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Ultimate-Ears-Boom-1.JPGreview-line.JPGName: Ultimate Ears Boom

Type: Wireless NFC-enabled Bluetooth speaker

Specifications: Click here for full specs

Price as reviewed: £169.99

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An attractive and deafeningly loud Bluetooth speaker with waterproof credentials, the Ultimate Ears Boom is a neat speaker. But can it justify its high cost? Read our full review to find out!

review-line.JPGLike the Creative Airwaves HD Bluetooth speaker that we reviewed a little while back, the Ultimate Ears Boom shies away from the standard boxy shape that most Bluetooth speaker manufacturers opt for. It's one of the more adventurous portable speaker designs we've seen in recent times, and is a real looker as a result: available in a range of colours (we tried out a sky blue edition) the Boom is cylindrical in shape, designed to stand upright rather than lay on its side.

A colourful mesh grille wraps around the speaker, met in the middle by a thick white rubberised strip that houses chunky volume buttons. Rubber is also used on the top of the Boom, where you'll find the power button and Bluetooth indicator, and on the bottom, where you'll find the microUSB charging port and a 3.5mm aux input for hooking up a device that isn't Bluetooth compatible. There's also the strange addition of a screw point on the bottom, for hooking the Boom up to a tripod. Who exactly would find this useful we have no idea, and it's the one unnecessary blemish on an otherwise lovely design.
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Shaped and weighing roughly the same as a bottle of water, the Boom feels sturdy and rugged in the hand - it's rubberised sections suggest it could withstand a drop or two without too much damage being caused. The Boom also features some waterproofing, with the wrap-around speaker grille and rubber casing protecting its innards from the elements. While the charging port and aux input are worryingly exposed on our review model, Ultimate Ears have since stated that the Boom will ship with an additional rubber cover cap to keep those exposed ports protected when out in the rain too.

Connecting the speaker to your Bluetooth device is simple. You can manually connect the speaker to your handset by long-pressing the Bluetooth button on the Boom's top and then selecting it through your handset or, if your handset supports it, enabling NFC connectivity and then swiping the handset across the surface of the Boom to pair the two. Older devices, of course, can hook up with a 3.5mm jack cable into the auxiliary port.

Ultimate Ears claim the Boom's internal rechargeable battery will last as long as 15 hours from a single charge, but that's a best-case scenario when you're using the Boom at lower volume levels. A more realistic expectation is to squeeze between eight or nine hours out of the Boom at higher volume levels, which in itself is perfectly acceptable battery performance, putting it up there with the best in this size bracket.
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Once you're connected and playing tunes, the Boom goes loud. Really loud. Considering its size, you could get complaints from your neighbours if you start blasting this out at full volume, meaning the Boom will have no problem providing the tunes in an outdoor party. It has a tendency to distort considerably near the top end of its volume threshold, but the occasions where you'll comfortably pushing the Boom that hard are so few as to be a negligible point. Rest assured, if you need volume, the Boom can provide it.

As for the claims of "360-degree sound" touted on the box, that's more arguable. The Boom uses a pair of 1.5-inch drivers on either side of the speaker (paired with 2-inch passive radiators to boost bass frequencies) rather than any truly 360-degree solution, resulting in a mono output signal. This set up does the job though, and you'll be hard pressed to find a point around the speakers circumference from which the speaker's output sounds notably inferior.
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In terms of sound quality, it's not an audiophile response range across the spectrum, but the speaker still performs admirably. Bass response is solid and, so long as you're not going to ridiculous volume levels, it's a balanced sound that is clear and enjoyable across trebles, mids and lower frequencies. You could argue that it lacks a bit of sparkle at the higher frequencies (and for a penny-shy of £170 it'd be reasonable to expect a really crisp sound), but as far as Bluetooth speakers go, the Boom more than holds its own sonically.

