Peta Tomlinson

Peta Tomlinson is an Asia-focused journalist who has lived and worked in Australia and Hong Kong. Making the most of her global mobile office, she contributes to South China Morning Post on topics including design, property, lifestyle and special reports.
Peta Tomlinson
Peta Tomlinson is an Asia-focused journalist who has lived and worked in Australia and Hong Kong. Making the most of her global mobile office, she contributes to South China Morning Post on topics including design, property, lifestyle and special reports.

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Light bulb moment: how LED could provide a faster, stronger, more secure mobile wireless connection

The new technology, which could offer superior online privacy, will not be widely adopted until smartphone and computer manufacturers install Li-fi chips in devices

6 May 2019 - 7:35PM

The new technology, which could offer superior online privacy, will not be widely adopted until smartphone and computer manufacturers install Li-fi chips in devices

Light bulb moment: how LED could provide a faster, stronger, more secure mobile wireless connection
Tomorrow’s world: innovations that promise to improve your life at home and on the road

Robotic airport delivery service and ‘sporty’ AR sunglasses among highlights at Hong Kong’s Trends Symposium 2019 – Roadmap to the Future

23 Apr 2019 - 5:17PM

Robotic airport delivery service and ‘sporty’ AR sunglasses among highlights at Hong Kong’s Trends Symposium 2019 – Roadmap to the Future

Tomorrow’s world: innovations that promise to improve your life at home and on the road
Are smart locks safe? Hear what security experts say and check out latest models

This most recent generation of consumer-grade smart locks are safer than ever before and deliver more convenience

15 Apr 2019 - 5:51PM

This most recent generation of consumer-grade smart locks are safer than ever before and deliver more convenience

Are smart locks safe? Hear what security experts say and check out latest models
Cool running: hi-tech ideas pull plug on air conditioners that add to global warming

Water-based cool and dry air system; hi-tech solutions by major brands; and ‘smart glass’ with self-modifying coating help you and the planet beat the heat

8 Apr 2019 - 7:07PM

Water-based cool and dry air system; hi-tech solutions by major brands; and ‘smart glass’ with self-modifying coating help you and the planet beat the heat

Cool running: hi-tech ideas pull plug on air conditioners that add to global warming
In glass – blown, fused, cast or molten – interior designers find material of the moment

Whether it’s blown, cast, fused or melted, glass is having a moment in interior design – used to craft unique furniture and decorative features. Designers point to its handmade, tactile quality and the way it reacts to light.

30 Mar 2019 - 6:44PM

Whether it’s blown, cast, fused or melted, glass is having a moment in interior design – used to craft unique furniture and decorative features. Designers point to its handmade, tactile quality and the way it reacts to light.

In glass – blown, fused, cast or molten – interior designers find material of the moment
Electric vehicles are here to stay in Hong Kong – and on the charge

Improved electric vehicles, such as Jaguar’s I-PACE, and increase in enhanced charging stations in city will help energise drivers

15 May 2019 - 11:10AM

Improved electric vehicles, such as Jaguar’s I-PACE, and increase in enhanced charging stations in city will help energise drivers

Electric vehicles are here to stay in Hong Kong – and on the charge
Singapore non-profit’s low-cost Malaysian school design transforms education for migrant children

Etania Green School in Sabah, conceived by a Singapore-based non-profit, shows how good design can help inspire young thinkers. It’s hoped it will be the first of 30 schools to be built for thousands of children left stateless.

20 Mar 2019 - 7:17PM

Etania Green School in Sabah, conceived by a Singapore-based non-profit, shows how good design can help inspire young thinkers. It’s hoped it will be the first of 30 schools to be built for thousands of children left stateless.

Singapore non-profit’s low-cost Malaysian school design transforms education for migrant children
How technology can ensure you never lose your keys or passport ever again

One estimate claims we waste a year of our lives looking for things we mislay

18 Mar 2019 - 10:05PM

One estimate claims we waste a year of our lives looking for things we mislay

How technology can ensure you never lose your keys or passport ever again
Why hi-tech, interactive fitness workouts in the home and office are next big trend

Cycles, treadmills, rowing machines, smart mirrors and apps can connect to real-time and on-demand exercise classes

11 Mar 2019 - 11:23AM

Cycles, treadmills, rowing machines, smart mirrors and apps can connect to real-time and on-demand exercise classes

Why hi-tech, interactive fitness workouts in the home and office are next big trend
How new wellness technology will help us lead healthier, stress-free lives

Wearables that vibrate to restore calm, ‘smart, self-care lights’ and a waterbed that keeps you cool at night are among the latest innovations

11 Mar 2019 - 11:21AM

Wearables that vibrate to restore calm, ‘smart, self-care lights’ and a waterbed that keeps you cool at night are among the latest innovations

How new wellness technology will help us lead healthier, stress-free lives
How Instagram is influencing interior design trends – for better and for worse

The social media platform has changed the way we value design, but it’s also raised questions about originality and authenticity. Following the trend may create ‘kitsch’ projects that will have no longevity.

