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Heart Shaped Torture

Heart Shaped Torture

Want a loving way to tell someone to get off their lazy bum and get out of bed? Create a horrifyingly loud alarm clock, but make it so its heart shaped. I’m sure that will make it all better. I know this alarm clock looks cute, but it is in fact evil. They don’t call it the Sonic Boom Love Clock for nothing. It has an adjustable volume alarm that goes up to 113 decibels; a jackhammer is only 100 decibels. Now let’s just pretend that you can somehow sleep through that, it also has a bed shaker to slip in between the mattresses.

The refrigerator of the future

The refrigerator of the future

What can your refrigerator do for you? For most people these days the answer is simple, “it keeps things cold” and for some “it even dispenses ice and water.” The people at Whirlpool aim to change all of that. This fall they will begin shipped Centralpark-enabled refrigerators to the public. With Centralpark you will be able to have any number of custom features added to your kitchen's most useful appliance.

Some of the features you can look forward to are interractive message boards, digital picture frames, satellite radio, CD/DVD players, and more. It doesn't stop there either, you'll even have the option of recharging cell phones and other devices as well. Oh, and did we mention that it keeps your food cold too?

No current word on what we'll expect to pay for this media center meets refrigerator, but I'm sure it'll be worth every penny. With one of these around the office, you can be sure that no one will be hanging around the water cooler anymore.

Whirlpool Centralpark Connection [via Gizmodo]

Banish cold cups

Banish cold cups

Y'know, my skills as a poet are woefully under-utilised here on SlashGear.  Yes, I get shiny things to review and an opportunity to bleat about the latest news, but where are the haiku's?  Sometimes it's nice to sit down on a large and squashy bean-bag, drink about thirteen cups of coffee and write poems about the latest Blackberry or what Steve Jobs is up to.  At times like those, however, I'm constantly upset by the coldness of my coffee cup against my lips - a sensation like that can really interfere with your rhyming couplets, you know - and so I'm relieved to the point of elation that Jura has fashioned this glass'n'steel standalone cup warmer.

With room for up to 16 standard coffee cups or 24 of your favourite espresso cups, it uses a convection heater that quickly reaches operating temperature and holds it stable.  Jura are charging $1,000 for this beauty, which is a lot, but if you serve a lot of coffee then it might be worth it.

Personally I'm off to write a grubby limerick about Google.

Jura [via Appliancist]

Bosch Dishwasher is Lego-safe

Bosch Dishwasher is Lego-safe

I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but your kids are really dirty.  As in, filthy, grubby, bacteria-carrying germ creatures.  They play with their toys, they play in the mud in the garden, they crawl around the floor, they put just about anything shiny in their mouths - if I were a parent I'd be beside myself worrying about them getting sick.  So it's obviously for the hyper-neurotic like me that Bosch have aimed their latest dishwasher - the Lego Edition.

Swarovski-Studded LG Appliances

Swarovski-Studded LG Appliances

In with the crystals and out with the stainless steel, lets make kitchens really sparkle. The artistic home appliance series from LG, called Art Home, will feature floral patterns designed by famous Korean painter Seung-rim Ha that are studded with sparkling Swarovski crystals. This is LG’s first step in their plan to integrate digital appliances with art. Future product collaborations with artists will include washing machines, air conditioners, and other household appliances. Only in Korea for now.

LG Launches Swarovski-Embedded Art Home Appliances [Via: Bornrich]

Ecopod live – pre-order now

Ecopod live – pre-order now

Remember the Ecopod, the bottle-compacting recycling bin that SlashGear talked about last week? Well, they've been in touch to say that their site has just gone live and they're taking pre-orders. Available in black and white, $328 gets you the combination bin and bottle/can crusher, with delivery scheduled for the fourth-quarter of this year.

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Homeywell Professional Weather Station – Your Personal Weatherman

Homeywell Professional Weather Station – Your Personal Weatherman

For people like me who lives in Texas where weather changes more often than I flick the TV remote control will appreciate what Honeywell Professional Weather Station does. Powered by an AC adapter or four AA batteries, the unit LCD screen will show weather information using its wireless sensors. The Professional Weather Station is equipped with UV Sensors, Thermo-hygrometer, Anemometer, and Rain gauge sensor. It is priced at $299.

Product page, Honeywell Professional Weather Station [via Smart Home Blog]

Most Advanced (Bacteria Fighting) Washing Machine In The World!

Most Advanced (Bacteria Fighting) Washing Machine In The World!

Germs and odor causing bacteria beware, because there’s a new washing machine in town. The Silver Nano Washing machine is designed with one purpose; eradicate bacteria from linen and clothing in hospitals. The super bacteria killing machine is lined fitted with silver-coated components that release Silver ions during the washing process. The company claims that clothes and linens are deodorized, sterilized, and protected from bacteria for up to 30 days. If you think that’s cool, you’re going to love that it’s also a dryer, low sound levels during usage, and a large capacity.

The Silver Nano is only available for commercial use, sorry moms you’re going to have to wait for a little longer until Samsung releases a home version.

Samsung Silver Nano washing machines bacteria fighting ability put to the test [via Strategiy]

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