Archive for the ‘Home Appliances’ Category
Friday, September 2nd, 2011
Obihai OBi100 – Google Voice To POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service)
I’ve been on the look out for a device that can leverage Google Voice *and* offer up a POTS port that can be tied into my whole house Panasonic telephone system (Hybrid-PBX) as a CO line. The search is finally over — Obihai’s OBi100 does exactly what I need for less than $50 and NO monthly fees! I ordered the OBi100 from Amazon for only $43.99 when it arrived the setup was easy and was up and running within 30 mins. If you were to base the sound quality on looks alone, you’d suspect it’s terrible, however, it’s not! I couldn’t perceive any notable sound quality differences from my landline service and there were no issues sending or receiving faxes over the line either. This little device is a must have for any Google Voice user! If you have any questions feel free to post in the comments.
- Obihai: What is it?
- Obihai: How to use it with Google Voice
- Buy now via AMAZON: OBi100 VoIP Telephone Adapter and Voice Service Bridge…
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
Mypressi TWIST – Portable Espresso Maker
Are you the type of person that needs their daily espresso? Well, Mypressi TWIST could be the gadget for you. TWIST uses fresh ground coffee and requires no pumping, priming or compressing to make a shot of espresso. All you need to provide is a standard N2O cartridge (the kind you use in whipping cream dispensers), hot water and ground coffee. Then just press the button to push the hot water through the coffee. The cartridge can be used approximately 8 single or 4 double shots. This is great for camping!
Sunday, December 6th, 2009
Panasonic 360 Quick Iron: Double Sided Iron
Panasonic’s 360 Quick Iron claims up to 25% faster ironing due to its double sided pointy edges. After looking at this iron for a bit, this should have been the original design when the first iron was invented. The traditional flat back side really doesn’t serve a purpose other than needing it to sit the iron upright. The Panasonic 360 model allows you to get into the tight areas like collars and cuffs without the need to turn the iron or yourself around. This goes to show you that you can reinvent things that have been around for a long time. Kudo’s to Panasonic!
The Panasonic 360 Quick Iron line ranges from $80 – $40 and are available at Amazon.com
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
The Energy Detective (TED) 5000 Whole House Power/Energy Usage Monitor — Mavromatic’s 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
TED 5000 WHOLE HOUSE POWER MONITOR ($239) — Give the gift that keeps on giving money back and can also help make the world a cleaner, better place! The TED 5000 is the latest in home energy monitoring from Energy Inc. that can measure electricity usage in real-time. Just recently, Google and Energy Inc. announced that anyone in the U.S. can purchase and install the TED 5000 and see personal home energy data online using the free Google PowerMeter web application. This device not only lets you manage energy usage but predicts your monthly energy costs and carbon footprint instantly, thus helping you reduce power waste and save you money.
For the complete 2009 Holiday Gift Guide, click here.…
Sunday, November 15th, 2009
TRUFIG – Flush Mount Everything In The Wall
There are all sorts of wall plates, touchscreens, light switches, and other control devices that never seem to match either in color, finish, or how they mount on (into) the wall. TRUFIG from Dana Innovations, the parent company of speaker manufacture Sonance, have created a solution for this problem. TRUFIG is a system that lets you match a variety of devices from different manufactures. A great idea and product for those that want a consistent look and feel… especially useful in a ultra-modern/contemporary home where less is more.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
REVIEW: Microwave Leakage/EMF Detector (CEM DT-2G)
The responsible folks over at LESS EMF INC. sent me the new version of the Microwave Leakage/EMF Detector that I blogged about last year. The CEM DT-2G offers a backlit LCD display and an even higher sensitivity meter that never needs calibration. The meter also provides an audible “beeping” alarm and red flashing light when it senses microwaves above the 5 mW/cm². It’s sensitive down to 0.01 mW/cm² at 2450 MHz and will read all the way up to a roasting 9.99 mW/cm² in hundredths of mW/cm². The battery operates for more than 12 months under normal use and comes complete with carry case to keep your unit in perfect condition. The CEM DT-2G can also be used to measure radiated power from wireless keyboards, modems, cell phones and all other wireless devices using the 2450 MHz analog frequency. The meter is available now and retails for $34.95.
I measured my home and I’m in safe ranges… phew!
- LESS EMF – MICROWAVE OVEN METER …
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Energy Inc’s TED 5000 : Whole House Power Monitor
Energy Inc. has introduced their next generation of whole house energy monitoring, the TED 5000 Series. The system provides all the benefits of the TED 1000 (more here and here and here) series along with a new look and improved functionality. Featuring a sleek handheld display unit and the brand new Gateway component which allows you to view the data directly from a web browser without the need of the display unit. The Gateway component will also allow for easy integration into home automation systems or interfaces like Myro:Home!
I will have a full video review of this product so stay tuned!…
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Zeo Personal Sleep Coach
Since having a baby both my wife and I feel like we don’t get the quality of sleep we once used to — go figure. Wonder if the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach can fix that. Here’s how the Zeo works… you wear the the headband to sleep, the headband sends the data wirelessly to the display unit. Then you can monitor your sleep patterns on the unit or for further analysis you can transfer the data via SD card to your computer and using the software provided you can look at graphs and history in greater detail.
Zeo Personal Sleep Coach costs $399 which includes the headband with SoftWave™ sensor pad and the Zeo bedside display w/SmartWake. The package also includes 6-months of sleep coaching. You can order it at Zeo’s website and has a 30-day money-back guarantee.…
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