New refrigerator camera takes aim at food waste

August 17, 2017 by  
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We know food waste is an issue, but often it’s all too easy to forget about that bag of lettuce in the back of your refrigerator until it rots. It turns out 40 percent of the salad British families buy each year ends up in the trash – but a new refrigerator camera could help slash that waste. The Smarter FridgeCam helps people monitor expiration dates and even suggests recipes – for far less than the price of a smart refrigerator. London-based company Smarter says their FridgeCam can turn any refrigerator into a smart one for £99.99, or $129.50. The wireless FridgeCam allows users to monitor what’s in their fridge from anywhere using an app . But the product doesn’t just snap a fridge selfie. It also tracks expiration dates, notifies users when it’s time to buy more of a product, and offers recipes to help them use up food . Related: Peek inside the zero-waste kitchen of the future Smart refrigerators can cost thousands of dollars, but according to Smarter, the FridgeCam could save users as much as £400, or around $518, every year – meaning the device pays for itself in around three months. The company says their product will work with any refrigerator on the market right now, and their app works for iOS and Android. Smarter founder Christian Lane told The Guardian, “The supermarkets tell us that the way we shop has fundamentally changed. People are shopping little and often and using different shops. The more we developed and trialed this technology, the more we found that it could not just help reduce food waste but it also encourages people to shop in a smarter and more efficient way.” The FridgeCam is currently available for pre-order here . It’s slated for a September launch, and Smarter says free shipping is available for the United Kingdom and United States. + Smarter FridgeCam Via The Guardian Images via Smarter Facebook

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How Can Nature Inspire Smarter Companies? Help Kickstart This Book!

November 21, 2014 by  
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Regular Inhabitat readers will know and love our own Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker , who writes our Biomimicry Manual series . Dr. Woolley-Barker has been writing a bio-inspired book all about how nature would run a company, called Super Organizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster, Smarter, More Valuable Companies . The book talks about how nature’s collaborators like ant colonies and bee hives work together to create organizations and how we can learn from them to better our own. But in order to get the book off the ground, Dr. Woolley-Barker is looking for a little help. Her Kickstarter campaign ends in just four days and is just a few hundred dollars short of its final goal. Help make this brilliant book a reality – and maybe even change the way we think about running our companies – by making a donation at Kickstarter  . DONATE HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ant colonies , bee hives , biomimicry , biomimicry manual , Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker , Kickstarter books , kickstarter campaigns , More Valuable Companies , natural collaborators , nature inspiration , self-publishing , Smarter , Super Organizations , Super Organizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster , Tamsin Woolley-Barker , Woolley-Barker book

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Help Make This Fascinating Biomimicry Book a Reality and Get Cool Perks

October 24, 2014 by  
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If you’ve been following Inhabitat for a while, you’re probably familiar with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker’s brilliant biomimicry articles . For the past year and a half, Tamsin has been pouring her heart and soul into researching and writing a book entitled  SuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster, Smarter, More Valuable Companies.  In it, she describes how radically collaborators (like ant colonies and honeybee hives ) work together to create value, and how we can mimic them in our own organizations to do the same thing. Now she needs help to put the finishing touches on the book and get it out there, so she’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. She’s hoping to raise $15,000 towards this goal, and is already almost halfway there! This is a movement, and the time is now for a well-reasoned, scientifically-based, common sense platform we can all take to the bank. If the ants can do it, so can we. HELP FUND TAMSIN’S BOOK ON KICKSTARTER >  + Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker’s Biomimicry Manual Articles Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio mimicry , biomimicry , book , books , crowdsourcing , Dr. Tamsin , Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker , fundraising , kickstarter , More Valuable Companies , Smarter , SuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster , Tamsin , Tamsin Woolley-Barker

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These 10 Incredible Family Halloween Costumes are Sure to Inspire You

October 24, 2014 by  
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Nest Thermostats: Making Home Energy Use Smarter & Sexier

January 30, 2012 by  
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What if the smart thermostat in your house were as easy to use as your smartphone — and as good-looking, too? That's challenge that Nest is taking on.

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Nest Thermostats: Making Home Energy Use Smarter & Sexier

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What if the smart thermostat in your house were as easy to use as your smartphone — and as good-looking, too? That's challenge that Nest is taking on.

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Breaking Down the Barriers to Smarter, Connected Buildings

January 18, 2012 by  
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A growing ecosystem of wireless controls offers infinite possibilities for today's smarter buildings and tomorrow's vision of a highly connected world.

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2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator Global Survey

June 16, 2011 by  
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Johnson Controls’ fifth annual survey gauges energy efficiency trends and practices among 4,000 buildings execs worldwide.

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