Tag Archives: Home Improvement

Will Tesla Powerwall 2 And Solar Roof Become Threats To Utility Providers?

A year after the introduction of electric power suppliers’ worst nightmare, the Powerwall Home Battery, Tesla is at it again, these time doubling electric power suppliers’ nightmare by two fold. Not did it introduced a higher capacity home battery, aptly called Powerwall 2, Tesla also unveiled roof tile-replacing solar panels called, well, Solar Roof. The second-generation Powerwall is sleeker, simpler in aesthetic and more importantly, packs in much more than its predecessor. With 14 kWh of storage capacity, this new home battery is capable of storing enough juice to power lights, sockets, and even a fridge in a four bedroom house for the entire day. Continue reading Will Tesla Powerwall 2 And Solar Roof Become Threats To Utility Providers?

Meet The World’s First Handheld CNC Machine And Yes, It Is Real

CNC, or computer numerical control, is not dead, but its popularity has no doubt dwindled as among DIY-ers and low scale operations look towards 3D printing. However, assuming if CNC is dead to DIY-er, well, then I supposed this little machine here could be the spark that will rekindle DIY-ers interest in including CNC in their future projects. CNC machine are big, bulky machine that has an impossible learning curve, but Shaper Origin Handheld CNC Machine is not – both in physical size and simplicity of operation. In fact, as the product name already points out, it is a handheld CNC machine and yes, it is the world’s first. Continue reading Meet The World’s First Handheld CNC Machine And Yes, It Is Real

This Smoke Alarm is So Smart That It Can Even Warn You of Tornadoes

The Halo Smart Smoke Alarm you see here is, as its product name suggests, an intelligent smoke detector that is also preset, out-of-the-box, to receive tornado warnings and push them to your mobile so you and your family can be better prepared for any imminent threats. It is hard to imagine smoke alarm has come this far and is able to do more than just sniffing out smoke and crying them out loud in 85dB chirps. Halo does what many smoke alarms do, namely detecting smoke which could mean potential fire, but thanks to the industry-first combination of sensors, including photoelectric, ionization, carbon monoxide, heat and humidity, it can learn from its environment which will help reduce false alarms while confirming actual dangerous concerns. For example, it will learn that burnt toasts are not a cause for alarm and smoldering fire is. Continue reading This Smoke Alarm is So Smart That It Can Even Warn You of Tornadoes

Mercedes-Benz Goes Head-to-Head with Tesla with its Own Home Battery

Still brooding over the fact that you weren’t fast enough and missed out on Tesla’s Powerwall Home Battery? Well, it turns out, Tesla isn’t in the home battery game alone. Mercedes-Benz is in it too and the German luxury car maker is calling it “Private Energy Storage Plant.” Don’t be scare off by the word “plant” and the very ‘industrial’ product name in general, because it is really meant for home use, or businesses if you daisy chain them up. Each module packs a modest 2.5 kWh of electricity, pulled from the grid or your home’s existing solar panels. Up to eight can be hooked up together to give you a total of 20 kWh. Just in case you think the Daimler AG company hopped onboard this potentially growing market because some else did, well, not quite. Continue reading Mercedes-Benz Goes Head-to-Head with Tesla with its Own Home Battery

Tesla Powerwall Home Battery is a Solar Panel-friendly Backup Battery for Your Home

You have backup batteries for gadgets and even for desktop computers and other equipment, but what about your home in general? You know, for times when outages hit your locality? This is what the Tesla Powerwall Home Battery is for, well, at least in the basic sense. Just think of it as a big-ass uninterrupted power supply for your home which will pump out the much needed electrons in time of outages. But that’s not the end of the story. The real objective with Powerwall is to eventually eliminate our dependency on fossil fuel generated electricity. Though it is worthy to note that this battery can also be rigged to the grid to store energy for time of trouble, or to be charged up with cheaper off-peak power, ready for use whenever you choose to. Continue reading Tesla Powerwall Home Battery is a Solar Panel-friendly Backup Battery for Your Home

Pop-A-Point Pencil-style Tool Pen Got Struck by Shrink Gun, Becomes Tool Pen mini with Tougher Bits

