The $99 Ouya Console Hopes To Bring Mobile Gaming To Your Big TV And Why We Pre-Hate It

Ouya Android Based Gaming ConsoleThe people behind the $99.00 Ouya gaming system hoped to raise $950,000 on Kickstarter. Their Ouya console will allow users to play updated $0.99 Android based mobile games on their home’s bigger TV screen by 2013. Within 24 hours, they more than doubled their goal and raised over $2 million. Here are the specs on the Ouya console:

  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of flash storage
  • HDMI and USB 2.0 ports
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Android 4.0

The Ouya is a clever idea and one that’ll definitely put a little fear in the hearts of console game makers Nintendo (Wii), Sony (PS3) and Microsoft (Xbox).

One more possible casualty of the Ouya: Jubbling.

Jubbling is all about the idea of consuming less and that’s why we’re not so high on the Ouya. Everyone has been fine and good playing their Android based games on their electricity-sipping phones and tablets. Why do we need to port this fun and Android games to work on a power-sucking 50″ plasma TV? It’s like selling a kit to modify a Toyota Prius into a Monster truck… something that may, and we hope doesn’t, end up on Kickstarter one day too.

So we hope their fundraising success isn’t matched in the marketplace. Mobile gaming should be mobile and never played on a 50″ plasma screen. Yes, there will be games built to play on the Ouya exclusively but there will be a lot of porting over of existing apps that are currently only played on phones and tablets. Sorry but we’re giving the Ouya a minus 1 when it comes to Jubbling.

Update: My 13-year old son completely disagrees with my article on the Ouya. He sees the Ouya as a way for gaming development to be less expensive and more engaging for the user on a bigger screen. He also suggested that if I truly believe apps should only be viewed on mobile devices, then I should disconnect my laptop and only post articles for Jubbling via my lower-power consuming mobile phone. Otherwise, I’d be a hypocrite. (He’ll be for sale on craigslist.com soon.)

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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]

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Hay-Sous! Just Sell Me An LED Light Bulb Without Smartphone Control And That Other Unnecessary Crap.

Insteon Networked Dimmable LED Light BulbIt’s like cracking nuts with a sledgehammer. I’m so tired of hearing about overly complicated green products that make us unnecessarily consume more in order to consume less. Crave posted an article, Control this LED bulb with a smartphone, about the $29.99 Insteon networked and dimmable LED light bulb. The Insteon LED light bulb can be dimmed and turned on/off by a remote control or with the addition of a $99.99 Insteon SmartLinc Hub, controlled via a iOS or Android mobile device.

Getting an LED light bulb: good. Super-sizing your Insteon LED with the SmartLinc Hub just so you can monkey-around with it with your smartphone: dum. [Crave]

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2XL Games’ XLR8 App For iOS And Android Will Make Your EV Sound Like It Has A Pair (Inside Car Only)

Now, if you could only blast outside your Nissan Leaf what you’re hearing inside with 2XL Games’ XLR8 app…

The XLR8 app uses the accelerometer in your iPhone or Android device to track your speed, braking and cornering. It then converts your driving data and lets you hear through your car’s audio system* the sounds of driving a V-8 muscle car that shotgun’s fuel versus sipping or not consuming it at all. It’s the spanx / toupee for your EV or hybrid.

For an additional fee, you can unlock the engine sound produced by Ferrari, Lamborghini, NASCAR vehicle and Ford GT40. Giddy up! [Wired]


* XLR8 App is compatible with Bluetooth or wired connections

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