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Google’s Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest Labs

Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google’s Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest Labs

Google's Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest LabsThe behemoth that is Google, has announced it’s first acquisition for the year, it’s buying Nest, a smart thermostat maker set up by former Apple genius and iPod visionary, Tony Fadell, in a deal said to be worth $US3.2 billion/$AU3.5 billion.

This latest big-ticket buy continues a move by the California-based search giant into consumer electronics hardware, adding smartphone-synced thermostats to its Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nexus mobile devices, Chromecast, and the promised release of  Google Glass some time this year.

Nest Labs makes internet connected smoke detectors and thermostats. The company set about reinventing simple, but essential household devices in 2011 with the launch of it’s Nest Learning Thermostat and follow up product, Protect, a smoke alarm controlled by mobile devices :: Read the full Technoid article »»»»


Aussie Team Wins 2013 International Solar Decathlon

Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: GREEN, INSULATION, Renovate or Die, Renovation News, STANDOUT, Technology | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Aussie Team Wins 2013 International Solar Decathlon

Aussie Team Wins International Solar Declathon

A team from the University of Wollongong UOW and TAFE Illawarra Institute have won a coveted international competition to design a zero-emissions solar home, the teams entry – a retro-fitted Aussie fibro shack – beat-off 24 other entrants to place first in the solar, engineering and architecture categories, with a team from China coming in a sound second.

It’s the first time an Australian team has entered the Solar Decathlon – held in Datong, China since 2002 – the 51-strong team built the Flame House to inspire the Australian community, housing and building industries to embrace sustainable retrofitting technologies.

The retrofitted fibro cottage was also designed to appeal to older builders nearing retirement. The team aimed at building a sustainable home that would sit comfortably in it’s suburban environment :: Read the full article »»»»


NEED! FRIDGEPAD

Posted: May 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Kitchen, Technology | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NEED! FRIDGEPAD

The Ultimate Fridge Magnet - Woodford Designs FridgePadThere is little question that the Apple iPad has taken over the galaxy, the ultimate in mobile computing. The experts – PC World – say that there are a heap of reasons to rely soley on the iPad as your primary mobile computing device. Apple’s iPad has a more functional interface than a netbook, it’s lighter and has a longer battery life.

Technology is only any good if it fulfils a human need, the iPad seems to cope rather well with fulfilment. Surfing, communicating, imagery, sound and motion, the iPad was designed as an interface to all the human bits that make us smile day to day.

A bunch of clever boffins at Woodford Design have now replaced the humble, often tacky fridge magnet with what they bill as the Ultimate Fridge Magnet, meet FridgePad :: Read the full article »»»»


BabyPing For iPad-Pod+Phone

Posted: December 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Technology | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on BabyPing For iPad-Pod+Phone

Baby Ping

BabyPing recently announced the arrival of its new high security Wi-Fi baby monitoring system. The product will allow parents to hear and view their baby utilizing an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The system also features double-layer security that alerts parents if their baby cries, if the Wi-Fi connection drops out or if their iOS device is out of range. Read the full article »»»»


On the Surface: The Samsung – Microsoft Collaborative Interface Revolution

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Technology, Übergadget | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on On the Surface: The Samsung – Microsoft Collaborative Interface Revolution

In the techy world of übergadgets, many products don’t make the transition from idea to retail, vapor ware is the name given to these forlorn product ideas and prototypes that simply disappear into the ether. With an incredibly popular demonstration earlier this year at tech expo CES, ‘Surface‘ seemed too good to be true, and looked like one of those ideas that just may end up being an ether dweller.

Thankfully ‘Surface‘ hasn’t been relegated to the trash can of design, Samsung has announced this week that ‘Surface SUR40‘ is available for pre-order.

With ‘Surface‘ Microsoft and Samsung have delivered more than just a new touch screen, ‘Surface‘ is a new way of collaborating.

Although this übergadget is aimed squarely at corprorates – at $8,400 – can’t you just see it in the den? Move over pacman, the arcade game table has just been trumped.

Samsung worked closely with Microsoft, quickly evolving the Surface from a frumpy gadget to it’s current thin design, and with the most powerful vision-based capabilities in the LCD market, Surface shines. READ MORE