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360 Degree Old-Timey Desktop Fan

By David Ponce

Fans are cool (get it?) and stuff, but they’re preposterously directional. You gotta sit in front to get any use from them or hope that you’re in the range of the oscillating ones only to get a couple of seconds of bliss. The Fargo 360 Degree Tabletop fan is omnidirectional. Horizontal blades draw in air from the top and fling it in all directions, creating a disk of air that’ll cool down your sweaty skin no matter where you’re sitting. It happens to be done in the style of 1920’s banker’s fans with an oil-rubbed bronze finish with antique-brass accents.

It’s not cheap, but it’ll sit pretty on your desk for around $250.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Roastie Toaster Concept Allows For Perfect Toasting – Sadly Only One Slice At A Time Though

Roastie Toaster Concept (Images courtesy Mateusz G?ówka)
By Andrew Liszewski

They say if you build a better mouse trap the world will beat a path to your door, but I think what humans really need is a better way to make toast! I’ve yet to find a toaster that I can really rely on, so I’m happy to see that design students like Mateusz G?ówka, from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland, have set themselves upon improving its design. And I’m not saying the Roastie has quite hit the nail on the head just yet, but it definitely shows promise.

The most important aspect of the Roastie are the heating elements which are built into arms that rotate around the piece of bread, like a ferris wheel, ensuring even toasting. And since everything is built into a transparent sphere, you can easily monitor your toast for doneness and make sure it doesn’t burn. The sphere has the added bonus of trapping and concentrating the heat from the elements, so it doesn’t escape through an open slot, reducing toasting times and energy use. The kicker though? Unless it can do its thing in mere seconds, who has the patience to make toast one slice at a time? Not this guy!

[ Mateusz G?ówka – Roastie ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]

Miele’s Futura Diamond Dishwasher Features A Beer Glass Chilling Cycle

Miele Futura Diamond Dishwasher (Images courtesy Unplggd)
By Andrew Liszewski

Dishwashers apparently aren’t just for cleaning dishes anymore. At least if Miele has their way. One of their newer models, the Futura Diamond, has a special rinse & hold cycle and because of the cold water plumbing system in Europe, it also doubles as a quick way to chill down glasses. Now while I’m not entirely sure what differentiates the European plumbing system from the American, but apparently when introduced in the United States in June the dishwasher won’t actually have that handy feature. Lame! But it might still be worth a look thanks to other new features like a 3rd level cutlery tray, extensive LED lighting and the eternal promise that pre-rinsing is not required.

[ Apartment Therapy Unplggd – Beer Glass Chilling Dishwashers, Welcome to the Future ]

LG Washers & Dryers Sing The Blues When They’re Sick

LG WM3885HCCA & WM3885HWCA Washers (Images courtesy LG)
By Andrew Liszewski

Reliability is an important factor when deciding what brand of washer or dryer to buy, but everything breaks down eventually, and LG has come up with a clever way for their technicians to figure out just what’s wrong with one of their dryers or washers when they do. While internet connected appliances are the more trendy solution, they still tend to overcomplicate things. I mean who wants to punch in a wi-fi code on their dryer? Or run network cable to the laundry room?

LG’s solution, which they call SmartDiagnosis, has the end-user punch in a specific button sequence on the appliance (presumably something they’d never do by accident) which then causes it to play back a series of tones which the technician on the other end of the phone can use to determine what ails it. Kind of like morse code, or whatever the hell language R2-D2 spoke. The advantage is that the end-user doesn’t have to try and explain the ‘funny noise’ the machine is making, describe where exactly all the smoke is coming from or even read out some long complicated part number which can be misread or misheard over the phone.

