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The Eco Drain will let you take longer, hotter showers and save money

Mon, 2014-07-21 19:30

Whether or not we mean to, we do a lot of little things that make our electric bills more than they need to be. There has been a rise in Eco-products that will save us a lot all at once, or in tiny increments over a long period of time. Sometimes they’re a grand idea that help us and the environment, but other times it’s nothing but a waste.

The Eco Drain is a good idea that has potential to pay off, so long as you can look at the big picture. This is a heat-exchanger that will take hot water from your shower, and use it to heat incoming water. It is said to save anywhere from $100-200 annually on your electric bill. This means you can take longer, hotter showers without as much fuss about the bills, but it will be tiny savings.

Of course, you will want to keep in mind that you’ll need to get this installed or have a decent amount of capabilities to do it yourself. It works by running the water main from the city in a pipe through outgoing waste water that is hot. The two won’t touch, and it is a brilliant idea, but make sure you know what you’re doing before trying to put this in yourself, as you could spend far more than you have the potential to save. This is something you’ll have to see as a long-term, as it costs $440.

Available for purchase on ecodrain, found via redferret
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The Koolernaut will tell you the perfect temperature for your beer

Mon, 2014-07-21 18:35

If you are a fan of beer, then you know of the variety available to you. Some are cheap and gross unless they’re ice cold, and others can be a higher temperature and still hold their own. If you’ve gotten to a point where you want to be a bit more specific, then you might like to know the exact temperature to keep your beer at for optimal enjoyment.

If you don’t want to constantly stick a thermometer in every few minutes, then you might like the idea of the Koolernaut. This is a beer Koozie that will tell you the temperature of your beer on a digital readout. There is also a chart on the side that tells you what the best temperature range for different types of beer are. If you have a drink that is close to the right temperature, but needs to come down a few degrees, then you can get their Ice Puck, which is essentially the same as a freeze pack you would put in a lunch box, but will fit under your can in the Koozie.

The ice puck will take a few minutes to chill your drink, but it can bring it down 8 or more degrees. Getting the Koolernaut and 2 ice pucks will cost you around $25. You can pay $20 and get one less puck, but if you think you’re going to down your beverages quickly, chances are you’ll want a second puck as a backup for the next round. For those who drink beer primarily from a can, this is a swell idea that could be very useful if you remember to put the ice pucks in the freezer. The battery for the display is non-replaceable, but will last for 4,000 hours and only turns on when a drink is inserted.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter

 
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The Only Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses offers a greater degree of flexibility

Sat, 2014-07-19 13:00

Some of us loathe to wear glasses because we think that it would make us look silly, while others do not mind having having prescription glasses on as it helps us see things with greater clarity. Others instead will opt for a pair of contact lenses that does have its fair share of advantages as well as flip side to it. The thing is, a pair of prescription glasses works great in the beginning, but over time, most of us do suffer from a deterioration in our eyesight, and that would mean making yet another trip to the optometrist to get our eyes checked out. If only there was a pair of glasses that could be adjusted accordingly, now that would be swell.

The $99.95 Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses does answer this particular clarion call perfectly, as it is touted to be the only pair of reading glasses that will adjust the focus of each lens thanks to a simple turn of a dial. Thanks to the clever use of patented fluid-injection technology that has been specially developed by a physicist at Oxford, the lenses comprise of an elastic membrane that is held between rigid polycarbonate plates. Whenever the dial on either side of the frame is turned, the elastic membrane will bow inwards or outwards, subtly changing the prescription from -4.5 diopters to +3.5 diopters. This means users are able to adjust each lens independently, and should your vision change, you can simply give the side dials another twist. Fashionistas might think twice though, although you can choose from black or brown tortoiseshell shades. This pair won’t help you read in the dark light the LED Reading Glasses though.
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M48 First Aid Kit should find a place in every home

Sat, 2014-07-19 12:00

The scouts have this motto of being ready all the time, and as a family man (or even if you are single actually), it pays to make sure that you are well equipped to meet up with and bind any potential injury or wound. Having said that, you can never quite tell just when will disaster strike, and so, a first aid kit lying around at a reachable place is of utmost importance. Enter the $19.99 M48 First Aid Kit, where this particular first aid kit comes packed with goodies, comprising of 56 first aid items to help you bind all sorts of wounds and cuts.

