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66 Ideabooks by Mike Elgan
3 Kitchen Contraptions You Won’t Believe
Pizza hot from the printer, anyone? These cooking gadgets harness imagination and high tech — and have price tags to match
There are kitchen gadgets, and then there are expensive and technologically advanced kitchen gadgets. And then there are these three products. They perform feats of kitchen magic previously unimaginable. And they cost, well, a lot of money. Are they worth...
In Rarefied Air: Meet 3 Cutting-Edge Home Sensors
These new all-purpose sensors send alerts to your smart phone about temperature, air quality and a whole lot more. Why not?
The idea of having sensors in your home to monitor environmental conditions sounds futuristic. But really sensors have been around for ages. Thermostats, thermometers and smoke detectors have been providing useful air sensing for a long time. What’s...
Ice Cubes Are Obsolete! New Technology Is Way Cooler
Still making ice cubes in a tray? It’s awkward. Water spills in your freezer while you’re putting it in. While in the freezer, the ice acquires the flavor of said freezer — and its ancient contents. When you retrieve your ice cubes, they can stick...
Here Come the Home Robots — for Real
This is the droid you're looking for. Humanoid servants are poised to finally be of service around the home
In the 1930s futurists predicted that by now we’d all have a particular kind of robot in our homes: a humanoid robot servant. An article in a 1932 issue of the newspaper San Antonio Light envisioned the ubiquity...
Cook Smarter With New Wi-Fi Kitchen Gadgets
Whip up meals with high-tech help, thanks to a phone-connected oven and teakettle, plus a web-surfing cutting board
A century ago universal access to electrical power began to transform just about every manual kitchen chore as electric versions of them were created. Hand mixers became blenders. Wood-fired ovens were replaced by electric ones. Toasters and waffle irons...
Better, Smarter Smoke Detectors Push All the Right Buttons
No more bashing in that smoke detector with a broomstick at 3 a.m. — if you haven't already yanked it out. Welcome the new, civilized breed
Smoke alarms, which have become a standard and required feature of every house and apartment, don’t work very well. They typically emit a high-pitched tone when activated, and it's difficult to tell which direction the tone is coming from. When there’s...
The Future of Home Automation: Cheap, Wearable and Mobile!
Look for smart watches and glasses that can control your smart-phone apps, which in turn automate your home equipment
Home automation today is expensive and complex, and tends to be composed of proprietary solutions that have to be installed by experts. Very quickly, however, that model is being replaced by something else entirely. A wide range...
Facebook Meets Fido: Pet Connections for the Digital Age
As technology for communicating over the Internet and for monitoring health gets better, entrepreneurs are inventing ways to apply these new tools to the relationship between you and your pet. And why not? You’ve got an Internet connection in the house...
Is It Curtains for Curtains? Smart Glass Eliminates Window Coverings
Windows can now control light and heat through electricity and high-tech formulations, making blinds and shades optional
Smart windows are made with a special high-tech glass that can quickly change from clear to tinted or that can selectively block heat, light or glare. Smart glass is also sometimes called dynamic glass or switchable glass. Eventually glass will...
Hang Out With Friends All Day, Anywhere You Go
Connect with compadres or colleagues using always-on ambient video — consider it a free magic window for the home, the office or on the go
If you could, you’d probably spend more time with family and friends. But life intervenes, taking everyone you know to far corners of the world and filling their days and yours with work and other necessary activities. Most people think it...
Unlock Your Smart Phone's Front-Door Powers
Take your locks and keys into the digital age with 3 solutions that put convenience and new capabilities on your doorstep
Locks and keys have served us well for centuries. But they tend to be associated with problems, too. For example, what if you’d like to let someone in, but you’re not home? What if you get locked out? And what if you’d like to know who is in your...
Coming Soon: Furniture That Charges Your Phone
Countertops, tables and home appliances with wireless charging capability mean less clutter — and zero effort powering your phone
Wireless charging has been around for a while, and it's convenient for mobile phone users — you don’t have to actually plug in a phone to charge it. The way it works is that a base station creates an electromagnetic field, which passes...
A Bird Photo Booth for Your Backyard
Catch a glimpse of nature's secret life or literally watch the grass grow. These cameras make it possible
Chances are, your yard has a secret life you don’t know about. Your plants move too slowly for you to see how they move and grow. And wildlife probably won’t come around when you’re out there watching. Fortunately, there are ways to see...
Now Playing in Homes Everywhere: TV, the App
In the 1950s a TV set was the highest high tech in the home — and the only means by which families could watch any kind of professionally produced audiovisual content in the home. Now you can watch such content on a TV, PC, laptop, tablet or phone,...
Turn Your Smart Phone Into a Home Security System
A home security system is nothing more than sensors that detect what's going on in and around your home, plus equipment connected to those sensors that lets you monitor them. The main sensors, of course, are motion detectors, cameras and microphones....