The more and more advanced technology gets, the cooler analog meters and the like become. Now you can get up-to-date info about traffic, email, weather — whatever — via an analog interface. The Ambient Executive Dashboard ($150) features three analog dials that display information based on one of thirty included facecards inserted into each dial. Operating on a free wireless network, the Dashboard keeps important info just a glance away. [via OhGizmo]
Ever wonder how much power your ginormous 70-inch TV consumes? Just plug a device into the Watt's Up Power Usage Meter ($130) and it instantly shows and records the wattage being used, plus other stats including average monthly cost. Watt's Up even has a "payback calculator" feature that automatically calculates the time required for an energy efficient appliance to pay for itself.
You've probably heard of the Roomba robotic vacuum, but you probably haven't met his brother, Scooba. Unlike Roomba, which sweeps carpet, Scooba ($400; available in November) washes and dries hard floor surfaces like wood, tile and linoleum. The compact robot is programmed to prep, wash, scrub, and dry floors in a single pass, and can clean in hard-to-reach places like under furniture. Scooba is also easy to use — just fill him up with Clorox cleaning solution, press clean, and empty his tank when he's finished doing your dirty work.
If you don't have a cell phone or iPod capable of storing digital photos, you can now show off pictures of your family anywhere (without cramming your wallet full) thanks to this Digital Picture Keychain ($43). The tiny device holds up to 56 digital pictures and features a 1-inch backlit screen, two viewing modes (manual browse and slideshow), a rechargeable battery, and uses USB to transfer photos.
It can be an enormous pain-in-the-ass to find a hotspot sometimes, especially in a city you’re not familiar with. Then add on the frustration of trying to find one that is free and open for your use, and it can turn into a “boiling point” kind of situation. Alleviate these stresses with the Digital Hotspotter from Canary Wireless ($60) — it can give info on signal strength, name, and security level of any network it finds.