Shell backs Alphabet’s power-generating kites in latest renewable bet

Alphabet is turning yet another one of its X projects into a business, but this time it's enlisting the help of an unusual ally. Makani Power, a venture making electricity-generating kites (see above), has become a full-fledged subsidiary of Alphabe...

Vortx review: The most fun you can have with a desktop heater

Vortx is a ridiculous machine. On the surface, it's a $120 desktop fan — a bulky black box with a hole in the front that blows air at people's faces as they play PC games or watch YouTube videos. However, things get much more interesting on a s...

Home Audio Like You’ve Never Heard (Or Seen) It


Designer Chanmi Lee rethinks home entertainment in an all-new, never-before-seen format known as the Wind Sound Bar. Don’t be confused by the name, however… this is anything but the sound bar you’re probably imagining. The design adopts a shape similar to that of a trumpet or other wind instrument – a familiar form for an unfamiliar functionality! Usable as a pendant-style system over living room seating or as a wall-mounted unit, it envelopes the user in 360 degrees of high definition audio to accompany TV entertainment or stream a favorite playlist. More sculptural than it is electronic looking, it is a far cry from the technical aesthetic of any traditional soundbar.

Designer: Chanmi Lee