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tantalus-bottle-lock

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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Food Cycler Kitchen Composter 1

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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thinkgeek-chemistry-spice-rack

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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tiltmyblinds-2

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

DualSaw Destroyer CS 650-1

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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compact-chopsticks1

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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moma-ramen-spoon-fork

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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magic-tap-automatic-drink-dispenser-2

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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skydrop1

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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kinsa

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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balls_of_steel_02

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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matt-ferguson-star-wars-art

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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champ-emergency-preparedness-1

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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philips-hue-lux-connected-lighting-2

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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mcthomas

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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verilux-cleanwave-sanitizing-vacuum-2

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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belkin-wemo-lighting-kit

Actually, they'll be shipping on September 18, 2014, but Belkin is finally taking pre-orders for these WiFi-controllable light bulbs.  I've used Belkin WeMo Switches for a long time now.  I have lamps plugged into them around my house, and the Switches are programmed to turn my lights on at sunset and off several hours later. [...]

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nunaleaf-1

Parents who are looking for a battery, electricity and noise free way of gently getting their little ones to sleep should look into the Nuna LEAF. It's a leaf shaped chair attached to a sturdy frame that can be locked into a stationary position or unlocked to swivel side to side with a slight push. [...]

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sumo-omnire-1

I love my Lazy Boy couch and my double recliner, but most furniture items want you to adapt to them instead of the other way around.  You can't easily move a recliner around your home from room to room or fold it up and shove it under the bed when you don't need it. But with [...]

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erlenmeyer-flask-salt-and-pepper

I've heard the expression that baking is science and cooking is an art (meaning that baking requires more precise measurements, temperatures, and times, while cooking is a bit more forgiving), but as any chemist knows, it's all just chemistry.  This cute salt and pepper set lends an air of the chemistry lab to your kitchen. [...]

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