It has been specially thought up of by professionals in order to help you (and your household, I presume) to survive at home as well as in the great outdoors. After all, the M48 name is starting to gain traction as the go-to company when it comes to tactical and survival gear, so to have them roll out their first first aid kit is really something. It covers most common ground with 56 items inside, helping to disinfect all your cuts, scrapes and bumps. Not only that, it also boasts of an extremely keen carrying case, where there are two holes in the handle for wall mounting. You can place it in your car, in your office or at home, it does not matter – what matters most is knowing how to make the most out of it. It might not be up to par with what the army offers, but it is a start.
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The Pod Power is an extension cable with extra outlets

Fri, 2014-07-18 19:30

If you’re always in need of more outlets, then you likely have several extension cables and power strips lying around. There are always different types of each for different scenarios, and you never know what you’re going to need until you need it. Possibly the most infuriating is having a power strip that is just too short, and using a long extension cable for that extra inch you need, or having a long extension cable, and not having enough in the way of outlets.

If you wish there was a nice in-between, then the Pod Power from Quirky may be the answer you’ve been searching for. This is a nine foot long extension cord that has an outlet every three feet. This is perfect for studying in a group, for use on a work bench, or along a wall where outlets should be but aren’t. Should you need to mount them, they do have adhesive pads which can be applied to anchor it to a flat surface or on a wall. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to stick it down on a table as there are grippy feet on the bottom.

Needless to say, this $19.99 option is one of the hundreds of thousands of combinations you can get for extension cables and power strips out there. While this is a neat idea, it would only be worth it if it fit your needs exactly, and even then it’s a tad pricey. For those in a college dorm or other small living space, this would be perfect (mainly because the woman who came up with this product only did so because she needed a way to spread outlets all over her home while at University).

Available for purchase on Quirky
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The Swash Machine – Skip the Dry Cleaner

Fri, 2014-07-18 19:00

Have you ever come home from a night on the town, and as you undressed, you realized that your clothes were probably still clean enough to wear again, but they no longer smelled fresh? Reluctantly you took them to the dry cleaners in order to be freshened up, and pressed, and then tried to justify the expense? I’ve done everything I can to avoid that situation, from steering clear of dry-cleanables, to tossing them lightly in the dryer with a fabric softener sheet, but nothing gave me the answer I was looking for.

Until now, check out the Swash, this brand new in-home system will finally get your clothes looking and feeling fresh, without an expensive trip to the dry cleaner! Swash combines an iron with a steamer, and will actually allow you to freshen, dewrinkle, and preserve the life of your clothing in just 10 minutes. The Swash system is a convenient, hands-free, clothing care system that needs no special wiring or installation, just plug it in, and it goes to work. Whether its a sweater thats retained the smell of last nights campfire, or a blouse thats lost its ready-for-work crispness, the Swash has got you covered.

Every time you wash, or dry-clean your clothes, it takes a little life out of them, but is there anyone among us who actually enjoys wearing their jeans a second time? Well, the Swash can even whip your good old blue jeans back into shape, giving you that out of the dryer shape, and tightness you love. (with no shrinking) It’s easy too! Simply hang it up, load the Swash, and press start, the Swash gets your clothes looking (and smelling) their best in just 10 minutes!

