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The SmartMat is a Wi-Fi enabled device designed to fit under a regular doormat

We've got smart doorbells, smart locks and smart door handles, so why not a smart doormat? Dr. Andrew Clark has created just such a device called, surprisingly enough, the SmartMat. Designed to be placed under a regular doormat, the SmartMat acts as a pressure sensor and features Wi-Fi connectivity to allow actions to be triggered when someone steps on it.  Read More

Stafier's PV roof tile system recesses into the roof

If aesthetic concerns are keeping you from buying some solar panels to stick on your roof, Stafier's expansion into photovoltaics may be of interest.  Read More

boomBOTTLE is compatible with most Apple devices, Samsung's Galaxy S III and S IV smartpho...

The near-ubiquity of smartphones has led to a boom in the Bluetooth speaker market, and consumers are spoiled for choice. How then can a manufacturer hope to attract attention in such an over-saturated space? Scosche reckons it's got the answer with boomBOTTLE: a rugged and portable Bluetooth speaker.  Read More

Bowers & Wilkins has revealed a weatherproof loudspeaker named the AM-1 Architectural Moni...

There are lots of options for enjoying outdoor audio whatever the weather, including TDK's Wireless Weatherproof Speaker, the Eco Terra Boombox and Braven's Bluetooth speakers. If you're looking for a permanent speaker installation, though, high-end audio specialist Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) says its new AM-1 Architectural Monitors are a little different from standard wall-mounted, weatherproof loudspeakers.  Read More

Pentax has detailed the successors to its flagship K-5 digital SLR camera – the 16.28-mega...

Two years after launching its flagship K-5 DSLR camera, Pentax has announced a successor. The Mark II features the company's latest generation image sensor, an LCD display with no air gap between the panel and glass, and a newly-developed low-light-friendly autofocus sensor that promises increased AF accuracy when using fast lenses.  Read More

TDK has updated its Life on Record Boombox and Sound Cube to include wireless audio stream...

TDK chose IFA 2012 to showcase the next step in the evolution of its Life on Record range of audio products. The new Boombox and Sound Cube models include Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming from mobile devices, and have been joined by a weatherproofed portable speaker.  Read More

The TGO Green Heart outdoor gym converts energy generated by users of its exercise equipme...

Many of today's deskbound workers regularly head to the gym to try and keep the fat from clinging to their waistlines. For those who are also fond of the great outdoors, a UK company has developed and installed over 250 open air exercise areas across the country. The latest addition to a product catalog featuring robust, weather-proof versions of exercise machines you might find in any modern indoor gym is the world's first energy-harvesting outdoor gym called the TGO Green Heart. As users burn off the calories on the free-to-use cross trainer, hand bike, fitness bike and recumbent bike, the company's proprietary technology harvests all that people power and converts it into useable electricity.  Read More

The Arkiv modular system lets you build the ultimate backpack for every trip out the door

Carrying spare tubes and extra clothes for cycling, transporting a laptop, books and files to the office and lugging camera gear ... those are just a few random examples of things that you might need a backpack for on any given day. Typically, you might need to get a separate backpack for each activity or series of activities, but Mission Workshop's Arkiv Field backpack utilizes modular compartments to transform into the pack you need every time. One backpack can take on limitless functions without compromise.  Read More

After attaching a plate to the bottom of a camera and then clamping the Capture Camera Cli...

Engineer Peter Dering says that when he was unable to find a commercially-available clip for his digital SLR (DSLR) that would allow him to safely secure it to his belt yet make it instantly accessible, he designed and created his own. After attaching a plate to the bottom of a camera and then clamping the Capture Camera Clip's main chassis to a belt or bag strap, users can grab and shoot the DSLR as quick as a gunslinger from a cheesy Western and get the snap that might otherwise have been missed. A few weeks after securing production funding through Kickstarter, the device has now attracted the attention of the folks over at Photojojo and been added to its arsenal of must-have camera accessories.  Read More

The Music Strap backpack speakers

While headphones are a great way to enjoy music while out and about, they don’t let you impose your musical tastes on share your musical tastes with those around you. Sitting a boombox on your shoulder might solve the problem but we think the Music Strap is a much more convenient and shoulder-friendly option. It is a mini speaker system that attaches to the straps of any backpack to let you whistle along to your favorite tunes as you walk, bike, ski or basically do anything that can be done while wearing a backpack.  Read More

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