smart home by taking the smartphone out of the equation, and by making it quick and easy to set up and get going. Read More

Philips' new LED bulb costs just $5

If you've previously been put off LED bulbs by the price, now may be the time to reconsider. Philips, in partnership with The Home Depot, has announced that it will sell an A19 60-W LED equivalent bulb for just US$4.97. The firm says it's the most affordable LED bulb on the market. Read More

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