Home http://www.stuff.tv/home/reviews en-GB Jibo is Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With http://www.stuff.tv/say-hello-jibo-endearing-robot-just-wants-fit-your-family/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This Pixar-esque robot just wants to fit into your family and love them forever and ever and ever and ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Jibo is Your Plastic Pal Who&#039;s Fun To Be With" alt="Jibo is Your Plastic Pal Who&#039;s Fun To Be With" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jibo1.jpg?1405680015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Is that Kenny?</strong><br />No, stop binge-watching South Park. This is Jibo. We know: it looks like a cross between South Park&rsquo;s Kenny and Wall-E&rsquo;s EVE and reminds us of Luxo, Jr the Pixar lamp in the way it moves. All very friendly animated character associations that won&rsquo;t give you nightmares when Jibo blinks to life.</p> <p><strong>How is it going to fit into my family?</strong><br />For one, Jibo isn&rsquo;t a one-trick bot. It&rsquo;s outfitted with two hi-res cameras and full body touch sensors so it can recognise faces and react to your touch. It&#39;ll help out around the house by fielding calls and messages, issuing timely reminders, and connecting family members via their different devices.</p> <p>An overseas relative can video chat via Jibo, which automatically swivels to face whoever is talking. Have a family event? Have Jibo take the photos so no one will ever be missing from the family album again (except poor Jibo). No time to read a story to little Becca? Have Jibo take over.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s even more planned for Jibo, with developers being able to build apps (activity-tracking, games, and the like) that will stitch the fabric of your family together.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So essentially, it&rsquo;s a virtual assistant made physical?</strong><br />Not quite. Jibo&rsquo;s a social robot. It&rsquo;s a little more present than Siri, cuter than <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/honda/honda-s-asimo-robot-becomes-faster-and-smarter/news">Asimo</a> and as a result, a whole more likeable. With a display taking the space of its face, a single animated winky eye does more to express emotion than an artificial face could.</p> <p>While Jibo can&rsquo;t move, it weighs just 2.7kg and can be easily carried from room to room. There&rsquo;s an emotional bit to all of this in the way Jibo swivels its two-part body to greet you when you come home and in the tone of its voice, making it seem more than just a soulless machine.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>I want a robot friend!</strong><br />Get on it quick then, you&rsquo;re not alone. Its <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jibo-the-world-s-first-family-robot" target="_blank">Indiegogo campaign</a> has already raised over three times the required amount with 30 days left to go.</p> <p class="p1">Right now, the Jibo is still available for US$499 (&pound;290). If you&rsquo;re located outside of the US and Canada you&rsquo;ll have to add US$50 (&pound;30) for postage. It&rsquo;s due to be shipped in 2015 which is still a while away, but you can use that time to prepare that underground bunker. You know, just in case Jibo goes rogue.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff">CLICK HERE FOR MORE COOL HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3N1Q8oFpX1Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Pixar-esque robot companion that&#039;s not at all creepy, oh no </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/say-hello-jibo-endearing-robot-just-wants-fit-your-family/news#comments Home Hot Stuff Robots Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:13:23 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442379 at http://www.stuff.tv Droplet: a smarter, cheaper way to water your garden http://www.stuff.tv/droplet-smarter-cheaper-way-water-your-garden/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ditch your hosepipe and slash your water consumption by up to 90 percent with this Wi-Fi equipped sprinkler </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Droplet sprinkler is part of the Internet of Things" alt="The Droplet sprinkler is part of the Internet of Things" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/droplet-main.jpg?1404537539" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the weather heats up, your lawn and plants start to suffer &ndash; and that usually results in your water usage going through the roof. Droplet is designed to change all that.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a robotic sprinkler equipped with Wi-Fi and controllable via desktop and iOS apps (Android is &ldquo;coming soon), and its creators claim it&rsquo;s capable of keeping your garden healthy and green with just 10 percent of the water you&rsquo;d use with a regular sprinkler or hosepipe.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The key is in its smarts. Using the app, you enter the type of plants you need watered and their locations in your garden. Droplet, which hooks directly up to a normal hosepipe, then uses weather and soil data to determine how much water each plant needs and the best time to douse it. Each unit can spray a jet up to 30 feet, so depending on the size of your garden you may need only one.</p> <p>Its makers say it&rsquo;ll save the average user US$263 (around &pound;150) on water bills per year, not to mention the time that person would usually spend in the garden using a hose or fiddling with their normal sprinkler.</p> <p>The Droplet unit isn&rsquo;t particularly cheap at US$300 (&pound;175), but if the savings claims are true it&rsquo;ll have paid for itself in a little over a year. US residents can pre-order it now at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Droplet-Robotics-DR01-Sprinkler/dp/B00IORFJBG/">Amazon.com</a>, but there&rsquo;s no word as yet on a launch in the UK. Given that Droplet currently uses US soil data and weather stations, it may be a while before we see it making the trip across the Atlantic.</p> <p>[<a href="http://smartdroplet.com/index.html">Droplet</a> via <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/07/04/this-device-can-water-your-plants-for-only-300/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/edyn-garden-sensor-keeps-grass-greener-your-side/news">Edyn Garden Sensor keeps the grass greener on your side</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Droplet is incredibly precise with its water jet" alt="The Droplet is incredibly precise with its water jet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/droplet-2.jpg?1404537539" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/droplet-smarter-cheaper-way-water-your-garden/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Connected home Home Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:15:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441001 at http://www.stuff.tv Banish closing time forever with the Synek beer dispenser http://www.stuff.tv/banish-closing-time-forever-table-top-beer-dispenser/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Counter-top tap system recreates American-style craft brew pub in your own home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Synek beer dispenser" alt="Synek beer dispenser" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Synek-craft-brew-dispenser.jpg?1404349828" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Does it come with a bartender?</strong><br />Not the entire pub, obviously. Just the most important bit: cold, fresh beer that tastes of beer rather than a metal can.</p> <p><strong>So no dartboard then?