Marvin’s Innovations For Improved Natural Light and Air Access

Relying on its long-standing history as one of the most reliable brands in home and interiors markets, Marvin is introducing two innovative new products at 2020 International Builders’ Show that reference their abilities, but also test their potential. Skycove is a prefab, pop-out window-box designed to expand interior square footage and seating, while Awaken is a smart skylight that can dim natural sunlight, purify incoming …

L’Oreal’s Tiny UV Sense Tracks Your Sun Exposure

Another beneficial development to debut at CES, L’Oreal’s UV Sense tracks the sunlight exposure of its wearer. It’s a battery-free wearable that connects by NFC to an accompanying iOS or Android app. It’s also quite tiny: fit for a thumbnail, at 9mm in diameter and only 2mm thick. The reusable piece affixes to its user (or its user’s accessories) through an adhesive. For 2018, it …

Distributing Natural Light with Lucy

Solenica's portable intelligent mirror follows the sun and reflects light to where you need it

Norway might be using giant mirrors to bring sunlight into a town sandwiched by mountains, but how can urban apartment owners in dungeon-like situations harness that kind of heliostat technology? Lucy, from San Diego-based Italian start-up Solenica, is one solution for bringing more sunshine into our lives. Founded by Cambridge University graduate Diva Tommei (who knows her stuff—she has a PhD in molecular and computational …