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FRED UFO Humidifier makes abductions humid, probes moist

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

FRED UFO Humidifier makes abductions humid, probes moistFRED isn’t the hippest name for a UFO shaped humidifier, but hey it’s a UFO in your room, which is always awesome, so call it whatever you like. This UFO runs on steam, not gravity waves, using a 2 gallon water reservoir to boil 1-2 gallons of water per day, making your environment pleasantly humid, moist and tropical. The way “their” home planet is.

See, once they convert your home into a rough approximation of their atmosphere, it makes the whole abduction thing much easier. This way, they can take their time, raid your fridge, flip through your iTunes library and do whatever invasive stuff they do to orifices. But don’t worry, chances are you won’t remember and if you do, you can take some consolation in the fact that FRED is available in 4 different colors for $99.

Star Wars bedsheets get hip again

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

Star Wars bedsheets get hip againFor those of us who were growing up during the original Star Wars trilogy, those times were magical. More action figures then a kid could collect? Awesome vehicles for them to play around in? Bedsheets so your imagination could soar at night? Disco? Maybe not so much Disco. If you had the bedsheets you were head nerd, let me tell ya.

And while Pottery Barn generally impresses the ladies, they are appealing to 1970′s kids now too with these classically styled sheets. You can get everything you need to deck out your bed. Sheets range in price from $14 to $109. Quilted bedding can cost as much as $219. They come in queen sizes, full and twin. Now go bug your wife. She usually gets her way in the decorating department, no? Time to make a stand and demand these. Be brave. A kick to the nuts can build character.

Electrolux Flatshare Fridge is awesomely modular

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

Electrolux Flatshare Fridge is awesomely modularLook no further for a brilliant fridge concept. The Flatshare Fridge was created by Stefan Buchberger from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna for the annual Electrolux Design Lab competition. The idea is to have a fridge that is perfectly suited for college kids who have roommates.

It’s modular design features separate compartments that allow each ‘flatmate’ to have their own mini fridge. Because nobody likes to share and it’s just good to keep your stuff from colliding with someone else’s stuff. Not everyone has good hygiene, or good taste. No one is getting the short end of the stick with this design either, as each section has a tall area for bottles and a smaller side for other stuff.

Condom Dispenser: You feeling lucky punk?

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on September 11th, 2008

Condom Dispenser: You feeling lucky punk?The condom dispenser moves the prophylactic party from the drawer to a bedside table top. It’s not for everyone, after all some get luckier then others. In fact, what works for this item also works against it. Sure, it’s great to have a condom dispenser nearby since you get so much sex that you lay in bed all day,(Uh…sure you do.) but chances are that if you actually have a woman in your life, this is wayyy to tacky a decoration to meet with her approval.

But if you have a special kind of gal with vision… One that sees the form and function of the condom dispenser as a great blending of mid-century modern with a blend of trailer park skank, then here are the measurements: 9″ H x 3.5″ W x 4″ D, made of aluminum and plastic, and it can hold up to 24 packs of condoms. Only $28.

Scantoaster puts the Internet onto your bread

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on September 11th, 2008

Scantoaster puts the Internet onto your breadWhen you think about it, it’s kind of weird that toast is such a hugely popular food. I mean it’s basically burnt bread that’s ready to crumble in your hands. What’s weirder are all the new ways we’ve found to enjoy toast. We can even make it in our PC’s and decorate it with a frakken cylon. The Scan Toaster printer concept takes it all a step further, from designer Sung Bae Chang.

Details are a bit thin, but it connects to the internet via USB and can print images or text on bread using a flexible “module” unit heated by a wire. What it means is that you could read the news on the very breakfast that you eat. The Scan Toaster concept was a finalist in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition. Sadly, it may be awhile before it hits the kitchen.

R2 Fish School Training Kit

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on September 10th, 2008

R2 Fish School Training KitFor those who want to train their fish to do all kinds of un-fish-like stuff, check out this R2 Fish School Training Kit that’s got nothing to do with R2-D2. I’m guessing it’s for those who want to enter there fish in the fish Olympics. It was created by noted fish-training expert, Dr. Dean Pomerleau and the R2 Solutions team.

