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Shark Fin ice cube mold: This time it’s personal

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2009

Shark Fin ice cube mold: This time it’s personalScrew a bigger boat, I think we’re gonna need a bigger cup. This is one of the more clever ice cube molds that we’ve seen since Gin and Titonic. You can feel the tension. Hear the famous shark music as you sip, always wondering if your next sip will be the one that upsets the shark in your glass.

At first glance they look like they would topple over when you put them in your drink, but if you look at the pic, you’ll see that under the fin is a sturdy base of ice that will keep everything fin-up. This may be the coolest ice cube tray thing yet.

Trebuchet Toaster launches bread across the room

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

Trebuchet Toaster flings your bread across the roomThis toaster is part of Ivo Vos’s ‘Brunch’ collection. It’s a toast catapult or trebuchet. One cool feature is that it lets you calibrate the force and angle of your toast’s trajectory. Presumably so that you can have a plate all set up in the right place. It’s one of many prototypes for kitchen equipment from the Dutch designer.

It’s all about precision. In fact, the project is intended to be a statement on perfection, precision, and order. But the important thing is this: This toaster launches your damn toast. And that’s awesome. I’m guessing we won’t see it come to market for awhile, which is a shame. Toasters were meant to function in such ways.

Quiksnap ice tray gives you one cube at a time

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

Quiksnap ice tray gives you one cube at a timeSometimes you come across an idea that’s so simple, you wonder why you never thought of it. Or why no one else has until now. This one is a great and simple idea. An ice cube tray that dispenses one ice cube at a time. It’s called the Quicksnap and we’re not the only ones who think it’s a good idea.

It’s a finalist in the Royal College of the Arts design contest, and will be available later this year for single cube action at all your parties. A simple push of the green button and the cube just pops out. So, if you absolutely need to water down those drinks, but want a single cube so as not to water it down too much, you have an easy way to do it.

Electronic Pipe is elementary my dear Watson

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Electronic Pipe is elementary my dear Watsone-cigarettes seem pretty fashionable these days. I guess it beats being hooked up to an iron lung machine. Despite the fact that some people have a huge problem with smoking, it’s a part of our culture. We even covered a phone that looks like a carton of smokes awhile back.

Riding the wave of e-cigarettes is this electronic pipe. The Electronic Pipe will give you the taste and feel of smoking on a pipe while looking like you are solving crimes in the 19th century. You just won’t get all the negative effects of nicotine. It will give you a nice a orange glow and even a puff of fake smoke to complete the illusion.

MECO command center does it all

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

Pearing Core Systems’ MEdiaCOre or MECO system is a digital command center/ convergence device that is basically a compact, hand-crafted cabinet for your living room. The unit runs off of a full-featured PC powered by Windows Media Center. It uses the Internet and your home’s audio, video and other automation to manage your digital life all from one place.

You can watch Internet movies and television, stream Internet radio, listen to MP3s and check out your digital photos and video. The device also helps to eliminate all of your media clutter, because MECO has two cable boxes, a wireless router, Blu-Ray and DVD-RW/CD-RW drives built right into the system, with room to integrate your own components, like iPods and game consoles.

Alien Wall Plaque is scary decor

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 14th, 2009

Alien Wall Plaque is scary decorThe Roswell the Alien Wall Plaque has a few different uses. For one, it makes it look like you caught one and imprisoned it in your wall. Which is good because if a real alien shows up one night to abduct you for study, he’ll see this on your wall and hightail it out of there. Plus, he’ll tell his friends and thus you will be safe.

It’s also the sort of thing that comes in handy for scaring away unwanted house guests who like to spend the night. Just put this up in your guest room and no one will want to sleep over. It comes in three pieces: a head and two hands, so you can move them about to create the look that you want.

Shifter faucet lets you change gears

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2009

Shifter faucet lets you change gears from hot to coldIs your faucet a stick or an automatic? Well, now you can have a stick shift on your sink thanks to this classy-looking design. That’s right, you can now change gears on your faucet. It’s pretty stylish and will leave other faucets in the dust.

The idea is that it would allow you to shift up the amount of water coming out of the faucet. Or down. Which is great for people looking to conserve water by staying in lower “gears,” but we can’t see how the temperature is controlled so this may be a big bust. Sure, it looks awesome, but that doesn’t count for anything if all you get is cold water.

