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Marvel Luxury Series

April 15, 2008 Refrigerator maker Marvel has unveiled new technology allowing real-time temperature monitoring. Known as "MicroSentry ", the technology promises a new level of functionality delivering consistent and precise temperature control for food, wine and beverage storage.  Read More

The Puzzle Alarm Clock

April 15, 2008 A similar concept to "Clocky" the alarm clock that runs-away, the Puzzle Alarm Clock ejects three different shaped puzzle pieces when it goes off in the morning and the only way to stop the sound is to complete the puzzle. It's a frustrating but effective way to make sure you never miss an important morning meeting again.  Read More

Kitchenware for eccentric people

April 11, 2008 We’ve seen some eccentric cutlery in our time (such as the Voodoo Knife Set and the Messermeister Magnablock Pro), but designer Harry White has translated his quirky humor into a range of kitchenware certain to delight the unconventional amongst us. Like his Billions measuring jug, his arbitrary measuring jug or his delightfully eccentric, one-off, evo-cut cutlery set. It is designed according to the principles of population genetics and natural variation. The set, or “population” of cutlery shows continuous variation in size and shape, and inheritance of several kinds of mutation, as explained by a family tree, that alter the cutlery functionality, sometimes in unexpected and useful ways.  Read More

Early Future table light by Ingo Maurer
 Photo: Ingo Maurer / OSRAM

April 8, 2008 We've previously discussed the potential of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology to transform the nature of interior lighting products - walls, furniture and even abstract art can now be vehicles for the introduction of these versatile and energy efficient light sources into the home. The striking “Early Future” table light from celebrated lighting designer Ingo Maurer is the latest example to cross our desk.  Read More

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

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