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Lynktec GripStand tablet stand review

on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

There’s a new-ish technology being used in many items, and I’m kinda digging it. It’s the microsuction tech being used by case and stand makers for securing items to smooth surfaces. The folks at Lynktec use it to hold their new GripStand to the back of an iPad or tablet – or even a flat, smoothRead More…

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Tape measure + pencil = PencilMan

on Monday, August 11th, 2014

Do it yourselfers, handy men and women and just about anyone who needs to measure and mark something will want to check out the PencilMan tape measure from Smith Works Tools. The PencilMan is a 25 foot metal ruler that features an easy to use thumb activated tape brake lever, a belt clip and bestRead More…

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Neolid Twizz is a travel cup with a twist

on Monday, August 11th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The Neolid Twizz is a plastic 12 ounce cup made in France of light weight, waterproof and insulating plastic. So far that sounds pretty boring right? The interesting feature of this cup is the specially designed twisting lid that opens and closes with a twist. The lid opens like an iris or camera shutter andRead More…

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ClockONE is an insanely cool E-ink clock with an equally insane price tag

on Sunday, August 10th, 2014

The ClockONE from Twelve24 is simple and beautiful. It’s a wall mountable 39.37 x 13.78 inches (1000 x 350 mm) clock that features a digital display that uses E-ink. The clock runs for one year on one CR2450 button battery and mounts to the wall with a magnet. I love the look of it andRead More…

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ReadyMax offers hand tools with built-in lights

on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

When you’re using a pair of pliers in a dimly lit area, a flashlight can be real handy. But holding a flashlight in one hand while using the pliers in the other hand can be both inconvenient and awkward. An alternative could be a hands-free head lamp, but then you still have use two devices insteadRead More…

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No more waiting, now you can spread butter right from the fridge

on Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Or at least that is what the SpreadTHAT! Heated Butter Knife claims to be able to do. The unique thing about this hi-tech kitchen gadget is that it doesn’t use any electricity to warm the knife. It uses a non-toxic titanium coating to conduct the heat from your hand down to the blade, allowing you toRead More…

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No more crawling under the desk to plug things in with the Wall Mounted Outlet Extender

on Friday, August 8th, 2014

I just put an Elfa shelving unit in my tiny kitchen with no counter space.  I now have a place to work while preparing food, but plugging in my little KitchenAid chopper requires me to crawl under the unit and reach behind the water cooler to plug it in.  I was thinking about getting aRead More…

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KitchenAid brings a whole new look to the SodaStream Sparkling Beverage Maker

on Friday, August 8th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Julie reviewed the SodaStream a few years ago and determined it was an economical way to make your own sodas at home.  It gives you the option to make regular, diet, and caffeine-free sodas and flavored waters, but it did look a bit utilitarian.  Big deal, you might say, but there are some people outRead More…

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Control your Philips Hue lights without a smart device

on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I have a set of Philips Hue lights that I got for Christmas last year that can light up my living room and foyer with white light or with colored lights – whatever I choose.  I can define light “recipes” where I can make each Hue bulb whatever color I want so set the moodRead More…

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The Android app for Belkin’s WeMo line of home automation products is now available

on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

I reviewed the Belkin WeMo Smart Home Automation Switch about a year ago, and at the time, you really needed an iOS device to control the products.  There was an Android app, but it was in beta, but Belkin announced late last month that the Android app is ready.  Just like with the iOS appRead More…

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Your refreshments will be assimilated by the Borg

on Monday, August 4th, 2014

This cute little Borg Cube can keep your food or beverages at the proper temperature.  It has a temperature switch, so you can refrigerate or warm the contents.  It measures 11.5″ in each dimension on the outside, and the storage area inside is 6″ x 7.5″ x 8.25″.  It’s more like a desk-top fridge than aRead More…

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Microwave your lunch in your lunch bag and eat directly from it, too

on Monday, August 4th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

We’ve mentioned a couple of different Unikia products for carrying your lunch in the past.  One was a Compleat Robust lunch box, one was a Compleat FoodSkin that cradled your sandwich to keep it together as you assembled it (see related posts at the end of this article).  Today’s product is the Compleat FoodBag.  Like theRead More…

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Is the Ripple a bowl with a detachable plate or a plate with a detachable bowl?

