Buzz: Product News Roundup, The Future Is (Almost) Now Edition

Product and design news from around the Web, including new technologies that provide Jetsons-like home automation, xeriscaping beyond the desert, low-speed wind turbines, and creative cabinetry. 

• Manufacturers at Mobile World Congress this week showed that Jetsons-like home control is no longer a fantasy—but it still risks being slowed by today’s incompatibility realities.

Wind Power Innovations' new method for harnessing the wind could lead to smaller, more efficient turbines.

•  One glance at the Wind Harvester and it’s clear this isn’t your mother’s wind turbine. Based on a “reciprocating motion that uses horizontal aerofoils,” the device can generate power in low winds and high speeds, typical tripping points for traditional vertical models.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup – Loads of LEDs Edition

Introductions, insights, and inspirations from the world of building products this past week, including two big names expanding the market’s LED options, a decline in green product purchases, and homeowner trends galore.

• Samsung has entered the LED market with seven bulbs, including several screw-in options.

Toshiba's dimmable A19 LED lamp offers 450-lumen output to replace 40-watt incandescents.

• Not to be outdone, Toshiba has introduced its own A19 LED lamp.

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