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Though we'd hope for a little more depth to the sound os a speaker costing £170, as a whole package, the Ultimate Ears Boom is a wonderful speaker. It's got an eye-catching, portable and rugged design, simple NFC pairing options and a solid battery performance, with sound quality at least a match for its rivals (if a little lacking for the price). If you're planning a wet and wild outdoor party, the Ultimate Ears Boom will feel right at home in the heart of it.review-line.JPG

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British Gas Tech Digest.jpgreview-line.JPG Name: British Gas Remote Heating Control 

Type: Remote heating control system

Specifications: Click here for full specs

Price as reviewed: £199.99 (British Gas customers), £229.99 (non British Gas customers)

review-line.JPGBritish Gas has come up with a complete solution to control your home's heating using a mobile phone or web tablet. But is it worth the investment? Or should you stick with your old fashioned thermostat. Read on to find out.

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With energy prices going through the proverbial roof the need to be able to control your home's heating has probably never been greater. British Gas has a solution which unfortunately doesn't involve putting the price of our bills down, but could potentially revolutionise the way we interact with our central heating.

It's called Remote Heating Control and is intended as a complete control solution for both British Gas and non British Gas customers (those without a British Gas contract will have to pay £30 more). Part of the reason for the cost is that you will need to book an engineer to install a new Smart Linked Thermostat and a hub that connects to a spare ethernet port on your broadband router (you need to have an always on broadband connection for the system to work). 

smart thermostat.JPGWhereas previously I had an old fashioned dial-based thermostat in the hallway which I used to control the temperature I wanted the house to reach before the heating switched off, the Smart Linked Thermostat (pictured right) provides more information than you can shake a stick at.

This includes the temperature you want the house to reach, the current temperature (to the nearest tenth of a degree), current time and a whole host of other controls that, frankly, I couldn't figure out how to access without a manual which unfortunately wasn't provided. In fact so complex is the thermostat that I found myself having to use my mobile phone to control it - even when I was inside the house!

Of course the whole point of the heating control system is that it works with an Android or iPhone mobile or tablet device so you can set when you want the heating to come on or off as well as using it to over ride the preset controls. Unfortunately the system can't be used to control your home's hot water which would have been useful for setting when you want more water for a bath or shower. Nor does it integrate with the gas provider's unit costs to show you exactly how much money you are spending on heating your home. Again I think this would have been a very useful addition.

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So how easy it is to control your heating system remotely? Actually it's fairly easy once everything is set up. For advanced control (ie. to set the exact times for each day when you want the heating to go on and off), it's best to use your PC by logging in at myHome.britishgas.co.uk. Here you'll find a relatively easy to use graphical interface complete with slide controls for adjusting times. You can also use your PC to monitor temperature fluctuations in your house over a period of time so you can see if you are managing to keep your house warmer or not (see graphic on the right). 

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However, for day to day controls I found the iPhone app is more than sufficient. As I like to switch the broadband connection off at night when I'm sleeping, it means that I can't control the heating at night (you get an email telling you that the broadband connection has been lost). 

But really that's not a problem. Given the recent poor weather the heating has been set to come on most afternoons and stay on until bedtime. On the odd occasion when it has been too warm for the heating I've switched it off using the slider option on the iPhone app. 

Conversely, if I've been away for a few days and the heating has been switched off, then I set it to come on remotely via the iPhone/iPad app. For example I recently went away to The Gadget Show in Birmingham for a few days over a cold Easter. Using the app I was able to check the temperature of my house in London. Realising that the temperature had fallen to a distinctly chilly 9 degrees, I set the heating to come on five hours before I was due to arrive home so that when I did step in through the front door it was a slightly more respectable (though still cold) 14.5 degrees.

