Posts in Category: electrical


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Security company Yale have partnered with Nest, the company behind the smart-thermostat. Linus is a door lock that can be controlled remotely with a smartphone. Users can check if the door is open, create pass codes for individuals, and track who has been to visit.

Since releasing their smart-thermostat the Google-owned company have released a smoke-alarm and a home security camera, this lock is the next logical step I suppose. We’ll be able to control everything with our phones soon enough!

Chromecast Audio

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As well as releasing a new Chromecast last month Google also launched the Chromecast Audio.  The little device allos you to stream music from your phone, tablet or laptop straight to your hi-fi speakers over wi-fi (a lot like Paul Cocksedge’s Vamp from a couple of years ago). I’ve had a Chromecast for a over a year now and think it’s great, if this works as well as that does it looks like great value at £30.


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Smoke alarms aren’t usually a product area I’m focussed on, but the Kupu smoke alarm by Harri Koskinen for Jalo Helsinki is definitely the nicest I’ve seen! The whole external casing acts as a push-switch for switching it off or testing, and it’s available in a selection of colours.

Acer Revo Build

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Google’s Project Ara might be a bit delayed, but the idea of technology products being made of building blocks that can be swapped in and out, upgraded and customised is a really exciting one.

Acer’s new Revo Build brings this idea to desktop computing. Each block has a series of pins at the top and bottom allowing them to be stacked and connected simply and neatly. The cheapest base unit, containing a processor and 8GB of RAM, will cost £199. Other blocks will include a power block to run the computer when it’s not plugged in, and audio block with speakers and microphone and a graphics block to improve the quality of video games.

I think this is a great idea, letting users make properly personal computers for what they need, and allowing them to upgrade parts as and when they are needed, rather than having to buy a whole new machine.

BBC micro:bit

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In 1981 the BBC launched the BBC Micro, a series of programmable computers. Marketed as an educational device, 80 per cent of British schools owned a BBC Micro, and they are credited with transforming Britain into a computer-literate society.

Last month the BBC launched the BBC micro:bit – a handheld, programmable device designed as a creative means to teach children to code. The device will be distributed to one million 11-12 year old children across the UK in October.

The BBC micro:bit is designed as a beginner-level device to teach children to code and engage them with technology. The device features a built-in compass, motion detector, a series of red LED lights, five “rings” that allow users to connect the BBC micro:bit to external devices or sensors, bluetooth technology and two programmable buttons. The BBC micro:bit is fully customisable allowing the user, through basic coding, to tailor the device to meet their interests.

The shape and aesthetic design of the BBC micro:bit was created by Technology Will Save Us, a London-based technology company that specialises in creating interactive products that teach users basic coding. I’ve had a look at some of their kits before and they look great, this makes me wish I was about to start secondary school again and get hold of one myself!

Punkt MP01

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Punkt are set to release a simple (non-smart) mobile phone. There are few details about at the moment, but it follows the minimal design of their cordless phone and other products. For those looking for a no-frills device this looks pretty appealing!

Muji Appliances


The Muji kitchen appliances posted about last year will now be available in outside of Japan! Desined by Naoto Fukasawa, the minimal toaster and kettle will be available in the UK from November, having recently been made available in the US.

LED Lightbulb Speaker


Sony have unveiled an LED lightbulb that doubles as a bluetooth speaker. There have been a few smartphone-controlled lightbulbs released in the last couple of years, and bluetooth speakers are everywhere, so I suppose this was inevitable. The bulb simply screws into a socket and connects wirelessly to your network. It will be released in Japan on 23 May for ¥23,880 ($199 / £130).


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Much like her recent work for LaCie, Pauline Deltour’s Fine collection for Lexon is very different from anything else around in this area. The collection consists of a bluetooth speaker, a mobile phone charger, a card-holder and a USB memory stick. As the name suggests, the pieces are more like jewellery than electronics, with very feminine colours and shapes used. It’s nice to see someone doing things a bit differently!

Ikea Wireless Charging

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Ikea will soon launch a range of products that feature wireless charging technology. Induction charging has been around a long time in things like electric toothbrushes, and there are plenty of mobile devices launched in the last couple of years that use it too. Ikea getting involved might be the thing to really push it to the masses though, short of Apple making it standard. I’m not too keen on the shades they’ve chosen but the bases are nice, minimal things.