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LG Smart Washing Machine

Posted in LG by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2011

How smart is your washing machine? Not as smart as LGs latest. It comes equipped with an app for Android phones that allows you to control the washing machine right from your Android smartphone.

The app has several functions offering a status check of the laundry, changing the scheduled time, preventing wrinkles and more. The LG Smart Washing Machine will be released in South Korea for about $165,000.

Intel’s smart TV remote tailors content to you

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2010

Intel’s Labs is planing a new user-identifying system for remote controls. Once it familiarizes itself with a user, this motion sensing remote can recognize the user by the way he uses it. It takes accelerometer readings every 100 nanoseconds, building a data set about each person, which is then applied the next time you use the remote.

It still needs some work as accuracy rates are still well below 100 percent, but they hope to improve on that and probably deliver some targeted advertising to boot if history is any indication.

Renshui China’s smart faucets

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2010

Renshui high-tech faucets from China not only look stylish, but they are smarter than other faucets. The flow and temperature of the water is controlled by the built-in ‘smart chip’. All you need to do is touch it and you can change the settings anyway you like for a perfect bath.

A smart indicator light keeps you safe from burns. The water’s temperature is displayed right there on the body of the faucet itself. It sure looks luxurious.

Michelin Smart Jumper Cables

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2010

Connecting jumper cables from one car to the other is pretty easy already, but Michelin is making it even easier. The Michelin Smart Jumper Cables are all blue. That’s because you no longer need them to be color coded even.

The circuitry inside knows exactly what is going on and can detect whether a successful complete circuit is achieved or not, and it will let you know via the LED. When a second battery is connected, it will determine the polarity automatically and switch to accomodate. No more worrying about shocks or sparks. Pretty neat.

Smart street lights that bloom

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

This Sustainable City Lights concept is the latest in eco-friendly lighting. Each lamp post uses solar and wind energy for itself, and will use LEDs only when people are in it’s presence. When people are not nearby, it conserves energy by emitting only a soft glow.

The Sustainable City Lights open and close like a flower bud to harvest energy. Any surplus energy is returned to the main grid to use for other things. This is a not only practical, but pretty stylish as well.

Kwikset and Schlage locks notify you by email when door is opened

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2009

Kwikset and Schlage locks notify you by email when door is openedHere are some useful electronic combination locks from Kiwkset. Great for added peace of mind when you are on vacation or if you just want to keep track of your kid’s comings and goings when you are at work. These locks will send an email to your cellphone when someone unlocks your door.

Locks from both companies are designed to be integrated with a wireless whole house automation system; Kwikset is partnered with Control4 and Schlage has its own system called LiNK. You can do things like program the lock so that when you enter your code you initiate other activities such as lights turning on, music or TV switches on, etc.

LG Viewty Smart headed for the UK

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2009

LG Viewty Smart headed for the UKThose living in the UK will soon have a chance to pick up LG’s Viewty Smart handset as it will be available in that part of the world next month. To refresh your memory, it sports a 3″ touchscreen display, WVGA resolution, 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity, aGPS support, Wi-Fi and the 3D S-Class UI.

If you Brits like what you see, you’ll want to pick one up next month. You’ll also dig this handset’s 8-megapixel camera, which should give you nice crisp images. No word yet on pricing.

Envizions EVO Smart Console

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2009

Evo Smart Console is Linux-basedWe first told you about Envizions new console back in October. It goes by the name of the EVO Smart Console will be powered by an AMD Athlon 2.4GHz processor, and will be accompanied by a Fedora-based Linux distro. The open-source console will give you game play, Internet access, VoIP communications and HD video playback all in one box.

It should work with Envizions “cloud” computing service, where users can pick up Amiga-based games and a video on demand service where you can choose from over 10,000 titles. The beta shipment for developers will begins next week with a 100 units. More systems will be released later. We have some updated specs below.

