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Crestron Isys – One Remote to Rule Them All

Posted in Home,Home Theater,Remotes by Darrin Olson on October 28th, 2006

Crestron TPMC 10 Wireless RemoteThis WiFi touch panel from Crestron could quite possibly be the ultimate cool wireless remote control to run everything in your home. Imagine with a touch of a button, the Plasma TV, Stereo and DVD player all turn on, the window curtain goes shut and the lights dim.

This little tablet PC like device actually has Windows XP embedded as the operating system, and has applications on the device for browsing the web, watching streamed media, VoIP and remote desktop to your PC. Wow.

This remote control is a touch screen at 8.4″ with a resolution of 800×600 along with some handy dedicated softkey navigation buttons, a stylus, built in fingerprint scanner for security (you don’t mess with another man’s entertainment system), Bluetooth and has docking stations that can mount on a desk or on the wall when you aren’t carrying it around.

This …

iRobot Dirt Dog has some Neat Tricks

Posted in Home,iRobot,Robots by Quagmire on October 18th, 2006

iRobot Dirt DogiRobot released a new model to its line vacuuming robots. The iRobot Dirt Dog can be commanded to clean your garage by sweeping under workbenches, cars and other hard-to-reach places. This friendly Dog picks up all the nasty debris such as: nuts, bolts, dirt, and any other fragments from your shop floor.
Dirt Dog Features
The Dirt Dog sports high-speed, counter-rotating brushes to keep your workspace clean. The specially designed brushes sweep up dirt and debris that clings to rough surfaces. Cleanup is easy as the Dirt Dog features an easy-to-empty oversized Bagless Debris Bin which means there are no bags to worry about.

The Dirt Dog is powered by a 14.4 Volt Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery which can be fully charged in seven hours.

The Dirt Dog uses the iRobot AWARE Robot Intelligence System, Stair Avoidance System. Stair Avoidance System to keep your faithful …

Surf in Your Living Room with the iJoy Board

Posted in Exercise Gadgets,Home by Darrin Olson on September 17th, 2006

iJoy BoardThe iJoy board is a balance training gadget that you can use to simulate surfing, skate boarding or snow boarding inside your own living room.

The iJoy Board has a non-slip platform that you stand on and an infrared remote that allows you to control turning it on and the speed setting. Adjust it between 3 different speeds and practice maintaining your balance while it tips different directions to simulate different board sports.

The iJoy is about 30″ long, 10″ high and 14 ” wide, weighs just under 50 pounds and runs on electricity from a standard wall outlet.

Current suggested retail is just under $450 USD.

iJoy Board [InterHealth]

The Chillow Pillow

Posted in Home,Sleep by Darrin Olson on September 6th, 2006

ChillowThis is little sleep assisting gadget is called a Chillow from Soothsoft, a pillow that keeps you chilled. Even if it didn’t work I like it for the name and the idea.

This chillow is designed to eliminate the need for you to flip your pillow over and over at night to find the cool spot. If only my pillow would stay cool, or chilled?

It’s made out of some sort of foam or gel material, and you need to add water. There is no mechanical parts or electricity that keep it cool. You just insert it into your pillow case and it automagically draws heat away from your head and keeps it cool for hours.