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This Wooden Humidifier looks classy, requires no electricity

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2010

Is it cold and dry where you live? You may want to consider this humidifier. This model from Japan looks nothing like the usual humidifiers we see around here. It has an elegant charm to it for sure.

The Mast Humidifier is carved out of Japanese Cypress and absorbs water from the hull, diffusing it through the air with the natural lemony-scent of the wood. Its even rot resistant and requires no electricity. Be moist while making a stylish and artistic statement.

Commoto rolling fireplace

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2010

Forget dragging yourself to the fireplace, let the fireplace come to you. Roll it back and forth. Surely that can’t be dangerous. For €2,490 (or $3567) you can have one of these fireplaces that combines the inventions of fire and the wheel in one unit.

It uses bio-ethanol as its combustion source. Roll it wherever you want. It will warm any part of the house that’s cold. Just don’t tip it over. That would be bad.

Every issue of National Geographic on a 160GB HDD

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2009

National Geographic, or Nat Geo to it’s friends, is now offering everything it has ever published on a portable 160GB HDD. That’s neat enough, but that’s not all. 100GB of that is free for you to use and add to the collection.

It’s a shame that this wasn’t available before Christmas, but at least you can get it now if you have a spare $199.95. That’s worth it for all those Volcano pictures and Native peoples showing breasts.

Looftlighter starts fires with hot air

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2009

This may look like a curling iron, but if you wind your hair up in this thing it’s likely to disintegrate in a fiery poof. Basically the Looftlighter is a handy way to light fires without using fire or even lighter fluid. What it does is blast out hot air at temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Now that’s a fire.

At $80, it seems expensive, but it should save you money in lighter fluid over time. Heck, it just makes things easier if you start a lot of fires in your fireplace. Just don’t mistake this for your hair dryer.

Picture table: Hide your kitchen table on the wall

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2009

Kitchen tables take up so much room in our homes. And we only use them for eating, so they don’t get used nearly often enough to justify the space they consume. The Picture Table aims to cure that, letting you use the table and then get it out of the way.

The Picture Table is like any normal table, but when you are done using it and want some space back, just flip it up onto the wall and it becomes a large frame. Great idea, especially if you live in an apartment.

Head massaging hat won’t help with the ladies

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2009

We all love a good head massage and even though we prefer the human touch, that isn’t always possible. Enter this dorky hat, which will massage your head while also keeping others far away from you.

The uCrown 2 head massager combines air pressure technology, vibration massage, magnetic therapy, heat, and even built in speakers so you can play relaxing music. The uCrown 2 will relieve stress while relaxing your muscles. It will make those around you point and laugh, while you cry.

PermaFLOW drain takes a common sense approach to clogs

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2009

PermaFLOW drain takes a common sense approach to clogsNow and then an invention comes along that solves problems with such a simplistic approach, you have to wonder why you never thought of it. The PermaFLOW drain is one such invention. Clogged drains are a pain. For one thing you can’t see what’s going on down there. And removing the pipe is not as easy as it sounds.

The PermaFLOW drain should make clogs a thing of the past. If it gets clogged, just turn the knob on the side and you will crank that blockage out of the way. Couldn’t be easier.

Better Mousetrap delivers 102lbs of force

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2009

Better Mousetrap delivers 102lbs of force Makers of mouse killing traps are all about the power. For one thing it insures that the mouse dies fast, so it’s more humane. Jake Easton’s “Better Mousetrap“, powered by compressed air and triggered by motion sensors, is much like any typical trap, just “a lot more fun to watch”.

The trap weighs 5.5 lbs in all, thanks to its 0.25-inch thick hand-crafted aluminum case, various solenoids, valves and electronics. The deadliest part if you are a mouse is the 60psi of pressure. At just 40psi, the trap snaps shut with 102lbs of strike force.

TruePower UCS Power Outlet with built-in USB Ports

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 5th, 2009

TruePower UCS Power Outlet with built-in USB PortsLast week we told you about a DIY project that puts USB outlets on your wall. Well, we hate to burst your bubble and we know that you spent a lot of time building your in-wall USB charger, but here’s one that’s already made.

This TruPower UCS outlet from FastMac has two USB charging ports along with two standard power outlets. And it costs the same as the DIY version. This one ships early next year some time. And hey, waiting for it is much safer than electrocuting yourself.

ezGear has the gadgety solution to cold hands this winter

Posted in Home by Shane McGlaun on December 2nd, 2009

exgearhandwarmer-sgOne of the things that most of us hate most about winter is the cold. My fingers just don’t work right when my hands get cold. I can’t type with cold fingers and cold fingers is just generally annoying. ezGear has a new rechargeable hand warmer that will keep your phalanges nice and toasty.

The device is small at about 1.6 ounces and only 1/3 of an inch thick. The hand warmer is covered in aluminum for good conduction of heat and looks a lot like an iPod to me. The thing ships with a sock to put it in as well.

Yoomi self-heating bottle

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2009

Yoomi self-heating bottleCaring for a baby is no easy job, so anything that can make parent’s lives just a little easier is welcomed. That’s just what the Yoomi baby bottle aims to do. These bottles are self heating. Just push a button and within 60 seconds you’ll have the warm bottle you need to feed your infant.

It was actually invented by a husband and a wife team who wanted an easier way of heating bottles and keeping their sanity. The bottles will cost you £22 or about $36. A pack of two teats sells for £4.50 or about $7.

H2Orb saves water

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2009

H2Orb saves waterAquaOne Technologies’ H2Orb will let you know when you’ve got a leak or an overflow in your toilet. It attaches directly to the water valve behind the toilet, with a single float sensor that hangs inside the toilet tank. When it detects a leak, it shuts off the water and alerts you of the leak with an alarm as well as an icon on its LCD screen. The entire system runs on a single 3V lithium coin cell battery.

This device is great for those who live in places with limited resources, not to mention saving water. The sooner you know about a leak, the better.

Fridge Locker locks up your food for life, shelf life

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2009

Fridge Locker locks up your food for life, shelf lifeOk this is clearly for you folks who have obese roommates that steal all of your food. Which you pay for. This thing ought to keep your food secure and out of Jabba’s grasp. Great for helping you or someone else stick to your diet too.

Sure it looks like food jail, but your food is being protected not punished. And it’s only $20 and fits inside your refrigerator, secured with a chrome metal lock which you can set to any combination you want.

FaceID unlocks your door with Facial Recognition

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2009

FaceID unlocks your door with Facial RecognitionFaceID combines home security systems with facial recognition. It will likely take over from the usual password, swipe card, retina and fingerprint scanning systems that we already use. It isn’t just a concept either.

FaceID is available right now and looks cool enough for any front door. It uses two digital cameras to create a 3D image of your face. Your face model is stored and matched with whoever stands in front of the system so it can decide whether to let you in or not.

Link Mugs help you carry multiple coffees easily

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2009

Link Mugs help you carry multiple coffees easilyHere’s a pretty handy mug design. Especially if you’re that guy who gets everyone their coffee at the office. You won’t spill a drop if you use Link Mugs. It’s a simple design. Each mug has male and female, cross-shaped areas that allow it to join with the next mug.

So you can link these mugs together and carry several mugs at the same time safely. Pretty cool idea huh? Or a hot one if they are full of Java. The set includes three ceramic coffee mugs for $54.