Kitchen

Aug 112014
 

Bee Towers Universal Tablet Stand by XARMotion

We are always on the lookout for a good tablet stand! Here’s what we usually look for when checking out new stand: ease in accommodating various sized tablets (from 7″ mini tablets to the 9.7″ iPad and the 10.1″ Android tablets); fully adjustable to reach most positions without the need of moving it around; strong build to resist wear and stress at home and office and universal design to fit into the decor.

During the past two weeks I had the pleasure to use and test the Xar Motion Bee Towers.
This stand has 6 adjustment points that allow users to place the table in almost any position. You can raise or lower the tablet height, twist or tilt the tablet holder, extend the telescopic arm to extend your reach, spin the arm 360 degrees to get the best view, and so on… (check the video in the post for an extensive walk-through of of all features).

The Bee Towers is designed to work with all tablet sizes. You can adjust the tablet holder to fit any tablet sized between from 7″ to 10.1″ (this includes Google Nexus 7, the iPad and the most Android and Windows tablets out there). Mounting the holder was an easy job and did not require any special tools (check the mounting instructions in the pics below). Simply screw the arm into the base, snap the base cover in position, mount the tablet holder onto the upper side of the arm and you’re ready to go. The rest is simply a question of adjusting the holder to the desired position.

The XAR Motion Bee Towers is well built and does a good job as floor tablet stand. It comes in two color versions (blue-orange and blue-black) as well as a metal base version. For more details about the Bee Towers or to order one check the XAR Motion website.

$199 | BUY NOW
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Aug 062014
 

Black Ceramic Skull Coffee Mug, Because It's Cool!
Nothing better than kick-starting your morning with a hot coffee in a cool mug!
But cool doesn’t have the same meaning for everyone! So for all you Gothic style lovers out there – here’s a cool Skull Coffee Mug to kick-start your morning!

ALSO CHECK the Stoneware Skull Coffee Mug we told you about earlier.

The ceramic skull mug is 4 inches (10.15cm) tall, 3 3/4 inches (9.5cm) deep and 6 inches (15.25cm ) wide including the bone shaped handle and can hold up to 12 ounces (355ml) of hot or cold beverages. All mugs are hand-glazed, so the glazing on your skull mug might differ a bit from the one in the pics.

$16.50 | BUY NOW
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Jul 312014
 

Official Star Wars R2D2 & R2Q5 Salt and Pepper Shakers
Spice up your kitchen with the Officially Star Wars Licensed R2D2 & R2Q5 Cruet Set!
R2D2 is the salt master and R2Q5 is in charge of the pepper!

ALSO CHECK the R2D2 Wall Projector alarm Clock and the Star Wars R2-D2 USB Car Charger we featured earlier.

These cute salt and pepper mills are made of molded ceramics, feature accurate droid detailing based on the Star Wars saga, measure 4in in height (that’s about 10 centimeters) and sport a removable base bung for easy refiling.

$24.99 | BUY NOW

 

Jul 212014
 

Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator - Cooking 2.0
We all heard about Web 2.0, Social Media 2.0, Fitness 2.0 and so on…! Just about anything that gets the cool touch of technology can be deemed 2.0!
But Cooking 2.0? Yeap, why not?

The Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator is the technology boost that will bring your old cooking pot into the modern world! Here’s how it works (note how simple it is!!!): 1) Attach the Immersion Circulator to your cooking pot and set the cooking time and temperature; 2) Put the food (meat, vegetables, even fruits) in a ziplock bag and immerse it in the cooking pot filled with water.

That’s it! It’s as simple as it can get. Of course, once your food is cooked, you can sear it, grill it or broil it for a few minutes if you want to give it a personal touch. You can, but you don’t have to!

Check the video for a full walk-through of the process and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

$199 | BUY NOW

 

Jul 182014
 

Bufalino - The Vespa Based Camper For Lone Travelers
Built by the German industrial designer Cornelius Comanns, the Bufalino is designed to be a complete mini-camper that features all the services needed on the go!

