Robotic air purifier doubles as wireless controller

Robotic air purifier doubles as wireless controller

What iRobot did for robotic vacuums with its Roomba, Ecovacs hopes to do for air purifiers—with some Wi-Fi home security added in for good measure. The Famibot and its little sidekick, the Famibot Jr., are on display at the 2014 International CES.

Portable air purifiers either have wheels or are lightweight enough for easy toting. But either way, you’re doing the moving. Like a robotic vacuum, which has intelligence to map out rooms and service its area, the Famibot goes from … (read more)

The right air purifier can cleanse dirty indoor air

The right air purifier can cleanse dirty indoor air

Cold weather means closed windows so it’s the time of year when allergy sufferers worry more about indoor air than outdoor air. And the season they start shopping for air purifiers. To help, Consumer Reports is preparing to test almost 20 portable and whole-house air purifiers that we’ve just purchased.

Portable models can be taken from room to room, while whole-house models replace a forced-air furnace’s filter. Besides the new portable models from Kenmore, Sharp, and Whirlpool, one that seems to … (read more)

Liebherr wine cabinet – three-zone freestanding wine refrigerator

The new Liebherr WS 17800, three-zone freestanding wine cabinet holds 178 bottles and is intended for wine drinkers of all levels. With its beautiful stainless steel surround, the freestanding wine refrigerator stands alone adding an elegant design detail to any dining or recreation room. Ideal for the wine connoisseur who may not have space for a cellar, the third temperature zone allows the perfect beverage storage temperature at 55°F and drinking temperature for whites at 41°F and reds at 64°F. Each zone can be adjusted separately from the other zones to adhere to … (read more)