Nest Brush reinvents the toothbrush with a UV-C disinfecting stand

It looks great, and cleans teeth – Nest Brush has just released its reddot-winning toothbrush on Kickstarter. With built-in UV light and a toothpaste reservoir, the Nest Brush works very differently from your conventional toothbrush. It didn’t even have a battery installed.

Looking to reinvent the dated design of the toothbrush, the Nest Brush is a travel-friendly toothbrush that is compact and sanitary. Available in four colors, the Nest Brush features a refillable tube in the handle that dispenses toothpaste to the food-grade hypoallergenic silicone head. The brush can be mounted to its magnetic stand where the head is UV-C sterilized.

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After cleaning, simply place the brush on a holder, the end of which contains a UV-C light. The UV-C stand automatically turns on to kill any bacteria on the brush and will automatically turn off after a minute. The base battery is designed to last at least six months before it needs to be charged.

If you’re planning to take the Nest Brush on the road, simply pop off the removable UV module and add the travel case. The travel setup has two months’ worth of battery life.

Price and availability

Nest Brush is part of a Kickstarter campaign and the company’s first crowdfunding project. During the financing phase, a toothbrush including the base costs 56 euros. A set of pair with two brushes costs 73 euros. Those interested can head over to Kickstarter to back the project.

Once the financing round is complete, delivery will take place in November. Note: Crowdfunding projects involve some risk for users.

Create your dream Lipstick with YSL’s new beauty gadget

The iconic lipsticks of Yves Saint-Laurent Beauté are entering the Beauty Tech era with Perso, a smart at-home device that allows consumers to create their own personalised lipsticks. With this smart device, home consumers can create their very own versions of the iconic YSL’s iconic Velvet Cream Matte Finish lipstick.

Created by the L’Oréal Technology Incubator, the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Sur Mesure powered by Perso uses color cartridge sets from YSL’s velvet cream matte finish lipstick range. You can choose from four color families: reds, nudes, oranges, and pinks. each set comes with three different pods, allowing you to make endless bespoke shades with a single touch. With this innovation, you at home can create thousands of bespoke lipstick shades with a single touch.

The lid of the device functions as a compact luxury case, so you can take your personalised product along with you when you go out. But the innovation doesn’t stop there. Thanks to an app that can be installed on a phone or tablet, you can try on any shade you wish via an AR lipstick filter, and then after finding the desired shade for your look, the YSL Perso device will create that exact colour for you IRL.

Once you’ve designed your shade, the bluetooth-connected device will do its magic and three squirts of creamy color will appear out from the top, which are then mixed together. You simply press to dispense the shade selected and apply with the accompanying brush. The lip colour is dispensed in a perfectly portioned, single dose for an easy and clean application. If you want to take your new lipstick with you for the evening, you remove the lid of the device which doubles as a compact, allowing you to take enough of the product an on-the-go re-touch of the selected shade in sleek YSL packaging. Genius.

The Perso device was unveilied at CES 2021, an annual trade show organised by the Consumer Technology Association. The French Maison have said, “The new product heralds the future of beauty.” At the moment it is available for limited pre-sales in the U.S. market, but will be launched worldwide by September 2021.

The Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Rouge Sur Mesure powered by Perso costs $299 USD and is available now for preorder on YSL’s website here, and will reach you by early-spring. You can also sign up for the beta tester program (US residents only) to get an exclusive first look. A full product launch worldwide will follow in September.

Come in the beautiful worls of Yves Saint Laurent.

MyHeritage Photo Enhancer Brings Blurred Images Into Clear Focus

 

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At MyHeritage, their passion is to help people connect with their family histories. Earlier this year, they introduced MyHeritage In Color™, a groundbreaking new technology to bring your old family photos to life through colorization. On June 12, they took it a step further by introducing the game-changing MyHeritage Photo Enhancer: a tool that enhances photos by bringing blurry faces into sharp focus. When combined, MyHeritage In Color™ and the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer can reveal your ancestors as you’ve never seen them before. Developed by creators of the Remini mobile application, intended to help enhance old family pictures, but it can obviously be used on just about any type of photo.

Photo Enhancer uses machine learning to upscale pixels that appear in blurred images, bringing them into clear focus. The technology gives its best guess on what the faded content looks like through algorithmic simulations. The results could sometimes end up inaccurate but they appear to function at a reasonable level for most of the time. It works on both color and black and white photos, with a rendering time of roughly four to six seconds. Those who have physical photos, can scan them with MyHeritage’s mobile app, which will allow users to upload photos and enhance them in a single tap.

MyHeritage’s Photo Enhancer is currently free to use on the company’s website.

 

 

 

 

Adobe’s Photoshop Camera App Has Now Launched For Free

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First announced back in November last year, and after several months of beta testing, Adobe’s latest mobile app Photoshop Camera has now launched, completely free of charge. Adobe’s Photoshop Camera is available on both iOS and Android.

Show off your unique style with tons of Insta-worthy lenses and filters inspired by your favorite artists and influencers. And with no Photoshop skills needed, it’s easy to share your world – your way.

Adobe Photoshop Camera is a mobile app that directly applies Photoshop effects and filters through your camera. It utilizes an intelligent camera technology named Adove Sensei, which automatic enhances photo quality and allows the system to recognize what’s in your photos. Once it analyzes this data, the app will display a range of different effects and filters that it thinks will improve your shots. Photoshop Camera will also allow users to export their images in the .PSD file format, making it more convenient to throw your photos directly into the full version of Photoshop for more edits.

