Buzz: Product News Roundup, Hot Hues Edition

2013’s trendy colors, life-saving air conditioning, inspiring islands, arguing against spray foam, and other product news from the past week.

• We already know that Emerald is Pantone’s 2013 color of the year. Here are four other hip color combinations to consider. Read the rest of this entry »

New: Products of the Week, 3.4.12

Edgy bath fixtures, carved interior doors, and three other products that caught our eye this week.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup — Radiating Beauty Edition

Sophisticated radiators, finding the perfect circ saw, solar goes standard, mis-labeled light bulbs, and other building product news from the past week. 

• Forget hissing and spitting. Here are 6 wall-mount radiators that Read the rest of this entry »

Innovation: Nest Labs Unveils Thermostat That Learns

Nest Labs, founded by former Apple execs who helped develop the iPod and iPhone, announced today the launch of a thermostat that “learns,” making it simpler than ever to program schedules and, even better, save energy.

According to the company, the Nest Learning Thermostat uses sensors, algorithms, machine learning, and cloud computing and adjusts temperatures up and down for comfort when the home is occupied and energy savings when it’s not. As homeowners adjust the temperature, the thermostat programs itself, learning schedules within a week and automatically turning down heating or cooling when they are away. Read the rest of this entry »