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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…)

Westinghouse Total Electric House

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

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.

Ring (Amazon) just can’t help running over folks privacy. First, they let law enforcement know where every camera is in use, then they coached law enforcement on how to get user videos without using a warrant,...

If you don’t trust the big guys to store your data (email, files, and photos) maybe it is time you took things into your own hands, without all of the hard work. Sure, you could set up your own email and file server but the email side of things is a bit trickier than you might think. I’m not going to address the creepiness and breaches of the big data companies out there. This is just about taking a more active role in getting your data (mainly email) back in your hands. Enter The Helm personal server. The Helm personal server...

Posted on Jul 31 2019 - 8:15am by gchoe
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I love burritos. Who doesn’t? But, do you love burritos enough to get an 80″ tortilla throw blanket? Well technically you can order these flour tortilla blankets in the following sizes – 47″, 60″, 71″, and 80″. Prices are reasonable from $19.99 to $28. The manufacturer, CASOFU, took things a step further and made several different tortillas; some...

Posted on Jul 24 2019 - 8:42am by drakaal
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Damn you Lego. I am a grown man. Why do you keep making me buy toys I don’t need?

This beautiful treehouse comes with 3,036 pieces and is over 14-inches tall. It is currently the largest lego set in the LEGO Ideas lineup. This Lego Treehouse (21318) even comes with two sets of leaves in different colors for summer and fall. There are three cabins inside the tree and four minifigs.

Still not impressed? Here is the real kicker, the lego pieces are made from plant-based polyethylene from Sugarcane. Video review of the Lego Treehouse after the break. (more…)

Posted on Jul 2 2019 - 10:36am by gchoe
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Imagine being able to take a 12-ounce scolding hot cup of tea and being able to cool it down in under 60-seconds. That is the idea behind the Elemental Beverage Snapchiller. Cool but I’m not sure it is $6,000 cool. Ouch.

The Elemental Beverage Snapchiller uses a stainless steel evaporator coil to quickly chill hot liquids at a rate of 12-0unces per minute.