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iHouse SmartFaucet with face recognition & email

iHouse SmartFaucet with face recognition & email

We're told that water and electronics don't mix, but word obviously hasn't made it to iHouse.  The company has been demonstrating their SmartFaucet, a touchscreen-enabled tap that also includes a camera for face-recognition.  If you've ever wanted to check your email and calendar from your bathroom sink, here's the faucet for you.

Video demo after the cut

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Globus portable workstation globe

Globus portable workstation globe

As multifunctional furniture goes, designer Michiel van de Kley's intent with Globus - to create a swivel chair and desk when open, and something that "evokes curiosity" when closed - certainly isn't in keeping with the must-do-everything convergence ethos.  However we'll forgive it because it's so darned lovely.  A moulded plastic globe with a cast aluminum base on casters, the portable workstation automatically locks its wheels when opened, revealing a swivel chair and height-adjustable desk.

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GAMEROX gaming chair

GAMEROX gaming chair

If your kids aren't interested in a Wii but you'd still like them to get some exercise benefit out of their console, the GAMEROX gaming chair might be the solution.  Resembling a couple of mudflaps, the GAMEROX chair moves in all three axis and, by making the child support themselves rather than slump, trains core stability, tones muscle and improves posture.

Video demo of the GAMEROX gaming chair after the cut

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Boom Bench Bluetooth-enabled speakerseating

Boom Bench Bluetooth-enabled speakerseating

If you live in constant fear of coming across a gang of youths listening to tinny music from their cellphones and staring moodily at passers-by, good news!  Now they'll be able to play their music with far more bass and mid-range, courtesy of German designer Michael Schoner of NL Architects.  His Boom Bench connects via Bluetooth A2DP and is positively riddled with speakers and subwoofers.

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PodWombats Mark III: Gaming Cockpit or Capacious Coffin?

PodWombats Mark III: Gaming Cockpit or Capacious Coffin?

Claustrophobics look away now.  Measuring 6 x 4 x 4 feet, the PodWombats Mark III Gaming Cockpit is billed as the best thing for gamers looking to eliminate all distractions during play.  Constructed from particle-board and with a sliding canopy section, inside there's an adjustable racing seat, mounting points for joysticks and other controllers, and ventilation to stop you - and your PC or console - from overheating.

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Herman-Miller Embody chair: $1,600 Aeron successor

Herman-Miller Embody chair: $1,600 Aeron successor

With economies around the globe sliding sourly down the pan, it seems an unusual time to announce a $1,600 chair.  Still, if people are going to be sitting glumly, contemplating their sinking shares, they may as well have something ergonomically sound to do it on: enter Herman-Miller and their latest uber-chair, the Embody.  Follow-up to the iconic Aeron, the Embody takes that fourteen year old design and adds even more flexibility and support.

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