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How about a power strip that can be controlled with a smartphone? Introducing Switchboard. Once you download the app, simply pair the power strip with your smartphone and then you’ll have full control over each individual socket. This means that you can be on vacation and have your lights come on at a set time, or just have gadgets turn off automatically when they’re not in use. If nothing else, the power strip has an ambient red glow that should put you right to sleep at night. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Anker’s PowerPort Power Strip not only offers surge protection, but it boasts 12 outlets and 3 USB ports, all for $26.49 shipped, this weekend only. Proprietary PowerIQ technology provides a high-speed charge for all your phones, tablets and compatible mobile devices via USB. An optimized plug design ensures that all the other wall outlets are not obstructed. The AC outlets are rated for 3-line 4000J surge protection should anything go wrong. Product page. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Wemo’s Mini Smart Plug lets you control your devices from just about anywhere, with the free companion app, and it’s being offered for just $19.78, this weekend only, originally $34.99. Simply plug in the device, download the free app, and control your devices from a smartphone or your voice through Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Home Kit – no hub or subscription required. Its sleek new form-factor enables you to stack two Mini Smart Plugs in the same outlet. Product page. Read more for another video review and additional information.
Sure, you could always just buy a Sprinter van conversion or motor home, but Robbie and Priscilla wanted something more cozy. So, they converted a school bus into a modern 210-square-feet home on wheels. It took about 1.5-years to complete, with many issues, like leaky windows, that had to be fixed along the way. The living space now features a host of windows throughout to let natural lighting flood in, white cabinetry, gray laminate flooring, stainless steel appliances and even a cedar tongue-in-groove ceiling. Read more for a short exterior video, additional pictures and information.
The Sugru Moldable Glue Rebel Tech Kit is perfect for fixing gadgets around the house, or just a few simple life hacks, and it’s being offered for just $10.31, today only, originally $13.99. It’s the world’s first moldable glue that sets strong by turning into silicone rubber, designed specifically to bond permanently to almost anything including ceramics, metal, glass, wood, plaster, stone, most plastics, some fabrics and even flexible materials. Product page. Read more for a few more Sugru life hacks and additional information.
Hate folding laundry and don’t mind spending on a robot? Then FoldiMate is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. First introduced in 2016, this device is almost ready for production, as the latest prototype has been further advanced from its previous model, and now automatically adapts to the clothing item type and size. It can now fold a full load of laundry (around 25 items) in 5 minutes. When launched, it’s expected to retail for around $980, or less than many washing / drying machines. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Battery Organizer can store up to 93 batteries of varying sizes, all for $17.87, today only, originally $19.99. It features a transparent, hinged lid that makes it easier to identify and access the batteries you need, complete with an included battery tester for checking their charge in seconds, so you know if it’s they’re good enough to use or need to be thrown away. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Here’s another look at Russian designer Yuriy Dmitriev’s Bio-Robot Refrigerator, which is a zero-energy device, thanks to a special gel-like substance that suspends and cools food placed in it. This wall-mounted appliance can be set up horizontally, vertically or even on the ceiling, and does not have a motor, but instead a gel that does all the work, making 90% of the appliance actual usable space. To use, simply place food into its bio-polymer gel, which is odorless nor sticky, and it’s suspended and cooled until you need it. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
These skull fire pit gas logs may look creepy, but they’re fully-functional and work quite well to say the least. The two-piece log is made from reinforced steel and produced with lave granules as well as significant heat ceramic refractory. “It is NOT burning. Soot accumulation is part of the chemical reaction when gas/wood burns. ANYTHING that goes into an open fire turns black, gas logs / fire skulls included. Our findings are that with soot accumulation, their appearance becomes more genuine and realistic,” said its creator. More information. Read more for a collection of interesting images from around the web.
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Rooftop pools are nothing new, but rarely do you see one actually double as the roof, that is unless…you’re talking about Antireality’s Summer House concept. This triangular 914-square-foot living space is located on a rocky coastline and balanced on a massive boulder, complete with floor-to-ceiling glazing, along with three timber cylinders that create individual rooms. Read more for additional pictures and information.