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Electrolux Sunny solar water front loader

Hot water use in washing machines in a big component of household energy use. One solution is to simply wash in cold water, but a new new front loader from Electrolux caters for another option by facilitating the use of water heated by solar energy so you can wash in hot water without turning on the heating element.  Read More

Digital Pot turns your plants into pets

It’s not as attractive as classic terracotta, but this 21st century pot plant could be big news for the sad looking greenery in the corner of your office or apartment. We spotted the high-tech “Digital Pot” over at Yanko Design and were attracted to its tamagotchi-esque qualities that could see “pet plants” become a new craze.  Read More

Laddersmart safety devce

In the UK alone an average of 14 deaths and 1200 major injuries* are suffered by workers each year in accidents involving ladders and stepladders. The Laddersmart safety device is designed to help combat this ongoing problem in relation to rooftop access, locking the top of the ladder firmly into place and protecting the gutter at the same time.  Read More

No more licking : the Jar-friendly spoon

If you absolutely can't live without extracting every last morsel of chocolate mousse from the bottom of its container, here is the solution.  Read More

Voice Recording Tape Measure

This nifty little tool for tradies or weekend home repair warriors is not only a tape measure, but also a voice recorder. When you don’t have a pen and paper handy you can record your measurements into the tape measure and play them back when you need them.  Read More

The insect terminator tennis racket

An early contender for the bang-per-buck gadget of the year is the Bug Bat - a handheld insect killer that delivers a high voltage zap. With the form factor of a tennis racket, anything that touches the “strings” on the racket face is delivered a powerful electric shock – more than enough to send any insect it comes in contact with it into the hereafter. The scariest feature is its compelling nature: once you’ve heard the electric crackle of death from a pinpoint backhand, otherwise rational and balanced humans get a look in their eye like the dog that tasted blood. This product bats way beyond its sub-US$20 price range in terms of enjoyment and usefulness.  Read More

iRobot Verro 500 and Verro 300 (bottom left)

iRobot is known to consumers as the creator of all types of home helpers, from the gutter cleaning Looj to the floor scrubbing Scooba. The company has now expanded its iRobot Verro Pool Cleaning Robot line to include two new models, the Verro 100 and 500.  Read More

Size comparison: Silhouette Smoke alarm v conventional model

May 6, 2008 Smoke alarms are an absolutely essential household item, and although we've seen some clever innovations in recent years including units that talk, models that clip onto light fittings and even plans for smell based alarms to aid those with hearing impairments, most designs remain a bit of an eyesore when it comes to complementing modern decor. The Silhouette™ by Kidde is looking to change this impression by virtue of its sleek, low-profile form that aims to better blend in with its surroundings.  Read More

Expanding table by Philippe Braun

April 30, 2008 The benefits of dual-mode dining tables are well established - a compact unit that saves space for everyday use becomes an entertaining centerpiece when guests arrive. But when it comes to round tables, most expandable designs introduce a square extension into the centre, meaning the symmetry of your circular dining experience goes out the window. Not so with this unique fold-out table created by French designer Philippe Braun which uses a patented mechanism to keep the table circular in its expanded form via extension leafs on every side that integrate into the tray of the table when not in use.  Read More

Samsung introduces world's largest french door refrigerator

April 24, 2008 At a volume of 29-cubic-feet and offering a 16% increase in useable space while retaining the same footprint, Samsung is billing its latest French Door Refrigerator as the world's largest.  Read More

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