With the warm weather finally rolling in, and with summer right around the corner, its time to start planning those weekend get togethers. Whether with family or friends, backyard grilling is a favorite past time of many. It provides a great opportunity to socialize over delicious food and drink. That is unless you are the host, in which case you will be running around making sure everything is perfect. This year, try helping yourself out with a little outdoor tech gadgetry.
Have you ever wished you could make a major interior element of your home just disappear? Web developer Tim Thaler faced the dilemma with a kitchen island which he found a horrible eyesore. Being the DIY sort, he got onto eBay and found the solution in a $380 hydraulic scissor lift. Unplggd and New York Times Gadgetwise contributor , Sonia Zjawinski, reports on this most amazing DIY disappearing act. Get ready to be amazed under the jump...
You've carved your own chopsticks. You've built your own computer. You've sewed your own tent. What else can you do to make your life more insular? The answer: brew your own beer. But how to get started in the ancient art of transforming grain into something more tasty and intoxicating? The process may be ancient, but many of the brewing tools have gone hi-tech, offering amateur and pro-sumer beer brewers a variety of hardware, software and online community resources to tap into...
We've covered a lot of geeky (yet stylish!) magnets in the past here at Unplggd, and felt it was high time we gathered them all together. The magnets, photos and miscellanea on your fridge can be used for a lot of personal expression, and having cool stuff on the fridge helps add fun to what can be one of the most social rooms in the house. These nine magnets and sets are designed to help you express your geekitude, loudly and proudly.
The majority of us will eat lunch away from home today, most likely reheating our leftover burritos and bowls of soup in one of these: a microwave. There's magic everywhere in this…umm…microwave. But have you ever wondered how this miracle of technology works?
The news that an all-in-one hair-washing/conditioning/drying gadget has won an award in Britain for being the "Ultimate Time Saver" got us thinking. Single use appliances get a bad rap, and often with good reason, as many are cheaply made or designed to be novelties that are used once and stored away forever after. But surely there are a few diamonds in the rough? Share your favorites below -- and no Margaritavilles, please.
Cooking can frequently become a math exercise as you halve or double recipes or use instructions from another country with a different measurement system. We usually rely on conversion charts, Google, or a cell phone calculator to do conversions but we recently gave an iPad app called Conversions for Cooking a try.
No matter where you work, most people have one part of the morning routine in common: caffeine. Not everyone has the time to brew a perfectly brewed cup like Intelligentsia or have the tools to do so, but don’t fret. That’s when gadget apps and well-designed products come to the rescue.
Raise your hand if you enjoy gadgets. Now raise your other hand if you enjoy drinking. Then there are those among us who don’t have any hands to raise because we’re busy juggling our cell phone and beer at the same time. This roundup of alcohol friendly tech tools will help bring out the true inner tech lush in you!
My girlfriend likes to chide me about my home theater aspirations, noting my dreamer's projects seem to "never end". If it's not a new HDMI wireless solution it's the news we're going to need a new TV (came back from vacation to find our 5 year old unit is dead). But it can go both ways, for as much as I have an affinity for the latest and greatest for tech, she's got a love jones for appliances…kitchen appliances. And unlike a flat HDTV, we can't wall mount her hefty KitchenAid mixer. Recently she made the effort to reduce a kitchen droid collection that would have made a Jawa envious.