This minimalist 3-in-1 MagSafe charger seems to defy the laws of physics

MagSafe has been around even before the time of the iPhone, but Apple repurposed the brand for an almost magical innovation. The company famed for its design chops took existing technology and added just a single, simple thing, and it opened the floodgates to accessories that made wireless charging not only popular but also hip. MagSafe wireless chargers now come in a variety of forms, from cardholders that stick to the back of your iPhone to folding mats that you stick your iPhone onto. It also gave birth to quite a few innovative or downright crazy designs that took advantage of the science of magnets. Without going overboard, this compact wireless charger not only brings a space-efficient way to charge three devices at once, but it also makes your iPhone seemingly hover on top of your nightstand or desk like magic.

Designer: Twelve South

It isn’t necessarily a general truth, but more often than not, an iPhone owner would also have other Apple products in their possession. This could be an Apple Watch, a pair of AirPods, or even a MacBook. Apple’s deep dive into magnetic wireless charging means that almost all these accessories support MagSafe, which, in turn, means each one might have its own wireless charger. It’s that situation that has given rise to many 2-in-1 or even 3-in-1 MagSafe chargers, many of which start to look like each other. Twelve South’s new HiRise 3 stands out not just because of how tall it is but because of how little space it takes up to charge an iPhone and two of its friends.

True to its name, the HiRise 3 takes inspiration from tall buildings that take advantage of vertical space where horizontal space is scarce. It maximizes each and every surface of the vertically-oriented stand, like using the base as a charging pad for compatible AirPods cases. In fact, that base can even be used to charge Android phones capable of wireless charging. And despite how many devices it can hold at the same time, it manages to keep a clean, minimalist appearance that looks beautiful without calling too much attention to itself.

Its real talent, however, is how it manages to hold an iPhone 12 or later models hanging from a small height. Not only does this solve the problem of space, leaving enough room for AirPods or another phone underneath, it also lets owners easily see their iPhone screen, whether the stand is on a work desk or on a bedside table. Some might find that position a bit nerve-wracking as if waiting for the iPhone to fall down, but the strong magnets used in MagSafe ensure it won’t meet any accidents while you slumber.

The Twelve South HiRise 3 might not be the perfect solution for everyone, especially those that prefer to use their Apple Watch in Nightstand mode. The package also doesn’t include a 20W USB-C charger that’s needed to juice up the three devices at the same time, employing the same line of thinking that has banished iPhone chargers from the box. Those, however, might just be little nitpicks that don’t completely detract from the HiRise 3’s multi-functional yet minimalist appeal, especially when you consider that there are very few that have a very small footprint like this.

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The BRICK Speaker can be easily be replicated by anyone for repair and customization

BRICK Speaker Details

Audio speakers were once considered luxury items, so people treated them with affection and care. And when their precious speakers broke, they often took them to repair shops. Over time, such devices have become more affordable and compact. People these days own one or more speakers at home, so when they get damaged, many would probably not care about having them fixed. Tossing them away and buying a new one may be easier to do. That’s what got a designer working on this conceptual speaker, which could “easily be replicated by anyone.”

Designer: AROMAL TR

BRICK Speaker

BRICK Speaker Design

There are plenty of modern choices available in the market, ready with the advancements technology can offer. However, some get easily broken and are not easily repairable. The BRICK Speaker is a concept that shows how a standard audio device can be customizable, repairable, and sustainable at the same time.

The BRICK Speaker uses only a few materials: engineered bamboo, laser-cut MDF, and the plasma-cut mild steel. The speaker grille, aka the mesh, is painted white. Both sides of the case feature the steel element as covers for the woofer and other drivers. The front part comes with diagonal slots of different sizes that run parallel to each other.

BRICK Speaker Features

BRICK Speaker Structure

The material of choice for mesh has a particular reason. The metal speaker mesh can be attached to the case, which houses eight magnets – one magnet for each corner, front and back – without any screw or adhesive. This easy mounting system gives you the allow to swap the speaker mesh to change the look of the speaker. The designer believes the speaker mesh is the defining piece of design and wanted to give the freedom to play with the mesh pattern and color.

The name Brick Speaker suggests the brick shape of the device. The rectangular shape is slightly sliced off on the two opposing corners for a design twist. One corner, particularly the part that connects the front and back steels, holds a long strap for easy carrying. On one side, there is a round nob, most likely for controlling the volume.

