Stu is a tech writer based in Liverpool, UK. He has previously worked on global digital estate management at Amaze and headed up digital strategy for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). He likes cups of tea, bacon sandwiches and RSS feeds.
Anyone who's dealing with the current snowstorm in the US will know that clearing snow is hard work and futile if there's another dump. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Chris Tuan may have put an end to the need to shovel snow, however. His conductive concrete simply melts any snow that lands.
Graffiti looks cool, but it requires a lot of practice to produce anything half decent. The SprayPrinter, however, will let you create your own slick design at home using spray paint to create large artworks from images on a smartphone.
The recently-released Jurni and G-RO suitcases are designed to make travelling easier. So too is the new Néit case, but it's also aimed at making life easier once you reach your destination. It can be both collapsed and hung in a wardrobe, so as not to take up too much storage space.
When you work away from your home, packing nutritious lunches can be a real chore. The Prepd Pack, however, is a lunchbox that's been reimagined to make your day's middle meal more manageable. It boasts modular containers, magnetic cutlery and a tasty look to boot.
Among the risks to our toothbrushes are germs that come from flushing toilets, not drying out between uses, cross-contamination with other brushes, and other external threats. Toothbrush covers can be used to mitigate these risks – and the Brushield is designed to be the best toothbrush cover available.
Looking to address the lighting needs of city dwellers who often find themselves moving from one small apartment to another, Matthew Lim has developed Tack, a portable LED lamp that can be easily installed without tools and can be dimmed and flipped to suit various lighting scenarios.
For dedicated gamers, the thought of leaving their cherished consoles behind while traveling can be enough to spark separation anxiety. The owners of a new hotel in Amsterdam have recognized this, with their aptly named Arcade Hotel located in the De Pijp area of the city offering in-room consoles and video game rental for guests.
According to the Energy Supply Association of Australia, Australia boasts the highest rate of household solar panel installation in the world. But despite much of the continent being seemingly perfect for large scale solar, it has been slow in coming to the sun-drenched country. That could be set to change with the official opening of two plants that AGL Energy managing director and CEO Andy Vesey says "signals the birth of large-scale solar in Australia".
Using Philips' LED and Power over Ethernet (PoE) tech, the new intelligent lighting system at the recently opened Watt Family Innovation Center at Clemson University in South Carolina is set to deliver energy savings of around 70 percent.
Following on from a US$500 million investment in ride-sharing service Lyft earlier this month, General Motors has announced the launch of a car-sharing service under a new personal mobility brand called Maven.