Throw Out Your TV? Charging Your iPhone 5 Only Costs $0.41/Year. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Only $0.53.

Smart phone power consumption comparison chart. Opower.comWe’ve all heard about the Apple/Samsung legal battle but Jubbling now just wants both sides to shake hands, maybe hug it out a little, and work together and encourage users to watch TV/movies on their respective mobile devices. That’s because in comparison, the iPhone 5 ($0.41/year) and Galaxy S3 ($0.53/year) will sip on as little power in a year as a 50″ plasma may consume in a day!

Opower analyzed the power consumption of both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 and compared their results to common consumer electronics found in a home. Obviously, groups of 3 or more people will not crowd around a mobile device to watch television; in that situation, see if an iPad ($1.38/year) will work. But if you’re alone and watching Lost on Netflix Instant, turn off the big TV and watch it on your iPhone/Galaxy S3. [CNET and Opower]


The Segwaying, iPad Controlled ‘Double’ From Double Robotics Is Another MUSTN’T Have Product.

Ok, I get the idea that some important people want to be in two places at once but going the Double route probably isn’t the solution. The Double is a $1999 Segway’ish rolling-around iPad mounted robot that allows the user to feign a presence when they are not present. Double Robotic's Double It’s managed by a second iPad (sold separately) and according to Double Robotic’s website , it could be used in offices, remote manufacturing facilities, museums, hospitals, homes and on college campuses.

Yes, the Double will allow users to avoid flights (Jubbling?) and be creepily around but the product is wasteful and unnecessary. From the video, the Double is seen attending meetings and motoring through a product development area. My guess is that nothing will fast-track alienation and team deconstructing like sending your Double through the remote office to see how your team is performing. Its watchful eye will more than likely create more problems than it’ll solve.

Stick with Skype, save $2,000 and avoid the creep factor by not investing in your Double. [Geekosystem]


Henry Hargreave’s Deep-Fried Gadgets Almost Made Me Un-Appreciate Art Again.

Deep Fried Foamcore Apple iPad - Henry Hargreaves

“I see a connection between tech and fastfood culture, both are fetishized, quickly consumed then discarded.”
– Henry Hargreaves, Wired article
“Artist’s Deep-Fried Gadgets Blend Unhealthy Appetites”

I was so close to becoming an art connoisseur thanks to back-of-truck grime art and the invisible art exhibit. Then Henry Hargreaves went ahead and made an artistic statement about consumption by deep-frying some gadgets and I felt kicked in the arts again.

But wait, due to a lack of funding, Mr. Hargreaves didn’t deep-fry the actual electronics and built his soon-to-be-fried gadgets out of foamcore. So I guess the key to Jubbling art must be limited funding. Thank you Mr. Hargreaves – artful message received. Best of all, you didn’t have to make your point and provoke us to think about consumption via hypocritical art. [Wired]

Deep Fried Foamcore Apple MacBook Air and iPhone - Henry Hargreaves