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Power outlets have become such a big part of our lives that there's really no use in trying to ignore or disguise them — why not embrace the look of a power outlet, or appreciate the mess of cords that power your life?
That's the idea behind the Candlestrip, too — long, tapered candles that can be fired up without a cord — but you "plug" them into the base that holds them. What an innovative design that also happens to be ironic, clever, and yes, pretty.
The Candlestrips are not on sale yet, but will be by this Summer — in case those Summer storms knock out your power, you know the appropriate candle to light.
Outlets are usually a source of stress — there's rarely enough of them in your place to feed your gadgets, and they've definitely never been high on any scale of pleasing aesthetic home tech. You could change all that with these 3D Cubic Switchplates ($9), which embrace the utilitarian nature of the outlets and light switches by framing them and making them look a lot cooler. (It worked for cords!)
Of course, I think most people would prefer to camouflage the outlet, especially when it's got cords coming out of its face.
So tell me: Do you like the switchplate cover?
Since I love uncommon ways to keep power cords stowed away that are still aesthetically pleasing within your home's decor, I was all eyes when I came across this simplistic cord holder. The Hang On Outlet, designed by Paulo Oh, has created this user-friendly cord holder that makes unplugged cords look neat and tidy.
Re-nest has a green tip about how to stop drafts coming from your electrical outlets. Wherever you live, it's likely that you do have air infiltration in your home, and foam outlet and switch sealers are the corks, per se, to making your home airtight. Unless you want to breathe dusty outlet air day in and day out, I highly suggest you check out this green tip.
This is definitely a must-have gadget for all the die-hard geeks out there.
Featured on Engadget and TechEBlog the JackPC Socket is the mack daddy of all wall sockets. With a 500-MHz AMD RISC CPU, 128MB of memory, 64MB of flash memory, a VGA connector and Internet Explorer 6.0, it's basically a condensed version of what you see on the back of a CPU. The JackPC is designed to connect to a 'terminal server' or Citrix based environment where processing is handled by servers instead of PCs. On that note, visit the site for a more detailed description.
It's priced at $392 and will be available in a few weeks.