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It’s hot! Here’s a DIY air conditioner

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2010

It’s hot here in the Northeast. Very hot! If your air conditioning fails or you simply don’t have air conditioning, here’s a DIY solution. You wont have real AC cooling power, but it beats having nothing.

You just need a cooler, a fan, some tubes and a water pump. Then you just need to run cool water in front of the fan for it to cool off the air that blows out, making it only slightly more effective than a regular fan.

Art Lebedev’s Battery Mug tells you how hot your coffee is

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Pour your favorite hot beverage into Art Lebedev’s Battery Mug and the indicator on the side will show you how hot the liquid inside is, as long as it’s above 96.8°F. As you drink it, the green indicator will show you how much is left, and if its temperature gets too cool, the green indicators will fade to black.

Art Lebedev does it again, taking something familiar and making it even better. This mug is just $28. You need this right?

New MacBook Pros running hot

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2010

Macs never have problems. Or so I have heard. They run perfectly and they are pretty. The end. If only that were the case. According to reviewers at PC Authority, that new Core i7 processor inside is heating up. I mean really heating up. In a bad way. Like, reaching 100°C.

If you have one of these on your lap, your nads will be fried pretty quickly, or it will at least prevent you from having children. Ouch!

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.

Thermochromatic Pot changes colors with heat

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2009

Thermochromatic Pot changes colors with heatHow many times have you burnt yourself on a hot pot? There’s just no way to tell visually if it’s hot or not, which really sucks. And hurts. The Thermochromatic Pot can prevent such things from happening. It changes colors depending on how hot it is.

When you see the Thermochromatic Pot turn red, that means hot so don’t touch it. When there’s no trace of red at all it’s safe to touch. This could have saved us all some burnt hands had it been released a few decades earlier.

Steel ‘velcro’ can handle 35 tons and up to 800 degrees celsius heat

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2009

Steel 'velcro'And you thought that the velcro on your jacket was impressive. These Velcro fasteners were made by German engineers and can withstand 35 tons of force. Needless to say, these aren’t for your clothes. One side has spikes and the other has steel brushes, so it’s just like real velcro. It can also withstand heat of up to 800 degrees Celsius.

And if you tear these Velcro strips vertically, where it’s stronger, it can hold up to 7 tons. We aren’t sure how much of this stuff it actually takes to support that much weight, but it’s pretty amazing anyway. Especially when you consider that just like everyday Velcro, it can be opened up without specialized tools and used again.

IGM Heated Keyboard Wrist Pad

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2009

IGM Heated Keyboard Wrist PadDo you suffer from cold wrists? Apparently it’s a real problem. So says IGM’s Heated Keyboard Wrist Pad. The idea is to sooth your bones while you type away. It’s powered by a USB port. You won’t have to suffer from cold wrists anymore.

And even if your wrists are fine, it probably feels nice in a cold office. It might just help relieve some pain from arthritis or Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Carbon fiber heating elements produce heat in the Far Infrared range which supposedly has some health benefits.

Fridge uses zero electricity, cools with fire

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2008

Fridge uses zero electricity, cools with fireA research team at Stanford has developed a refrigeration device the size of a thermos. What’s interesting is that it uses no electricity. Zip. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Instead, it contains some kind of coolant that becomes cold when it’s exposed to heat.

Details are scarce, but the units would be fairly cheap to produce at about $50. The price makes it an ideal way to deliver medicines and cold water to developing countries as well as having a bunch of other uses a bit more noble then your next camping trip. It’s a great breakthrough. All a user would need to cool any given thing is fire, which is readily available.

Brick LEGO radiator keeps nerds warm

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2008

Brick LEGO radiator keeps nerds warmIt will be cold soon as winter comes. What better way to warm our geek hearts and our homes then with this LEGO radiator? It beats the hell out of the typical ugly radiator and let’s face it, it goes with your decor since you have all those LEGO pieces laying around. Appropriately, it’s called the Brick and it’s a real radiator designed by architect Marco Baxadonne for radiator maker Scirocco.

Interestingly the LEGO pieces are pretty efficient at spreading the heat with their surface area. Inside you’ll find that the plumbing inside allows you to snap them together just like LEGO. Pretty neat.

Sweat Alarm alerts you to night time heat

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

Sweat Alarm alerts you to night time heatThis odd device in the form of a fugly watch is for those who sweat a lot during a deep sleep. It’s worn on your wrist or ankle, usually with comments from your other half like, “What the hell is that?” or “How much of OUR money did it cost you strap that ugliness to your ankle?”. Which is followed by something being thrown at you and you sleeping on the couch.

The idea is that it vibrates and wakes you up when it detects you sweating during sleep. I guess it doesn’t occur to some people to sleep without blankets. And doesn’t your body naturally wake you when you are too hot? I’m calling BS on this device and if you buy it your wife should knee you in the nuts.

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.

NZXT Sentry LX fan controller

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2008

NZXT Sentry LX fan controller
Gamers will overclock their computers in order to get the best performance, but keeping it all cool is the key to how well it performs. If it overheats, it’s all for nothing. NZXT wants to make sure you stay chilled, with the Sentry LX fan controller.

It’s a controller that you attach to the fan so you can control the speed of said fan. This way you can be absolutely sure that your computer will not overheat. The only drawback is that it takes up at least two of your 5.25-inch bays, but hey keeping cool is important no? It will cost you $60.

DeLonghi portable Air Conditioner

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

DeLonghi portable Air ConditionerHere’s something that could come in very handy with the summer heat, if you have a small second dwelling you get away to that lacks air conditioning. Just get one of these DeLonghi Portable Air Conditioners.

It’s a portable air conditioner with an 11,000-BTU cooling capacity and an electronic control panel with LED display, an LCD remote control, 24-hour programmable timer, adjustable thermostat etc. Only $650. Also great for apartments, so you can take it with you when your lease is up.

Green Machine powered from waste heat

Posted in Green by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2008

Green Machine powered from waste heat
The folks over at ElectraTherm have a 50-kilowatt machine that uses industrial waste heat for fuel, providing even more options for green energy. They’re calling it the ElectraTherm Green Machine, not to be confused with that Huffy Green machine you had as a kid.

Get this. With this unit, you can actually get back the money you spent within three or four years. That’s with electricity costing approximately three or four cents per kilowatt-hour. They use an organic Rankine cycle to heat liquids, then the liquids are transformed into a vapor, at which point it will move the turbine thus generating electricity. Looks like heat-to-electricity can be successful on a small scale, since this is capable of powering up to 40 homes at once.

Log Pillow is exactly what it sounds like

Posted in Computer Components by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2008

Log Pillow is exactly what it sounds like
The Log Pillow is just that. A pillow comprised of logs. You might have noticed that working with a laptop on your lap can make your legs a bit hot. Ideally, you want to have some sort of buffer between you and the hot laptop.

That’s where this comes in. And yes, this thing looks like someone started to build some kind of plush log cabin and just gave up, fortunately for your lap. At least it’s a solution that should be comfortable, allowing plenty of air flow. It’s also environmentally friendly, made from natural materials like hemp canvas and buckwheat filler.

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