BRICK Speaker Concept

The BRICK Speaker offers a minimal and industrial design vibe, but the bamboo case adds a touch of warmth. The beautiful contrast between natural and inorganic metal is pleasing to the eyes. What this device demonstrates, as intended by the designer, is that you don’t have to throw gadgets right away. Instead, with creativity and basic crafting skills, you can refurbish a broken speaker.

BRICK Speaker Images

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These chimes turn your personal fashion sense into music

They say everyone has a personal vibe, and this computer-powered musical instrument makes that audible.

There are some people who believe that the universe can more or less be distilled down to numbers. Everything is quantifiable, from the atoms that make up the known universe to the waves that delight some of our senses. We take for granted the many waves and vibrations that we rely on each day, and yet we also use metaphors above having a certain vibe or making waves all throughout our lives. Wouldn’t it be interesting if these waves could actually sync and take form? Seeing waves of light that dance to the music is probably nothing new, especially for those who have experienced the joys of light shows. This interactive exhibit, however, takes the concept in a different direction and creates an intersection of light, sound, and personal “vibes” to produce an interesting experience.

Designer: Pepe Santillán (José Carlos Ortiz Santillán)

Most people are probably familiar with how sound waves enable us to hear things, but few might actually associate light and colors with similar waves. The fact is that the difference in frequencies of light is what gives visible light the colors that we see and enjoy. Of course, we don’t see light as literal waves or vibrations, so there’s a big opportunity to come up with creative ways to express this kind of vibe.

“Que Onda,” which is Spanish for “What’s up,” is a device that turns colors into sound. But rather than do it the direct and rather boring way using sensors and a speaker, the machine takes its input from an almost unusual source. Playing on the metaphor of a person’s unique vibe emanating from their fashion choices, the computer-driven chime set translates colors from the clothes you’re wearing and translates them into musical notes.

The instrument scans a person standing in front of it and uses computer vision to analyze the light frequencies that are interpreted as colors on the person’s clothes. The colors are grouped into eight that correspond to the different notes in a musical octave. Hammers then hit the corresponding chimes to translate the

The length and frequency of each note depend on the pattern of the colors and their ratio to other colors. Even black and white colors can represent different notes, depending on the other colors around them or their brightness. Even the actual arrangement of the notes is randomized, so the same clothes on different people could still produce different harmonies.

There is, of course, no science behind quantifying these personal vibes into something visible or audible, but it’s still fun to imagine how each person’s apparel could produce different tunes. The designer says that the interactive art piece tries to invite people to reflect on the hidden numbers in our world, like the different waves and vibes that make our life enjoyable and special.

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Top 10 Apple iPad accessories to completely level up your tablet game

My iPad has almost reached necessity status in my life, I’m pretty sure all of us tablet owners are super reliant on them (I mean, I am for sure)! I personally find tablets extremely handy, they’re the comfortable middle ground between a smartphone and a laptop, and they pretty much perform the same functions as these two. They’re super easy to carry around, and honestly, I could survive wholly and solely on my iPad if I really wanted to. I’m always on the lookout for innovative and fun accessories to amp up my tablet (besides the basic ones Apple offers). Luckily there’s a whole bunch of crafty designs out there that can function as the perfect sidekick to your precious tablet. From the best iPad stand money can buy to a new type of pencil with replaceable nibs – here’s a collection of super cool and functional product designs that promise to upgrade your iPad game to a whole another level!

1. HyperDrive

HyperDrive is the world’s first-ever form-fitting USB-C hub with six different media ports and a media shortcut key. Compact enough to fit in your palm, HyperDrive is small but mighty. Equipped with a 4K60Hz HDMI port, USB-C 5Gbps 60W Power Delivery port, MicroSD UHS-I port, SD UHS-I port, USB-A 5Gbps port, and a 3.5mm Audio Jack, HyperDrive can handle any of your cables at any time. While you’re all plugged in and working, the built-in shortcut key allows you to “play, pause, fast-forward or rewind your favorite songs, videos, or podcasts without interrupting your workflow.”

2. The Twelve South StayGo mini portable USB-C hub

Connecting external devices to your iPad has never been easier with the Twelve South StayGo mini portable USB-C hub! The hub offers four ports – USB-C Power, 4K HDMI, USB-A 2.0, and Headphone/Audio. It’s the ultimate workspace gadget owing to its clean and compact form, as well as its perfectly positioned ports. It snaps onto your iPad, even if it has a protective case on. The hub is compatible not only with iPads but MacBooks as well.

