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Want to Grow Fresh Herbs at Home? Check This Out!

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WMF’s newly-launched WMF Ambient range includes the herbs@home indoor garden. The German small appliance manufacturer WMF introduced its Ambient range at IFA. It features practical interior furnishings that are both decorative and functional – including herbs@home, a herb garden designed to provide permanently fresh herbs to the home.

An indoor plant pot made of the company’s Cromargan stainless steel material, it boasts a number of intelligent functions. An integrated wick watering mechanism helps keep kitchen herbs or flowers looking good for longer and enables the user to leave plants for a number of days without watering.

An energy-efficient LED lighting system creates “exciting light effects and lets the plants shine”. The lamps can be turned on and off and the brightness adjusted with a light touch. Consumers want a cosy atmosphere when cooking, but also healthy, varied ingredients, WMF research has found: “We want to know where our food comes from, and seek out local produce.”

The company observes growth in the indoor gardening segment and in urban gardening, “and people are having fun growing something for the kitchen even in the smallest of spaces. And it’s good for the climate, both indoors and outdoors”.

Other plants can be grown in herbs@home, and it can also be used as a decorative ornamental pot for house plants. It can serve as discreet lighting for the kitchen or living room, which makes the fresh plants look good at the same time; and an extra-long and removable cable enables connection to the power supply from a good distance.

The tank contains enough water for up to four days, so plants will survive a long weekend away; herbs@home has space for two herbs or pot plants with a diameter of 12 cm; and a removable water tank makes it easy to clean.

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HONOR Launches Magic V2 and a Concept Phone Called HONOR V Purse at IFA 2023

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HONOR today announced its strategic vision for the future of smartphones at IFA 2023. During its keynote session entitled “Unfold Tomorrow”, HONOR CEO George Zhao outlined the brand’s commitment to making foldable smartphones mainstream, with its latest human-centric innovations including the lightest and slimmest inward foldable smartphone of HONOR, the Magic V2. The brand also unveiled the HONOR V Purse, a new concept that reimagines a foldable smartphone as a wearable, fashion-forward purse, offering endless possibilities for style and self-expression.

“HONOR’s foldable smartphones have come a long way, with each iteration showcasing remarkable advancements in design, functionality and durability,” said George Zhao, CEO of HONOR. “Not only that but with our phone-to-purse concept brought to life through the HONOR V Purse, we are exploring sustainable solutions that leverage emerging foldable technology to empower creativity and shape tomorrow’s lifestyle.”

HONOR embraces its role in shaping future lifestyles and unveils the HONOR V Purse, a new “Phone-to-purse” concept that heralds the beginning of electronic devices being seen as an entirely new category of fashionable consumer goods that offer unlimited opportunities for self-expression. The HONOR V Purse seamlessly transforms the foldable smartphone into the ultimate phy-gital fashion statement, thanks to a series of customizable always-on displays (AODs) that mimic a handbag design, including design elements such as chains, feathers and tassels that react and sway with the smartphone as it moves.

The concept phone is also compatible with a choice of interchangeable straps and chains, which clip onto the hinge to allow the smartphone to be worn effortlessly over one’s shoulder like an ordinary purse or handbag, enabling it to become the new “it” bag of the future. Engineered with sustainability in mind, the HONOR V Purse epitomizes HONOR’s commitment to the environment. In addition to featuring sustainably sourced materials such as vegan leather for its straps, the concept’s endlessly customizable AODs can be paired with any outfit.

As the fashion industry transcends the physical world into a more digital space, technology is enabling unlimited possibilities for style and self-expression. In this small way, the HONOR V Purse can help environmentally conscious consumers to cut down on their consumption of fast fashion, and more importantly, it helps the fashion world embrace new technologies in order to encourage consumers to buy less and use for longer.

Echoing its open-collaboration brand spirit, HONOR has teamed up with top cultural tastemakers from across its HONOR Talents Global Design Awards platform, including creative director from BURBERRY menswear Bram Van Diepen, contemporary artist Yunuene Esparza, professor of the China Academy of Art Yuan Youmin and crossover artist Xiao Hui Wang, to design a series of custom AODs for the device, offering endless fashion possibilities.

In the next phase of the program, by opening up the API interface that allows designers to call sensors like gyroscope, touch or ambient light sensor, HONOR will invite emerging talents from around the world to come up with their own designs, reflecting the latest design trends inspirations, to reshape the lifestyle.

During IFA 2023, HONOR also showcased its new flagship foldable smartphone, the HONOR Magic V2, for the first time ever at a global event, which perfectly illustrates HONOR’s vision for foldable smartphones, redefining industry benchmarks with significant improvements across form factor, battery, display and user experience aspects.

The HONOR Magic V2 is the lightest and thinnest inward-foldable smartphone that HONOR has introduced to date, weighing only 231g and measuring just 9.9mm thick when folded. It features a new generation of Silicon-Carbon-Dual-Battery with an average thickness of just 2.72mm, which achieves a high capacity of up to 5,000mAh in the space of a thin and light foldable flagship body.

In addition to the thin and lightweight, the HONOR Magic V2 features a first-of-its-kind Super-light Titanium Hinge and a new HONOR’s proprietary steel, providing added robustness and durability to the hinge mechanism. The HONOR Magic V2 also earns the coveted durability certification from SGS, by enabling the hinge to withstand more than 400,000 folds, ensuring a lifespan of up to ten years for folding 100 times a day.

