Really Cool New HomeTechno


I guess this falls under the category of “Really Cool New Tech Stuff”.  My buddies at Gizmo have discovered a design team who’ve come up with a revolutionary ceiling fan for those of us tired of the old dusty blades blowing papers all over the desk.

Dubbed the Exhale Fan, this design uses a vortex configuration which spreads the airflow evenly around the room while drawing in air from below the device.

Gizmo reports The Exhale fan, developed by Hiner with help from Richard Halsall, works differently from normal ceiling fans. The spinning of the flat discs that make up the Exhale fan creates laminar movement which moves the air out and down the walls. This means air circulates around the whole room pretty evenly. Another advantage is that the fan is virtually silent, with even the motor powering it being designed to be as quiet as possible.

Bladeless Ceiling Fan

Once the air molecules have completed their circuit around the room they’re swept back up to the center of the fan in a vortex pattern, as demonstrated by the GIF embedded below.

In theory this 360-degree movement of the air around the room should eliminate the hot and cold spots associated with traditional ceiling fans. The whole thing is powered by a high-efficiency DC motor with a 6-speed wireless remote.

Hiner was moved to invent a new kind of ceiling fan after becoming disheartened by the look and performance of those currently in his house and available on the market. His Eureka moment was thinking “Cyclonic air movement,” and after studying how Nikola Tesla’s bladeless turbines operated, he created his first attempt at a bladeless ceiling fan. That was back in 2005, and Hiner then spent the next few years adapting the design and constructing numerous prototypes before settling on the finished product.

The Exhale fan is now on crowd-funding site Indiegogo, with a minimum of US$250 required to score one unit upon release. The money raised from the crowd-funding campaign will be used for finalizing the tooling, designing the packaging, buying the raw materials needed to make the fans, and seeking UL (Underwriters Laboratories) approval. The first Exhale fan is expected to roll off the production line in February 2013.

Click here to see Hiner’s first pitch to Indiegogo..


Douglas Black

Founder of ENERFICIENCY in 1999, Douglas Black  has analyzed and found positive energy solutions for a variety of projects ranging from low income housing to houses of worship, and from classrooms to courthouses.  Mr. Black was certified as a LEED Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008, and has served on many non-for-profit boards and committees.

Having more than 30 years experience in the green and sustainable building field, Douglas Black has dedicated the past 20 years to energy efficiency in the built environment.

Mr. Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new.  He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog –

He also uses his MagicEightBall to predict sporting outcomes and shares on his blog

Photography is a lifelong passion for Douglas Black, and while not capturing enthusiastic smiles at Wrigley Field and other sports venues around Chicago, he captures moments in the built environment.

And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.


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