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D-Link’s D-Life web-based home surveillance cameras

Posted in Digital Cameras by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

D-Link’s D-Life web-based home surveillance camerasD-Link’s D-Life Web-Based Home Surveillance Cameras are making the rounds again. We first told you about them way back in July. Monitor any room in your house from anywhere over the Internet with these D-Life Web-based home surveillance cameras.

The D-Life is actually three products, the DHA-390 Surveillance Camera Starter Kit, an internet camera that connects to home network, the DHA-310 Expansion Kit and the DHA-330 video player, which is an internet camera viewer for monitoring all D-Life cameras connected to the network.

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.

CyberPower launches compact Windows Home Server 100

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

CyberPower launches compact Windows Home Server 100Best known for their gaming machines and workstations CyberPower has jumped into the Windows Home Server market. The Windows Home Server 100 is packaged in a compact Mini-ITX enclosure, offers 500GB of storage for $399, and is designed to be quiet and energy-efficient.

The hardware specs aren’t bad either featuring a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of DDR2 Memory, 7200 RPM SATA-II HDD, Gigabit Ethernet, and S-Video & Audio output support via its Intel GMA 950 mainboard. Full press release below.

The Steam Iron gets an LED facelift

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

The Steam Iron gets an LED faceliftThe iron is one of the few gadgets that has remained largely the same over time. Even this Steam Iron with LED concept doesn’t change it all that much. It features LED lighting that lets you know the temperature, with red presumably meaning that it’s hot and ready.

There’s also a soft silicone lining to prevent you from burning yourself accidentally, which is of course a big plus for you and the emergency room staff. Sure, it won’t iron your clothes all by itself while you play Xbox, but it’s an improvement. I mean, what else are you going to do to upgrade the old iron?

Lorex Wireless Camera: Monitor your home with your iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Lorex Wireless Camera: Monitor your home with your iPhoneThe Lorex LNE 3003 Remote Surveillance Camera is Lorex’s most affordable connected camera at only $300. Obviously it’s WiFi enabled (802.11 b/g), and the LNE 3003 can stream VGA video in real time to your iPhone as well as other internet enabled mobile devices.

But is it worth it? Gearlog was kind enough to offer up a review, where they found the mobile phone interface difficult to use and hard to configure, due to the fact that the company does not provide a user friendly iPhone specific application. Other then that they seemed to like it on the desktop where it ran exceptionally well.

Cook food right on your plate

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

Cook food right on your plateDoesn’t it make sense to cook food in the same place you eat it from? The plate? If you could cook your food right on your plate, think of all the dishes you would no longer have to clean. We already can make a plate that keeps our food warm. But just imagine the water you would save from not having to wash extra pots and pans. You would just be washing plates.

Conductive plates are just concepts right now, but the technology needed to make them work in the real world is available. Right now a big drawback is the cord. Cords at the table are likely to spill wine and just plain get in the way. Despite this minor drawback, I think we are nearly ready for this concept to become a reality.

Baguni Washing Machine washes entire laundry baskets

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

Baguni Washing Machine washes entire laundry basketsThis Baguni washing machine concept saves a single step in the laundry process, the step where you empty your clothes basket into the washing machine. I’ll be honest, I never realized what a huge problem this was. Apparently it’s a serious issue to actually transfer clothes from the basket to the washer.

You still have to unload the washing machine when the cycle’s done and put your wet clothes into the dryer after, but hey this washer will probably save you a whole 30 seconds, while keeping the clothes capacity of the machine very small. So, this concept is good in theory, not in practice.

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.

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.

X-Touch Mixer Faucet may be too precise

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2008

X-Touch Mixer Faucet may be too preciseThe X-Touch Mixer faucet does away with antiquated analog knobs or levers and replaces them with buttons so you can regulate exactly what temperature the water is. It even has a digital readout to show you exactly what temp it is. I don’t know about you, but when I wash my hands or take a shower, I don’t put that much thought into it. You know when it feels warm enough after all. Do we really need to be so anal about water temp? Apparently so.

The X-Touch is a product of Newform Italy, and appears to be a sink faucet or a bath faucet. Either way, obsessive compulsives will love it as they can gauge when it is exactly the right temp.

Black and Decker Thermal Leak Detector

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on December 4th, 2008

Black and Decker Thermal Leak DetectorWinter is here. And so, it’s time to fix those cold air leaks. That’s where Black and Decker’s Thermal Leak Detector comes in. Your current method of sliding your fingers down window seams until you feel cold air works okay, but the leak detector takes a high tech approach.

It detects temperature changes as small as a single degree. When it finds a trouble area where cold air is leaking in, a blue spotlight points you towards the problem. Pretty handy little tool for $40. Once it starts detecting leaks and you start sealing them, it will pay for itself in no time.

Wireless Lark Doorbell alerts you with a twitter

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2008

Wireless Lark Doorbell alerts you with a twitterSome doorbells can be downright jarring when a visitor presses the button. Just plain loud and offensive. It can really suck if you’re having a quiet night and you’ve had way to much caffeine. Why not put a little soothing nature into the whole doorbell thing? The Wireless Lark Doorbell will do just that. It’s a fake Lark that will cost you £7.33. The lark has a built in 2W speaker that will sound off with bird noise when guests arrive. The sound of birds chirping can be soothing instead of alarming. Good idea.

STC Livebox Router concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2008

STC Livebox Router conceptThis innovative router design by Franco Marino Cagnina, developed for Saudi Telecom, will have your router sitting pretty, literally. The STC Livebox doubles as an elegant tech-flower vase.

The device features Wireless internet, Voice over IP, land line telephone and wired DSL. With it’s unique design, the STC Router bridges the gap between lifestyle and technology. Martha Stewart would call it a good thing. Women especially will appreciate the decor aspect of what otherwise would be just another piece of tech that clashes with the furniture.

Walking House: The Gypsy caravan of the future

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2008

Sure, when the oil shortage becomes oil-no-more, it would be nice to drive around in search of fuel like Mad Max, but what would be even better is to have your own movable home to wander the wasteland in. Something on legs that can roam anywhere. Something like this. But faster.

It’s made to be a “modular dwelling system that enables persons to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly through the landscape or cityscape”. It’s even environmentally friendly according to its designers, thanks to its use of solar energy, small windmills and a wood stove. So it looks like nomads of the future, or gypsies if you will, will be wandering the landscape in this contraption. I look forward to this new breed of hippy and I’d like to be the first to tell them to get this beast the hell off of my property. Damn long-hairs. But I guess I’ll just have to wait.

Icono Home Phone concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2008

Icono Home Phone conceptSo house phones are nearly extinct, or will be soon. Zinc Chan apparently can’t let go of the landline and has redesigned it into the Icono Home Phone. Forget numbers. The phone won’t remember them, instead you draw the shape that corresponds with the person you want to contact and the phone will automatically call them. The pad looks like a constellation map.

The handset has also been updated and comes in two segments, one to place on your thumb while the other is attached to your pinky. You know, so you can make that annoying “call me” gesture. I’m not sure if this concept is an improvement or not, but Zinc lost me with the whole “call me” hand gesture thing required to use it.