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Today, the Dyson company unveiled its next step in vacuum technology, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball, which does away with not only the bag, but the filter as well. Dyson claims this not only removes the need to clean dust filters, but maintains the vacuum's suction for the machine's working life. Gizmag had the opportunity to get in early and put the Cinetic Big Ball Animal through its paces. Read More
Some claim that cooking is becoming a lost art, with many in Gen Y relying on frozen pre-packaged meals or eating out rather than learning the required skills from their parents. The Cooki from Sereneti Kitchen might not do anything to reverse this trend, but it could at least enable the cooking-impaired to enjoy a meal made from fresh ingredients. On display at CES in prototype form, this ambitious culinary contraption uses a robotic arm to whip up meals from pre-portioned ingredients. Read More
It might not offer the same durability as your trusty ol' Husqvarna, but a 3D-printed lawnmower has shown it is up to the task of keeping your lawn in shape. South Africa's Hans Fouche designed and produced his new machine with a custom-made 3D printer dubbed Cheetah, which he has hopes of eventually bringing to market. Read More

One of the hassles of doing laundry is the fact that you can't wash all your clothes at once ... you have to do a load of dark colors followed by a load of whites, and so on. Today at CES, however, LG unveiled a partial solution to that problem – the company's new TWIN Wash system lets you do two loads at a time. Read More

When a fridge is opened, warm external air gets into the main storage area and energy must be used to cool it again. LG tackled this problem with its Door-in-Door French-door refrigerator, which allowed regular-use items to be stored in a door-frame compartment. Now, the company has updated the design. Read More
3D printing technology may be some way off producing fully functional household appliances, but tiny steps are being made toward helping us out with our domestic duties. Hoover has teamed up with MakerBot to today unveil two designs for vacuum cleaner accessories, freely available to all through 3D printing marketplace Thingiverse. Read More

The olfactory experience that accompanies a real Christmas tree comes at the cost of a floor covered in pine needles as the tree inevitably loses its grip on life. Now a group of Australian schoolgirls has discovered an easy way to prolong the life of the tinsel- and ornament-covered tree. Read More

Across crowdfunding sites, we're seeing more and more smart doorbells and other devices designed to protect user's homes. A new one from Glate, called DefenDoor, aims to combine some of the best features from all of them, as it serves as a doorbell, camera, motion sensor, and more. Read More

Google paying US$3.2 billion for smart thermostat company Nest gave an indication of the company's vision for the connected home Now, almost a year later, the company has integrated control of the thermostat with its Google smartphone app, letting owners control their Nest via voice commands and enabling location-based services. Read More

While OLED technology is increasingly being applied to things like electronic gadget displays and TVs, it can also serve as an efficient and aesthetically-pleasing form of lighting. A number of companies have capitalized on this fact by marketing OLED lamps, although most of them are quite expensive – prices can range from around US$500 up into the thousands. Canada's OTI Lumionics, however, has developed its own cost-effective OLED lighting system, and incorporated it into the $239 aerelight. I recently got to try one out for myself. Read More
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