Sprāv – The Wireless Smart Shower Meter That Will Tell You When To Get Out. [Video]

Sprav - The Smart Shower Meter.Ok, who’s in for shortening their next shower? For the few that did raise their hands, Sprāv is the product for you. Designed by students from Case Western Reserve University, Sprāv is a wireless water meter that gives you control of your water and energy consumption. Sprāv attaches to the arm before your shower head and uses green, yellow and red lights to let the shower taker know how long they’ve been showering. The goal of the changing lights is to encourage users to shorten their showers.

We’ve seen shower shorteners in the past (ie Waterpebble) but what makes the Sprāv different is its ability to track your shower and instantly report to you how much you are saving by changing your showering habits.

Sprāv is now on Kickstarter. [Sprāv]

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Now On Sale At Best Buy – Useless Plastic Box 1.2

Useless plastic box 1.2 for sale at Best Buy.

The “Useless Plastic Box 1.2” from Plastic Jesus is just “another gadget you don’t really need, will not work once you get it home, will be replaced by a new model in 4 weeks and has a battery life too short to be of use.” Hilarious! [Laughing Squid]

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Superheadz’s Sun & Cloud Solar And Hand-Cranked Powered Digital Camera.

Sun & Cloud Self-Generating Digital CameraSuperheadz’s $200 Sun & Cloud 3 megapixel solar and hand-cranked powered digital camera has unfortunate written all over it. Here’s a description from Gizmodo:

“As its namesake implies, what really sets the Sun & Cloud digital camera apart from its competition is the inclusion of a solar panel on top, and a retractable generator crank on the side. So with a lot of sunlight and/or elbow grease, you can perpetually keep its battery charged. Besides a microSD memory card slot and 15 built-in digital filters, the camera unfortunately mostly disappoints with its limited photo resolution and basic 640×480 video capabilities.”

So the first unfortunate is the Sun & Cloud’s $200 price tag, the second unfortunate is its limited resolution and the last unfortunate is the manufacturer’s questionable nameSuperheadz?

Etón FR160B Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone ChargerA better option might be to use the higher-resolution camera on your current mobile phone and keep it juiced via solar power or hand-cranking with a $30 Etón FR160B Microlink with AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio, Flashlight and USB charging port. [Gizmodo]

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Home Energy Efficiency (1993 vs 2009): Homes Are More Efficient, Gadgets/Electronics More Prevalent.

Home Energy Consumption chart from the EIAI think this home energy consumption chart shows what we call a hug-punch or a tickle-slap – homes are more efficient through weatherization [the hug] but we’re eating up those savings with our appliances, gadgets and electronics [the punch]. According to an article on Greentech, homes built between 2000-2009 were 30% larger than previous years and yet home energy consumption has stayed pretty much flat. We must be buying a shitload of appliances, gadgets and electronics because Energy Star can’t save us.

Even as we move towards efficient home appliances, we seem to be over complicating it. We posted a story about WiFi controlled LED lighting system that allowed homeowners to remotely control their lights via a remote, iDevice app and required a separate router. It’s the hardware stupid! Since most of us have mastered the on/off switch – use it and skip the energy consuming gadgets in order to truly save electricity. [Greentech Media]

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The iPotty Potty Training Toilet With iPad Holder. Waste Meets Waste?

iPotty Potty Training Toilet w/iPad holderWhat potty training kid is going to walk away from their iPotty when there’s an iPad sitting in front of them? Avoid the temporary plastic iPotty, sit your kid on the seat and tell them to sing or read until they’ve taken care of business. They’ll figure it out soon enough and you won’t be scrambling for your iPad every time they need to go. [Laughing Squid]

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HAPILABS’ HAPIfork Is A Vibrating Fork Whose Intentions Are Good. Consume More To Consume Less?

HAPILABS HAPIforkThe $99.99 electronic HAPIfork from HAPILABS will alert you with a vibration if you are eating too fast. It will also track your eating habits by sending data via USB or Bluetooh to a dashboard app that will tell you how many bites you took to eat your last meal and your meal schedule. Of course the HAPIfork can’t stop the user from untraceably eating with their hands but I’ll ignore that for now.

So what do you think is more Jubbling: consuming less with the HAPIfork or consuming less prior and not purchasing the HAPIfork? [Gizmodo]

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