I am a big fan of making the home a smarter place. I have smart locks (the Nest X Yale Lock and the Yale Assure Lock SL), smart switches, smart plugs, smart sensors, etc… I prefer the Apple HomeKit enabled ecosystem as Apple is one of the rare tech companies that still cares about customers privacy. The only downsides of these Yale smart locks is that they are bit bulky...

I like this one. A bit of recycling stuff that otherwise would have made it directly to the landfill. In this case, old roadside billboard advertisements get a second life as high-quality tarps. They are already UV treated and typically are thicker and stronger than the tarps found at the local hardware store. For a quick price comparison, I tried to find the closest size and thickness. Here goes – Amazon Tarp                                          Recycled Billboard Tarp

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There are quite a few cool features with LG’s new InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator, but the coolest is the 2-inch round ice balls it makes. The LG InstaView refrigerator doesn’t require a tray or mold and can crank out, and store, up to 25 ice spheres. Way to go LG. The rest of you refrigerator companies take note.

Video of this awesome refrigerator after the break. (more…)

The team at Hound Labs has raised 65-million dollars and is aiming to make the first marijuana breathalyzer. The product is aimed at police and employers to determine if someone is currently impaired. Hound Labs hopes to release the product later in 2019. The Hound Labs gadget also reads alcohol levels. ...

Westinghouse Total Electric House

This video is Westinghouse’s view of the future from the 1950’s – The Total Electric Home.

Posted on Aug 21 2019 - 10:01am by Pete M
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The tough case company, Pelican, has a new sling style soft cooler with a long name – Pelican Dayventure Sling Soft Cooler ($148). I prefer to call it the sling cooler. The Pelican Sling Cooler comes in light gray and coyote, holds 12-cans or 4 wine bottles (8.5-liters). It has the chunky style zippers which are leak resistant and can stand on its end. Pretty cool, but...

Posted on Aug 16 2019 - 9:25am by Lisa C.
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Turn your lazy 2-port electrical outlet into an 8-port workhorse with a shelf. The Socket Shelf sports 6 electrical AC outlets and 2 USB ports. Installation is as simple as plugging the Socket Shelf into your existing wall outlet. the AC outlets are surge protected and the USB ports deliver 2.1 Amps of shared output.

Posted on Aug 15 2019 - 7:46am by gchoe
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That good looking show pictured above is the Oliver Cabell Phoenix Sneaker. Not only does it look nice, it is also made from repurposed plastic water bottles. The water bottles are washed, shredded, melted, and made into a plastic-yarn that is 3D printed for the shoes upper. The Phoenix sneakers are machine washable and are avilable in black or white.

So you can’t afford a speedboat, no big deal, get yourself the 6-person Inflatable Bay Breeze Boat instead. As the name implies, it can hold 6-people it also has a rear swim-up platform with five handles, eight cup holders, and a built-in cooler. Perfect for tying off a few feet from the shoreline and sunbathing. ...

The Russian’s don’t have much luck when it comes to using nuclear power/weapons. Think Chernobyl, Mayak, and Kyshtym. Well, it doesn’t stop there. This week they were testing a liquid-propelled rocket near Nyonoksa when there was an explosion that killed two people and injured at least six more. Shortly after this explosion, there was a spike in radiation levels at over 20x above average. Time to buy some iodine. [