Just check out this Rainbow USB hub and you'll realize what wonders color can do to an otherwise dreary device such as a USB hub. The device is not only distinctive but also well designed. Each USB port is a colorful plastic box wide enough for you to plug in big devices. But what hooked me is that it gives the functionality of a 4-port hub (plug-n-play, 2.0 compatible) in addition to being really flexible. How so? Well, each port is connected to the adjacent port in such a way that the ports can be arranged in a stack, tower, pyramid etc., depending on your liking. Definitely another one of those must-have USB gadgets on my list.
Available from USBGeek for $12.
Via The Gadgeteer.
All the rage in England, the online pre-orders sold-out at Bliss, but the fitness sandal is now more widely available Stateside -- at Macy's, Bath & Body Works, and Amazon - and I'm here to tell you they work. As a Southern Californian, I live in flip flops and am already familiar with the extra workout they provide.
Ever get to work and spend the day wondering if you left the iron on? Rounding the corner, you casually smell the air for smoke, squeeze your eyes shut, and send up a prayer that your home is still completely intact (it's just your forgetful mind that's been falling apart). If you're forgetful, gadget-crazy, super safety conscious, or just in need of a permanent handyman/butler, the Home Heartbeat Home Awareness System is a pretty good companion for your neuroses and practical needs.
The Home Heartbeat wireless system monitors up to 30 high-risk locations in your home. There are three major components: Base Station, Home Key, and Sensors. The Base Station monitors your home via the Sensors (placed on windows, doors, even the water heater) and relays messages to the Home Key, which is actually a convenient key-chain receiver. Key-chain too much for you? With an optional add-on package messages can be sent to your cell phone or email.
This is a great device that comes in handy when you want to be reminded to change air filters, monitor your vacation home, keep tabs on your parents/grandparents. In a worst-case scenario - let's say that this winter a major pipe bursts while you're on vacation in Aspen - Home Heartbeat can actually shut off the water supply. You can also program household maintenance reminders, like when to change the air filter in your heating system.
Sure it's a little excessive for me and my four pugs and our tiny NY apartment, but then again, there's no place like a safe home.
Price: $225 for the starter kit (up to 200 free alerts); $22-$250 for each add-on at homeheartbeat.com.
If you're one of the reported 70% of people who prefer your cereal to stay crunchy for as long as possible, even though it's covered in naturally soggifying milk (or water or orange juice, depending on your preference), the $8 eatmecrunchy cereal bowl has been designed with you in mind.
The bowl features an interior shelf of sorts that covers 70% of the bottom and keeps the milk and cereal separate. Being able to push the cereal off the shelf to mingle with the milk at will allows you to control the "sog rate" of your morning meal.
Me? I'm part of that 30% who pours the milk, walks away, and waits for the cereal (particularly Life) to turn into mush.