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Pick your lock

Pick your lock

Lockitron is a system that controls your house access by locking or unlocking your door from your smartphone. Once installed on your door, you can control the keyless entry thanks to the app via an online connection, no matter where you are in the world. Lockitron also allows you to create profiles for people you want to give access to on a regular basis. The system also works with basic text messaging.
 

Why it matters

Controlling our home access from anywhere in the world is a dream come true for a lot of people. Who hasn’t worried about losing their keys or wondering if they’ve  locked their front door while on holiday?
Security alarm companies should be interested in this nifty device and should maybe consider including it in their services. Would other brands could include this kind of smartphone facility within their offering?
 

Fear
One World
Spain
House & Home

The tree of mobile life

The tree of mobile life

Electree is a modern sculpture imitating a bonsai where the leaves are small photovoltaic panels. Using interior lighting as its only source of energy, it can recharge all of your mobile devices.


The sculpture comes with a number of ‘branches’ that you can assemble to make your unique tree and reshape to obtain maximum lighting on the cells.
 

Why it matters

Technology is getting more and more present in our daily lives. Following Apple’s path, start-ups aim to democratise it by merging it with design, like the Nabaztag rabbit for instance.

How can we think of making our technology more accessible, useful and beautiful?
 

France
Connectivity
House & Home

A cold sn-app

A cold sn-app

Messages on Post-its, scribbled recipes and magnetic photo frames on your refrigerator are clearly obsolete. As the connected home becomes a reality, the Wi-Fi enabled Samsung refrigerator allows you to browse the web for recipes with apps like Epicurious, leave virtual notes and stream photos from the net or your phone thanks to an 8 inch LCD screen.
 

Why it matters

Given the rapid dissemination of technology, the connected home of the future may soon become the reality. Is the Samsung app enabled refrigerator an indicator of the next wave of appliance innovation?
 

Connectivity
Enhancement
Instant Gratification
House & Home
India
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