IBM Media Centre

by Damian

This is the continued product review for IBM’s Smart Kitchen. This time I take a look at IBM’s media center for the kitchen. Basically IBM is marketing this, with the other components of the smart kitchen, as a gadget that will save you time and allow you to spend more time with your family. So what does it do exactly? Well it plays DVDs, CDs, and allows you to surf …

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New Epson home cinema in a box

by Marc

Epson EMP-TWD1

New in the Epson range of home cinema projectors is the EMP-TWD1. The USP here is the inclusion of a JVC DVD player, meaning all you need is a suitable wall or foldaway screen and you’ve got a home cinema that you can drag out of the cupboard for the occasional movie or big game, and put away again when you’re not using it. Epson are a large manufacturer/supplier of …

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IBM Smart Kitchen

by Damian

Smart Kitchen

I recently saw IBM’s Smart Kitchen that includes several items that are meant to speed up the time you spend in the kitchen while allowing you to spend more time with your family. IBM is known for making many innovative products and like most people, I am always looking at ways to save time so I was really looking forward to seeing what they had to offer. They had 3 …

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Eubiq power strip

by Marc

Eubiq power strip

As we were coming to the end of the Ideal home expo yesterday we stumbled upon these guys with a pretty unique offering. It’s hard to make out from the photo but that rail is a power distribution system. Each of those components (a standard UK socket, a light and two direct wire plug replacements at each end) can clip onto the center rail at any point and receive power. …

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OSIM iSymphonic Chair

by Al

Massage Chair

Marc and I went to the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court yesterday to see what gadgets we could find to report on, the show wasn’t really aimed at gadget fanatics but there were a few things that caught my eye. One of the first stands we saw was for the OSIM iSymphonic Chair and with demonstration models available we just had to have a go. The chair was comfy …

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Magic Taps

by Al

Magic Tap

I’ve seen these a couple of times in the UK, where you put your hands under a tap and they automagically turn on (don’t know why it took so long driers have been doing it for years). Well you can now buy them for your home.

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Grenade Alarm

by Al

Grenade Alarm Clock

If you find it difficult to awaken kids on school days you can take revenge with this nasty little alarm. Simply pull the pin out, throw it through the bedroom door and cover your ears. In 20 seconds the sonic alarm will let out an ear blistering racket which will be sure to wake the heaviest of sleepers.

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FP-300 fingerprint door lock

by Marc

Biometric door lock

I’ve been looking at devices around the home recently and I stumbled upon these biometric door locks. The concept is not new of course but it’s only in the last few years that they’ve been available as a plug and play (drill and play?) package for home installations. I’ve seen a few different models and as I was looking at the specs I noticed one glaring fact – the cheap …

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