· Frances Gabe of Newbury, Oregon grew tired of housework in the 1980s while raising two children and created a house that would clean itself
· Through its own patent, comprised of 68 individual patents, she crafted a series of sprinklers and drying machines that would channel water into drains that led outside
· She received notoriety during the home's heyday, but disappeared from the public eye later in life
· Gabe was called 'difficult' by friends and was not liked by her neighbors because of her eccentric tastes
· She passed away relatively anonymous, having divorced and outlived her two children
· An earthquake decimated the technology of the home in 2001 and is now inhabited by a man who uses it as a 'wintering habitat for honeybee colonies and campground for traveling cyclists'
Fresno, meet Aedes aegypti.
Aedes aegypti, meet Fresno.
In perhaps its most buzz-worthy project ever, Google has begun releasing 20 million mosquitoes in two neighborhoods in the state’s fifth-largest city, a fledgling effort to solve one of the planet’s most devastating health problems, one mosquito at a time.
2017 is set to be a big year for smartphones. We always have new smartphones to look forward to, but this year, updates to phones from Apple, Samsung, LG, and Google are starting to look more intriguing than ever before.
A recent survey showed that Americans will spend an estimated $75 billion on gadgets and tech gifts this holiday season. Along with that, the survey found that more than 50 percent of Americans plan on buying some kind of electronic gift for their loved one this holiday season.
That’s why we’ve put together our recommendations on what kind of pieces of consumer tech would make the best gifts. You’ll find the best of tablets, smartwatches, headphones, smart home, home audio, and even laptops that will be sure to make people happy on Christmas morning.
The last twelve months have been fascinating for fans of smart home technology. Seemingly everyday, a company thinks of a new way to spin a simple household item into the latest smart device for your living room or kitchen, or they develop an entirely new product you didn’t know you needed on your coffee table. The scope of home tech this year was wide and varied, with great new products and stellar updates coming from nearly every corner of the home.
The biggest name to enter the fray was undoubtedly Google, who came out swinging this fall with Google WiFi, Chromecast Ultra and Google Home. Mountain View wasn’t the only company to make waves in 2016, though. There were great contributions from standard bearers like Samsung and Roku, as well as smaller outfits like Nanoleaf. No matter which way you slice it, it was a great year for smart home gadgets.