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Dyson Airblade drys your hands in 10 seconds

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2008

Dyson Airblade drys your hands in 10 secondsThis hand-drying device is a turbo-charged hand dryer that supposedly has a “windscreen wiper” effect and it will dry both hands in just 10 seconds. Not only that, but the system runs four times faster than typical units, blasting air at around 400mpb on your hands.

That force will make the skin on your hands ripple, not burn as if you just touched the ark of the covenant. It’s also 80% more efficient than conventional dryers found in public restrooms. The device removes bacteria and mold from the air using HEPA filtration. Wastewater gets passed through an iodine resin filter to disinfect it, and then piezo crystal technology releases the sterilized water as harmless mist.

X-Touch Mixer Faucet may be too precise

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2008

X-Touch Mixer Faucet may be too preciseThe X-Touch Mixer faucet does away with antiquated analog knobs or levers and replaces them with buttons so you can regulate exactly what temperature the water is. It even has a digital readout to show you exactly what temp it is. I don’t know about you, but when I wash my hands or take a shower, I don’t put that much thought into it. You know when it feels warm enough after all. Do we really need to be so anal about water temp? Apparently so.

The X-Touch is a product of Newform Italy, and appears to be a sink faucet or a bath faucet. Either way, obsessive compulsives will love it as they can gauge when it is exactly the right temp.

Bug Trapper: The clean way to get rid of bugs

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2008

Bug Trapper: The clean way to get rid of bugsSmashing bugs may be fun if you’re a cruel sort of human. But the problem is you’re left with bug entrails all over your wall, along with a corpse that may or may not fall to the floor, depending on how much goo is holding it in place. So, then you either have to clean up, or consider it part of the decor. You’re pretty nasty if you go with the latter.

The Bug Trapper aims to solve your bug guts problems. The idea is that you just trap the bug, flip the trapper over to close the door, and release the bug safely outside. Because that’s the humane thing to do (Unless it’s HUGE and fast, in which case you just squish the sucker anyway possible).

Shakespeare bust with hidden Bat-switch

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2008

bust with hidden Bat-switchSure, this looks like an innocent bust that shows off your love of the writer/poet/ladies man, but throw back his head and it reveals a secret switch. Do you remember this yet? It’s from the old Batman TV series from the ’60s. Bruce Wayne hid his secret switch inside and used it whenever it was time to get into the batcave. It sat next to the red Bat-Phone.

Shakespeare’s switch can control almost anything electronic: lights, window shades, music, even swiveling bookshelf batcave entrances. It isn’t cheap though. You’ll need to spend Bruce Wayne bucks to get it. The limited-edition statue is selling for $315.

Shots Gun Drink Dispenser makes you the new Sheriff in town

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2008

Shots Gun Drink DispenserThere’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s serving up booze. The Shots Gun Drink Dispenser will only cost you about $22 and it even comes with a holster. It’s a gun that shoots booze. What could be better? It will let you impress your friends as you shoot up some drinks and shoot off your mouth. Though it may be a small weapon, it packs a powerful punch.

I know what you’re thinking. Did he fire six shots, or…only five? Do you feel lucky punk? Do ya? Then have another drink. It will fit on any bottle of liquor. Simply put the holster on your bottle, begin pumping the pump-action lever and you’ll be shooting more rounds then Ron Jeremy during production hours.

Steampunk sewing machine is functional

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2008

Steampunk sewing machine is functionalLove steampunk, but lack a steampunk sewing machine to go with your Victorian decor? Becky Stern’s Steampunk Sewing Machine actually functions as a sewing machine. The propeller even spins when the drive-wheel moves! As Becky puts it, “I got an old sewing machine at goodwill and steamed it up with brassy bits!”

That about sums it up. With this thing you can authentically sew steampunky stuff. Fans of such contraptions can take a gander at the machine and other steampunk objects at First Studio in downtown Phoenix on December 5, where these will be displayed as part of a steampunk show.

ThinkGeek dinosaur lamps are great for geeky gift giving

Posted in Home by Shane McGlaun on December 1st, 2008

Dinosaur LampEveryone needs a lamp at one point or another. Whether it’s on your desk at the bedside, a lamp is something we all need, but is often one of those things we don’t buy. Lamps can make good Christmas gifts, especially geeky lamps.

ThinkGeek is offering new DIY Dinosaur Lamps that are made from laser cut sheets of flexible plastic. The lamps require assembly, which amounts to putting tab A into slot B and so on. The directions promise to be easy to follow and lots of pictures are included.

Beer Tap with LCD TV built-in

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2008

Beer Tap with LCD TV built-inThe problem with having your beer tap and your TV seperate is that sooner or later you’re going to have to get up off your ass and get a beer. That means missing like 2 seconds of TV time. Something important might happen during that time. With this awesme innovation, you won’t ever have to miss anything again while getting a beer. It’s the v-POD beer dispenser with LCD screen from the house of MicroMatic.

They are offered in stainless steel and brass double column style Tower with 6 and 4 faucets respectively. The dispensers come with a built-in 10-inch LCD screen, remotely mounted DiGi viewer and stereo speakers. What else do you need? The brass finished v-POD “T” Tower beer dispenser will cost you $3,380. The stainless steel version sells for $3,050.

