Tired of your growlers going flat before you have a chance to finish them? Well then drink faster! Just kidding — you should look into a TapIt Cap ($45). This clever new gadget fits over your growler’s opening, ensuring that the beer in your growler stays fresh, carbonated, and ready to drink. Thanks to a slot that accepts standard-sized CO2 canisters and a built-in tap and tap handle, it turns your growler into a handheld keg and tap, perfect for barbecues, social gatherings, or anytime you want fresh, draught craft beer. Source:TapIt Cap
Liven up your next gathering by letting Bartendro ($500-$2,500) take care of your drinks. Available in models with 3, 7, or 15 dispensers, this Raspberry Pi-powered gadget lets you hook the dispensers to various juices and liquors, then choose a drink you’d like to make out of them from your tablet or smartphone. The desired specifcations are sent over Wi-Fi to the machine, which uses peristaltic pumps to precisely dispense the ingredients that are then mixed and dropped into your glass. Prefer to keep things simple? $300 will buy you the same tech in a single Shotbot. Source:Bartendro
Don’t worry if your car didn’t come with a fancy on-board computer — just plug in automatic ($70) and go. This smart gadget plugs into the same port that mechanics use to service your car, then links with your smartphone over Bluetooth 4.0 to provide data to a dedicated app. With the app running, you’ll be able to see an overall score of how you’re driving and how you could save more money, details about how much you drive, where, and your actual MPGs, and notifications when your check engine light comes on — along with a description of what’s actually causing the problem. It’ll even automatically notify 911 with your location in a crash, making it not just a potential money-saver, but a potential life-saver. [via]
When designing ONE we thought it would be nice to connect all your portable gadgets and Music libraries, and never ever have to deal with connectors and adapters again. So we simply packed it with the latest-and-greatest wireless technologies:
Never worry about connectors again. ONE connects wirelessly to all your favorite gadgets and your network!
If you are like us, you love music. So we made sure ONE plays all of it:
- Your favorite Pandora is built-in, and you can also play Spotify and any other music service that you have on your smartphone. ONE is easily upgradeable through the internet, so you can tell us which services we should add next.
- You love YouTube? We hear you. ONE lets you queue and play your favorite music videos.
- Play music from cloud services like Amazon Locker, iTunes Match and Google Play. Or use ONE as your own — subscription free — home music cloud (see built-in HDD below).
- Streaming is great, if your network is stable. Music stored on ONE’s internal HDD (optional) plays instantly, and can be mixed any way you like. No buffering, no advertising breaks.
Plays all your music. Even the bad one.
No need to fumble for your smartphone. ONE comes with a gorgeous touchscreen!
When it comes to note the true classics among men’s luggage, then the name Ghurka has to come up. It has been pretty quiet around this quintessential British brand, untill recently when announcing this capsule collaboration with Park & Bond. The capsule collection consists of a dopp kit and a remade Cavalier II duffel. Both are made for the adventurous and simultaneously elegant traveler with thick canvas twill, Ghurka signature midnight blue tanned leather and bright vibrant red colored lining, whilst the Cavalier II features a fold-end design that opens to reveal extra space and an easy access for packing your cloth.
Not sure what to do with all those cassette tapes you found while cleaning out your garage/old room? Well look no further than to your own iPhone to convert music from the outdated tapes! Yeah you heard right, you can easily convert audio tape cassettes into MP3 files using your iPhone or iPod touch with this nifty device from Hammacher Schlemmer that stores the MP3 files on your device. You can convert all your favorite old tapes, old mixtapes from the days you used to record directly from the radio and more! The device allows you to scan forward or reverse so that you can select individual tracks for digital conversion. There’s also a free app that makes conversion to an MP3 file easy! Cassettes can also be converted to a PC running Windows 7, XP, or Vista or a Mac using the included software. Its small footprint allows easy portability for conversion anywhere at anytime. It requires two AA batteries and measures 4 1/2″ L x 3 1/4″ W x 1 1/4″ d, while weighing only 8 oz. You can get it for only $79.95!
Like millions of Americans you probably lay your head down at night, sleep for 7-8 hours only to find yourself still exhausted the following morning. It’s not an uncommon occurrence and in fact could probably be remedied if you knew a bit more about your sleeping behavior. But you’re not exactly gonna get the data you’re looking for by setting up a camcorder. An alternative? The Gear4 Renew SleepClock.
Unlike other sleep monitoring devices, such as the Lark, which requires you to wear a wristband, or worse the Zeo, which uses a headband, the Renew SleepClock is able to monitor your sleeping behavior free of those encumbering devices. Instead, it uses what the company calls a non-contact sensor to measures your breathing rate and movement. Based on these two factors the Renew SleepClock knows when you’re a sleep and can track your sleeping behavior. Furthermore, it can wake you at the optimal time, your lightest mode of sleep, provided you reach that point within the range of time you’ve set to be awaken by your iPod, FM radio, or the built-in alarm. All this data is crunched using Gear4′s Renew Sleep Clock iOS app and can be reviewed by day, month, or year. And for those worried about your iOS device’sbattery life, worry not, for the Renew SleepClock has a dock to keep your device charged up through out the night while it does its work.
