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The Smart Nixie Tube display can be programmed to serve a variety of purposes, from clock ...

Nixie tubes have experienced something of a resurgence in popularity in recent times, as the charm of combining new and old technologies continues to draw in retro-minded designers. ThinkGeek's DIY Nixie Tube Desk clock and the Nixie tube chess set are examples of this, but in applying the smart treatment to the gas-filled display tubes, electrical engineer Tyler Nehowig has truly given them a modern technological makeover.  Read More

The My N3RD smart switch from Wild Hare LLC

Opening garage doors using a smartphone is certainly nothing new. Nor, for that matter, is remotely operating a light switch or kitchen appliance. The My N3RD, however, is claimed capable of turning just about any device switch into a smartphone-controlled, user-programmable smart switch.  Read More

An inbuilt sensor notifies the organization that it's time for a pickup (Photo: SFGoodwill...

Goodwill of San Francisco has launched a smart donation bin called goBin that aims to make donating old clothes and other textiles a snap. Instead of having to make a regular trip to a Goodwill store, the bin will allow residents of apartment towers to donate their stuff from the comfort of their buildings. Developed in collaboration with the global product strategy firm, Frog Design, the high-tech textile-recycling bin is expected to help the city's environmental department reach its goal of making San Francisco a zero waste city by 2020.  Read More

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns user habits, offering convenience and reduced energy b...

In a clear statement that it believes the future of the home is a connected one, Google today announced its acquisition of smart device company Nest for US$3.2 billion. Following the success of its Learning Thermostat in 2011, Nest introduced its Protect smoke alarm last year, resulting in a line of products that has caught the eye of Google CEO Larry Page.  Read More

Haier's Tianzun air conditioner is the first white good to gain Apple's MFi certification

Signalling that Apple's Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad (MFi) certification may be set to play a bigger role in ushering in the "Internet of Things," Haier has unveiled the first white good to be certified by the MFi program, a smart air conditioner.  Read More

Toymail lets family and friends send voice messages to kids toys (Photo: Toymail Co)

How can you mail a simple hello or send your love to kids too young to pick up a phone? Here's a thought - mail them through their toys instead. Toymail, the brainchild of Clocky's inventor Gauri Nanda, lets anyone send messages to kids through cute smart toys that act as voice messengers.  Read More

It was a conceptual feast for the eyes at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

The exhibition halls at Messe Frankfurt are a fertile hunting ground for lovers of concept cars at this time of year, as automakers unveil vehicles that give a glimpse of possible future design directions, technologies that might be integrated into forthcoming production models, or pure flights of fancy. This year proved no different, with vehicles big and small, practical and absurd, strutting their stuff on the Frankfurt stage.  Read More

SCOTTeVEST CEO Scott Jordan was on hand at CES to show-off the new prototype jacket

Gadget-friendly clothing firm SCOTTeVEST showed off a new concept smart-coat at this year’s CES. Looking like a standard windbreaker from the outside, the SCOTTeVEST TEC Jacket 2.0 actually contains serious technology in the form of adapters, accessories, and enough pockets to safely house the majority of mobile devices.  Read More

The smart forstars concept

Some of the concept cars that turn up at motor shows seem a little bit mad, but the smart forstars scheduled to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show (September 29 - October 14) is a car that seems to have developed a particularly serious identity disorder. On the one hand, it’s an electric SUC (Sports Utility Coupé). On the other hand, it’s a mobile video projector for staging impromptu cinema outings on any handy blank wall.  Read More

smart escooter

Alongside the smart fortwo electric drive coupé and convertible that appeared at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, smart also unveiled a couple of two-wheeled electric vehicle concepts, the smart ebike and smart escooter. With the ebike having already having received the production nod in 2011 and now nearing its scheduled mid-2012 release, smart has announced plans to bring its smart escooter to market with a planned 2014 launch.  Read More

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