The kit employs basic marine mammal training techniques. Basically if you promise them food, they’ll do all kinds of tricks. Who knew? It’s like the whole What Would You Do For A Klondike Bar?, but with fish. Your little pets will learn how to limbo, slalom, fetch, play basketball, jump through hoops, and more. If the fish Olympics don’t exist yet, they will soon and I’ll be right there betting on guppies playing Basketball. At least until various steroids scandals hit. $39.95 gets you into the shady world of fish training.

Weird backdrop shower panel nozzle, buddy, things

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2008

Weird backdrop shower panel nozzle, buddy, thingsIs it just me or would anyone be a little weirded out by these shower companion things? One looks like a pink female body which isn’t too bad, but the next one in line is kinda bowing down like he’s gonna finish you off. The strange blue blob starfish thing makes me want to get out of the shower real quick and so does the Panda. I would just like to shower in peace thank you.

The panels are created by an Italian company called Colacril and they will add a splash of…something to your decor. Maybe fear or paranoia. I don’t see much showertime fun here. The last thing I need while taking a shower is some Panda staring at me as if my man parts are bamboo. I’m old fashioned that way.

The Amish want to heat your home

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

The Amish want to heat your homeI’m still not sure what to make of this, but apparently there is some new miracle heater called the Heat Surge. It’s Chinese technology that you just plug into any standard wall outlet. Supposedly it only uses about as much energy to run, as a standard coffee maker, but will produce 5,119 BTU’s as on-board heat turbine silently forces hot air out into the room so you feel heat instantly. It has a UL listing and everything. Even if all that is true, the odd part is that those anti-tech, iPhone shunning Amish are busy as Christmas elves building mantles for these heaters, trying to keep up with demand so that customers can get their new fake fireplace before Christmas. If you ordered a mantle in the last 48 hours, the heater was thrown in for free. But now it will cost you from $249.00 to $337.00.

This is all centered around the Heat Surge Roll-N-Glow fireplace that actally rolls from room to room. How the Amish got involved in this I have no idea, but I do know that as they slave away on fireplace mantles, barns are going un-built, shunnings and exiles seem few and far between. What’s next? Will they trade in the horse and buggy for a Model T? It all seems like some sci-fi plot, where huge events are foreshadowed by strange behavior. What are they really doing? What happens when we take these heaters into our homes? Could this be the long dreaded Amish invasion that some of us have feared, where they turn the tables and take our technology, leaving us to plow fields and milk cows? Will I punished by our new masters for writing this? Probably not, since they have no internetz. Still I’m growing an old man beard and wearing plain clothes…just in case.

Make Your Own Peanut Butter

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2008

Make Your Own Peanut ButterSome of you may prefer making your own foods rather then buying them from store shelves. If you choose to make your own peanut butter, well that’s just Skippy. Good for you. It will be fresher, not loaded with preservatives and other chemicals and you’ll get the respect of peanut enthusiasts like former President Jimmy Carter. Your sandwich of choice, PB&J will taste awesome.

Just pour 2 cups of peanuts and decide whether you want crunchy or smooth. After that, just spread it, eat and let it stick to the roof of your mouth. It will cost $50 starting at the end of the month. Might just be easier to buy it in the store, but at a few bucks a jar this machine will save you money.

The EcoJohn incinerates waste

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on September 4th, 2008

The EcoJohn incinerates wasteThis self-contained and waterless toilet is called the EcoJohn Sr Toilet. Quite simply, it burns the crap you normally flush, into white ash. It operates just like a regular toilet, except that water doesn’t take away your waste. Just close the lid and the waste is whisked away like South Park’s Mr. hankey the x mas poo on Christmas eve. It’s final destination is a burn chamber where it is cremated. A small bit of smoke is belched out and filtered through a catalytic converter before hitting the air.

