Monday, June 9, 2014

Aquarius: The Smart Solution For Watering Plants

You have pet monitors that will take care of your pet when you are away, but what about your plants? The Aquarius Smart Plant Watering System you see here is one of the solution that wants to fill the shoes of taking of your plant when you go on your vacation. This largely nondescript box is actually a water reservoir that holds up to 2 liter (about 67 oz.) of water and is rigged with a micro pump to deliver water from the reservoir to the ‘sprinkler’. within the box is also the necessary circuitry and WiFi module that lets you control the process remotely over WiFi, set schedule for watering and how much to water, and alert you via text messages when the reservoir is low on water. Remote control to the said functions can be done either through the website or a companion app where you have full control over the watering schedule and even check on the water level.

The hardware itself also boast a well thought out design. It has an internal rib system which allows this pedestal-like box to support up to a hefty 10 kg (22 lbs) pots and the micro pump, though small, is cable of delivering water up to a meter (3.3 feet) height. Additionally, the cover has a curved contour that will direct stray or excess water back into the reservoir so there will be no nasty water mess.

The device is powered by low voltage power and all electronics are completely sealed against water intrusion. up to three ‘child’ units can be added to water up to four pots and in such setup, you will only need one power source and a ‘head’ unit to control the watering schedule. Another noteworthy mention is the inclusion of a capillary runoff that will ensure all connected Aquarius maintains the same water level so you will have the convenience of topping up all the reservoirs at one go.

The Aquarius Smart Plant Watering System is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to gather financial backing to take this from prototype to one you can own. A pledge of $65 or more will score you one ‘head’ unit, but there are also other reward levels if you need more. If you are brave enough, there is a $15 DIY kit that lets you 3D print the product and put them together with the electronics of your choice.

LEGO Minifig as Cable Holder: Every Cord is Awesome

Surprise. Surprise. For geeks out there who also happens to love LEGO: do you know that LEGO minifigures hands are also a prefect holder for your Apple Lightning cable and other types of cables? Amazing, but true. We just tried it ourselves and for a moment, little Han Solo was holding one of our many Lightning cables. Who knew, right?

Pure coincidence that LEGO lovers could work to their advantage (you bet we will be doing it!). But that’s just one part of the ‘hack’ Sugru community member 2Spinout came up with. The other involves sticking a LEGO plate (or brick, if you prefer) to side of the desk and attaching the LEGO minifig(s) to the plate and boom, you got yourself a unique cable management solution. Pretty clever, eh? Yeah. We would think so.

2Spinout also propose using a Technic brick as a keychain. You provide the keyring with your keys or car remote, and it could join your cable management minifigure(s) on the LEGO plate. a word a warning though, the plastic claw-like hands of your tiny friends will get subtly expanded to accommodate cables slight thicker than Apple Lightning connector (such as the MacBook Pro charging cord), but we fear it may permanently expand them. It will hold, though, but like all life hacks, however small, do it only when you know what you are doing. I wouldn’t use one-off or super rare minifigures, though. By combining the figures with Sugru - a mouldable synthetic rubber that can be used to repair and customise objects - you can easily tidying cables on your desk or wherever you want.

If you like the idea you can buy some Lego mini-figures at

Top 5 Most Expensive Cigars In The World

Cigars come in different sizes, aromas, flavors and even shapes (no, there are no square cigars yet!). Smoking cigars is different than smoking cigarettes, in quality and in price. Best cigars in the world carry hefty price tags, that only rich can afford a good smoke. Cuba lead the way in producing best cigars, but there are other countries that produce classic cigars. Here is a list of world’s top 5 most expensive cigars.

5. King of Denmark – $75

Royal Danish Cigars’, King of Denmark cigar, is no small feet. Standing long at 9 inches, it comes decorated with 10 Swarovski crystals. Hand-rolled Regal Blend tobacco leaf cigars are produced in batches of only 30 cigars a day. Gold foil wrapped cigars then get embossed with buyers name. Giving a final touch, the cigar is then put in a personalized Scandinavian designed humidor with a 24 karat gold plated sterling silver royal crown on the top. Total cost of a box of 60 is $4,500.

4. Fuente Don Arturo AnniverXario – $78

Fuente Don Arturo AnniverXario was made in 2001 to celebrate Arturo Fuente Cigar Companies 100th anniversary. Company was founded by Carlito Fuente’s grandfather Arturo back in 1902. Cigars are made from Chateau de la Fuente wrapper leaves. Though made in 2001, Arturo cigars never got released until 2008, aged 7-years. Each Prometheus made humidors comes with 96 cigars in Natural and Sun Grown flavors. Cost of box with 96 cigars $7,500.

3. Arturo Fuente Opus X “A”- $79

As cigar aficionados know, Opus X “A” is one of the rarest cigars of the world. Opus X’s  filler, binder, and wrapper all  produced in the Dominican Republic, which is rare and extremely difficult to do. A very smooth cigar with a small hint of spice, with a rich and robust flavor. Fuente Opus X cigars have a silky, Rosado wrapper that is grown on Chateau de la Fuente plantation. The 9.2 inches long cigar has a 43 inch ring. The Arturo Fuente Opus “A” is sold as a single stick when in stock, online or at cigar stores worldwide. Price is $79 per stick.

2. Cohiba Behike – $470

Cohiba, Cuba’s most famous cigar brand introduced Behike back in 2006. A very limited edition cigar, since its introduction only a 100 plus boxes were ever sold. Behike tobacco has been grown and blended at the El Laguito Cohiba Factory. Varieties used come mostly from Pinar del Rio and Vuelto region in Cuba. The Cohiba Behike measures 7.5 inches long and has a 52-inch ring size. A box Behike contains 40 cigars and a humidor made in France by Elie Blue. A box cost $18,800.

1. Gurkha Black Dragon – $1,150

The most expensive cigar in the world. Cigar is made of Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, Cameroon binder and Dominican filler, both aged for 5 years. Gurkha Black Dragon is 8.5 inches long and has a 52 inch ring size. Each cigar individually packaged in delectable frosted tubes and housed in beautiful 20-count leather boxes with layers of orange velvet. A box of 20 carries a price tag worthy of world’s most expensive and rare cigar, $23,000.

Paul Smith Printed Limited-Edition Football For Fifa World Cup 2014

FIFA World Cup’s official ball supplier is Adidas, however that doesn’t stop other designers from creating their own versions to celebrate the World Cup. British fashion designer Paul Smith has created a limited edition football in printed leather. If you plan to take this football to the park for a kickabout, scratch that plan – company says rough use is going to cause damage to printed leather. Limited to just 250 balls, five of them are personally signed by Smith and available at label’s Globe Shop in Terminal 5 at Heathrow.

Size 5 football feature Smith’s signature printed stripes and multi-colored chevron printed panels. Priced at £199 ($335) football comes with a black a dust bag. To celebrate the launch, a short movie filmed at their Westbourne House showroom is also released. Directed by British director Oliver Hadlee Pearch, in the video former football freestyle champion, John Farnworth shows-off his juggling skills with some smooth moves, plying his trade while wearing a Paul Smith non-crease Travel Suit and this seasons grand brogues.

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