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SmartSwitch is tougher to flip when consumption is high

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

SmartSwitch is tougher flip when consumption is highWe hear about the saving and the wasting of energy all the time. It seems like we don’t actually pay attention until it affects us in the real world. Which is how this light switch helps. Peter Russo and Brendan Wypich of Stanford University developed the SmartSwitch, a light control with tactile feedback that helps you “see” how much energy is already being used, whenever you try to flick the switch.

If the total energy consumption in the house is low, the SmartSwitch is easy to flip. But if the consumption is higher, the SmartSwitch is physically harder to flip, thanks to a brake pad within the mechanism. The idea is that people will use this tactile feedback to decide if they really really need that light on or not. And it gives users a physical interaction with how much they are using.

The Viking Horn Beer Bong

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

The Viking Horn Beer BongDrink to your Viking Gods and celebrate life with this Viking Horn Beer Bong. Praise Odin as you take beer in through the horn and pass vomit out as you burn and pillage your liver.

It has multiple uses too. Are you one of those 70 year olds that still loves to party? Drink up then hold it to your ear so you can hear all the goings on around you. This product is begging to be endorsed by Flavor Flav and marketed with a Viking helmet.

Alien CD rack, because UFOs have CD players

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

Alien CD rack, because UFOs are powered by CDsIt’s not all abducting cows and humans. Aliens love music on outdated media. This may be because UFOs are only outfitted with Cd players or it may be that UFOs actually use CDs for fuel. Who can say?

But get yourself one of these decoy alien CD racks and it will keep your CDs safe. Any thieving grey bastard who aims to steal your tunes will think another of his kind has gotten there first and head to the next house. This keeps your tunes safe and anal probes far away from you.

Microwave Oven with a Pizza drawer

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

Microwave Oven with a Pizza drawerThis microwave is for serious pizza lovers only. It makes reheating pizza easy. It’s a microwave oven with a built in pizza oven drawer underneath. The Stainless Steel Kenmore 1.1 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave & Pizza Oven with a Pizza Drawer Underneath has all of your standard microwave features.

It’s good to go with the usual popcorn button, defrost, reheat, etc and has several pizza reheating buttons. When it comes to pizza reheating there are four different temperature control settings and a button for each type of crust: Frozen Rising Crust, Frozen Regular Crust, Fresh Regular Dough, Fresh Par-baked Crust.

Light switches finally get sexy

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

Revio programmable light switchesThese Revio programmable light switches by FirstHand Design are simply awesome. They allow light switches to finally show a sexy side. The panel boasts eight program buttons, power button, dim/bright control, infrared receiver, program from iCAN network, flash memory, panel ‘clean’ switch and more.

It’s possible to have all kinds of configurations and re-programming for light settings. You could also have your choice of icons and text languages included in the design. Plus it’s easy to clean. It’s a great design whose time has come.

Russian Roulette Beer Bong

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Russian Roulette Beer BongThe Russian Roulette Beer Bong turns drinking into a game of chance. Where the Alcohol Shot Gun holds just one ounce, this wheel/barrel thing holds 2 liters. I say combine the two for a Dirty Harry type spin the bottle game.

Just spin the roulette wheel and pull out a bottle. If you are the unlucky one, you’ll have to chug 2 liters of beer. The others are free to laugh until it’s their turn. All of your collective puke should make the bottle spin pretty wildly. Or it might just appear to be spinning faster from your position on the floor.

Pixel Art Jackets for books

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2009

Pixel Art Jackets for booksThese Pixel art book jackets really add to your geek cred. They are a great way to not only dress up your books, but to add some decorative nerd-flair to your home.

The folks over at icoeye have compiled a great guide and a PDF that you can download to add some geeky style to your library. Pretty cool. You can download the template to create your own designs too.

Aquavolo showerhead both rains and pours

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2009

Aquavolo showerhead both rains and poursThe Aquavolo showerhead from Italy’s Bossini looks pretty stylish and modern, but that isn’t all it has going for it. It will give you the option to choose between either a pouring out waterfall style shower or a rain shower.

You know, because sometimes you just want something different. Just flip the stainless steel shower fixture up or down to switch between the two. Maybe your wife prefers to re-enact shampoo commercials under a waterfall, while posing and smiling, while you prefer to just get rained on. Whatever floats your boat.

