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In a carnival world where just about everything from chicken to butter can be eaten "on a stick", it was only a matter of time before the fad made its way to your kitchen.  Now I'm not particularly talented at making eggs either, although rarely have I faced the issues plaguing these poor people.  However, who [...]

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A year ago I told you about teen product designer Nick Bain and his dry-erase light switch cover. Now he's launched the Switch Port as a Kickstarter project seeking $750 in funding. The Switch Port is a replacement light switch cover that doubles as a dry-erase message board. The cover has been CNC milled and [...]

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A couple of weeks ago I told you about the Skydrop sprinkler system which uses your soil conditions and local weather to better schedule when it waters your lawn. That system was priced at $299. If you want a slightly less expensive solution, consider the Rachio Iro smart sprinkler system. Priced at $249, this system also mounts on [...]

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Racing fans will no doubt be interested in these very cool Pitstop office chairs from Intro-Tech Automotive. There are several versions of the racing inspired Pitstop chairs, but I think the most impressive model is the LXE, which is available in four color combinations. The LXE features tire tread style arm rests with racing suspension springs, [...]

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Roommates, cleaning staff, house guests - it doesn't matter who, but you may find you need a way to prevent someone from drinking your expensive wines and liquors.  If you don't have a locking cabinet, or if you don't mind people helping themselves to some but not all of your bar stock, you can use [...]

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I've been thinking about composting and buying a composter (or at least the materials for building one) for a long time now, yet the time, energy and space requirements have always been a discouragement for me. However, the Food Cycler CS-10 in-home composter from Food Cycle Science has brought composting back to the forefront of my [...]

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I have a soft spot for all the lab glassware-styled barware that ThinkGeek has offered in the past.  (My beakers and flasks shot glasses are decorating my desk right now.)  Their new Chemist's Spice Rack is calling my name.  It would look great in my kitchen with its dark wood cabinets and black countertop that [...]

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We have 1" wood venetian blinds in all our windows.  Most of our windows are floor-to-ceiling length, and they have long tilt adjustment wands that I can reach.  The windows in our sunroom are placed at ceiling height, but they stop about 3 feet above the floor, and their tilt wands are too short for [...]

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DualSaw Destroyer CS 650 review

Although I am not a great handyman I get by. I know my circular saws from my reciprocating saws, my regular drill from my hammer drill, my sledge-hammer from my claw hammer. So when new ideas or technology comes on the market and we get a chance to review it I jump at the chance. [...]

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The Collapsible Compact Chopsticks from Integral Design will make sure you always have a set of eating utensils when you need them. No need to use those paper wrapped wooden chopsticks at your favorite noodle shop when you have this set. They measure 4" when collapsed and 8" when assembled and are available in six [...]

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Unlike a spork with just the suggestion of fork tines on the front of the spoon's bowl, the Ramen Spoon/Fork has a spoon bowl with actual tines sticking off the front.  MOMA says this fork is designed for eating ramen noodles.  It was designed for MOMA by Masami Takahashi and originally "created for use at the [...]

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If you have young children who have reached that "I can do it myself" age, you know what a time bomb a gallon jug of milk can be. Install a Magic Tap Automatic Drink Dispenser on the milk jug, and even young children can dispense milk or other beverage without even needing to lift the [...]

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Skydrop is a smart controller that connects directly to your lawn sprinkler system using WiFi. It can measure the soil conditions of your yard like humidity, temperature, wind, solar radiation and slope along with hyper-local weather data to help create a watering schedule that will conserve both water and money by preventing over watering. Skydrop [...]

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The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is a smartphone connected digital thermometer that is compatible with a variety of iOS and Android devices (see compatibility info). The name “Kinsa” comes from the words Kinder, meaning child, and Kin, meaning family. The thermometer is thin and flexible for comfort and plugs into the headphone jack of the mobile [...]

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About a year and a half ago I reviewed a set of Balls of Steel, a drink cooler with a snappy name and ties to testicular cancer research; fifteen percent of their net profits are donated towards the cause.  They recently reached out again to ask if I'd like to review their version 2.0--Balls of [...]

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These Star Wars art prints by Matt Ferguson allow you to pay homage to your favorite movies and add some artwork to your home or office.  These prints are very limited edition.  If you want one, you'll need to place an order before Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 11:59PM ET.  The actual number of prints [...]

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Were you aware that it is National Preparedness Month?  Are you part of the sixty percent of Americans determined by the American Red Cross that are wholly unprepared for a disaster?  Emergencies don't have to be huge things, like hurricanes, tornados, or floods; they can be smaller things like car accidents or smaller damages to your [...]

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My mission is to automate the lighting in my house.  I don't have to have every light connected to the internet, but I would like to have WiFi-connected and controllable bulbs in certain rooms in my house.  I got the Hue Starter Kit for Christmas last winter, and I use them in my living room [...]

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In all my gadget reviewing years, I have yet to try or even test a robotic vacuum cleaner. It hasn't been from lack of desire, I just haven't found one worth trying - till now. Today in Tokyo, Dyson unveiled the Dyson 360 Eye cyclonic robot vacuum cleaner and it looks very impressive. From its [...]

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When my daughter recently moved into her dorm room, the first thing I did was put a mattress encasement on that mattress that had been used for years by people doing who knows what.  shudder!  I wish I had had this Verilux vacuum with me, too.  The CleanWave Sanitizing Portable Vacuum is a hand-held model that is [...]

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