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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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Below-the-Belt Ads: Turn Your Butt Into a Billboard and Get Free Underwear

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Nothing is free in this world. I mean, you can sign up for free offers or subscriptions, but you’ll end up paying for these sooner or later, one way or the other. For example, there’s this site in Japan that’s called Free Pants, and while they’ll send anyone who wants a pair some free underwear, it’s not as free as they’ll think.

You see, each of the pants they’ll be shipping out will have some ad of some sort on the bottom. The logo of some deodorant or shampoo brand or a cable company will be printed and displayed prominently all over the wearer’s butt for the whole world–or for whoever happens to be with them in the bedroom, anyway–to see.

Interested? Sign up for a pair on Free Pants.

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Plush Halfling Slippers are Perfect for Bringing Out the Hobbit in You

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit doesn’t hit theaters until December, but that doesn’t mean you have to hold back on your inner hobbit any longer. These Plush Halfling Slippers are ultra comfortable, ultra plushy, and ultra hairy–just like any regular, old hobbit’s feet. Except for the plushy and comfortable part. Top that off with yellow toenails and your own feet could pass off for that of an old hobbit’s.

There’s still two full months before Halloween comes along, but you might want to get a pair of these if you’re planning on dressing up in a hobbit costume. Or, you know, you could chill in your  bedroom in these ginormous slippers for the heck of it.

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Play The Pizza Roulette Game To Decide Who Pays For It

By David Ponce

The above is a dish with an imprint of a gun’s magazine, with one of the chambers blacked out. Put a pizza/cake/pie on it and use the plate to decide who gets to do pretty much anything you want: pay for it, do the dishes, go fetch more beer, get the dog out of the bedroom… Really, only your imagination is the limit to what sort of things can be decided fairly, while enjoying a slice or two of your favourite sliceable meal.

It’s €30, which is about $40.

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Owl 360 Rear View Bicycle Camera

Owl 360 Rear View Bicycle Camera (Images courtesy The Owl 360)
By Andrew Liszewski

Just because I’m a gadget blogger and have an affinity towards all things high-tech, doesn’t necessarily mean I think everything needs to be upgraded. I still happily use a manual toothbrush, the fan in my bedroom still has blades, and I find it hard to believe that a $180 bike-mounted camera system could outperform a simple mirror.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this Owl 360 setup doesn’t work as advertised. It consists of a small CMOS camera you mount below your bike seat — pointing backwards of course — which feeds a live video signal to a 3.5-inch LCD display mounted to your handlebars. A 3.7V lithium polymer battery provides about 5 hours of use on a single charge (probably less when it’s cold outside) and also powers a ring of ten LEDs around the camera lens, making the rider more visible at night. Since the LCD display would probably be stolen faster than it takes for you to lock your bike up, it easily detaches from the handlebar via a hotshoe mount, allowing you to leave the cabling in place.

But, again, while certainly ‘high-tech’, I can’t see how this would outperform a simple rear-view mirror, which doesn’t need to be charged I might add. Perhaps if the camera had a generous wide-angle lens so you could take in everything behind you it would be worthy of consideration, but that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case here.

[ Owl 360 Bike Camera ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Pedal Powered Forklift Would Have Had Me Cleaning My Room Every Day As A Kid

Pedal Powered Forklift (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

I had an amazing childhood, but once again, I feel it could have been even better had my parents been aware of Hammacher Schlemmer. For example. Cleaning my room was never the most enjoyable chore. But picking up laundry and putting away toys with a working, miniature, pedal-powered forklift? I’m pretty sure I’d sleep in the thing! It wouldn’t have only been great for cleaning my room, though. Other chores like clearing the table, taking out the garbage, walking the dog and dealing with his ‘indiscretions’ and even raking leaves would have been made about 1,000X more entertaining with this at my disposal.

The chassis is made from durable ABS plastic so it could easily endure a couple years of kid life, and the hand-crank powered forks are capable of lifting up to 6 1/2 lbs. Sadly it’s limited to kids up to 55-inches in height, a mark I passed many years ago. And a maximum riding weight of up to 110 lbs. It’s also $319.95, making it a hard sell to your parents that your bedroom will most certainly be kept slightly cleaner, at the expense of plastic tire tracks all over their home. The Fresh Prince was right, parents just don’t understand…

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OhGizmo! Review – Sony Tablet S

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By Andrew Liszewski

Since the original iPad was released a few years ago, there have been a steady stream of new tablets coming from Apple’s competitors. Blackberry, Samsung, Motorola and a host of others have all released follow-up products to compete with Apple. But one of the biggest names in consumer electronics, Sony, has only recently unveiled their tablet offerings. And in true Sony fashion, they certainly stand out from the crowd.

The first to hit the market, the Tablet S, went on sale just days ago and Sony is hoping that their somewhat unorthodox design has what it takes to allure consumers away from Apple’s juggernaut. Or at the least, lure Android fans away from other Android-based tablets. We had the chance to spend a couple of weeks with the Tablet S, sans finalized firmware, and walked away with some distinct impressions of the latest tablet to cannonball into a market that’s getting more and more crowded every week. More after the jump.

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BabySound Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

BabySound Fetal Heart Rate Monitor (Image courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

Even if you don’t have kids, we all know that a baby can be expensive. And finding a way to save money and make every dollar count is an important part of raising a family. So instead of going to an expensive obstetrician for regular checkups during your pregnancy, you can now monitor your baby at home and save! Chinavasion’s selling this BabySound fetal heart rate monitor for ~$23 that lets you keep tabs on your unborn infant’s heartbeat. Whether it be for peace of mind, for listening for worrisome anomalies, or just plain curiosity. It’s apparently completely safe to use, and is sensitive enough to pick up a heart beat from as early as 10-12 weeks in to your pregnancy.

And from what I can tell, it’s probably still useful after your child is born too. When placed against a bedroom door it could be used to monitor private conversations or phone calls. Perfect for the concerned parent who develops into a nosy one.

[ BabySound Fetal Heart Rate Monitor ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Can We Interest You In A $60,000+ Bed?

HiCan Bed (Images courtesy HiCan)
By Andrew Liszewski

The components that make this ‘luxurious’ HiCan bed so unique can easily be assembled for far less than its $60,000+ (EUR 42,000) price tag. But why go to all that trouble when you can just order one for the price of a moderately equipped luxury sedan? After all, you’ll be spending far more of your life in this bed than any car. So it’s easily justifiable.

Besides the normal luxuries you’d find on a bed like a mattress and pillows, the HiCan includes retractable privacy blinds, a hi-def video projector that works with a retractable screen at the the foot of the bed, a “state-of-the-art” sound system, a built-in multimedia PC and gaming console and most importantly, a pair of reading lights! (Now I understand why it costs so much.) For the truly lazy and/or bed-ridden the HiCan is also equipped with a home automation system for managing all of its built-in components, including an adjustable bed as well as other appliances or devices in your bedroom. You even get your choice of one of eight different colors when you place an order. The only thing you won’t get is the bed itself, as according to their website they’ve started an “exclusive reservation list.” Which basically means it’s not actually available yet.

[ HiCan Bed ] VIA [ Fancy ]