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In-Wall Power CenterThis Monster In-Wall PowerCenter, featured at the CES, definitely comes under the category of, “Why didn’t someone think of that before?” Use it for your flatscreen, projector, or home screen entertainment system. At dimensions of 7.5 x 6.75 x 11.5-inches, this handy gadget features three custom faceplates, one for feeding coax (three 2.0 GHz jacks with Monster SurgeGuard protection,) and one for coax (three 2.0 GHz jacks with SurgeGuard,) plus any other cable types,  2 AC outlets (also surge-protected), and can handle 15 amp circuits. The PowerCenter includes a wall box, a PL200 IEC power cord, a 24k grounding plate, and an oversized face plate.

Read More | Monster via CES 2007 Awards

Gallery: Monster In-Wall PowerCenter Collects Loose Ends

LeafThis strangely compelling lamp has won the CES 2007 Best Eco-Design award. With a lifespan of over 60,000 hours at full-power, the Leaf cuts energy by 40% and consumes less than 9W of power when compared to a 13W fluorescent bulb. Its lower blade rotates and pivots forward and back while its upper blade pivots and folds. Control both intensity and color with two LED driver circuits which remember your last settings.

Designed by Yves Behar and Herman Miller but not making a personal appearance at the CES, the Leaf is available in red, white, nickel, or black for $525.00 and polished aluminum for $545.00.

Read More | Henry Miller via CES 2007 Awards

Gallery: Intelligent Leaf Wins Eco-Design Award

SmartshopperDebuting and being honored at the CES 2007 is the Smartshopper, a gadget that replaces all those Post-it notes in your kitchen. Record, delete, or add extra items as you need them, and they are kept in alphabetical order and categorized. When you are ready to go shopping, you simply press the print button and out comes a grocery list. 

Utilizing 4 AA batteries, the Smartshopper comes with 2 thermal paper rolls and contains 2000 items. You can also record errands which will be displayed at the top of your listing. It features voice recognition technology, an easy-to-read LCD screen, can be wall-mounted or attached to your refrigerator with its magnet, or simply rest it on its rubber heels. You can pre-order one now at Smartshopper’s website. This is all very well and good, but we want one that will do the grocery shopping for us and deliver it.

Read More | SmartShopper via CES 2007 Awards

Gallery: Smartshopper Provides Shortcut to Grocery List


Ten robots have become honorees of prizes given by the Japanese government to encourage robotics research and development. Among the prize winners are a factory worker hand robot, an automatic vacuum-cleaner-on-wheels, “My Spoon,” a bot designed to aid the elderly to eat, and Paro, a furry seal which responds to human interaction. Japan sees robots as a method of dealing with its increasing labor shortage and rapidly aging population. Released forecasts indicate that the country’s 127 million population will decline by 30% by 2055 with those 65 or older comprising 40% of it.


Read More | MSNBC

Gallery: Government Awards Honor Japan’s Labor-Saving Robots

DescriptionFor all of you OC (obsessive/compulsive) types, this handheld Germ-Eliminating Light is the perfect device. While emitting UV rays, it seeks to destroy any germ in its path. Use it with your cellphone, laptop, MP3 players, or your kitchen counter. It even beeps when the process is complete. The Light utilizes the same technology as those that sterilize surgical instruments, and claims to kill 99.99% of E-Coli, staphylococcus, salmonella, and germs that cause the flu and a common cold. It’s available online at Hammacher Schlemmer for $79.95. Just think of the possibilities. We can begin eating at Taco Bell again.

Read More | Hammacher Schlemmer

Gallery: Germ-Eliminator Caters to OC

NYC chairOne-up your buds who bring you back an “all I got was this lousy t-shirt” souvenir with a NYC Walk/Don’t Walk chair that actually works. The chair, designed by artist John Carter, comes with optional stains of the city or it can be cleaned it up for you with a glazing of resin. With dimensions of 33 x 24 x 35-inches, it plugs into a standard 115V AC outlet and comes with replaceable bulbs (included) and remote. You can get your piece of The Big Apple for a whopping $3,700.

Read More | uncommon goods

Gallery: Furniture That Is Literally a Piece of NYC

DescriptionWe have already given you a possible solution for attaching your iPod in your car. Now we suggest a way you can keep it close to you when you have the urge to sing in the shower. The Tri-Fold Wireless MP3 Shower Mirror is an FM transmitter which attaches wirelessly to your iPod, TV, or other CD or MP3 player and projects a signal up to 100 feet. It also has a LED clock, a lighted, fogless mirror to watch yourself performing, and waterproof speakers so you can hear what others would probably like to ignore.

At dimensions of 6.25 x 3 x 9-inches and a weight of 9 lbs., the mirror attaches with included tape or suction cups,  requires four AA and two AAA batteries (not included,) and can be found at the Discovery Store for $99.00.

Read More | Discovery Channel Store

Gallery: Tri-Fold Mirror Outs Shower Rock Stars