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A Bedroom Like Bilbo’s, Straight From His Little House in the Shire

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We’ve got two more weeks before Bilbo Baggins’ epic adventure hits the big screen. Peter Jackson and the rest of his crew are currently working feverishly on post-production for The Hobbit, and it’s set to be completed just two days before the big opening. Talk about a close call.

I’m not going a grand adventure like Bilbo is, although I am making a huge move to a new place next year. So you can just imagine the geek in me scream out (while my boring, serious external stuff maintained a calm demeanor) when I spotted this cozy-looking get-up that looks like it came straight from the set of The Hobbit!

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A Bedroom In The Most Expensive Gadget Ever

By Evan Ackerman

Obviously, this guy needs a Kindle. I just wonder what kind of internet they get up there; for about $130 billion, it had better be something decent. I also wonder what else he’s got on that laptop…

If you’d like to see the rest of the tour, catch parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 on NasaTV @ YouTube.

Also, if you haven’t seen a shuttle launch from the point of view of a camera mounted on the outside of one of the booster rockets, check it out after the jump.Continue Reading

Logitech Launches iPod Bedroom Music System

Logitech Pure-Fi iPod Bedroom Speaker (Image via Logitech)
by Shane McGlaun

Logitech announced a new iPod speaker dock today aimed at bedside use called the Logitech Pure-Fi Dream Premium Bedroom Music system. While the speaker may well have the longest product name Logitech has ever used, it packs in some cool technology.

The system is designed to be used at the bedside in place of an alarm clock. Two different alarms can be set so you and your significant other can each have your own wake up time. You can opt to have the system wake you up to music from the radio or your iPod and a buzzer is available as well. The snooze button can be activated by simply waving your hand over the speaker or by hitting the button.

Motion sensing technology allows you to turn the backlit display on by simply waving your hand over the speaker. The screen automatically dims at night and brightens during the day to make reading the display easier. The LCD screen provides song, track and artist information. A remote control is included for controlling the system from across the room. Logitech says the device will be available in November for $249.99.

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Bitz Pixelated Palz Now Invading Bedrooms Instead Of Space

Bitz Pixelated Palz (Images courtesy Art Star)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s pretty much a given that unless your kids grew up in the 80′s they’re going to look down on many classic video games. But until they reach the age where they realize how uncool ‘Space Invaders’ is you can at least surround them with these plush creations inspired by the game.

The Bitz Pixelated Palz are handmade by artists Amy & Jude Buffum and each one has a unique 8-bit look to them. But modern parents need not to worry since those dangerous looking corners and sharp angles are all quite soft and safe for even the youngest of kids.

The Bitz Pixelated Palz are available from Art Star in 8 different designs for $25 each. And if you are interested I’d suggest snatching them up now rather than later since each design is limited to 25 pieces and many have already sold out.

[ Bitz Pixelated Palz ] VIA [ Kotaku ]

Solar Powered Mars/Bedroom Explorer Kit

Solar Powered Mars Explorer Kit (Image courtesy EcoCentric) By Andrew Liszewski

Recently NASA has taken a simpler, cheaper approach to space exploration and with two rovers currently rolling around Mars it seems to be working. So if you have kids that dream about working at the Jet Propulsion Lab rather than playing in the NBA this is a good place to start.

Since it’s sold as a kit the Mars Explorer comes as a pile of parts but during the assembly process kids can learn important life lessons like how to assemble a gearbox, how to wire a solar panel and electric motor and most importantly how to call tech support when the final product doesn’t seem to work. Now something tells me there’s not enough Estes model rocket engines on the planet to actually get this mini Mars Explorer to the red planet but I’m sure the average kids bedroom will provide a more than adequate hostile environment for the rover to explore.

The mini Mars Explorer kit is available from EcoCentric for about $57.

[ Solar Powered Mars Explorer Kit ] VIA [ Hippyshopper ]

Tado Thermostat Brings Nest-Like Functionality To Your Old AC

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You may have bought a fancy Nest thermostat, but what about that AC in the guest bedroom that’s not connected to the rest of your home’s system? Tado’s smart thermostat allows you to communicate with it through IR, while itself connecting to the Internet and your phone with WiFi. What this means is that you can remotely turn your AC on and off, while setting up a geofencing functionality that will automatically turn the unit off once you’re a certain distance away. It’ll also automatically turn the AC on once you’re back inside that fence, pre-cooling your room while saving money when you’re away. Finally, the fact that it’s a connected device means you can track usage through detailed graphs, and obtain insight into your own usage patterns.

It’s a $69 pledge to their Kickstarter campaign, with an expected retail price of $149.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Skull Doorknob: Do You Dare Enter?

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“Do not enter” and “keep out” signs on your door won’t really keep anyone out, especially people who are used to barging into your room without knocking. If you’re looking for something that’ll really stop people in their tracks when they see it on your door, then the Skull Doorknob by Forever Fineness might just be the thing for you.

As the name implies, it’s a doorknob that comes in the shape of a skull. Not just any skull, but a particularly grotesque one at that. The coolest part? The key which comes in the shape of a bone (pretty apt, don’t you think?)Continue Reading

Keecker Is A Remote Controlled Projector And Webcam On Wheels

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The headline makes the product sound kind of weird, but it’s when you start looking at the usage scenarios that you realize it’s actually pretty cool. You’re looking at a self-contained home entertainment unit that can be moved around in your home. This means you can direct it to your living room, where it’ll project your movie onto your wall or screen, along with some sound from its built-in speakers. You can then direct it to your bedroom, where it’s able to project a 360° image (of the starry sky for instance). That’s something that could help put the kids to sleep, or at least provide you with some engaging educational material. At the same time, you can use the Keecker to check up on them and make sure everything is ok, since it has a built-in webcam as well.

Additionally, it syncs with your Android smartphone and not only lets you stream music to it, but also play games that are on your phone, projected onto your larger screen. There are sensors in the machine that monitor “temperature, humidity, CO2 levels and more” to provide you with remotely accessible home security. It does so much stuff, we’re surprised it doesn’t also make sandwiches. Especially since you’ll have to pay $4,000 to own it, it wouldn’t’ve hurt anyone to toss that extra feature in. Oh well, nothing is perfect.

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Nest Protect Revolutionizes Smoke Detectors

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Nest already has a thermostat on the market that’s being hailed as revolutionary. And it is, at least in the world of thermostats. Now the company is hoping to do the same with another, often neglected, household appliance: the smoke/CO2 detector. Nest Protect not only looks heaps better than a standard detector, but has so many features it puts them to shame. For one, it connects through Wifi to your home network, which allows you to configure each device to know which room its been installed in. This means that it not only alerts you when there’s smoke, but it tells you which room the smoke was detected in! Also, if you’ve just burnt your grilled cheese sandwich but there’s no actual fire, Nest Protect will alert you that it’s detected smoke in a calm voice, before setting off an alarm; you’re then free to wave at it to inform it that it’s fine and nothing is on fire. That’s right, a simple wave of the hand avoids you having to get up on a stool to press the reset button as the alarm blasts in your ears.

Finally, the Nest Protect can serve as a night light, lighting up to guide your path to the kitchen or bathroom in the dark as it detects your movement. But, in a nice touch of product design, it wont light up in the bedroom so you don’t wake up your partner. All in all, we’re really impressed with the Nest Protect, and at $129 we think it’s a steal. Available in November at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and The Home Depot.

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