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At a time when gas and electric meters are still read manually by a little guy who comes round your house with a pair of stepladders, British Gas should be applauded for their efforts in bringing heating control kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The Remote Heating Control system is a neat solution that works well for those who want to adjust their home's heating either when they are at home or out and about. However, having lived with the control system for a few months I thought I would use it more than I actually do. Granted it's great if you want the house to be warm when you come home from a weekend away, but I think it would have been really useful to include more functionality especially the ability to monitor your spending on gas, even allow you to pay your bills remotely. With a price tag of nearly £200 it seems quite an expensive solution for what it does.

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dyson-top.jpgJames Dyson is a British engineering legend. A graduate of two of the UK's most prestigious design schools (Byam Shaw School of Art - now part of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design - and The Royal College of Art), he's been wowing the world with his inventions since 1970, re-imagining everyday household appliances and tools like the vacuum cleaner and washing machine, and taking the world a few steps closer to the vision of the future we'd seen in The Jetsons cartoons.

Today, he and his team are at it once again, revealing the re-invention of the humble tap with the AirBlade Tap, which both washes and dries your hands.

To celebrate the great man's work, here's our pick of the Dyson team's top ten best inventions.

dyson-airblade-tap-1.jpgDyson, the British engineering firm that revolutionised the vacuum cleaner, are now looking to overhaul the humble tap with the introduction of their new Airblade Tap system.

Costing £26.9 million to develop, the tap uses an infrared system to track the position of your hands before firing water at them from its central prons. Once you're rinsed your hands free of soap, the tap then automatically switches over to its drying mode, using "high-velocity sheets of air" blasted from the two side prongs to completely dry your hands in 12 seconds.

Designed using similar concepts to the Dyson Airblade hand-dryer that you'll find in pubs, restaurants and public places up and down the land, each Airblade Tap is fitted with a "digital motor" that uses a bonded magnet inclosed in a carbon fibre sleeve to rev the motor up to speeds of 90,000rpm in under a second. Each tap is also fitted with a HEPA filter, killing 99.9% of bacteria in the air blasted onto your hands before it reaches your mitts.dyson-airblade-tap.jpgWhile it's probably the most advanced tap plumbing system in the world, your standard home taps have at two advantages over the new Dyson Airblade Tap.

Firstly, Dyson's new gear can only pump out water at a fixed heat, one that is set during installation by an engineer.

Secondly, it's unlikely that your taps at came with the same whopping £1,000 price tag that each Dyson Airblade Tap does. Indeed, you could probably make over your entire kitchen or bathroom for the money. As such, it's likely still aimed more at upmarket restaurants or public amenities than home facilities, though anyone can pre-order the tap from today.

As well as the new Dyson Airblade Tap, Dyson have also launched a refreshed Dyson Airblade hand dryer, knocking off 1.1kg of its weight and reducing carbon emissions created during its manufacture by 60%, as well as a new smaller Airblade V hand drier, rounding off the trio of devices we were promised last week.

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Philips Avance Grill 01.JPGWe here at Tech Digest aren't normally ones for covering cooking appliances. We'd need Google Maps to find our way around a kitchen, with our culinary skills not stretching far beyond a top-notch Pot Noodle. But when Philips gave us the chance to try out their new Avance Grill, our inner Ron Swanson burst forth; after one of the wettest British summers on record, who'd say no to the chance of throwing a rain-free indoor barbecue?

That's exactly what the Avance Grill lets you do. A 2000W grill designed for use inside the house, but without scrimping on the juicy flavours that characterise a great outdoor barbecue, it's great for cooking red meats, poultry and fish, as well as grilling veg too.Philips Avance Grill 02.JPGAs we stated earlier, Tech Digest weren't in the queue when they started handing out Michelin Stars, but the Philips Avance Grill makes it simple for even amateur cooks to throw together a tasty meal. For starters, there's just one control, a heat dial that lets you choose how hot you want the grill to get, with a handy indicator light that blinks off once the grill has warmed enough to cook on. Philips also throw in a simple cook book too, showing dozens of recipes that can be made simply by throwing all the ingredients in at once. It's basically fool proof.

