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Why America is losing the toilet race

March 6th, 2020 at 10:25 am » Comments Off

I just got back from my first trip to Japan, and I’m now in love with the country. The ramen, yakitori and sushi. The gorgeous volcanoes. The fascinating people and culture. But of all the things I fell in love with, there’s one that I can’t stop thinking about: the toilets. Japanese toilets are marvels […]



You can light this candle with your phone, and it’s officially the future

March 2nd, 2020 at 1:50 am » Comments Off

   Apparently, smartphones really do have everything we need, from cameras to calculators to flashlights to even… matchsticks? You read that right. But instead of shooting flames out of a port, your phone can now create fire by activating a Bluetooth-enabled scented candle called Candle Touch, currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Said to be the world’s […]



Unique ultrasonic cleaner cleans more efficiently than a washing machine

February 6th, 2020 at 3:02 pm » Comments Off

A unique ultrasonic cleaner has been created which is more efficient than a washing machine and takes the form of the Sonic Soak. The compact ultrasonic cleaner has been specifically created to offer users with the “ultimate portable cleaner” says its creators, providing state-of-the-art powerful ultrasonic cleaning technology in the palm of your hand.



The Cube One Prefab is a space-age dream – and it starts at $30k

January 12th, 2020 at 2:26 am » Comments Off

With dazzling lighting, a curvilinear design, and a fortified shell, the Cube One is a prefab for the future. Want a peek at the future of prefab design? Meet the Cube One—a 156-square-foot dwelling with built-in furnishings, voice-controlled tech, and a galvanized steel shell that can withstand extreme heat and natural disasters. Singapore-based Nestron will […]



New, slippery toilet coating provides cleaner flushing, saves water

November 25th, 2019 at 5:16 pm » Comments Off

Penn State researchers have developed a method that dramatically reduces the amount of water needed to flush a conventional toilet, which usually requires 6 liters. Credit: Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering, Penn State Every day, more than 141 billion liters of water are used solely to flush toilets. With millions of global citizens experiencing […]



Researchers used a laser to hack Alexa and other voice assistants

November 13th, 2019 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco (CNN Business)Usually you have to talk to voice assistants to get them to do what you want. But a group of researchers determined they can also command them by shining a laser at smart speakers and other gadgets that house virtual helpers such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. Researchers at […]



Amazon’s Ring wanted to use 911 calls to activate its video doorbells

September 28th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Ring wanted 911 calls to activate its doorbells.  The company worked with police and cities to build in this real-time feature, emails showed. Ring considered building a tool that would use calls to the 911 emergency number to automatically activate the video cameras on its smart doorbells, according to emails obtained by CNET. The Amazon-owned […]



Home energy storage capacity breaks records in U.S.

September 28th, 2019 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

  Additions of new residential energy storage capacity in the United States reached a record high in the second quarter of the year, exceeding 30 MW, a new report by Wood Mackenzie says. The market for energy storage in the country is growing fast, the authors note, driven by customer interest and government incentives. In […]



3D printer builds 500-square-foot home in under 12 hours

August 10th, 2019 at 1:16 am » Comments Off

S-Squared 3D Printer’s Autonomous Robotic Construction System, (ARCS) ARCS is a patent pending technology that allows multiple machines to work together to create a home with little or no human assistance. Delays in building projects are a thing of the past now that building a 3D printed home is possible in hours — not days […]



This self-sustaining plant ecosystem helps you light up your home

July 21st, 2019 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

  You love plants, plants love light, you love light, you’ll both love the Mygdal plantlight! It’s a revolutionary lighting solution not just because the luminaire is a completely self-sustaining ecosystem where the plants can grow-undisturbed, but also because of its one-of-a-kind electrically conductive glass coating. It actually streams the electricity invisibly along the surface, […]



This countertop machine lets you mix your own shampoo and cleaning products at home

May 21st, 2019 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

  It’s like a Soda Stream for personal care products. It looks a little like a SodaStream, but a new appliance is designed to make your shampoo or laundry detergent, not drinks. Instead of buying products in new plastic bottles with every purchase, the system uses small pouches and reusable bottles. “We wanted to harness […]



Watch a 3D printed neighborhood spring up from nothing

May 15th, 2019 at 3:42 am » Comments Off

  We’ve already seen a 3D printer construct a house. Now we can watch one build a whole neighborhood. On Thursday, housing nonprofit New Story shared a video that shows how it plans to build what it calls the “world’s first 3D-printed community” — a futuristic application of 3D-printing technology that could bring affordable housing […]



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