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Motorola introduces Android-powered home phone

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2010

Look at this strangely designed phone that runs Android. Sure, it isn’t the neatest design we have ever seen, in fact it’s pretty blah, but the Motorola HS1001 is a home phone, so you won’t have to be seen with this thing. It’s basically a cordless phone upgraded to support Android.

The device will be one of the first Android-powered home phones. The HS1001 features dual WiFi to connect to its base station and a home WiFi network. Some specs include: DSPG Arm9 240 Mhz processor, 2.8 inch resistive touch screen (QVGA), 256 MB flah ROM / 128 MB RAM, MicroSD expansion slot, Powered by stock Android 1.6 (no Motoblur).

MIPS Technologies unveils world’s first Android Set-top Box

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2010

MIPS technologies has portted the Android Operating System to multimedia set-top boxes for your home. The goal is to make Android a viable platform for digital home devices such as Blu-ray Disc players, DTVs, VoIP solutions and of course the set-top box.

MIPS and the other companies involved will be demoing the new technology at CES and will showcase a netbook running on the Android platform as well as world’s first social media center for Android-based embedded platforms. The goal is to optimize the platform for the best possible in-home usage. The mobile market is taken care of. We’re talking full HD with multi-channel audio and enhanced user interfaces.

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.

Panasonic Lithium storage battery can power your home for a week

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Well, Panasonic has officially taken over Sanyo and they aren’t wasting any time with a joint venture to develop a lithium-ion storage battery that can store enough juice to power an average home for a week. Sounds pretty impressive huh? We are talking Japanese homes here.

The battery will have a system that allows users to monitor their electricity usage through their TVs. The technology won’t be available until sometime in 2011, but we are eager to see how this powers American homes.

This showerhead is crazy, crazy like a squid

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

showerhead No, that’s not a showerhead made especially for Medusa. It’s a Vado shower head that allows for tons of adjustment and fine tuning so you can get it just how you want it. But just how much adjustment does one need in the shower?

Just do your thing and get out already. Ever since you bought that crazy shower head, other people have been waiting in line to use it. You are having way too much fun in there squidboy. And you look like a prune,

Xbox and Wii Gaming Towers keep your consoles neat

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2009

Xbox and Wii Gaming Towers keep your consoles neatHere’s something that will keep the spouses of gamers happy. The Xbox Generations Gaming Tower and the Wii Aspect Gaming Tower are two pieces of actual furniture that are designed to keep your gaming consoles nice and organized.

Both towers can hold up to 16 games, 4 controllers and the required guitar. The Wii Aspect Gaming Tower holds 4 Wii Remotes, 2 nunchucks, 1 classic controller and a guitar. Your wife will be happy that you cleaned up your act a little. Don’t you think?

Domsai Terrariums make plants look like astronauts

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

Domsai Terrariums make plants look like astronautsImagine that you land on the moon and that you are just minding your own business, collecting rock samples and playing a round of golf, occasionally driving your rover. And you see plant people coming at you wearing spacesuits. Can you imagine the horror?

I can, thanks to these Domsai Terrariums, which make ordinary plants look like astronauts. Each of these Domsai Terrariums are unique since they are hand-cast and the glass bulbs are mouth-blown. That’s also why they are expensive. They’ll cost you $140. If you want the gold one, it will be an additional $360.

The Beertender

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

The BeertenderWhen you make the leap to installing a beer tap in your home, you better make it classy. Otherwise you are just a lush. When you class it up, you can get away with calling it “refined taste” or eccentric”. The Beertender is the way to go.

It will cost you $638 and for that price you can get a mini beer tap that’s all class in leather and wood. All you need to do is drink up. Even if you act like a total slob, this thing says that you simply like your beer in style. Who can argue with such elegance?

Numlock Handle makes your home a giant safe

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Numlock Handle makes your home a giant safe Regular old door locks are so last century. What we really need is something that makes entering our homes feel more like entering a vault. That’s what this design concept for a mechanical lock is all about. It could solve the whole keyless lock thing once and for all.

Numlock Handle is pretty self-explanatory from the pic. The door is unlocked when you configure its four tumblers to the correct numbers. Then when you are inside, it automatically scrambles the tumblers once again to lock the door behind you.

Motherboard Mirror / nerd reflector

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Motherboard Mirror nerd reflectorCheck out this mirror inspired by circuit boards. It looks pretty cool and retro in an 80s kind of way. Sadly this mirror will only ever know nerd faces on it’s shining surface. Non nerds show up distorted like some carnival funhouse mirror.

But the coolest aspect of this mirror is what they won’t tell you when you order. If you are the one true nerd, you will have no reflection at all. Like a vampire. That is how you will know that you are the chosen one. All that will be left to do is step through into another world…

WoW Pod is your new World-of-Warcraft home

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

WoW Pod is your new World-of-Warcraft homeDo you love World of Warcraft? Do you love it so much that you basically never leave the computer and have a functioning toilet built into your computer chair. Is your desk and keyboard stained orange from living off of cheesy puffs? Here’s your new home. Er, hut.

The WoW Pod is exactly what you need. It has food paks, a cook pot, stove and a throne with built-in toilet. There’s also surround sound. It’s made to look like an Orc’s hut. Sadly they would have to build this hut around your sorry butt, as you won’t be moving away from the computer anytime soon.

Breastlight: Home breast exam tool

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

Breastlight: Home breast exam toolIt’s important for a woman to check her breasts regularly. But doing breast exams at home isn’t easy. And I can’t offer my services to everybody. Even if women check their breasts regularly, I’m sure it can be hard to tell if they are doing it correctly.

The Breastlight can help with the home exam, making your breast checks more accurate. It works by shining a bright red beam of light through the breast tissue. The idea is to look for any dark clusters. That’s where blood may be collecting and leading to malignant lumps. If it works as advertised, it should be a huge comfort to women.

Eye Lamp is watching you watch it

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2009

Eye Lamp is watching you watch itThis eye lamp is creepy in a Sci-Fi, the-wall-is-alive kind of way. It’s the kind of functional wall art that will have you waxing philosophic. Are you looking at your lamp or is it looking at you? And if the eye lamp is closed so that it can’t see you, do you still exist? Mostly this concept lamp is just cool as hell and unsettling. It’s made of polished metal and shines light when it’s open.

It’s the kind of thing that Gods speak to people through. Will it require a sacrifice? What bad things will it make you do, so that it may join the world of the living? The all seeing thing even has a dimmer light, which is just the “lids” closing partially. And that just makes it looks creepier.

Panasonic RISAIKURA MS-N53 Recycler

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

Panasonic RISAIKURA MS-N53 RecyclerPanasonic gets all green with its RISAIKURA MS-N53 recycler device. The device relies on a special platinum-palladium catalyst to break down up to 2kg of organic garbage into compost with the help of some heat. It’s great for those with gardens as you’ll be able to use the compost in your garden.

Panasonic is making some big claims as to the quality of their compost. According to them, the created compost is superior to store-bought fertilizer. The Panasonic RISAIKURA MS-N53 recycler has a few settings to choose from, depending on how dried out your garbage is, ranging from three to six hours. The shorter option will give the compost more protein, while the longer option is more suitable for long-term fertilization of trees.

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.