Just Flipping This Wireless Switch Is Enough to Power It

You might think that the humble light switch is so simple that it couldn't really evolve much further—but you'd be wrong. Because this wireless switch, designed to work with the new breed of wireless bulbs, can harvest all the energy it needs to function from a button press. » 1/07/14 8:40am 1/07/14 8:40am

GIZMODO at 2012 Smart Home—New Gadgets!

Last year Gizmodo and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago partnered up to curate the technology for the Smart Home: Green + Wired. The exhibit recently re-opened for 2012 with new furnishings and a few our favorite new gadgets. MSI did an incredible job in 2011 creating a truly Smart Home that we wished we… » 8/31/12 6:40pm 8/31/12 6:40pm

Here it Is: The World's First Remote-Controlled (LED) Light Bulb

Don't you hate getting all bundled up under the covers, your pillows in the perfect scrunch position under your head, only to realize you didn't turn out the lamp on the opposite end of the room and there's no way you'll be able to sleep with that bright bulb shining in your eyes all night? I do. And I do this all the… » 6/20/12 9:40pm 6/20/12 9:40pm

Walk Through the 2011 Smart Home with Joe Brown

If you haven't had a chance to stop by MSI, Chicago to check out the 2011 Smart Home exhibit, it's cool — you're busy, we understand. Gizmodo's own Joe Brown recently gave Discovery Canada a guided tour through the exhibit, so you can see some our favorite items in the house without leaving your computer. » 5/11/11 11:00am 5/11/11 11:00am

AT&T Thought Future Cooking Would Look Like This Circa 1993

More dispatches from At&T's eerily prescient vision of the future, all the way from the 90s. Here, the simple problem of needing an ingredient for a meal is solved with some cool retrofuturistic tech, replete with cheesy bleeps and boops. » 4/30/11 2:00pm 4/30/11 2:00pm

GIZMODO at 2011 Smart Home - This is it!

As you may have heard, Gizmodo and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago have partnered to curate the technology for this year's 2011 Smart Home: Green + Wired. The yearly exhibit features guided tours of a modular, eco-friendly home built on the museum grounds and designed to highlight the bleeding-edge of… » 4/26/11 3:30pm 4/26/11 3:30pm

GIZMODO at 2011 Smart Home Opens This Friday!

Gizmodo and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) have teamed up to bring you something amazing - the 2011 Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit, opening this Friday, April 22, 2011! As the technology partner for the exhibit, we've taken the technologies that change the way we live, work, love, play, think and… » 4/19/11 11:00am 4/19/11 11:00am

GIZMODO at Museum of Science and Industry's 2011 Smart Home

Gizmodo and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) are teaming up to bring you something amazing this spring - the 2011 Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit. As the technology partner for the exhibit, We've taken the technologies that change the way we live, work, love, play, think and feel and incorporated… » 4/05/11 11:00am 4/05/11 11:00am

Nokia Smart Home Solution Puts Power of Control Onto Your Cellphone

With energy conservation and easy eco-friendliness on just about everybody's agenda these days, one of the most popular concepts is the “Smart Home,” a living environment that knows just how much power you actually need to be comfortable and gives you not a drop more. Nokia's hopping on that wagon with its new Nokia… » 12/02/08 2:30am 12/02/08 2:30am

Panasonic Smart Home Probably Won't Try to Kill You like HAL 9000

Panasonic demoed their Smart Home concept at CEATEC this week. Smart Home seems to be an integrated system that controls the electronics in your house, from lighting to air conditioning to multimedia. Even the television will slide to follow you around, which actually looks sort of creepy and desperate. The mirror… » 10/04/08 5:00pm 10/04/08 5:00pm

Smarthome's Rotating Power Outlet Gives Your Chargers Space

Smarthome's rotating power outlet may not be as neat as the E-Rope concept, but it is still awesome. The rotating power outlet does exactly what a rotating power outlet should do; it rotates around for incalculable convenience, providing your power at all sorts of crazy angles. » 9/23/07 12:30pm 9/23/07 12:30pm

Best Buy's ConnectedLife.Home Automates the Life of Luddites for $15,000

Best Buy has decided to make home automation easier by offering its ConnectedLife.Home package, a $15,000 box-o-fun including an HP Media Center PC controlling an Xbox 360 as a media extender, along with a dozen Insteon remote light switches, a RCS networked thermostat you can control from that PC and a couple of… » 12/27/06 8:34am 12/27/06 8:34am

Smarthome Seat Cooler: Blessed Summertime Relief

This is the hottest time of the year, and what could be more welcome than a seat cooler that could turn that red-hot car seat into a cooling oasis in no time flat? Smarthome is offering this 12-Volt Cooling Car Summer Seat for $50—that's $10 off its normal price—and it's said to provide almost instant relief during… » 7/31/06 11:09am 7/31/06 11:09am