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Luna lamp brings celestial ambiance to your home

Luna lamp brings celestial ambiance to your home

Last night, did you find yourself wishing you could see the supermoon every night? A new Indiegogo campaign aims to make that possible, only on a smaller scale. The Luna lamp is a realistic rendition of the moon, only designed for your apartment or house. It glows from the inside out, adding to the realism and giving your home a celestial ambiance you won’t get from an ordinary lamp. Luna is offered in seven different sizes.

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August Smart Lock’s new Android app adds Auto-Unlock

August Smart Lock’s new Android app adds Auto-Unlock

The August Smart Lock has a new Android app, and with it comes a new feature: Auto-Unlock. As the name suggests, Auto-Unlock is a feature that automatically unlocks your door as you get near it, removing the need to use your hands in any way — something particularly handy when your arms are full of groceries. That’s not the only change that comes with the new Android app, however — says the company, it has completely re-designed the mobile offering.

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Obi ‘smart toy’ projects a laser to drive your pets crazy

Obi ‘smart toy’ projects a laser to drive your pets crazy

A simple laser light is a surefire way to entertain cats (and most dogs), but it gets tiresome for the human operator after a while. As with most thing in life, the old toy has received a modern "smart" update, this one in the form of Obi, a small cylindrical toy that sits on a mantle or shelf and zips a laser around on your behalf. If you want to get in on the action, there's an app to take control.

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Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing Lamps, for those unfamiliar, are trippy 3D-printed lamps that use an optical illusion to produce unique, somewhat mind-bending lighting arrangements. The design company behind the lamps, Studio Cheha, saw ample success with its first array of Bulbing Lamps, and due to popular demand it has launched its newest lineup. Says the maker, its new Bulbing offerings are “classically designed” and entirely refined.

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iRobot’s new Roomba 980 can be controlled with a smartphone

iRobot’s new Roomba 980 can be controlled with a smartphone

iRobot has rolled out its new Roomba 980, the latest among its long line of robotic vacuum cleaners. Says the company, the 980 is its best Roomba so far, able to clean better and handle itself in a more capable fashion than the previous version. This is the maker’s first Roomba to use visual localization and adaptive navigation together, as well as control from a mobile app over WiFi and the improved ability to suck dirt off your floor.

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R2-D2 Humidifier launches next month

R2-D2 Humidifier launches next month

The number of characters in the Star Wars universe is by no means small, but R2-D2 seems to have best captured the imagination of designers, and as a result we've seen the little droid reimagined as a variety of devices -- a teapot, desk vacuum, Bluetooth speaker, and other gadgets. Coming next month will be yet another variation, one we've seen a different-yet-similar R2-D2 rendition of: a humidifier.

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Ferroflow – A Lava-lamp made with magnetizable liquid

Ferroflow – A Lava-lamp made with magnetizable liquid

If we give you terms like Brownian motion, nano technology and ferromagnetic fluid, you’d probably brush them aside as complicated science terms, better kept under the lid. However, if we represent the same as this enigmatic creation by designer Matt Robinson, called the Ferroflow, hopefully we have intrigued your curiosity.

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Thermos Smart Lid bottle tracks your drinking habit

Thermos Smart Lid bottle tracks your drinking habit

Thermos, the company that most people associate with hot food and drink containers, has a new bottle that keeps tabs on your drinking habit. Water drinking, that is. It is called the Thermos Smart Lid Hydration Bottle, and it is not unique in the connected-devices market. It is, however, the first big-name company to get in on the drinking-tracking market, and does so while specifically targeting iOS users. Don’t have iOS? Thermos is also launching a bottle with a manual-tracking feature.

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August Smart Lock update adds Apple Watch support

August Smart Lock update adds Apple Watch support

The August Smart Lock (check out our review) allows users to unlock their door using their smartphone, ditching the key and making the entire process a whole lot easier — especially when you’re trying to get in at night. Today the company announced an update for its iOS app that, it says, adds Apple Watch support into the mix. The Apple Watch functionality extends beyond just locking and unlocking the August Smart Lock, however, including things like notifications about the lock status and option to view its activity log.

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Bright Grill is a smart grill for your summer cookouts

Bright Grill is a smart grill for your summer cookouts

Summer means cookouts, and for some cookouts mean charred food. Those without a knack for cooking will likely find smart grills to be a godsend — they’re equipped with various bits of technology that monitor the food as it cooks and shuttles the data off to a paired smartphone. The newest example of this is Bright Grill, an electric grill that can be used on a traditional pedestal or on a countertop, and that uses things like integrated WiFi and thermostats to make the cooking process a little more modern.

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NextGen use 3D printing to make ergonomic chef knives

NextGen use 3D printing to make ergonomic chef knives

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you know having a solid set of knives is important. The blade is a big deal, of course, but one shouldn’t neglect the handle — that is the part you’re going to interact with the most while cooking, and so a comfortable fit in your palm will ramp up your wielding powers. Enter NextGen, which has decided to take things to the next level using 3D printing. Rather than sculpting knife handles for an element of comfort, they're 3D printing them with a finely tuned ergonomic design.

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Roost smart battery for smoke detectors now up for pre-order on Amazon

Roost smart battery for smoke detectors now up for pre-order on Amazon

The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. Roost's new smart battery gives you a chance to jump on the interconnected band wagon without having to buy entirely new smart appliances. Roost's smart battery is designed to give a new dimension to an ordinary smoke or carbon monoxide detector, letting you monitor your alarms from anywhere via wi-fi. The smart batteries are also designed to last five times longer than ordinary 9V batteries, so you'll only need to change them once every five years.

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