The Bufalino camper concept is based around a Piaggio APE 50 tricycle (that’s the three wheeled commercial version of the world-famous Vespa scooter) and sports, among others, a bed, two seating units, shower, personal storage spaces, equipped kitchen, a fridge, a water tank, a work desk and even a clothes drying space!

ALSO CHECK the QTvan – Bicycle and Electric Scooter Camper Trailer and the Amphibious Camping Trailer Boat by Sealander.

The Bufalino is a very cool one-person camper concept, and, unfortunately, there is no info available when or if it will ever hit the production line.

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May 272014
 

Coffee Break Split Sugar Bowl
Many say a good coffee tastes better if in a cool cup! I am not sure about this, but I know I love my old coffee cup and it somehow gives me a morning boost when I see it around!

ALSO CHECK the Dry Wipe Memo Mug by Luckies of London, the CyberMug Transformer Coffee Mug and the “Have A Nice Day” Secret Message Coffee Mug

The Coffee Break we feature today is not really a coffee mug, but more an essential accessory to help you jump-start your day with a hot coffee. This cool sugar bowl is made of washer machine safe ceramic and has the shape of a coffee cup divided in two halves – one for sugar cubes and one for different sweeteners or milk.

$29.99 | BUY NOW
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May 162014
 

FLOTE m2 Floor Stand Or How To Use Your Tablet Hands Free!

The Flote M2 adjustable floor tablet stand is one of the best stands money can buy.
Designed by Dave Cutler of DCS Concepts, the Flote is a premium product which follows the cool stylish design of Apple gadgets, is manufactured using high quality, resistant materials such as high-grade aluminum and solid steel and allows huge versatility in positioning, so you always get the best viewing angle and ease of usage!

The Flote M2 can be adjusted to any position. Literally! The iPad cradle features a metallic ball joint which attaches to the tablet stand via a strong magnetic mechanism allowing you to rotate the tablet and fluidly adjust it’s position to any direction. More than that, the sustaining pole rotates around it’s axe to help you get easy access when sitting down or getting up from your favorite chair (simply toss it on the side and you’re ready to pass unobstructed), the “boom” (which is the piece holding the tablet cradle) can be adjusted for the perfect height and a length extension allows easy reach when the stand can not be positioned near the sitting place.
Flote M2 Adjustable Floor Tablet - iPad Cradle The sustaining pole has a curved design for easy transportation, which, given the weight of the base, is a big plus when you need to move the stand around.

I used the Flote M2 tablet floor stand for about 2 weeks now and I must confess this is a gadget I did not know I always wanted!
My first thought was: “Why use a tablet stand when you can hold your tablet in your hands” (as most people do)!
Well … this is the part I was wrong with. Using a tablet stand means comfort! Comfort to take notes when you listen to a video tutorial on your tablet, or have the whole family in that Skype video chat (without constantly tweaking the tablet position so everyone fits in), or holding the kid in your arms when watching cartoons, or playing Candy Crash without Max the Kitten all over the tablet (yeap … that’s him, Mr Curiosity, in the user pics below), or cooking a cool recipe from the iPad without fearing flour or water damage, or fixing something by following a Youtube tutorial, or watching live sports on the tablet while still being able to manipulate the remote controller and the smartphone at the same time (yeap … I do that from time to time!!!)!
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you can’t do any of the above without a tablet stand, I’m just saying it’s so easier to do them with the Flote M2. And I did not even imagine it before trying it!

Check out the picture gallery in the post for more details and close-up images as well as the video for a full 8 minutes hands-on review which describes all the Flote M2 features and how easy it mounts. For more information about the tablet stand or to buy one check the manufacturer site or their Amazon listing.

Also, if you’re in the market for a tablet stand but you’re looking for something smaller, more office-compatible, please check the Flote Desktop ($219.99 US) and the Flote Orbit ($129.99 US) from the same manufacturer and take advantage of a cool 10% OFF for Mother’s Month Sale (use coupon code MOMSTHEBEST to activate the discount).

$299.99 | BUY NOW
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