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Meet Haiku, The Connected Fan

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It’s getting to the point where every single home furnishing will be connected and controllable through smartphones, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We already have smart locks, and smart smoke detectors, so why not add smart ceiling fans to that list? The Haiku Fan with SenseME technology connects to your WiFi, which allows you to control it via your smartphone. Add to that an infrared motion detector, a thermometer and a hygrometer (for humidity) and you’ve got a fan that knows when to speed up or slow down all by itself. It’ll start up as you enter the room, and adjust its speed based on your preferences and current conditions, which you set through an app. It’ll wind down as the night falls, while a special “Sleep Mode” slowly lowers the air speed as you fall asleep. There’s even an alarm mode that’ll try to wake you up with a combination of air, lights and sounds.

Unfortunately, we’re looking at a high-end ceiling fan, which means a high-end price. It’s $1,045 for the fan with SenseME tech, and $900 for the same fan without any of the connected features. That means you’re paying a $150 premium for the SenseME technology, which isn’t that much more when you’re already considering a $900 ceiling fan purchase. But for anyone else, well, turning a knob isn’t that hard, is it?

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Another Use for Trolls: Treasure Troll Air Plant Pot

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Remember those troll dolls that you used to collect back in the nineties? Well, they’re back in the form of these Treasure Troll Air Plant Pots, and they’re greener than ever. The makers of the pots have removed their signature mop of neon hair to make way for a living “wig” that you’re supposed to provide.

Looks like trolls have found a new use–and a new hairstyle in the process! Mother Nature would approve.

The Treasure Troll Air Plant Pots are sold for $35.

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Cloudy With a Chance of Light: Cloud Lampshade

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While the Cloud Lampshade puts a literal cloud over your head, it does everything but dampen the mood. It’s white and fluffy as a cloud should be, giving whatever room you decide to put it in an ethereal feel. And since it’s a lamp, it provides you with some much-needed illumination so you can get some reading done.

The Cloud Lampshade was created by Royal Design and is available for $172.

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For Your Convenience: Trudeau Bottle Cap Opener and Catcher

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These days, numerous contraptions and accessories exist to help you do even the most mundan things. Take, for example, this little thing Trudeau came up with that’s both a bottle opener and cap catcher at the same time.

It’s aptly called the Bottle Cap Catcher because that’s exactly what it does. With this around, there’s no more need to bend over and gather all the caps that fell while you were opening the bottles. It works simply enough, and it does save you from a potentially sore back, especially if you’re having a particularly large group of friends over. You can get one online for $12.

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Switch Decals: So You’ll Know What You’re Turning On When You Flip That Switch

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Every time you switch something on and then switch it back off, you waste time and electricity. Of course, you’ve probably already memorized most of the switches in your home, but you’re bound to make a few mistakes once in a while. It’s usually guests who turn switches on and off to find the one that they’re looking for via trial and error.

You could label the switches, but then they might look unsightly. Or you could just stick these Switch Decals on to let people know which is which.

Each pack of 55 Switch Decals is priced at $18.

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SlideRider Turns Stairs Into a Slide

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Running down the stairs two steps at a time, sliding down the banister when the adults aren’t looking–they’re fun to do (but not as fun when you’re in a hurry), although it’s not really the safe way to go when you’re heading down a flight of stairs. It could be fun again for everyone in the household, though, with the installation of the SlideRider.

It’s a set of mats that fold out and connect to transform stairs into slides. All you have to do is take it out, connect the different components to form the slide, and lay it on top of the stairs. And voila–instant slide!
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Gimme a High Five: Hello Hallway Ceiling Sticker

Hello Hallway Ceiling Sticker

 

When people roll their eyes at you, just greet them instead. Not verbally but visually by sticking this Hello Hallway sticker on your ceiling. It’s fun, it’s pleasant, and it’s something that might just perk you up when you find yourself looking up at the heavens after a particularly tough day.

Now this is greeting people in style.

The Hello Hallway ceiling sticker is available from the Fancy for $105.

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Surreal Lighting: Gummy Bear Chandelier

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The Jello Candelier aka the Gummy Bear chandelier is every child’s dream, save for the fact that it’s made from acrylic gummy bears and is, hence, inedible. That aside, it’s an impressive display and will add a splash of color and a bit of whimsy to whatever room it’s installed in. With the flick of a switch, the chandelier will emit a colorful yet subtle glow.

If you think about it, you actually get the best of both worlds with the chandelier: you get a gorgeous assortment of gummy bears–minus the ants!Continue Reading

The Hulk Fist Nightlight is Incredible

Hulk Night Light

 

Isn’t this the awesomest night light ever? Hulk smash your fears of the dark and the boogie man and everything in between with the Hulk nightlight. It’s in the shape of Hulk’s fist, which, as you can expect, is quite massive, measuring 5 by 5 by 6.5 inches. It comes with a sticker that gives the illusion of a cracked wall, which you’re supposed to stick on the surface before mounting the it.

The Hulk fist nightlight is battery-powered and emits a soft, almost eerie green glow so you can avoid bumping into stuff and falling over when you’re heading to the bathroom or down the stairs for a midnight snack or whatever. It’s available online for $49.

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