Cool off this summer with the perfect drinking water made only from sunlight and air

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What if you could drink perfect mineral water every day of your life without the cost, inconvenience and environmental impact of buying bottled water from the shops? What if we could source our own water without extracting water from aquifers or adding chemicals to it? What if the world’s purest water isn’t found on earth, it’s found in the atmosphere above it?

What was once seen as drinking water of the future, SOURCE Hydropanel Technology is producing high-quality, renewable, off-grid drinking water for families and businesses across Australia, all from the comfort of people’s homes and office spaces.

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SOURCE Hydropanels combine material science, thermodynamics and a minimalist sleek design to produce a secure, continuous supply of clean drinking water. It does so by harnessing energy of the sun to power the entirely renewable process of tapping into the infinite supply of water vapour in the atmosphere. So, how does it work?

Ambient air is drawn in via fans and a hygroscopic material allows water molecules to be adsorbed into an air-tight chamber. The water then flows through a system where it is mineralised with magnesium and calcium for optimal taste and health.

The result? Fresh, great tasting, chemical free SOURCE water is then delivered straight to your kitchen fridge or tap!

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This means no more trips to the shop to buy those nasty single use plastic bottles. No more microplastics in your drinking water and it means having freedom and independence when it comes to your drinking water, so you and your family or colleagues have peace of mind.

A typical Hydropanel array can produce up to 600 standard water bottles per month, whilst offsetting over 100,000 plastic water bottles in its lifetime. With 60 litres of in-built storage, SOURCE Hydropanels can continually provide high-quality, great tasting drinking water for up to 15 years.

This is a fantastic solution for people who drink plastic bottled water, anyone who’s dependent on a tank rain water system or wants a high quality, local supply of drinking water to complement their mains drinking water supply. And with a payback of 3 – 4 years when compared to bottled water, SOURCE is a smart economic choice.

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Oh, and did we mention there’s an App? Not only can you as a SOURCE customer own and produce your own drinking water, you can also view water production and consumption from your smart devices, in real time. SOURCE Hydropanels come with in-built machine learning and are connected via a mesh network to the Network Operations Centre (NOC) in Scottsdale, Arizona. This connectivity allows SOURCE to be monitored for any updates required and optimised in-field. You can even switch your SOURCE array to sleep mode when you go away on holidays.

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All of this sounds like it’s from the future but it’s not. SOURCE Hydropanels are producing drinking water for people all across Australia, in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.

You can now buy and own your SOURCE Hydropanel array from Bing Lee. To try SOURCE water visit participating stores, Old Guildford, Taree and Belconnen or visit our online store to purchase your high quality, independent water supply!

Cleaning bots of the future: How iRobot is changing the way we vacuum and mop

Sit down, kick your feet up and relax because iRobot has three new models on the market that will keep your floors effortlessly impeccable. Here’s everything you need to know!

Having a robot to clean the house and do your chores might sound like something from The Jetsons, but the truth is that the spotless way of the future is now – thanks to iRobot!

iRobot might already ring a bell to you because the company has been ‘a global pioneer in the robotics and consumer products industries’* for over 25 years. They’ve produced award-winning robotic vacuums and continue to create innovative devices to help keep homes neat and tidy (without all the manual hard work!).

It’s almost too good to be true, but you can really kick your feet up and spend your free time on the couch while a little robotic vacuum quietly roams your floors and cleans them! If this sounds appealing to you (why wouldn’t it?!) then you’ll be glad to know that iRobot has three new models on the carpet market for you to get your hands on.

 

Speaking of which, in celebration of the Chinese New Year, iRobot and Bing Lee have teamed up to give three lucky people the chance to win one of the three new models! All you need to do is complete the entry form before 18/02/18: http://binglee.shopirobot.com.au/

We’re here to tell you all about the three new game-changing iRobot models: iRobot Roomba 637, iRobot Roomba 890 and iRobot Braava 380t. You can thank us when your chore day turns into catching up on your favourite shows instead! 😉

*Find out more about iRobot here.

iRobot Roomba 637

If tech-savviness isn’t your forte then the Roomba 637 is the robotic vacuum for you. It’s the standard-setting bot that is perfect for a thorough, everyday clean. With one press of a button (no programming required!) the Roomba gets to work with its patented 3-stage cleaning process.

Balancing the use of vacuum suction and debris extraction, it removes dirt, hair and dust from your carpets, tile, hardwood, and laminate flooring. Even the smallest dust particles are captured thanks to the AeroVac™ Filter.

