6 Gadgets to Fill Your Apartment With
Even the global financial crisis couldn't curb our love of gadgets. Last year, sales of tech products topped $1 trillion for the first time. Innovations like these apartment must-haves are fuelling our love of consumer electronics.
Airocide Air Purifier: Enjoy Clear Air All the Time
Mold and mildew, tobacco smoke, and household chemicals can all decrease the quality of the air in your apartment and increase allergies and asthma symptoms. An air purifier like this space-age invention from Airocide can reverse the damage. There are certainly cheaper models on the market, but they're not backed by the engineering skills of NASA scientists. The Airocide air purifier uses nanotechnology rather than traditional filters, to oxidize pathogens at the molecular level. Its minimalist design and discreet touch controls ensure it looks like a work of art rather than an ordinary appliance.
The Airocide Air Purifier is available for $799 from the Airocide website.
EcoSmart Fire Zeta Fireplace: Stay Warm on the Go
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It looks a little like a laptop, but this gadget is actually a chic fireplace. A ventless steel firebox insert sits inside its sophisticated stainless steel shell. The Zeta is then lined in roast, onyx, and amaretto colored leather to match your apartment's décor. Tough glass screens amplify the visual effects of the flame.
The Zeta is also portable so you can use it to warm your lounge area on lazy evenings, then take it to the bedroom as the night wears on. This Australian invention took home the grand design prize at the Australian International Design Awards in 2009. Buy yours for $10,900 from the EcoSmart Fire showroom in Los Angeles or contact the company to arrange delivery.
FastMac U-Socket: Power Conventional Appliances and Tech Gadgets with Savvy Socket
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Every apartment dweller has a swag of USB devices, so why don't modern sockets reflect this shift? Yours can if you invest in FastMac's U-Sockets. These simple outlets feature two traditional three-pronged and two USB sockets, so you can charge four gadgets at once.
These sockets make it easy to charge your favorite devices at home. They're easy to install and with a five-star energy rating, they also won't send your bills sky high. Each one features a smart sensor which automatically detects the required wattage and shuts off power once the devices are charged up. With standby power accounting for five percent of all energy use in America, this measure can make a real difference.
The FastMac U-Sock is available from a range of retailers including the FastMac website and Expansys from $24.95.
Kohler Numi Toilet: Eco-Friendly and Packed with Features
A toilet probably sounds like a necessity rather than a gadget, but everyone should experience a toilet as packed with features as Kohler's Numi. Its seat and lid are both motion-activated, and it has a deodorizing charcoal filter to eliminate nasty odors. The multi-option bidet wand and air dryer will pamper you, while the foot warmer will combat the cold tiles in winter. There are even built-in speakers so you can be entertained during a session.
At $4,990, it represents a significant investment! After checking ForRent.com apartments for rent in Houston and renting one that lets you make upgrades, you should definitely buy one. Just think how much the automatic flush will cut your water bills! The Numi toilet is available from Kohler showrooms and distributors in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
Oras Eterna Smart Shower: Stop Wasting Water
If your water bills are sky high, chances are your leisurely showers are to blame. The Environmental Protection Agency says Americans use 1.2 trillion gallons of water showering each year. That’s more than the water in Florida's Lake Okeechobee, the state's largest freshwater lake!
The Oras Eterna Smart Shower looks to help you curb your water usage with its easy-to-understand traffic light system. If it lights up green, you've beat the recommended two minutes. A red light indicates you've overindulged. The shower also features precise temperature adjustments so you can find the ideal temp fast. The safety button ensures kids don't scald themselves.
The price of the Oras Eterna Smart Shower is available on request from Oras distributors worldwide.
Handpresso Hand-Held Espresso Maker: Space-Saving Coffee Maker
Every year, the average American coffee drinker spends more than $160 on their caffeine habit. You can slash your expenditure with this affordable, apartment-sized Handpresso Hand-Held Espresso Maker. Handpresso knows apartment dwellers don't have a lot of bench space to spare, so it’s created this espresso-style machine which fits in the palm of your hand. It's surprisingly powerful for its size, with the ability to pump 16psi of pressure to create your perfect brew.
The Handpresso Hand-Held Espresso Maker is available for $78 from the Handpresso website.
You'll make your life run more smoothly and impress your friends with these gadgets in your apartment.