</strong><br />No. Neither is there a built-in jukebox, an add-on that writes rude graffiti in your toilet or a soundtrack of someone talking loudly about football. The Synek system is just a blender-sized gadget that stores microbrews for up to a month and dispenses them at the perfect temperature.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How about cheese and onion crisps?</strong><br />How many pints have you had already? Can you come back when you&#39;re sober?</p> <p><strong>But I&#39;ll never be sober - that&#39;s the whole point, isn&#39;t it?</strong><br />Fair enough. The system uses disposable bags (costing about $1 each) that you can fill at your favourite craft, micro, nano or home brewery. These snap into place inside the Synek, which keeps them fresh, cold and pressurised until you&#39;re ready to quaff.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="746" title="Invisible barmaid pours perfect pint" alt="Invisible barmaid pours perfect pint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/synek2_0.jpg?1404349828" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How does it fare with British-style real ales?</strong><br />I didn&#39;t think you were that fussy. Synek is suitable for cask-style secondary fermented hand-pulled real ales, although you might want to adjust the temperature so they don&#39;t come out too cold.</p> <p><strong>Can I get one before closing time tonight?</strong><br />No. Synek is still raising money for its beer delivery system on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1620669801/synek-any-beer-ever-made-fresh-on-your-counter">Kickstarter</a>. Units are pre-ordering for $299 (about &pound;175), which is $50 cheaper than the retail units will be when they arrive next spring.</p> <p><strong>Next spring? I&#39;m thirsty now!</strong><br />Previous Kickstarter darling <a href="http://www.brewbot.io/">Brewbot </a>is promising to ship out its first fridge-sized digital home-brew systems any day now - although they do cost a bladder-emptying &pound;2180.&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://mashable.com/2014/07/01/keurig-for-beer-synek/">Mashable</a>] <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">More splendid Hot Stuff</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="799" title="Synek with beer bag" alt="Synek with beer bag" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Synek21_0.jpg?1404349828" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beer is my ally </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Synek beer dispenser banishes closing time </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/banish-closing-time-forever-table-top-beer-dispenser/news#comments Crowdfunding Home Hot Stuff Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:04:21 +0000 Mark Harris 1440668 at http://www.stuff.tv IBM's Watson AI comes to your kitchen http://www.stuff.tv/ibms-watson-ai-comes-your-kitchen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Open the coffee pod bay doors, HAL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="799" title="Bon Appetit&#039;s Watson chef app" alt="Bon Appetit&#039;s Watson chef app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IBM-4-of-4-620x413.jpg?1404193724" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might not trust an artifical intelligence to drive your car (or spaceship) just yet, but what could possibly go wrong with putting one in charge of your kitchen?</p> <p>IBM has teamed up with US cooking magazine <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/">Bon&nbsp;Appétit</a>&nbsp;to give its Watson AI full rein of your razor-sharp knives, high-speed blenders, blow torches, microwave radiation and gas hobs.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robot Masterchef </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The app is powered by <a href="http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/">IBM&#39;s Watson technology</a>, which famously humiliated meat-based opponents to win <a href="http://www.jeopardy.com/">Jeopardy</a>, America&#39;s most prestigious quiz show. Now it&#39;s using the same machine learning smarts to spice up mealtimes with dishes like these fennel-spiced ribs accompanied by a tangy apple-mustard barbecue sauce.</p> <p>IBM taught Watson about cooking by feeding it 9,000 Bon Appétit recipes, from which it built up expertise about ingredient pairings, cooking styles, and combinations that definitely would not help to enslave humanity. The iPad app combines these insights with data about food chemistry,&nbsp;ethnic cooking styles and&nbsp;&quot;hedonic psychophysics&quot; (the psychology of what humans find pleasant and unpleasant).</p> <p>Users tap in the ingredients they want to use and any allergens they want to avoid, so that Watson would never accidentally slip them into a meal before a global robot revolution. The app then spits out 100 possible recipes complete with ingredient quantities and cooking instructions.&nbsp;</p> <p>You may be sacrificing your human creativity to a souless machine bent on your ultimate downfall but who cares when this grilled corn and nectarine salad with toasted spice vinaigrette is so wonderfully tangy!</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hal-her-top-24-artificial-intelligences-film/feature">From HAL to &#39;Her&#39;: the top 24 artificial intelligences on film</a></p> <p>[Source and images: <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/beta-test-chef-watson">Bon Appétit</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="766" title="Fennel-Spiced Ribs with Tangy Apple-Mustard Barbecue Sauce" alt="Fennel-Spiced Ribs with Tangy Apple-Mustard Barbecue Sauce" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watson-fennel-spiced-barbecue-ribs-940x600.jpg?1404193724" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="766" title="Grilled Corn and Nectarine Salad with Toasted Spice Vinaigrette" alt="Grilled Corn and Nectarine Salad with Toasted Spice Vinaigrette" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watson-corn-salad-940x600.jpg?1404193724" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ibms-watson-ai-comes-your-kitchen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ibms-watson-ai-comes-your-kitchen/news#comments Home Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:24:44 +0000 Mark Harris 1440548 at http://www.stuff.tv Daisy.si smart waterer means your houseplants will never die http://www.stuff.tv/hdhomerun/daisysi-smart-waterer-means-your-houseplants-will-never-die/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This compact product, seeking Indiegogo funding, analyses soil moisture and releases water accordingly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Daisy.si smart waterer means your houseplants will never die" alt="Daisy.si smart waterer means your houseplants will never die" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/daisy-si-main.jpg?1399020327" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Houseplants are universally acknowledged as (a) pretty nice to have around your gaff and (b) pretty much guaranteed to die unless you pay them careful attention.</p> <p>
