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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

F-BOMs utilize a transparent heating element, sandwiched between the inner and outer lense...

Few things can take away from a day of downhill skiing quite like foggy goggles. Although many models feature an anti-fog inner coating, entrepreneur Dave McCulloch wasn't pleased with their performance. This prompted him to take a thin-film heating element invented by Jack Cornelius, and incorporate it into his F-BOM ski goggles.  Read More

If you're a bed bug, don't get into this suitcase

Although it's generally nice to bring things back from your travels, bed bugs would definitely not be among those things. That's why ThermalStrike luggage was created. It heats everything packed inside of it, to kill any unwanted stowaways.  Read More

The ZEN smart thermostat aims for simplicity in terms of both form and function

The team behind the Zen thermostat believe that competitor devices that attempt to simplify things for users by taking into account various data actually end up being more complicated and overloaded with features that go unused. To that end, the Zen thermostat has been designed with real simplicity in mind, in both form and function.  Read More

The EcoDrain uses outgoing hot water to heat incoming cold water

Generally-speaking, when there's something that we're trying to conserve, we don't just put it down the drain. For those of us who are trying to save power, however, that's just what happens when we let hot water from our showers or baths run straight into the sewer. The EcoDrain is made to address that problem, via a unique design that allows outgoing hot water to warm up incoming cold water.  Read More

Honeywell has announced the Lyric smart thermostat

Honeywell has announced a new thermostat, Lyric, that tracks the user's location via their smartphone and adjusts the temperature of their home accordingly. It figures out when a household is empty and when residents are on their way home. Users can expect reduced energy usage and costs.  Read More

The Hey Joe travel mug brews coffee on demand, a heating plate keeping the beverage warm u...

With portable espresso machines, French press mugs and other brewing gadgets percolating up all over the place and coffee shops on every second street corner, you'd be forgiven for wondering, does procuring a cup need to be any more convenient? For a pair of Atlanta-based entrepreneurs, the answer is, yes, which is why they developed the Hey Joe mug that can prepare a brew on demand, meaning a fresh cup of coffee is only ever a push of a button away.  Read More

The Mealspec bag reaches 220º F in about 12 seconds

Flameless ration heaters have been used to heat US military MRE rations for decades. More recently, they've been gaining popularity in the outdoor consumer market. These heaters use chemical-based heating as a quick, simple, portable solution for cooking prepackaged meals. The new Mealspec Heater bag jolts this style of cooking system to life with enough heat to boil an egg and cook raw fish.  Read More

The heated bus shelter in Montreal that encourages commuters to reach out to each other

With the mercury in Montreal lucky to make it above 0° C at this time of year, Duracell has provided city commuters a way to keep warm by literally reaching out to each other: a bus shelter that will only turn on the heat if travelers hold hands.  Read More

Road testing the EntroSys BikeAir motorcycle A/C system

As someone who likes to have my skin wrapped around my body rather than smeared up and down the highway, I cringe every time I see a motorcyclist cruise past without suitable protective gear on. There is an (albeit still completely flawed) rationale behind this, though – leather jackets, boots, gloves and scrape-resistant pants are hot, heavy and uncomfortable. All of this leaves motorcyclists in an unfortunate predicament because when the weather is at its best, the inclination to pull on protective gear is at its lowest. The EntroSys BikeAir motorcycle A/C system is a product designed to let you enjoy the best of both worlds by providing portable cooling (and heating) for the rider. It sounds great in theory, but does it work? We ventured out under the burning Australian sun to answer that question.  Read More

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