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Creative billboard houses to help owners generate extra income

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 04:20 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Modern day cities are all concrete and packed with people. Living spaces are shrinking and there doesn't seem to be enough space for everyone who comes to stay in cities. This has forced designers and architectural firms to come up with out of the box ideas, which make sure that all the available space is utilized in an intelligent way. Billboards are used for advertising and these free standing structures are seen in many cities around the world. This form of advertisement is being clubbed with housing of late. Installing such a setup is a cheap way of coming up with new housing areas and also generating extra bucks from advertisements. Below is a list of five creative billboard houses to help owners generate extra income.


Mount your iPad on car’s headrests with backSTAGE pro II

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 04:20 AM PST

Abdul Vahid V:

Scosche's backSTAGE pro II is a safe and rugged headrest mount for your iPad. It Its aluminum frame can be attached to the front seat headrests of your cars, thus helping rear seat passengers watch movies, apps and play games nicely. The backSTAGE pro II holds your iPad quite firmly and does not let it fall down even if you drive the car through rough conditions.

Scosche Backstage Pro
Scosche Backstage Pro

The backSTAGE pro II comes with a feature to charge your iPad continuously through a cable. Well, now you can move on without the fear that battery of your iPad will drain out. Moreover, the iPad mount supports wireless IR headphones and it comes with a USB port to let you connect flash drives with iPad, which doesn't include a USB port in its original body.

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Scosche Backstage Pro
Magnus Magnetic iPad Stand

You can also detach your iPad from the mount. This way, you can take away your iPad while you park the car. It will prevent robbers from breaking the car's windshields to steal the iPad. If you wish to hide the detached iPad somewhere inside the car, you can put it in the included soft punch, which can store the device safe.

Installation of the backSTAGE pro II is an easy job. You can yourself do it in a matter of minutes. Scosche sells the mount for just $180 in the U.S. In fact, added with iPad's price of $500, you spend only $650 to get your iPad mounted on the headrest of your car. Meanwhile, a standard rear seat display often comes for price over $1000.

Via: Gizmodo/ CNet/ Scosche


Aqua Station Shower and Drying Unit helps the elderly and obese maintain hygiene

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 04:05 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Aimed specifically at the elderly and obese, the new Aqua Station shower unit by designer David John is designed to be as ergonomically and anthropometrically friendly as possible for folks aged 65 and above or those with severe obesity related mobility issues. The shower unit allows this part of the population to be as independent as possible and helps them clean themselves and maintain their hygiene without having to hire a healthcare worker or having their existing showers modified for the purpose.

The Aqua Station
The Aqua Station

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The Aqua Station
Aqua Station by David John

The Aqua Station is designed to be able to fit into existing UK-spec bathroom, which makes it easy to install and use and the user doesn't even need to spend on having their bathroom renovated completely. The unit has two chambers that are used for different purposes. The chamber on the left hand side of the shower is used specifically for the washing whereas the second chamber on the right hand side is fashioned specifically for aiding the users' drying.

A sliding door allows users to get in and out with ease. Once inside, the user can turn the Aqua Station washers on by pressing the green "on" button. The "plus" mark increases the water temperature and the "minus" mark decreases it. The user can also adjust the height of the washer bar by holding the "on" button down for three seconds and using the "plus" or "minus" buttons to vertically adjust height of the washer bar.

The aqua station washer bars move vertically up and down to clean the user from two sides so that they don't have to move around in the shower or use a handheld shower. The drying chamber also has similar movable bars that help the user dry off without a towel.


Limited edition eL Masterpiece chandelier is inspired by the Big Bang

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 03:14 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Inspired by the Big Bang, this shimmering LED chandelier tells us the story of how light was born and plays back the history of the universe in fourteen seconds via a special time loop. Created by designer Daniel Libeskind, the warm, energy-efficient light fixture comes with a gold-bathed interior and a dotted glossy exterior crafted in stainless steel that splashes any room with light and imitates the colors of the universe. The striking chandelier is remarkable not only for its unconventional design but also for the fact that it was created after painstaking scientific research and its display of light actually represents the light show that the universe has been treated as it grew following the Big Bang.

Shimmering LED Chandelier
Shimmering LED Chandelier

With hundreds of LED lights, the striking LED chandelier glows magnificently though people with a more scientific bend of mind would certainly appreciate the fact that the light fixture was inspired by the Big Bang and tries to compress a billion years of the history of the cosmos into one second of its time looped display of lights. The angular light fixture is dubbed as the eL Masterpiece and the striking prefabricated stalactite like light stretches down from the ceiling taking center stage in the decor of a room.

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Shimmering LED Chandelier
Shimmering LED Chandelier Inspired by the Big Bang

Based on the theory that all the galaxies in the universe, including the Milky Way, expanded as the Universe grew and formed the basic structures of the cosmos as we know it today, the eL emits different colors to represent the changing colors of the stars in these galaxies as they expanded. Each LED in the eL represents the evolution of structure and mass in the Universe. This process is shown by the dynamic lighting that stands for the Big Bang and the expansion of the Universe. Enormous super-computers were used to run cutting edge simulations to come up with the lighting scheme of the chandelier that is sure to pique a science buff's interests. The light display of the eL Masterpiece has been timed to run in a loop that plays for 14 second each, with each second representing a billion years of the cosmos' existence.

Zumtobel, an Austrian lighting firm, partnered with Daniel Libeskind to create the glossy, multidimensional 2-1/2 ft wide and 9 ft tall stainless steel chandelier. Both, the sophisticated technology that underlies it and its superb design distinguishes the limited-run eL Masterpiece chandelier from the mass produced, made for retail lighting fixtures that the market is flooded with.

Via: Inhabitat


Wi Fi enabled cufflinks with 2GB USB storage for trendy geeks

Posted: 29 Jan 2012 10:41 PM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Gone are the days when cufflinks were used to make clothes look pretty, as the new age cufflinks are here to give you a Wi-Fi hotspot when moving from one place to the other. The polished silver colored creations by Brookstone look like everyday cufflinks and have been crafted in a very neat manner.

USB Cufflinks
USB Cufflinks

The cufflinks have a 2GB USB storage and are Wi-Fi enabled. They can be used to store and share important data. The cufflinks are perfect for businessmen, technology lovers and for people who travel a lot as these will provide a Wi-Fi hotspot to a variety of gadgets. They will also endow a user with the flexibility to access media servers from a host computer.

The oval shaped cufflinks can be easily connected to all kinds of smart phones, iPads and many other devices that have a wireless nature. The cufflinks turn into a Wi-Fi hotspot as soon as the accompanying software is downloaded and the USB hotspot is connected to the computer. The silver colored studs have a length, width and height measuring 0.75 inch, 0.75 inch and 0.25 inch, respectively.

The high-tech cufflinks are not cheap and come stashed with a price tag of $249.99. These will be a great addition if you are tech savvy and love ultra modern things. So, wear these stylish yet fully functional cufflinks to work and make eyes do a cartwheel in surprise.

Via: Gadgetreview


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