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Serve your kids a better drink in a better drink box

on Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Juice boxes are convenient for packing in a child’s lunch or for taking along on trips, but what they contain probably isn’t your first pick for feeding to your child.  Those juice boxes often contain beverages that are more sugar than anything else, so they aren’t nutritious.  Those flimsy cardboard boxes that can seem likeRead More…

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Liftware gives those with hand tremors a better experience at meal time

on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Most of us take a lot for granted. We give almost zero thought to holding a spoon or fork, scooping up a bite of food, lifting it to our mouth and eating. It’s something we all do multiple times every single day. It’s a no-brainer. But for people who suffer from Essential Tremor and Parkinson’sRead More…

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It’s easy to score with Hat Trick BBQ tools

on Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Hockey season is over and you’re jonesing for some stick time, but the temperature outside could melt steel let alone your backyard ice rink. Hat Trick BBQ has the solution to get that stick back in your hands, or at least part of a hockey stick. Hat Trick BBQ has come up with a conceptRead More…

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This sound generator produces white noise or fan sounds

on Saturday, June 21st, 2014

If you like falling asleep to the sound of a fan but don’t want the air flow from an actual fan, the LectroFan is for you.  The LectroFan is a small white box (4.4″ X 4.4″ X 2.2″, 14 ounces) that can produce 20 masking sounds to help you sleep better.  In addition to 10Read More…

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#ad It’s time to char some meat with these BBQ gadget ideas from Faveable

on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

This Saturday is officially the first day of Summer and there are only a few days until the fourth of July, so you know what that means… it’s time to bust out the grill and get cooking. No matter if you have a crazy expensive gas grill with all the bells and whistles, or if youRead More…

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“The Vessyl with the pestle has the brew that is true…”

on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Most of our appliances communicate with us now, so it was only a matter of time before our dinnerware did too. The Vessyl, created by a company called Mark One, is a 13 ounce cup that contains sensors which can determine the type of drink (including sodas, alcohol, smoothies, tea, coffee, etc.) as well asRead More…

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Hot beverage + coaster = koi pond

on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

These cups and coasters redefine cups with designs that change when hot beverages are added.  These borosilicate glass mugs have an interesting slanted shape and unusual stick handles, but they are otherwise plain when viewed from the side.  They have a fish-shaped metal piece on the bottom, and when you fill the mug with a hotRead More…

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#ad Faveable helps your house become smarter

on Monday, June 16th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that my house isn’t all that smart. You’d think someone who has the nickname “The Gadgeteer” would have all sorts of automation gadgets installed in their home, but I don’t. I currently just have two Dropcam cameras and the Venstar programmable / smartphone connected thermostat. I often think aboutRead More…

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Cammy IP camera cloud viewing app review

on Sunday, June 15th, 2014

If you have ever been to a party where they say to BYOB – bring your own beer, then you’ll understand the concept of the Cammy IP camera cloud viewing app that requires you to BYOC – bring your own camera. As a diehard fan of Dropcam cameras, I was intrigued by Cammy for one importantRead More…

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Make the Perfect Drink with this app-controlled bartending scale

on Sunday, June 15th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

You’re having a party, but you don’t know a lot of recipes for mixed drinks.  Sure, you could run to the bookstore and buy a bartender’s recipe book, but where’s the gadgety fun in that?  Instead, purchase the Perfect Drink App-Controlled Smart Bartending Scale and you’ll have recipes for hundreds of drinks at your fingertips,Read More…

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Add a little personality to your Zoku Quick Pop Maker products

on Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

We’ve told you about a variety of Zoku frozen treats makers, beginning with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker back in 2009.  That pop maker is still around, and Zoku has introduced an accessory kit that lets you add bits of fruit to your pop.  Using the cutters and the layout paddle, you can arrange smallRead More…

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Give Fido a treat when you’re not home with your smartphone and the SocialPet system

on Monday, June 9th, 2014

We love our pets just like any other member of our family (maybe more depending on the family!), but the sad fact is that a large percentage of pets are left alone at home during the day while their owners are away at work or school. This means that the pet might get lonely forRead More…

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Build your lunch on this LEGO block lunch box

on Monday, June 9th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

You can’t actually build with this giant LEGO, because the bottom lacks the indentations to join up the blocks, but you can use it as a very cool lunchbox.  The LEGO Lunchbox is shaped like a traditional 2X4 LEGO brick, but its top lifts off so you can store your lunch inside.  It measures 3.9″ XRead More…

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D-Link mydlink WiFi Smart Plug review

on Friday, June 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I’ve been playing around with home automation products for awhile, but so far I haven’t found anything that is easy to use or conforms to a well established standard.  I have some Insteon devices, X-10 devices, and there are also Zigby and Z-wave protocol devices available.   All of these require some sort of hubRead More…

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Summertime is ice cream time!