Previously, lazybones plant lovers had to basically buy a cactus if they wanted some ultra-low maintenance greenery at home, but a new product seeking funding via Indiegogo aims to change all that.</p> <p>Daisy.si is a compact, battery-powered all-in-one smart watering device consisting of a moisture sensor, a light sensor and a water dosing valve. It&rsquo;s waterproof too, so can be used in pots outside.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Place it in with a plant and rig it to a water source (a vase, placed at a higher level than the Daisy.si, will do the trick) and it&rsquo;ll continuously measure the moisture content of the soil, using that data to decide when to release water into the pot. A pair of AAA batteries will power it for around two years.</p> <p>You can also control it via a phone, tablet or PC, thanks to a website that allows you to set the upper and lower limits for humidity, the amount of water that should be used, and (here&rsquo;s where the light sensor comes into play) whether water should be released during the day or night.</p> <p>Daisy.si&rsquo;s Slovenia-based inventors are seeking US$18,000 in backing from Indiegogo users, and at the time of writing (with 39 days to go) have secured just over $4,000. Pledging at least $30 (&pound;18) will get you one of the first Daisy.si units off the production line.</p> <p>[<a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/daisy-si-smart-plant-waterer/#home">Indiegogo</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Tmzeti7KWWA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Daisy.si analyses soil moisture and releases water accordingly" alt="Daisy.si analyses soil moisture and releases water accordingly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/daisy-si-close-up.jpg?1399020327" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Home Thu, 01 May 2014 12:29:41 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436454 at http://www.stuff.tv The Tranquility Pod will gently vibrate you to sleep http://www.stuff.tv/tranquility-pod-will-gently-vibrate-you-sleep/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Recharge yourself by nestling within this comfortable cocoon from the future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="495" height="371" title="The Tranquility Pod will gently rock you to sleep" alt="The Tranquility Pod will gently rock you to sleep" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tranquilitypod1.jpg?1390818034" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Is that an alien egg?</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t be silly, aliens don&rsquo;t exist. Not until <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/infrared-laser-aims-detect-aliens-not-shoot-them-pieces/news" target="_blank">these people </a>say so at least. It&rsquo;s a <a href="http://www.hammacher.com/Product/12195" target="_blank">Tranquility Pod</a>. What do you mean you&rsquo;ve never heard of one? Something similar already <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/audioorb-perfect-sound-bubble/news" target="_blank">exists</a>, and it looks like these human charging docks will be a legit category of furniture for the ultra-rich in the future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That picture alone is making me feel very snoozy&hellip;</strong></p> <p>You&rsquo;re not alone. If its image is enough to induce sleep, imagine what it&rsquo;d be like to cuddle up in one of these fibreglass-clad wombs.</p> <p>Within it lies a suede-wrapped large memory foam cushion sits on top of a temperature-controlled waterbed to gently rock you to... zzzzz. Sorry, we drifted off again.</p> <p>Its egg-like structure blocks out most of the sound and you also get to stream your music from its four-speaker sound system which gently vibrates through the waterbed. If that isn&rsquo;t enough to lull you to sleep, the 50 LEDs dotting the inside walls of the pod should do the job.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How?</strong></p> <p>The biofeedback system of the pod uses a sensor to read your heartbeat and synchronise it to drive the rhythm of the lights for the ultimate mood lighting. You will feel like you have retreated deep into yourself, the only place where no one and their ridiculous demands can get to you. Only the Tranquility Pod knows your heart.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="569" height="426" title="Only the Tranquility Pod knows your heart." alt="Only the Tranquility Pod knows your heart." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tranquilitypod.jpg?1390818034" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Consume me, mighty Tranquility Pod!</strong></p> <p>Not so fast, big spender. Unless you have money bags in the excess of US$30,000 stashed somewhere, we&rsquo;re afraid you&rsquo;ll have to join us on the sidewalk, with our faces pressed against the window.</p> <p class="p1">Or you could always convince HR that this is the perfect investment for the office lounge. Good luck getting them to buy that. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">CLICK HERE FOR MORE HOT STUFF STORIES, SLEEPY HEAD</a></p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.hammacher.com/Product/12195" target="_blank">Hammacher Schlemmer</a> via <a href="http://www.coolthings.com/tranquility-pod/" target="_blank">CoolThings</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/tranquility-pod-will-gently-vibrate-you-sleep/news#comments Home Hot Stuff Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:19:15 +0000 Will Findlater 1431711 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Philips Hue + Ambilight is our Home Gadget of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/stufftv-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-best-home-gadgets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let there be light! Our pick of the year&#039;s domestically-minded tech products fills your whole lounge with whatever colours are showing on your TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Hue plus Ambilight" alt="Philips Hue plus Ambilight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-hue-and-ambilight.jpg?1386402763" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 1950s dream of a fully automated home with robot maids and valets may still be a few decades away, but there&#39;s still a wealth of technology out there that&#39;ll make your house more efficient, more friendly and more fun to be in. Here are our favourites from the past 12 months, with the stunning Philips Hue + Ambilight smart lighting system the very best of the bunch.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Philips Hue + Ambilight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Philips&#39; Wi-Fi enabled Hue lightbulbs have been casting coloured mood lighting around our houses since their launch &ndash; and it didn&#39;t take long for some bright spark to think, &quot;What if we paired up the Hue lights with our Ambilight TV?&quot; Now you can extend the soothing glow of your Ambilight tellybox out across an entire room, with your Hue lights picking up on the ambient colours shown on the screen. A real lightbulb moment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6wVVFHdziBI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-hue-and-ambilight.jpg?1386402763" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Belkin WeMo Insight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like the idea of turning on the kettle from your toilet or booting up your home PC from Hawaii, the WeMo Insight is the thing for you. A Wi-Fi-enabled plug socket add-on that's fully controllable from iOS and Android apps, it's a cinch to use and, because it works with lovely Internet action-setter IfThisThenThat, can be easily programmed for automated on/offing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Belkin WeMo Insight" alt="Belkin WeMo Insight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/belkin-wemo-insight.jpg?1386402763" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Samsung Navibot CornerClean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The problem with robot vacuum cleaners is that they&#39;re round, while our rooms generally&hellip; aren&#39;t. Unless you live in a lighthouse, like on Fraggle Rock.