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?
There have been all sorts of advances in technology that seem to make our lives easier, but can also complicate them. We didn’t need cell phones, tablets, or laptops, but now we can’t seem to picture life without them. Home temperature regulation systems, ceiling fans, and even locks on the front door now all seem to come with a corresponding smartphone application. This is all good and well, but what if the power gives out?
Have you ever been out and about, and realized that you left the lights, or maybe even something a little dangerous like an iron, on? If there’s no one else home, and you’re more than a few minutes from home, you’re going to be stuck waiting until later to take care of it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pull out your phone, and with a few taps, turn of whatever you need? Well, you can.
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.
Philips, a global leader in lighting solutions, launched Hue at the end of last year which proves to give a whole new take on lighting automation. Usually when we think of home automation we envision complicated computer systems built into the wall. But in reality, with the growth of smartphones and tablets, wi-fi and home networking are enabling more remote control of everyday items. Philips Hue looks to provide personal lighting to meet your changing needs – wirelessly via your home network and smartphone/tablet. After the launch of Hue we received a set to evaluate. The light in our lives has never been the same.
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:
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.