3. Replaceable nibs for the Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil is arguably the iPad Pro‘s secret sauce. Along with the Pencil, the iPad Pro becomes the ultimate creator’s setup (for both 2D as well as 3D creation). It would therefore make sense to explore how the Pencil could further become a ‘power-user tool, allowing creators to unlock new potentials. Yanko Design has imagined what these new nibs could look like, with explorations for more niche 2D uses. The interchangeable nibs include a fine-tip nib, a chisel nib, and a flexible brush-pen nib. Other nib styles could unlock 3D modeling features like being able to sculpt on the iPad. “The filing suggests the nib could contain several different sensors for varying purposes. The component list includes tactile sensors, contact sensors, capacitive and touch sensors, a camera, a piezoelectric sensor, a pressure sensor, or a photodiode”, reports Apple Insider.

4. The sousShelf

A clever twist on the name sous chef (or an assistant chef), the sousShelf just makes life in the kitchen easier. You could be watching Netflix while cooking, filming a TikTok, or just watching a recipe video as you whip up something fancy for date night, and the sousShelf just makes sure everything you need is organized and accessible. The built-in tablet/phone stand means you can watch stuff on the screen without holding your device up, and the sousShelf even packs a stylus that works on capacitive touchscreens, so you can swipe, tap, type, and navigate without getting fingerprints or food on your expensive gadget.

5. The HoverBar Duo

In hindsight, you really can’t call the HoverBar Duo an iPad ‘stand’. The multi-hinged, incredibly versatile, height/direction adjustable arm is capable of doing much more than your conventional stand is. In fact, think of it as a mechanical butler who just holds your iPad for you at any angle you want, for any length of time. More versatile than a stand or a tripod, the HoverBar Duo for the iPad and iPhone is better described by the things that it’s capable of… and it’s capable of quite a lot!

6. The OMNIA X Series

Designed to be the world’s smallest Apple MFi-certified charging kit, the OMNIA X Series occupies a small footprint, and charges phones fast so you don’t deal with battery woes and charging wait-time woes. To help you understand why the OMNIA X Series is such a sensible piece of tech, unlike most plugs that are designed around their components, the OMNIA X Series is designed around the footprint of a power socket. The power socket is a standard format and the OMNIA X Series tries to limit its shape and size to that format, resulting in a plug that’s small because being small is just a sensible direction to design in.

7. The Twelve South ParcSlope MacBook & iPad stand

The Twelve South ParcSlope MacBook & iPad stand holds and supports your device at an 18-degree angle and majorly improves screen visibility. It ensures that you don’t have to crane or strain your neck while working, thus eliminating most of your neck-related woes! You can work for longer hours without putting extreme pressure on your shoulders and back. The stand promotes a healthy posture while occupying minimum space on your desk with its sleek form!

8. The Pixy Mini

Touted as the most powerful power bank for its size, the Pixy Mini is this pocket-friendly, granola bar-shaped power bank with a capacity of 5,000mAh and a 20W power delivery, making it capable of recharging practically any portable gadget you’ve got on hand… even your laptop. What’s so impressive about the Pixy Mini is its deceptively small size. Tinier than a credit card, and hardly bulkier than a Zippo lighter, the Pixy Mini was designed to be carried around… but not even in your backpack, rather in your pocket. Outwardly, it looks like any other power bank, with a USB-A port and a USB-C port on either side, and 4 LED indicators that tell you how much power the Pixy Mini’s battery has.

9. The Moment M-Series multidirectional lens mount

The Moment M-Series multidirectional lens mount works perfectly with your iPad, or iPhone even! You can move the mount in any direction, and capture your priceless moments and that too at the perfect angle! You can use it to shoot on the front, as well as the back camera. Amped with a sleek aluminum frame, the mount is extremely easy to install and stays securely fitted in one spot. You can now capture your next shot with ease!

10. Bodo

Bodo is touted to be the world’s first all-in-one charging organizer, and in the true sense, it is actually one. Unlike other all-in-one stations with more substance on paper than in reality, the Bodo charging station arranges all the gadgets meticulously on a pegboard-like organizer that sits right on your desk. The entire setup needs one USB-C-powered port to relay power to the board, which is then distributed across a tablet charger, a phone charger, a watch + AirPods charger, a Zoom light, and a USB-A, and a USB-C charger that can be used to power your laptop as well.

