New gadgets are bringing wireless connectivity into the home and bringing appliances to life. For example, the iKettle sends iPhone notifications when the water has boiled, and LG’s refrigerator sends out tweets when it’s opened. On the flip side, sticky notes mimic the iPhone notification symbols and recreate a digital experience in a physical way.
Here are a few home gadgets that PSFK featured recently.
The iKettle is a WiFi-enabled kitchen appliance that you can control using your smartphone. Users can turn it on from wherever they are in the house and they receive an alert when the water has boiled. It even comes with a Wake mode that wakes users up with a message asking if they want to turn the kettle on.
Big Big Pixel created large sticky note pads that look like iPhone notification alerts. The familiar and super-sized icons are a fun way to post reminders and notes all around the house or office.
LG Sweden developed a refrigerator that tweets a live-streamed video every time its door is opened. Followers of the ‘tweeting’ refrigerator can see who’s been looking inside it. The refrigerator was created to promote the company’s new line of cold storage appliances. All the tweets and videos can be found on the Inside Story website.
Nest Labs developed an Internet-connected smoke alarm called Protect that can be silenced with the wave of a hand. The device connects to a WiFi network and has motion-detection and smoke-detection sensors. Instead of rapid beeping, the device beeps intermittently and, using a robot voice, informs the home owner of what is happening. It also sends out notifications to the owner’s smartphone via the accompanying app.