Samsung’s Family Hub

Featuring a touchscreen and a suite of apps, this fridge adds to any smart-home

The concept of a smart home requires tiny innovations in unexpected places. Lights that turn on upon verbal request, air conditioning that adjusts remotely—this is the ever-evolving world of the home, in which everything is designed to think a little bit. The results are oftentimes brilliant; sometimes unnecessary, but it seems that eventually, almost every appliance in our homes will have a computerized, internet-connected brain. …

Urban Cultivator Indoor Garden

An automated solution for growing greens and herbs all year long

While in Vancouver for TED last month, we stumbled upon the just-opened “Living Produce Aisle,” which makes salads and smoothies from microgreens, vegetables and herbs grown right inside the space. The immersive storefront was created by Surrey, BC-based Urban Cultivator to put their enclosed hydroponic systems in action. A home appliance (there are much larger commercial units available for chefs and restaurants too) roughly the …