Humanity's endless march to make gadgets smaller has led to countless compromises in the name of miniaturisation. Thinner smartphones mean terrible battery life, and compact wireless speakers seem to completely forget our ears love bass. At least Philips is trying to fix the latter with its new FL3X Bluetooth speaker that expands like a collapsible cup to create a resonance chamber that promises to improve its bass performance.
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As imperfect as they might still be for the average, everyday, regular user, Wi-Fi enabled lightbulbs are still a thing that won't quit. The Philips Hue range is one of the best out there at the moment, with a high quality globe backed by a solid open-source wireless standard and a useful and versatile mobile app. There's more than just a standard globe available, though -- Philips' two Friends Of Hue devices are two add-on variants that don't exactly change the entire philosophy of your Hue devices, but that add a little more versatility in where you might want to place them around your house or office.
So you've upgraded your teeth cleaning experience to a 21st century power brush. Good for you. It may satisfy your mouth, murder morning breath and banish plaque at a few thousand revolutions per second, but what if it's not enough? What if you want to know how the 1% brush their teeth? That's when you need the Philips Sonicare Black Diamond Edition toothbrush.
There are some pains that are easily resolved with a couple of aspirins and a good night's sleep. But there are other pains that are far more persistent, and Philips is hoping to provide those that suffer from chronic aches with some drug-free pain relief using a couple of new iPhone-connected devices.
It was widely assumed that when Apple bought Beats a few months ago we'd soon see a set of Apple-branded headphones that connected directly to the iPhone or iPad's digital Lightning port, instead of the analogue headphone jack. But it seems like Philips has actually beaten Apple to the punch with its new Lightning-friendly Fidelio M2L ear goggles for iOS devices.
We've been raving about the Philips Hue smart lighting system since it first dropped. Well we've been raving about everything except its outrageous pricing -- $US60 a bulb ($69.95 in Australia), are you serious? But with the new Hue Lux, you can get a basic white smart light at a fraction of the price.
Russia might not be doing much business with the US government right now, but that doesn't mean it's not interested in the foremost symbol of consumerism in America. VEGAS Crocus City, a Moscow shopping centre, has unveiled a surprisingly realistic model of Times Square. It even features the forever-swamped TKTS podium -- now bereft of crowds.
Chicago, Illinois, isn't exactly a major player in US food production anymore, but that could soon change if companies like Green Sense Farms continue to sprout up. With the help of next-gen LED grow lights, the biggest indoor commercial vertical farm in the US can produce masses of produce regardless of the weather outside.
Despite being more energy-efficient and longer lasting, consumers keep finding excuses for wanting to stick with ancient incandescent lightbulbs. But with clear glass and a special LED lens that looks like a traditional filament, Philips' latest LED bulbs might finally convince those afraid of change.
Philips has announced the upcoming release of three new products in the Hue lighting ecosystem : a streamlined and dimming white light, a kinetic-powered control panel, and a 3D-printed lamp that will sure to become the centrepiece of any room.
With a development that will surely appeal to airports, Philips has announced a partnership with flooring manufacturer Desso to produce a light transmissive LED-powered carpet that can be used to display warning messages, directions, or even fancy glowing designs. And airports are just the tip of the glowy-floor iceberg.
Seventy-five years after Philips debuted a circular "shield" logo filled with twinkling gold stars, the Dutch electronics giant has brought the design back as a bold monochromatic logomark. The new version is "modernised for use in this digital age," according to company reps -- in other words, it's been flattened and simplified for digital screens.
The Philips Hue lighting system is pretty darn awesome save for one minor detail: its finicky and feature-poor stock control app. Third-party, souped-up control apps, can fix that though. Here are the ones you need to really kick your home lighting into high gear.
The Philips Hue smart lighting system is, by virtually all accounts, very awesome. I mean, who wouldn't want access to all six million colours of the LED rainbow at their fingertips? But damn, if the stock Hue app doesn't leave a lot to be desired. Luckily, as the Hue's popularity grows, so too do the number of independent programmers out there designing better and more functional controls for the system.