So if you are constantly washing and dry-cleaning clothes for work, or you would simply like the convenience, and luxury of having fresh, wrinkle free garments in just 10 minutes, the Swash might be for you. At under 500 bucks, its likely to pay for itself in no time. Available now from bloomingdales.com, and from many other national retailers this Fall. But your spaghetti stained shirt from last Friday night?… that still has to go to the cleaner. Visit the company’s website, Swash.com for more product information.
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The Happy Sunflower Wall Lamp will brighten your day with a smile

Fri, 2014-07-18 18:30

It’s the little things in life that make the world seem less dull. That’s why we keep reminders of things that make us happy around at work and home such pictures of loved ones or trinkets (mainly things with which you can prank your coworkers). If you find yourself in need of a pick-me-up, what sort of comfort items would you want to have around?

If you were going to say a giant smiling sunflower that lights up and hangs from your wall, then you are extremely specific. However, the Happy Sunflower Wall Lamp is just that! The lamp aspect is basically a giant smiling face that will let off a soft yellow glow. The included stickers is what makes it look so happy-go-lucky. The design for this is pretty adorable, as it was essentially thinking of a way to make the cord be a positive aspect of the lamp representing the stem of the flower rather than another dangling cable in your home.

While you will want to choose where you place this with care, you’ll also want to make sure whoever puts it up has at least somewhat steady hands. Off-centered stickers are not going to improve the aesthetics of a room. You will need to mount the lamp, and make sure it is hanging above an outlet. This cute idea will only cost you $26, and is probably aimed at kids, though that shouldn’t stop you if you think it’s cute.

Available for purchase on dinosaurlifestyle, found via redferret
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HTC Desire 610 set to hit AT&T

Fri, 2014-07-18 15:00

When it comes to smartphones, there are a few different tiers to choose from – starting with the entry level to the mid-range, and then there is the high end side of things. Needless to say, smartphones that reside in the high end hierarchy will more often than not cost more than half a grand unlocked, and is one of the more expensive ones even when it is bought on contract. The mid-range market is a highly competitive one, as it does deliver decent levels of performance without breaking the bank – functionally good, I would say, like the Motorola Moto G. Well, HTC is a company that did hit its heights some years back before dropping into the doldrums, but they did at last get back in the black recently, thanks to the strong showing by the HTC One M7 and M8 models. This time around, it is a mid-range device that will take centrestage, known as the HTC Desire 610.

The HTC Desire 610 will work on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, ensuring that you get to enjoy blazing fast speeds without missing a beat. When July 25 rolls around, one is able to place an order for the 4G LTE capable HTC Desire 610 online or in AT&T stores for $199.99 at no annual commitment pricing. The smartphone itself is also made available with AT&T Next 18 for as little as $8.34 each month, or you have the option to own one at only $10 per month thanks to Next 12. Not only that, there is yet another affordable option, where the AT&T GoPhone HTC Desire 610 is going for just $199.99, and the GoPhone prepaid packages are good for 30 days.

Just what kind of hardware does the HTC Desire 610 pack? Well, it boasts of a 4.7-inch display and front facing stereo speakers, delivering immersive audio, supports HTC BlinkFeed and Zoe, runs off a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, has 1GB RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera and the 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, 8GB of internal memory which could be enhanced thanks to a microSD memory card slot, all of it running on Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Nokia Lumia 635 announced, headed for T-Mobile and AT&T

Fri, 2014-07-18 14:00

Right now, the smartphone world is more or less split right down the middle with Apple’s iOS as well as Google’s Android mobile operating systems dominating the market. There is, of course, a third pillar that is supported by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 (I will leave BlackBerry OS out of the equation), which is growing slowly and steadily with Nokia being the main driver behind sales of Windows Phone-powered devices. This time around, the Microsoft-owned company has announced the Nokia Lumia 635 that runs on Windows Phone 8.1, which has been touted to be the most personal Windows Phone experience to date.

It will feature a 4.5” FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels) that can display up to 16 million colors, sporting Nokia’s ClearBlack technology accompanied by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to add a dimension of toughness to the mix. Not only that, it also boasts of a wide viewing angle, coming in handy whenever you show off your favorite photos to a bunch of family members and friends.

