The Amazing LIFX Smart Lightbulb


The latest runaway Kickstarter success is the LIFX, “a WiFi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient LED light bulb that you control with your [smartphone]. Developed by San-Francisco-based inventor Phil Bosua and his support team, the LIFX is an iPod-like invention in that it combines several existing technologies into a novel and useful device that seems easy to use; apparently it’s plug-and-play (though the demo video admittedly doesn’t show how the initial set-up interface is handled).

I’m not sure how often I’d use the color-change feature, though bar owners are sure to love it. The nightlight/timer feature shown in the video looks pretty cool though, and I wonder if you can use it in reverse, slowly ramping your lights up in the mornings to wake you up.

If you think the LIFX looks amazing, you’re not alone: The project easily smashed its $100,000 goal and is now up to $994,729 with 56 days left to pledge. At $69 a pop the bulbs aren’t cheap, but they’re meant to last for 25 years, and discounts are conferred for buying in bulk.


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zaha hadid: fudge pop-up hair salon

work stations are positioned in the middle of the floor – unlike typical hair salons where they are situated along the wall – defined by a bold, black polygonal outlines that add a graphic element to the black and white space.

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The Jorno Folding Keyboard


For two years, inventor Scott Starrett and RKS Design have been working on the Jorno, “a truly durable and elegant keyboard” that does something amazing: It folds up into a little 3.5” × 3.5” × 1.2” box.


Meant to be paired with a tablet or even a smartphone via an included cradle, the Bluetooth keyboard weighs less than 9 ounces and has a battery that reportedly lasts for 30 days under normal usage.

As keyboards are such tactile objects, I’d have problems bidding on something like this without testing it out in person; it maxes out at 8.5” wide, and as the keyboard on my MacBook Pro is just under 11”, I’m not confident I could adjust to it. But more than anything I’m impressed with the engineering, and if it takes off, I’m hoping they’ll also make a larger size.

At press time they were nearly 20% of the way towards their $100,000 target, with 27 days left to get in on the action.



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Baconomy: The Art of Bacon Barter [Infographic]

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Money. Some say it’s the root of all evil, others consider it a blessing and a resopnsibility.

Any way you look at it, money is a big part of our everyday life. But what if we tried to live without it? Could we survive?

All seriousness aside, one man is doing just that. Part of a PR stunt, Josh Sankey is going across the USA with no cash and no credit cards – only armed with 3,000 pounds of bacon to trade for goods and services that he needs.

And it’s working – he even got one man to get a bacon tattoo!

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MakerBot Announces Two New Replicator Models, New Software and a Physical Storefront


We’ve just returned from a press conference in Brooklyn, where MakerBot founder Bre Pettis pulled the wraps off of what you see above: Their new Replicator 2, done up in snazzy black. Gone is the wood paneling of the previous model, replaced here by removal PVC panels fastened to a powder-coated steel frame.

Aside from the more stable frame, the new model features an improved leveling system; just this morning I was visiting a digital fabrication house in midtown that was complaining about their MakerBot’s four-point leveling rigmarole, but now it’s down to three points. And although the machine is the same external size, the build area has been increased to a fairly huge 11.2” L &times: 6.0” W × 6.1” H. (That’s 410 cubic inches there for you to play around with.)


The printer’s “resolution” has also been improved, nearly by a factor of three; for those who’ve experienced the previous model, that one printed out at 270 microns, while they’ve got the new box down to just 100. The samples they circulated at the press conference were pretty darn smooth. You can still see the lines, of course, but you really have to look pretty closely, and drag your fingernail across the surface to feel them. Otherwise they registered as perfectly smooth under my fingertips, and I was damn impressed.


All of these improvements come at a price: The Replicator 2 rings in at $2,199 and ships fully assembled.

After running down the new machine’s features, Pettis hit us with three more pieces of news:

First up they’re simultaneously releasing another machine, the Replicator 2X, built for those “who like to experiment;” this one looks identical to the other but features dual extruders, a heated build platform, and will set you back an extra 600 bones.



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