Privacy Glass (a.k.a. Smart Glass) is a neat invention, it converts clear glass into a frosted pane at the flick of a switch. This technology can be applied to a couple of common kitchen appliances in very interesting ways.
First up, the dishwasher. Most of the time, the glass will be frosted to conceal the dirty dishes within. After a wash cycle is complete, the glass will turn clear to denote the dishes are now clean. Once the dishwasher is emptied, the glass turns frosted again (weight sensors can determine the dish racks are now empty).
As for the fridge, the front door would be frosted most of the time. When someone approaches and trips a motion sensor, the glass door turns clear and the interior light illuminates, showing off all the food contained inside.
Probably the biggest reason we don’t see glass doors on fridges and dishwashers is because people don’t want to see a million condiments or filthy dishes all the time, but the Privacy Glass allows for a look inside when the occasion calls for it.
A similar approach could be applied to the microwave door and oven door, but I don’t see Privacy Glass being all that handy in either scenario, unless people don’t like seeing the insides of these appliances for whatever reason.
The top of the Xbox Series X illuminates, so this idea was born. If Microsoft did make something like this, the “flame” section would need to allow airflow somehow (lots of holes?). A Minecraft Creeper deco is more likely.
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This is a very broad idea where an old game cartridge is retrofitted with some form of new gadget. For this example, a mini PC was fitted in between a Nintendo 64 cartridge. Because cartridges can be disassembled into two halves, just about anything could be wedged in between.
Game cartridges could be turned into a plethora of devices: mini or single board PCs, game consoles, streaming boxes, NAS servers, Bluetooth speakers, smart assistants, and so on. Even small Game Boy cartridges could be turned into USB wall adapters.
And yes, it would be preferable if dead games (or common sports games) are used, but if none are available you can buy blank cartridge shells just about anywhere.
When EA announced Star Wars Squadrons earlier this week, a game that includes VR support, my first thought was this contraption: a VR headset combined with a Rebel pilot helmet. With built-in headphones and microphone it appears to be an ideal gaming rig.
With everything packed into a helmet, it might be more comfortable to wear than a regular VR headset. A counterweight in the back would help distribute the weight, and the lenses would be suspended from the helmet visor instead of being strapped onto your face.
Then again, there’s probably a good reason VR hasn’t been packaged in helmet form yet: it might get too hot under there? Some motorcycle helmets have cooling fans, so that could be a solution.
The long-awaited followup to my infamous Crumb-Buster design, a kitchen gadget that will help make Blizzards or McFlurries at home. Technically those desserts can be made with a blender but I wanted something that was easy to use, easy to clean, and was manually operated.
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Recently I grabbed one of those Glade plug-in air fresheners because my neighbors smoke like Hobbits. The device has a pleasing flowery scent but honestly my first choice would be the aroma of french fries. It would run on oil refills, feature a USB outlet, and the sign is back-lit so it can double as a nite-lite too.
A missing feature that I really want added to all home audio systems: the ability to listen to multiple audio sources at the same time. I almost always listen to music when playing video games (with the music disabled in-game), listening to podcasts, watching YouTube, and watching sports.
Juggling multiple devices to listen to multiple audio sources at the same time isn’t too much of a pain, but if audio could be easily spliced together on one device that would be awesome (each source would need its own volume level).
Until such a feature is universally available, some makeshift devices like the design above may be worthwhile. This HDMI cable would function like normal for a game console, but can receive a secondary audio source from a smartphone using Bluetooth. Now a gamer could play Rocket League while listening to iTunes on their home theater system at the same time.
There are many possible ways audio splicing could be achieved and applied, but I felt the above design would be the most popular scenario. Again I would much prefer if “audio splicing” became a common feature in all audio electronics, rather than cobbled together in this fashion.