Running on a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, this makes the Nokia Lumia 635 a mid-range performer, which ought to be more than enough to handle all of the everyday tasks that one associates with smartphones. In fact, it will do everything “normal” that you ask it to with aplomb, as the 512MB RAM offers decent support. There is also 8GB of internal memory for you to work with – meaning power users might want to avoid it and settle for something more high end instead.

Apart from that, the Nokia Lumia 635 embraces its existence with several electrifying phone shell colors that one can choose from, letting you switch according to your current mood. Not only that, the new Windows Phone 8.1 personal assistant known as Cortana will hopefully prove to help you out throughout the day.

Just in case the 8GB of built-in memory is not enough, there is another 7GB of free cloud storage on OneDrive, giving you plenty of space to stash all of the other apps, photos, videos, and more that you love. A 5MP auto focus camera with 4x digital zoom that is capable of recording 720p video as well is located at the back, all of it packed into a chassis that measures 5.09” x 2.62” x 0.36”, where it tips the scales at 4.73 ounces.

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French Cuff Bottle Openers helps executives quench their thirst in a jiffy

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:00

So you have been working hard the whole day long, and cannot wait for the clock to strike five so that you can take off from the office and head to your favorite watering hole to spend some much needed time, unwinding with the rest of your colleagues and bar friends. If it is happy hour, so much the better for your wallet, although the bartender might be a wee bit too busy serving all of the customers at once when it is packed. Fret not – the next time a bucket of beer bottles head your way, just wave away the server so that other customers can be served faster. You do not even need to borrow a bottle opener, not when you have the $49.95 French Cuff Bottle Openers in your possession.

These cufflinks will be able to open up bottles as easily as they secure French button cuffs, and it does make me wonder just which of the two are they better at. Not only are they suitable for boardroom negotiations, they also do well when it comes to having off-the-cuff drinks with coworkers. The cufflinks themselves are made from polished stainless-steel, where they sport rigid teeth that will be able to quickly lift the cap from a bottle-conditioned Imperial Pale Ale. Perfect for the gentleman who believes form should always follow function, it is also the ideal conversation starter – especially with your new colleagues. Road warriors might want to check out the Wi-Fi cufflinks, too.

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Floating Golf Game – never play the same game twice

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:00

When it comes to golf, opinions about the game is definitely polarized, or at least split right down the middle. After all, golf widows will tell you of the different kinds of reactions they have each time their husbands return home with a new set of golf clubs, and sharing just what their future timetable will be like when it comes to the week’s golfing sessions ahead. Since you yourself do not like the game of golf and yet would like to know his friends better, how about arriving at a compromise? This win-win situation will require the $49.99 Floating Golf Game to be part of your home – assuming you have a swimming pool in the first place, of course.

The Floating Golf Game is said to be a hit in or out of the pool, although it is a whole lot more fun in the pool. This fun game will definitely test your golf skills to the limit, since you can always try to chip your ball onto the floating green, or to practice your golf swing at the time of your choice. Either make use of that new club you just purchased, or the included plastic one that arrives with each purchase. Each Floating Golf Game will include a floating soft foam 3-hole pool green with golf flag and pole, a tee-off pad with storage slot for balls, a 27″ golf club with handle grip, and 8 soft foam balls.
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The Ritot is a watch that will project the time on your wrist

Thu, 2014-07-17 18:30

We’re always on the lookout for interesting new watches, and there seems to be something innovative and exciting cropping up every week. TokyoFlash may be near and dear to my heart, but there are many other watches out there that are eye-catching. If you’re in the market for a new watch, but don’t want something every Joe Schmoe is going to have, then what would you want to snazz up your wrist?

If retina verification is your thing, then the FiDELYS smartwatch may be up your alley, but if you’d prefer projection display, then you might want to look into the Ritot. This is a crowdfunding campaign that is already wildly successful, hitting its goal several times over. They claim that this is the first-ever projection watch. While it may not be a new concept, I haven’t previously seen it for day-to-day wear. Whenever you want to see the time, touch the watch or shake your wrist, and the time will appear on your hand.