See-through iron let’s you watch the de-wrinkling process

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

See-through iron let’s you watch the de-wrinkling processDoing chores sucks. Ironing is probably one of the worst chores. But no one likes a wrinkly shirt. This iron should make it a little more bearable. The b-Iron 715 is a clothes iron that’s completely transparent, letting you to see your clothes while you’re ironing. This way you can watch the whole mysterious de-wrinkling right before your eyes. And you won’t burn that shirt.

Let’s just hope that it lives up to all the hype that surrounds transparent iron technology and distributes the heat evenly. Also, if it clouds up from the steam then you will be sadly disappointed. Here’s to hoping they have all the wrinkles worked out.

Toilet Seat Scale allows you watch as you lose weight

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2009

Toilet Seat Scale allows you watch as you lose weightScales come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes they are on your mouse. Sometimes they are on a chair. And sometimes they can be found on a toilet seat.

Which makes sense. Losing weight is hard. It might help motivate you, if you can see visually just how much you lose on the old John. Because we all know we lose some weight on the throne. Now it’s time to see just how much. Judging by that rabbit-thing’s reaction, it seems that he/she has just pinched a weighty loaf.

ezSpace Wall Mount UFO: 2 outlets become 6

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

ezSpace Wall Mount UFO: 2 outlets become 6Remember the E-ball power strip for D & D fans? This is like that only cooler. This ezSpace UFO power strip will abduct 2 of your outlets and give you 6 in return. This UFO offers surge protection, not scorn from non-believers or even anal probe rash. It’s actually useful.

While we wouldn’t mind seeing it in more colors, we like it. And it’s only $29. Though I imagine it ceases looking like a UFO once 6 plugs are inserted. Still it’s perfect for those out of sight places where every device converges in a tangled mess.

Ski Home Simulator

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2009

Ski Home SimulatorUsing the Wii-Fit’s balance board is great for some sports simulations, but it can only go so far. The Ski Home Simulator is another option for those with large bank accounts and too much time on their hands at $2285. It has features for the ski beginner, as well as more advanced users.

Apparently it’s for the PC only, meaning that you need to plug it to your PC or laptop. With 32 different courses from 18 real life venues including Beaver Lake, Lake Louise and Chamonix, these are still pretty expensive courses when you take the price into account.

This is not your grandmother’s sewing machine

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

This is not your grandmother’s sewing machineWhat with living in 2009, chances are you suck at sewing. It seems like kind of a lost art in a way. And mastering an old sewing machine can be a real pain anyway. With the Brother Quattro 6000D, you’d be a master seamstress. This beast of a sewing machine features a 7-inch HD LCD display and embedded runway lighting. It even goes so far as to have a camera next to the needle, letting you see up close exactly what you’re doing, so you don’t mess up your stitches.

There’s no info on pricing or a release date as of yet, but I think we can safely say that it will cost quite a nice chunk of change. You may want to toil away on your old machine while saving some extra scratch.

Decaf strips detect caffeine in your drink

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2008

Decaf strips detect caffeine in your drinkMost people drink coffee for the caffeine, whether to help them wake up or stay alert, but some people drink it because they like the taste and don’t want to get the crazy jitters associated with the drink. For these people, who don’t want to be fooled into drinking the go juice, there are the D+caf strips.

These strips allow you to tell whether or not some dork at a coffee shop gave you caffeine, when you actually ordered decaf. Just dip the strip in and it will change colors if it detects more than 20mg of caffeine. And because you detected it, you are still calm enough not to throw it at the dude.

New vent controlling device saves you money

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

New vent controlling device saves you moneyHaving central heating is easy and convenient, but not very cost effective. For one thing, you’re heating rooms that are not in use. Most homes do not need every single room to be the same temperature. hat’s where this device comes in handy. The Vent-Miser Programmable Energy Saving Vent saves you money by controlling individual room temperature.

Just program the temperature you would like the room to be and Vent Miser will allow or restrict airflow to keep that specific room at the desired temperature. These electronic vents replace the vents you already have to help regulate airflow, rather then replace your current heating or cooling system.

LED hose nozzle for night gardening

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2008

LED hose nozzle for night gardeningIt’s better to water your plants in the evening, when the sun isn’t beating down on them. That way the water doesn’t evaporate right away and the ground can soak up as much as it needs. So that means you need to garden in the dark, but how are you supposed to see what’s going on?

With an LED garden hose of course. This garden hose nozzle has a light on it, so you can see exactly where you’re spraying. It doubles as a defensive weapon as well, should you see an intruder among your plants and vegetables. You’ll be able to see them run away when you spray them.