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Digital imaging on brick walls

March 29, 2007 The digital tools available to designers, architects and home decorators continue to grow by the day. Nowadays you can apply digital images to carpet, tiles, curtains, wall surfaces and even complex shapes such as cars, but until now, you couldn’t render a digital image onto brick. Digital printing pioneers VgL have developed a new textured wall film that is heat applied directly to brick work (internal, external, painted or unpainted) and takes on the surface texture of the surface its applied to. UK-based Surface View was recently launched by VgL with a view to becoming the go-to-guys for the use of digital printing for interior decorating.  Read More

Electrolux Inspiro intelligent oven - “auto-focus for chefs”

March 19, 2008 Electrolux is launching an important new oven called Inspiro - the first oven that automatically determines the right way to cook a dish to consistently achieve the desired result. A heat management program automatically selects the right heating mode based on the contents of the oven - the company is selling the technology by likening the way the Inspiro manages heat to the auto focus of the camera.  Read More

Liveboard - the live, wireless baseball scoreboard

March 19, 2008 In terms of need-to-know-NOW, there’s nothing quite like sport – baseball, football, basketball, cricket and motor racing provide the most compelling scheduled live news events on the planet, so they’re a natural for ambient media devices. Now an entrepreneur has begun building these stunning retro scoreboards using Bluetooth and internet technologies. The $200 Liveboard displays the score, inning, batter count, and base occupancy of the game of your choice – live and without any ongoing fees!  Read More

Late in 2007, OSRAM announced it had developed a unique, transparent white organic light emitting diode (OLED). Now the company has achieved record values of efficiency and lifetime while maintaining the brightness of warm white OLEDs.  Read More

The Full Swing Golf simulator

March 17, 2008 High flying, deal-making business and the leisurely sport of golf have gone hand in hand for decades, the high-class country club being an exclusive refuge for the wealthy and powerful. With so much money behind it, golf is one of the few sports that can support blue-sky, no-expense-spared technology like the Full Swing Golf simulator. Built into a wall in your home, office or place of business, this immensely popular boys' toy allows you to play over 50 of the world's most famous courses, from the Old Course at St. Andrew's to Pebble Beach, using your own clubs and never losing a ball. A new online mode allows you to play over the Web against your buddies... Provided they have the US$50,000 to $80,000 you need to set yourself up with a system!  Read More

Water Aid Top Load Washer

March 17, 2008 Top loaders have generally been considered the water wasters of the washing machine world, but the new Water Aid Top Load Washer from Electrolux addresses this issue by delivering water savings of up to up to 7,800 liters (over 2000 gallons) per year using sensors that determine the load size and only supplying the exact amount of water needed to wash and rinse.  Read More

Pandigital Kitchen HDTV/Digital Cookbook/Digital Photo Frame

March 14, 2008 As the popularity of digital photo frames grows, so does the shapes, sizes and specific applications of the products on offer. The latest example comes from Pandigital, which has taken things to a new level with a frame that incorporates HDTV and a digital cookbook for the ultimate kitchen companion.  Read More

Sharp's new air purifiers combine purification and humidification

Sharp has released two new air-purifiers that combine three technologies to quietly and efficiently clean and refresh air in the home. The KC-C100U and KC-C150U use a triple filtration system, Sharp’s Plasmacluster technology and a humidification function to trap dust and pollen, decrease odors, and freshen and humidify the air.  Read More

Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid

It's a green solution for a green problem. Husqvarna has unveiled a new version of its Automower™ that not only allows you to maintain a neatly trimmed lawn without lifting a finger, but achieves it using combination of solar power and electricity. Like its fully-electric predecessor, the Automower Solar Hybrid works by cutting the grass with small blades in an irregular pattern within an area defined by a pre-laid boundary cable that ensures the mower wont turn your flowering garden beds into mulch. According to Husqvarna the new Automower only uses the energy of a standard light bulb, and to ensure it remains green even at the end of its life-span, it is constructed from 90% recyclable material.  Read More

Control4® Wireless Dimmer

March 4, 2008 Creating more artificial light than we actually need is a significant contributor to energy waste in the home. The solution - dim the lights. In the case of the Wireless Dimmer from Control4 this is achieved automatically as the device uses ambient light sensors to adjust brightness to an optimum level.  Read More

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