The light that it emits can be whichever color from the 20+ options that are available to choose from on the clock base. Messages it displays can also be color-coded to your specifications. It can display caller ID, when you have a text, email, reminder, calendar alert, Facebook message, and more. There is even a vibrating alarm if you want to wear this to bed. There are bracelet and sport versions of this watch, and you can guess which one can take a little more rough and tumble. You will be able to see the projected light no matter day or night, and it should be able to keep it’s light for 150 hours while on, or a month straight in standby on a single charge. It is waterproof, and can display in 12 or 24 hour modes. If you’re worried about being left or right handed, you’ll be happy to know that you can change the side it projects on to. This will cost you around $120, and should it reach another stretch goal, will also include activity tracker capabilities.

Available for crowdfunding on Indiegogo

 
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The Only Handheld Food Smoker provides more options in the kitchen

Thu, 2014-07-17 15:00

They say that variety is the spice of life. The thing is, in life, too many options or choices could end up paralyzing you when it comes to making a decision simply because one is unable to choose the best out of the lot. Good thing then Hammacher knows how to name some of their products, as with the $99.95 “The Only” Handheld Food Smoker. This is a Handheld Food Smoker that will be able to infuse food with earthy, smoky flavor in a matter of two short minutes, now how about that?

This feat is made possible thanks to the device’s aluminum chamber that holds smoldering wood shavings and its fan will send smoke through the 18″-long hose into a plastic bag or jar, allowing it to infuse baby back ribs or brisket with a savory, wood-fired flavor. In the restaurant industry this particular technique is called cold smoking, where it will add instant smokiness to cheese, a tomato salsa, or fish without cooking or altering the integrity of the food or drink. It will be different from traditional smoking methods which require hours of cooking, since this device can be used tableside right before you serve a meal to your distinguished guests. Other kitchen experiments can also involve smoking food with whole leaf tea (and not those used teabags that the Tea Button has saved), dried herbs, or ground spices.
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IriTech introduces the FiDELYS smartwatch

Thu, 2014-07-17 14:00

Smartwatches are dime a dozen these days, and it does not seem as though there will be any slowdown whatsoever when it comes to the industry. We have seen the likes of the beautiful Moto 360 released, but this time around there is an Indiegogo project that will deliver something different thanks to the folks of IriTech, assuming it actually takes off the ground, that is. I am referring to the FiDELYS smartwatch, where it is touted to carry a ‘perfect form factor’ for iris recognition especially in terms of user experience (UX). Why so, you ask? That is because people are so used to glancing into their watches, that’s why.

The FiDELYS smartwatch is touted to be a breakthrough for the iris recognition industry as it sports a price point as well as form factor that are unprecedented – thanks to an estimated retail price of $250, although those of you who would like to place a pre-order on Indiegogo.com, it will cost only approximately $200 thereabouts. The coming together of both biometrics and wearables will ensure that both industries are elevated to a whole new level since it finally shows the possibility of iris recognition technology arrive in a widespread manner as a consumer device. Apart from that, the smartwatch’s user interface is also special since it boasts of a rotating-clicking bezel, making this a departure from touchscreen displays that IriTech believes is not the best choice for form factors as small as a watch.

IriTech claims that its iris recognition technology on the FiDELYS is said to be able to solve a trio of major problems that our current generation faces: The Password plague, Privacy issues and Authentication issues. In fact, the patented technology that IriTech uses will ensure that only “live” irises will work – high quality images, videos, as well as non-live irises will be deemed as unrecognizable to the FiDELYS.