You might be wondering how a vacuum can navigate itself around your home. Well, it’s smart. Very smart! The Roomba has an iAdapt Responsive Navigation system which uses a full suite of sensors enable the bot to work its way under furniture and around the tight spaces of your room. It’s even clever enough (thanks to cliff-detection sensors) to avoid stairs or ledges that would cause it to fall off.

When it has finished its round of cleaning, it automatically returns to its Home Base® to recharge. Too easy!

iRobot Roomba 890

 

If you’re up for something even smarter, the Roomba 890 is sure to impress you. It has all the impressive features of the Roomba 637 with even greater performance thanks to its AeroForce® 3-Stage Cleaning System.

It also has Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface Brushes with an innovative design that’s durable enough to grab pet hair and large debris from the floor while reducing hair tangles and brush maintenance. Tick for even more convenience!

Its Edge-Sweeping Brush collects dust from along wall edges and corners too. In fact, the AeroForce® High-Efficiency Filter captures 99% of allergens, pollen, and particles and traps particles as small as 10 microns. How’s that for a healthy home environment?

Now, probably one of the most awesome features of the Roomba 890 is that you can control it from the palm of your hands! That’s right, the Roomba 890 is aboard the app train. Simply download the iRobot HOME App and you’ll be able to unlock a whole world full of features such as:

  • Scheduling your cleaning from anywhere at any time.
  • App-based support for easy access to tips and tricks
  • Status monitoring to let you keep track of your Roomba’s cleaning
  • Pre-set cleaning to automatically clean up to seven times a week
  • Getting notified when your Roomba’s bin is full and needs emptying

 

iRobot Braava 380t

Now this one is a little different because this handy robot is not a vacuum. It’s actually a mop! You can finally toss aside your bucket and the impractical handheld mop for a device that will sweep up to 92m2 or mop up to 32m2 in a single cleaning cycle.

Like its Roomba relatives, the Braava won’t fall off stairs or ledges, and its smart iAdapt® 2.0 with Navigation Cube helps it keep track of where it’s been and where it needs to go.

It’s so simple and easy to set up. Just attach a cleaning cloth, press MOP or Sweep, and Braava will do the rest! It’s compatible with a variety of cloths and pads such as reusable microfiber cloths and disposable cleaning cloths.

The mopping robot is versatile and works on all hard surface floors, including laminate, hardwood, vinyl and tile. It has a triple-pass mopping action to clean up everyday dirt and grime, and sweeps back and forth in straight lines to trap dust, hair and dirt.

So how does it perform? On a single charge it can mop for up to 150 minutes or sweep for up to a whopping 210 minutes!

How Philips makes homemade pasta easy for beginners

Pasta lovers, this one’s for you! Get your creative caps on because fresh, homemade noodles have never been easier to prep thanks to the Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker. Here’s how it works.

Find yourself picking between cheap packet pasta and expensive authentic Italian cuisine? Now, thanks to Philips, there’s a third option that’s actually feasible for beginners! That’s right, it’s making homemade pasta right in the comfort of your very own humble abode.

The best part is that you don’t have to be a chef to make delicious, fresh pasta that the whole family will enjoy. It’s not as manual as you think (no, you don’t need to get the rolling pin out) nor is it time-consuming!

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Let us introduce you to the Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker – the machine that will give you 600g of fresh pasta in 15 minutes.

You will impress your guests (and yourself!) when you serve up steaming bowls of comfort food. And yes, there is a big difference when pasta is fresh, you’ll just have to try to believe it!

So how simple is it? Well, the machine is fully automated. It has a built-in auto-weighing function and comes with eight discs to shape various types of pasta. All you have to do is add the ingredients!

The Avance Collection Pasta Maker comes with a free recipe book with over 20 dishes, so it’s easy to get started. Choose a program, press start and watch the machine mix, knead and extrude your fresh pasta.

You don’t need to be afraid of mistakes either because the machine essentially guides you along the way! The auto-weighing function weighs the flour and indicates the correct amount of liquid automatically, so you know exactly how much to add for the perfect consistency. It’s so convenient and leaves the guess-work out.

Personalise your creations by playing around with ingredients and flavours, and make a dish that can be called your signature! Check out just how quickly this Chef whips up a plate of pasta.

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Now that you can have fresh pasta at your fingertips, all that’s left is for tit to be cooked al dente!

The Philips Premium Collection Induction Cooker is powerful and portable for cooking on-the-go. It’s also perfect for tight spaces so you can bring it out on your countertop when you need it.