</p> <p>Enter the Navibot CornerClean. Its pop-out arms with rotating brushes mean that it can suck up your detritus no matter how far into the corners it&#39;s fallen, and its hazard detection feature lets it negotiate obstacles with ease. The best robo-cleaner yet.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/navibot/samsung-navibot-cornerclean/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Navibot CornerClean" alt="Samsung Navibot CornerClean" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-navibot-cornerclean.jpg?1386402763" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: UP! Plus 3D printer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not look quite as slick as its 3D printer rivals, but the UP! Plus&nbsp;has a homebrew charm all its own. And, crucially, of the many 3D printers we&#39;ve tried out, it creates the cleanest prints with consistently reliable results. Which, for a tool of the future, is the most important thing of all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3d-printers-go-head-printhead/feature">Read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="UP! Plus2 3D printer" alt="UP! Plus2 3D printer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/up-plus-2-3d-printer.jpg?1386402763" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to get all Prince Charles and converse with your chrysanthemums? The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor will monitor your plants, tracking soil moisture, temperature and light intensity. It&#39;ll conjure up detailed instructions on how to keep your flowers blooming &ndash; turning even the most cack-handed gardener into a green-fingered wizard.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/koubachi-wi-fi-plant-sensor-keeps-your-bushes-lush/news">Read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor" alt="Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/koubachi.jpg?1386402763" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Sonos Playbar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sonos has already made a name for itself among hi-fi fans with its streaming wireless speakers &ndash; and now it&#39;s turned its attention to your telly.</p> <p>Not only does it deliver big, atmospheric sound across an impressively wide soundstage, it&#39;ll also blast out audio from your iThing and from streaming music services. All that, and you can upgrade it to a full surround sound system using Play:1 and Play:3 speakers as satellites and a sub.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Playbar" alt="Sonos Playbar" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar_0.jpg?1386402763" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Roku 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Turn your dumb gogglebox into a Smart TV with Roku&#39;s brilliant little box. It&#39;ll add streaming services like Netflix, Now TV and the BBC iPlayer to your telly, for a mere &pound;99 &ndash; you can even play Angry Birds on the big screen using its motion-sensitive remote. You really have no excuse for being tied to terrestrial broadcasts any more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku 3" alt="Roku 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roku-3.jpg?1386402763" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Sky+ HD with Wi-Fi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sky continues to add new features to its awesome PVR &ndash; the latest update adds a whopping 2TB hard drive, the ability to undelete programmes, TiVo-style, and &ndash; most importantly &ndash; Wi-Fi. Freed from the loops of the Ethernet cable, and with an array of services, Sky&#39;s satellite receiver is the one to beat.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky+ HD with Wi-Fi" alt="Sky+ HD with Wi-Fi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-hd-with-wi-fi.jpg?1386402763" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Gadget Awards 2013 Home Hue Philips Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:45:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429271 at http://www.stuff.tv Dustbusting drones and 3D food printers: Eight gadgets that could change your home forever http://www.stuff.tv/drones-home-swarms-flying-robots-could-soon-be-cleaning-your-living-room/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flying mini-robot cleaners, expanding walls that filter the air and 3D food printers could all be in our homes soon, according to the judges at the Electrolux Design Lab. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="640" height="384" title="Swarm cleaning" alt="Swarm cleaning" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/9783413271_1a58cbb7d3_z.jpg?1382249078" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your Roomba might not cut it any more, thanks to this flying robot concept called “Mab”, which would see hundreds of tiny drones picking up dust.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clean Tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Flying mini-robot cleaners, expanding walls that filter the air and 3D food printers all won prizes in the contest, organised by the home appliance firm.</p> <p>The winning concept, by Adrian Perez Zapata from Colombia, is an automated cleaning system consisting of hundreds of flying mini-robots.</p> <p>The robots clean surfaces by touching them with a drop of water.</p> <p>Mab scans the house, determine the areas to clean and sends the robots flying.</p> <p>“I was in my university gardens when I observed the controlled flight of bees pollinating a flower, and how magical it is to see swarms of bees working together,” Perez Zapata said.</p> <p>“My concept Mab only requires a short initial configuration to function autonomously, so you could arrive home and see a swarm of mini-robots roaming around cleaning independently.</p> <p>This means you could sit back and relax, as you observe with great astonishment the little Mab ‘fairies’ working their magic autonomously.”</p> <p>Judges hailed the concept as a major step forward in home robotics.</p> <p>“This year’s winning concept renews the idea of looking at the robot, seeing it not as one unit that mimics a person, but instead as something inspired by the magical logic of nature’s collaborative efforts and group intelligence,” said Stefano Marzano, Chief Design Officer at Electrolux and Head of Jury.</p> <p>“The Mab is an innovative concept which could be relevant to minimize the daily cleaning efforts of consumers as well as businesses, while maximizing the results”</p> <p>Click through our gallery of the other winners below</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://electroluxdesignlab.com/en/" target="_blank">Electrolux Design Lab</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/a3j4y6uJQmg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="492" title="The drone control centre" alt="The drone control centre" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9783616406_75539d5ecf_z.jpg?1382249078" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="640" height="480" title="One of the tiny cleaning drones " alt="One of the tiny cleaning drones " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9783602835_82f2731fbb_z.jpg?1382249078" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OZ-1 air purifier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OZ-1 is an air purifier and stress reliever to be worn as a necklace. The fashion piece cleans the air and emits aroma therapeutic and scents, both covers and scents to OZ-1 can be chosen according to taste and preference.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o1iV0lCPpNU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nutrima </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nutrima calculates the nutritional values, possible toxins and freshness of your food. The appliance is foldable, easy to bring along and supported by an app that maps your experiences and tips you off about resellers with high quality ingredients.