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Cloth Extension Cord

Perhaps you’d like a little of the old fashioned feel in your extension cords? If so, Best Made Company has it covered, literally. Their cloth covered extension cords aren’t meant to be hidden, so if you’ve got an unavoidable spot where a cord shows (and it bothers you), this would be a good option. The cords are “woven in Massachusetts using three copper wires, each stranded and covered in PVC insulation.”


Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Best Made Company

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Gif Shop Animated Gif Maker

Here’s a fun photo application for you iPhoners. Gif Shop uses your phone’s camera to create animated gifs. I got the chance to play with it yesterday and it’s pretty fun! It’s very simple to use: snap a few photos, set the animation speed, and you’re done. You need to create an account to upload the gifs to the web, but from there you can also post to Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. I goofed around and made a few examples, but here’s my best attempt at creating an amusing one for you all:

Purchase Information:

Price: $2.00
Available from: Gif Shop

Fliqlo: Flip Clock Screensaver

Here’s a fun screensaver for Mac or PC.

Purchase Information:

Price: $0.00
Available from: 9031

Belkin Conserve Insight

Continuing their line of energy-saving products as part of their Conserve line, Belkin recently released the Insight, a plug-in energy monitor that will track electricity consumption of any device plugged into it (wattage), carbon dioxide produced, as well as the actual monetary cost of energy usage. Definitely useful for the gadgets you leave on all day like your computer, but it will also aid in finding and keeping tabs on the not-so-obvious devices that draw power unbeknownst to you.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Belkin Conserve Insight here

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Cablebox Mini

Bluelounge, a company that is completely obsessed with organizing your electronics and workspace, has recently released a smaller version of their popular Cablebox, appopriately named the Cablebox Mini. Plug in your gadgets to the provided 4-socket powerstrip and close the lid. The sight of power adapaters and messy cables will be replaced with a clean, minimalist box. And if you get any of the bright colors, it might actually become a focal point in your room.

Dimensions: 9.3 x 4.6 x 5.2in
Material: fire retardant plastic

Colors: White, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink
Includes UL listed 4-socket surge protector

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Available from: Blue Lounge

Belkin Conserve Energy Saving Surge Strip

Belkin makes saving money and the environment as easy as flicking a switch. The Conserve Surge Protector comes with a remote control which allows you to shut off devices that consume standby power. Just remember to stow away the remote, it would be quite a bummer for you to step on it and completely zap that 20 page presentation you’ve been working on.

Product Details:
Six switchable and two always-on power outlets
Built-in cord management; wall-mountable remote control
2.8 x 4.4 x 16.2 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.71
Availability: Buy Belkin Conserve Energy Saving Surge Strip here

Easiest To Read Digital Scale

If you’re serious about losing some pounds, this scale might help with its fancy ‘bioelectrical analysis’…plus, if you’ve got to have a scale, you might as well have a futuristic (or old-school eighties) looking one, right?

With a digital readout over four inches tall, this body-analyzing scale measures several critical health metrics and displays them in numbers large enough to read without glasses. In addition to precise weight measurement in 0.2-lb. increments, the scale uses bioelectrical impedance analysis–a harmless electrical impulse–to calculate body fat percentage, body water, muscle mass, body mass index, and basal metabolic rate, providing important data that helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle…The scale’s memory stores data for up to 12 individuals. Rust-resistant stainless-steel platform has black mirror accents. 400-lb. capacity. Requires four AAA batteries.

1″ H x 11 3/4″ W x 11 3/4″ L

$99.95, Buy it here.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95
Availability: Buy Easiest To Read Digital Scale here

Ora-Ito’s The Hub

This little device looks slightly insane, but perhaps that’s appropriate considering the amount of other devices and peripherals we have to attach to our computers/ipods/bodies/lives.

