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Panasonic Intros New Dual Sensor Fans

The most important job for a ventilation fan, particularly in a well-sealed home, is to exhaust the excess moisture from the air. Moisture needs to be kept from building up indoors to keep the interior environment comfortable. To help with this, Panasonic is introducing a new series of WhisperSense fans with dual sensors which will be available starting in June 2011.

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Cloud-Based Smart Watering: Cyber Rain

Encino-based Cyber-Rain, maker of what the company calls a “sprinkler controller with a brain,” recently introduced a new feature that gives users the ability to monitor and control landscape watering from the cloud.  The Cyber-Rain controller works similar to, for example, a Rainbird or Orbit system, except an owner can control sprinklers, manually run valves, and check watering activity from a computer or through a free iPhone app.

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Flexible Tensile Solar Has Big Potential

Design site Core77 recently noticed a new solar product called Tensile Solar from Brooklyn-based SMIT, the same group behind GROW or Solar Ivy.  Tensile Solar is a lightweight, membrane fabric embedded with flexible solar cells that could be used to provide shade, protection from the rain, and power from the sun.

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Lowe’s Rolls Out Sungevity Solar iQuote

This week, Lowe’s, the second largest home improvement retailer in the world, and Oakland-based Sungevity, a residential solar juggernaut, announced an agreement to work together, according to a press release. As part of the agreement, Lowe’s will take an undisclosed equity position in Sungevity, and Sungevity will offer its solar solutions to Lowe’s customers through an interactive, in-store experience.

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Designer CFL Perfect for Naked Lighting

Plumen 001, a designer CFL by Hulger, is now being offered for sale in the U.S.  The 120-volt light bulb uses 11 watts, outputs 680 lumens, lasts about 8 years, has a color rendering index of more than 80, and has a color temperature of 2700 Kelvin.  It is not dimmable and requires careful cleanup if broken, but that’s how these lights can be.  Pre-orders ship on June 1, and each bulb sells for $29.95.

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Google Intros Smart LEDs, Android@Home

In the very near future, expect to be able to control devices, appliances, and lights in your home with the help of Google. That’s the information coming out of Google’s developer conference, Google I/O, where Android@Home was first announced. With the right app, an Android-powered smart device, and an intelligent LED replacement bulb from Lighting Science Group, a savvy homeowner could geek out a home without much effort.

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