Category Archives: At Home

A Spiky Outdoor Speaker That Charges Your Gadgets

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It’s pretty hard for a Bluetooth speaker to stand out these days, but Outdoor Tech’s Big Turtle Shell commands attention for a few reasons. It’s summertime antics-proof, it keeps your other devices’ batteries topped off while you listen to music, and it will get loud.
The Big Turtle Shell looks like a geometric approximation of the Batmobile Tumbler. It comes in black. And those sharp angles on the speaker’s surface are designed for more than just looking interesting. When the speaker is laid flat, all that choppy terrain helps it push sound in directions other than straight up in the air. Continue reading A Spiky Outdoor Speaker That Charges Your Gadgets

Big Ass Fans Haiku Ceiling Fan with SenseME

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CNET | The name might be funny, but Lexington, Ky.-based manufacturer Big Ass Fans wants to be a serious smart home contender, with a connected ceiling fan that claims first-of-its-kind features.

The product is the Haiku Ceiling Fan with SenseMe, and it features built-in Wi-Fi, motion detection, and sensors for things like heat and humidity. Using a free smartphone app, you’ll be able to control and schedule the Haiku to your heart’s content, or just set it to learn what temperatures you like, then cool accordingly all on its own. Continue reading Big Ass Fans Haiku Ceiling Fan with SenseME

Create a small home theater in any room with these 5 tips

Most people think they have to overhaul a sprawling basement or game room in order to create a true home theater experience. But that’s certainly not the case. You can create a true home theater, a room that lets you escape from the outside world and immerse yourself in top-notch audio and larger-than-life video in so much as a spare room. Kid leaving for college this summer? Boom! You’ve got a home theater. Have an extra room over the garage? Boom, a home theater. Is that spacious utility/mud room room really necessary? Boom goes the dynamite, you have a home theater. We relied on the expertise of guest blogger Glenn Thomas, owner and technician of REEL HOME Theater, one of whose specialties is creating small home theaters in any room. Here, he gives us his five tips from the front lines for doing just that. Glenn also offers up one of his favorite equipment lists for smaller rooms and budgets. Continue reading Create a small home theater in any room with these 5 tips

LG OLED TV moves forward with flexible models planned for 2015

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal says that LG Electronics is moving forward with plans to produce super-thin, bendable TV sets and will expand its lineup of OLED TVs, with plans for a “screen that can be made to curve” next year. LG OLED plans were announced on the heels of rival Samsung’s reported exit from the OLED market earlier this month.


OLED sets are problematic for manufacturers largely because it’s difficult to mass-produce this technology efficiently at larger sizes. LG OLED TV, on the other hand, will move forward despite cost with support from profit generated by the South Korean manufacturers other TV lines.

According to the article:

LG will be the first company to market a flexible OLED television, the sides of which can be curved inward at the push of a button, Mr. Huh said. It is planned for next year, he added. “Producing a curved screen with liquid-crystal displays is doable but not if you want to flex those curves easily,” he said.

The sets planned for this year will be Ultra HD 65- and 77-inch curved models, with a standard HD 55-inch model. Pricing information will be announced at a later date.

Bowers & Wilkins Sound System | No, you won’t be paying an outrageous amount to put this beauty in your home. Instead — if you’re lucky — you might get to enjoy the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System at your next concert. This massive system aims to bring hi-fi quality sound to live music venues with a stack made up of four fully braced low frequency enclosures, each boasting two 15″ Rohacell composite drivers, and four mid/high frequency enclosures, which come packing two mid/bass units, an FST Kevlar midrange driver, and four Nautilus high-frequency drivers, or more than enough speakers to rock the house — even if the “house” is an amphitheater.