Famed designer Ora-Ito designed this hub to work with Mac or PC. Its globe shape, glossy white polycarbonate finish, and flexible cables give it a distinctive, out-of-this-world look. This new model simplifies the formula, ditching the firewire ports, fan and light to provide you with seven USB ports. Each port is linked to a colorful LED that illuminates through the casing when plugged in. The Hub is also great for charging your iPod, camera, cell phone and other devices that charge from a USB port. Bundled with 8 flexible cables, an external power supply, a USB extension cable, and a flower petals kit, the LaCie USB 2.0 Hub comes fully equipped for making all of your connections.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Availability: Buy Ora-Ito’s The Hub here

Alessi Body Scale

Ever since Katie posted this sink over in our ‘Remodel’ section, I’ve been having fantasies about the perfect bathroom.

I think this would fit in nicely.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Availability: Buy Alessi Body Scale here

Kone by Karim Rashid

Famed product designer Karim Rashid has lent his touch to the Dirt Devil Cordless vacuum. Comes in 5 colors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.99
Availability: Buy Kone by Karim Rashid here

Handheld Vacuum

This was originally posted in September of last year, but it has just gone on sale so I thought it was worthy of a repost.

“Stefano Giovannoni, an architect and industrial designer, paired up with Alessi to bring captivating form to an everyday function. The Alessi Handheld Vacuum recharges in its base with an integrated crevice tool and wet nozzle. Crafted out of stainless steel, the sleek form can be stored where it’s most convenient, rather than hidden in a cabinet, out of reach and out of view. The base can be wall mounted. Giovannoni’s work is in the permanent collections at MoMA and the Centre Georges Pompidou. UL listed.”

H 5.5″ W 4.5″ D 15″

Purchase Information:

Price: $130
Availability: Buy Handheld Vacuum here

Cordless Doorbell Jacob Jensen

Danish designer Jacob Jensen’s cordless doorbell features five different polyphonic tunes. It features a LED that indicates both ring and low battery level. Protected from the interference of other cordless products.

Purchase Information:

Price: $145.00
Availability: Buy Cordless Doorbell Jacob Jensen here

Doorbell ‘Bottoms Up’ by Peter van der Jagt

This might be my favorite thing ever in the entire world, or at least close to it.

“What we know as a doorbell is a square box that strangely enough says nothing about what a doorbell really is: an appliance consisting of an electromagnet, a hammer and two sound sources. In this design by Peter van der Jagt, crystal glasses make a crystal clear sound, announcing guests with a musical toast.”

9.8″ x 3.5″ x 9.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $235.00
Availability: Buy Doorbell ‘Bottoms Up’ by Peter van der Jagt here

Ambient Dashboard

I’m in love! I’ve seen this before but for whatever reason it didn’t strike a chord with me then.
The ambient dashboard has three panels which you can customize to display information that you’d like to view at a glance. The best part about it is that you can tune into the basic channels and not pay any monthly fees, or you can opt for premium service for $6.95 a month or $19.95 a quarter. It works like a radio, using over the air signals. No computer or wifi connections necessary.

Basic channels:
S&P 500
Nasdaq Composite
Local Temperature Forecast
Northeast Forecast
Mid-Atlantic Forecast
Southeast Forecast
Midwest Forecast
West Forecast
Northwest Forecast
Local Forecast Conditions
Area Traffic Congestion

My Stock
My Stock #2
My Stock #3
My Portfolio
My Forecast
AIM Buddy Status
My Forecast
My Commute #1
My Commute #2
My Commute #3
Mileage Points
Bill Reminder
New Job Listings
Mobile Minutes Used
E-mail Waiting
Calendar Countdown
Buddy Status

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Availability: Buy Ambient Dashboard here

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Magnavox 42″ Widescreen Plasma HDTV

I’m glad the price of plasma screen tv’s is finally dropping. I actually saw a no-name-brand 42″ flatscreen on a Walmart flyer for $999. This means that probably in about six to tweleve months the no-namers will drop to about $800 and the big namers will probably be around $1500.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1999.00
Availability: Buy Magnavox 42″ Widescreen Plasma HDTV here