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Pulse Wireless Speaker: The Futuristic Lava Lamp

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The Pulse Wireless Sound System from JBL looks like it was designed 500 years in the future. At only some seven inches tall, the cylindrical speaker with a black body looks like a very benign piece of consumer electronics. But it is actually the future version of that very groovy invention, the lava lamp. Continue reading

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Libratone Loop: The Dapper Speaker

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What is made with fine Italian wool that rings out sound at 120 watts? The Libratone Loop. A beveled, disc-shaped speaker that can be mounted on the wall or supported by a removable stand, the Libratone Loop is a marvel of color and sound. Continue reading

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Grip LED Flashlight: A Simple Way to Light the Night

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Resembling a bicycle handlebar grip from the days when I remember pedaling around the neighborhood with friends, the Grip LED Flashlight is a simple hand torch. Continue reading

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Parrot Flower Power: cares for your plants

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The Parrot Flower Power will be the new obsession for amateur botanists. A dowsing rod or stem-shaped device that waits in your plant’s pot, Flower Power is capable of measuring soil moisture, temperature, sunlight levels, and even soil electrical conductivity, something you should keep in mind for fertilizers. Continue reading

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: Portable, but Powerful

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Imagine being able to shoot cinema-quality film from a camera that is only five inches wide and with a weight of 12.5 ounces. There’s really no need to imagine. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera will permit cinema-quality film in a compact form without any problems. Continue reading

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Gripster Wrap for iPad: Think Ergonomically

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While there is much to be admired about the portability of the iPad, and especially the iPad Air, it is a device that requires two hands. There are also many iDevice accessories that add important features to the user’s experience. But most of these accessories commit to only one really specific task.
The Gripster Wrap for the iPad (including Mini & Air) is a multi-functional grip, stand, and screen protector. And it’s described as multi-functional because there seem to be about 100 different things you can do with The Gripster. Continue reading

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Nest: The Beginning of the Smart House

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Nest is an adaptive thermostat and smoke alarm that seems like the first installment you’d have in a “Smart House.” Designed to change according to your heating and cooling habits, Nest will create its own schedule to save energy.

Instead of having a siren-like wail warn you that the toast you already know was burnt is smoking, Nest warns you with a pleasant voice. Continue reading

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Elecom Wireless Slide Keyboard: Slide, Collapse, and Store

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Never have I seen a wireless keyboard that is designed for use with an iPhone. But there is the Wireless Slide Keyboard from Elecom that surprised me. The keyboard is similar to other wireless versions in its basic controls. Using a Bluetooth connection, the keyboard can be paired with any other mobile device or laptop that functions with a wireless keyboard. But what astonished me the most about Elecom’s version was its deliberate design for the iPhone. Continue reading

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Desktop Gramophone: Antique speakers for the digital age

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The phonograph, or gramophone, was introduced in 1877 as an early device to record and playback sound. It’s a memorable piece of technology, well known for the huge horn that amplified the sound. These days, Gramophones might not be useful to anyone but the most intense collectors. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it’s iconic shape, still. Continue reading

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Pivot Power Adjustable Strip: A Little Breathing Room to Charge

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Certainly the standard power strip with its rectangular train of outlets is an advantage over the one or two outlets in a room. When we could only connect a lamp and our laptop, with power strips we can connect about five more devices. But I’m sure you’ve become familiar with the main problem of power strips: they can’t always fit everything. The Pivot Power Adjustable Strip, from Quirky and Jack Zien, seeks to solve that problem. Continue reading