Tag Archives: Household

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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Smart cooker

The Electrolux Cooik is a gadget that practically does the cooking for you. The flexible cooking appliance combines an induction charger base, cutting board, casserole dish, oven and hotplate with a touchscreen interface on top. Intuitive programming and a WiFi connection allow users to upload and download recipes that walk them through the process of preparing any meal. The Cooik even stores information on how to make a variety of dishes, eliminating the need for a cookbook and automatically heating your dinner to perfection.

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The real man revolution

Man of the House is the real man’s magazine, a guide for men trying to be better – at work, at home, as a father and as a husband. Men’s roles have changed in a generation. Fatherhood is different. Marriage is different. Careers and finances are different. Even the oil your dad taught you to change is different. Man of the House is about men helping other men become better men. (Thanks, Elliot, no excuses now!)

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Laundromat café

Wash & Coffee is a German enterprise that aims to ease the boredom of doing laundry.

Next to the washing machines and dryers is a cozy lounge where visitors can enjoy free wifi and entertainment events. A range of snacks and coffees are for sale, with special combo deals for anyone buying both laundry service and refreshments.

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