Home Tech 123 Ideabooks

So You Want a Bathroom Television
I'll get this out of the way first: I've always had a hard time understanding the appeal of TVs in bathrooms. Unlike the kitchen, which is usually the hub of household life, or a den where family and guests gather, a bathroom seems to me as though it...
Make Your Home a Champion Olympics Viewing Platform
Watching the Summer Olympics on just a TV? Oh, that is so 2008! Olympics fans in the past needed only to learn which major U.S. network got the monopoly on broadcasting, then remain glued to that station for the duration. This year it’s much...
Why Your Home Office Should Be in the Backyard
We all need an office — a workspace where we can concentrate, think and have all the tools we need. Let’s face it: Even if you don’t work from home, you work from home. Taking work home has become pandemic, with people routinely now working...
Open Workspaces Let You Watch Over Kids' Online Time
My children don't spend much time on the computer. I'm sure they would like to, but I am a firm believer in limiting media time and don't see the value in creating little virtual homes for their stuffed animals. I would rather see them using their hands...
Contractor Tips: Tune In to a Top-Notch TV Room
Most households have a room where the main activity is watching TV. We're well past the era when all you needed was an outlet and a pair of rabbit ears — now, DVD players, game consoles, cable and satellites, computer networks and stereo systems all...
Does Your Home Need an Operating System?
Home automation technology is out there, but hardly anyone uses it. Sure, there are plenty of home automation products, and serious enthusiasts. But the average home remains conspicuously manual. To your average Silicon Valley engineer,...
Switch On the Phone-Controlled Home
Controls exist all over the house: light switches, garage door openers, temperature controls, TV remotes, oven dials, faucets and many more. And every single object that can be changed by a human has what computer geeks call a user interface — a point...
Get Ready for the Smart Coffee Table
Computers started out as discrete objects to be placed on top of furniture — a PC on the desk, a laptop on the dining room table. An iPad on the kitchen counter....
Stand-Up Desks Rise to Health Challenges
Trends in work, leisure and technology have conspired to turn us all into sitters. We sit at work. We sit at school. We sit while at home. And we sit in the car while conveying our expanding bodies from one sitting location to another. All this...
Fund Your Home Product Idea With Kickstarter
Where do good ideas come from? More important, where do they go? People have great home design ideas all the time. But most of the very newest ideas can't be bought at the store. Have you ever had a brilliant idea and thought, "I wish somebody...
DIY Friday: Mousepad Makeover
Sometimes the most simple DIYs are the most gratifying. Lately I've been feeling bored with the current look of my desk and decided my mousepad could use a makeover. After gathering some basic supplies I set to work, and 10 minutes later my project was...
How Bluetooth 4.0 Will Change Remote Control
Wireless technologies have been transforming domestic life since the availability of home radios in the 1920s. Since then every new kind of wireless technology and every new application has brought more transformative changes to the home. Television,...
Why Your Kitchen Wants Its Own iPad
The Apple iPad is the fastest-growing consumer electronics device in history. But what's it for? Where do you use it? As a hard-core iPad fan since day one and a certifiable foodie, I can tell you that...
Make a Memorable Backyard Movie Night
There is something so romantic about watching movies outdoors. The big screen, snuggling up under blankets when it gets chilly and being able to grab whatever you like to eat or drink from the house top my list of reasons to try this at home. Check out...
Magic Mirrors Emerge From Fairy Tales
With the possible exception of Simpleton’s golden goose, the coolest fairy tale home accessory ever has got to be the evil queen’s magic mirror in Snow White. The Grimm Brothers’ description of the mirror is positively medieval....
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