Category Archives: LIVING

new Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker

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(image credit: Nespresso) Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker | US$249.95 | www.nespresso.com

if you love to indulge in a cup of expresso at home, then you will be glad to know Nespresso has a new line of single cup espresso machine to quench your thirst for caffeine right at your cosy abode. joining the Nespresso collection is Pixie, the smallest Nespresso machine yet that combines a super-compact size with superb espresso making abilities. so why do we need such a small coffee maker? i admit, it’s not a necessity but it could save you some space and let your kitchen looks a whole lot stylish. Continue reading new Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker

meet Ollie, the autonomous robotic blimp with flapping wings

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(image credit: pritika.16 via Instructables)

we didn’t get to feature the remote controlled blimps that were quite an attraction during the last toy show but here’s one that you can make yourself while taking it a notch up. meet Ollie, the autonomous and ambient robot that has an Arduino for its brain, microphone for its ears and cute, undersized wings for maneuvering. Ollie is very much alive. he floats around, reacting excitedly by flapping his wings when you speaks or claps. Continue reading meet Ollie, the autonomous robotic blimp with flapping wings

Android-controlled LED bulb: is Google taking over the world?

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(image credit: Lighting Science Group)

this news came as a surprise to me. Google has collaborated with LED lighting company Lighting Science Group (LSG) to developed a new LED bulb that can be controlled by Android devices via Google’s new open source wireless network protocol. this 60-watt equivalent LED bulb can dimmed, brightened or on/off just by using Android-based devices such as smartphone, tablets or laptops. Continue reading Android-controlled LED bulb: is Google taking over the world?

Puzzle – an alarm clock that you need to spell out the time

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(image credit: bitPlay) bitPlay Puzzle | US$NA (concept) | bitplayinc.com

we have seen alarm clocks that has innovative ways to wake us from our slumberland but an alternative way of setting the alarm time is far and few between. the Puzzle is a concept from bitPlay that proposed a whole new way (or troublesome, depend on how you look at it) of setting the time for the alarm clock. Continue reading Puzzle – an alarm clock that you need to spell out the time

Barcelona Rock – a hostel that rock climbers will love

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(image credit: UGO Architecture)

i do not have the fitness or interest in rock climbing but for those who have a deep passion for it, you would definitely going to dig this: a hostel that also lets you scale the rock on it. conceptualized by Polish UGO Architecture is the Barcelona Rock – a 100 meter tall structure that has a facade of natural rock mountain and concealed behind this vertical rock is Continue reading Barcelona Rock – a hostel that rock climbers will love

Star Wars R2-D2 Trashcan: collectables or collects trash?

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(image credit: ThinkGeek) Star Wars R2-D2 Trashcan | US$99.99 | www.thinkgeek.com

obviously, nobody likes trash, especially when it comes to emptying them. however we hate it, this is one of life’s necessary evil unless you have a household helper around. since it is unavoidable, why not trash your unwanted stuff into a cooler can? as much as we like the Pixel trashcan that we saw lately, we were totally sold when first laid our eyes on the Star Wars R2-D2 Trashcan. Continue reading Star Wars R2-D2 Trashcan: collectables or collects trash?

Treasure Wheels: an easier way to move (almost) anything

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(credit: Yaeliv) Treasure Wheels | US$39.00 | www.etsy.com

at the first glance, you might be wondering why does a clamp needs a pair of wheels? or rather why does the wheels has a clamp? novelty item, perhaps? absolutely not. the Treasure Wheels (yes, that’s what it is called) is in fact your best friend in moving. all you have to do is clamp these devices to anything you wish to move but too heavy to do so, and instantly bestow them with wheels. you can’t get any simpler than that. i like to use the word: ingenious. really. that’s what this $39 gadget is. Continue reading Treasure Wheels: an easier way to move (almost) anything

Touch Wood brings a whole new meaning to knocking on doors

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(credit: Gordon Cormack Kedslie)

i am not sure if designer Gordon Cormack Kedslie did named his novel door bell ‘Touch Wood‘ with a sense of humor or what. whatever it is, Gordon definitely gives a whole new sound to knocking on one’s door. instead of pressing a button or banging on the door, visitors can lightly knock on any of the three wooden pads to trigger the door bell and if you feel like, you could knock on all three pads Continue reading Touch Wood brings a whole new meaning to knocking on doors

Luna Robot: personal robot coming soon to you [photos]

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(credit: RoboDynamics / SchultzeWORKS) RoboDynamics Luna Robot | US$tbc | robodynamics.com

Luna may not be the robot that will sprint back home to get an inhaler for his asthmatic master but it is one step closer to owning a personal robot. developed by SchultzeWORKS for RoboDynamics, Luna is mobile in multiple directions and has special ‘hands’ that can be positioned for various activities including the mandatory tray holding position and holding a leash to walk your dog. for the latter, i certainly hope the lower part of Luna is pee-proof cos’ the dog may just pee on her to take ownership. Continue reading Luna Robot: personal robot coming soon to you [photos]

iL Tiro – One Shot of Expresso, a perfect shot everytime

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(credit: Stefan Riegebauer, Christina Carli, Florian Kainz & Niko Schwarz)

this is perhaps the most beautiful expresso machine concept i have ever seen and i am secretly crossing my fingers that some manufacturer will pick it up and make it. designed like a pistol, the iL Tiro – One Shot of Expresso has a pistol grip with trigger and cartridges for three shots of expresso. check out the video that explains the workings of this concept after the break. the video is pretty self explanatory which, after watching, leaves little for me to explain. Continue reading iL Tiro – One Shot of Expresso, a perfect shot everytime