HOLY MOLY am I in love with this: the Rambler Socket from designer Meysam Movahedi has 1.5 meters (almost 5 feet) of extension cord that can be stored inside your wall. When you need to use it for something like drying your hair or vacuuming across the room, you just open it up and plug in — and when you're finished, back in the wall the cord goes!
This is Offbeat Home's archive of electronics posts.
Are you with me in the loathing of the tangle of cords that makes up the contemporary charging station? Let's doodle together and see some sweet-ass DIY options for how you can make a charging station that doesn't look like a pit of cord snakes tangled into blood-thirsty coils, waiting to strike when you reach for your smartphone.
When we were searching for a house, Zillow was a GODSEND. It makes so much relevant housing data available at your fingertips. But I've found something even better: HomeSnap — an iPhone app which uses GPS data, combined with the nifty hardware inside your smart phone like readings from the gyroscope and accelerometer, to give home shoppers instant access to data on a neighborhood, a home's value, its trending value…all based on a photo you snap of the house.
If you have a smartphone, do you use any apps for your home? I've loved the new Reminders feature iPhones got with the last major update — I have it set to remind me every day through April 20 to turn my grow lights on and off in my makeshift nursery.
Here are three apps you can use to make household life easier: one zaps junk mail, one programs power naps, and one is a magical doorbell.