Welcome to the BYTE, where we serve up the latest home and tech news from the last week for you to sink your teeth into.
This week we’re taking a BYTE out of an alert system for your child, tiny parks for bees, augmented reality furniture, flying drone app access, and a wearable A/C. Dig in!
No Parent is Perfect
Are you ever juggling a million things and for just a second forget about your kid? I mean no parent is perfect. This new device ensures you won’t leave your children accidentally behind.
What is This Device?
Parents are always on the move, especially when they have more than one child. This device will alert you when you are too far away from your child. Dubbed the eClip, this device was invented by a company called Elepho. The eClip pairs with your smartphone through the eClip app. When your child is 15 to 25 feet away from you, it sends a loud, visual alert to your phone. All you have to do is attach the device to your child’s clothing or a physical item your child uses, and then download the eClip app.
Tiny Parks for Bees
In the Dutch city of Utrecht, bees coexist by inhabiting tiny gardens on top of bus stops. These tiny parks consist of succulent plants called sedum. Like most of the world, the bee population is dwindling here and the city wanted to assist with the cause. Not only do these gardens help with the aesthetic of the city, but they also help the bees and butterflies thrive. These plants need little maintenance – the succulents are easy to sustain, but they do need some fertilizer in the spring and pruning in the fall. This city – Utrecht – is effectively using the urban space it has.
Drone App Flying Regulations
If you’ve ever taken a ride on one of the scooter’s like Lime or Bird, you may have noticed that there are some area restrictions where you are allowed to ride scooters. Well, the same applies to a drone. The US Federal Aviation Administration re-released its drones’ app, B4UFLY, which gauges whether it’s safe to fly your drone in the area or not – this will help drone users avoid flying over prohibited zones.
Augmented Reality Furniture App
Decorating your home just got easier. Now, you can check out a piece of furniture all from the touch of your iPad. Knoll furniture partnered with Morpholio and Theia Interactive to create an app that allows you to test their furniture in augmented reality. You can try out furniture from Mies van der Rohe’s collection or David Adjaye’s collection to see if it’s a suitable fit for your space. This app allows you see the vivid details of the furniture, as well as rotate and position each piece to how you see fit. This app is only available for the iPad, but the iPhone version will be released soon.
Wearable Air Condition
July was definitely a HOT month and August is looking no different, so it’s only fitting that someone would try and develop a device to keep us cool during the summer months. A wearable air conditioner is currently in the works and will soon be available to purchase (Texans rejoice!). These devices will consume less energy than standard A/C units. Imagine having your own personal cooling device that you can bring anywhere with you.
Now You See Him… Now You Don’t
Famous magician, Andrew Mayne, has wowed us again. But this time, in the form of a stealth shark suit. It wasn’t enough for him to perform a trick in front of humans… he had to become invisible in front of sharks too. His motive? To create a suit that would allow him to observe and get close to the underwater creatures. By developing a material that reflects light, this suit makes him undetectable to sharks.