In why-don't-we-already-have-this news, a French technology startup, Connected Cycle, has released prototypes of a new kind of bike pedal with GPS included. Now, your bike can alert you via smart phone when it's being moved stolen.
The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show was a lot of the same this year: more huge TVs, more fancy 3D printers and more wireless home monitoring devices. So what was new? The explosion of wearable devices that count our calories, steps, breaths and even our oxygen levels will change how we interact with our bodies and other living things.
What does Ellen DeGeneres love more than sweater vests? Furniture. But she also loves being on TV so she serendipitously combined these three passions into one crazy mega-show. I give you: Ellen's Design Challenge, where six furniture designers compete to win $100,000 and Ellen drops by to make puns whenever she has time.
Nothing fills a home with personality quite like artwork, and who knows your personality better than you? Making your own typographic wall art is easy. Step 1: Start with a great font. We put together a collection of fonts with tons of natural personality; you don't need to be a designer to bring these typefaces to life— just type, print and frame. We've separated them out by decorating style, so everyone can find something they like.
January - the month we all try to get the year started off right. Christmas decor is tucked away for another year but you're left with that mess of tech cords tucked in the corner or under your desk. If you were lucky you may even have a few more cords to add from your gift haul. Until we live in a completely wireless world (one day!) we still have to live with wires. The good news is that there's some pretty stylish options out there that organize and look great.
Available today to a handful of test companies, Facebook At Work is a collaboration tool that lets colleagues communicate through a web interface or a mobile app, instead of using email. Though it looks like Facebook, there will be no ads and the company will not collect user data.
Can't decide which fitness tracker is right for you? Gadget rental service Lumoid.com is launching a new program that lets you try out up to five wearables for a week for $20. Ship back the testers, and if you found a winner, they'll send you a brand new one.
Here's a $5 solution for on-the-wall shelving for unusual spaces where your walls may not be 90 degrees perpendicular to the floor (e.g. attic home offices). These IKEA EKBY RISET brackets are designed to work with sloping walls and can be adjusted and locked in different angles (maybe even folded flat when not in use on regular walls), optimizing storage and display space above your desk.
You would think that with a background in architecture I would be able to visualize well enough to make a decent paper snowflake. But it's my sticking point: I couldn't fold up paper and cut a decent snowflake design to save my life! That's where RectangleWorld's app for making digital snowflakes comes in most handy for me (and maybe you, too!):