being a gadget-geek, sockets are part of my life. i use the Belkin Concealed Surged-protectors to get the job done but there are two issues that always bugged me. firstly, the shape of plugs which sometime hinders other plugs from using the next socket. secondly, sometime i have more sockets than i actually requires which takes up unnecessary space. then again, what if i need more sockets but it ran out? it’s a chore and cost extra money to get another multi-outlet with more sockets in it.
looks like designers Cheng-Hsiu Du & Chyun-Chau Lin has a solution to solve the aforementioned issues that i have: a Rotating 360DEG Multi-outlet Socket. it is modular, meaning that additional socket modules can be added if more are needed, or removed if not required. keeping things neat and tidy. aside from being modular, the individual sockets are rotatable to different angle, allowing odd-sized or bulky plugs to fit in without being hindered by its neighboring plugs.
the sockets are between two stand bases which also ‘streamline’ all the cable going out from the multi-outlet sockets, thus managing your cables. this is best practical concept so far and it is one concept that i hope to see productions. maybe a concealed variant could be even more ideal. i hate to see those black plugs sticking out.
unlike the usual measuring tape that has graduations on the tape, the Reading Ruler doesn’t have them. designed by Ho Sung-Woon & Woo Moo-Bum, the Reading Ruler gives you the measurement in different units of measurement via a display on the tape measure itself.
you can even see the result in the dark. though i can’t phantom why we ever need to measure anything in the dark. maybe not in pitch dark condition but i will say, more likely for low light condition where you weren’t able to read off from a conventional tape measure clearly. strangely, we already have laser-aided measurement device to measure quite accurately for a variety of distances and this concept seems rather redundant. but the device itself is nice looking though.
WiFi and sharing are not limited to just electronic gadgets and social network sites. they have come to bathroom scale in the form of WiFi Bathroom Scales. what an apt name that tells what it does, isn’t it? this isn’t your average bathroom scale. this tempered-glass and aluminum bathroom scale is a digital scale that comes with back-lit digital display screen.
and it don’t just stop there. the scale automatically records your weight, fat mass and BMI (Body Mass Index) each time you weigh yourself. the scale then uses WiFi to send these informations to your computer or iPhone. alas, weighing has become much more complicated now that you can track the above mentioned results on a password protected website or from the free iPhone app. remember the sharing part? yea, you can even sync your results with Google Health or share them via email, Twitter or Facebook. that’s if you’re really proud of your stats. i probably won’t want to share my stats. i am too ashamed to do so.
though, i still can’t comprehend why should i be sharing my stats. nevertheless, welcome to the future of weighing. WiFi Bathroom Scales truly lets you see weighing in a different light. if you’re already stocked with the latest, technologically advanced gadgets and thinking about what’s next on the list. this could be it.
the concept of solar powered house isn’t new, but it never quite took off due to the immense cost for solar panelings, and the little returns in term of usable electrical power. not to mention the bulk and ugliness the panels will bring to the house. however, this scenario is set to change with the concept house designed by Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK). the concept house, dubbed the Plus-Energy house, is cladded in a shell of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal systems which generates both electricity and hot water.
special considerations were given in making it energy efficient which includes clever interior layout to maximize the use of natural lighting and also use of selective materials to improve insulation. all which could contribute to reduce in energy consumption. the Plus-Energy house is said to be able to generate enough electrical power for its own consumption, charges up to two electric cars at the same time and have energy to spare, enabling it to contribute to the grid. this would make the would-be dwellers of this eco-friendly house, a true-blue tree-hugger.
i am a believer of solar energy, and any other form of renewable energy. partly, because it will do some good to the environment, and also it really means cost saving to me. ok, i am practical person. but the prospect of not having to pay the grid for electrical power really excites me. so i say, this Plus-Energy House is wicked cool.
if you think have just ran out of stylish items to buy for your home, perhaps, you have forgotten about your box humidifier. this William Ultrasonic Humidifier is one stylish-looking humidifiers. though the ‘Ultrasonic’ makes it sounds more like some weapons of mass destruction, it isn’t one. it is just a humidifier.
it has a coverage of up to 1,000 square feet, and touted to be “extremely quite and powerful” – in humidifying not destruction, of course. other features include preheating, automatic shut-off, night mode (with dimmed lights), integrated Hygrostat and turnable mist diffuser with fine mist selection. the price to pay for being stylish? $229.99.
