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ThinkEco smartAC Kit

Posted in Home by Darrin Olson on July 11th, 2014

ThinkEco SmartAC kitThis is a great energy saving tool to have if you have a plug-in air conditioner. The ThinkEco smartAC Kit will help you conserve energy all the while helping you keep cool on these hot Summer days.

The kit comes with a modlet and a remote control/thermostat. You can take the remote control with you to any room of the house, which is a convenient way to keep your location cool. If the AC reaches the room temp that you want the modlet will turn the AC off. If it gets 2 degrees above the set thermostat temperature, the AC will turn on.

Another great feature about this device is the ThinkEco software and smartphone app that are a part of the package. You can adjust the thermostat from anywhere. You can turn it on an hour …

Underground Beer Cooler

Posted in Home by Tam Yue on June 5th, 2014

Underground Beer coolerIt seems as though everyone has a fire pit in their backyard these days. And with that fire pit there is either a cooler of beer on ice or an angry child having to run into the house to get dad a cold one when he’s empty.

No more of that, this underground beer cooler, called eCool, was unveiled yesterday. It sells for around $350 and can easily be installed in your yard just by digging a hole for it. The eCool keeps the beer cold because the ground underneath is usually quite a bit cooler than the outside ambient temperature.

No electricity, no ice, and no whining kids. It holds 24 beers, is 113cm tall, weighs about 12 KG and can stay installed the whole year around. One draw back that we can see is that it only appears to …

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with Coke

Posted in Home by Tam Yue on June 4th, 2014

Coca Cola 2nd livesThe Coca-Cola company has come up with a great way for you to reuse those plastic bottles of Coke you buy.

As part of it global sustainability program Coca-Cola has launched 2ndLives, which is a line of 16 different caps that can be screwed on any bottle top to reuse once it is empty. The different caps will transform your bottle into, a spray bottle, a marker, a pencil sharpener, and a squirt gun just to name a few. This video posted by the advertising agency shows all the different uses for the caps.

KEEO Carbon Smart Keyholder

Posted in Bluetooth,Home by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2014

KEEO KeyholderThe guys at Neuland Innovation Ltd. have a nifty new product looking for backing on Kickstarter called the KEEO Carbon. After a number of iterations the team landed on a this design for a innovative way to keep your keys with you, along with some handy features.

The KEEO carbon can hold up to three house-type keys internally, and has a loop to keep others tethered. It also features a USB stick, bottle opener and a light possibly down the road all designed for one-handed use. Probably one of the most impressive features however is the Bluetooth connectivity to an app on your smartphone, alerting you when the device and your phone become too far apart.

A $77 USD pledge can get you into the Basic model, but you might want to be quick as they have already exceeded their …

Olde Book Pillow Classics

Posted in Home by Tam Yue on May 12th, 2014

Olde Book PIllowsThis is something for all the book nerds out there. Here is the perfect thing for that little area of your home where you go to read your books.

The Olde Book Pillow Classics are three actual pillows that look like books. The books are Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, and Treasure Island. Just a quick note, Sherlock and Treasure Island pillows do not open, they are permanently closed. Alice in Wonderland, however, opens as pictured.

Protect Your Wine Glass from the Dishwasher

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2011

It’s a common problem. Dishwashers are tough on Wine glasses. They have a tendency to move around and get knocked about. The Tether Stemware Saver can help keep your Wine glasses safe. The design features a hollow rubber base that slides over a dishwasher post and a clip that attaches to the glass’s stem.

A brilliant yet simple solution. Right now it is between a concept and product, but hopefully these are available soon, much to the chagrin of Wine glass makers.

Smart Hydro “Intelligent” Bath Tub

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

The Smart Hydro looks like an ordinary bathtub, but it has two transparent walls made from a highly-resistant glass, some aluminum handrails, and a very advanced control system. This means that you can set the exact temperature of the water, and it will alert you when the temperature has been reached. Your tub can’t do that.

