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The Nest Thermostat's Improved Features

In the realm of home automation, Nest Labs has been leading the way for new products. For the version 4.3 software update for its popular Learning Thermostat, the Palo Alto-based company has developed new features to improve functionality and increase energy savings.
November 4, 2014
notion smart home sensor door

These Tiny Hubs Will Make Your Home Smart and Safe

The Notion is among the recent home security systems that uses multiple types of sensors to monitor threats like water damage or burglary. The central hub connects to Wi-Fi and draws information from separate units spread throughout the house. It will be available in July 2015.
November 3, 2014
Dyson Humidifier.

Dyson Humidifier Will Keep Your Air Clean Using Bacteria-Killing Technology

Sir James Dyson’s team specializes in taking staid appliances and reinventing them into something functional, beautiful, and often justifiably expensive. His team’s most recent subject is a self-cleaning humidifier dubbed "Hygienic Mist." Click through the slideshow to see how it holds up. Available in the U.S. in Fall 2015.
October 29, 2014
Red Velvetwire Powerslayer held in hand.

Eco-Friendly Device Charges Your Phone and Shuts Off When It's Done

Smartphones may be mobile devices, but their short battery lives mean that users need to constantly tether themselves to wall outlets. With this in mind, Velvetwire set out to design a more stylish, eco-friendly way to recharge. The Powerslayer uses a special software to ensure devices don't overdraw power, which conserves energy and protects batteries. The Museum of Modern Art Design Store and Kickstarter recently announced the Velvetwire Powerslayer would be one of the products launched by their collaboration.
October 28, 2014
The stainless steel Zoku Iced Coffee Maker.

This Mug Makes Iced Coffee in Under 5 Minutes

There are plenty of commuter mugs that are insulated to keep coffee and tea hot, but there are few options for making home iced coffee from a fresh-brewed pot. The Zoku takes a hot 11 ounces of coffee and quickly chills it within the mug for a cold cup. Available for $30.
October 24, 2014
4 Furtif kitchen knives of varying length and size.

Cutting-Edge Knife Requires Sharpening Once Every 25 Years

Since the purpose of a chef’s knife hasn’t changed much in the last century, the design hasn’t really evolved either. Still, one given flaw is that almost all knives, with any amount of use, eventually require sharpening. That means home cooks will either make do with a dull knife, try to sharpen it themselves with a stone, or find a professional to rehabilitate the blade. Furtif manufactures its knives from a sophisticated material that requires sharpening once every 25 years. Available for $138.
October 24, 2014
Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones.

Improved Noise-Canceling Headphones by Bose

For over 20 years, Bose headphones have set the standard in noise-canceling technology. Their latest product, the QuietComfort 25, promises a purer listening experience by reducing the infamous "hiss" associated with other noise-cancelling devices. Designed with the hubbub of air travel in mind, the QC 25 is capable of drowning out even the most invasive racket. Meanwhile, balanced padding prevents these over-ear headphones from feeling too clumsy.Available for $300.
October 24, 2014
Opposing magnates allow the speaker to levitate above its base.

Wireless Speaker That Levitates

In a marketplace crowded with wireless speakers, the Om/One has a design edge that makes it stand out. The latest product from Oakland-based Om Audio is a Bluetooth-enabled speaker built into a lightweight levitating orb. Opposing magnets allow the speaker to hover gently over a discrete base while it plays audio. And although presentation is the Om/One's main appeal, its 1100-decibal output makes it more powerful than many of its competitors Available for pre-order for $199. (Read about more modern speakers here.)
October 23, 2014

7 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average American family of four using 400 gallons of water each day—which means it's time to investigate ways to reduce your home's water consumption. From the bathroom to the kitchen to the backyard, these seven water-wise systems will help limit your home's footprint.
October 20, 2014
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