Unlike other clocks, the ETCH clock boasts a surface made from a transforming thermo-elastic membrane that forms digital numbers, which appear to be engraved into the surface. When it’s turned off, this could pass for a slab of concrete or some other minimalist home decoration. One caveat: it’ll set you back at least nearly $2,000. Read more for another video and more information.
The Anki Vector is basically a tiny home robot with interactive artificial intelligence technology that enables you to ask it questions. That’s right, this voice-activated sidekick can react to sound, the environment, and even recognize people while performing a variety of tasks, such as setting timers, giving the forecast, as well as snapping photos. When you’re not around, he self-charges, navigates around objects, and avoids edges. Its skills and features are being continuously updated, with Alexa integration coming soon. Product page. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
AUKEY’s (PA-X06) surge protector not only boasts 4 AC outlets and 2 USB ports, but doubles as a nightlight, all for $14 with coupon code: AUKEY06X, today only, originally $19.99. Charge two phones at the same time with a total current output of 2.1A. Stand your phone on top of the USB wall outlet while it’s being charged. No worries about short charging cables, the lack of an accessible table, or the risks of leaving your phone on the floor. The front LED panel gives off a soft yellow light when the ambient light sensor on the bottom detects low light levels in the surrounding environment. Product page – be sure to enter coupon code: AUKEY06X during final checkout to receive the additional discount. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with 4-pack of Tile Mates enables you to locate any gadget quickly and easily, all for $59.99 shipped (order now to lock in price), today only, originally $109.98. Enable the Tile skill in your Amazon Alexa app to easily locate your tile via voice. Just ask, “Alexa, ask Tile to find my keys”. Use your smartphone to make your Tile Mate ring when it’s nearby but out of sight. Can’t find your phone? Simply double press the Tile button on your Tile Mate to make your phone ring, even when it’s on silent. Product page. Continue reading for another video review and more information.
This couple from Nottingham, UK, love snowboarding and traveling, but couldn’t quite shell out the 6-figure sum necessary for a decent RV. So, they picked up an old bread delivery truck for £3,600 ($4,670) and transformed it into an expedition vehicle of sorts after lots of hard work. Martin handled most of the exterior transformation, while Iona took care of the interior design. In all, they spent four months on the project and are now enjoying the French mountainside. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Facebook’s “Moonshot” Lab has just launched its first consumer products, the Portal ($199) and Portal Plus ($349) smart speakers. Set to compete with Amazon’s Echo when they’re released in November, these devices offer a more interactive experience that allows users to connect with friends using both voice and video. The company states that it won’t listen in on your conversations or store the contents of video chats on its servers. It will only send voice commands to Facebook’s servers when activated by the user, and those are stored in the user’s activity log, which can be deleted manually. Continue reading for two hands-on videos, more pictures and information.
Researcher Jun Ye and his team have built the world’s most precise atomic clock from his basement lab in Boulder, Colorado. It’s so powerful it can measure otherwise imperceptible changes in the physical world. “Have you ever seen the movie called Interstellar? You’ll see some of that in our lab, it’s not science fiction. You can actually see clocks slow down,” said Ye. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Photo credit: Richard Barnes & Dora Somosi via Colossal
Unlike other homes, ReActor, by artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, is a 360° rotating home, measuring 44-feet by 8-feet, that balances on a single 14-foot tall concrete column. Its movements are caused by its inhabitants, as well as outside forces, such as wind. The symmetrical timber structure has been divided in half, with each artist getting their own living quarters, while a shared bathroom is positioned at the center. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
The Kershaw Filter (1306BW) Folding Pocket Knife is perfect for your everyday carry, and it’s being offered for just $13.97, today only, originally $29.99. Featuring superior toughness, excellent hardness and great wear resistance, S30V steel has high amounts of carbon and vanadium to provide superior edge-holding and abrasion resistance. Kershaw’s patented Blackwash finish derives from a balanced blend of blade coating and stonewashing. Together the two produce a precisely formulated all-black matte finish impervious to fingerprints, smudges and marring. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review and more information.
Photo credit: Jacob Witzling
At first glance, this may look like a scene from a movie, but it’s a real cabin in the forest by Jacob Witzling. Believe it or not, Jacob’s day job is teaching, but his father was an architect and engineer, so it piqued an interest in building structures. He would constantly flip through photography books of beautiful structures and decided to start building these tiny cabins. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.