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Google Pixel phones join the cause to make phones repairable and sustainable

Smartphones are one of the most ubiquitous consumer electronics we have today. That translates to millions of components produced each year, which, in turn, could translate to thousands or even millions of e-waste piling up in landfills. The way this market works, most smartphone owners upgrade to a new phone even when they don’t really have to yet, mostly because of how the industry rewards such mindsets. At the same time, that same industry almost penalizes people who do actually want to keep their phones for as long as they can by making it harder or more expensive for them to repair old phones. Times are changing, it seems, and the biggest players in the market are fixing their attitudes on self-repair methods, and Google is the latest to swing its doors wide open to both consumers and small businesses.

Designer: Google x iFixit

Google actually announced its new program to make it easier for those outside its hallowed halls to repair Pixel phones. It followed the lead of Apple and Samsung in finally acknowledging the self-repair movement, or at least as much as their businesses and legal teams would allow. Of course, promises can sometimes ring hollow, so it wasn’t until Google finally removed the remaining impediments that we could consider its more sustainable repair program to be good as gold.

It wouldn’t be much of a more open repair program, however, if Google became the bottleneck of the entire process. The problem with trying to repair your own Pixel phone, or starting a small business around third-party repairs, wasn’t really the just the know-how. The real deal-breaker was getting your hands on replacement parts, officially and legally, which was nearly impossible until today. Now almost anyone can buy Pixel screens, batteries, and even adhesives from iFixit, one of the biggest proponents of the right to self-repair your stuff, at least if you live in the few regions where the parts are made available.

Not only does this make it possible for anyone with the technical knowledge to repair their broken Google phone, but it also helps smaller shops make a living off providing that service to others. To some extent, it helps democratize the smartphone repair industry, even if iFixit still has to source those components from official suppliers only. Google is even providing some validation software tools for free, allaying fears of potential legal repercussions for using these replacement parts on your own.

Being able to repair phones easily, whether by yourself or through service providers, already goes a long way in increasing the sustainability of these devices and reducing their negative impact on the environment. It’s just the first step, of course; we still have to figure out a way to make use of more sustainable and more responsible materials in a way that won’t disrupt the economy too much. Given how the smartphone industry seems to almost be set up to make sustainability efforts fail, the ability to repair your own phone is still a massive win in the grand scheme of things.

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This levitating lightbulb lamp quite literally ‘uplifts’ your room’s decor!

Some may say it adds a touch of magic to your interior space!

Meet Evaro… a light bulb lamp that’s clearly living in the year 2052. While regular home lamps need to directly be connected to a power outlet, the Evaro has no such hang-up. With its bafflingly beautiful levitating design, the Evaro Light Bulb Lamp hangs magically off its stand, floating and illuminating without any discernible wire connecting the lamp’s two halves together.

Designed by UK-based creative studio Gingko, the Evaro lamp has a perfectly understated design, which allows its floating element to absolutely shine through. The lamp comes with a base that’s connected to your power outlet and suspended off the other end is an LED Edison bulb that casts a wonderful dim warm glow upon your room. The lamp’s design is best described as overall minimalist, and there’s no lampshade involved, so your eyes immediately gravitate to that ‘anti-gravitational’ floating bulb – an aesthetic arrangement that works wonders for the Evaro, if you ask me.

Designer: Paul Sun of Gingko Design

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The idea behind designing Evaro Light Bulb Lamp, Gingko says, was to create a lighting solution that broke the dull monotony of contemporary light design. Without any fancy gimmicks like color-changing LEDs, or internet-connected voice-controlled operation, Evaro manages to captivate audiences by being simple yet magical. Evaro’s design affects you in waves – first you notice it, then you go looking for the wire, then you try playing with the levitating bulb to see how it works. It’s a masterclass in good design, by being a lamp that you just can’t ignore.

Easy to set up, just move the bulb close to the bulb holder.

The bulb will never drop in case you knock it by mistake.

Pull the bulb closer to the base to switch on the lamp.

Evaro’s design is powered by a combination of magnetic levitation and induction. The lamp hovers in the air using a complex arrangement of magnets, and power is transmitted from the base to the light bulb via magnetic induction. To switch the lamp off, all you need to do is gently detach the floating bulb, breaking the magnetic connection. To switch it on, place the lamp back in its hovering position and it automatically switches back on! Evaro’s magical design invites you to play with it, and in the event of any gentle knock, the bulb simply connects to its upper holder instead of falling down, making Evaro safe against any accident.