There’s also a Keep Warm function that will keep the water temperature at a constant level. Other features include a self-cleaning system and even several connectivity options. You can activate its functions from your smartphone and monitor the water’s temperature in real time if you are on your way home and want a bath ready. No word on pricing yet.

CTRL + O Bottle Opener

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2011

As most of our readers know, Ctrl + O is a fast way to open files on your computer from your keyboard, so if you are looking for a geeky way to open your beer, the folks over at Art Lebedev have come up with one. The CTRL + O Bottle Opener.

It may not actually open your beer any faster, but at least you will be waving your geek flag nice and high for all to see. They are available for $18 each.

Noise Reducing Drapes

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2011

Humans are noisy creatures. Depending on where you live, it might be hard to get some peace and quiet and relax. Are you tired of construction crews down the street making noise? Motorcycles and Hot-Rods giving you a headache? Well, these drapes can help.

These Noise Reducing Drapes feature triple weave yarn which blocks out 99% of the light, and up to 40% of the noise. They also serve as thermo sensitive coverings, which means that they will keep the room cooler in hot climates. So they will keep things quiet, even if they do cut off all of your light. Just $69.95.

Comic Strip Picture Frame

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

Digital picture frames are cool, but comic strips are better. No one prints photos these days, but I bet this new Comic Strip Picture Frame will get people printing them again. It lets you make your own new adventure using your pics.

It has six spots for you to put your prints into and it comes with sticker bubbles and a tiny pen. Just think up some cool and funny stuff to write on those bubbles and you have your own comic strip.

Airspresso bike-pump espresso machine

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

Are you addicted to espressos? Well, the Airspresso might be the espresso maker for you. Even if you are in the middle of nowhere and you need your espresso fix, it will help you out. With the Airspresso, a bicycle air-pump, coffee beans and some hot water you’re good to go.

This espresso machine uses air pressure instead of steam to turn your ground coffee beans and hot water into the amazing drink that you love. However it isn’t cheap at $180. Still, at least you will be prepared and never have to go without.

Wash and Brush timer keeps kids clean

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2011

Kids just want to brush their teeth for 5 seconds and then they are done. But that doesn’t get rid of all of the germs. The Wash and Brush timer from TrendyKid can help you make them brush longer. The idea is that you put the timer in the bathroom and teach your kids how it works.

The hand or tooth icons select the timing mode and the light will flash green, telling you to go or continue brushing. As you get closer to the end of the countdown, it flashes faster and turns red when it’s okay to stop. The Wash and Brush timer uses 3 AAA batteries and costs about $8.

Smartview S9 Surveillance System

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

To help you keep your home and office safe while you are away, check out a new system called the Smartvue S9. The system is wireless and uses 802.11n technology to stream video from full HD 1080p resolution cameras to the video server. The system features a 1TB or a 3TB video server with WiFi built-in and it will interface with just about every mobile device that exists from tablets, to phones and computers.

You can log on and see the live video feeds from the cameras anytime you like. The cameras can even be controlled for direction which is handy. The 1TB 802.11n server will cost you $1999 and a single camera will cost you $699.

Eat and Tweet with the new Samsung WiFi-enabled RF4289 fridge

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2011

Samsung’s new RF3289 fridge allows users to access Pandora or even tweet while finding a snack. The fridge is the first of its kind to feature integrated WiFi that will let you view Google calendars, check the weather, download recipes from Epicurious, or leave digital reminders and notes. If there is such a thing as being too connected, this right here may be it. I’m surprised it doesn’t tell your Facebook friends what you are eating.

The fridge has an 8-inch LCD touchscreen as well as a Twin Cooling Plus System that keeps perishable produce fresher for longer. The RSG309 and RF4289 models also provide plenty of storage space. Both will be available in Canada later this year.

FastMac U-Socket delayed again, should ship in January

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2010

You might remember that $10 FastMac U-Socket that we showed you back in December of 2009. Sadly it was the victim of a number of delays. There was an October ship date and a raised $20 price last we heard. But it never shipped in October either.

The company is now telling customers that it’s getting ready to ship the USB power socket next month. Finally. Still, it’s better late than never. My walls need some USB power.