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wnv47ot1oZM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3F vacuum cleaner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 3F vacuum cleaner can change form and expand to suit the task required. This remote controlled and programmable cleaner can be used in compact or wide mode.&nbsp; It also scents the air according to the fragrance of your choice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jX40VR_I1Uw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Atomium 3D food printer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Atomium is a 3D printer that uses molecular ingredients to construct food layer by layer. Draw the shape of the food you would like to eat and show it to the appliance. Atomium scans the image and prints food in the desired shape.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4Flq7s6W-1s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Breathing Wall </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Breathing Wall is a wall integrated air cleaning concept which pulsates and changes shape as it cleans the air. Inspired by the gulls of a fish, it can be customized to suit individual needs as it also scents the air you breathe and changes colour according to your choice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/70ZRUTdLXlw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Global Chef - cook with friends </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Global Chef is a kitchen appliance that brings people together all across the world by using laser hologram technology. With the help of the appliance you can cook with your loved ones or take cooking lessons from top chefs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BG6oeW6BeAk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kitchen Hub - making your cupboards smart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Kitchen Hub is a household food stock controller helping you know what ingredients you have at home and when they expire. You can reduce food waste, find recipes and coordinate with the individual diets of each family member.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KoD86NG5-UU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/drones-home-swarms-flying-robots-could-soon-be-cleaning-your-living-room/news#comments Home Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:23:44 +0000 Mark Prigg 1428079 at http://www.stuff.tv Nest Protect: how the iPod's inventor made the fire alarm smart, safe and sexy http://www.stuff.tv/nest-protect-how-tony-fadell-made-fire-alarm-smart-safe-and-sexy/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After reinventing the thermostat, Tony Fadell&#039;s team at Nest have made home safety tech exciting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nest Protect " alt="Nest Protect " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nest-main.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are few people in the world with greater hardware pedigree than Tony Fadell. While at Apple, he designed the and shipped the first 18 generations of iPod (and he got Steve Jobs to buy into the whole crazy stunt in the first place). He also happened to build the team that created the iPhone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nest isn&#039;t &#039;the iThermostat company&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">"When I was designing my home in Lake Tahoe, I came up with all kinds of problem areas. It wasn't just the heating. The reason we named the company Nest was because it's about home. We didn't say, 'It's the iThermostat company'.</p> <p class="p1">"We're a team that reinvents important things in your home. Things that matter, things that are ugly, things that are old, dumb, that haven't been reinvented for years. we blow 'em up, rethink it all, then put it together."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tony Fadell" alt="Tony Fadell" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tony_fadell.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The smoke alarm needed a complete rethink </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“Is [your smoke alarm] actually working? You don't know. All you have is, at some point, a beep that goes off, usually at the wrong time. It's crying wolf. So people are frustrated and those batteries are pulled out. You take a steamy shower, what happens? Goes off. You cook? Goes off.</p> <p>“70 percent of deaths by fire in the UK are caused because people had a smoke alarm but it wasn't properly installed on their wall, the batteries were dead or they took the battery out. They were so annoyed and frustrated with it that they just gave up. If you go on Twitter, you can just search for ‘smoke detector’ and see this litany of comedic things and you're like, ‘This shouldn't happen’. Not for something that's so important.”</p> <p>“So, why not make one that you might actually love? One that you actually might cherish, so it actually keeps you safe rather than having you look at it at night going, ‘Is this thing going to wake me up?’</p> <p>“That's we've been working on for two years. We've made it into a nice object that you don't ignore.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2728838726001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2728838726001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nest Protect" alt="Nest Protect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-bookshelves.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You can silence it with a wave </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What happens when you burn the toast? Typically [your alarm's] up on the ceiling, you can't reach it, you're not going to get a ladder, you're not going to get a broomstick – you just want to get the smoke away. So we added ultrasonic sensors for the wave.&nbsp;If it gives me a [spoken] heads-up about smoke, I can go up to it and wave to say 'OK, I've got it in hand'. It goes away for a little while and says, 'OK, I won't bother you anymore'.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Also built inside is a light sensor, humidity sensors and activity sensors so it can tell when there's motion. And heat sensors, so we can tell the type of smoke. You won't find any of that stuff in our competitors’ products.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It doesn&#039;t beep - it communicates </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“Typically with smoke alarms and CO alarms, all they do is beep – there's nothing else. We said, ‘Why don't we look at this thing that's always on your ceiling or on your wall. Why can't it watch over you 24/7 and give you information if you want it? Make sure that it's working.’</p> <p>“So we thought about every stage of the way. [It notifies you in stages] from possible danger to all clear. Let's say you burnt the toast. You get the heads-up, and you can wave it off.</p> <p>"But maybe you left the quiche baking and now it's burning. It'll go through the heads-up and if it doesn't see it, it'll sound the emergency alarm. Then it will send an alert to your phone or to your tablet, and if you clear it all, it'll actually tell you that everything is clear.</p> <p class="p1">"[In a house with multiple Nest Protects], each one will go off, and tell you where the problem is. No like, 'oh the quiche is burning, geez I I better go to the kitchen'. It gives you the information you need. It even tells you when smoke is clearing.