Available in a choice of walnut and black, the Evaro Light Bulb Lamp does a wonderful job sprucing up any interior. It’s minimalist without being boring… and that floating lightbulb is sure to capture anyone’s interest almost instantly. Clearly, the lamp takes Dua Lipa’s hit single ‘Levitating’ a bit too seriously! For a limited 5 days, YD readers can grab the Evaro Light Bulb Lamp for a 15% discounted price of $152 using the code YANKO-ELL.

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Nothing Phone(1) looks a little busier in black

There is probably nothing more frustrating than being emotionally invested in an upcoming product, only for its very creators to take the wind out of its sails. That is undoubtedly what some of the believers of Nothing’s inaugural smartphone felt when the company officially revealed what the phone would actually look like. On the one hand, the startup tried to beat leaks to the punch so that no one could claim they didn’t protect their secrets well enough. On the other hand, they are tempting fate by either confirming fears or calming them, and, as expected, camps are split on whether the white Phone(1) does live up to the hype that Nothing itself built. Fortunately, the story doesn’t end there completely, and the black finish of the same phone could still win some people over. Or it could cement their decision to stay away completely.

Designer: Nothing (via Roland Quandt)

It almost seems like Nothing’s early years will be marked by a lot of controversies, partly thanks to how it has been building up expectations about the company’s mission. Just like OnePlus, which Carl Pei also helped found, Nothing presents itself as a revolutionary that is trying to go against the excesses of the smartphone industry. Well aware of the current trends in the design industry, Nothing espoused values like transparency and minimalism, which would translate to both product design and company management.

Its first product, the Nothing Ear(1) TWS buds, already divided people between those who lauded its unique, partly transparent design and those that felt short-changed from the brief hype that preceded it. History is repeating itself with the Phone(1), which Nothing has been teasing as nothing short of revolutionary, pardon the pun. That, however, might only be in relation to what is available in the market, so it’s not exactly lying in that regard.

After official revealing the transparent yet occluded back of a white Nothing Phone(1), unofficial images of a black variant have now become available for everyone to see. Compared to the white phone, the black plate underneath makes the “glyph” lights even more visible. In a way, this makes the back look even busier compared to the white model, which sort of takes away from the minimalism appeal of the phone. Then again, if the Nothing Phone(1)’s back were completely transparent, it would definitely be a lot more chaotic inside.

There is also some disappointment or at least growing concern about the choice of hardware that will go inside the Phone(1). Nothing has already confirmed that it will use a custom Snapdragon 778G+ processor, which was made specifically for it, adding wireless charging and reverse wireless charging capabilities that are absent in the plain version of the silicon. It is, however, what would be considered a mid-range chip, which sounds a little disheartening for a new flagship phone. Pei explains to Input magazine, however, that the choice goes in line with the company’s message that tech specs aren’t always relevant. In terms of balancing performance, thermal management, efficiency, and overall sustainability, the Phone(1) will do just fine.

Whether that will be enough to translate interest into sales, we’ll see in two weeks when the Nothing Phone(1) is officially launched. The company is taking a more cautious approach, however, mimicking the chaotic invite-only system from the early years of OnePlus. Of course, that also creates an artificial scarcity that makes the product look like a very limited edition, pumping up the hype even more.

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Top 10 indoor gardens to fulfill your modern gardening goals

Gardening is an extremely therapeutic activity, and though I may not engage in it all the time, the few times that I have, I found it really delightful and soothing. Growing, tending to, and being surrounded by plants is intensely satisfying, all your worries slowly fade away, and you are simply enthralled by nature. Indoor gardening is a modern solution that works perfectly in our modern homes. From a smart cabinet that gives you the self-sustaining kitchen you’ve always wanted to a plant-growing device that helps dementia patients improve memory – we have a myriad range of options when it comes to growing plants within the comfort of your home! These unique, innovative, and thoughtful designs promise to take care of all your indoor gardening needs. And I don’t know about you, but I’m really considering trying one of them out, I wouldn’t mind adding indoor gardening to my daily routine!

1. Paradise

Designed to reduce domestic waste, Paradise is an automated plant cultivator and compost bin that uses integrated technology to prompt users when the compost or plants need tending. Conceptualized as a rolling cart, Paradise is comprised of modular pieces that work together to provide optimal conditions for growing plants. Starting from its top, Paradise features an LED strip that pours artificial sunlight over integrated planters located on top of Paradise’s first module.

Why is it noteworthy?

