The clever design of these floor and table lamps incorporates what is usually the most unsightly element of a lamp, the cord. The designers decided to "extend" the function of the cord, turning it into both the base and stand. Made of textile cord and steel tubing allows the lamp to spring up from the ground. Available now from the Museum Of Modern Art's Online Store.
Sharp's line of Aquos LCD TVs with a built-in, slot loading Blu-ray player are finally hitting US shores. 6ave has the 32-inch (LC-32BD60U) and 37-inch (LC-37BD60U) versions for $999 and $1,199 respectively. Both sets sport 1920×1080 resolution, 3X HDMI inputs, 6ms response time and an unspecified contrast ratio and brightness.
Google wants to build the platform for collecting, managing, and analyzing home energy information for… well, if they have their way, for everybody on earth. PowerMeter is currently in internal beta testing. About four dozen Google employees have home energy monitors to record their power usage (as proxies for the smart meters of the future). A Home Energy gadget on their iGoogle home pages shows them shows how much energy they are using. The gadget tracks historical data and forecasts future trends (similar to the displays available for some of Google's finance applications).
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