If your house is less than 20 years old, you probably have a programmable thermostat. It's probably a plain rectangle with a handful of buttons and a monochrome LCD screen, and it's probably a slight nuisance to program. It also probably isn't connected to your home Wi-Fi network. Nest is trying to change that with its new Nest Learning Thermostat.
The thermostat is a round metal dial with a circular color LCD screen that works a lot like an iPod classic click wheel. That could be because Nest was co-founded by former Apple employee Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod. You can turn the temperature up or down by twisting the dial, or you can go through its menus by pressing it in like a button. It can be set to automatically change the temperature based on the time and whether you're present.
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If you're tired of waking up your significant other (or your significant other waking you up!) when the alarm clock goes off, you may want to take a peek at the Lark. They're calling it a silent "un-alarm" clock, and the promise is that it will wake you up without disturbing those around you. How does it work? You wear a sleep sensor on your wrist, and dock your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into the cradle. The device will now act as a bedside clock, while the sensor tracks all sorts of into about your sleep cycle. When it's time to wake up, the sensor on your write starts to vibrate, which is enough to wake you from your slumber.
The device will be available in Apple Stores starting on June 14th, and it'll cost $129. We've already got one in for review, so look for our thoughts on the Lark shortly.
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Those interested in showing their eccentric side off like clockwork will find Carbon Design's Domino Clock an item worth purchasing. The three ceramic dominoes display numeric values by the dots - one for the hour, and two for the minutes - changing from black to white in realtime. Check out the videos showing the clock in action and the mechanism development after the jump.
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We've hit you with a bunch of gadgets in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide this year, but don't think we forgot about the readers out there. One of the books that we recommend this year is Cooking for Geeks. Written by Jeff Potter, the book not only includes great tasting recipes, but it focuses on the science of cooking, and includes a bunch of kitchen hacks to actually teach cooking instead of just recipes to follow. It's loaded with info, and is worthy of being gifted to your favorite geek this hoiday season. It's available in paperback, as well as on Kindle. You can get it now from Amazon for $20.71, which is a 41% discount.
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The Zeo Personal Sleep Coach safely and easily measures your sleep patterns right from home, resulting in a more restful and restorative sleep. It's a cool way to educate yourself about how well you sleep, and teaches you new ways that may help you get a better night's rest, so we're including it in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. It uses three main components--a comfortable wireless headband, a bedside clock and display, and the MyZeo.com companion website. They all work together to show you which habits and behaviors may help or hinder your sleep, and create personalized strategies just for you. A cool and unique item for anyone, and hey, who doesn't wanna feel rested in the morning? You can get them for $195 on Amazon.
Sure, we wanna cover all the cool stuff in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide, but we also wanna hit you with some stuff that's practical as well, and the Icon Rogue 2 LED flashlight fits that bill. It's powered by two AA batteries (included int he package) that lasts for 72 hours, and has overwhelming light output. The body is an aerospace-grade aluminum that can withstand just about anything--seriously, it feels like you can prop up a car with this thing to change a tire. The handle is an open architecture design that doesn't cause your hand to get all sweaty. It's got two light output settings, and low was bright enough for anything we wanted to do with it. Setting it to high shows the power of this thing though, which we are sure is super helpful in an emergency, or just messing around in the darkness of night. They retail for $49.99, and if you've got a Radio Shack near you, you can find them there. We've also found them on Amazon for $34.99.
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Zibra just announced their new Open It! tool, aimed at helping all of us who open packages with any sort of frustrating regularity. The Open It! offers five methods of busting into those packages, saving yourself a lot of anxiety and injury:
- Cut It: Long cutting jaws cut quickly through sealed clamshell packaging
- Snip It: Hardened, precision ground steel blades snip through zip ties and twist ties
- Slice It: Slices CDs and DVDs and the auto-retract system prevents blade from being exposed when not in use
- Unscrew It: Removable screwdriver for easy use and convenient storage
- Pop It: Bottle cap opener is cleverly built into jaws
The best part is that this thing is only $9.99 at places like Wal-Mart, Michaels, OfficeMax, Office Depot and others, which means we pretty much wanna get one immediately. They’re available in green and orange colors.
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Ever caught yourself looking down in contempt at your bland cutting board and thought it was time for a change? Sure you haven’t, but you may just think so now if your an Apple fan who just can’t get enough of the iPhone. Just think of it as a new app for your phone, only made out of wood.
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Newegg‘s got a killer deal on the iHome iP39SZC Kitchen Time & FM Alark Clock Radio for iPod/iPhone, offering up the product at a full 50% off the standard price. So you end up getting it for $50, rather than $100. Deals like this one are rare, so we wanted to let you guys know about this one right away. The iP39SZC is easy-to-clean, has an alarm mode, charges your iOS device, and has a huge backlit display. It’s sleek and compact, and is an overall nice unit to have in the kitchen if you own an Apple portable product. Check out the iHome iP39SZC on Newegg for the full scoop.
As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg promo code and deals on our forums.
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Having trouble keeping organized? Post it notes piling up and becoming too messy? Then King Jim has just what the doctor ordered - a miniature digital memo writer dubbed Mememo. The digital notepad is the latest in a series of innovations by Japanese manufacturer King Jim, and aims to make your life a tad easier. While most phones comes preloaded with an app for memo taking, or the ability to download one, how many of us actually use it consistently? Chances are you’re like me and forget that it’s there. With Mamemo, you will have a physical memo taking device there at your desk ready for spur of the moment thoughts that deserve a quick jotting down.
With Mamemo you can save up to 99 memos, search through your past memos quickly, set to-do lists with attached memos, and even set an alarm that displays a memo of your choice upon waking. Mamemo has no analog buttons, and is used completely via its stylus and on screen digital buttons. Plenty of other features adorn this little memo taking device, making your life once again even simpler than before!
Check out a video after the break.