Everyone knows that smoke alarms are a must-have for any house, but they won't do you much good if you're not there. Enter the Firetext Smoke Alarm (£90; roughly $145). Operating over GSM, this ingenious gadget can send a user-defined text message to up to four numbers upon activation, runs on batteries — just like a normal alarm — and sports an 85db siren to make sure you're awoken should you happen to actually be at home. [via]
Who wants to spend their summer building a fence in the backyard when you could be spending it admiring a freshly-installed alternative? The Wwoo ($500-$1,750) is an outdoor living area/fence system made completely from concrete that can integrate features like a sink, grill, fireplace, or shower right into a 2- or 1.4-meter high fence. It's customizable, expandable, and more or less modular, letting you design the perfect mix of pieces to complement your space. Oh, and did we mention that it's gorgeous? Yeah, that too. Currently available via email ordering in the U.S., with more widespread distribution coming later this year.
When it comes to urban gardens and back yards, limited as they are, the more function you can pack into a space, the better. With this in mind, the Funston Fire Pit Ice Chest ($900) provides you with two essentials in one sleek, stainless steel package. During the day, one side functions as an ice bin that can hold up to 24 bottles or cans of your favorite libation — complete with built-in bottle opener — while at night the other side offers a fire pit, ready to cast a warm, natural glow on those party goers that've stuck around.
Widely known for its rugged, inexpensive charcoal grills, Weber is taking its knowledge of the flame and applying it to typical outdoor living with the Weber Fireplace ($140). Sporting a modular design, the Fireplace's lid and bowl are made from steel with a porcelain-enamel finish that's baked on at 1,500ºF for superior rust proofing, and features a no-rust aluminum heat shield, dual wood handles, four steel support legs, a 29.5-inch diameter base, and a simple black design that puts the spotlight on the fire and the place, but not the fireplace.
Ever wondered why hardwood floors are always comprised of square, rectangular strips? So did the makers of Bolefloor Hardwood Flooring ($TBA). Using highly advanced technology, this unique solid oak flooring is cut along the grain of the wood, giving it a more natural look, while visual identification technology looks at imperfections like knots and sapwood to make sure the end result is as durable as it is aesthetically pleasing. In addition, cutting the boards in this way allows for better utilization of the wood, helping to preserve our natural resources. [via]