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Meet Haiku, The Connected Fan

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It’s getting to the point where every single home furnishing will be connected and controllable through smartphones, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We already have smart locks, and smart smoke detectors, so why not add smart ceiling fans to that list? The Haiku Fan with SenseME technology connects to your WiFi, which allows you to control it via your smartphone. Add to that an infrared motion detector, a thermometer and a hygrometer (for humidity) and you’ve got a fan that knows when to speed up or slow down all by itself. It’ll start up as you enter the room, and adjust its speed based on your preferences and current conditions, which you set through an app. It’ll wind down as the night falls, while a special “Sleep Mode” slowly lowers the air speed as you fall asleep. There’s even an alarm mode that’ll try to wake you up with a combination of air, lights and sounds.

Unfortunately, we’re looking at a high-end ceiling fan, which means a high-end price. It’s $1,045 for the fan with SenseME tech, and $900 for the same fan without any of the connected features. That means you’re paying a $150 premium for the SenseME technology, which isn’t that much more when you’re already considering a $900 ceiling fan purchase. But for anyone else, well, turning a knob isn’t that hard, is it?

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

BBQ Dragon Will Get Your Charcoal Smoldering In No Time

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It’s well known that sending more oxygen to any combustion will speed it up and energize it. That’s the principle behind everything from fanning a flame, to the extra power provided by engine turbos. The BBQ Dragon pictured above is a glorified hairdryer, but one rugged enough to be clipped to the side of a BBQ and pointed at a smoldering pile of charcoal briquettes. Or wood. Or whatever natural combustible material you choose to sear your steaks with. Start it up and watch as your pile of normally slow-to-be-ready charcoal gets to optimal temperature in as little as 10 minutes. It’s battery powered, is coated in metal and has a sturdy and flexible clip and arm. This way you can accommodate grilling machines of any kind. There are three power settings, and the batteries are both rechargeable (through USB) and interchangeable (should you run out in the middle of a tailgate party).

At $50 on pre-orderon Kickstarter, the BBQ Dragon is slated for delivery in August of this year, which should still be in time to catch the tail end of the summer.

[ Project Page ]

Evaporative Misting Fan Requires No Hose

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It’s never too early to start planning for summer.

“The Auramist Milo is a portable 18″ cooling fan that releases ultra-fine evaporative mist to effectively reduce the surrounding area’s air temperature by up to 30 degrees, while keeping annoying flying insect squadrons at bay as well.”

The nice thing about this particular fan is that it doesn’t need to be tethered to a garden hose. Just fill up its 2.7 gallon tank and you should be able to get a cooler patio for up to 5.4 hours.

“It features three fan speeds, an oscillating fan head, wet or dry settings, three non-clogging nozzles that create almost dry to the touch mist, and wheels for easy mobility.”

It’s yours for $400.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Minimalist Bladeless Fan Creates Vortex In Your Living Room

We’ll admit we’re not too sure of how this fan works, but from what we understand, you’re looking at a bladeless fan that will circulate the air in your room in a quieter and more efficient manner than traditional fans. It also looks kind of cool. The Exhale Fan features 9 spinning discs and a 6-speed DC motor; once up to speed the discs use “the science of laminar flow” to suck the air up from underneath and fling it to the sides. This effectively creates a vortex in your room and homogenizes the temperature throughout, which in turn should lead to lower energy bills as you won’t be overheating just to feel warm in that one faraway corner of the living room. Traditional fans simply push the air down below them, which is a less efficient way of doing things.

At least, that’s what we’re getting.

In the end, it’s a cool looking fan that is quieter, and more efficient. And for the privilege of owning it, you have to pledge $250 to the Indiegogo campaign. Should it reach its goal, you can expect yours in March 2013.

For a couple of demo videos and links, just hit the jump.

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Noise Canceling PC Fan

By David Ponce

Did you know you could create a speaker from the spinning blades of a fan? Simply rotate the fins and modulate the rotating speed. It’s actually the basis for the world’s largest subwoofer, which we wrote about back in 2005. Using this principle, Noctua’s NF-F12 integrated noise cancellation fan is able to reduce the racket inside your case by 20 dB, “utilizing a patented RotoSub ANC technology to emit anti-noise directly from the fan’s own blades.” They hope to achieve 1,500RPM noise levels from a fan running at 2,500. Of course this doesn’t beat liquid cooling solutions, but these can get unwieldy. There’s no word on price, though availability seems to be set for somewhere in the latter half of 2013.

[ Brochure (PDF, from page 20) ] VIA [ Enadget ]

NOFAN CR-95C Uses No Fan, No Liquid For CPU Cooling

By David Ponce

Keeping a CPU cool is typically the job of the fan. It’s noisy and the standard ones do an average job of things. More serious gamers and over clockers typically go the liquid-cooling way, which is quieter and much more efficient. But it’s also an intricate setup, requiring some plumbing and a pump. Nothing the average geek can’t handle, but it doesn’t even come close to the elegance and quietness of a fanless, passive design, like the NOFAN CR-95C. Made entirely out of copper and looking rather bling, it “is rated to cool CPUs of up to 100W TDP without the need for a fan. Judging from all the Intel and AMD leaks, that level efficiency ought to have you covered regardless of whether you opt for Ivy Bridge or Trinity”, which are the next generation processors to come out of the big two. The NOFAN CR-95C weighs in at a rather hefty 1,020g, putting it slightly over a kilo and measures 180mm by 148mm. it comes out sometime in June for an undisclosed price.

[ Manufacturer Website ] VIA [ Engadget ]