&nbsp;</p> <p>“If you look at smoke detectors today, every month they tell you, ‘Go and manually test it’. No-one in their right mind does that. So instead we test it for you, and we say, ‘Yeah, everything's OK, green light – we're still protecting you’.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nest Protect with red light" alt="Nest Protect with red light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-red-light.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s always connected... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“It has Wi-Fi built into it. It has another wireless technology, 802.15.4, so even if your router goes down, [your Nest Protect sensors are] all talking amongst each other. And there's a backup battery in case the power goes out.</p> <p>“The activity sensors inside Nest Protect work with the activity sensors inside the Nest thermostat, so if the Protect sees you in one room, but the Nest learning thermostat doesn't see you in another, they talk and say, ‘Somebody's home, don't turn [the heating] down’. If the CO alarm goes off, the Nest learning thermostat will turn off the boiler, so the CO hopefully goes away.&nbsp;</p> <p>"It's not just about smart individual products. It’s thoughtful communication – not crazy home automation stuff but simple things.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> …And you can keep tabs on it via your phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“Each Nest Protect has remote status, so anywhere in the world you can look in at each of them [on iOS, Android or through your browser] and see when it was last contacted to test, the battery life that's left. And you can get notifications too so anywhere: low-battery warnings, all those things. So you know you're being watched over.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;ll wake up the kids </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“Most smoke detectors usually only wake up adults – young children don’t wake up to them. There are studies that have shown that children respond to voices, typically a mother’s voice, so we put in a speaker for interactivity, but we also use a human voice in the alarm.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nest Protect at night" alt="Nest Protect at night" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-protect-at-night.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nest Protect with yellow light" alt="Nest Protect with yellow light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-protect-yellow-light.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;ll talk to you, too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“Today, a smoke alarm or CO alarm goes off and it just beeps – you don't know what to do next. You're disoriented.</p> <p>“Your government tells you what you should do, and we show you [on the app]: do this now; go through these steps. There's a button to contact the fire brigade. You type in the number of the local fire brigade when you install it, and the number will be there, and you can [hit it to] call.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nest Protect front on" alt="Nest Protect front on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-front-on.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s certified safe, and it&#039;s a step ahead of hackers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“We re-engineered everything from the ground up. Inside, we have a carbon monoxide sensor, a world-class CO sensor, and a photoelectric smoke sensor, so there are no radioactive materials in it. We've designed our own smoke chamber so it can detect all different kinds of smoke&nbsp;– dry smoke, wet smoke, cold smoke, hot smoke, slow-moving smoke, fast-moving smoke.</p> <p>“We're certified with three major certification partners: UL US, UL Canada and the BSI. We have been through mountains upon mountains of documentation and testing. This is, after a car, the second hardest thing to certify for safety. So we have been working with the BSI for over a year now to get this right. They're the ones who tell the world it's safe, not just us.”</p> <p>"You've seen a lot of stories recently - 'This lock was hacked, this camera was hacked'.&nbsp;People have tried to hack us, we hack ourselves, we've gone through hacker competitions. But we've been secure, and we continue to add more and more levels.&nbsp;Our goal is to make sure we have really strong security.&nbsp;</p> <p>"There are two different processors - the processor for the alarms is actually separate from the processor for the voices and all those other things. So in the case of something going really awry, this processor might get knocked out, this one is its own standalone system. It'll default back to a smarter version of one of those [points at normal smoke alarm]."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s got a neat little trick up its sleeve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“Nest Protect has a feature called Pathlight. When it’s dark in the room and you walk underneath it, it glows as you pass. It can just light your way so you’re not tripping over the kids’ toys in the hallway.”</p> <p><em>Nest Protect will be on sale in November for £110, in both wired and battery-powered versions. It's available from Apple, Amazon.co.uk and John Lewis. You can reserve one <a href="http://www.nest.com/uk">here</a>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nest Protect Pathlight" alt="Nest Protect Pathlight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-protect-black.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nest Protect: making fire alarms exciting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How iPod inventor Tony Fadell is making home safety tech exciting </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nest-protect-how-tony-fadell-made-fire-alarm-smart-safe-and-sexy/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Home Interviews Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:14:37 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427593 at http://www.stuff.tv British Gas announces smart thermostat http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas-announces-smart-thermostat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hive allows you to control your home&#039;s cosiness via the Internet and smartphone app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hive smartphone app" alt="Hive smartphone app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hive-phone-app.jpg?1380132739" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Energy-thrifty Americans have been trimming their heating bills since 2011 with the <a href="http://nest.com/">Nest</a> thermostat, but smart heating has taken its time making it over here. But now British Gas, which has already installed one million smart meters in UK homes, has announced <a href="https://www.hivehome.com/">Hive</a>, its own Internet-controlled thermostat.