They call it the “dog days of summer.” By that, they mean the weather’s hot and it’s more than just unbearable. But I think the term should refer to the scratching and itching that goes on from being outside — and I don’t mean fleas.
I do mean mosquitoes — those insidious and nefarious bloodsuckers that zero in on bare skin to give it a “kiss.” If you ever wondered where that bump came from, after a session outside by the pool or a nice read on the patio, now you know. What’s even worse is that these little guys can follow you inside — a place where that bug zapper won’t do any good (as if it could anyway).
But where mosquitoes don’t fear to tread, there’s the InaTrap GR-330 mosquito trap. Before we go into how it does, check out the design — looks sort of like a small table lamp from one of those Swedish “hoity-toity” stores, right? Well it ain’t — it’s a mosquito killing machine. And by that I mean it doesn’t hurt you, your pets or any of the furniture.
Rotating the InaTrap GR-330 Mosquito Trap around, you can see there’s a glass rim with a translucent blue color at the base of the “shade.” Below that, on the main body at one side is a power port and below that, a wide mouthed grill. I’m thinking that when this thing is active, mosquitos are going to be entering into the opening beneath the “shade” and then, like the roach motel, they won’t be leaving.
Setting up the InaTrap GR-330 Mosquito Trap is safe and non-toxic (a good thing). Plugging the AC power plug in causes the touch-sensitive button at the top to pulse orange — it’ll keep doing this until a full charge is completed. Then a touch of the switch either turns it on until I touch it again for it to go off, or turns it green to signify that it’s in the 12 hour timer mode. So okay, I get all that.
Now when I turn the InaTrap GR-330 Mosquito Trap on, two things happen. A glow across that glass rim occurs, and I can hear a fan making a “shwoozing” sound. What I can’t see is the UV light that is being used to attract the mosquitos — combined with carbon dioxide that is being given off in minute quantities. And the lighting being given off is intermittent and geared towards the spectral sensitivities of the mosquitoes. So you could say all this contributes to simulating the breath and warmth of the human body — both being tasty incentives to mosquitoes. They come by, get drawn in from below the shade into the body of the trap by the fan and…well you know what happens next and there’s no zapping. Later, pull the grill/tray out and dispose of the refuse.
A few simple rules to use it. Get it up off the floor, like on a small pedestal, so that it’s about 2 feet up. And don’t sit or stand near it — the manual points out that the “grease” of the skin will be more attractive for the bloodsuckers than that of the device. So I’m on my patio, with the InaTrap GR-330 Mosquito Trap near the wall light which has an AC outlet — and I’m seated at the other end.
If you read the small manual, you’ll see that the manufacturer points out that you can help the InaTrap GR-330 Mosquito Trap along by introducing added carbon dioxide or steric acid. You do this by placing a bit of wine (carbon dioxide) or some cosmetic creme containing steric acid (check the ingredients) in a plastic bottle cap. Then you place the cap at the bottom of the catch container (the grill) to entice. You’re not placing anything inside at all.
Now the best way to test the InaTrap GR-330 Mosquito Trap is to use it and then check for mosquitoes afterwards. Over a two week period I had it on the patio as well as using it during a picnic in the park (near an AC outlet I was allowed to use). The problem is that if there’s no mosquitoes you don’t know that — but going to a stagnant pool of water isn’t my idea of a goodtime. Or any time, for that matter.
Bottom line: All I can say is that I’ve gotten a mosquito bite or two on the patio in the past — but during the time I had the InaTrap GR-330 Mosquito Trap working, no. It’s ease of use lets you set it up and forget about it (not waterproof so remember to take it back in after use outdoors), and its design makes it okay for use indoors where decor issues could crop up. If you’re looking to free yourself from the days and nights of the living bloodsuckers, and get queasy at putting on lotions or hearing things go “zap,” then spend $64 bucks instead. It could be worth it.
- Photo-catalyst reaction
- Safe for use around humans and pets
- Porcelain-like design
- CCFL lighting needs to be replaced in about 2 years to maximize the effectiveness of the device
(Credit: CNET/Sarah Tew)The new MacBook Pro with Retina display has many noteworthy features, from a unique 2,880×1,800-pixel screen to new Nvidia graphics to large SSD storage options. But, the most surprising may be the multiple video outputs — something not seen on a MacBook before now.
The last several generations of MacBook have had either a mini-DisplayPort or combo Thunderbolt/DisplayPort jack. HDMI has been on our most-wished-for lists for years, so Apple finally adding HDMI (which is found on pretty every other current laptop) is a big move, especially when combined with a second Thunderbolt port.
The initial review of the Retina Pro was largely concerned with CPU/GPU performance, the high-res display, and battery life. Now that I’ve had a little extra time to spend with the system, there’s a chance to look at some areas in more detail. One of the first follow-up questions I received was: “Can the Retina Pro do multiple video outputs?”
Arrange your monitors on this settings menu.
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