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Logitech +trip and +drive mounts

Thu, 2014-07-17 13:00

Logitech has come up with its fair share of accessories in the past for mobile devices like the Logitech PRO slim protective case, and it does not look as though the Swiss-based company is going to stop anytime soon. In fact, they have just lined up a couple of new accessories that will be released later this August, calling it the +trip and +drive mounts. The +trip will be able to quickly clip to any air vent in your vehicle so that your smartphone remains secure and in view at all times, where a magnet securely holds your smartphone to the +trip mount, letting you handle audio, navigation and phone calls with aplomb. It is small but definitely stylish, and has been specially designed for use during daily commutes and business trips. Each +trip mount will be accompanied by a pair of universal adapters, making it play nice with just about smartphones of all shapes and sizes.

As for the more modern looking +drive mount that you see above, it can be attached to your windshield or dashboard courtesy of a single twist-activated suction cup, while a magnet ensures that your smartphone remains securely in place. The +drive will feature a couple of universal adapters as well that can hold any smartphone or case vertically or horizontally. Expect the Logitech +trip air vent mount and +drive windshield/dashboard mount to arrive later next month for $29.99 and $49.99, respectively.

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Logitech protection+ case announced

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:00

I suppose it makes perfect sense for you to have that kind of protective feeling over your brand new smartphone, especially if it happens to fall under the high end category. You would go to great lengths so that your smartphone does not receive any scratches or nicks, or even worse, suffer from dents due to an accidental drop. The question raised is this – just what kind of protective case should I get for my new smartphone then that offers a balance of quality as well as affordability? Logitech might have just the answer – only if you are rocking to a Samsung Galaxy S5 or an iPhone 5/5s, of course, thanks to the introduction of the Logitech protection+.

The Logitech protection+ will boast of a slim, yet ultra-protective, outer shell, where it is accompanied by flex-resistant corners and impact-absorbent channels. This will safeguard your smartphone from whatever the world throws at it, although this is not going to make your non-swimming smartphone waterproof – and this is where the Galaxy S5 has a clear edge over the Apple iPhones, since Samsung’s offering is not afraid of getting wet at all.

The Logitech protection+ case will boast of a hard polycarbonate body alongside impact-resistant polymers in each corner which will mitigate damage from impacts by absorbing shocks and dissipating them across the surface of your case. Apart from that, tucked within its polycarbonate shell, the case itself will boast of impact channels and a layer of thermoplastic rubber that will do their bit to absorb additional vibrations. Just for that added peace of mind, the Logitech protection+ case is said to exceed the U.S. Military drop-test standard (MIL-STD 810 G) for “rugged” devices, ensuring it will have no issues whatsoever protecting your phone from drops up to 1.8 meters high.

The case itself boasts of a hidden metal plate that will play nice with all Logitech smartphone mounts. This protection+ case will retail for $34.99 a pop when it arrives next month.

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The Nanoleaf Bloom will let you dim your lights with a regular light switch

Wed, 2014-07-16 20:08

We all want to be more efficient and cut down on electric bills, but many of the “solutions” that have come up are often expensive (its takes money to save money, right?). However, not all of us are so well off that we can toss hundreds or thousands at new energy management systems. For those of us just scraping by, spending a little and saving a lot is the only way things can be done.

The Nanoleaf Bloom is one method of cutting corners that doesn’t have an outrageous price tag. It is a lightbulb that you can dim to your preferred brightness just by flicking a regular on/off switch thanks to an embedded microprocessor. This isn’t a flickering light, just flip on to start the dimming process, and lock in the desired amount of light by flipping off and on again. If you want to dim it from full brightness, just flip off/on and repeat the process once more for you to hit your specified level of illumination.

There is a night mode available which gives you a dull light that you can turn on by flipping on/off/on if the light is off, and only flip off/on if the bulb is already alight. This works just like a regular bulb, so if you have multiple lights that are all controlled by one switch, you will be controlling/dimming all of the bulbs in the room (if you have equipped all sockets with the Nanoleaf Bloom of course). This light is said to last for 27 years if it used for about 3 hours a day, so let’s cut that in half if not more should you be a bit more forgetful than you’d like. While this will save you money and isn’t going to cost you several hundred dollars, it is going to cost you around $40 for one bulb. If you’re living hand-to-mouth, that’s still going to be more than what’s likely available in your budget.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter

 
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Finally Energy Efficient Lightbulbs – a Bright Idea!

