Netflix’s annual Hack Day happened last week–a day in which Netflix engineers stay up all night coming up with crazy ideas to foster internal innovation. From an interface that makes joystick-based text entry much easier to creating custom movie playlists for your kids or the holidays, the results are pretty wild.
The first thing you start worrying about when you go on a trip is the “did I” list. Did I…. turn off the stove? Feed the cat? Close the garage door? Well, now you can not only find out the status of your garage at any minute of the day from anywhere, but close it, open it, and know when someone else does the same.
I spent about an hour with my in-laws over the weekend trying to re-explain to them how to use the Apple TV I had purchased for them about a year ago. Last time, I wrote down instructions on how to use the app and device. Then, one of them accidentally deleted the app and stopped using the device altogether. It just goes to show you that for the elderly, nothing is as simple as you might think it is.
There are a lot of audio solutions out there these days that are meant to make getting better sound in your living room easier and without your loved ones calling the design police on you. The sound base is a great solution for those who don’t can’t mount a TV on the wall and don’t have space in front of a TV for a deep speaker or tall speaker (like a sound bar). The sound base sits under the TV and can withstand its weight without a problem.
From AppleTell Launched at CES back in January of this year, ClearView bills its Clio Bluetooth speaker as the First Invisible Speaker; from the photos, that seems to be an accurate description. Product images on their website feel less like geek porn and more like a game from Highlights magazine—spot the speaker in the room scene. Featuring a single curved glass panel and barely-there base, the Clio transforms 2.1 channel sound from boring box to invisible marvel. Read the full post on AppleTell »
It used to be that importing movies from other countries was incredibly difficult. You had to find an importer, who would usually charge you a gigantic markup, or somehow find an overseas source where the communication barrier wasn’t a deal-breaker. Then high exchange rates and month-long shipping times set in.
In the age of smart everything, it’s rare that a product actually makes me first laugh, then internally chastise myself for doing so after realizing the utility of the thing. When Tidy Dog creator Chris Lorkowski contacted me about his dog toy bin that dispenses a treat every time your dog puts a toy away that will be launching on Kickstarter March 1, I actually full-on LOL-ed.
It used to be that the hardest label to read was the nutrition label on food; now it’s light bulbs. The Lighting Facts label is the informational table required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that outlines a light bulb’s brightness and annual energy cost, just to name a few of the numbers and stats you’ll now find on a light bulb package.
Berg believes that the cloud is the future of pretty much everything. Even though the Internet-connected fridge was the punchline of last year’s Internet of Things products, the company believes that their prototypes for cloud-connected washing machines are the wave of the future.
Cars, power generation, factories, and houses all in one way or another are responsible for carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. While some companies claim that they have systems like “carbon capture” and “clean coal” that essentially amount to collecting all the junk and burying it somewhere. But the problem doesn’t just go away.