Pico is the automatic coffeemaker of brewing beer. Using pre-made ingredient kits called PicoPaks, it couldn’t get any easier. You pour in the pak, add water and wait. 5-7 days later, your beer is done & you’re a home-brewer. Another funded Kickstarter.
The Firestarter makes starting a fire basically effortless by replacing paper & kindling with a lamp oil-soaked firestone that you light & place under the firewood. The porous ceramic stone will burn for 15-20 minutes—plenty of time to get it going. The firestone stores in an oil-filled vessel on the hearth.
So it’s not really an igloo. Everything else about it seems legit though: Garden Igloo is a multipurpose, all-season outdoor shelter in the form of a geodesic dome. At 11-feet in diameter and 7-feet tall, it is big enough for lounging with a few friends, planting your garden, hiding from her mom, etc. Made of materials that are recyclable & won’t rust, it can be self-assembled using no tools. An optional canopy is available.
In addition to looking smooth & industrial, these sleek concrete cubes can serve multiple functions in your space: stool, cabinet, storage, display. The Plus Collection leaves the uses up to you, offering 3 different sizes and unlimited custom configurations.
Biopod is an app-controlled microhabitat that automatically regulates temperature, light, humidity, ventilation and rainfall. You can use it to grow an indoor vegetable or herb garden or to create a jungle-like home for your reptiles and other pets. The app gives you all the info you need for growing and maintaining your plants as well as creating the perfect environment for your pets. A funded Kickstarter.
The Smart Lock was August’s first offering. Now they’re back with a trio of new smart security products: the updated Smart Lock that now links with Apple’s Siri, plus the Smart Keypad that can generate one-time user codes, and Doorbell Cam that gives you a 140º HD view of who’s at your door. They also launched August Access, a new app that makes controlling & monitoring the whole suite of products quick & easy.
You actually can make it rain. The Tempescope is a weather simulator that uses a water pump, mist diffuser and an Arduino microcomputer to create rain, clouds, and simulated lighting in an enclosed desktop display. The action inside is based on your actual weather forecast outside the next day.
Keurig has turned their beverage automation expertise to soda. The Keurig Kold system turns out carbonated drinks with the push of a button & works much like their coffee makers: fill it with room temp water, pop in a capsule, and it dispenses cold, fizzy Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, and other drinks instantly. Unlike Sodastream machines, Keurig Kold requires no CO2 canister.
The American-made FLUID Water Meter allows you to track your home water usage in real-time, making it easier to conserve, save money, & detect leaks. Upon installation, it begins tracking usage data to make water-saving recommendations. Linked to the FLUID app, you can monitor usage as well as set conservation goals.
This Japanese toaster oven has something the others don’t: a unique humidifying function that makes all your toastables soft & fluffy on the inside while giving them the crunchy toasted exterior you crave.