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Ecobee 3 Smart Thermostat

Ecobee 3 smart thermostat comes with location-detection sensors

Most smart thermostats come with limited sense technology and can detect activity and control temperature of not more than one room. Toronto-based Ecobee Inc. has come up with a more comprehensive approach with its latest third generation climate controller, Ecobee 3. The thermostat is Wi-Fi enabled with a 3.5-inches touch screen that can function like a smartphone to control various activities within your home. The best thing about Ecobee 3 is that it comes with multiple location-detection ...

Round Tulipwood Table

Round Tulipwood Table with dramatic sculptural finish

Furniture Company Barnby & Day has designed the Round Tulipwood Table for Alex de Rijke as part of the The Wish List and will be displayed at V&A, annual London Design Festival. The furniture comes in the form of a dramatically designed round table that can be used as a dining table too. It is made of tulip wood because of its easy availability in the area and also provides a durable finishing for long duration. The designers carved the wood using a cross laminating technique to provide ...

Aerelight World's First OLED Lamp

Aerelight is the world’s first OLED Lamp with Qi wireless charging

Still happy with LED lighting? But, that is so 2002; move on to the future of lighting i.e. Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED). Toronto-based OTI Lumionics have developed an OLED desk lamp named Aerelight. The OLED lamp is more energy-efficient and brighter as compared to the LED lighting fixtures. Design of the table lamp is elegant and slender with a wooden base that has a built-in Qi Wireless Charging pad. The charging pad makes it easy for you to set down your smartphone on the base and ...

Tilt My Blinds

Automate your regular window shades with Tilt My Blinds

There are many gadgets to automate and control a number of household devices, but while thinking of smart home we often don’t think of window blinds. You’re perception is about to change after looking at ‘Tilt My Blinds’ created by Utah-based product designer Emily Hall Brimhall. Tilt My Blind is a small kit that can automate any 2-inch slat blind; as it is installed inside a blind rail in just 15 minutes without any heavy tools. The kit comes with built-in Bluetooth set and can ...

Solari Portable Solar Cooker

Solari: Smart-phone controlled portable solar cooker for outdoor meals

Camping and outdoor picnics are often relished over delicious meals cooked on open fires, barbecues or stoves. But, the smoke produced by these cooking sources is very harmful to the environment, as well as human health. To prevent the environment from getting polluted, Houston-based product designer Bodin Hon has developed a sustainable ‘cork-pot’ styled cooker dubbed Solari. It is clear from its name that this portable cooker runs on the solar energy for cooking meals outdoor for 4-6 ...

Swing Time by Howeler + Yoon Architecture

Swing Time: Color changing illuminated ring-shaped swings in Boston Park

What is the coolest thing you’ve done lately? Well, stop thinking and visit the Boston’s Lawn on D Park that offers the coolest playscape with its 20 illuminating ring-shaped swings of three different sizes. This illuminating park is called ‘Swing Time’ and is set up temporarily for playful interactions with friends. This glowing park is created by Howler + Yoon Architecture for people to play, relax, exercise and enjoy their time interacting together with family or friends. The series ...

CHOP Cutting Board by Stilform

CHOP board with three integrated bowls optimizes work flow in kitchen

Chopping various ingredients for your recipe could be annoying sometimes, due to improper structure of cutting boards, and it also breaks workflow while cooking. Most of the cutting boards are either too small or bulky to transfer chopped vegetables into a bowl; moreover it’s quite cumbersome to cut large quantity of veggies on a tiny board. To solve all these problems, Munich-based design studio Stilform has created simple yet functional cutting board-CHOP to maintain persistent workflow in ...

Hydroelectric Tidal House by Margot Krasojevic

Sea Urchin-shaped house to run on tidal waves and solar energy

Have you ever dreamt of living in a seafront home designed like a sea urchin? If yes, then your dream might come true in near future as architectural designer Margot Krasojević has envisioned the Hydroelectric Tidal House that draws inspiration from sea urchins’ fascinating body shape. It will be located on the beach of Llandudno in Cape Town and comprises of two concrete shells- an outer shell that is anchored to the shoreline and a free-moving inner shell to float with the sea waves. ...

Bump Mark Label

Bump Mark label tells your food has gone bad with swipe of a finger

Recent UN food report has estimated that about seven million tons of food is wasted in UK each year due to unreliable best before dates. To put an end to food wastage in such huge amounts, Solveiga Pakstaite, a research intern from Brunel University, has came up with bio-reactive labels called Bump Marks. These labels are made of gelatin that degrades at the same rate as the food inside a package. Each label on a sealed food starts off smooth but over time develops bumps as gelatin decays. So, ...

Helex OutFire Firebox

Helex OutFire Firebox offers outdoor fireplace and barbecue all-in-one

Campfire and barbecue are probably everyone’s favorite way of having fun outdoors. But, grilling food at one place and then going back to your place near bonfire can be annoying sometimes. So, how about an object that can offer the benefits of both fireplace and barbecue in one? Well, stop imagining because Netherlands-based fireplace manufacturers Helex have already created the OutFire Firebox that blends both fireplace and barbecue for two-in-one benefits. With this outdoor fireplace you ...

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