CTA Digital Makes An iPotty For Adults: Holds iPad And Toilet Paper Roll And Is Just As Unnecessary.

CTA Digital, makers of the iPotty

Kid sitting on an iPotty iPad holding training toilet.

… now bring you the Pedestal Stand for iPad with Roll Holder for adults.

iPad and toilet paper roll holder.
Somewhere in the world, there’s a factory worker assembling this wasteful shit who can’t stop shaking their head.

Creating a product to hold an iPad in the shitter wasn’t necessary for our kids and still isn’t necessary for adults. [Gizmodo]


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]


$1300 iRock Electricity Generating Rocking Chair: Nothing Better Than Making Grandma Charge Your iDevice.

iRock Rocking Chair iPad RechargerThe iRock developed by Micasa Lab is a rocking chair that uses its own rocking motion to generate renewable power. Rocking in the iRock for 60 minutes will charge an iPad 3 up to 35%. The iRock has built-in speakers so you can rock out as you rock out and it’s expected to sell for $1300. In other words, it’ll sell for $1250 more than I’d want to spend on a rocking chair. [Core77]


Office Supply Retailer Staples Will Shrink Stores By 15%. The Culprit: iPads And Smartphones.

Staples - The Office Superstore

“The No. 1 reason for softness in this [office supply] business is the iPad…look at how much less we print today.”

Gary Balter, retail analyst at Credit Suisse (from WSJ)

This is good news. Thanks to technology like the Apple iPad, people are moving away from paper related products (filing cabinets, printers, binders etc.) and are pressuring the big office supply retailers, like Staples, to shrink their stores and pare down their product offerings. Moving to the cloud is also aiding this transition.

We think it’s great that Staples is Jubblingly reacting to changes in the marketplace by reducing their paper related product offerings and shrinking their stores. Our guess is that none of these positive changes would’ve happened at Staples had they kept that paper-pushing Dwight Schrute on staff. Just sayin. [The New Republic]


The Wall-Mounted LaunchPort iPad Inductive Charging System Seems Useful. The STRUT Version Seems Useless.

STRUT LaunchPort inductive Charging iPad StandYou know you’re NOT onto something when the accessory your purchasing for your iPad costs more than twice the price of the device. Welcome the STRUT LaunchPort. It’s a chrome-plated, inductive-charging stand for the iPad that will sell complete for $1250.

Not sure why the folks at LaunchPort decided to STRUT it up; their original wall-mounted, inductive charging system was more affordable and looked like a novel way to share an iPad. Of course, the STRUT LaunchPort isn’t the first over-the-top iAccessory. Back in December 2011, we wrote about the $30,000, car-sized Behringer iNuke iPhone speaker.

Jubbling has posted several articles about the advantages of using the low-power consuming iDevices as viewing alternatives to larger televisions. We’ve also written about iAccessories that use very few materials to prop-up and amplify your iDevices. Unfortunately, the STRUT LaunchPort is going in the wrong direction. That’s why we tapped into the brain trust here at Jubbling, bribed a 9-year old with pizza and asked him to build an alternative to the STRUT.

Duplo built iPad standSorry but he could not figure the whole induction charging thing so you’ll have to manually plug-in the power adapter. But on the plus side, the Duplo-based stand he built is solid and only cost us three pieces of pizza to manufacture. [Gizmodo, ChipChick and LaunchPort]


FutureDash’s EnergyBuddy Home Energy Monitoring System

EnergyBuddy Home Energy Monitoring SystemFor a limited time at $99, the EnergyBuddy starter kit home energy monitoring system is a reasonably priced way to track the power you consume in your home. FutureDash’s EnergyBuddy is simple to set-up and includes current clamps and a wireless transmitter that attaches and resides at your Zigbee compatible smart-meter. Once connected, the EnergyBuddy’s color changes between red/yellow/green depending on your power consumption goals set through the app. The $99 package doesn’t include the SmartPlugs that allows the user to remotely turn on/off connected appliances via smartphone/app – they’re $50 additional.

You can pre-order the EnergyBuddy through the crowd-source fundraising site Indiegogo. The $99 EnergyBuddy starter kit price reflects a 40% discount off of its eventual retail price of $179 and is good for the first 75 Indiegogo orders. Their goal is to raise $60,000 by August 19, 2012.

EnergyBuddy Home Energy Monitoring System
Yeah, we weren’t too high on the other $99 power conserving product – Insteon SmartLinc Hub. That’s because it only controls their $29 LED light bulb and doesn’t track home energy use. Out of the box, the $99 EnergyBuddy will do more by allowing users to monitor their entire household and the simplistic changing colored-lights will also encourage kids to be involved in reducing power consumption. And oh, the video is awesome too. [Electronic House]