While spending more time at home has brought some much-needed rejuvenation to our interior design, it has also contributed to a global increase in domestic waste. Inspired to change that, designer Robin Akira created Paradise, a household plant cultivator with integrated compost bins and an odor-sealing lid to make use of and reduce our domestic waste.

What we like

  • Integrates greenery into our interior spaces
  • An odor-sealing lid

What we dislike

  • Could be messy to have such a design in our indoor living space

2. Blume

This special planter called Blume is not just something that will house your plant or plants of the moment. It actually comes with a trellis that can be linked together according to your specifications and can “grow” alongside your plant

Why is it noteworthy?

You can link the different parts with a threaded knob and they can go in all directions that you want, upwards, downwards, sideways, etc. A design like this actually makes it look like the planter is organic like your plant and can give them space to thrive other than the usual straightforward manner.

What we like

  • Customizable and made-to-order
  • You can make it more personal

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

3. MULTO

Created in collaboration with multiple award-winning industrial designer Xavier Houy (who has a Red Dot Design Award and a Platinum A’ Design Award to his name, among others), MULTO is the result of over 6 years worth of research and development, gone towards what Prêt à Pousser calls the ultimate vertical kitchen garden, capable of growing everything from microgreens to root vegetables.

Why is it noteworthy?

Prêt à Pousser’s most significant achievement with the MULTO is its new hydroponic technology. Referred to as their ‘Ebb & Flow’ system, MULTO’s water reservoir comes with a discreet pump that periodically pumps water to the roots, and then drains it out – similar to an ocean’s tide. Working similar to a hydroponic gardening system (but engineered to be better), this enables the circulation of nutrients and allows the plants’ roots to absorb more oxygen, creating a better yield. How much better? Well, Prêt à Pousser’s founder Romain Behaghel claims that MULTO’s Ebb & Flow increases your plant’s yield by 200%, giving you twice as many fruits, veggies, or leafy greens.

What we like

  • New hydroponic technology
  • You can simply expand your produce by plugging a new tier on top to create your own vertical farm

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. The LUA

LUA Pet Plant Lighting Concept Image

LUA Pet Plant Lighting Concept Design

The LUA is one ideal solution for those with pet plants. But, of course, not many people will understand why you have such but don’t worry about what they think.

Why is it noteworthy?

For desk plants, you may consider getting this LUA. It’s a plant lighting solution that can further make your favorite plant stand out. We understand how it can be challenging to care for indoor plants because of insufficient lighting. But there are solutions like the LUA. Indoor plants help the surrounding by keeping the atmosphere fresh and clean. In addition, for some people, plants help in providing emotional stability. Just one look at your plants and you can already calm down and destress.

What we like

  • Boasts a clean, white tone for a simple and refreshing look
  • The design is very minimalist as no unnecessary wires are exposed

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The Ocean Sun

Designed to be more than just your average USB-powered work light, the Ocean Sun Plant Light, as its name quite aptly suggests, features a calibrated set of LEDs that emit light similar to the light from the sun. Made primarily for indoor plants that don’t receive too much natural light, the Ocean Sun Plant Light provides them with the right spectrum of light to enable photosynthesis and foster growth… and unlike the sun, it can fit in your palm.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Ocean Sun sports a sleek, compact design with a precisely machined aluminum outer shell and a series of flicker-free LEDs that draw power from a USB-C port located on the back of the device. Each lamp comes along with its own adjustable USB-C stand cable that lets you position and angle the lamp however you want, although the Ocean Sun works with any third-party cable too, giving you the freedom to hook it up to your laptop, a power bank, or even a set of solar panels with a USB output!

What we like

  • Compact form that fits in your palm
  • High-end flicker-free LEDs

What we dislike

  • Not too sure how well plants would grow with this light

6. The Oasis

Not all homes are built to have gardens, but that doesn’t mean you can’t run your own mini farm where you are. This concept for a hydroponic smart farm is something that can fit in whatever space you may be staying in.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Oasis is a smart farm that’s meant for home, and it can grow your vegetables and store them before you consume them. The design is inspired by both mountains and desert oasis, hence the name. Some of the items that were used to create a concept design for it include blenders, coffee makers, smart speakers, etc. What the designer came up with is something that looks like a mini-greenhouse with a transparent cover. It kind of reminds me of a bread container, except we get plants and vegetables inside.

