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MUI

The superstitious touch wood to bring them luck. Touch Mui’s wood surface, though, and you get the internet – or at least bits of it. That’s because this unassuming wall-mounted wooden panel temporarily becomes a smart controller when caressed, but fades back to being a refined hunk of tree when you’re done. In a world of glowing glass displays, the notion of making tech invisible is a welcome twist. And via IFTTT, Mui can connect to smart home services – over and above its built-in messaging, news and weather forecast capabilities. One for getting yourself a bit more connected to nature.

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