You've Got Drone-MailFrom a recycling shower to delivery by drone, these were the wackiest new developments our Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) experts spotted this year.
Commuting like the Jetsons may not be so far in the future. Massachusetts-based manufacturer Terrafugia released plans to create a flying car, which may be available for purchase as soon as 2015. This four-seat hybrid features an autopilot that will navigate for you (no flying lessons required!) and can take off like a helicopter, so you won't need to find a runway. When you land, the wings fold down, and the vehicle turns back into a normal car. Terrafugia claims that the TF-X will be able to travel up to 200MPH and up to 500 miles on a charge. Terrafugia is taking reservations now for its first fleet.
You may never have to worry about barking dogs, car alarms, and rumbling garbage trucks disturbing your sleep again with the Sono, a device capable of filtering sound that attaches to your window. The Sono promises to filter out unwanted sounds like construction noises while still letting in pleasant ones likes birds chirping, all with the turn of a dial. (You literally select the sound you want to hear.) We'll gladly turn that up.
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Delivery by Drone
We may be able to push holiday shopping to even more last-minute if and when Amazon's teased Prime Air delivery system launches. The service promises packages delivered in 30 minutes or less via unmanned drones. (Much faster than the current Prime guarantee of two-day shipping.) Amazon is just waiting on new rules from the Federal Aviation Administration for unmanned aircraft - which may be in place as soon as 2015.
Ever wish your shower water was clean enough to drink? Us neither, but that's the promise of the Orbital Shower Concept, a recycling shower being developed in Sweden. Similar in concept to the showers used in space shuttles, the Orbital shower promises 90% water savings and 80% energy savings, claiming to cut your water bill significantly. Once water hits the drain, it is filtered and converted to drinking-quality H2O, before it's pumped back up to the shower head again. (It's fully drained only once you're done washing up.) The shower's been installed in some public pools in Sweden; no word yet on when it'll be available stateside.
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We've all been told time and time again that we're wearing the wrong bra size, but who has the time and energy to break out the measuring tape and measure yet again? Well, with ThirdLove, finding your bra size is as easy as snapping a picture with your smartphone.
Don't worry. You can keep your shirt on - or just take a picture in your current most supportive underwire bra. Keep in mind: You will have to submit your photos, though ThirdLove promises that they are analyzed by a computer and will never see the light of day.
ThirdLove developed it's own sizing, which the company claims is more specific than the standard bra sizing metrics, to ensure that you get your best possible fit. (We haven't had a chance to try out the app, however.) Once the app figures out your size, your personal mobile store will populate with a selection of bras you can customize and order.
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Knock to Unlock
Is typing a password into your laptop just too much of a pain? If you've ever just wished you could unlock your Apple computer by tapping on your phone, Knock is here to help. The app communicates with your system via a new technology called Bluetooth Low Energy, so it promises to not drain your phone's battery either. It works even if you're phone is in your pocket - just knock twice and you're in. Knock is only compatible with Apple laptops and iPhones for the time being.
-By Nicole Price Fasig
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