typical faucet, no matter how nice the designs are, still looks the pretty much the same. even though there are probably some square or flat items around, round and tubular constructions are still the norm. so how do you like an angular faucet that was inspired by the Stealth aircraft? yea, just imagine how the Stealth aircraft looks like and carry it over to a faucet.
well, you get an all angular faucet just like the Stealth aircraft less the stealth capability, though. we still need to see where are faucets are, don’t we? instead of the menacing matt-black radar-absorbing coating, the Stealth faucet comes in two alluring finishes: polished chrome or Steelnox satin nickel.
this awesome faucet is, not surprisingly, from award winning manufacturer GRAFF which has supplied its faucets and shower collections to many luxurious hotels and homes around the world.
one question remains: do they have a bathtub shaped like the real Stealth aircraft? or maybe the Stealth aircraft-shaped basin? cos’ I really like the complete look of stealth in my bath.
(image credit: David Cathro) Bomp Coat Hanger | from US$tbc(concept) | acathrodesign.com
i don’t have a place to hold my keys, but i do have something to hang my clothes, jackets etc. usually, in a rush you would like to have both category of item handy by the door. i’d say if i have a device that can contain both, it would be a good to have thing.
designer David Cathro came up with simple and yet beautiful solution to keep both items together. in case of a rush, you would not forget either item – keys or coat. i can’t imagine how one would forget to grab the keys on the way out, but that’s beside the point. the nifty concept, dubbed the ‘Blomp Coat Hanger‘ is a contemporary coat hanger and a recepticle for your essential nitty gritty things like your car key, house keys et cetera.
the Blomp is made out of polyester and resin and it comes in white, orange or black. it measures 16.5 cm by 16.5 cm, which provides pretty huge space to contain your keys or whatever stuff you might fancy, as long they fits in the recepticle. pretty neat stuff. if you have a home with contemporary theme, the Blomp Coat Hanger will definitely find itself at home. however, there are no words on its availability or will it even be mass produced. we are waiting, David.
(image credit: Dave Hakkens)
by now we are familiar with robot vacuum running the cleaning routine in our homes. how do you like it to roll around your house instead? that’s what designer Dave Hakkens‘ Dust Ball does. it rolls around collecting dust and dirts, and avoiding obstacles at the same time. when it is filled up, it just automatically heads back its starting point and glows. wonderful.
at the core of this weird looking ball of dust is a two-axis motor that moves the ball around. within this core, there is a dust containment container (much like the vacuum bags), a battery pack and other electronics circuitry that makes up the whole thing. check out the cool video which looks pretty convincing.
Dave Hakken got his inspiration for the Dust Ball from a hamsterball and the Dust Ball was designed to be strong, flexible and most importantly, would be able to get over any cables that gets in its way. apparently, Dave has Dust Ball for public places in mind. oh, and its completely kick-friendly.
it certainly looks cool, you know the design and concept, but i am not all that sure if its practical. rolling around with no bristles to scrub off more stubborn dirt? i don’t know. but it sure do looks like a nice lamp to me. i love the glowing part. really.
seriously, i didn’t think i would be writing about bottles. but it’s hard to give Alex Water Bottle a miss. Alex isn’t your ordinary bottle-next-door. its body can be separated (in the middle) to allow thorough cleaning of the bottle’s interior, ensuring every bit of grimes and bacterias be rid off. yea. that’s right. those who actually clean their bottles would understand how important this feature is.
another highlight of Alex is how its able to customize to your different need. need a bigger bottle? just swap out the bottom for a longer one and you have a bigger bottle. purchase a few Alex in different colors (currently, three colors are available) and you can even mix match Alex’s bodily parts to customize to your mood. white cap, stainless upper body and black lower body with pink band? done. grey cap, white upper body and black lower half with yellow band? done!
a little more about Alex. Alex is generally made of BPA free premium 304 stainless steel and coated with eco-friendly power paint (except for the Naked series – which is naked, of course. now guys, don’t get all too excited…). Alex comes equipped with Clean Seam Technology (CST) for sealing the water in. both caps and CST are of BPA free polypropylene and the strap are made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles.
you know what? life just gets a little brighter with Alex and starting from $25.95 a pop, it doesn’t sound a bit ridiculous to have a piece of Alex. i am totally sold by the idea of breaking Alex up to clean its interior. at this point if you are still confused… Alex is a water bottle not a person. i just thought you should know.
footnote: ALEX is an acronym for “Always Live Extraordinarily”