iRobot’s Updated Gutter Cleaning Looj 330 Is Our MUSTN’T Have Product Of The Week.

iRobot Looj 330 Remote Controlled Gutter Cleaner

“I’ve cleaned gutters, I know gutters, dirty gutters are NO friend of mine. Looj 330, you are no gutter cleaner.”

The makers of the Roomba self-guided vacuum from iRobot, have released a new version of their $299 gutter cleaning Looj 330. The updated Looj 330 utilizes blades and brushes that spin at 500 RPM and can operate in up to 8 inches of water. It’s even smart enough to sense the amount of debris and adjust its cleaning ability. The goal of the Looj 330 is to make it safer to empty your gutters.

Here comes the big question: Why would anyone buy this? I partially get the safety aspect but in my role as resident gutter cleaner, there’s no way the Looj 330 is going to shake out the collected wet leaves, pine needles and who-knows-what else in our gutters. More than likely, I would end up spending as much time at roof height freeing up the Looj 330 as I would just hand emptying my gutters.

Even in perfect conditions, cleaning up what 500 RPM spinning brushes sends flying out of a gutter would make using the Looj 330 more impractical. You might as well empty your gutters old-school, by hand, and save yourself from having to cleanup the scattered Looj-spooj.

The $299 Looj 330 is wasteful and unnecessary. That’s why we’re making it the premier product on our Jubbling Un-Shopping List.


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Jubbling To Geoengineers: Um, Any Chance We Could Put The Whole Space Mirror Thing To Rest?

Space mirror makes the sun look fat.Have you read the book Contact by Carl Sagan or seen the movie with Jodie Foster? Well it’s entertaining and tells the story of nations coming together and spending trillions of dollars to send space travelers through wormholes in order to reach the source of a message from the Milky Way galaxy. It sounds far flung but when the story is compared to the Live Science article, Could Space Mirrors Stop Global Warming?, which is about installing a Greenland sized space mirror to block the sun’s rays, the space-transport effort in Contact seems more plausible.

In all fairness, the article doesn’t recommend space mirrors but explains how they should and couldn’t work. Some of the key points are that it would take a fleet of 5 million spacecraft in order to install 600,000 sq. miles of space mirrors. The mirrors would then have to be interconnected in space with the goal of blocking 1-2% of the sun’s rays. And oh, the gains from reflecting the solar radiation with the space mirrors might take 50 years to reverse / slow down the effects global warming. I would go into more detail about space mirrors, including the trillions2 it would cost, but you just have to read the article to get the full craziness.

So scientists, at your next climate conference, don’t get suckered and just walk past the table with the signup sheet for the Space Mirror Feasibility Committee. Space mirrors are a goof, possibly put out by climate deniers, that’ll waste your time. Avoiding is a better alternative to pursuing this nut-brain idea. [Live Science]

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The Growers Cup CoffeeBrewer Bag Brews Gourmet French Press Level Coffee. Easy To Dispose Too.

The Growers Cup CoffeeBrewerWhat’s wrong with using an actual french press to make your coffee? A french press travels well, doubles as a coffee grounds container and most of all is reusable. That’s why I don’t get the idea behind the CoffeeBrewer from Growers Cup. It’s a PET lined bag that only requires added hot water to brew 2+ cups of coffee.

What doesn’t make sense is the CoffeeBrewer isn’t improving on an item that is cumbersome or inefficient – the french press; it’s just making the coffee brewing process less work and more disposable.

The Growers Cup website points out:

“One flight from Europe to America can be translated into a carbon footprint of roughly 300,000 CoffeeBrewers.”

It’s easy to justify any product using that comparison. Sorry but I’m not buying what they’re selling. [Gizmodo]


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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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Do You Think They Reused The Cardboard Boxes? And Oh, Wingsuit Wearing Gary Connery Jumped From A Helicopter Sans Parachute.

We’re very simple at Jubbling. In the video, where most people see a wingsuited Gary Connery jumping out of a helicopter into a stretch of empty cardboard boxes, Jubbling sees an opportunity for Amazon.co.uk to score some free packaging. We just hope the wingednut didn’t crush too many. [ITN]

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Jubbling Was Closer To Appreciating Art. Saw ‘Burning House’ By Carrie Schneider And Don’t Get It Again.

Burning House - Carrie SchneiderThe basic idea behind Jubbling is to help people find ways to consume less and reuse more. Burning House by Carrie Schneider is not a good example of Jubbling. For the Burning House series, Ms. Schneider photographed the building and torching of 15 lookalike house type structures over two years so it would appear that it was one non-stop burn through every season. The one positive is that she didn’t pitch Burning House as a ‘green’ statement about the lack of affordable housing or dwindling resources. But maybe in hindsight, she could’ve built one house, photographed it over two years and Photoshopped in the flames and smoke. Heck, she could’ve Photoshopped in the seasons too but that wouldn’t be considered art and that’s why I’ll never get it. [Laughing Squid]

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