Have you ever been to an IKEA concept store? If you’ve ever visited one, you were part of one big experiment. The Swedish company has been using these concept centers for something you wouldn’t expect. Not long ago, I visited one near my hometown. Yours truly naively thought they’d be selling ‘concept’ furniture… Nothing could be further from the truth. All your movements and actions are meticulously monitored while you think you’re just browsing the store. This is how IKEA puts it: We believe in learning by doing. We operate the IKEA Concept Center in Delft, the Netherlands, where shopping,…
Employees at Apple Pioneer Place in Portland, Ore., arrived at work early one November morning to a surprising scene: a Barred Owl, a rare sight in the city, dazed and standing atilt next to the store’s two-story glass facade.
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For a lot of us kiddos back in the late 90’s, Furbies were something of a craze. I know I had at least one of the retrospectively terrifying gadgets—though I’m at a loss to remember why, exactly, I thought it was cool. Whatever my youthful motivations may have been, enterprising hobbyist Zack of howchoo fame has turned our collective childhood memories into an intelligent Lovecraftian abomination. Meet Furlexa.
Furlexa is a pseudo-Amazon-Echo running on a Raspberry Pi Zero W and packed inside the salvaged corpse of a reanimated Furby.
[Science goes too far] Furby made into an Alexa-powered eldritch horror was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Heat’s Out, Energy’s In
Low heat emission (Low-E) glass is a feature in the windows of many of the business and residential buildings in the United States. According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), these energy efficient windows can be found in 80 percent of homes and 50 percent of commercial buildings.
However, as popular as these Low-E windows are for keeping the heat out of living and work spaces, there’s a potential energy feature that remains largely untapped and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) might just have the technology to realize it.
Researchers from NREL have developed a prototype photovoltaic (solar powered) smart window that can keep heat out of buildings while, at the same time, providing solar energy. The smart windows, built from the energy-harvesting material perovskite, are thermochromic — meaning they can change color from clear to tinted in response to heat. “There are thermochromic technologies out there but nothing that actually converts that energy into electricity,” NREL scientist Lance Wheeler said in a press release.
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Nest, maker of home automation and security devices, was purchased by Google in 2014 for $ 3.2 billion in cash. The company remained a Google subsidiary until 2015, when Google restructured and created a parent company for itself called ‘Alphabet.’ Nest and Google became sister companies under Alphabet, along with other former Google subsidiaries (like Waymo and X).
A new report from The Wall Street Journal claims that Google wants to absorb Nest into its hardware division, due to increased competition from Amazon.
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