By Ian Chant, Sarah Fecht, Amanda SchupakPosted 06.19.2012 at 10:02 am 1 Comment
The first true Goods roundup of the summer is full of things you can do outside. Go skateboarding...on an electric skateboard! Head outside and shoot the skies with an astronomy-focused DSLR! Play baseball with a crazy angled ball that enables massive curveballs!
By Rena Marie PacellaPosted 06.08.2012 at 10:26 am 11 Comments
Taking a shower draws more water and more energy than any other daily household activity. Low-flow showerheads save only a little of both, typically at the expense of comfort. That’s because they let the hot water—and all the heat energy it contains—go down the drain.
It makes my day when new technology promises to make life's most tedious tasks more interesting. Take laundry, for example. I would loathe it so much less if I had a friendly robot to help me fold my socks. Or perhaps if I had this waterless washing machine, which would levitate my clothes and scrub them clean with dry ice in a matter of minutes.
There is 31 cubic feet of space inside LG's new top-of-the line refrigerator—plenty of room to squeeze in a nifty new blast chiller. Siphoning cold air up from the freezer while gently rocking two beer cans or a bottle of wine, it'll blast chill a room temperature beverage down to 42 degrees Fahrenheit.
By 2050, 74 percent of the world’s population will live in urban environments, according to a UN study. Swedish appliance manufacturer Electrolux annually challenges industrial design students to invent home appliances for small domestic spaces. This year's winners have just been announced, beating out an array of imagined household gadgets the Jetsons would envy.
Submissions addressed a wide range of household needs, from a closet that detects and removes clothing stains to a thought-controlled kitchen staffed by robots.
Older homes have a certain charm, but they’re notoriously inefficient — they’re drafty, under-insulated, and equipped with old, energy-guzzling appliances. In an effort to study potential improvements, British researchers are building an “energy house” inside a special three-story shell that can generate rain, snow, wind and varying humidity levels.
Families won't see any more household squabbles over dishwashing duty in the future, if Panasonic's kitchen robot has any say. The mechanical server uses a four-fingered hand to serve food from pans and fill waiting dishes, as well as empty glasses in the sink before depositing them safely in the dishwasher.
How will people make dinner in 90 years? If the newly crowned winner of the Electrolux Design Lab 2009 challenge is any indication, it'll be as easy as 1-2-3. Cocoon is a fish- and meat-generating microwave, intended as a solution to preserve fishing and farming resources.
Meet your kitchen of the future. Electrolux Design Lab has announced the finalists in their annual design competition. Undergrad and graduate industrial design students were challenged to envision new home appliance ideas for the year 2100 that create new ways to prepare and store food, wash clothes, or do dishes. Of 900 entries, these eight were selected as the most inventive, eye-catching, and forward-thinking.