An interesting household gadget has arrived in the Dupont Self-Charging Smoke Alarm. We will be the first to admit it, changing the batteries in a smoke alarm can be a bit of a hassle. With this new smoke alarm, all you have to do is screw it into a light socket. The unit charges when the light is turned on, and is capable of going 30 days without a charge. Oh, andjJust in case you forget to charge it, an audible alarm will alert you when the unit is low on power. If that happens, turn on your light for a while, and you are good to go. The other great feature of this smoke alarm is that it can be tested (or silenced) by merely flipping the light switch. No more fumbling around trying to replace a battery, or finding the test button.
Good Lord! Is this for real? ThinkGeek has introduced wireless extension cords, which use microwave technology to beam power (wirelessly) up to three hundred feet.
Just plug the Wireless Extension Cord (WEC) base unit into a standard wall outlet, and plug whatever you need into the satellite unit. The WEC uses microwaves in the 7.2GHz range, so it won’t interfere with wireless networks, Bluetooth components, etc. Now, all you need to do is adjust the antennae on the two units so they are aimed at each other. Turn everything on and you have the power! The distance the WEC units can broadcast differs from situation to situation (due to interference of such things as walls, power lines, and microwave ovens), but we’ve beamed power over 300 feet!
These puppies will run you about $35 at ThinkGeek. Have a good time trying to get through checkout though…
Read More | ThinkGeek
For those who travel frequently, and like to have clean clothes (and who doesn’t?), Astone introduces the Traveller. The Traveller is a portable washing machine that you inflate to use, and just as easily deflate to stuff into your luggage. Holding approximately 1.7 gallons of water, it might be enough to wash a few pairs of socks, or maybe a shirt, but not much else. Interesting in theory, but arguably doomed in practical use. Now all they need is a portable dryer, and no, the hotel hair dryer does not count.
Available this June for $70 USD.
This is one of those things that just has to be seen to be appreciated. If you remember the MIT project where a dance floor was made using 1,500+ LEDs, way too much cabling, and a series of controller boards, then think of this as a scaled down version. Spending approximately $1000, David Worden has cobbled together one of the coolest looking bars around, utilizing 128 RGB LEDs, 250’ of cable, and other assorted paraphernalia. Essentially bringing the visualizations from Winamp to life, the Disco Bar can display a myriad of colors and patterns. Don’t take our word for it though - watch it for yourself!
Not long ago we brought you the Bloom! LED Flower Pots that can be used as accent lights around your home. Today, we bring you the singing and dancing (okay, no dancing) Tubthumpers. Tubthumpers are flower pots with speakers in them for use with your home audio system. Far more discrete than the average fake rock speaker, the Tubthumpers are waterproof and can be left outside year round. Granted, the speakers may survive the winter, but will your plants?
Available for approximately $175 USD per pair.
File this under “weird-but-cool.” Most of the time, tomatoes are notoriously hard to grow. However, the Upside Down Tomato Garden could change that - and it looks “space age” at the same time.
This ingenious planter takes the toil out of growing tomatoes by elevating the planting bed and allowing your vines to grow downward from holes in the bottom.
And, as a bonus, the top side of the planter can be used to grow herbs, flowers, or anything else you might think of putting up there.
Read More | Hammacher Schlemmer
Amazing in it’s simplicity, here’s a suprisingly innovative solution for keeping your plants happy and healthy. Not exactly “high tech” but it does add a certain “steampunk” or “cyber” look to your indoor garden, with all that hose.
This device automatically waters up to 20 plants for up to 40 days without the need for a spigot or power outlet. Up to 20 drippers attach to a 32’ PVC hose that runs from the systems reservoir to your plants and then back again; a single dripper placed in each plant takes care of watering, or you can use several drippers in larger plants. A washable polyamide filter removes rust, dirt, and other impurities so drippers wont clog.
It sells for $99.95 at Hammacher Schlemmer.
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The Square Eclipse is a wall light that uses a series of LEDs to provide illumination. Control is exerted over the lighting scheme with a micro-controller, which can cause its cluster of 24 full spectrum LEDs to display a dizzying array of colors for your enjoyment. The lights move in a pattern suggestive of an eclipse and to quote Orange22, “shift the focus from the center of the object to it’s perimeter.” Considered to be a Limited Edition, each light is signed by the designer and carries a price tag to reflect the intended eliteness. $3000 USD of eliteness to be exact.
When a non-electric toothbrush calls for a product review, you know something about it has to be special, right? Well, just trust us. We have taken the OHSO Marko travel toothbrush and put it through the paces to show what a little ingenious, outside-the-box thinking can add to a practice that we didn’t expect to see much innovation come in to. If you ever have to go somewhere where you think you might need your toothbrush, we tell you why the OHSO is the only solution you will ever need to that problem.
Hidden passageways are the sort of things kids dream of. The ability to sneak from one room to another, a place to hide from your pesky brother/sister, or a cool thing about your house your friends don’t have. Creative Home Engineering creates and installs hidden passageways, and has also designed a DIY kit for those willing to tackle the project on their own.
Imagine every type of hidden passage you’ve seen in the movies, or read about in a book, and the folks at Creative Home Engineering can make it a reality. Revolving fireplace? Check. Stairs that lift to reveal a hidden entrance? You betcha. A candlestick on the mantle as the triggering switch? Piece of cake. In fact, from looking at the movies and animations on their site, you’ll get a glimpse of how varied hidden passages can be. Fulfilling one’s childhood fantasies isn’t the only reason for a hidden passageway. Security plays a major role as thieves can’t steal what they can’t find. Technology also has it’s place with biometrics, optical scanners, and voice recognition as optional items.
Prices can range upwards of $10,000 USD, and the DIY kits start at $1,500 USD.
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