Wireless Lark Doorbell alerts you with a twitter

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2008

Wireless Lark Doorbell alerts you with a twitterSome doorbells can be downright jarring when a visitor presses the button. Just plain loud and offensive. It can really suck if you’re having a quiet night and you’ve had way to much caffeine. Why not put a little soothing nature into the whole doorbell thing? The Wireless Lark Doorbell will do just that. It’s a fake Lark that will cost you £7.33. The lark has a built in 2W speaker that will sound off with bird noise when guests arrive. The sound of birds chirping can be soothing instead of alarming. Good idea.

Beer dispenser fills from the bottom up

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2008

Beer dispenser fills from the bottom upScotsman Beverage Systems recently showed off “Trufill” at the Brau Beviale exhibition in Nuremberg. The Trufill concept is fairly unique and able to serve 10 pints of beer in just 10 seconds. That’s without spilling a single drop. The coolest part is that the dispenser fills the cups from the bottom. It adds ice from the top, but fills the cups from the bottom.

It’s a great concept that would surely make the owner more money at say, stadiums for instance. Think about it, a beer per second, no spillage. That equals less waste and more beers sold in a shorter time. There aren’t many details, but it’s quite an innovation in the beverage world.

Yamaha MyRoom II: Ultimate office for shut-ins

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2008

Yamaha MyRoom II: Ultimate office for shut-insWhen you want to get away from it all, sometimes it seems like there’s nowhere to go. All you desire is a little peace and quiet. Is that too much to ask? You need your own little Fortress of Solitude away from kids, TVs, phones, etc. A place to drown out the sounds of the world so you can work. Serenity now!

The Yamaha MyRoom II is more then happy to rescue you with a soundproof booth the size of a tiny prison cell. It has enough room for you and a chair and desk. It even has it’s own air conditioning system and adjustable lighting. The whole thing is about, 4.5 by 6 feet, so you won’t be taking any naps. You might also want to throw problem people inside, so you have the now quiet house to yourself. What are the chances these things end up with WoW stickers all over and nerds enter but never leave?

Star Trek Plate Covers make light switches fun again

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2008

Star Trek Plate Covers make light switchesCheck out these Star Trek TNG plate covers for nerd pretend time in your home. The movie will be out soon so why not dress up your light switches? You can get three of them for $18 each. The power plug plate is probably the coolest as it says Plasma Flux Hazard. And that, my geek friend, allows you to pretend that a warp core breach is imminent. You and Geordi better get the hell out of there.

After play time, you can argue about who looks better in Spock ears and when your nerd rage takes over you’ll no doubt roll around on the floor and fight ala Kirk and Spock in the episode entitled Amok Time. And though it’s just wrong, that fighting will give way to sweet love. Afterwards you try to convince yourselves that it’s the work of an evil entity on board the ship. Just another day in the life of 2 Trekkies.

The Victor Multi-Kill: Like sending mice to the electric chair

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2008

The Victor Multi-Kill: Like sending mice to the electric chairThere are plenty of options when it comes to getting rid of mice. There’s the old mousetrap that in all likelihood will snap back on your finger and have you hopping around in pain. There are glues,baits,traps and varmint catchers of every kind. But when you absolutely need to exterminate these little guys with extreme prejudice, there’s this thing. The Victor Multi-Kill trap.

Looks like some modded lunchbox, but what’s inside isn’t your lunch. The Victor uses a high-voltage shock to murder any mouse in its path cold dead in just 3 seconds, then it dumps the carcass into the collection box for disposal. So, it’s kinda like a mouse-mob hit. Quick and behind closed doors. They claim it’s effective enough to get rid of all your mice in a single night. You might thnk this is inhumane, but if they really do die in 3 seconds, there’s very little suffering compared to other traps.

ECO Showerdrop keeps your shower short

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2008

ECO Showerdrop keeps your shower shortThere’s nothing like a nice long and hot shower, but that isn’t good for the environment. Plus, in the cold of winter, it’s pretty tough to actually get out of the shower. If you need some help shutting the water off and getting out, the Eco Showerdrop will help you. It acts as both a water measurer and a timer, and it’s programmable.

Once you hit the water limit you’ve set for yourself, it beeps at you until you quit. If you keep showering, the device will calculate how much water you’re using and tell you, hoping that you can be guilted out of the shower. Different showers use different amounts of water, so the Eco Showerdrop can read how much water your specific showerhead is releasing. So hopefully you can set it for longer showers.

Dining table transforms into a pod

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2008

Dining table transforms into a podWhen your HAL 9000 tries to kill you on board your space ship, things are grim. But until your computer goes rogue, you would probably be dining at a table like this one. When you and your crew mates are finished, it transforms into an awesome little pod that matches your ship.

It’s called the Kure from Turkish designer Fatih Can Sarıöz. It features a nice column of light in the center that glows blue. It’s a concept that you may well see become a reality in homes of the future. It’s modern and a real space saving design. Just imagine reading the morning e-paper while you eat your robot made food. “Honey can you put the table and chairs away? I’m late for work.”