Wed, 2014-07-16 19:00

When you check the store shelves you can tell that your plain old everyday incandescent lightbulbs are getting pushed aside by quite a few more energy efficient options. Yup, your “normal” bulbs have taken on odd shapes, and worse, LED’s and CFL’s don’t give your home that welcoming warm glow of days gone by. Yes, there’s an energy savings, but at what price?

I’d like to introduce you to Finally, a company devoted to developing new lighting technology for your home, specifically a lightbulb that would deliver the same warm omnidirectional glow of your traditional incandescent lightbulbs, without the same energy waste, with a long lifespan, and at an affordable price.

Finally Lightbulbs utilize induction, a lighting system that was developed at around the same time incandescent technology was born. Induction systems are still used today, but are most often found in commercial applications, like warehouses, and garages because of the space requirements, induction was quite impractical for home use.

So, the folks over at Finally compressed the induction system, and utilizing copper wires rather than “old fashioned” filaments, they managed to get a bulb with the best attributes of the induction process and created something they call Acandescence™,  a brand new lighting technology that produces the same warm light as an incandescent, but with energy efficiency, and affordability.

The Finally 60 Watt Replacement Bulb is available now for pre-order, at right around 10 bucks, with the 75 and 100 watt Finally bulbs available soon. Get yours from shopfinallybulbs.com Expect shipping late summer 2014.
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The Yeti Hopper Cooler will keep your drinks chilled all weekend long

Wed, 2014-07-16 18:47

When we go on a weekend excursion, it’s always best to bring our own snacks and beverages rather than be gouged by local gas stations or eateries. The only problem is keeping said munchies at the right temperature. Going to the lake or on a weekend camp-out for a music fest is not always done in perfect weather.

If you wish you didn’t have to worry about the ice melting out of your cooler after an hour and constantly draining out water, then the Yeti Hopper Cooler might be a breath of fresh air. This is a bag with an inch of insulation on either side, an inch and a half on the bottom, and an air-tight zipper that will make sure nothing will spill out even if it’s upside down. While the inside of the bag is waterproof, the rest is water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about a little rain or spilling something on it. The inside can hold up to 5.2 gallons, which means you’ll have plenty of room for snacks and drinks for a weekend or sunny afternoon.

There is a padded shoulder strap and handle straps for easy transport, and its squishy nature will make it far easier to stuff into a packed car (moreso than the rectangular plastic coolers). While this $299.99 bag would be perfect for the summer, it sadly won’t be available until October. If you’re really deadset on getting an insanely high-priced cooler bag, then you can put in your order now.

Available for pre-order on yeticoolers, found via dailymail

 
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Driven Executive’s Nap Tie lets you catch a breather

Wed, 2014-07-16 15:00

I am quite sure that for us office drones out there, there are times when after a particularly heavy lunch, we would want nothing better than to grab some shuteye. Unfortunately, this does not work out great all the time, since some of our offices are less than conducive to sleep. Perhaps there is a better way to ensure you catch forty winks so that you can continue being productive on that soon-to-be-overdue report? Using the Ostrich Pillow might be a tad too obvious and far from practical, which is why the $19.95 Driven Executive’s Nap Tie makes perfect sense.

The Driven Executive’s Nap Tie happens to be a necktie that has a built-in inflatable pillow which will enable the fully-engaged executive to inconspicuously recharge with a power nap. It is ideal for the captain of industry who has plenty of things to manage without having any time at all to rest and reflect, making this tie all the more crucial as part of his wardrobe. After all, this unique tie requires but a few puffs of air on its hidden valve as well as a closed office door, or use it in a darkened conference room for a brief respite from all of the madness out there. Thanks to its silk and microfiber blend, there will be no tell-tale marks on one’s face and forehead after a brief rest.
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