The Avance Grill's secret weapon is its "Taste Infuser", a small circular metal depository where you can pop in smoker chips. A packet of hickory chips come in the box, which when heated up in the compartment on the grill (and the glass lid has been shut in order to keep the smoke circulating around the meat) adds a sophisticated smoked taste to your dishes. A small well at the back of the grill can also be filled with water if you're looking to steam meats, keeping steaks moist and fish from going too crisp.Philips Avance Grill 04.JPGCleaning the grill is easy too. The glass covering panel slides out, as does the cooking grill itself, exposing the heating conductors below. The Taste Infuser pops out of the grill, and there's a run off tray underneath that collects excess oil (keeping meals pretty healthy too). All these can then be soaked in warm soapy water, with the cooking grill and glass panel washable in a dishwasher.

Even with our lack of cooking experience, we were able to knock up a load of tasty dishes for a gang of pals in just 30 minutes or so, including preparation and beer-sipping time. As well as a great BBQ alternative on a rainy day, we'd also say the Avance Grill is a great going away present for students who aren't too comfortable in a kitchen, as it's so easy to use.Philips Avance Grill 10.JPGThe Philips Avance Grill costs £120 and can be picked up from Argos and Homebase. Extra taste-infusing Smoker Chip packs in a handful of different flavours can be picked up for £7 from www.barbecook.com.

Scroll down for some more images of the Philips Avance Grill in action.

Introducing Haier's Transparent Touchscreen Fridge. The fridge of the future, you can use it to set reminders as to when your food is going out of date, and keep a track of what you have stored, all via a touch-enabled, see-through panel on the front. It'll even recognise what you've put inside, and suggest things to make with them. Vodka and a can of Sprite? The fridge says cocktails. We like its thinking!

Click the video above to see it in action.

Click here for more news straight from the IFA 2012 technology show

Dyson Hot: Fan-warming your cockles this winter

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Dyson are preparing to do what they did for hoovers and fans for fan heaters too this Christmas, after last night revealing their Dyson Hot luxury heating system.

Using the company's Air Multiplier Technology, the Dyson Hot heats a room qickly and evenly by drawing air through a mixed flow impeller and then accelerating it through a 2.5mm aperture set within a loop amplifier.

Setting a temperature between 1 and 37 degrees celsius, the Dyson Hot monitors room temperature and only powers up if it detects a drop in heat, which should go some way towards saving on costly heating bills.

It took 22 engineers three years to complete the project.

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"Other fan heaters rely on inefficient motors or dust friendly grills," explained Sir James Dyson.

"As the heat rises you're left with a partially heated room and a worrying burning smell. Dyson engineers have developed a heater that produces no smell and heats the whole room".

The Dyson Hot is available at Dyson.co.uk now and from John Lewis later this month before going on nationwide sale in October. Expect to pay around £269.99.

Scroll down for some more shots of the Dyson Hot.

REVIEW: iRobot Roomba 780 robot vacuum cleaner

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 iRobot Roomba 780
Name: iRobot Roomba 780

Type: Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Specs: Click here for full specs

Price: £499 direct from iRobot

review-line.JPGThe future promised a lot, and while robot butlers and hovercars are still pipe-dreams, robot vacuum cleaners are very much a reality. Hot on the heels of its IFA 2011 unveiling, Tech Digest got to spend some quality time with our very own clean-freak R2D2, the iRobot Roomba 780 vacuum cleaner. Read on to see whether or not it's time to send the Dyson to the dumpster.
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I'm a "cat man". I've had more of the furry felines as pets than hot dinners, and am currently the ward of two moulting black cats. I also live in a mostly-carpeted house, and often have my crumb-dropping toddler nephews over to visit. This would make me (if I do say so myself) something of a "grubby-carpet" expert. So obviously I was delighted to find that I could not only hand over my hoovering duties to iRobot's latest top-end robot vacuum cleaner (the Roomba 780), but that it did a damn fine job of cleaning up after my messy mates too.

