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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.

Condom Dispenser: You feeling lucky punk?

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on September 11th, 2008

Condom Dispenser: You feeling lucky punk?The condom dispenser moves the prophylactic party from the drawer to a bedside table top. It’s not for everyone, after all some get luckier then others. In fact, what works for this item also works against it. Sure, it’s great to have a condom dispenser nearby since you get so much sex that you lay in bed all day,(Uh…sure you do.) but chances are that if you actually have a woman in your life, this is wayyy to tacky a decoration to meet with her approval.

But if you have a special kind of gal with vision… One that sees the form and function of the condom dispenser as a great blending of mid-century modern with a blend of trailer park skank, then here are the measurements: 9″ H x 3.5″ W x 4″ D, made of aluminum and plastic, and it can hold up to 24 packs of condoms. Only $28.

Windows 3.1 for your home

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Windows 3.1 for your homeFeeling a tad nostalgic for Windows 3.1 after some Vista crashes? Then this is for you. It’s an actual Windows Window. Just gaze outside and relive the good old days of Bill Gates’ fortune and your old 286 PC. These conceptual window coverings give your home large Windows 3.1 screens. You’ll notice in the second picture, the guy is battling with the Blue Screen of Death via the scroll bar!

As far as we can tell these aren’t ready for production just yet, and that’s probably a good thing. Because I think most everyone prefers Windows XP. These would go great with the web 2.0 blinds.

The Sfera spherical washing machine

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

The Sfera spherical washing machineWashing machines are big and bulky. They always have been. Therefore they could use a radical new design. The Sfera spherical washing machine is shaped like…Well a sphere. It’s small enough to take up residence in your bathroom somewhere and though it will save space, you won’t be able to do any big loads of laundry.

With that in mind, it would probably be good for the single midget bachelor, but not many others. The entire ball spins to get your clothes clean, you’ll just have to do laundry all day. And that’s the problem with small washing machines. About the only way to solve it is to put a washing machine above your toilet or in your bathroom wall.

TouchTable Sic Bo brings the casino to you

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2008

TouchTable Sic Bo brings the casino to you
If you like the excitement of the casino but don’t want to travel, then you’ll find the TouchTable Sic Bo pretty interesting. It’s essentially a large touchscreen table that plays games. Don’t worry about spilling your drink, since the table is even drink proof. Up to 4 players can get in on the game and the graphics are said to be very high-resolution. Another feature is a live dice shaker. And of course it will keep track of all the money that your friends have won and you have lost. Don’t be worried about it matching your decor as it is available in various attractive colors.

Ants now invading scanners, laptops may be next

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2008

Many of us go to extreme measures in order to keep pests out of our homes. Normally they’ll head straight for any crumbs that you’ve left on your floor or just blindly enter your dwelling as if for no apparent reason. They are easy enough to take care of. Start stomping or call in the verminators. But what do you do when insects start invading your tech?

One couple started noticing ants on their computer desk. They couldn’t quite figure out where they were coming from. There didn’t seem to be a problem anywhere else nearby. As you can see in the video, the work area is very clean. So the wife discovers that the printer isn’t working. The guy checks it out and finds that a small invading ant army had taken up residence in the scanner area. Pretty weird and makes you wonder where else they are that you don’t know about.

Aquavac gets rid of kitchen towels

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2008

Aquavac gets rid of kitchen towelsApparently much of the food poisoning and disease that spread around your kitchen do so because of nasty germs living on your kitchen towels. It makes sense. It’s a nice moist environment for breeding.

Student designer Paul Oxley has come up with something that may stop this phenomenon dead. He didn’t throw in the towel, so to speak. The Aquavac. It’s is a small countertop wet vac, which lets you suck up spills into it’s container rather then wiping them up. You can also use it to dry your hands. Germs will be in the Aquavac, not in your kitchen. Pretty simple and great idea.

Pimp your crib with custom chandeliers

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2008

Pimp your crib with custom chandeliers
Looking for something huge, shiny and just oozing with that kinda classiness that can only come from things you saw on MTV’s cribs? I think I found it for ya. Nothing says class like giant chandeliers shaped like a handgun, AK-47, Skull and cross-bones and even a giant spider.

These are the handiwork of a company called Rock and Royal from The Netherlands. They’ve been creating custom chandeliers for people with too much money since 2005. Since the work is all custom, you’ll have to contact them directly for any pricing you want to know about. What are you still doing here? Go check them out. These go hand in hand with your gold teeth and chest bling.

