Described by one commentator as "TiVo for electricity," the Gridpoint Connect Series is more than just a big battery that stores electricity when it's cheap so you can use it when it's not. It's also a computer that intelligently manages your energy use while telling you about it through a private Web portal. Less creepy than other forms of total information awareness (for example, those GPS bracelets folks have started slapping on their kids) and about twice as useful, this system might just convince you that remembering to turn off the lights makes a genuine difference.
Call us sentimental, but we're big advocates of teaching kids what the night sky looked like before widespread light pollution made the stars but dim shadows of their former selves. Just be careful not to spill any Olde-E on this prosumer-grade planetarium projector as you're pouring one out for your dead (or merely invisible) homie Orion--this thing isn't waterproof.
|The Total Blender
If Zeus had a fight with Yahweh, then afterward they went drinking with Shiva and the three of them did something they all ended up regretting, and nine months later the result was a blender, it would be this blender. There is nothing we can say about this appliance that could not more perfectly be expressed through this video clip, in which the Total Blender transforms a fistful of glass marbles from a solid into a gas. Take that, Salad Shooter!