Part of the new 700 Series line that iRobot launched over the weekend at the IFA 2011 tech show, the 780 system has a few notable improvements over its predecessors. There's new touch-sensitive controls, new iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology for helping the Roomba better navigate your home and better dirt-spotting sensors and cleaning routines for isolating and clearing away different types of mess. Though you'd assume a robot would be a nightmare to set up, the Roomba 780 is actually very simple; it's just a matter of taking out a battery tab and the wheel and brush stoppers, popping the clear bin unit into the bot and leaving the Roomba 780 to charge overnight. From here on in you could potentially leave the Roomba 780 to go about its business automatically, but there are multiple ways of scheduling clean ups, which we'll go into more detail on in a sec.

First though, the matters of size and style. At roughly 50 cm in diameter and about 10cm high, the circular Roomba 780 is relatively small in comparison to the majority of vacuum cleaners. Even it's Home base (the charging unit that the Roomba returns to when it's finished cleaning your house or is running low on power) is discrete. It may not have the bells and whistles of R2D2, but the Roomba is sensibly styled with black and grey mixtures of gloss and matte plastics, with a carry handle to help you move it about the house when necessary. LED displays on the top of the cleaner easily let you view programme cycles and spot when the bin needs emptying, with strong, colourful glows of red, blue and orange displayed depending on the circumstances. There's a big central "Clean" button if you want to send the Roomba about its business immediately, and practically all functionality can be carried out with a supplied IR remote too.

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Using the onboard clock, you can set up any cleaning schedule that suits your home's needs, sending the Roomba skirting around the floor at a surprisingly fast pace. All actions are accompanied by voice notifications too, which charmingly reminded us of our favourite educational toy from the late 80s/early 90s, the Speak and Spell. The new cleaning sensors seem to have worked very well too; though we haven't had a previous model with which to compare the 780, we had no real complaints with how the Roomba 780 cleaned both our carpets and wooden flooring areas. iRobot, like all vacuum cleaner manufacturers, do encourage you to avoid hoovering up wet or mushy substances though.

Other than that, be they large chunks of popcorn or fine animal hairs, the Roomba 780 grabbed them all...eventually. It's hard to argue with the thoroughness of the clean this Robot vacuum cleaner manages, but do expect it to be darting around for quite some time per cycle. The bin onboard is also a little bit on the small side, so expect to empty it more-or-less after each average clean cycle.

If however you just need to sort out a quick crumb drop or or particularly messy post-party area, the Roomba 780 also features a "Spot" clean mode, which will set the robot off for a hardcore cleaning session in its immediate one-metre diameter surroundings. It's a great feature if you've got an intense spillage to clean up in a short amount of time.

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Another excellent feature is the ability to set up Lighthouses and Virtual Walls to help the Roomba navigate areas that it's finding hard to get around, or block off areas that don't need cleaning. You get two units that can act as either Walls or Lighthouses, each sending out a signal telling the Roomba where it should and shouldn't be heading. While the circular design means the Roomba will always struggle to clean room corners, the Lighthouse features let it weave around chair and table legs with ease.

Once the Roomba 780 starts cleaning you can pretty much leave it unattended, though there are a handful of things it doesn't like. Wires and rug tassels can hold the Roomba 780 up, causing it to spin brushes in reverse for quite some time until it's convinced it's clear of any tangles. The environmental sensors also don't pick up black surfaces very well, which meant the Roomba 780 would bash into my glossy black home cinema subwoofer quite regularly.

Last but not least; stairs. The Roomba 780 has a cliff sensor that means it won't throw itself down steep drops, but that also means that it won't be able to go up and down stairs cleaning them if need be. That cliff sensor works perfectly, but is arguably almost too smart; we could swear the Roomba 780 was teasing us like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey as it darted towards the top drop from the stairs, only to stop and reverse at the very last second. Terrifying stuff considering I had to send back the review sample a week later.

