House & Home (128)
Plug, twist and save!
Dialug is an electrical outlet that integrates a timer in the socket. It can be set for however long your device needs the power source and guarantees you don’t overcharge any devices unnecessarily.
Why it matters
Resources are getting more scarce and green credentials are something that consumers are looking for in products. The Dialug plug is a stylish and handy way of doing your part for the environment. Is this the beginning of the rise of eco-friendly design integrated into fundamental functionality?
A home that Tweets its owner via Twitter if a light’s been left on, if someone’s at the door or if energy consumption is higher than usual has been unveiled by Dr Andy Stanford-Clark. The IBM employee has hooked up his home to the micro-blogging site by fitting wireless sensors that automatically tweet him if changes are detected. The house can also be controlled using his mobile phone, meaning he can regulate what goes on within his house anywhere around the world.
Ikea Portugal has built a temporary hotel in one of Lisbon’s parks. With 26 rooms exhibiting Ikea’s new textiles, the hotel was open for one night only on August 18th. Members holding the Ikea Family card could try to make a reservation for one of the 26 open sky rooms and win a number of other prizes in the process. Participants were also invited to join various workshops on sewing and textiles.