First introduced last year, Tool Pen is sort of a multi-tool, but designed to deal with all manner of screwing jobs and it was the first of such tool that ultilizes the concept of pop-a-point pencil, meaning a bit is pop out to swap for the bit you desire. It was a brilliant concept which eliminates the many screwdrivers and hex tools you need to carry, replacing them with just one pocket-friendly pen-like device. Fast forward to today, the Taiwanese outfit, mininch, is back with a new derivative, simply called Tool Pen mini. As the product name suggests, it is the Tool Pen struck by a shrink gun, which means it is smaller and lighter with smaller bits that caters to more delicate jobs like fixing electronic gadgets like iPhone, Xbox, laptop, tablet, wrist watch and more. Continue reading Pop-A-Point Pencil-style Tool Pen Got Struck by Shrink Gun, Becomes Tool Pen mini with Tougher Bits

Who Needs Tool Belt When You Can Attach the Tools to Your Chest?

Tool belt is great for keeping the tools you need close to you while you work, but digging for tiny screws and nails, or getting snagged when retrieving the tools is not exactly fun. In a classic case of “why we didn’t think of it”, inventor Grant Miner has come up with a new-age tool belt, or should we said, tool vest. His invention, dubbed Mag-Vest, totally rethinks how a tool belt should be. Instead of the typical waist worn belt with pockets and loops, Mag-Vest is, as the product name suggests, a vest embedded with ceramic magnets on the front to keep whatever tools (or nails and box wrench) you need securely attached to your chest. Of course, the chest is as good only if your tools, and bits and pieces are of ferrous metal, such as steel, and they are not too heavy. Continue reading Who Needs Tool Belt When You Can Attach the Tools to Your Chest?

Coolbox is Actually a Toolbox That’s Loaded with Features

Toolbox is one of those things that needs to be reinvented, but it wouldn’t hurt if someone has a better idea, right? And when said ‘better idea’ it doesn’t mean adding wheels, additional handles, or bulletproof it. More is expected. Perhaps one that fits today’s modern lifestyle and requirements? Well, the Coolbox Advanced Toolbox is one such toolbox that takes reinvention through the roof by packing it with every imaginable features any DIYers or handymen would love. On contrary to its moniker, it is not a cooler box. Oh wait, actually it can do that too, which means if you don’t have a lot of tools, you can spare a space for some cold ones to reward yourself after a hard day’s work. As a toolbox, it offers a removable tray, a magnetic lid to keep small metal bits from straying around, integrated wheels, dual handles, plus another one up top. But those are just the appetizers, which are essentially stuff you expect from a toolbox. Continue reading Coolbox is Actually a Toolbox That’s Loaded with Features

The Box of Tools is What You Need to Get Your Kids Started in Carpentry

Here’s a Box of Tools for your kids if you’re looking to nurture them into someone good with their hands. Someone who, in future, makes a good DIY-er, especially in the area of carpentry. We think it is a great idea, the tools. At least, for starter, juniors will learn that furniture is not Ikea and Ikea is not furniture. The tools are fashioned out of steel and wood, and are real working tools to get your young ones started. It goes without saying, grown ups’ (as in real adults and not those depicted in flicks like, well, Grown Ups) supervision is mandatory. Continue reading The Box of Tools is What You Need to Get Your Kids Started in Carpentry

Bondic is Not a Glue, it is Liquid Plastic That Hardens with UV Light

The use of super glue has some correlation to stress. Why? Because we are always racing against time to align the broken pieces before the glue hardens, which usually occurs in a matter of seconds and on top of that, we run the risk of getting our fingers stuck together (or worst, glued to the object itself) in the process. But those issues are non existence with Bondic Liquid Plastic Welder, because this little syringe-like guy here is not a glue (even the website URL tells you that). Touted as the world’s first liquid plastic that cures only when exposed to UV light, it uses the same principle behind heat-free 3D pen like CreoPop. This means you will have all the time in the world to align whatever needed to be mend before bonding them together. Continue reading Bondic is Not a Glue, it is Liquid Plastic That Hardens with UV Light