There is some water involved, just minimal. The toilet is equipped with a small reservoir that holds about a quart of water. Press a special rinse button, and it’s easy to keep the bowl and auger clean. It’s the perfect water saving device, though I’m not sure how I would feel about having a chimney on my toilet.

THX certified sound-proof doors

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

THX certified sound-proof doorsTHX has more uses then just making a starship battle sound awesome you know. That’s why THX has partnered with Serious Materials to develop some new sound proof doors. The QuietHome soundproof doors are the 2 1/4-inch thick THX-certified doors that claim to be a full 85% acoustical improvement over any other sound proof doors.

How does it work? QuietHome Doors incorporate Serious’ proprietary viscoelastic polymer-based constrained layer damped system, a multi-layer design and advanced seals throughout the door edge. The doors are made up of stainable wood, and come in a pre-hung door package. You wouldn’t want to just replace your front door with it. Well, maybe you would if you are super loud. Your neighbors would appreciate it. But it’s designed for high-end home theaters, commercial studios, offices and conference rooms etc. The doors will cost you $2,500 and will block out so much sound your neighbors will think the place is vacant.

Japanese fridges spray Vitamin C to keep food fresh

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Japanese fridges spray Vitamin C to keep food freshThe Japanese are ahead of us in everything, even Fridge tech. Not only do they like to spray snow to deodorize things, they also like their fridges to emit vitamin C. Hitachi fridges, that is. The idea behind their new fridges seems sound enough. The R-Y6000 releases Vitamin C into the air inside to keep your food fresher.

Apparently this is possible because Vitamin C helps meat keep it’s color longer and also slows down nutrient loss in vegetables and fish. The wonder fridge also has a filter to help prevent mold. And six drawers. We typically have two here. It has a volume of 602 liters and will cost $3,100. 3,000 units will be produced on a monthly basis, until they run out of vitamin C and have to resort to squeezing oranges inside.

Dad’s Cab: A taxi meter for your kids

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

Dad’s Cab: A taxi meter for your kidsBeing a parent isn’t easy. You have to be a jack of all trades. One of those trades is Taxi Driver. Can you drive me here and pick me up at 10? And it never ends until the kid is old enough to drive. That’s where the Dad’s Cab novelty taxi meter comes in handy. Dad’s Cab is a novelty taxi meter that comes with a bunch of cards that dad can give out to their kids as a bill. Payments include such things as ‘tidy your room’ and ‘make dad a cup of tea’.

In other words, no more free rides. With the included adhesive strips, you can secure the taxi meter to the dashboard of your car. Turn it on every time your kid uses you as a taxi service and the meter will go up. Also doubles as an alarm clock and is powered by 4 LR44 batteries at £9.95. It teaches kids that nothing is free and your time is valuable.

Assemble Your Own Pen is too much DIY

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

Assemble Your Own Pen is too much DIYI thought that buying prepackaged goods was supposed to make life easier, but I guess I was wrong. However those who are completely obsessed with DIY will probably appreciate this and find it fun. The Falter 2D pen makes you work to have your pen and write with it.

The DIY assembly kit even comes with a flat piece of iron that you’ll fold into your pen holder. At $39, you could probably save yourself some trouble and just lift a pen from the next cubicle. Leave 5 bucks if you feel bad you’ll still be better off. Apparently the Falter is handmade in Italy. Just not completed. That’s up to you. Me, I have enough to do already.

Fabria Snow Gun deodorizes your home with snow

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

Fabria Snow Gun deodorizes with your home with snowThe Japanese are a strange and wonderfully wacky and inventive people, sometimes totally off their rocker, which we love. Their latest wacky innovation aims to replace the traditional deodorizer of choice, Febreeze, with something bizarre and awesome at the same time. It’s the Fabria Freshness Gun, which showers your home with a “soft, snow-like mist that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of astringent persimmon and grapefruit.”

According to the website, it’s all very environmentally friendly thanks to natural ingredients, but just ask yourself if you would want a blanket of Febreeze on anything in your home. It can’t be a good thing. Check out the video below, where they show off a snowman and hold grapefruit for your perusal while making it snow from a can.