• 3D printing from your desktop

    Posted on 22nd November 2013 by Ben.

    Windows 3d Builder

    The fashion for 3D printing has been growing significantly in the past couple of years with the technology behind it becoming compact enough to fit into the average home. The idea of downloading and printing out objects from the internet is now a reality and set to become common place in the next few years. At the moment you’ll find 3D printers in some specialist businesses while a handful of entrepreneurial ‘copy stores’ are opening on high streets across the globe. But now Microsoft has released a 3D printing app for Windows 8.1 meaning you can design and print your own objects at home. The free 3D Builder app comes with a library of pre-defined objects and shapes, which can be easily combined and changed to produce new objects. The best thing is you don’t need a degree in CAD to use it although access to a 3D printer would be helpful. Find out more: 3D Builder app for Windows

    This Post was posted in Technology and was tagged with 3d, app, microsoft, printing

  • Raise a glass to the robot bartender

    Posted on 16th October 2013 by Andy.

    Monsieur Robot Bartender

    So you get home from a hard day at work, flop down into the sofa and push the button to lower your remote control powered blinds. But how do you relax and unwind? Well, could there be a better way than with your very own robot bartender? The Monsieur is an AI robot bartender specialising in cocktails that comes in both business and personal models. The larger model for bars, hotels and ‘Mad Men’ style offices is capable of mixing 300 different cocktails and can dispense up to 150 drinks before needing a top up. Which is certain to bring any house party to life. It can even learn your preferred tipples, make recommendations or surprise you with something new.

    There’s also an app that will monitor your alcohol consumption and warn you when it thinks your blood alcohol level is too high. And when you’re out and about the app will tell you what drinks the nearest Monsieur is serving. It will let you place your order without having to queue. While it’s not the first robot bartender in the world the Monsieur gets the concept right. However, it has still to hit its Kickstarter target before going into full production, which means you can get to the front of the line for one if you’re quick. That’s if the reported price tag of $1,499 doesn’t leave you shaken or stirred. Find out more here:

    This Post was posted in Home Automation and was tagged with app, automated, monsieur, robot

  • How to turn your coffee table into a tablet computer

    Posted on 7th October 2013 by Andy.

    As a number of tech companies race to be the first to create technology that can turn any surface in your home into a touchscreen it looks like Ubi Interactive has got there first. Ubi’s system couldn’t be simpler as it uses Microsoft’s Kinect motion detection hardware, a projector and an app running on a Windows 8 computer. The system even calibrates itself. So, just by connecting equipment that can be found in most electronics stores and pointing it at a suitable surface you can have a multimedia touchscreen. Any wall or table in your home can quickly become a sophisticated computer that responds to the same gestures that you operate a tablet or a smart phone with, such as swiping or double-tapping. The app is available now in the US with prices starting at just $149 for a single 45-inch projection and going up to $1,499 for a 20-user 90-inch one. Find out more here:

    This Post was posted in Technology and was tagged with app, computer, surface, touchscreen, UBI Interactive

  • People Power's Presence App

    Posted on 17th July 2013 by Andy.


    If you’re looking for a reasonably priced but effective security camera and have a spare iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch hanging around then app developer People Power has the answer. Its new app, Presence, can turn your Apple device into a security camera for free. Simply install the app on a device that’s connected to the internet and also on your regular iPad or iPhone. With both devices logged on to your account you now have access to a video camera with real-time video and audio streaming. So you can keep an eye on your home, your pets and elderly relatives, and even have a two-way conversation with someone at home via the app. The best bit is that the app also features motion detection, so if someone or something is moving about your home it’ll take a video clip and send it to you as an alert. It’s an effective and affordable way to get some peace of mind when you’re out. Presence marks People Power’s biggest bid so far for taking over your home. The Silicon Valley based company has also recently joined with a US electronics firm, Monster Power, to produce an app that monitor the power consumption going through specially adapted multiplug extensions. You can log on at any time of day and see how much power is being consumed as well turning off appliances or programming what times they should be active. People Power aims to make further deals with technology manufacturers whereby its energy saving and security software can put you remotely in touch with your home. While it is facing off against similar systems from giants such as Google, Verizon and AT&T, People Power’s simple and affordable wireless options have the potential to define the market. Find out more: Get the app:

    This Post was posted in Smart Home and was tagged with app, camera, people, power, security, Smart Home

  • Sun Seeker App - Where's The Sunshine Gone

    Posted on 25th May 2011 by Chris.

    Despite being estimated at a distance of 149,597,900 km away from Earth, our nearest star, the Sun, has an undeniable effect on our everyday lives. For instance, it is the Sun's rays that we, here at Controliss blinds, are giving people control over with all of the electric window blinds we deliver. Throughout history, many civilizations have utilised the Sun's phenomenal power. From the ancient sun dials and water distillation methods, to modern day uses such as electricity generation and heat gain for buildings, or nearest star can certainly be considered one of our most important natural resources. Now there's a really cool way to predict to predict where that wonderful sunshine will be at the time of day that you need it – or the times when you do not need it. Thanks to Australian iPhone and iPad app development specialists, ozPDA, nature's ultimate multi-purpose tool can now be a little more predictable. They have developed Sun Seeker app that, combining the iPhone or iPad's 3GS, built-in GPS and camera, can show a 3D view of where the Sun will be at specific times of the day and even specific times of the year. This is displayed on the screen of the iPhone or iPad overlaid on top of the camera view. The Sun Seeker app may provide incredibly useful information for individuals in various professions, for example, landscaping. Better consideration could be given to help decide on the optimal position for buildings, plants etc to best utilise the effects of the Sun at certain times of the year. With other features at this app's disposal, including an overhead map view and a display of details such as sunset/sunrise times and elevation angles, the Sun Seeker app (available as a download for just £2.99 from the iTunes store) could prove to be much better value than similar apps; whether intended as a professional aid or just something to play around with. Of course, if excessive heat and glare from the Sun do become a problem, regardless, the team at Controliss blinds just might be able to recommend the ideal solution...

    This Post was posted in Smart Home and was tagged with app, apps, blinds, controliss, electric, iPhone, sun, Sun Seeker

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