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The heat is on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>British Gas describes Hive Active Heating as a “next-generation remote heating control” that lets you adjust your heating and hot water from your phone or web browser. A wireless receiver sits next to your boiler, a wireless thermostat attaches to your wall, and a small hub plugs into the back of your router. But rather than twiddling the thermostat like someone’s dad in the 1980s, you twiddle with the thermostat via a smart-looking app, like someone’s dad in 2013. The browser-based control screen lets you set a heating schedule and a hot water schedule, and you can look at temperature graphs of how warm your house has been. Maybe you could correlate that against what jumper you’ve been wearing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hive thermostat" alt="Hive thermostat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hive-thermostat.jpg?1380132739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Hive hub" alt="Hive hub" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hive-hub.jpg?1380132739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Hive receiver" alt="Hive receiver" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hive-receiver.jpg?1380132739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coming next month </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Day-to-day use will take the form of quick controls, though - Hive can send you alerts if your home gets too hot or too cold, and a weekly programme lets you set a preset temperature for a certain time - so you could bump up the heating and make sure there’s plenty of hot water after your Sunday afternoon windsurfing session. There’s a one-flick control for shutting everything off when you go on holiday, and Hive will automatically warm things up a little if the house temperature drops below 7 degrees, to stop your pipes freezing.</p> <p>Hive will be available from the second half of October, at £199 from <a href="https://www.hivehome.com">hivehome.com</a>. It’s not the first smart thermostat, but it will be the one most people hear about and buy, because it’s being made by British Gas. True heating enthusiasts may like to take a look at the home automation kit made by <a href="http://my-ncube.org/">nCube</a>, which lets you program control individual radiators using wireless valves. What’s your favourite temperature?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hive desktop dashboard" alt="Hive desktop dashboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hive-dashboard.jpg?1380132739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Home iOS apps Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:10:35 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427094 at http://www.stuff.tv Ninja Block http://www.stuff.tv/ninja-block/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We risk life and love with an enigmatic internet of things box. But first we have to work out what it actually does.. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2667" height="2000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ninja-block-review.jpg?1371463265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Take one groovy looking Internet of Things box, a lot of time to kill and some lateral thinking and you could soon be teaching your toilet seat to tweet.</p> <p>But what exactly is a Ninja Block? It's a home automation kit that includes the hardware needed to hook sensors and cameras up to the internet and the web platform to control and measure all the information they serve up.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> US$ </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Soldering Irons Away </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unboxing the Ninja Block is a pretty ungeeky experience – if you've dug out your soldering iron and were expecting printed circuit boards, dozens of capacitors and resistors and a hand scrawled manual you might be disappointed. Instead it's a sleek pre-built unit about the size of a portable hard drive, and an Ikea-like card with simple step-by-step instructions. Soldering iron, slink back to your box.&nbsp;</p> <p>Under the Ninja Block's plastic carton lies an array of wireless sensors that look like they've been pulled from the depths of a bargain bin in a Tottenham Court Road tech shop. There's a PIR sensor, which detects movement; a magentic latch, which connects to doors and senses when they're opened; a doorbell, which doesn't actually function as a doorbell; and a combination temperature and humidity sensor. They're all made of that thin off-white plastic so beloved of cheap Chinese tech.&nbsp;</p> <p>Setting up the Ninja Block is straightforward enough – it's simply a question of plugging in the power and Ethernet cables and visiting a webpage. And it won't be permanently connected to your router either thanks to the small USB Wi-Fi dongle which connects to the unit.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ninja-block-review-set-up.png?1371463265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ninja Accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The fact that the accessories feel a bit cheap is kind of the point. Each operates on the same 433MHz RF frequency, and a quick Amazon search reveals you can buy similarly tacky-looking kit such as light dimmers and power sockets for very little cash.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is where Ninja Blocks get awesome because it can – in theory – control each and every one. But do you want to integrate Tic-Tac box widgets into things as crucial as your house lights and thermostat?&nbsp;</p> <p>And connecting of all the Ninja Block's shoddy plastic bits of tech is also where the basic instructions will leave you pretty much on your own. The wireless range is truly awful so you need to have the Ninja Block within vicinity of the various sensors. Thankfully, it's easier to work out how to change the colour of the Ninja logo's eyes. We recommend setting it to red and pretend it's a small, rectangular Terminator.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ninja-block-review-temperature-humidity-sensor.png?1371463265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ninja-block-review-sensor.png?1371463265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get Yer Blocks Off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tuning in the Ninja Block's sensors is rickety, and requires much fore and aft between the bit you're trying to connect and the web interface. Get the doorbell to work though and you'll spend the rest of the day pressing the button and watching the notification pop up on your PC.&nbsp;</p> <p>The temperature and humidity sensor is even trickier to get to work but once you do you can see what's going on in the kitchen via your computer – it's 19 degrees C and humidity is at 60% in the Stuff kitchen – maybe we don't need to know that but hey, it works. That said, your other half/flatmate/parent may find the hideous sensor in their perfectly organised kitchen and chuck it in the bin so be warned.&nbsp;</p> <p>Stick the motion sensor in your bedroom and you can instruct it to text you whenever there's movement too. Yes, this does mean you might wake up to find 127 texts on your phone but then see they are all movement alerts from Ninja Block. Plus you'll briefly wonder who's paying for them before turning it off.&nbsp;</p> <p>More useful is linking a webcam up to the Ninja Block and configuring it so it starts recording when the motion sensor detects motion – it works magnificently. We're seriously tempted to leave our front door open to tempt a burglar in, just to post it on Tumblr.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ninja-block-review-web-cam-sensor.png?1371463265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ninja-block-review-sensor-2.png?1371463265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ninja-block-review-toilet-tweeting.png?1371463265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ninja-block-review-web-interface.png?1371463265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When everything's working in unison the door sensor, the motion detector, and the humidity and temperature monitor can let you know exactly what's going on in your flat while you're swanning it up in some fancy hotel. And the great thing about Ninja Block's interface is that you can access it from any browser, including your phone's. There are also iOS apps but they're heavy with the scent of open-source architecture – as in, a little hokey.