Reinventing household temperature control

On October 25, 2011, in Products, by Javier

One of the projects leads of the Apple iPod has come up with a novel design for a household thermostat.  Tony Fadell’s Nest thermostat has the brains of a smartphone and the looks of a product made by Apple.  Instead of complex programming steps, the device learns from every day  use.  It can be controlled from an iPhone or iPad and through a computer.  It will be interesting to see if this product really catches on.  Optimal adjustments to the temperature in a home can potentially save a lot of energy.  There also seems to be ample R&D and funds behind the product.  Just purchasing the domain was probably quite an investment.  The Nest thermostat should be available for sale late this year for $249.

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Could Steve Jobs legacy really be preserved?

On October 6, 2011, in News, by Javier

Yesterday a lot of the people in the world learned almost instantly of Steve Jobs passing via devices that he helped create.  Steve will truly be missed by many and specially by Apple itself.  His passing is also a testament that all the money in the world cannot buy health in this age.  Steve was able to survive several more years than other people with a similar condition and this was probably due to the fact that he had access to numerous treatments.  Many have heard the rumors that Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen to preserve the body until a time when there was a cure for his sickness.  Disney died of complications of lung cancer in 1967.  Like Disney, Jobs could potentially also be frozen to preserve his great mind and intellect.  Assuming that he is thawed within this century, it will be interesting to see if his innovations can still be applied to the more advanced technology available at that future time. R.I.P. Steve.

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A next generation alarm clock

On June 15, 2011, in Products, by Javier

By now many people are using their smart phones to wake up every morning instead of a traditional alarm clock.  In the case of the iPhone, there are numerous applications that enhance this with images, weather updates, and other features.  The Lark alarm goes much further by including a wrist band that can softly wake you by slightly vibrating.  This is particularly useful because it will typically only wake up the wearer of the wrist band and not the sleeping partner.  It also includes a sensor and  » Continue Reading

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A real docking solution for MacBooks

On April 17, 2011, in Products, by Javier

Some of us remember the Apple PowerBook Duo with a native docking station.  Since then, there has not been a nicely designed dock solution.  Henge Docks now offers a great option for MacBooks and MacBook Pros.  The dock accepts a system vertically and it attaches to connectors on the bottom of the enclosure.  The dock can be configured to offer only the desired connectors while hiding others.  It can be used in combination with an external display or a media system setup.  The system also reuses a user supplied MagSafe power adapter » Continue Reading

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Social product development

On February 20, 2011, in Products, Resources, by Javier

Developing a new product is a costly and time consuming enterprise.  It requires countless hours of research, prototype creation, and plenty of funds for materials and legal fees if attempting to patent the idea.  Quirky has come up with a different approach.  They have a network of over 30,000 volunteers that can help influence to improve and eventually launch a product.  The process starts by someone submitting an idea.  The concept is then presented to the community for feedback.  The best ideas are selected to move on to actual product development, design, and branding. » Continue Reading

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