Twist has put a whole new turn on home automation and integration with their bluetooth wireless speaker that lives inside an LED lightbulb. Not only can your lightbulb play music, but it also alters the light color output throughout the day. If you are one of those people wearing blueblockers at night, then you will appreciate the automatic changing from blue ‘waking’ light in the morning to soft warm light in the evening. Oh yeah, did we mention it also has a speaker in it?! Now, moving on to the speaker part of it, a wireless bluetooth speaker that uses the same technology as BOSE and Bang & Olufsen to deliver craze-amaze sound out of a tiny driver. Using airplay
I’ve always been a tech geek at heart. Combined with my love of clean design, style, and quality, finding intelligently designed computer hardware (outside of Apple and sometimes Sony) can be quite difficult. LG has brought that function-meets-fabulous to their 34 inch UltraWide WQHD IPS Curved LED Monitor (34UC97-S if you must know the model number). It’s got a slight curve and crushes my previous two or three stacked monitors in every way. With features for- The Designer: sRGB over 99% color space and IPS’s accurate color expression Device Hoarder: Dual Linkup feature – two compatible portable devices can be viewed on the same screen simultaneously. The Gamer: Uhh, wrap around view anyone? 3+ monitors should do it. And forget
As you may have noticed, I gravitate towards the classically styled and well designed. One such item that performs flawlessly in this arena is the Tivoli Model One by Tivoli Audio. It brings me my news in the morning as I pour my espresso, through the dependable FM radio waves in incredible clarity and depth. It is subtle and timeless, yet performs boldly. I went for the Bluetooth model so I would be able to stream through my phone, although the real delight comes from tuning the FM radio. Micro tuning is what this baby does best, and I am able to dial it in perfect for just about any station I am in the mood for. Deep bass notes,
Know who is at your door without being there. A brilliant concept, especially in today’s remote connected world where you can unlock a door, turn a light on, or trigger a trap door. Peeple has addressed the is anyone home problem by creating the answering machine of in-person visits. A tiny camera takes a photo through your peep hole and sends it to your smart phone via wifi. It can be triggered by events such as a door knock, doorbell, or the opening or closing of the door. A great and simple product, makes me wonder if it will soon be available in video format soon as well. There are great security implications, or it can be integrated into your
After being pretty happy with iOS6 on my iPhone5, I decided to update to iOS7 after watching their teaser release video. A sucker for clean, intelligent design, it looked like a wonderful upgrade although I wasn’t totally sold on the new color palate. Settings > Software Update > iOS7 is all it took, and 45 minutes later, I had the shiny new iOS7. The whole process was totally painless, easy and intuitive. The new operating system gives you a few quick tool tips when you first start it up, and the teaser video lets you in on how things are structured a bit differently than iOS6. I am totally in love with the fonts, small (and large) design changes, but
Lower wattage artsy exposed filament bulbs are all the rage, just look at any trendy wine bar, whiskey bar or haute gourmet restaurant. They provide soft, pleasing light in twisted shapes and forms sans shade. Pendants, desk lamps, industrial fixtures, anything which exposed bulbs can model their beautiful filaments sculpted curves have always been the domain of incandescents and neon… no longer! Enter the PLUMEN 001, a first in energy efficient Compact Florescent Light (CFL) light bulbs with design in mind. Now you can power that ritzy new gastro pub in energy efficient style. “The dynamic, sculptured form contrasts to the dull regular shapes of existing low energy bulbs, in an attempt to make the Plumen a centrepiece, not afterthought.
It’s not often you find a device like this, an object that represents great innovation and superb design, in a home appliance. Usually reserved for the fancy mobile devices and audio gadgets, the lowly thermostat just got a makeover. Amusing is the fact that it is actually based on a design from the dawn of temperature regulation, one which we are probably all familiar with since it seems they were probably in about 99% of the homes built before 1990. You know what I’m talking about, that twist adjusting wall hubcap or airplane nosecone usually in an color reminiscent of the 70’s or a smoke-stained white. It’s just been iPoded. Nest not only has a nano looking touchscreen, its got
I’ve had mine for about 2 weeks and come home everyday to immaculate hardwood floors and freshly vacuumed bedroom carpet. Living in the city keeps things pretty dusty, and dark hardwood floors don’t help much either, but my ‘Johnny 5’ Roomba has got me covered. It can be pretty amusing to watch clean in it’s sporadic looking dance, but I prefer being surprised each time I come home. Complete with a 7 day scheduler, auto cleaning, auto brush adjustment for hardwood floors and carpet and docking, it does it all for you- just program and forget.
After returning from some world travels, I was in need of a new cellphone. Of course the Apple iphone 4 was top on my list, but since I am no fan of AT&T, I decided to do a quick check of the competition. With a more affordable unlimited data plan, tethering available, 4G speeds with just about every feature you could ask for. This phone may not just rival the iphone, it could exceed it. Here are some of the features of the new HTC Glacier: 4G network video chat HD video & 5mp camera with flash Wifi hotspot & tethering available soon Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS enabled The integration with google, facebook, twitter and other social networks makes managing
The newest of the Call of Duty (COD) line is Modern Warfare 2. Based on the extremely popular COD 4 Modern Warfare, this new and updated COD 6 features new everything. Centered in mostly Central Asia, this first person shooter game is going to be pretty much the best one out there for quite some time. From $51 – Call of Duty 6 – Modern Warfare 2 [ad name=”go-STIL-smbanner”]