By: Greg Carter
on Friday, June 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Even if your passion for ice cream (or sorbet or frozen yogurt) is a year-round thing, summer is an especially fine time for sweet frozen treats. So what better time to introduce a fun gadget to create and serve up your very own bowl of ice cream? Williams-Sonoma is exclusively offering the Zoku Ice Cream MakerRead More…

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Stop people from opening your door – even if they have the keys to your deadbolt

on Friday, June 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

When we moved into our condo, the first thing we did was replace the deadbolt – and that’s despite living in a building with security locks on all exterior doors and the elevators, plus a doorman stationed at the door 24/7.  But what if you live in a rental where you can’t change the locksRead More…

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Assembling a taco is a snap with these plates

on Friday, June 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I hate when we have taco night.  I like tacos, but I hate assembling the thing only to have it tip over and spill everything out onto my plate the minute I set it down.  I don’t like those flat bottomed shells that stand on their own, because they are too wide and require tooRead More…

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Have a changeable art gallery with these decals

on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Do you still take a lot of photos with a film camera?  Or perhaps you use digital, but you still like to print out your images?  In either case, you probably like to display them, and you probably want something that looks more polished than thumbtacks or double-sided tape to attach them to the wall.Read More…

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Keep your cool this summer with this evaporative-mist fan

on Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

My husband isn’t quite as hot natured now as he was several years ago, but he still always complains that his feet are hot.  He used to say that he wanted to invent a fan  that would spritz cold water on his feet as he slept.  It seems that someone has created the fan of hisRead More…

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Julie’s gadget diary – The great sneaker mystery

on Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Home, Kitchen

We returned home from a one week epic road trip vacation at 1am Saturday morning. After some much needed sleep, Jeanne decided she wanted to unwind from the 1000+ mile trip with an afternoon of working in the garden. Yeah, I know, she’s weird. While she was out sweating in the sun and dirt, IRead More…

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Butterfleye is a new smart social camera for the connected home

on Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Keeping an eye on your property and loved ones when you’re not physically there is important for your peace of mind and for security purposes. The Butterfleye is a new camera that features completely wireless operation, two way audio and Active Eye Intelligence which automatically captures 1920 x 1080 pictures and videos using motion detectionRead More…

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Lure Dad to the Dark Side for Father’s Day

on Friday, May 30th, 2014

Forget cookies…  Come to the Dark Side for the M&M candies!  With one of these Star Wars candy dispensers for his office, Dad can have a constant supply of snacks from his candy dispenser topped with Darth Vader or Darth Maul.  You can even get special Star Wars themed M&M candies for his dispenser.  EachRead More…

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Come on Natural 20. Daddy needs a new Sword of Wounding.

on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I’m sure Langly (from The X-Files) would love these Critical Hit +5 Stones of Frost drink cooling stones.  Although they don’t seem to be numbered, they are a pair of icosahedron-shaped pieces of soapstone that will cool your beverage without watering it down.  Store them in the freezer when you aren’t using them, or chill them forRead More…

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PlantLink review

on Monday, May 26th, 2014

I wonder if there is a Plant Killers Anonymous organization out there. If so, I would definitely be a member. “Hello, My name is Kathleen, I’m a biologist and I kill plants.” As a college student I studied mostly animal biology and didn’t focus on plant studies. At the time I thought, “Seriously, what doesRead More…

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Who needs a fly swatter when you have the Bug-A-Salt shotgun?

on Sunday, May 25th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

House flies are nasty insects that spread disease by vomiting on your food, laying their eggs and defecating more than 10 times an hour. Yuck! I might feel a tiny bit guilty when I squish a spider or an ant, but I don’t feel bad when I kill a fly. When I saw the Bug-A-SaltRead More…