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The Best Kid’s Trailer Bikes

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Want to bring your child along on an extended bike ride? One easy way is to use a trailer bike — it’s a one-wheeled bike extension that attaches to the back of your bike. Your smaller companion can then assist you with pedaling, while you control the steering and speed. If  your child gets tired, they can just stop pedaling …

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Breakthough: $25 LED Light Bulbs Available Soon

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve been testing the new Zeta-Lux 2 LED light bulb from EarthLED. This bulb looks similar to the first Zeta-Lux –but this bulb retails for $25 instead of $40. This means you can get a 40-watt equivalent LED bulb that consumes just 6 watts. The color temperature of the Zeta-Lux 2 is a pleasing 2800K. These bulbs are very durable …

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The Best LCD TV Under $500

by Justin Thomas •

LCD TVs are energy efficient, and today,you can find good LCD TVs for under $500. Here are our picks for the best LCD TVs under $500: Best Picture Quality: LG 42LK450 1080p LCD HDTV LG is known for having the best picture quality in budget TVs. This “42LK450” LCD TV from LG is no exception — reviewers on Amazon love the …

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Tested: 240 Lumen LED Bike Light For $20

by Justin Thomas •

Cree Q5 LED Flashlight On Bike

Important Update: After testing a second unit, I can no longer recommend this product as a bike light. The trouble is that the flashlight popped out of its container whenever I rode over a curb. The problem seems to be the weight of the flashlight. One positive note — the Cree flashlight itself proved to be quite durable — it …

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The Best MIDI Keyboards Under $500

by Justin Thomas •

MIDI controllers have become more loaded with features in recent years, a far cry from the simple keyboard-only controllers from several years back. Now many MIDI models feature full mixing controllers, such as knobs, faders, and even transport controls. Some models also have integrated effects, vocoder microphones, and drum pads for a wider range of options overall. There are only …

Minimalist Functional Design

by Justin Thomas •

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Kenya Hara wrote the book “Designing Design“, which is 472 page tribute to “white” not just as color but as a design concept. It contains chapters by like-minded designers such as Jasper Morrison and Naota Fukasawa. The works of German industrial designer Dieter Rams (Braun), and Apple’s “Snow White” design language are other examples of the “less is more” approach …

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Intelligent Electrical Outlets: Efficient and Safe

by Justin Thomas •

Here’s a short presentation at TED 2010 by inventor John La Grou, where he unveils an invention that would make electrical outlets much smarter. The invention, Safeplug, promises to prevent deadly accidents like house fires — and to conserve energy.

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Non-Toxic Indoor/Outdoor Lounge Chairs

by Justin Thomas •

These polymer-based chairs can be used both indoors and outdoors. The Bubble Club Chair by Kartell (shown above), is made of non-toxic materials, and it has all its plastic parts printed with an identification mark to determine the correct recycling classification. It sells for $680. The Heller Mario Bellini MB1 Armchair (below) is constructed of one piece roto molded polymer, …