Posts Tagged ‘iPod’

Nest Thermostat Will Blow Your Mind

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Check out this brand new gadget designed by the fathers of the iPod. The Nest Learning Thermostat is a cutting edge thermostat designed to help cut your energy bill. This smart little device learns your behavior and creates a heating and cooling schedule based according to your lifestyle. Over a period of time it learns when you wake, when you go to work, when you come home, etc. By adjusting the heating and cooling output to your schedule, you can save cash on your utility bill.

Like the iPod, this thermostat is controlled with a simple wheel that helps you program temperature and length of heating and cooling cycles. The thermostat makes a note every time you turn the wheel and compiles data on how you like the temperature of your home. You can also control the Nest away from home with your smart phone.

The Nest costs $249 and will go on sale in major electronics stores next month. It starts to learn your behavior in just a week and has six different sensors that keep track of things like motion, light, temperature and humidity. It knows to change the temperature of a room when you are staying in it, but it also knows when you’re just passing through by detecting motion. These features are great for saving energy and money.

Apple’s New Eco Headquarters Looks Like a Spaceship

Friday, June 24th, 2011

“Apple’s been growing like a weed” said Steve Jobs, the charismatic CEO of Apple Inc. And that is precisely why Jobs announced plans of Apple pursuing a new eco-friendly home in northern California to house approximately 12,000 employees. The company’s existing headquarters, which accommodates about 2,600 employees, has forced Apple to rent space in smaller buildings scattered throughout Cupertino, located nine miles west of San Jose.

The spaceship donut-like structure that Apple is looking to build will be set on a proposed 150 acre campus. The huge circular structure will be made almost entirely of curved grass with a heavily landscaped center. Steve Jobs has hired Stanford University’s senior arborist to make the campus 80% landscaped.

Other eco-friendly characteristics of the new project were a natural-gas-fired energy center that would serve as the new headquarters’ main power source. Most of the parking will be underground to create space for thousands of additional trees on the property.

The new site will allow Apple to increase its workforce and consolidate in one location. Jobs hoped to submit formal plans for the new Apple headquarters soon with the goal of moving in by 2015.

So what do you think of this thing? Quite futuristic I must say.

Eco-packaging of Note

Friday, June 25th, 2010

There’s no doubt green packaging is on the rise. It is being applied to retail products that are generally targeted to younger people- another sign that the phenomenon is spreading- because kids aren’t supposed to care right?

The design is extremely simple and neat. The headphones are wrapped around a single piece of cardboard without the use of any glues or plastic. Very clever and eco-friendly. Designed by Corinne Pant, a student at UQAM in Montreal.