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Hand & Craft’s Bespoke Concrete Power Supply Kit Beckons To Be Seen

The truth about wireless is, it will never be truly wireless. Since your home can’t really break free from cables and all that, lest Disney has its way, why not reveal them in all its glory? You can start with Hand & Craft bespoke power supply solutions. Mind you, what this Rockford, Michigan company turn is not your run-of-the-mill white power strips. The built-to-order power solutions offered by Hand & Craft are of unexpected forms and materials, including the likes of metal, wood in cute little blocks. Normally, a power supply kit that is in the form of block is a design disaster, but with clever use of non-usual materials made all the difference. Continue reading Hand & Craft’s Bespoke Concrete Power Supply Kit Beckons To Be Seen

Chargeworx TV-Powering Home Battery Is Outdoor-friendly Too

I am not going to lie. I have not heard about Chargeworx prior to today, but I must say the company’s rechargeable backup battery for home has captured our attention. Call me superficial, or whatever, but I can’t deny its looks had my attention. Come’on, you gotta to admit the cute form coupled with digital forest camo does make quite a statement, doesn’t it? Apparently, the Home models are the first for this company that makes all-thing charging. Debuted at the recently concluded CES 2017, Chargeworx Home series comprise of four models featuring multiple output options including AC, DC, 12V and USB, and solar recharging in addition to regular outlet charging. Continue reading Chargeworx TV-Powering Home Battery Is Outdoor-friendly Too

Elgato Eve Light Switch Lets You Use Siri To Turn Your Lights On And Off

Forget about clapping your hands to turn on the lights. That’s so passé and so impractical. Seriously, can you imagine clapping becomes forbidden in your own home for fear of turning on or off the light for no reasons? Well, with the Elgato Eve Connected Light Switch there’s no such worry because you will be using voice to turn single or multiple-bulb setup, which is obviously the better way. Eve Light Switch, a creation of Munich-based outfit, is the world’s first light switch with Apple’s HomeKit technology that, when set up, allows you to control existing bulbs through Siri. And you know what that means? It means you are in the future where you can just speak into your Apple Watch and ask Siri to turn the light(s) on. How cool is that? We think it is super cool. Continue reading Elgato Eve Light Switch Lets You Use Siri To Turn Your Lights On And Off

Will Tesla Powerwall 2 And Solar Roof Become Threats To Utility Providers?

A year after the introduction of electric power suppliers’ worst nightmare, the Powerwall Home Battery, Tesla is at it again, these time doubling electric power suppliers’ nightmare by two fold. Not did it introduced a higher capacity home battery, aptly called Powerwall 2, Tesla also unveiled roof tile-replacing solar panels called, well, Solar Roof. The second-generation Powerwall is sleeker, simpler in aesthetic and more importantly, packs in much more than its predecessor. With 14 kWh of storage capacity, this new home battery is capable of storing enough juice to power lights, sockets, and even a fridge in a four bedroom house for the entire day. Continue reading Will Tesla Powerwall 2 And Solar Roof Become Threats To Utility Providers?

Power Strip Reinvented, Comes With USB Ports And Wireless Charge Pad

Power strip is not the newest invention, but that doesn’t stop an Italian startup, Woodie s.r.l., from taking up the challenge of reinventing it so that we could have an easy one when dealing with such a necessary evil. Woodie s.r.l. completely rethought what a power strip should be for the beings of 2016 (and, possibly, beyond). The outfit’s first product is Woodie Hub, a power strip designed for gadget-savvy users that offers a pair of universal AC sockets compatible with plugs from over 150 countries without the need for travel adapter and it also provides USB-powered gadgets the charging convenience with a pair of USB port that discharges 5/3.2A combined. Continue reading Power Strip Reinvented, Comes With USB Ports And Wireless Charge Pad

Turning On or Off Your Lamp is as Easy as Flipping this Block of Wood

You know how it is with conventional lamps. You plugged them into wall outlets, switch to always on, and toggle on/off using an inline switch on the cable or a switch on the lamp itself. Whichever way, we have to agree that they are not always easily accessible. The Lightbox solves this by adding a tether-free switch, which we can only describe as truly unique and even revolutionary. Despite looking like a block of wood (which it really is, btw), it is actually a switch, which you can turn on and off the lamp by changing its orientation, such as flipping it from landscape to portrait position to switch on the lamp, and vice versa to off it. Continue reading Turning On or Off Your Lamp is as Easy as Flipping this Block of Wood

Modular Customizable Power Strip Lets You Have What You Need and None You Don’t Need

However pretty a power strip is, it can never get rid of the clutter in your gadget-filled life and today’s need for additional connections such as Ethernet and USB, did not help either. This is a major headache which Munich, Germany-based Casitoo wants to solve with the Modular Customizable Power Strip. The name pretty much says it all; it is power strip and it is modular, which means you can snap in the modules that you need and stash those that you don’t, thereby minimizing clutter. It offers a range of options, letting you add stuff like smart power, wireless charging, multiple USB ports and more, to suit you need. This gadget starts with a power base cord set and since it is modular, it can grow and adapt to your lifestyle as it changes. Continue reading Modular Customizable Power Strip Lets You Have What You Need and None You Don’t Need

Nissan Leaf’s Lithium-ion Batteries Given Second Life as Stationary Commercial Energy Storage

Tesla has done it and so has Mercedes-Benz. Now, Japan automaker Nissan is also into it. Yes. We are talking about stationary energy storage system for homes and businesses. While Tesla and Mercedes made announcements mainly for home use, Nissan’s iteration is geared towards commercial usage and it didn’t start from scratch either. Instead, Nissan collaborates with Green Charge Networks, a provider of commercial energy storage, to use Lead batteries outside the vehicle through 4R Energy, a joint-venture with Sumitomo Corp. formed in 2010. Continue reading Nissan Leaf’s Lithium-ion Batteries Given Second Life as Stationary Commercial Energy Storage

Mercedes-Benz Goes Head-to-Head with Tesla with its Own Home Battery

Still brooding over the fact that you weren’t fast enough and missed out on Tesla’s Powerwall Home Battery? Well, it turns out, Tesla isn’t in the home battery game alone. Mercedes-Benz is in it too and the German luxury car maker is calling it “Private Energy Storage Plant.” Don’t be scare off by the word “plant” and the very ‘industrial’ product name in general, because it is really meant for home use, or businesses if you daisy chain them up. Each module packs a modest 2.5 kWh of electricity, pulled from the grid or your home’s existing solar panels. Up to eight can be hooked up together to give you a total of 20 kWh. Just in case you think the Daimler AG company hopped onboard this potentially growing market because some else did, well, not quite. Continue reading Mercedes-Benz Goes Head-to-Head with Tesla with its Own Home Battery

mimoodz: A Full-fledged, Smartphone-controllable Smart LED Bulb That’s Totally Affordable

If the high price for a Smart LED light bulb has stopped you from adopting this wonderful, lazy-man technology, then you’d be glad that owning one has become way more affordable – thanks to mimoodz Smart LED Light Bulb 4.0 by Smart Gator Labs. At 16 bucks a pop, you will bag yourself a full-fledge smartphone-controllable LED bulb that lets you set moods, dial-in millions of colors, dim the light and even sync with your music. Basically, mimoodz does what many of its pricer competitions do and while it won’t stand out feature-wise, it is one light bulb that won’t put your wallet to rest if you are going to deck the whole house with it. Continue reading mimoodz: A Full-fledged, Smartphone-controllable Smart LED Bulb That’s Totally Affordable