The Nest Thermostat is a lovely piece of work that brings thermostat technology forward and away from the dull, boring and antiquated units from Honeywell and the like that do no more than frustrate the average home owner. Nest brings Android and iOS apps, it learns your behaviour and above all – cuts your costs.
That’s the theory anyway. Sometimes it can be difficult to extrapolate the beautiful design from the actual functionality and true cost savings. On the other hand, any theormostat that gives me the ability to manage the temperature in my home via remote means is most definitely a step forward. Add in the obvious beauty of the unit, and it’s ability to ‘learn’ – and all in all – you’ve got a winning product.
Nest has just signed an exclusive partnership with Lowes – and looks to retail for about $249 per unit.
What is the Belkin WeMo system? It’s a home automation system the uses simple appliances to up the ease of your life. The process is three pronged, it utilizes an iPhone app, home based sensors and home control switches to automate things like turning on lights in certain rooms, turning off the kids TV at bedtime and so on. Simply and easily, all it takes is an app, a wall plug and a wireless network.
Belkin’s new WeMo system is home automation made easy. It’s completely modular, so you can control as much or as little of your home as you like. Turn on a light in another room, or turn it off from across town. Put your house on a schedule—living room lights go on in the evening, kids’ TV goes off at bedtime. You can check to make sure you turned the iron off, after you’ve already left the house. Have a fan go on before you get home. WeMo can even guard the front door.
One of the most popular iPad apps is now available on the iPhone. The social aspect of this particular app is appealing, although what isn’t driven by “social sourcing” these days? What happened to the days of just certain individuals telling you what was cool?
Palo Alto, Calif. – Today, Flipboard™, the popular social magazine created for Apple’s® iPad®, launches on iPhone®. Inspired by the beauty of print and the simple action of flipping pages, Flipboard gives readers one place to enjoy the stories, photos, news and updates being shared across social networks. And now, re-designed for when and where people use the phone, Flipboard for iPhone takes this a step further with a fast, beautiful interface and Cover Stories, a brand new feature debuting with Flipboard for iPhone.
Flipboard is the world’s first social magazine. Inspired by the beauty and ease of print media, Flipboard’s mission is to fundamentally improve how people discover, view and share content across their social networks.
Not fresh tech but any stretch of the imagination, but we’re just getting rolling here and we need to have it listed – it’s as simple as that, it’s that good, and it’s not going away any time soon.
There’s a review of Angry Birds I saw awhile ago that goes something like this; “Looked really dumb, didn’t bother with it for the longest time – recently tried it, can’t put it down.” It’s that type of game, for whatever reason – it just grabs you and pulls you into it’s world. Fascinating game, I love it, and I don’t mind sharing it. Here’s a bunch of app store and Amazon links to get you started: