We have a friend who got an air purifier that he could never figure out how to work, but then our friend is obviously not the brightest bulb in the chandelier. The result is that there is more dust on the thing than in it. Would that he had Joseph Kim’s Daan (Korean for column.) The prototype consists of simple disks that combine to handle any size room. Single ones can be used when you travel. The Daan is constructed of brushed aluminum and fabric.
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We already know that plants thrive when you talk to them, but what if your plant decided to chat with you? The prototype Pet Plant by Junyi Heo keeps track of its soil temperature, humidity, and water condition, and lets its owner know what it needs by means of LCD display pictograms. Supposedly, it will also drain itself if over-watered. The Pet Plant’s USB interface charges and transmits the info from computer software. Perhaps the next gen of the gadget will scream out “Feed me, Seymore!”
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Panasonic pushes GPS to the limit with its new Strada F-Class CN-HX1000D and CN-HW1000D. The gadget has a 7-inch Viera screen for DVDs, an iPod link, a hard drive, 1-seg mobile digital TV, and what Panasonic calls a “from home to car” idea. If you have Bluetooth on your cellie, you can order sat-nav and the Strada will let you know what’s going on at home from the screen in your car. You can also turn on or off appliances. This one doesn’t come cheaply. The Stradas will go on sale in Japan next month with a ¥355,000 (~$3,500) price tag.
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Wouldn’t you love to be able to watch your fave TV shows while lounging in the tub? If so, consider the SoakTV Wireless Waterproof Television. It has an LCD screen, stereo speakers and you can hook it up to a DVD player…or even a PC! Perfect for bathtime, the kitchen, even pool parties…and since it’s wireless, you can take it anywhere. Unfortunately, this particular model isn’t available yet, however the company’s similar Soak104 model is for $972 USD.
If you’re familiar with the wide world of internet radio, you know it’s filled with thousands of stations from all over the world, and can be accessed by devices such as this one from Acoustic Energy. Well now you can wake up to one of these stations, courtesy of the Tangent Quattro WiFi Alarm Radio. It’s a retro-looking device that links up to your wireless network—and accesses over 6000 internet radio stations around the globe. In other words, you don’t need a computer and there’s no fees involved! Arise to Bhangra beats one day, Brazilian samba the next (and yes, there’s a snooze alarm). Plus, the Quattro can wirelessly stream music stored in your computer and you can even attach your MP3 player and use it as a speaker! Love it! Available in various colors for $250 USD, although for some reason “High Gloss White” is $50 more.
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Chances are, you caught an airing of the holiday neo-classic “A Christmas Story” during the annual marathon on TBS—or like us, already know the movie by heart. Either way, you certainly recognize the iconic Leg Lamp pictured, a “major award” won by Ralphie’s clueless dad. If you’d like one of your own, here’s your chance! The ultra-tacky lamp comes in 2 sizes: 20 inches ($40 USD), and 40 inches ($200 USD), the latter being the same size as the original. A 3-way switch lights the leg, lamp or both. It’s never too early to plan for Christmas ‘08, people!
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At the show, we were on the lookout for odd, out of place products, and we think we found one in the Accufat Scanner. The whole demo was just kind of…odd. We mean, aside from the fact that CES is teeming with your standard gadgety fare and we didn’t expect to see a body fat scanner. During the demo, a Planet82 representative shows off their fat scanning device, and calls over another representative who seemed apprehensive to have his fat measurement taken on camera. Now that’s good comedy!
If you live in an apartment or somewhere else where you simply aren’t allowed to install a full home security system, LaserShield is for you. However, if you also don’t want long contracts and have no desire to deal with salesmen, LaserShield will work in just about any sized home. This product is ingenious, and we talk to the man behind it in this episode.