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Biolite's backyard FirePit reduces smoke with air injection

Everybody loves getting up close and personal with a warm fire, but most won't enjoy the irritation that comes with all that pesky smoke. Part of …

Micro USB

Japan's new mushroom solar farms produce sustainable energy and food

Japan’s agricultural sector could find a much-needed boost with an innovative approach to growing that combines solar power generation and mushroom …

Chef-in-Box's vending machine cafes going to London by 2018

SINGAPORE: The operator behind the vending machine cafes at a Sengkang HDB void deck and MRT stations will be bringing the concept to London by early …

Honeywell’s connected thermostats now work with Google Home

Google welcomed Honeywell into the Home family as a partner back in January, but now it's finally including both of the company's connected thermostat families, the Lyric and Total Connected Comfort.<p>Users can control them using either Home's voice controls or through Google Assistant on an Android …

100x faster, 10x cheaper: 3D metal printing is about to go mainstream

We've been hearing for years now about 3D printing and how it's going to revolutionize manufacturing. As yet, though, it's still on the …

Amazon has quietly introduced a cool delivery feature

Amazon is quietly stepping up its delivery service game by unveiling The Hub, a new locker service designed for apartment blocks and multi-tenant …

LG's friendly robots will help travelers at Seoul airport

The rise of robots hasn't exactly gone smoothly, but companies are determined to get it right. Today, LG announced that it's deploying a fleet of robots at Incheon Airport, the international airport that serves Seoul, South Korea.<p>This isn't the first we've heard of these adorable robot friends. LG …

Ingenious AI Converts Images Of Food Into A List Of Ingredients

Researchers at MIT have developed deep-learning algorithm that can compile a list of ingredients and even recommend recipes after looking at photos …

Machine Learning

Amazon's Meal Kits are already available for some customers

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Amazon had registered a trademark for a meal kit service with the slogan "We do the prep. You be the chef." And apparently those kits are already available to some AmazonFresh customers, one of whom told <i>GeekWire</i> that he began noticing them in his shopping …

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Innovative indoor garden takes your plants for a spin

While growing organic herbs and veggies in your home is a good idea, all those trays and overhead lights can take up a lot of space. That's where …

Airports are trying to find ways to deliver food and drinks to gates

Couple in airport Olena Yakobchuk/Shutterstock<p>The INSIDER Summary:<p>Starting this week, travelers at Baltimore/Washington International Airport won’t ever need to leave their gate.<p>Airport Sherpa is a new app (currently available on iOS) that works like Seamless, but for the airport. Travelers can …

Aviation

Agricool raises $9.1 million to grow fruits and vegetables in containers

French startup Agricool is using containers to grow strawberries around big cities. The company just raised a $9.1 million (€8 million) funding round from Jacques-Antoine Granjon, Thibault Elziere as well as existing investors Henri Seydoux and Daphni.<p>The great thing about growing fruits in …

9 Buildings That Prove The Power Of Green Architecture

<i>For</i> Architectural Digest<i>, by Eric Allen.</i><p>Taking landscaping to new heights, and using architecture as the vehicle, is an idea that stretches all the way back to the wondrous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and shows up most commonly today in the form of rooftop gardens and ivy-covered universities. But …

Skyscrapers

Designing a Renewable Food System

Lessons from the renewable energy sector on creating a sustainable food system that provides the responsiveness and resilience our communities deserve<p>…

This shipping-container farm could someday solve the food desert problem

There’s a farm opening soon in Laurel, Md., that can grow strawberries in January. It could grow rare tropical fruits from Asia and Central America on our native soil. It could produce custom-designed lettuce, more peppery or sweet. It’s a hydroponic farm in a shipping container, and its owners …

Aquaponics

The World’s First Power Plant To Combine Hydro And Solar Opens In Portugal

The first-of-its-kind project could be a model for states like Washington and Oregon, and countries like Brazil, that depend heavily on hydroelectricity.<p>The debate around energy in the United States at times devolves into quasi-tribal disputes over the merits of one power source over another. Often …

What You Should Know About Vertical Farming

<b>Limitations of Vertical Farming</b><p>Vertical farming has both pros and cons. Sometimes the pros of vertical farming are highlighted and not the cons. …

Print your own aquaponics garden with this open source urban farming system

<b>Aquapioneers has developed what it calls the world's first open source aquaponics kit in a bid to reconnect urban dwellers with the production of</b> …

Six ways hotels are targeting the millennial market (and benefiting us all)

Hotels, they are a’changin’, as hoteliers develop properties that cater to the younger, tech-savvy generations.New and older brands are making moves …

Hospitality

These pizza-making robots can have a hot pie at your door in 4 minutes

A great pizza dough flipper probably can’t turn out one perfectly shaped pizza dough every nine seconds, but one California company’s robotic pizza …

Robotics

Zume’s robot pizzeria could be the future of workplace automation

Where robots take over only the most tedious tasks<p>Zume Pizza, a food delivery startup in the San Francisco Bay Area, is expanding to a new location in the heart of Silicon Valley — with the help of robotic companions. The company, which starting today will deliver fresh pizzas to Palo Alto and the …

Robotics

Moss-covered CityTree has the same air-purifying effect as 275 regular trees

20 of them have been deployed so far around the world<p>From smog-sucking bikes to electric taxis and paint made of car exhaust, designers and architects are stepping up to address air pollution—the world’s single largest health risk. But a new air filter making the rounds in Oslo, Paris, Brussels, …

Start printing your breakfast with this pancake bot

'PancakeBot' is the first 3D food printer that allows users to customize and print their own pancake design.

Tesco launches one-hour grocery deliveries in London, powered by Quiqup

The grocery delivery wars look set to get cooking… UK supermarket chain Tesco has announced the launch today of a one-hour delivery service in central London called Tesco Now — echoing Amazon’s Prime Now delivery branding.<p>This comes hot on the heels of the news that ecommerce giant Amazon is wading …

eCommerce

McDonald's offers UK deliveries through UberEats

In the UK, there are many ways to stave off hunger without leaving the comfort of your home. Just-Eat, Deliveroo and Amazon Prime Now are but a few of the mobile apps that will deliver to your doorstep, however until today one particular restaurant chain has been impossible to obtain: McDonald's. …

US food subscription startup MealPal launches in Sydney to take advantage of Australia's "melting pot" of cuisines

Year-old North American food subscription startup MealPal has marked its first foray into international markets by launching in Sydney this week and …

3 Ways Retailers Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Save Stores

Retail is getting an internet-based makeover, but artificial intelligence could help level the playing field.<p>Doom-and-gloom headlines about the …

Surge pricing comes to the supermarket

Online retailers are increasingly using your personal data to decide how much to charge you. And high-street shops are about to get in on the act<p>In 1861 a shopkeeper in Philadelphia revolutionised the retail industry. John Wanamaker, who opened his department store in a Quaker district of the city, …

These robots are milking cows without any humans involved, and the cows seem into it

Stensland Family Farms, which sits in the northwest corner of Iowa, has 170 dairy cows, but nobody milks them. Robots do.<p>Aided by sensors, lasers, and data collection, automated technology is cropping up on dairy farms around the world. The shift offers benefits for farmers who struggle to find …

Forestry