19 Feb 2019 - 8:28PM

The social media platform has changed the way we value design, but it’s also raised questions about originality and authenticity. Following the trend may create ‘kitsch’ projects that will have no longevity.

How Instagram is influencing interior design trends – for better and for worse
Designed for the circular economy, this furniture will never end up in landfill

Start-up industry disrupters such as Van de Sant, Pentatonic, ecoBirdy, and Vepa/Ocean Plastic are circular-economy pioneers who upcycle waste resources, including marine trash, into tables and chairs which customers can return for reuse.

7 Feb 2019 - 6:48PM

Start-up industry disrupters such as Van de Sant, Pentatonic, ecoBirdy, and Vepa/Ocean Plastic are circular-economy pioneers who upcycle waste resources, including marine trash, into tables and chairs which customers can return for reuse.

Designed for the circular economy, this furniture will never end up in landfill
Design trends for 2019: small, sustainable, ‘Scandinese’, curves and Pantone’s latest colour

Interior designers have scoured the world’s trade fairs for upcoming trends. Recycled plastic, wood and metallic finishes will be popular, as will wall rugs.

2 Jan 2019 - 2:22PM

Interior designers have scoured the world’s trade fairs for upcoming trends. Recycled plastic, wood and metallic finishes will be popular, as will wall rugs.

Design trends for 2019: small, sustainable, ‘Scandinese’, curves and Pantone’s latest colour
Hi-tech trends for 2019: the year of 5G, AI, self-driving cars – and a real ‘RoboCop’

A robot crime-fighter, Knightscope K5, is now in use by Microsoft and Uber to patrol car parks and large outdoor areas in the US

19 Feb 2019 - 10:54AM

A robot crime-fighter, Knightscope K5, is now in use by Microsoft and Uber to patrol car parks and large outdoor areas in the US

Hi-tech trends for 2019: the year of 5G, AI, self-driving cars – and a real ‘RoboCop’
Winning ideas for pedestrianising polluted Hong Kong business district artery Des Voeux Road Central

Dutch-led consortium’s proposal for Des Voeux Road Central, centred on themed tram stops linked to amenities and Central heritage sites, wins design contest; competition drew 43 entries from 11 countries.

4 Jan 2019 - 9:58AM

Dutch-led consortium’s proposal for Des Voeux Road Central, centred on themed tram stops linked to amenities and Central heritage sites, wins design contest; competition drew 43 entries from 11 countries.

Winning ideas for pedestrianising polluted Hong Kong business district artery Des Voeux Road Central
The ‘humble hero’ architects who built better education into a school design

The building recently awarded one of architecture’s most coveted trophies is no twisted tower or glitzy skyscraper. It’s boarding school accommodation for poor children in rural Brazil.

20 Dec 2018 - 7:04PM

The building recently awarded one of architecture’s most coveted trophies is no twisted tower or glitzy skyscraper. It’s boarding school accommodation for poor children in rural Brazil.

The ‘humble hero’ architects who built better education into a school design
Hi-tech Christmas party tricks: karaoke that keeps ‘tone-deaf’ singers in tune and holographic games are shape of things to come
  • An automatic cocktail maker, a robotic bartender that serves drinks as it cleans, and lights with rhythm will impress guests – and help gatherings go with a bang
28 Dec 2018 - 7:02PM
  • An automatic cocktail maker, a robotic bartender that serves drinks as it cleans, and lights with rhythm will impress guests – and help gatherings go with a bang
Hi-tech Christmas party tricks: karaoke that keeps ‘tone-deaf’ singers in tune and holographic games are shape of things to come
Smart paints to colour our world – capture energy and stay connected

Solar emulsion that produces clean energy from sun and water vapour in the air and ‘spray on’ antennas offering internet connection among innovations

3 Dec 2018 - 4:58PM

Solar emulsion that produces clean energy from sun and water vapour in the air and ‘spray on’ antennas offering internet connection among innovations

Smart paints to colour our world – capture energy and stay connected
The write stuff: paperless and hi-tech ways to make a note of things

Research shows the average person has 48.6 thoughts per minute, so it’s lucky firms are devising ever more hi-tech digital gadgets so we can record them all

26 Nov 2018 - 10:53AM

Research shows the average person has 48.6 thoughts per minute, so it’s lucky firms are devising ever more hi-tech digital gadgets so we can record them all

The write stuff: paperless and hi-tech ways to make a note of things
Why parents seeking the best school should look at the decor, design and ergonomics

A study has shown the link between well-designed schools and improved academic performance. Some architects and school boards are taking note, and building well-lit, airy and sustainable school buildings.

