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Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is in full swing - we are adding our recommendations daily, aimed at men, women, teens, families, techies, and more. If you need help figuring out what to get the people in your life, head on over to our Guide for some ideas. We’ll even be giving away some of the items featured this year!
We have all been there when driving to an unknown home late at night. Most house numbers are hard to see in the dark. Matterinc has set out to change that with new solar LED address numbers. Each number is laser cut out of anodized aluminum. The solar arrays on top of each number provide power to the included batteries, and two white LEDs shine in the darkess, lighting the number below. On a full solar charge, the LEDs provide eight to ten hours of light - enough to last a full night just about anywhere. Matterinc recommends placing the device in full sunlight for best results. The numbers are available in either black or silver, and are viewable up to 40 feet away. They retail for $17.99 USD and come with all of the necessary hardware for mounting.
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For anyone constantly on the go, we know that doing laundry can get in the way. Apparently, Astone knows that as well, as they are set to start selling this portable washing machine this June. Weighing in at about four-and-a-half pounds, this puppy can hold up to 1.7 gallons of water once it’s inflated. The word is that it will do everything a standard washing machine can do, just at a much smaller scale. At $70 USD, it doesn’t sound like too bad a deal.
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What is it about Tetris that still fascinates so many people to this day? Brought to life in 1985 by a Russian programmer, the game has spawned innumerable clones, as well as offshoot products like the Tetris Kitchen Timer we’re looking at today. As with a traditional timer you can let it perform the countdown with a display of digital numbers, but that sucks all the fun out of things. No, the quirky nature of the timer comes into play when you can put it into Tetris mode. In this mode the familiar little shapes work their way down the screen, and when the screen is completely filled up, your time (and that of your food) is also up.
Provided you can read Japanese, the timer is available for approximately $42 USD.
Curious as to how much power you use throughout your home? Do family members traipse through the house, flipping on light switches and leaving a blazing trail of wasted energy in their wake? If so, maybe the Wattson can help educate them as to the tangible change in power usage when electrical items are left on (or off as the case may be). Wattson delivers the information in numerical and non-verbal modes, and can also be connected to your computer for charting energy usage over time and sharing the data with a community of Wattson users.
The numerical display shows you exactly how much power your home is using at that very moment, and can display the result as an annual monetary cost, or in watts. This mode can help demonstrate what the real impact is of high-wattage bulbs instead of energy saving fluorescents, or how much power (and money) your SLI-equipped gaming rig really consumes. The non-verbal method uses colored lights and patterns to display the changing status of power consumption, and is useful for children and as a “quick glance” status indicator.
The Wattson device itself is wireless, and receives information from a sensor that is installed near the electrical panel in your home. The sensor is said to be easy to install, “with no need for any expert knowledge or assistance”, although the company does offer installation services.
Built to order, the £350 (~ $610 USD) device requires 8 weeks prior to shipping and is currently available only in the UK.
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Maybe you consider yourself a word traveler, or possibly you’re into day trading, but whatever the need, a clock capable of keeping track of the time in major cities around the world can be quite useful. Simplicity has its place as well, and that brings us to the Charlotte van der Waals Stainless Steel World Time Clock. Okay, so simplicity isn’t in the name, but it is in the clock. In the shape of a dodecagon (er, 12 sides that is), the clock has two major cities on each side which covers the 24 global time zones. To check the time in any one of those cities, merely rotate the clock till that city is on top, and the correct local time will be shown. If stainless steel isn’t your thing, three other variations on the theme are offered with two made from plastic, and a disc-shaped travel version made from aluminum.
The stainless steel model is priced at $190 USD, and available here.
With Easter fast approaching, the inevitable onslaught of chocolate rabbits, creme-filled eggs, fake grass, and jellybeans is upon us. However, no collection of Easter candy products is complete without the spongy, sugar coated product known as Peeps. What once started as merely a marshmallow chick, has evolved to include bunnies and now covers not just Easter but Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and Christmas as well. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, an estimated 700 million Peeps will be sold this Easter, although that gives us no idea how many will actually be eaten.
If you can’t wait for a holiday that Peeps has infiltrated, you can now make your own at home. The Peeps Marshmallow Maker, or Peeps Machine as we like to think of it, comes with marshmallow mix, yellow and pink sugar (what, no purple?), and Peeps molds with a variety of fun shapes.
Satisfy the Peeps freak in your life by picking one up for $26 USD for the machine, and $8 USD for the mix. Obviously not intended as a cheaper alternative to buying them pre-made.
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…
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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!
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