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Prevent Kitchen Fires by Automatically Powering-Off Stove if Left Unattended

July 20, 2012 Leave a comment

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimated that in 2010 there were 156,400 cooking related home fires and the leading contributor to these was unattended stovetops. This is something that can happen to anyone because you never know when a distraction will arise that pulls you away from the kitchen for longer than expected. It could be a phone call you weren’t expecting but need to take, someone at the door, a child requiring your undivided attention and the list goes on and on. Here to help protect you when these distractions occur is the CookStop 3 Prong Plug In Kit which acts as a fire prevention aid for an electric stove. Once installed, the control unit’s motion sensor will monitor the movement in the kitchen whenever the stove is turned on. As movement is detected it will reset the 5 minute count down timer and continue this process as long as someone is in the kitchen. If, however, the person cooking ends up being pulled out of the kitchen for longer than 5 minutes then the CookStop device will automatically shut-off power to the stove to prevent overheating and potential fire. The CookStop 3 Prong Kit is not only great for residential home use but also dorms, apartments, senior living homes and office buildings where distraction is easy.


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Set Up a Compact Digital Recording System on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, PC or Mac

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Tascam iU2 Audio/MIDI Interface For iOS Devices and ComputersTASCAM’s iU2 is a premium sound quality audio interface for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch*. It includes all of the features of TASCAM’s best-selling USB audio interfaces, including a pair of great-sounding microphone inputs. The XLR inputs have phantom power for use with high-quality condenser microphones. These feed an onboard microphone preamp and A/D converter for better sound performance than those built into iPhone and iPad – true stereo recording with low noise and fewer tendencies to distort. The inputs also accept line-level signals or you can plug a guitar or bass directly into your device.

In addition to compatibility with iOS devices, the iU2 also works with Mac and Windows computers. A zero-latency monitoring path allows musicians to hear themselves directly through the unit, without any distracting delay. MIDI in and out are provided to interface with synths and drum machines, and a digital output connects to digital mixers or recorders. Moreover, you can use the iU2 to record music cassette tapes and other analog audio sources to a computer for transfer to audio CDs or to an iOS device directly where they can be saved as audio files. Read more

Beer Dispenser for Gravity and Pressurized 5L Kegs

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Koolatron KTB05BN 5L Mini Keg Dispenser with TapIf you enjoy a cold beer then you’ve almost certainly always thought about how cool it would be to have your own keg dispenser at home. With the easy-to-use 5L Mini Keg Dispenser with Tap from Koolatron this can now be a reality. What makes this 5L dispenser great is that it includes a tap at the top for use with pressurized kegs, an opening at the bottom for use with gravity kegs and it plugs into a standard 120V household outlet or 12V DC outlet. It comes with an AC power adapter as well as a DC power cord allowing it to be used in the comfort of your home, or mancave, or bring it with you to tailgate and simply plug it into a car DC port. Once plugged in the dispenser will chill the mini keg down to 37°F with its quiet running thermoelectric cooling system so that beer after beer is nice and frosty. At the base of the dispenser is a drip tray to keep counters and floors free of drips that don’t make it in their cups. The drip tray can be removed, emptied out and cleaned as needed. The 5L Mini Keg Dispenser is environmentally friendly any does not use and harmful CFCs or polluting coolants.
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Adjust the Volume of Remotely Located Speakers without Leaving the Room

July 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Niles Audio VCS50K Indoor Stereo Volume Control, 50 Watts
The Niles Audio VCS50K Indoor Stereo Volume Control lets you adjust the volume of a pair of loudspeakers, just as a light dimmer enables you to control the brightness of a light bulb. You can control the sound level, conveniently, in any room of your home. Even if the audio/video system is located downstairs in the living room, you can control the volume of the speakers in the bedroom without ever going downstairs. A volume control connects between the speaker level output of an amplifier, speaker selector, or distribution hub and a pair of speakers.

The VCS50K is an impendence matching volume control with a rotary knob to adjust volume up and down. The Universal Impedance Magnifying circuit enables safe connection of up to eight pairs of speakers to a single amplifier or receiver using the VCHUB8 (sold separately). Make-before-break switch design delivers 10 step, pop-free control for a wide range of listening volumes. Ensure high-fidelity sound at 50 Watts of continuous power handling with flat frequency response (+/- 1.2dB). It includes designer approved screwless Decora-style wall plates in 4 colors (White, Light Almond, Bone, and Black) to blend seamlessly into any decor and accommodates standard one gang electrical boxes.
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