The Roomba 790 is the latest autonomous vaccuum cleaner from the folks at iRobot, and it's the first that you can control remotely. Yep, the 790 includes a wireless remote control that you can use to direct the Roomba towards any problem areas. The device itself has touch controls, a method to schedule automatic cleanings, and has great battery life. It isn't cheap, though. You can get the Rooma 790 now for $699.99.
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Remember the Nest Learning Thermostat? The previously hard-to-find household gadget regulates the temperature of your home and sets up a pattern based on your usage, and even allows you to monitor and change the temperature of your home on the fly from anywhere by using your smartphone, tablet, or even a web browser. After being in short supply at launch, the Nest is now available at the Apple Store, which provides yet another avenue to get your hands on one. Lowe's also carries the Nest, if that's more convenient for you.
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The Nest Learning Thermostat has been difficult to get ahold of since its launch, only recently becoming available on-demand to the general public. Now, it's gotten even easier. You can now find the Nest thermostat at Lowe's stores nationwide, as well as on the Lowes.com Web site. Lowe's is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world, with 500 stores nationwide. If you've been waiting on Nest availability, head on over to your local Lowe's to pick one up.
You can find out Nest thermostat video review below.
Back at CES, the peeps at FitBit announced the FitBit Aria Wi-Fi scale, which aims to compete with the Withings scale we've been using for a couple of years now. The Aria is fairly similar, although it's about $30 cheaper than the Withing model ($130 vs $160,) and it syncs up with the FitBit web portal, which shows you a bunch of charts and data as it pertains to your weight patterns, as well as info from the FitBit and FitBit Ultra tracker (if you happen to use one of those.) The two are definitely meant to act as companions, providing you a nice, deep snapshot of your health and fitness profile. Check out the video interview we did with FitBit at CES, where we got a first look at the Aria scale, after the jump.
You can pick up the FitBit Aria now.
In this episode we open up the Nest Learning Thermostat. If you are unfamiliar, check out our video demo of Nest. Nest aims to manage the heating and cooling in your house by learning your usage patterns alongside built-in motion sensors that are used to tell when you are and aren't home. You can control Nest directly from the unit, as well as from anywhere that you have an Internet connection through the browser. It also has smartphone apps that allow you to control it directly from your mobile device. The more you interact with Nest, the more it learns about your preferences, and it will continually tune itself to your preferences and schedule. Nest is currently backordered by about two months from the company, but you can pick up Nest on Amazon.
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We just gave you the rundown on Nest, the new learning thermostat brought to you by one of the creators of the iPod. Now, here's a video that shows how it works. Definitely elegant due to its simplicity. You can pre-order Nest now, and they'll ship in November.
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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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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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.