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Verdict:

It's a bit of a stretch to call a vacuum cleaner fun, but we have to admit the iRobot Roomba 780 did raise a fair few smiles. From its charming robot voice and nifty touch-sensitive control panel to its ability to drag stubborn cat fur out of our carpet, it was a pleasure to have a new robot pal around the house. It's a fair bit slower than doing the work manually, but when you're sipping an icy cool beer with your feet up while the Roomba does the dirty work, who's going to complain?

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Philips recently launched an interesting campaign to test the effectiveness of their wake-up light in Longyearbyen Norway.

If you like me have never heard of Longyearbyen, it is the northernmost town situated only 600 miles South of the North Pole. During the winter, the people of Longyearbyen are plunged into four long months of total darkness, so in late October when the sun set for the final time until spring, residence were given a Wake-up Light to test. These lights gradually emit light to simulate the rising of the sun in your bedroom. This supposedly helps prepare the body for a more gentle wake up. Residents will trial the product until December and are reporting their experiences on the campaign website.

To be honest, I find it difficult enough to get out of bed in the winter, and could not imagine having to live in total darkness for that long, so am quite curious to see how effective this light will be. So far the residence seem to be reporting mixed results, but that said more people have said they are waking up feeling either great or okay than tired.

While I was snooping round the GRO website I also found that the company has also designed what must be the most stunning table football in the world. A mix of chrome metals (there's a whiff of luxury bath taps) and atmospheric lighting, it really does look stunning. The table is now on sale via this website. The bad news is that it takes 12 weeks before they can ship it to you. Got to be worth the wait though. Take a look at these images.

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Is this the world's coolest fridge?

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We don't known a great deal about it except that it has been designed for Samsung by London based design team Gro. It is very cool the way it looks of futuristic yet kind of retro at the same time. You can almost imagine this lot using it.

Take a look at the gallery and you'll be able to see that it can used horizontally or vertically and customised to the user's requirements. Cool stuff and almost as cool as this fridge. Just a prototype at the moment, but here's hoping it gets made one day.

Spotted by this lot.

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There was time not too long ago when if you bought a pair of hi-fi speakers you almost certainly bought British. Unfortunately many of the British speaker makers have scaled down their activities over the last few years and cheap, but often good quality speakers from the Far East, Europe and America, have mopped up some of their market share.

So it is good to see that there are still British speaker companies doing interesting things. Like Ferguson Hill, which this week announced the arrival of two new products - a home theatre system and a mid-sized version of the company's signature horn shaped speaker unit.

The FH009 Home Theatre set up pairs a class A integrated amp that is compatible with any audio out enabled device. It comes with horn speakers that can be wall mounted or free-standing and are made from transparent acyclic. It will sell for around £800.

The FH010 is a cut down version of Ferguson Hill's FH001 high end speaker system. It comprises four speakers (two bass speakers and two mid-high frequency horn speakers) and can be used with music servers, hi-fi systems and TVs.

It will be on sale soon and is priced at £6000.

Click on the pic below to look at some rather cool lifestyle shots of the speakers in situ

Dyson-engine_1430853c.jpgNormally, we wouldn't bother reporting about the release of a hand-held vacuum cleaner. They're just not that exciting. But Sir James Dyson - the man who revolutionised the vacuum cleaner and washing machine industries - has claimed that the DC 31's motor is the "fastest motor in the world, by a long stretch".

104,000 revolutions per minute make the motor ten times faster than the one found in a Boeing 747 and five times quicker than an F1 car's motor. I bet the plane and the F1 car could still beat the vacuum cleaner in a race though.

Dyson has stated that the DC 31 is just the first of a long line of products that will include the new motor. He said: "It's radical. It's completely different technology. We are the only company in the world producing a switched reluctance motor."

Get your Dyson DC 31 here. It's £129.99. Or £149.99 for the Animal version.

(via The Telegraph)

VIDEO: 1cm folding plug on its way?