Thief takes everything, leaves Zune

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2009

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You can’t make this stuff up. It doesn’t speak very highly of Microsoft’s Zune, when this thief takes everything on the desk, spots the Zune, unplugs the earphones and takes them, then throws the Zune back onto the desk before leaving. Yeah, that’s not a ringing endorsement for the device.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat now available

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2009

Ecobee Smart Thermostat now availableWe first told you about Ecobee’s Smart Thermostat last October. The device claims that it will pay for it’s $385 price tag within the first 12 to 18 months of use. Now’s your chance to find out if that claim is true.

The WiFi-enabled smart thermostat, complete with ZigBee expansion slots, is now available to order from the company’s website. The cost includes the $35 access fee for first year of use. If it lives up to it’s claims, this should be a real money saver. It helps you get to know your energy usage patterns and make the necessary adjustments.

DoCoMo SMART F-04A phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2008

DoCoMo SMART F-04A phoneDoCoMo’s latest SMART cell phone series includes the clamshell F-04A that features an attractive, but plain design comprised of the following features: 3G/HSDPA, 3″ 480 x 854 resolution TFT display, 0.4″ 12 x 56 monochrome FSTN display, microSD/SDHC memory card slot, 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, VGA resolution camera for video calls, Built-in mobile wallet, Mobile Google Maps application and 1-Seg support. The F-04A should be available in Japan next February or March.

RichardSolo 1800 Smart Backup Battery

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 7th, 2008

RichardSolo 1800 Smart Backup BatteryChances are your iPhone or iPod touch runs out of juice at inconvenient times. With the RichardSolo 1800 Smart Backup Battery, you can have 50% more battery capacity compared to the company’s earlier iPod and iPhone-ready battery packs. It also has some new features.

Each $70 purchase comes with a dual USB car charger, a wall charger and retractable USB cable. You’ll also get a laser pointer and a small flashlight located at the bottom. The 1800mAh battery capacity is enough to juice up your exhausted iPhone once, an iPhone 3G more than once and a majority of iPods a couple times over. The plastic reinforcement helps make sure the battery doesn’t snap off whle in use.

MedSignals Smart Pillbox

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2008

MedSignals Smart PillboxDo you take a lot of supplements and vitamins, but have a bad memory? That’s where the MedSignals Smart Pillbox comes in handy. It lets you monitor all of your medications effectively, helping you avoid a situation where you might accidentally overdose or miss your pill altogether.

It also displays instructions associated with a particular pill so you won’t take it on an empty stomach etc. The MedSignals Smart Pillbox is a great device for seniors who are on their own. Here’s the sad part. It will cost you $199 and a monthly subscription fee.

“Tinkling”: Smart Wind Chimes concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2008

“Tinkling”: Smart Wind Chimes conceptMost people either find wind chimes charming or annoying. You either love them or you hate them. Well, I’m not sure if this update to the classic noisemaker makes things better or worse. Korean designer Lufdesign has a new spin on chimes. The concept is called Tinkling, not to be confused with your favorite bathroom pastime. No, this tinkling is different. The chimes aren’t set off by the wind, but when you receive a digital message via email, voicemail or SMS. It’s blowing tail will change color and a message is displayed across the embedded screen.

Obviously, they would need to be wireless for this to work and you would place this inside as opposed to outside. Or both. Why not annoy the birds every time you get an email? I suppose the idea is that you can wander inside and outside of your home, while never missing that important message. I personally like this a whole lot better then chimes activated by wind. At least you can turn these off.

Evo Smart Console is Linux-based

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2008

Evo Smart Console is Linux-basedThese days it’s unusual to hear about a new game console that isn’t from Sony, MS or Nintendo. But it looks like we have a new contender from Envizions Computer Entertainment. This is their first console, the Evo “Smart Console” which is available for pre-order. Interestingly, the console itself is basically a Linux-based computer.

Some specs include an overclocked Athlon 64×2 5600 processor and an ATI Radeon 3200 graphics card. Envizions sees the console being used as a development platform with a “cloud” computing system. What that means is that developers would have to make games specifically for the Evo “Smart Console.” Could that happen? They think so. The new console should ship on November 20th for about $600 and you can pre-order one now with a $100 deposit.

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