[ LG Washers & Dryers With SmartDiagnosis ] VIA [ Wired Gadget Lab ]

Maytag Bravos Steam Dryer Tells You When Your Clothes Are Actually Dry, Not Just When The Timer’s Done

Maytag Bravos Dryers (Images courtesy Maytag)
By Andrew Liszewski

How many times have you gone to fetch a load of laundry from the dryer only to find it’s still damp? In the grand scheme of things it’s not exactly something to get upset over, but it’s still one of those small daily annoyances we could all do without. So hopefully Maytag has put an end to that inconvenience with the Intellidry Sensor technology built in to their Bravos Steam dryer. It can basically tell if the clothes tumbling around inside are dry or not, probably based on the amount of steam still being removed, and will try to give you an ETA estimate on when everything will actually be dry. It’s also got a steam refresh mode for removing wrinkles, an epic 150 minute wrinkle prevent drying mode and for those who are mesmerized by the site of tumbling, spinning laundry, an interior light to make it easier to enjoy the show. $1199 available in 4 different colors.

[ Maytag Bravos Dryer ] VIA [ Luxury Housing Trends ]

Dyson Releases Two New Air Multiplier Fans – If At First They Don’t Sell, Try, Try Again

Dyson AM02 & AM03 Air Multiplier Fans (Image courtesy Dyson)
By Andrew Liszewski

Ok, I don’t really have any idea how well Dyson’s original Air Multiplier fan sold, but I’m assuming there aren’t a lot of people willing to drop $300 on a fan, no matter how slick and innovative it is, when for the same amount of money can get you a full-on AC unit. And if my assumption is correct, creating a larger, more expensive version, probably isn’t going to boost sales. But that’s exactly what Dyson has done with the oval AM02 Tower Fan, and the AM03 Pedestal Fan. They both use the exact same technology as the original AM01 model, but are basically larger, and come with a larger $449.99 price tag too.

[ Dyson Air Multiplier Fans ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Mini Trumble Dryer Can Handle 3 Socks Or 2 Washcloths Or 1/6th A Pair Of Jeans

Mini Tumble Dryer (Image courtesy Buy as you fly)
By Andrew Liszewski

I understand the convenience of having an en suite washer and dryer, but is this Mini Tumble Dryer really a worthwhile compromise? Designed for those with extremely limited space, the dryer’s only 20x8x5 inches in size according to Buy as you fly, and has a capacity of just 2lbs! So it might come in handy if you’ve got half a towel to dry, or like to re-use Kleenex’s, but not if they’re wet. Most surprisingly though is the dryer’s $149 (£99.99) price tag, though I guess since it doesn’t come with any ventilation hookups, buying one is like getting a room humidifier for free!

[ Mini Tumble Dryer ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Miele Hybrid Battery-Powered Canister Vacuum

Miele Hybrid (Images courtesy Miele)
By Andrew Liszewski

The convenience of a handheld battery-powered vacuum like a Dustbuster is usually overshadowed by the fact that it doesn’t do a very good job at cleaning. And while it’s no where near as compact as a Dustbuster, we’d opt for this new lithium-ion battery powered Miele Hybrid canister vac any day.

Its 1,800 watt motor ensures the vacuum really sucks, in a good way, though it also means the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are only good for about 20 minutes of cleaning. But the Hybrid can also be plugged into AC when the batteries are dead, and it takes about 3 hours to charge them up completely. At 14 pounds it’s definitely not the lightest cordless vac on the market either, but a set of casters makes it easy to wheel around. In fact the only real downside I can see is the expected $1,060+ (€ 770) price tag (it’s OK to gasp in shock) when it’s eventually available.

[ Miele Hybrid ] VIA [ Appliancist ]

Siemens’ Liftmatic Oven Gets A Facelift

Siemens Liftmatic Oven (Images courtesy Born Rich and Siemens)
By Andrew Liszewski

If I had $4,400 to blow on a new oven, you better believe the Liftmatic from Siemens would be at the top of my wish list. For those who haven’t seen it before (this is the latest model which recently received a slick facelift) the oven itself gets mounted to the wall of your kitchen, and instead of having to lift your food to get it inside, the floor of the oven drops down to counter level making it quite easy to load and unload. And as an added bonus, since heat rises, the hot air inside the oven doesn’t escape as quickly as it does when you open a conventional oven. The new Liftmatic’s also got a series of lovely MP3-player inspired push button controls, and features eleven different heating methods including defrost, top and bottom heating, convection grill and warming.

[ Siemens Liftmatic Oven (Translated) ] VIA [ Born Rich ]