appliances

SYNEK envisions KEURIG dispenser for beer

SYNEK envisions KEURIG dispenser for beer

SYNEK is "the world’s first portable tap house", a dispenser of beer made to allow you access to a pint in a glass whenever you wish it. It’s time for craft beer in a glass, made to eliminate the middle-man between you and an "unlimited" selection of beer flavors and makes. Bottling and canning beer is something SYNEK hopes to make a thing of the past.

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Dyson Cinetic DC54 forgets filters with tiny wibbly cyclones

Dyson Cinetic DC54 forgets filters with tiny wibbly cyclones

Dyson has revealed its latest vacuum, the Cinetic DC54, using a new system of tiny clustered cyclones to do away not only with the bag but the filter, too. Squeezing - as the name suggests - 54 of the conical cyclone assemblies, arranged into a double-level stack, each uses a flexible tip made from a new material which sheds dust more readily, allowing the British firm to leave out the usual air filter.

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Google acquiring Nest Labs for smart appliances

Google acquiring Nest Labs for smart appliances

This week the folks at Nest Labs, Inc. have spoken up on Google's intentions to buy the smaller company outright. Google will be dropping $3.2 billion USD in cash to acquire Nest, bringing the company's work with the Nest Learning Thermostat into the larger group's fold. This acquisition will have Nest continuing to operate with Tony Fadell as its CEO and will continue to work with "its own distinct brand identity."

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Pyle Bluetooth Fitness Scale connects to smart wearables

Pyle Bluetooth Fitness Scale connects to smart wearables

This week the folks at Pyle Audio have taken the smart fitness ecosystem up a notch with additional tracking through a Bluetooth scale. You'll stand on it, you'll weigh yourself, and you'll have this data fed to your mobile device via Bluetooth. Your smartphone will then tell you more about your exercise regiment than you ever could possibly have wanted to know.

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Japanese “Satis” Smart Toilet warned hacker-vulnerable

Japanese “Satis” Smart Toilet warned hacker-vulnerable

While we're far from a fully smart toilet populated public here in 2013, signs of an unprecedented hacker attack have surfaced this week. The Japan-based My Satis toilet has received its very own security warning by the folks at Trustwave SpiderLabs due to its vulnerability in hard-coded Bluetooth PIN usability. Once you've got that code, you're apparently able to go toilet-wild!

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Government in your fridge: mandatory remote appliance control could ease UK power grid

Government in your fridge: mandatory remote appliance control could ease UK power grid

Some cities in the US and Europe have problems with brownouts and blackouts caused by increasing power demands at certain times of the year. In some cities in the US, power companies have resorted to rolling blackouts to ensure that everyone has access to power during times of peak demand, such as hot summer days. In the UK, the National Grid is considering implementing a requirement that would have sensor chips placed inside certain white goods.

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