Sugr Cube is a smart Wifi speaker that takes virtually no space and packs a lot of power for such a small device. It supports AirPlay, features built-in Spotify connect and allows you to enjoy all your streaming music apps out loud. Intuitive controls make Sugr Cube easy to use by even the most technically impaired. Tap the top of Cube for PLAY/STOP. Tilt Cube left/right 45° for PREVIOUS/ NEXT. It’s that easy. And because it is made of solid wood, it provides a decent sound quality too. Watch the video after the break to see Sugr Cube in action. Available for purchase here.
This invention would make any cook instantly happy. Poggenpohl‘s Plinth is a great compromise between a standalone vacuum cleaner and a central vacuum system. It is incorporated into the kitchen unit itself, ready to pick up any crumbs or scraps falling on the floor. No dustpans, no bending. Just sweep your schmutz towards the discreet vent, and the powerful suction will do the rest. The vacuum bags need to be changed, though, just like in a traditional vacuum cleaner. The only wish now is to have this product in a cabinet that is a tag less pricey.
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Check this out, ladies and gents: IKEA concept kitchen 2025. According to company’s head of design Marcus Engman, it’s going to be all about the table. For EXPO Milano 2015, IKEA previewed a concept table called the Table For Living, which tells you what you can make with various ingredients and heats your food, no stove required. Very futuristic gadgetry, and no more excuses for not cooking at home. I like that.
What shoebox dweller doesn’t dream of a personal washing machine. This is one of the luxuries that we often deprived of. But this portable piece seems to be just the thing. The Dolfi washing machine is smaller than a cell phone, it is quiet, gentle to delicate clothing, and it can be a perfect solution for travel and tiny apartments. The trick is in the ultrasonic technology that pushes dirt out of the fabric. Just fill the sink or a basin, add some laundry detergent, drop Dolfi in the mix, and walk away. Brilliant. This Indiegogo project is already funded, but you can still pledge to get your Dolfi.
Dublin based power supply company MyVolts teamed up with product designer Paula O’Connor and created something quite special – Z-Charge. It is a long pouch with two charging pockets that hang on both sides of the bed, allowing you to juice all your devices at night, conveniently and securely. No more knocking down your phone from a nightstand or loosing it among pillows. Z-Charge keeps all your gismos handy, but out of the way. And, because it has only one cable, you eliminate cordage clutter next to your bed. Neat! The piece is compatible with most phones, readers and tablets and can charge up to six devices simultaneously. Watch the video after the break to see the product in action and visit Z-Charge Kickstarter campaign to preorder.
This adorable bluetooth speaker has been created by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur for Binauric. Light and compact, the Boom Boom speaker can be carried anywhere with ease. It wirelessly connects to any computer, mp3 player or smartphone, iOS or Android. The design is truly intuitive. The speaker communicates with you in several languages, the controls are self-explanatory – a simple touchpad allows you to manage volume, play/pause and control bluetooth connectivity. Boom Boom features the audio jack cable that also acts as a handle. The piece is available for purchase here. Watch the video after the break to see it action.
If you can’t spear any space for sound equipment, consider this – Playbulb, a light bulb and a bluetooth speaker in one. It’s an LED lamp in a shape of a traditional Edison’s bulb paired with a sound device. It can be controlled by an iPhone app, playing music as well as illuminating the room. It can even go on and off automatically, which makes Playbulb a great sound sleep system and an alarm clock as well. I think I need one for every room. Available for purchase here.
Arranging sound devices in a small apartment can be a challenge, because they take valuable shelf space we always need for other things. But what if a sounds system is a shelf? This is exactly the concept behind the aShelf by Danish design studio Kreafunk. The piece is a speaker, amplifier, iPhone dock and an attractive shelf in one. Thanks to the bluetooth functionality, it can be completely discrete and blend into the room. No more cables, no more bulky docks. Just a simple minimalist object, which can also provide extra space for storage. I really love this idea.
Even if you’re not a techie, you will see the beauty of this project. Especially if you rent your dwelling. Benki is a compact, clever, smart outlet plug, that has a light sensor, temperature sensor, and a microphone. This mighty little device helps you to control a vast number of your other devices – heaters, fans, baby monitors, cameras, lighting fixtures, you name it. All these things, plugged into Benki, become easily programmable (and controllable) right from your smart phone. Neat! The implementation is as easy as plugging Benki into your existing outlet. No cables, no installation mess, no ginormous home automation system prices. And the best news – Benki is currently Kickstarting, so you can take advantage of the introductory price.
There is one European habit I can never give up, no matter how long I live in the U.S. – and that is the need for espresso. A day just isn’t complete without this fragrant heart accelerator. That’s why I understand every bit of thinking behind Piamo – a portable espresso maker by Lunar. This clever piece is envisioned to work in the microwave, which makes it a perfect contender for travel, office and, yes, tiny apartments with limited counter space. The principle is simple – just fill in water and insert an espresso pad or ground coffee, stack it, flip it and place it in your microwave for 30 seconds. The pressure from the steam will extract the flavor, filling the cup with strong espresso. Watch the video after the break to see the product in action.