&nbsp;</p> <p>The amateurish nature of the add-ons puts us off using it to run our home's infrastructure but we'd now feel deprived if we didn't know precisely how humid our bathroom is right now. It's 97%.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="1080" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ninjablock-review-verdict.png?1371463265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A tinkerer's dream with vast possibilities, but too DIY for serious home automation&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ninja-block/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ninja-block/review#comments Geek accessories Home Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:50:51 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423907 at http://www.stuff.tv Where's the catch? The future of keyless entry http://www.stuff.tv/wheres-catch-future-keyless-entry/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> August Smart Lock does away with keys for good – just whip out your smartphone and slide to unlock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="899" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/august-smart-lock.jpg?1370866838" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Keys are a pain. Especially when you sit on a bunch of them. Fortunately, <a href="http://www.august.com/">August</a> has come to the rescue with its new Smart Lock – a keyless entry system that lets you pick who gets to cross your threshold.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/news-nugget/wheres-the-catch-the-future-of-keyless-entry </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where&#039;s the catch? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The smart lock that&#039;ll let you swipe to unlock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/august-smart-lock.jpg?1370866838" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wheres-catch-future-keyless-entry/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/wheres-catch-future-keyless-entry/news#comments Home Thu, 30 May 2013 10:28:15 +0000 Stephen Graves 1423806 at http://www.stuff.tv Synology DS212j http://www.stuff.tv/synology-ds212j/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The days of lugging data around on USB sticks are over, this home hardware will keep your media safe and always available </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Synology DS212J" alt="Synology DS212J" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Synology-DS212j-NAS-Server-review-2_3_0.jpg?1372225307" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Synology has been quietly churning out some of the best cloud-enabled NAS (network-attached storage) devices for ages now.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £160.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (without HDD) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does away with USB sticks </div> <div class="field-item even"> Streams data throughout your home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not what you would call stylish </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design, set-up and power consumption  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Its most home-friendly unit is typical of the company's output: it looks a bit utilitarian, but allows easy access to the twin-drive bay for adding SATA hard disks, is a doddle to set up, and serves up your content fuss-free.&nbsp;And best of all, it only needs a fraction of the energy a PC would, taking up just 17.6W of energy at full whack.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> cloud skills  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This machine isn't just a dab hand with everyday NAS functions. It's also a master at extending its reach through the ether(net) to your PCs and mobile devices. The DiskStation manager interface is stuffed with apps that can set up the DS212j as an FTP, email, photo server and much more.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DLNA, apps and storage  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Full DLNA certification makes streaming to TVs effortless, while excellent iOS and Android apps make it child's play to upload and share files on the go – as well as download them. And while services like Dropbox will stretch to a (very expensive) maximum of 500GB of storage, the DS212j can handle up to 8TB of data, mirrored for backup and available anywhere – all you need to do is add the drives.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A brilliant NAS and a brilliant cloud server – brilliant all round, really&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/synology-ds212j </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/synology-ds212j/review#comments DS212j Geek accessories Home Synology Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:19:10 +0000 Sophie Charara 423034 at http://www.stuff.tv Excito B3 http://www.stuff.tv/b3/excito-b3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All-in-one home network box sorts out your online life, saves the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="356" height="236" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/2138806afmn_0.jpg?1364319652" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In an effort to eradicate the number of socket-snatching <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/10/nas-network-attached-storage.aspx" target="_blank">NAS</a> devices, print servers and <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/10/wi-fi.aspx" target="_blank">Wi-Fi</a> access points in your home, the Excito B3 box is all about consolidating your network services into one small but powerful unit.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £420.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A world of customisable network goodness in small black brick</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/excito-b3 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/b3/excito-b3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/b3/excito-b3/review#comments B3 Excito Home Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 admin 15340 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung SR8830 Navibot http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-sr8830-navibot/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s robot will do the vacuuming while you’re watching telly. But can it outdo your trusty old Henry? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="682" height="429" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/robot682994733a.jpg?1364299274" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we have a healthy fascination with robots, we’re also a little bit scared of them. After all, the T-1000 did a grand job of imitating household objects, and an autonomous robot vacuum sounds like it could be a potentially savage killer.</p> <p>But if any robot can overcome our fears it’s Samsung’s Navibot. It’s an ‘intelligent machine’ with no motive other than helping you towards your life-goal of eliminating domestic chores. Frankly, we’d kiss it if it didn’t spend its whole time trundling around sucking up dust, muck and dead spiders.</p> <p><strong>Va-va-vacuum</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not quite a Dyson replacement, but justifies its price by being the most effective robot vacuum we’re seen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/samsung-sr8830-navibot </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-sr8830-navibot/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-sr8830-navibot/review#comments Home Samsung SR8830 Navibot Wed, 07 Apr 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14335 at http://www.stuff.tv