Category Archives: Design Trends

“GYRO” Screwdriver Employs New Technology in a New World

Tech-Savvy screwdriver brings about new wave of home care

The company of Black and Decker brings innovation and new possibilities to the category of screwdrivers, making a dull category sparkle. The new GYRO Rechargeable Screwdriver is the world’s first motion-activated screwdriver that controls variable speed and direction. The variable speed feature and direction change can happen with a simple flick of the wrist, which allows for improved control while screw-driving that surpasses all other rechargeable screwdrivers on the market.

Similarly, this new screwdriver employs gyroscopic technology never-before seen by the industry, allowing for the user to turn left and right with only a quarter-turn of the wrist, essentially becoming a motion-activated screwdriver. This is is a fascinating creation, albeit a possibly unnecessary one, and it is coupled with a recent article published concerning robotic technology taking over human manufacturing jobs.

Coincidence? The conspiracy theorist would say no, but it matters not. Truth is that our beloved technology has finally breached the “manliest” of markets in home care, and this innovation seems to stamp the message that technology will continue to pervade our lives in every way that it possibly can. Should we now look to producers like Elecrolux and Whirlpool to aid us in folding our own laundry with some gyroscopic “laundry folding” technology?

Either way, this new screwdriver is impressive and glamorous, which is still quite surreal given that a screwdriver has never been required to be glamorous or impressive. But hey, for all you screwdriver enthusiasts, eat your heart out and enjoy!

Change the look of your dishwasher with a dishwasher cover wrap

Here’s a cool idea that will appeal to renters and home-owner alike — if you have a functional, but ugly-looking dishwasher and want to dress it up, consider a Dishwasher Wrap from http://www.applianceart.com.

A humorous dishwasher wrap from ApplianceArt.com

A humorous dishwasher wrap from ApplianceArt.com

The Dishwasher Wrap goes on the front panel and kick plate of your dishwasher and is made of vinyl for durability. It attaches either by magnetic backing or with a sticky adhesive backing. Removing a sticky-backing wrap is more challenging, but magnetic-backed wraps are just grab and go. Some cutting might be involved in order to properly fit your dishwasher, other than that; installation appears to be very easy.

Appliance Art is touting their product as an easy way to change the look of your appliance, without having to get rid of them, thus their product helps to keep appliances out of landfills. However, their product doesn’t come cheap at $44.99 for one dishwasher wrap.

Designs range from solid colors, patterns, and re-creations of famous works

Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte Dishwasher Wrap from Appliance Art

Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte Dishwasher Wrap from Appliance Art

of art like “The Kiss,” by Klimt or Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Appliance Art can even create a custom Dishwasher Wrap from a family photo.

So far they only offer coverings for dishwashers, however, according to their FAQ page, other appliance type covers are in the works.

To see more designs visit http://www.applianceart.com.

Price: $44.99 for a dishwasher wrap.

How to get a dishwasher wrap:  appears you can only order online from the Appliance Art Website.

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Amana‘s refrigerator designs are a blend of modern, colorful and fun

Here’s proof that appliances do not have to be boring. If you are a very creative person, who is willing to take wild risks in your home (especially if you know you are going to be there for quite a while) then consider Amana’s new line of colorful designer refrigerators.

The Amana refrigerators, “inspired by” Style Network Superstar and former “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” interior designer Thom Filicia, come in modern patterns and vibrant shades such as “Pink Lemonade,” a cool, steely-looking pink, “Brocade,” a lovely ornate pattern, “Orbit,” a fun pop art print, and “Inked” a matt black color with a faded tribal tattoo design on the freezer door.

The Amana Website even offers a cute little game you can play by arranging which fridge designs you prefer from most to least. After dragging and dropping the fridges in your preferred order, click the “Tell me now” arrow and it gives you a fun little “personality profile” based on your selection.  My results below:

“Patient and relaxed, you are good with children, stupid people and at untying knots. You seek to minimize conflict by remaining non-committal about everything except putting mayo on French fries. Others are attracted to your seemingly genuine interest in their lives, not realizing that you have mastered the art of sleeping with your eyes open. This skill is an important part of how you remain patient and relaxed.”

Hilarious!

I could find no word on where or when these colorful Amana Refrigerators will be available or even how much. Currently, only one refrigerator from the page is available in either “red” or “universal silver” for $799.00.

Amana is owned by the Whirlpool Corporation.