Sylvania ECOlight is powered by water

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2009

Sylvania ECOlight is powered by waterWhy risk burning your hand in the shower before you’ve set the right temperature, when you can get the Sylvania ECOlight and avoid it? The device can be easily installed on most showerheads, and it features a bright LED light and an illuminated ring that will change color, depending on the temperature of the water.

Blue indicates water that is 78 degrees Fahrenheit or less, while red indicates a temperature over 105.8. The interesting thing about this device is that it’s powered by the flow of water using a built-in generator.

GeoBulb II: LED lighting that lasts for 20 years

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2009

GeoBulb II: LED lighting that lasts for 20 yearsThe problem with producing a long-lasting and bright LED Light Bulb is that the components in an LED bulb often fail before the LEDs themselves. Looks like that may change. The GeoBulb II Wedge Base type bulb is designed to fit into all wedge-based fixtures, bringing LED light bulbs up to the brightness of incandescent bulbs and maintaining the quality that make LEDs so good.

The bulb will supposedly last 30,000 hours, using just a fraction of the power of incandescent bulbs, while generating very little heat and isn’t susceptible to vibrations or repeated on/off switching. The bulb uses 7.5-Watts of power while dispensing 60-watts of equivalent light.

Hug Me Pillow is like a comfy dismembered arm

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

Hug Me Pillow is like a comfy dismembered armPillows should be comfy, soft, yet not too soft. A cloud if you will, that will gently carry you off to dreamland. They should not be anything like this Hug Me pillow, which is a pillow that looks like it was delivered by the mafia on a night when horse heads weren’t easy to come by.

Do you want to sleep in the embrace of a dismembered arm? I don’t. But I’m sure it’s perfect for serial killers and the deranged as it will remind them of their last or next victims. The manufacturer should have just went all the way and added the blood and entrails.

Food Face plates make playing with your food acceptable

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

Food Face plates make playing with your food acceptableAs a kid, how many times were you told to stop playing with your food? Probably a lot. Well, playing with your food on these plates is totally acceptable and even mandatory. The Food Face is a mid-size, hotel-quality, food-safe plate.

It’s time you had the freedom to play with your food. Your parents were just too uptight. Make a hat full of peas, or a beard full of corn, maybe put some carrots as the eyebrows. No price yet, but I imagine they will be available soon.

EasyBloom Plant Sensor is a garden know-it-all

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2009

EasyBloom Plant Sensor is a garden know-it-allThis is a great device if your thumb is brown rather than green. Consider it a cheat for becoming a great gardener. The EasyBloom Plant Sensor consists of two gadgets, a USB-enabled processor, and the sensor it plugs into that you also will stick into your soil. The sensor will clue you in on what your garden requires, telling you things like how much sun that area is getting as well as moisture, humidity etc.

After it collects 24 hours of data and chastises you about being a plant killer, plug it into your computer and it will give you valuable info what sorts of plants will thrive in your garden. You can search by color, height and other options. It’s at this point that you realize that the device is little more than a digital book of flowers that do well in your area, but it could still help those who kill plants just by looking at them.

This just in: Ice Invaders attack drinks

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2009

This just in: Ice Invaders attack drinksYou’re a geek and so are we. So we understand. Sometimes you just can’t keep all that love for Space Invaders to yourself. You have to slip it in her drink like a nerd roofie, hoping that it will pique her interest. Maybe she’ll ask what it is. You can explain and in the process make her a nerd too. Maybe you’ll play the classic game together.

Not very likely. She’ll probably just tell you to keep your dork ice in that Shirley Temple you’re sipping. Hey, you tried. Ice Invaders is a silicone tray that will make Space Invaders ice or let you bake your own aliens. It will be available this spring. Pretend your going pew pew pew as they melt in your girlly drink.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat now available

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

Ecobee Smart Thermostat now availableWe first told you about Ecobee’s Smart Thermostat last October. The device claims that it will pay for it’s $385 price tag within the first 12 to 18 months of use. Now’s your chance to find out if that claim is true.

The WiFi-enabled smart thermostat, complete with ZigBee expansion slots, is now available to order from the company’s website. The cost includes the $35 access fee for first year of use. If it lives up to it’s claims, this should be a real money saver. It helps you get to know your energy usage patterns and make the necessary adjustments.