The HONOR Magic V2 features a triple rear camera setup that includes a 50MP Main Camera (f/1.9), a 50MP Ultra-Wide Camera (f/2.0), and a 20MP Telephoto Camera (f/2.4). The front-facing dual camera setup features two 16MP Cameras (f/2.2). Incorporating human-centric innovation, the HONOR Magic V2 also supports industry-leading 3840Hz PWM Dimming technology that minimises eye strain, ensuring comfortable viewing even during extended use.

New interactive experiences are made possible by the HONOR Magic V2. The HONOR Magic V2 not only supports hovering photography but also other hovering experiences like meetings and entertainment. For the first time, the HONOR Magic V2 supports Parallel Space, which not only allows work and life data to be stored separately and data to be securely isolated but also makes it possible to independently operate dual-space apps in parallel, much like a second phone was inserted into the foldable phone.

Completing its product updates, HONOR also announced that the HONOR 90 has won the coveted Best Buy Smartphone 2023-2024 from the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). Celebrating the win, HONOR is launching an on-trend Peacock Blue colourway for the HONOR 90 globally.

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Here’s How to Watch HONOR’s IFA 2023 Keynote

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HONOR is all set to kick off the IFA keynote event through its “Unfold Tomorrow” event on the convention stage at IFA 2023 on 1 September 2023. The keynote live stream is set to start at 10 am CEST (12 pm, UAE time) live from Berlin, Germany.

You will be able to watch the HONOR IFA 2023 Keynote live at the following links:

Website: https://www.hihonor.com/global/events/honor-ifa/
X: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1BdGYyqWmWBGX
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsHkd0pRHx0

At IFA 2023, HONOR will also showcase a concept phone that will break boundaries across tech and fashion. The device will be unveiled exclusively at the event in Berlin. The company will also launch the new HONOR Magic V2 at the event.

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LG to Showcase Sustainable Lifestyle with LG Smart Cottage at IFA 2023

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LG Electronics (LG) is set to unveil its housing solution, LG Smart Cottage, at IFA 2023. The Smart Cottage is a compact, prefabricated home incorporating LG’s cutting-edge heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy solutions, as well as its newest smart home appliances and services. Blending premium appliances and convenient services with a space constructed using the latest in modular housing technologies and techniques, LG Smart Cottage introduces a new paradigm in residential living.

Designed with sustainability in mind, and aligned with LG’s vision of a Better Life for All, the Smart Cottage features a two-story, studio-style layout that provides a functional, convenient living environment and maximum space efficiency. The modular home, which has a small footprint yet boasts all the appliances and facilities one could need, can be easily transported and placed in the desired location. According to research conducted by ReportLinker, the global prefabricated housing market is expected to reach an estimated $22.9 billion by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate of 4.8 percent from 2023 to 2028.

Inside, the space has a relaxed, premium feel thanks to LG’s ‘gentle, stable and refined’ design and the harmonious use of diverse materials, such as hardwood, tile and brass. To reduce environmental impact, the home’s replaceable module components have been made with low-carbon steel materials produced by POSCO, a renowned South Korean steel company.

The innovative, high-efficiency LG kitchen, living, and air solutions installed in LG Smart Cottage include the WashTower Compact, QuadWash dishwasher, various built-in kitchen appliances, a water purifier and the Therma V Monobloc air-to-water heat pump (AWHP). In addition to delivering year-round indoor comfort while using less power than a conventional heating and cooling system, LG’s energy-saving AWHP can provide a reliable supply of hot water via connection to the 200-liter-capacity Integrated Water Tank (IWT).

Moving outside, the exterior of the Smart Cottage is equipped with sustainability-focused LG technologies that can meet the daily energy needs of up to two occupants. Roof-mounted 4-kilowatt (kW) solar panels connect with the company’s Energy Storage System (ESS) to ensure the safe, reliable on-site collection and storage of solar power, generating as much as 15 kilowatts of electricity per day. Any surplus energy can be stored in the ESS for later use, or sold to the contracted electricity provider. Additionally, LG’s modular house has an electric vehicle (EV) charger built in, so homeowners won’t have to worry about fitting one themselves in order to power up their EV.

For a smart and convenient user experience, all of the appliances inside this extraordinary abode connect seamlessly with LG ThinQ. Via the ThinQ app, users can effortlessly control each appliance, manage the entire HVAC system, and monitor energy storage and consumption in real time. What’s more, LG ThinQ connects to the Smart Cottage’s security-enhancing Internet of Things (IoT) accessories, including cameras, motion sensors and smart doorbells, helping to keep occupants safe and give them peace of mind.

To help bring the Smart Cottage to life, LG partnered with GS Engineering & Construction Corp (GS E&C), a South Korean construction and civil engineering service provider. “Far more than just a prefabricated home, LG Smart Cottage is an innovative housing solution that facilitates a sustainable lifestyle through state-of-the-art ThinQ connectivity,” said Lyu Jae-cheol, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. “LG aims to redefine residential living by seamlessly integrating its energy solutions, appliances and services into a space that lets people live life their way.”

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