What we like

  • There’s a part here called Fresh Keeper where you can store the vegetables once you’ve harvested them without needing to move them to the refrigerator
  • There’s an app that you can use to monitor your plants and your water levels

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

7. Purtler

This concept product is something that can serve as a butler for your plants that are left at home. Its name is Purtler or a combination of plant and butler.

Why is it noteworthy?

The design of the Purtler is inspired by plants and organic lifeforms to match what it’s supposed to be watching. The stand looks like a long piece of leaf with water droplets. The bottom part can even serve as a shelf for items like books and other decorations. But the main thing that you’ll notice is that there’s an “eye” at the top which is actually where the camera is placed. The device that looks like a web camera lets you take a closer look at how things like temperature and humidity affect the plants.

What we like

  • Designed to be part of your furniture as the leaf silhouette can add to the ambiance of your living room
  • Takes care of your plant babies when you’re away!

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

8. The Krado Plant Sensor

If something like the Krado Plant Sensor actually exists, then maybe my poor two plants had a better chance of survival. It’s the hardware component of the Leaflet Plant Care System, whose main purpose is to help people grow healthy plants. The sensor is something you put in the soil with your plants, and it will be able to transmit information to the mobile app so you will be able to adjust how you’re taking care of them.

Why is it noteworthy?

The plant sensor is able to monitor things like soil moisture, ambient temperature, humidity, and light. These are critical factors that will affect the health of your plants, and if you’re like me, that’s pretty clueless about these things, then it might give me helpful information. The app connected to it will also give you actionable guidance based on these factors like buying and shipping fertilizer, potting soil, pesticides, etc.

What we like

  • Different colored lights may indicate specific conditions that will alert you
  • 100% 3D printed

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. plan.t

This concept for a plant cultivation product is called plan.t, a play on the word plant and planning for tomorrow, something that dementia patients may have trouble doing.

Why is it noteworthy?

The designer thought of horticultural treatment as an aid to help those suffering from this condition, not as a cure but to help slow down the effects of the disease. As they grow the plants using this device, the hope is that their memories will be able to grow or improve alongside the greens.

What we like

  • The plan.t device lets the user track the progress of the plants that they’re growing in it through voice recording
  • Designed to help dementia patients improve their memory

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

10. Jungle

Most commonly in homes across the world, indoor gardens are a form of biophilic design. Interpreting biophilia in a similar way, Jungle, designed by Poland-based KABO & PYDO design studio, is a planter that can hang from the ceiling and also function as a semi-flush mount light fixture.

Why is it noteworthy?

Comprised of only a few parts, the beauty of Jungle lies in the design’s simplicity. Defined by a bulbous, capsule-shaped centerpiece, Jungle is a half-planter and half-light fixture. The capsule-shaped planter emanates a warm, golden light that’s diffused with an opaque body. The opaque body softens the light and accentuates the plant life by offering an unassuming canvas for teeming greenery to drape across.

What we like

  • The simple form emphasises the beauty of the plants
  • The lamp emits a soft and soothing light

What we dislike

  • You need to stand on a stool or a little ladder to water the plants

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SwitchBot’s latest product turns your regular locks into IoT Smart Locks

It’s 2022, and it’s high time your smartphone or wearable could open doors for you.

Designed to retrofit onto any standard single deadbolt locks, the SwitchBot Lock comes with a rotary robotic arm that locks or unlocks your door on command. It takes seconds to install, and once put in place, lets you automatically control your door lock via an app, Bluetooth, proximity, or even voice commands.

The door lock is just one of many ‘dumb’ products that the SwitchBot team hopes to make ‘smart’. The company began its journey with the original SwitchBot Bot – a connected mechanical finger that could switch lights and fans on or off via the internet. Soon SwitchBot forayed into other smart home appliances, including smart plugs, lights, sensors, cameras, and more notably, their award-winning SwitchBot Curtain, a tiny robot that moved up and down the curtain rod, opening or closing curtains intuitively.

Designer: SwitchBot

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Today, SwitchBot adds yet another clever gizmo to their collection. The SwitchBot Lock is a simple, one-step device that takes your regular lock and makes it an intelligent one. It attaches to your door using a secure 3M VHB tape and comes with an adapter that rests on your door lock’s rotating knob. The lock works via Bluetooth and connects to the SwitchBot app on your smart device. If you’ve got a SwitchBot Hub Mini, you can even connect your lock to the internet and control it from anywhere, remotely opening it for friends or family without being within the Bluetooth range. Worried about being hacked? The SwitchBot Lock runs 128-bit AES encryption, an industry standard. Don’t have your phone at hand? The SwitchBot Lock can also be controlled via the Apple Watch, and can still be used manually by simply twisting the knob on the device or using the key as you normally would.