It uses a copper heating coil with 18 high-conductivity magnetic strips and 2100W of power, giving it the capability of heating up to 280 degrees instantly.

It’s seamless with slide touch control that lets you pick from 10 temperature settings – low for simmering and high for quick frying – for all culinary needs. It has an ultra-thin design that’s luxurious and a child lock for safety.

Best bit? You don’t have to replace your entire cooktop or spend a fortune.

Right now you can WIN both the Philips Premium Collection Induction Cooker and the Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker! Just head to our Instagram page and follow the prompts on this post. Be quick; the competition ends on 15/2/18.

5 gadgets you need for the ultimate beach trip

What’s summer without trips to the beach? Slap on your sunscreen and embrace holiday vibes with these five gadgets.

With some of the most iconic beaches in the world, we Aussies are lucky to have such beautiful holiday-type destinations right at our doorstep. The sunshine, water and company of loved ones reminds us of what summer is all about!

We’re here to tell you that the summer experience can be made even better by packing a few extra items in your bag. Five items, to be exact. These gadgets are for the whole family to enjoy and (most importantly) can withstand the sand, water and travel.

So make space beside the board shorts and boat hats for the gizmos that’ll give you the ultimate beach trip!

1.     Waterproof portable speaker

Every year there’s that summer anthem that we all want on repeat. There are the tunes that bring beach volleyball games to life. And let’s not forget the tracks that bring out the dance moves.

A portable speaker is the life of the party. They’re small and light in design so you won’t feel like you’re carrying a boombox on your shoulder (although there’s nothing wrong with that if you’re old school!).

Opting for a Bluetooth speaker means that you can play your beach playlist from your phone and have it in the background without needing to reach for it after every track.

Even better is a waterproof portable speaker, which is quite self-explanatory. They’re durable and not afraid of a little accidental splash.

Ultimate Ears have an extensive range of waterproof speakers that are light, colourful, and produce quality sound to get the party going this summer. Check out the video below to see the UE Roll 2 in action!

2.     Waterproof camera

Summer goes by too fast, but one way to keep the memories alive is by capturing every moment on camera. Investing in a waterproof camera means that you won’t have to rely on your phone or regular camera, nor risk the damage if either gets wet (summer bummer!).

Save your phone battery and opt for a gadget that’s sole purpose is for seizing your summer adventures!  Capture candid moments underwater with the kids or sharp images of colourful fish in motion.

Your waterproof camera will be full of those incredible photos that you’ll hang up around the house!

For a durable camera that’ll give you quality images under the water and above it, you can’t go past a GoPro! Hit play on the video below to see all the incredible features of the GoPro HERO5 Black.

3.     Drone

Now that you’ve got a waterproof camera to take pictures below the water, a drone is what’ll get you amazing images from above it. Way above it.

A drone is a virtual flying camera. And you are the pilot! Drones let you film, photograph and navigate around areas with an incredible range of motion. They are unbelievably innovative and can come with a variety of features.

Ranging from pro drones to mini drones, there’s a design for the beginner and the tech-savvy. You can even create your own little videos (or short films!) with the powerful lenses and propulsion that offer steady flight and recording.

DJI and Parrot are popular for their ranges of drones that are light-weight, smart and eay to control. Get a glimpse of the DJI Spark Mini Drone experience by clicking on the video below!

4.     Portable BBQ

Snags on the barbie? Yes, please! The surfs and swims will undoubtedly get tummies rumbling, and a portable BBQ is the perfect hunger tamer.

Get sausages and chicken skewers cooking, onions caramelising and bread grilling with a lightweight, easy-to-use BBQ. Portable grills are typically a cinch to clean and pack away when lunch is over. And they’re super convenient to start up again when the sun goes down!

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal is a range of revolutionary barbeques with modern aesthetics and clever technology, designed by the 3-Michelin Star chef himself. Among the range is the CUBE – a portable BBQ that’s convenient and simply perfect for those summer picnics! Watch the clip below to get a better look.

5.     Portable charger

Time flies when you’re having fun. So too can the battery in your gadget! Prepare for an entire day and night out by making sure your phone, camera, tablet and every other gizmo has a source of life revival.

Packing a portable charger can prove to be very handy. They’re typically small in size and are a ‘just-in-case’ item that’ll give you peace of mind. Especially if you’re relying on your phone’s navigator to find your way home!

Laser and Cygnett offer plenty of trusty powerbanks to choose from whether you’re after one USB port or more. Opt for one with colour (like the Laser powerbanks featured below) to find it quickly in your beach bag!