Illuminating Table is like an open wormhole in your home

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2008

Illuminating Table is like an open wormhole in your home
The only way this table could possibly get any better would be if it were black. That way it would actually look like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. If you forget about the legs anyway. Cinimod Studio’s Illuminating Table combines three dimensional arrays of interactive color movement controlled in real time by its environment.

You won’t have to use illegal substances to see pretty colors anymore, though I suppose if you do, you’ll just see more, maybe even freak out thinking you’re trapped inside the thing. Me, being the geek that I am, would put Star Trek ships on the table and pretend they’re getting sucked into a wormhole. Oh, and you could lay on it and thrash around, recreating several classic Sci-Fi scenes. Like Buck Rogers getting sucked into the future for instance.

Disney Innovention Dream Home is geek heaven

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 19th, 2008

Disney Innovention Dream Home is geek heaven
The new Disney Innoventions Dream Home features tons of high-tech candy inside that would make any self-respecting geek wet his pants. The home is for show and to showcase everything within, offering you a hands-on experience with lots of awesome emerging technologies. Actors will be playing the fictional Elias family, equipped with RFID tags, so that when they enter a room, different lighting will be displayed, while soundtracks play.

It’s also got dozens of LCD picture frames networked, that will display different pictures based on who walks into the room. How about a magic mirror in the daughter’s room that puts virtual outfits on the user in real time? The younger son’s room has two projectors plus a bunch of automation to make the story of Peter Pan come alive (a canon even fires virtual projectiles at the wall). Sounds like you would never grow up living in that house.

uControl security system with media streaming

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2008

uControl security system with media streaming
Here’s a decent alarm system with a slick interface. uControl is a fairly new company in the home security arena. They took a year developing and refining a platform called SMA (Security, Monitoring and Automation) and a TouchScreen control panel that both works as a fresh system install and can also integrate with your existing alarm. That means you are covered no matter what.

The company says that it will replace any control panel or alarm box in an existing system, bringing together all the existing functionality of equipment, sensors and wiring. In a new install, the 7-inch WVGA TouchScreen is a stand-alone wireless alarm system that communicates with wireless peripherals and sensors. It also offers remote control from any browser or cellphone, alerts via email or SMS, redundant connectivity (WiFi, ethernet and built-in GPRS cellular), cameras and compatibility with home automation setups.

iPod Lamps combine music, with a lamp…

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2008

iPod Lamps combine music, with a lamp…
Look at those silly iPod lamps all gathered together and having a great old time. All colorful and retro looking. They think they’re pretty special. I don’t have the heart to tell them that they offer nothing new. I mean, that would just be cruel. But, the thing is, they aren’t all that special. Sure, they’re retro looking, but get this. I’ve been listening to music with a lamp on at the same time for practically my whole life.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the colors, but I like you, already own a lamp. On the other hand, if lighting is something new for you and you want an iPod dock to go along with your foray into electricity, it retails for $150 and comes in white, pink, black and brown colors.

Reboot: The self-sufficient house rebooted

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2008

Reboot: The self-sufficient house rebooted
Imagine a future where homes look like oversized futuristic gadgets rather then the same old stale design. The Reboot is designed not just to look pleasing, but also to be entirely self-sufficient. It has energy collecting solar paint, wind turbines and a rainwater collection system, for hydroelectric energy and water for the house.

The designer incorporates a variety of different renewable energy options together. Some of the features inside include, voice activated house controls and terminals throughout the structure that link to your home computer and phone line. It would be awesome to live in this house, but everytime I turned my back on it, I would feel like it was about to zap me with a plasma beam.

LG Microwave Toaster looks weird, saves space

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

LG Microwave Toaster looks weird, saves space
LG converges the Microwave and the Toaster. The device is not new, but it’s like a UFO sighting, you know they’re out there, but you’re still surprised to see one.

Obviously it hasn’t caught on, which is odd because it’s a great space saver and it frees up an additional power outlet in your kitchen. Maybe it’s tough to clean or something. Anybody out there have one of these? Do you like it?

iChime musical doorbell “plays anything”

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2008

iChime musical doorbell “plays anything”
I’m not sure how much more mileage they can get out of the letter “i”, but here’s another product brought to you by the letter “i”. The iChime Doorbell will replace your ding dong style doorbell with any sound in the universe that you can think of. You can choose pre-programmed selections, record your own song with the built-in microphone, or use an iPod, CD Player, PC, or MP3 with line-in jack.

What this means is that doorbells are going the way of ringtones and anything is fair game. Maybe Alice Cooper saying, “Welcome to my nightmare”, or some sound bytes from vintage TV like, “Lucy, I’m home”. How about Pink Floyd, “Hello, hello… Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone home?” It will cost you $90, but if you are easily entertained like me, it’s probably money well spent.