BIG’s Friday Smart Lock is its smallest ever product

Danish architecture firm BIG has branched into smart home products with the Friday lock, which combines a minimal form and enhanced security features. Controlled via smartphone, the Friday Smart Lock can automatically unlock a door when it senses the resident approaching, lock it as they leave, or allow them to remotely control who has access […]

Li Edelkoort curates “contemplative installation” showing Google devices in everyday settings

Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort teamed up with Google‘s Hardware Design Studio to curate this Tokyo exhibition demonstrating how the company’s latest products can be integrated into living spaces. Edelkoort worked alongside Google‘s vice president of design for hardware, Ivy Ross, to produce the Comma Exhibition as part of the annual Designart festival held across Tokyo. […]

United Nations criticises voice assistants for promoting gender biases

A United Nations report has found that Apple‘s Siri, Amazon‘s Alexa, and other female-voiced digital assistants “reinforce commonly held gender biases”. The assistants both reinforce negative ideas of women as being subservient and help to normalise verbal assault, a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) argues. “Because the speech of […]

Bryte smart bed adjusts throughout the night to help users stay asleep

Tech startup Bryte has designed a robotic bed that can automatically adjust the temperature, customise support for different parts of the body and even rock a person to sleep. The Bryte Bed is said to be the world’s first to sense the body’s weight distribution and temperature and adjust its settings throughout the night in […]

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