Unlock your door remotely using SwitchBot Hub Mini. Or use voice commands with SwitchBot Hub Mini and your smart home assistant will help you unlock your door.

SwitchBot Lock can also be controlled by using your Apple Watch.

See what your lock has been up to with real-time event logs.

An even faster way to unlock your door.

The SwitchBot Lock can fit onto most standard deadbolt locks, and the company is also working on 3D printed accessories that allow it to work with other designs too. Built to last, the gadget can easily withstand 50,000 locks and unlocks (that’s roughly 14 years if you lock/unlock your door a total of 10 times each day), and runs on two replaceable 3V CR123A batteries that last 6 months based on the same 10-times-a-day metric. When paired with the SwitchBot Hub Mini, the lock can be controlled via most third-party voice assistant services such as Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT, Siri Shortcuts, SmartThings, LINE Clova, etc… and SwitchBot is also working on an auxiliary keypad that lets you input access codes to lock or unlock your door, so guests and house-help can come and go whenever they want, while you receive notifications every time the door is opened or closed. Go visit the SwitchBot website and ‘unlock’ a new smart home experience!

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This ‘Ring Doorbell for Pets’ uses facial recognition to let your pets enter/exit your home!

The most advanced pet door on the market only allows ‘approved’ pets to enter or exit your home.

The smart home just got a little smarter for your four-legged friend too. Meet Petvation, a camera-enabled pet door that solves a few common problems with traditional pet doors. The problem with flap-based doors is that they let anyone out or in, heightening the danger of your pet escaping, or a bunch of raccoons breaking in. Mechanical doors, on the other hand, can stress a pet out, are prone to breakage, or end up requiring human intervention. Petvation does away with all that by just using the same tech used by your smart doorbell – facial recognition.

Designer: Javis Sijin

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Built with a motor-operated aluminum alloy door (making it less prone to breakage or damage) that slides up and down, Petvation uses a pair of cameras to detect your pet when it’s exiting the house or entering from the outdoors. The door only opens when it sees your pet, and not for any other animal, making it much more effective than any other solution there is. Petvation’s design team was also quick to point out how current technology relies on sensor-embedded collars which have their own areas of failure too. Sensors can sometimes go undetected, collars can get lost, and most importantly, there’s nothing stopping two animals from entering at once while one wears a collar. Petvation’s facial recognition just provides a much more elegant and fool-proof solution!

So how does it work? Well, all you do is measure, cut, and install the Petvation pet door on any regular door – it works with wood, engineered wood, plastic, and even glass doors – or even on windows, and that’s the hardware part taken care of. The Petvation’s mechanical door is airtight, windproof, water-sealed, and built like a tank so there’s no way of really breaking through. You’ll have to have an outlet nearby handy, because Petvation runs on a 12V power supply (there aren’t any batteries built in this thing), although the company does mention it can be run on a power bank too!

Once installed, the Petvation’s camera and app take over. The camera profiles your pet’s face to be able to detect it pretty much the way your phone’s facial unlock system does. Two sets of high-resolution infrared cameras are built into the slim door frame, with 120-degree wide-angle lenses on each side for a better PoV, and an anti-pinch sensor that only closes the door after the pet’s fully crossed over. The infrared cameras allow the Petvation to work even in low light, working not just as an authentication camera but also as a security cam that gives you alerts on your phone. Petvation’s smartphone app allows you to control the door remotely, monitor activity through your phone, and even set curfews, so your cat or dog doesn’t up and walk off at odd hours of the day. Lock the door and it won’t open while you’re asleep, no matter how much your pet scratches away at it.

The Petvation door measures 21.3 inches tall and 15.6 inches wide, with an opening that’s suitable for pets around 7-inches wide – most cats, and smaller to medium-sized dogs like bulldogs, pugs, corgis, shiba inus, etc. Its internal motor works at a quiet 40-45 decibel level, so the sound of the motor doesn’t disturb you or alarm your pet. The Petvation can store facial profiles for as many as 32 animals at a given time (which works well if you’re pet-obsessed), and although it only works for cats and dogs for now, chances are it could expand its dataset with future updates. You can grab your Petvation smart pet-door for an early bird discount of $169, with deliveries starting October 2022.

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