Showing that Internet connections are spreading beyond computers and smartphones, electronics company Philips has brought networking to a handful of gadgets for the home.
That fabled failure of techno-enthusiasm, the Internet-enabled refrigerator, remains a thing of the future. But at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, Philips announced a Wi-Fi-enabled air purifier that can be controlled over the Internet, a baby monitor that can use cellular data networks, and a cooker that can use online recipes.
"The Internet of things is quickly becoming a reality, and Philips will drive that change," he said said Pieter Nota, executive vice … Read more
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High-tech air filtration systems and HEPA filters are becoming standard fare in luxury vehicles these days, but what are you going to do about that funny smell in your 2004 Chevy Aveo? There's only so much that a pine tree air freshener can do.
Perhaps you should check out the newly announced Philips GoPure Automotive Clean Air System.
The GoPure was the odd bird in Philips' booth at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, which was otherwise filled with the manufacturer's line of automotive lighting products. This portable air filtration system is aimed at motorists with allergies, drivers with small children who may be sensitive to airborne germs and particles, and people who want to remove bad smells from the air in their car.… Read more
Summer has officially come to a close, yet it seems still to linger in the air. Baseball playoffs are just getting underway, BBQ parties are still going strong, and it's still hot out. It's downright humid, in fact. So hot and humid that a nice, cool glass of water sounds great right about now. If, like me, you're dreaming of water being not in the air, but in a glass, then WaterMill might be just what you're looking for.
It was only a matter of time before the green trend began to focus on the air indoors as well as outside. Enter the "AirMD," from Alen, which claims to be "the first and only green air purifier on the U.S. market."
No fly-by-night impostor, this cleanser is reportedly lead-free and ozone-safe, bearing the "Energy Star" seal from the EPA and Energy Department. The four-speed AirMD touts contemporary design with an impressive HEPA filtration system, UV lamp claimed to last 3 to 5 years, ionizer, Light touch activation controls, and 24-hour programmable timer,&… Read more
The hot trend of air-purifying combo gadgetry continues. Just as we saw a few months ago with a lamp-speaker-filter, this convergence juggernaut continues unabated. The latest combination: a purifier with mood lighting.
What better way to relax after a hard day of destroying 99.97 percent of the allergens and contaminants in your immediate vicinity? It's like nalpalm in a bacteria-free morning, or perhaps the perfect setting for a romantic evening shared by two germaphobes. The curiously named "RabbitAir MinusA2 Air Purifier" supposedly can be programmed to target specific areas, with such category names as "Baby,&… Read more
It's the height of summer, and for some of us that means allergy hell. Even our fortified caves and vehicles can't keep out all the offensive particles that make life miserable. So it may seem like desperation to you lucky non-sufferers out there, but we're sorely tempted to invest in this "Pro-Aqua" air-cleaning system, which sounds like a combination of a "Scooba" and one of those industrial-strength mosquito machines.
If you're tired of hearing your tree-hugging neighbors complain about your energy-hogging pool vacuum, this may help calm them down.
The "Floatron" solar-powered purifier promises to reduce the use of chlorine by 80 percent for pools with up to 40,000 gallons of water while running solely on the sun's rays. Best of all, Coolest-Gadgets says, you won't have to waste hours trying to figure out the chemical balances that keep the chlorine level from turning you into a mutant.
We just hope that's not a toothbrush pictured with the device here. That would … Read more
We surrender. Hello Kitty has now invaded every aspect of life, including the very air we breathe.
The evil feline's latest incarnation is an air purifier being marketed first, of course, at Sanrio stores in Japan. Not only does it promise to reverse the negative ions at home, but Plastic Bamboo says it will also cleanse the oxygen in our cars if we use its cigarette lighter adapter.
If a pink bow begins to grow out of our expanding heads, you'll know we've been already been exposed.