Photoshop Camera is packed with amazing AI-powered features that help you to create gorgeous selfies, food and scenery shots and more. Quick fixes like portrait relighting and distortion removal mean you can post images that look like you spent way more time on them than you did.

The app features more than 80 custom filters such as Portrait, Studio Light, Natural Skies, and more. It also features ‘real-time photoshop effects’ for taking better pictures with AI-powered editing. Other features include auto-tone, content-aware recommendations, portrait controls, influencer-inspired lenses, and social sharing integration.

Adobe say they are aware of the consequences of unleashing powerful AI tools that can manipulate reality. In collaboration with UC Berkeley tthey create a tool that uses machine learning to detect when images have been manipulated. The app also keeps user privacy in mind and will only store photos and run AI models locally on the device.

The app is available free on both the Google Play Store and the App Store for Android and iOS respectively. iOS users will need iOS 12 or later to run the app. Have Fun!

 

 

 

EQUO, a New Natural Solution for Single-use Plastic Straws, Launches on Crowd Ox

After Kickstarter success EQUO straws, the versatile eco-friendly alternative to plastic and paper straws are now available on Crowd OX. Made from Coconut, Sugarcane, Rice and Grass, EQUO straws are Plastic-free, chemical-free, non-toxic and 100% biodegradable and compostable. They are competitively priced to give consumers an affordable alternative to environmentally harmful straws.

The EQUO team has developed its eco-friendly straws through the company’s innovative use of materials from nature. The multi-colored EQUO Straws’ product line includes four choices with unique characteristics:

  • Rice Straws – made from rice and tapioca starch and available in plant-based, natural colors including white, green, pink, blue, yellow (After use, these can be cooked down and are fully edible).
  • Dried Grass Straws – made from naturally tube-shaped grass and available in green (also a natural chew/tug-of-war toy for pets, or crunch them if fidgety, to get the same satisfaction as popping bubble wrap).
  • Coconut Straws – made from fermented coconut water, offering a tropical twist on an everyday product, and available in ivory white with a cool textured design.
  • Sugarcane Straws – made from sugarcane, with a light sweet aroma, and available in a variety of sizes (including wide sizes for specialty drinks/bubble tea).

It’s well known that plastic straws are harmful for the environment. Most of the 500 million used every day in America end up in oceans where they pollute water and harm marine life. Currently over eight billion straws pollute the world’s beaches. Although there are some plastic and paper straw alternatives on the market, most are environmentally harmful through the carbon footprint they make in production and disposal, and we were also unsatisfied with the quality and durability of paper straws.

Marina Tran-Vu, Co-Founder and Managing Director EQUO

Tran-Vu, who previously worked in brand management for a variety of consumer goods and services companies including Unilever, LG Electronics, SpinMaster and Bacardi, was inspired to build a sustainable future for her nephew while working to support local economic growth and job creation in her parents’ hometown in Vietnam.

Traveling the world and seeing the massive amount of plastic and garbage in the forests, oceans, beaches and sidewalks breaks my heart. I really want future generations to have a chance at experiencing a better Earth. Also, after returning to Vietnam, I wanted to create jobs for local farming communities just like where my parents grew up…and sourcing from communities like this gives them a steady income.

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The name of the product was created by combining the words ‘ECO’, meaning not harmful to the environment, and ‘STATUS QUO’, meaning an existing state or condition – so ‘EQUO’ stands for the ideal of creating functional products with minimal impact to the environment.

Finally, she notes that, for many people, using a straw is necessary:
“Some people simply don’t have a choice to not use straws because of medical reasons… and albeit as a more personal choice, some people use straws to keep their lipstick/makeup in place or for dental reasons”, she said. “Whatever the reason, we want people to have the freedom of choice. EQUO’s line of products mean they will have more environmentally-conscious options and can continue to use straws and won’t have to use sippy cup lids or risk spillage”.

Straws are the first in a line of products the company plans to introduce to replace single-use plastics. For more information and to purchase EQUO straws at discounted pricing during crowdfunding, visit EQUO straws on Crowd Ox.

Great gadget: the Foreo Bear and the Foreo Bear Mini

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Forea is a Swedish multi-national beauty brand established and headquartered Stockholm, Sweden. Founded in 2013, the company produces facial cleansing brushes, sonic electric toothbrushes, cleansers, and eye massagers.

Known for its smart cleansing devices, now Forea introduces two innovations – the Bear and the Bear Mini. The Foreo Bear is the major beauty innovation for the beauty technology brand. It is the company’s first foray into the microcurrent facial toning device category. The Bear and Bear mini utilize both microcurrents and t-sonic pulsations to re-contour and firm the skin, creating a youthful, sculpted effect.

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The gentle microcurrents are completely harmless, they stimulate the skin to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The good old t-sonic pulsations relax facial muscles and smooth the surface of the skin. The Bear provides an efficient treatment for early signs of aging including lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, and loss of firmness. It provides tightening action for facial muscles for a slender, v-shaped face.

Feels like a facial, tones like a workout

With a punch line ‘Feels like a facial, tones like a workout’, the Bear offers stronger microcurrent intensities for overall face sculpting purposes, while the Bear Mini offers more area-specific toning for sensitive areas around the eyes, eyebrows, and mouth.

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The new Foreo gadgets will be launched in a travel retail first, in China and Korea, ahead of a global domestic market launch in early 2020. The prices are yet to be announced. Wondering if it will come in a black edition as wel….  In the mean time, Foreo offers free shippin on its recent Luna 3 device. Come into the beautiful world of Foreo.