There are so many appliances, gadgets, and gizmos in our home that it’s hard to monitor how much energy we use. If it’s not something you pay attention to, then starting from scratch with regulating your usage to try and reduce your energy costs can be a bit dizzying. While it will save you more in the long run, it will take a lot of time to learn your own habits of use.
Waking up in the middle of the night with a severe need to use the bathroom or get a glass of water leaves you very disoriented. You could have lived in the same spot for over ten years, and will still run into a piece of furniture or the door frame en route to your destination. The one thing that would help you snake through these obstacles is a bit of light, but flipping on the main lightswitch is only going to blind you.
It’s difficult to try and go through a day without using an item that is powered by electricity. Almost all of the ways we cook food, communicate with one another, and work is plugged into the grid. That very reason is why it’s somewhat devastating for the power to go out. While it would be nice if a power outage didn’t affect us so much, there really aren’t any ways to keep things on, other than having a backup system. However, that turns on more lights than necessary, and you can’t run much on it anyway.
Back in the olden days, people operated on a schedule that matched when the sun was in the sky. When the sun comes up, you get up, and when it goes down, that means it’s bedtime. While electric lighting has helped us in a big way, our body still gets better sleep when you follow the gradual brightening and dimming that is associated with day and night. We’ve seen alarm clocks out there that wake you with gradual light, and there are applications on your computer that will yellow and dim your screen to prepare you for bed. Can you imagine what it would be like if your whole house could do that?
Crowdfunding has to be one of the biggest buzz words of the last year. Kickstarter and Indiegogo really put a different spin on how to create a product. Unfortunately, many good products don’t achieve funding goals. A new type of crowdfunding site began to emerge to help move these unfunded projects along, give inventors more infrastructure and feedback while also protecting buyers. Christie Street does just that and took on a product that is now funded and slated to launch this summer.
I’m sure most of you remember “the Clapper” and in its day, the ability to turn a light on or off from across the room probably seemed pretty neat… but that was a long time ago, and it seems to me with all of our WiFi devices, we should be monitoring and controlling all kinds of stuff from wherever we want to, and now it’s easy.
Okay, so I’ve been married for over 10 years and usually I’m the one in charge of making the coffee. Unfortunately, to this day, I still have to ask my husband how he likes it. I suppose if I thought about it, I would remember, but who has the energy at 7 in the morning?
Thankfully, Saeco has set out to save my marriage, its touch panel has a fingerprint scanner that memorizes the preferences, such as strength and amount of froth, for up to six people and automatically brews one cup at a time. So with one quick touch, he can make the coffee himself and I don’t even have to be there.
Over the years we’ve reported on some pretty cool swimming pool gadgets, from huge infinity pools to motorised bumper boats and many more. This next one is something special, it’s an outdoor terrace that converts into an indoor pool (yes you did read that correctly). Below is a photo before (in terrace mode) whilst above shows the terrace mid transformation.
To fully appreciate it you need to check out the following video:
World famous lock specialists Yale have just introduced their new Keyless door locking product, so after a drunken night you don’t need to fumble around with keys just slur the words “Open Sesame” (whilst pressing the included key fob) and the door will automagically unlock. The Yale Keyfree locking system’s groundbreaking technologically advanced features include … Read more
I think that we all know that the future is full of Microsoft Surface technology, and I look forward to the day when every table or desk is a touchscreen.
DISPLAX, made by a Portuguese company, is prepared for an age where every tabletop, wall, or any large flat (or even curved) surface could be a touchscreen. DISPLAX is a thinner-than-paper polymer film that can be applied to glass, plastic, or wood and can detect up to 16 touches at once.
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to think of some good uses already. In fact, my dream house will have DISPLAX as wall-paper in every room.
That way, any wall I want can be a television, and recipes can appear on the wall in my kitchen. I would imagine that I could check my email or social media sites from any room, including the bathroom.