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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

The ZestDesk is a portable desktop computer and keyboard stand

Standing desks are all the rage at the moment. Hot on the heels of Refold's portable cardboard standing desk is the ZestDesk. Like the Refold desk, the ZestDesk responds to workforce health and mobility trends. Unlike the Refold desk, though, the ZestDesk isn't actually a desk.  Read More

The Ikea Regissör bookshelf

Were you one of those kids who bought the snap-together model kits, instead of the usual ones that required glue? Well, even if you weren't, you'll likely be glad to hear this – Ikea is planning to start selling furniture that requires no tools to put together.  Read More

Refold has created a portable cardboard standing desk

Spending long hours sat at a desk is a health risk and has led to the growing popularity of standing desks. Refold has created a cardboard design that factors in workforce mobility and environmental awareness.  Read More

The Rico uses a spare smartphone as its brain and eyes

Almost every day, it seems, breakfast is accompanied by the debut of a next generation smartphone that makes our perfectly capable current models look positively antiquated. Whether you patiently wait for the end of your contract before upgrading or contact your provider straight away, you're existing pocket pal will likely be retired to a powered off eternity in an infrequently opened drawer somewhere. The folks over at Mindhelix want to give that old phone a new lease of life in the Rico home security and monitoring system.  Read More

The Imperial Proper Coffee Drip takes up to four hours to produce a brew

If you'd like to start your day with the perfect cup of coffee, then you may need to start getting up four hours earlier. A new coffee maker from Proper Coffee can take up to this long to produce a brew. The Imperial Drip uses a cold-drip process that's said to extract the most flavor from the coffee.  Read More

Ambio is a new lamp concept that lights up using bioluminescent bacteria

The need to minimize the energy we use need not necessarily impact adversely on the form or function of a device. This premise is elegantly demonstrated by Ambio, a "bacterial lamp" created by designer Teresa van Dongen. Ambio merges sleek design with a soft glow created by bioluminescence.  Read More

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