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Legacy of loud

For most of us, Marshall Amps mean proper, loud music. Over the last 50 years, they’ve travelled on the Highway to Hell with AC/DC and shared the stage with various rock icons. And now, they’re coming to our living rooms.

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Green bottle glamour

The classic glass ‘contour’ Coca-Cola bottle is about as iconic as modern design gets. Synonymous with the brand and instantly recognisable, the bottle has been a staple of Coca-Cola for nearly a century. Now, they’ve teamed up with Nendo to create a range of kitchenware – inspired by the classic bottle.

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Who gives a…

If you’ve ever thought ‘there isn’t anything left that a social entrepreneur could attach a buy-one give-one model to’, then clearly you haven’t met Simon Griffiths.

Griffiths is the founder of Who Gives A Crap, a company that sells recycled toilet paper. His business donates 50% of their profits to Water Aid, who use the funds to improve sanitation in Africa. Apparently his recycled rolls are lovely and soft, too – making this social enterprise beneficial to everybody.

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Wash-day social

A French website is taking social sharing to a new level, by matching people whose washing machines sit unused during the day with those who need a handy place to wash their clothes.

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Brite idea

It’s an old joke – if you can’t pay your dinner bill, you’ll end up in the kitchen washing dishes.
But no one really does that, right? Wrong.

Brazilian cleaning products company ‘Scotch-Brite’ was struggling to connect with younger consumers. They weren’t interested in trialling their sponges in stores, so Scotch-Brite decided on a different approach – inviting them to a restaurant, where they could enjoy a free meal in exchange for washing up afterwards.

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Magic mirror

Now you can multi-task while getting ready in the morning with the Cybertecture Mirror.  Designed by Hong Kong-based James Law, the mirror features a digital display with programmable applications like a weather widget (so you can dress for the right temperature) and a news widget (for catching up on the headlines while you brush your teeth).
Other features include a built-in video player that plays TV programmes and an exercise app that brings up your workout stats to help you keep your reflection in check.

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Twine – get the objects in your life texting, tweeting or emailing

Wouldn’t it be handy to get a tweet when your laundry’s done? Twine is the easiest way to get the objects in your life texting, tweeting and emailing.

The 2.5” square lets you create internet-connected systems and objects anywhere you have Wi-Fi. When physical changes occur, Twine’s internal and external sensors trigger messages – for example, if the moisture sensors get wet, it will tweet “The basement is flooding!”

A simple web app allows to you quickly set up your Twine with human-friendly rules – no programming needed – and it can run for months off two AAA batteries.

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Post-poo drops

Made of essential oils with anti-bacterial properties, Post-Poo Drops are the second collaboration from Aesop and French brand A.P.C.

A few Post-Poo Drops in the toilet after flushing neutralises odours with the crisp scent of citrus peel and flowers. Its straightforward and sophisticated packaging reassures shy shoppers that anyone who eats, drinks and digests on a daily basis could use a product like this.

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Smart fridge

In the US, Samsung is showcasing a concept fridge with a web-enabled touchscreen. Additional features include a washer/dryer manager, streaming TV and a grocery manager that keeps track of expiration dates on items inside the fridge.

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Tweeting plant

The Botanicalls Kit is a new product that updates people when their plants are thirsty via social media.

After the plant has been watered, the Botanicalls Kit sends a thank you tweet in response. The kit can be programmed to send different messages. This innovation is a step closer to IBM inventor Andy Stanford-Clark’s vision of objects and people being linked to a smart mainframe.

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