Dyson's Humidifier Uses UV Light To Kill Germs in Its Water Reservoir

The slow but steady approach of winter means that it's almost time for many of us to fire up our heaters—also heralding the return of of chapped lips and dry skin. Dyson's new humidifier is one solution to the problem, but it doesn't only prevent dry air. It also ensures your home isn't being filled with… » 10/20/14 12:00am 10/20/14 12:00am

This All-Seeing AC Unit Can Spot Room Obstacles and Blow Around Them

It seems like those of us on the American side of the Pacific ocean are missing out on some fantastic innovations in air conditioning. In Japan, Hitachi is introducing a new wall-mounted unit packed with cameras and sensors that's able to redirect its chilly blasts towards people, parts of a room that are too warm,… » 9/18/14 10:56am 9/18/14 10:56am

A Rechargeable Tower Fan That Lets You Take a Breeze Wherever You Need

A fan is only a useful way to beat the summer heat if you're in range of its blast. So to ensure the use of this GreenFan isn't limited by the location of your outlets or the length of its cord, it features an optional rechargeable battery so you can place it exactly where you need to cool off. » 7/02/14 3:00pm 7/02/14 3:00pm

A Luxurious Mechanical Paper Fan That Cools You Like a Pharaoh

Well before air conditioning and oscillating fans kept us cool in the hot summer months, servants waving giant palm leaves was the ideal way to beat the heat. And Thanko's new USB-powered mechanical paper fan provides a similar experience, without requiring you to keep a professional fanner on staff. » 6/23/14 9:42am 6/23/14 9:42am

The First Smart Ceiling Fan Only Runs When You're There to Enjoy It

Do you notice anything missing on this ceiling fan? The dangling chains that are commonly used to turn them on and adjust their speed are gone. And they haven't just been replaced with a wireless remote. This is the first intelligent ceiling fan that only runs when it detects people in a room, and automatically… » 6/04/14 10:00am 6/04/14 10:00am

Human-Sensing Fan Only Blows Where There Be People

Nothing puts a strain on your local power grid like a hot, humid summer day. In many cities rolling blackouts are needed to cope with the strain, so it makes sense that companies would start developing smarter cooling devices. Quirky's Aros air conditioner is leading the charge, but this smarter oscillating fan is… » 5/16/14 4:20pm 5/16/14 4:20pm

Dyson's Bladeless Fans Are Now 75 Percent Quieter

It's been over four years since Dyson introduced a fan that somehow worked without visible blades. And besides releasing a few new models over the years, the company hasn't announced any major updates to its Air Multiplier line since 2009. But it turns out that's because Dyson's engineers were finding clever ways to… » 3/05/14 8:54pm 3/05/14 8:54pm

A Simple Clay Pot Could Replace Your Noisy Air Conditioner

Air conditioners aren't exactly known for being particularly environmentally friendly, but during a scorching summer we're all happy to turn a blind eye. Not Thibault Faverie, though. Perhaps racked by guilt, he's created the Cold Pot, a simple terracotta device that can cool a room using just evaporating water. » 2/05/14 2:40pm 2/05/14 2:40pm

Our Favorite TV Shows Never Really Leave Us

Everyone has favorite shows. Look at Breaking Bad. Fans are everywhere right now. And like Breaking Bad all shows must meet a noble or ignominious end. But that doesn't mean we stop loving them. Or hating them so much that we are oddly fascinated and can't stop watching. That's why Offerpop took a look at which shows… » 9/15/13 3:33pm 9/15/13 3:33pm

An Inconspicuous Wicker Fan That Blends In With Your Cottage Decor

If you're fortunate enough to have access to a lakeside cottage in the summer, you probably won't lament the fact that air conditioning isn't included. Most of the time, a cool breeze off the lake is all you need to stay comfortable. But on those particularly unbearable days when it feels like the planet's melting,… » 7/23/13 5:00pm 7/23/13 5:00pm

Old Cancer-Sick Fan Rejected at Legoland Because He Didn't Bring a Kid

This is 63-year-old John St-Onge, a man who became a devoted Lego fan playing with his children many decades ago. Sick with cancer and diabetes, John and his now-adult daughter Nicole went to fulfill a dream: to visit Legoland Discovery Center in Toronto. He was denied entry. Updated. » 7/10/13 5:31pm 7/10/13 5:31pm

You Should've Seen the Fly Swatter That Made These Insect Wing Fans…

When it comes to design, it's never a bad idea to see what Mother Nature has come up with first. After all, she's had a lot more time to perfect her creations than we have. And what could be a better design to steal for a fan than an insect's wing? It's lightweight and effective at pushing air, and the only tweak… » 3/11/13 2:20pm 3/11/13 2:20pm

Has an Incrementally Small Technological Advancement Ever Completely…

I just discovered—because I hadn't set foot in my gym, ever, until earlier this week—that the elliptical trainers have BUILT IN FANS. Fans! Right there! In the machine. Fans to blow cool air somewhere in the direction of your sweaty face/neck/chest area, while you run in an elliptical motion, Around The Fur blasting… » 7/06/12 1:40am 7/06/12 1:40am