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We poor old Brits must have the worst AC plugs in the world. Well, us Brits and also the 30 or so other nations who use the old type G, BS1363 AC power adaptor. Not only are they bulky and ugly it also hurts like hell if you accidentally tread on one.

But, we may not have to put up with the old bulky adaptors for much longer if the video below is anything to go by:

It proposes a new design, measuring just an impressive 1cm thick that works by folding the three copper prongs into a nice, neat parallel line.

It's just a concept at the moment, but surely someone has got to pick up on this and mass manufacture it. It looks brilliant. I'm going to go home tonight and hack of all of my old bulky plugs in anticipation.

(via Engadget)

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To be fair, "waterless" is a slight exaggeration, but only slight because a company named Xeros has managed to develop a washing machine that uses just 10% of the water of a normal houselhold unit.

This utility room game-changer employs reusable nylon polymer beads to wash your undies. They clean the clothes faster, using 30% less energy and each cycle only requires a single drop of detergent too. What's more, expensive eco-enemy tumble dryers need less time because you're linen will be less wet too. Therefore saving a few inches more planet. Sounds pretty marvelous really.

The trick has been working out a way to get the beads from your togs at the end of the wash but, now that's sorted, Xeros reckon they'll have commerical units in hotels and other such large operations by the end of the year.

And if that hasn't got your juices flowing green, then check this - if these nylon polymer machines were as standard in the UK, it'd be the equivalent of taking 2 million cars of our roads. Where do I sign up?

(via Cambridge News)

kerchoonz.jpgWe've seen these things before; vibrating units that turn whatever surface they're on into giant speakers. The advantage with the amusingly named Kerchoons KBox is that it's not shaped like a butt plug.

This time, what we're looking at is a USB-charged device with around 20 hours of battery life and it's about the size of an iPhone. Do I stutter?

It delivers a slightly bottom heavy frequency response of 40Hz - 20KHz, which isn't massive, but, then, it does only cost £39.99 plus a fiver in the post. It plugs into just about anything you like and uses a patented gel on the underside to make whatever surface it touches vibrate and create the sweet sounds.

Probably not one for the audiophiles but certainly fun, if nothing else.

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android-home-phone.jpgRemember, before we all had mobiles, the days of the home phone. Having to drag the cable across the hallway and under your door if you wanted to have a private conversation without the rest of your family listening in? That mysterious 'Mercury' button?

Those days are mostly at an end, but there are a few people still buying landline phones. As a result, companies are still making them - including T-Mobile who, rumour has it, will be bringing out an Android version next year. There'll be a docking station that lets you sync it and recharge the battery.

On top of that, there's a 7" Android tablet in the works too. There's very little detail being shared, but it'll apparently let you 'check the weather' or 'manage data across a wide variety of devices'. Sounds good. More when we get it.

(via Electric Pig)

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Who needs to buy expensive flavoured vodkas when you can turn any piece of fruit into you own personal shot glass? The Lushlife Shot Carver basically looks like a slightly expensive and rebranded version of an apple corer only shaped to give you the perfect volume for a shot. You can, of course, dig a little deeper.

Make your own liquid nitrogen ice cream

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If you're in the habit of spending upwards of $35,000 per year on ice cream then the credit crunch is probably amongst the least of your concerns. Still, if it is you could save money by making limitless quantities of delicious dairy snack with the $35,000 NitroCream machine.

Now, you're probably thinking that you don't need to spend $35,000 to get a good tub, but the reason this little wonder costs as much as it does is because it uses liquid nitrogen to instantly transform cream or yoghurt into smooth, creamy ice cream. You no longer need to take up valuable space with keeping your materials cool and the like.

Yep, that means it's mainly aimed at commercial ventures, but that hasn't stopped the website from extolling its values to the "novice" ice cream maker. To be honest, unless those novices happen to be eccentric millionaires, they're probably better off breaking a £20 note on Mr Frosty instead.

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