Category: Around the House

Amazon Dash Replenishment Service means you’ll never run out of coffee again

The Amazon Dash service has come a long way since we first featured it two years ago when it was just a cool gadget that connected you to your Amazon shopping cart via WIFI. Since then, Amazon added Dash Button, which are little gadgets that live on your washing machine or dishwasher, and allow you to order supplies like laundry detergent with just one click. But most recently, they’ve launched Amazon Dash Replenishment Service (DRS), which is a fully integrated system connecting your smart gadgets to Amazon, so when you run out of something, it automatically orders it for you. No...

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A cool gadget that’s good for your laptop. And you, too.

Part of getting my kids ready for back to school is creating a quiet, organized homework space for them. This year, I’ve decided to give myself a little home workspace makeover, too. First up, these cool laptop stands from Grovemade, a cool small business that makes gorgeous handcrafted tech products. Considering my home office is me sitting on my laptop at the kitchen table all day long, I think getting myself a laptop stand is a perfectly fine investment. Smart, actually, because not only does it keep your laptop up and off the table, which can lead to overheating, it’s actually...

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The ultimate indoor/outdoor grill for people who thought they could never have one. Tech to the rescue!

  Of course tech innovations are making their way to the traditional BBQ now too, and if you don’t have the space for an outdoor grill, I’ve found a solution in the Kenyon SilKEN Grill which keeps your grilling game on all year round. This portable electric grill is less than two feet wide and weighs a little more than 20 lbs, making it perfect for any countertop or outdoor space, no matter how compact. It’s even perfect for that yacht of yours docked in the marina!  (Seriously, the company made an appearance at the Dubai International Boat Show earlier this year.) What’s...

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Lights, music, party!

With the warm weather here, I’m spending much more time outside with my family, whether it’s just eating dinner outside or having a few friends over for an impromptu gathering. And to spruce my little outdoor space up a bit, I think I might need to spring for these lights which happen to have built-in speakers too. Cool Mom Tech is a rstyle affiliate.  Related: 4 great speakers for outdoor entertaining, from waterproof to washable Just sync these Bluetooth speaker lights to your smart phone or tablet and you’ll be able to stream your favorite music, no app required. They’re perfect for outdoor use,...

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3 genius mosquito tech solutions to keep your family itch free

Preventing mosquitoes is one of my big concerns, especially this summer. Not only are they annoying and itchy, they carry some serious diseases that I don’t want anywhere near my family. But I don’t like the idea of spraying chemicals in my yard either. The right bug sprays work pretty well, but they can get expensive over the long term. Plus, you have to keep on spraying everyone. So, we’re looking to some clever mosquito tech solutions to keep my outdoor entertaining areas free of mosquitoes, so we can eat dinner, star watch, and catch fireflies in peace. Related: The best safe kids...

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This little light of mine

I’ve actively spent the week looking for simple photos and items to share that make me happy. After a tough week, I’m sure a lot of us could use more smiles in our day, and one standout to me is the brand new BRIGHT IDEA Lamp from French graphic artist Jean Jullien. You may recognize his name from his now infamous Paris Peace Sign artwork that went viral after the Paris attacks this past November. So in a way, it’s a sadly ironic, but perfectly fitting (if unintentional) time for the launch of a product that’s so joyful. The lamp itself was created by...

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Can this clock give you more hours in your day?

I was compelled right away by the new Today clock by designer Scott Thrift, which is on its way to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. Right away you may notice a few things are missing from traditional clocks — like minute and second hands. The designer’s aim was to create a clock that simplifies your day, breaking it down by hours and reminding you of the relative speed of time, all with the aim of subtly inspired you to make more of each hour. Or as he puts it, stretching your perception of time to make space for all of the things in life that cannot...

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Your iPhone flashlight just got a whole new use.

There are times when the brightness of my iPhone flashlight is helpful — like, when I’m helping my kids look for their forgotten shoes outside in the dark, or I can’t read a darn menu in a restaurant. Then, there are times when a little bit of diffused light would be nice, instead of a blinding glare. That’s where Italian designer Nazzareno Ruspolini’s adorable Ibat-Jour iPhone lamps come in. These tiny translucent lamps clamp to the side of your phone and give off a soft glow when your flashlight is on. Brilliant in every sense. Sure, this could be really useful for reading at...

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Bitmap blankets are cozy geek chic.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the tech geek in your life who also happens to love stylish, modern home decor (in other words, they love 8-bit Pac Man but don’t need a wall mural of it) then we’ve got your back. I found these incredibly luxurious merino wool throws by Zuzanaga that I think make the perfect gift for the nostalgic tech-lover in all of us. Each of these bitmap blankets are actually real maps of cities including New York (just below), Tokyo, Shanghai, and Barcelona. Only each one is zoomed in hundreds of times to create the cool pixelated patterns. These blankets are knit in...

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Digitize your notes and sketches with new Moleskine Smart Writing Set. No photos or scans required.

I never leave home without my Moleskine notebook, but I tend to snap a photo or type from it into my email or a document to transfer things over. Well, not anymore thanks to their new Smart Writing Set that lets you digitize all your notes and drawings with a very special tablet and pen. The new Moleskine Smart Writing Set is actually a 3-part system that includes their The Paper Tablet, the Pen+, and the free Moleskine Notes iOS app, all of which allow you to turn anything you write, scribble, or sketch into digital files. No photos or scans...

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