Language and Reading Encouragement from the Square Panda Playset

A workstation that turns your iPad into a next-level phonics and spelling tool

Anyone with a young child understands first-hand their attraction to technology and their innate ability to use it. Square Panda has tapped into this connection and delivered a physical playset to accompany an iPad (and Android tablets soon) along with a series of dedicated educational games, all with a focus on phonics development for very young readers. The Square Panda playset and its magnetic letters …

Design Impact on 2017’s Forthcoming Products

While much of the headline-grabbing announcements at CES focused on software, Fast Co’s team dedicated time to discover the best of hardware design. From major names like Sony (who revealed speakers, screens, projectors and more) to smaller organizations like Argodesign and car manufacturer Denso, industrial design—and the minds behind it—left a resounding impact. 3D scanning devices also stunned with their advancement. For a comprehensive overview …

Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed

Everything you've come to expect from a sleep-tracker, in an adjustable mattress

For anyone who’s spent substantial time adjusting a bed to their ideal position, Sleep Number’s recently debuted mattress, the 360 Smart Bed, does the adjusting for you. But that’s not all; this mattress tracks users’ sleep and reports to Sleep Number’s connected app for personal analysis. That data can integrate with a Fitbit and the whole system can be paired with a Nest thermostat. One …

Kodak Brings Back EKTACHROME Film

Photographers around the world rejoice: Eastman Kodak Company is bringing back one of its most iconic films, the classic EKTACHROME Film. Discontinued in 2012, the film is best known for its “extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts” and the company is looking at new ways to manufacture it. Steven Overman of Kodak says, “We are seeing a broad resurgence of excitement about …

Turn Off Your Stove Remotely With Inirv React

Combat one of the most common household fears with this new kitchen accessory

Most people who cook at home have had the experience of wondering, upon departure, if they turned the stove off. It’s a common sensation that results in either sustained anxiety or a last-minute trip back. With the just-announced Inirv React, the situation can be resolved by simply looking at your phone. There are three parts to the device: a ceiling sensor, knobs and a dedicated …