A Countertop That Charges Your Devices, Emoji PINs, and More


  1. Dupont’s Corian countertops will soon contain induction chargers, making it possible to charge your devices by just leaving them on a countertop. And yes, it will work with both Android and Apple devices.
  2. A new security system that uses emoji is said to be much more secure than one using numbers (there are more 4-emoji combinations than 4-number combinations).
  3. It’s just a concept right now, but here’s a lamp that 1) collects solar energy, 2) sells the surplus back to the grid, and 3) takes the money earned and does with it whatever you instruct it to. Sounds crazy, but redefining “dumb” objects is going to be huge.
  4. The Awair will help you understand and manage the air quality in your home.
  5. Nest bought Dropcam, Dropcam disappeared for a while, but now there’s the Nest Cam as well as a new (paid) service called Nest Aware.

Joseph Sullivan

Joe Sullivan is a User Experience Designer for the Center for REALTOR® Technology.

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