on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

How many times have you dreamt about an easy way to carry around a bowl of soup with a sandwich? Your dreams have come true with the Ripple Bowl. The Ripple Bowl is a BPA free, microwave and dishwasher safe bowl with a convenient handle and a detachable bowl. The bowl locks and unlocks fromRead More…

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Office Star Space REVV 86 Series SpaceFlex manager’s chair review

on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Choosing the perfect office chair can be as difficult as choosing the perfect pair of sneakers, jeans, mattress or car. Everyone has their own criteria of what feels good to them. That’s probably why I’ve had the same office chair for the last 20 or more years. Wow, I didn’t even realize I’ve had theRead More…

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The Olight H15S Wave headlamp is controlled with hand gestures

on Friday, August 1st, 2014

Remember that time you were in a cave and your hands were all muddy, so you didn’t want to touch your headlamp to turn it on? Yeah, me neither… But the NEXT time you do find yourself in a similar situation, make sure you have an Olight H15S Wave rechargeable LED headlamp on your head.Read More…

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This simple doodad can make using a ceiling fan easier

on Friday, August 1st, 2014

There’s nothing world-changing about the Harbor Breeze Brushed Nickel and White Pull Chain set, but it will make it plainly obvious to everyone in your family and to visitors which chain turns on the light attached to the ceiling fan and which adjusts the fan speed.  The brushed nickel chain pulls look like a tiny light bulbRead More…

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Turn any light bulb into a WiFi-connected bulb

on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This Kickstarter project gives you the tools to turn any dimmable light bulb into a WiFi-controllable bulb.  You don’t need hubs, and getting your house connected is as easy as signing the bulb into your router.  The emberlight is a screw-in base that you can use with any of your current light fixtures or lampsRead More…

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Replace your big screen TV with a tiny black box

on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

My fascination with tiny houses and micro houses continues, and I saw a home theater system in one of the small homes that would work equally well in bigger spaces.  I was watching a video made by Derek Diedricksen for his Relaxshacks website in which he toured the small house built by Chris Haynes of TinyRead More…

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Add a little bit of sunshine to your room with the Happy Sunflower Lamp

on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Happy Sunflower Wall Lamp will add whimsy and light to your child’s room.  The kit consists of a circular 10.8″ wall lamp with a face design on it and a collection of stickers to form the petals to turn the lamp into a potted sunflower.  (The stickers are easily removed.)  The fixture uses E14Read More…

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Belkin NetCam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision review

on Monday, July 21st, 2014

I’ve avoided playing with “home” monitoring cameras because (1) I live in a tiny condo in San Francisco, and (2) my son is 8 now and we’re past the baby monitoring stage.  I do have friends and family with small children, so I figured I owed it to them to stay on top of thisRead More…

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Breathe clean, cool air in your personal space

on Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Most air filters are designed to clean the air in an entire room, but the Satechi USB Portable Air Purifier and Fan cleans your personal space at home or in the office.  When collapsed (bottom, left image), the fan  “removes ultrafine particles to provide a clean personal environment. Unpleasant odors are removed, as well as smallRead More…

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Zetta Z16 HD Wide Angle Intelligent Security Camcorder review

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

We live in a gated community and just a few years ago, things were stolen out of our car while it was parked in our driveway in broad daylight (we had forgotten to lock it that day). We never found out who had perpetrated the crime, but I remember wishing I had some kind ofRead More…

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Eton Blackout Buddy emergency lighting and LED flashlight review

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

We live in a high-rise condo building, and the main hallways and stairways are all interior and windowless.  The building does have emergency lighting, as we found out during a recent power outage, but those are only in the public areas of the building.  Most of the rooms in our condo have floor-to-ceiling windows, soRead More…

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ShaveMate is a razor with a shaving cream dispenser in the handle

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

What is a ShaveMate? It’s a 6 bladed disposable razor that has a shaving cream dispenser built into the handle which holds enough cream for a week’s worth of shaves. That’s right, everything you need to feel smooth is in one easy to use item. Razor + shaving cream = genius. The ShaveMate is availableRead More…

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You’ll be able to rack ‘em and stack ‘em with this sofa

on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I am fascinated with looking at pictures of those tiny, under 200-sqft houses that some people live in.  While I was looking at information about one of them today, I saw a sofa that would work well for anyone living in a small home without a guest room, or for vacation homes, or maybe evenRead More…