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Auroma One coffee maker learns taste preferences

Auroma One coffee maker learns taste preferences

For some, coffee is akin to art, a daily ritual deserving of one’s special attention and a little extra time. The Auroma One coffee brewer is aimed at those who feel that way, promising high-quality coffee in a single-serve fashion. The maker hawks Auroma as being a “coffee science machine,” and it has a design flavor to match. Counted among its features is the ability to learn the owner’s taste preferences.

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Beagle sensors monitor a home’s health quality

Beagle sensors monitor a home’s health quality

Sensors that monitor the inside of one’s home or office are nothing new, but most of them focus on security, not health. While there are indoor health monitoring devices, they usually come as a single device, which needs to be placed in a centralized region in the building or house. Beagle is different, serving as a home quality system composed of a base station and various sensors that can be added on to it.

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Intel develops ‘Smart Tiny House’, an IoT living lab

Intel develops ‘Smart Tiny House’, an IoT living lab

Tiny homes are all the rage, at least in certain parts of the country, hailed as a way to minimize one's impact on the planet, keep personal costs low, and utilize resources more efficiently. Tiny houses are also often viewed as a sacrifice, requiring one to give up many modern-day conveniences and necessities. Intel disagrees, and has built it own tiny house, packing it full of the latest and greatest smart technology to showcase what is possible.

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Ring Video Doorbell adds support for Kevo smart lock

Ring Video Doorbell adds support for Kevo smart lock

Ring Video Doorbell now works with the Kevo smart lock, the company behind it has announced. Using one’s smartphone, and thanks to the new support, homeowners are able to see who is at the door via the Ring Video Doorbell, and to unlock (or lock, depending) the Kevo smart lock. This announcement is part of a larger overall program Ring has unveiled, and it is called Ring Plus, an effort that allows a variety of smart devices to work with Ring and its related Ring app.

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This awesome life-size R2-D2 fridge is Japan-only

This awesome life-size R2-D2 fridge is Japan-only

Well, Star Wars merchandising and product tie-ins continue to pour out as the release date for The Force Awakens draws near. This time, however, Japan may have topped it all, with the just announced R2-D2 mini fridge from AQUA. That's not to say the fridge is "mini," as it's actually a life-size R2-D2 model, complete with movement and sound effects. Since we've already seen R2-D2 as a lawn ornament, a showerhead, and even a humidifier, there was really no other products left to explore besides mini fridge.

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R2-D2 reimagined as festive lawn ornament, wall charger

R2-D2 reimagined as festive lawn ornament, wall charger

Chief among all Star Wars characters is R2-D2, at least when it comes to gadgets inspired by the characters. We've seen the mech droid in many shapes and sizes, with everything from shower heads to teapots being available. If you tried hard enough, you could find a way to slip the droid into every room of your house. And, now, with the newest gadgets to surface, you get him in your laptop bag and on your lawn, too.

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Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Living, the Seattle company behind the Pivotal fitness tracker (check out our review), has introduced a new product, the Pivotal Smart Scale. One of Pivotal’s biggest hooks is affordability — it offers its fitness tracker for $12, and now it is launching its smart scale for $39.95 USD, undercutting just about every competitor. As with other smart scales, this model is designed to work alongside a mobile app, making it more useful than an ordinary “dumb” scale.

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D-Link’s new security cameras offer ultra-wide-angle lenses

D-Link’s new security cameras offer ultra-wide-angle lenses

D-Link has introduced a pair of new security cameras, both of which are the first among its wares to offer 180-degree Ultra-Wide View. That wide view is, of course, due to the use of a wide angle lens — one that D-Link says is the widest angle offering available for any fixed-focus consumer level camera. The wide-angle is a necessity when it comes to security cameras, including the new DCS-2630L and DSC-960L. With such a lens, these cameras are able to cover large portions of a home or room in a single video feed.

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ZFC-1 anti-zombie cabin is fortified, ready for apocalypse

ZFC-1 anti-zombie cabin is fortified, ready for apocalypse

Just in time for the latest doomsday prediction and Halloween comes a fortified zombie shelter, one designed to keep the zombies out and your loved ones free from horrific end-of-world deaths. It’s called the Zombie Fortification Cabin, ZFC-1 for short, and it features items you’ll need to live off the grid, stay in shape, eat well, and maybe play some Xbox, depending on how well you’re holding up psychologically.

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Oxygenics launches R2-D2 and Darth Vader showerheads

Oxygenics launches R2-D2 and Darth Vader showerheads

What watches while you shower, makes guests ponder your lifestyle choices, and gets the soap off your back? R2-D2 and Darth Vader in showerhead form. The two Star Wars characters have been reimagined as shower attachments, bringing your favorite duo to your personal bathroom in a functional, arguably stylish way. The R2-D2 showerhead is of the full character, while the other is simply Vader's face staring into your soul.

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Tempescope: a box of weather for your home

Tempescope: a box of weather for your home

It’s bright and sunny outside, but your mood is melancholy and you want rain. Tempescope can deliver that, as it is simply a box of weather sitting in your living room or wherever you’d like it. The box is rectangular and features a clear portion through which one can see what the outside whether — at home or elsewhere — is with a single glance, whether rain, clouds, or something else.

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Torax desk toggles between seated and standing modes

Torax desk toggles between seated and standing modes

Spend all day at the computer, and worry about what this is doing to your health? Numerous standing desks are available, but the most common issue with them is inconvenience, as many models within most people's budget range are stationary, and must be manually removed from atop a desk when not in use. Torax is a potential alternative, featuring multi-angle adjustments and a low price point.

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