LG Releasing New Door-In-Door™ Energy Saving Refrigerator

LG Door-In-Door French-door RefrigeratorA couple years ago, we visited some friends who had an interesting easy-access door refrigerator from the late 1980’s. The door was about 24″ square and opened like an oven allowing them to grab just the items they used most without having to open the entire refrigerator. I thought it was genius and a great way to save energy but it looks like this idea has been stepped up a notch with LG’s latest Door-In-Door™ model.

LG’s new Door-in-Door™ French-door refrigerator includes a separate compartment that is magnetically sealed and accessed by pressing a button on the handle. The LG Door-in-Door™ refrigerator is not the only model now on the market with this feature – the Kenmore Elite 7206 was released in February 2012 but it was also likely built by LG. Here’s a video on how the LG Door-In-Door refrigerator works:

LG Door-In-Door Refrigerator CompartmentIndustrial design website, Core77.com, isn’t sold on the Door-In-Door™ idea and asked readers to vote on whether they think the LG fridge is truly an energy saver or just a lot of hot marketing gas.

Jubbling’s take: we think including the Door-In-Door™ sealed compartment with the LG refrigerator will help reduce the amount of power it needs to operate. Accessing items you use often in the D-I-D section means the fridge only has to re-cool that smaller space. But our only wish is that the access door was smaller; like the old-school refrigerator at our friend’s house. It was a much simpler solution that just worked.

LG GR-P257STS Refrigerator with One Touch HomebarIronically, LG did sell a model with a feature they called the “One Touch Homebar” that had an easy-access door on the front of the refrigerator. Not sure why they discontinued this model and went all fancy with the Door-In-Door™ feature but hopefully it was because the new version uses less electricity and the move had nothing to do with aesthetics. [Core77]


Tube Toys From Oscar Diaz Assemble With The Box They Arrived In.

Tube Toys by Oscar DiazHave you ever noticed how much packaging is used on kid’s toys? Maybe it’s a theft deterrent but it is still a waste – recyclable or not. The Tube Toy is different. Designed by Oscar Diaz, the Tube Toy’s packaging is an integral part of the final product. Currently, Mr. Diaz has created 4 Tube Toy models: tractor, car, train and fire truck. The only waste is the label which includes the instructions on how to put your Tube Toy together. The Tube Toy was built for and is now available through Natural Products and Worldwide (NPW). Great idea.

Now here’s the rant section. The Tube Toy is simple and most kids would probably lose interest in it quickly. For the parents whose kids don’t, I’ve got some parenting advice: don’t raise the bar; keep your kids expectation’s uncomplicated when it comes to the toys you buy. Stepping up to the small electronics like a Nintendo DS or letting them play on your iPhone is the equivalent of giving them a kiddie gateway drug. Within a year, they’ll need more and if you’re weak like me, you’ll let them buy what they want. Before long, you’ll have an XBOX or PS3 (both power hogs) and you’ll be kicking yourself for ever introducing your kids to electronics. Much more difficult to stop than to never start.

So if your kids are around three and they haven’t been introduced to gaming, throw out your TV and get a Tube Toy. I wish I would have
followed my own advice because now I’m dealing with the daily effects of gaming withdrawal. [Core77]


Apple Decides To Break-Up With EPEAT. (UPDATE: It’s Makeup Time)

Apple and EPEAT break-upThey had a good run but it just couldn’t last. One side was solely focused on creating the most advanced computer on the market and the other hoped meeting those design goals wouldn’t come at the expense of cleaner production and end-of-life recyclability. We were all witnesses to the end of this relationship, especially when the next-gen computer created was described as “Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable” upon its release.

We’re all holding out hope that you can reconcile. More than likely on updated terms but you two need each other and we need you to need each other. (There’s a thorough article on the Apple/EPEAT break-up on Core77)

Update: July 13, 2012 The relationship is on again and we’re positive it had nothing to do with our article encouraging a reconciliation. According to GigaOM in “Apple backs down: Macs will stay EPEAT certified,” Apple wanted EPEAT back. And outgoing Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, Bob Mansfield, believes that “[Apple’s] relationship with EPEAT has become stronger as a result of this experience.” The Retina display MacBook Pro will not have a room in the renewed Apple/EPEAT household but 39 other Apple products will.


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


Hopefully Resourcefulness Will Be The Next Big Fashion Statement

Use it up, wear it out - make it do!Good article on Boing Boing about resourcefulness and how it has become a lost art. Stuff is just cheaper to replace now so it doesn’t make sense to repair and re-wear. I’m guilty too as I catch myself throwing out possibly useful items (kids partial toys, holey clothing etc.) because it’s easier to toss and forget.

We should all challenge ourselves to repurpose and extend the life of one extra item each month; an article of clothing, a toy, or an electronic device. I do have to get rid of some underwear that are so old, they’re made out of tree bark. But besides chucking the undies (or using them as rags), I’m going try to patch and repair one normally trashed item each month. I already make a daily un-fashion statement so why not expand on it? [Boing Boing]


The Consumption Expansion Show (CES 2012) Is Over – Here’s One Reporters Take

Loneliest Booth at CES 2012I’ve never been to CES but I have been to enough trade shows to know what a pain in the ass they are for both the attendees and booth operators. You scum around all day feigning interest in Company D’s products with the hope that you’ll get an invite to their party that evening. At the party, it’s a sales puke sausage fest with hired local talent to entertain you into more interest in Company D’s products. The end result – you’re creating a quantity 1000 purchase order for a product that nobody probably needs but that you now have QTY 1000 reasons for them to buy. It’s an ugly circle that surrounds CES and other trade shows and ultimately, it’s about consumption.

That’s why it was nice to read Matt Honan’s post on Gizmodo about his take on CES 2012. Here’s a portion:

I try to remember all the products I’ve talked about that I won’t even bother to cover—and that nobody’s going to buy. There were some Bluetooth speakers. Or maybe they were WiFi. But there was definitely a helmet cam. And a waterproof phone. And a tablet and an ultrabook and an OLED TV. There was ennui [weariness] upon ennui [lack of interest] upon ennui [boredom] set in this amazing temple to technology.

An executive in a really nice suit from an up-and-coming display company tells me they plan to ship a half a million units this year. I try to figure out how much that is in kilograms of rare earth metals, but I can’t.

The full article is a great read and accurately reports the effect of trade shows like CES. It’s all about the “want” in consumption and not about the need of it.