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  • EnergyHub Launches Energy Management System For Consumers

    EnergyHub Launches Energy Management System For Consumers

    Today, EnergyHub launched its new, comprehensive, in-home energy management system for U.S. consumers. The system includes the EnergyHub Home Base, for centralized management of the electricity usage in the home, as well as The EnergyHub Thermostat, Sockets and Strips. The Home Base also connects to the Web via Wi-Fi, allowing users to remotely manage individual components via Web-based… Read More

  • A Chair Made Entirely Of The Cracks Between The Cushions

    You know how your phone, change, pen, or whatever is always disappearing into that crack between adjacent cushions or the back of the couch? Very annoying, yes. Which is why design studio Daisuke Motogi Architecture decided that we need to own those cracks. Result: the Lost In Sofa chair, which repurposes that flaw into a feature. Read More

  • Bookshelf with integrated bookend: nice for minimalists (and cube-lovers)

    The design of this little shelf is easy to appreciate. While personally I have little use for bookends (my issue is not having enough bookcases to begin with), it does occasionally happen that you don’t have the exact number of books you need to fill a shelf. That’s where this little cube comes in. Read More

  • Dodongo dislikes video game soap (not me though, I like it)


    Oh, soap. You are made in so many shapes and colors. Even, though I never would have guessed it, Super Nintendo cartridge shape and color. I can’t tell you how many of these soaps I want to have, though I’d be hard pressed to choose between Triforce and Pac-Man when washing my hands. Plus, I still haven’t used up my Han Solo. [via GameSetWatch (nice headline) and GearFuse] Read More

  • Lever-activated faucet: get one

    It’s Earth Day, friend reader. Not that you’d know it, what with a gazillion pounds of waste being thrown indiscriminately into holes and oceans every day. But while I am quite sure that we will eventually find a way to deal with that junk (fire it into the sun, am I right?), a more problematic problem is that of fresh water. Sure, your tap will pour out delicious, cold water all… Read More

  • Remember when you just held your thumb over the end of the hose?


    I can understand a hose gun attachment to a certain extent, but this is kind of nuts. Seven different spray patterns? On one hand I think “man, I can do most of that stuff without a big plastic doodad.” On the other (my gadget hand), “Man, that thing is awesome. If only I had a garden to water.” The fact that it comes from a site called “Whatever Works”… Read More

  • Sleep Scan: Tanita's sensor-equipped mat monitors your sleep

    Leading health monitor manufacturer Tanita today announced [JP] a sensor-equipped mat that’s supposed to measure the deepness and quality of your sleep. The company, which is also active in the US, says placing the mat under your mattress is enough. The system will then keep track of your body motion, breath rate and pulse throughout the night. Read More

  • Nap Vieeb Plus II: Wearable doze prevention device

    Are you constantly in danger of falling asleep while working or driving? Alarm clocks, watches or your cell phone are of no help? Then the oddly named Nap Vieeb Plus II [JP], offered by a Japanese company called Takanoha, might be the right thing for you. The Nap Vieeb Plus II is a simple earpiece alarm gadget whose first version was released about four years ago. Read More

  • The Twist Alarm Clock forces you to activate your brain in the morning

    Japan and its alarm clocks. Most of these devices force you to wake up through an extra-annoying noise (or by moving away from you), but this new one, the so-called Twist Alarm Clock [JP], makes you solve (simple) math problems. Read More

  • Panasonic new high-tech massage chair looks very, very comfortable

    You could argue massage chairs are something for old people, but after coming to Japan over 5 years ago, I had the chance to relax in more than one of these for a few hours. And let me tell you these chairs, especially those made by Japanese makers, are awesome, provided you don’t mind passing out while watching a movie. The problem is that these massage chairs are usually pretty… Read More

  • Attention furnishing nerds: your ink cartridge lamps have arrived

    Unless your whole home is decorated with weirdo technology scraps, these lamps, cool as they are, will probably look out of place. But! Do you work in an office that values design and decor? These would be perfect for the copy room. Am I right? Read More

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