28 Nov 2018 - 11:29AM

A study has shown the link between well-designed schools and improved academic performance. Some architects and school boards are taking note, and building well-lit, airy and sustainable school buildings.

Why parents seeking the best school should look at the decor, design and ergonomics
Let it go! Time to de-clutter your life and ‘delete’ old technology

Many of us fill up valuable space at home by storing redundant mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers ‘just in case’

12 Nov 2018 - 2:49PM

Many of us fill up valuable space at home by storing redundant mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers ‘just in case’

Let it go! Time to de-clutter your life and ‘delete’ old technology
How to get rid of the millions of harmful ‘house guests’ – you can’t see
  • Researchers find up to one million mites in beds, plus mould and bacteria in house dust – all of which are bad for our health – but hi-tech help is at hand
5 Nov 2018 - 11:28AM
  • Researchers find up to one million mites in beds, plus mould and bacteria in house dust – all of which are bad for our health – but hi-tech help is at hand
How to get rid of the millions of harmful ‘house guests’ – you can’t see
To filter or not to filter? Hi-tech devices tap into clean water debate

Fears over chlorine and fluorine and excessive heavy metals found in supplies in Hong Kong housing estates spark demand for purifiers to improve quality

29 Oct 2018 - 3:13PM

Fears over chlorine and fluorine and excessive heavy metals found in supplies in Hong Kong housing estates spark demand for purifiers to improve quality

To filter or not to filter? Hi-tech devices tap into clean water debate
The truth about robot cats and dogs: can they replace real pets?

New realistic-looking AI devices ‘learn’ and grow smarter over time, act as therapeutic companions – and recharge their batteries themselves

23 Oct 2018 - 11:58AM

New realistic-looking AI devices ‘learn’ and grow smarter over time, act as therapeutic companions – and recharge their batteries themselves

The truth about robot cats and dogs: can they replace real pets?
Asia’s first vertical forest could reshape how cities fight climate change

Designed to absorb 25 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year and produce about 60kg of oxygen per day, the vertical forest being planted in Nanjing, eastern China, is a move against nature-deprived urban development.

24 Oct 2018 - 10:09AM

Designed to absorb 25 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year and produce about 60kg of oxygen per day, the vertical forest being planted in Nanjing, eastern China, is a move against nature-deprived urban development.

Asia’s first vertical forest could reshape how cities fight climate change
Self-taught musicians hit the high notes on app-connected digital keyboards and string instruments

Smart ukuleles, pianos, guitars and other devices are revolutionising the way we now learn and play music

15 Oct 2018 - 10:28PM

Smart ukuleles, pianos, guitars and other devices are revolutionising the way we now learn and play music

Self-taught musicians hit the high notes on app-connected digital keyboards and string instruments
Ultimate relaxation: how to de-stress by floating inside a pod

Hi-tech, saltwater-filled tanks – shown to boost mental wellness and reduce anxiety in tests – and chaise-like meditation pods will help you ‘chill’ at home

8 Oct 2018 - 10:20PM

Hi-tech, saltwater-filled tanks – shown to boost mental wellness and reduce anxiety in tests – and chaise-like meditation pods will help you ‘chill’ at home

Ultimate relaxation: how to de-stress by floating inside a pod
The Harvard graduate behind Hong Kong’s first capsule hotel Sleeep on the importance of shut-eye in a dynamic city

‘Recharge stations’ designed by Sleeep, a company Jun Rivers co-founded, might just be the antidote to over-tiredness

4 Oct 2018 - 10:55AM

‘Recharge stations’ designed by Sleeep, a company Jun Rivers co-founded, might just be the antidote to over-tiredness

The Harvard graduate behind Hong Kong’s first capsule hotel Sleeep on the importance of shut-eye in a dynamic city
3D printers already create human tissue, a house and smart ‘skin devices’, so what will future bring?

Breakthroughs see technology used to make body parts such as corneas, a home in 52 hours, lightweight cars and electronic devices worn on the skin

2 Oct 2018 - 7:31PM

Breakthroughs see technology used to make body parts such as corneas, a home in 52 hours, lightweight cars and electronic devices worn on the skin

3D printers already create human tissue, a house and smart ‘skin devices’, so what will future bring?
Never-fading memories are made of ... digitalised photo albums

Copying prints, slides, old videos and film reels to your computer will take time – but hi-tech devices will help you preserve – and organise – the past

24 Sep 2018 - 11:05AM

Copying prints, slides, old videos and film reels to your computer will take time – but hi-tech devices will help you preserve – and organise – the past

Never-fading memories are made of ... digitalised photo albums