admin on October 31st, 2014

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Kaleidescape

WIRED

Lightning fast access to disc-based content. No compression = perfect picture. Whisper-quiet operation. DVD rips in 20 minutes.

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Ridiculously expensive. Limited Blu-ray storage. No Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. Four-hour Blu-ray rips. Limited movie selection in Kaleidescape online store. Online store only accessible via PC or mobile.

I still have fond memories of my bajillion-disc DVD player. This was back in the early 2000s, when switching between Go and Fight Club without getting off the sofa was still impressive.

Now we have fancy movie servers from luxury A/V companies like Kaleidescape. Instead of switching between discs, the swanky Cinema One rips pristine copies of your Blu-rays and DVDs and plays them from its own 4TB hard drive. The Cinema One’s local playback also happens to trim a lot of fat; movies play with no disc menu, no trailers, no FBI warnings, and no awkward propaganda. It’s a great solution, at least in theory, for anyone who wants fast, easy, picture-perfect access to their aging disc collection. Of course, there’s a pretty massive catch, but I’ll get to that in a moment.

At almost $4,000, Kaleidescape was smart to sidestep the cheap “little black box” look of most movie servers. It’s a little heavy at 10 pounds, but the angular metal chassis, smooth white face, and recessed single-disc slot-drive give it living room-friendly looks. (The few people who noticed it next to my TV mistook it

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admin on October 28th, 2014

The Rachio Iro sprinkler controller installs on top of your existing watering system.

The Rachio Iro sprinkler controller installs on top of your existing watering system. courtesy Rachio

WIRED

Control your lawn-watering from anywhere with a data signal. Easy to install. Well-designed apps for multiple platforms. The device gets weather reports, and it overrides your pre-determined schedule if it rains.

TIRED

No LCD screen for controlling the sprinkler system. BlinkUp syncing works better on iOS.

The simple act of watering your lawn is not always so easy. In hot climates, for example, you might use a timer that’s hard-wired into an irrigation system to trigger sprinklers all over your yard at optimal times. But while these systems seem advanced, there’s often no way to disable one remotely—say, during a rainstorm, or if watering restrictions are put in place. Also, if you do have to adjust your settings, one glance at the control panel on an Orbit or Rain Bird system, with its multiple knobs and switches, is enough to make you want to go back to watering by hand with a hose.

The Rachio Iro is a device that aims to greatly simplify things by allowing you to set up and tweak complex lawn irrigation schemes via a mobile app. It’s a $250 box you install, and it takes the place of your existing controller module, so the only requirements are that you have an electronically controlled system already

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admin on October 25th, 2014

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admin on October 24th, 2014

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admin on October 23rd, 2014

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admin on October 20th, 2014

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admin on October 17th, 2014

This, along with some very simple instructions, is what comes in the box. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

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August works with your existing deadbolt key. You tape it during installation to keep the lock cylinder from popping out. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

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Installing August is as simple as uncrewing and screwing two screws. I used a drilll/driver, but you don’t need to. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

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This mounting plate lets you easily mount August on your deadbolt. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

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The colored adapters are actually made of a super-strong resin, even though they look like plastic. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

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Pop and lock. GET IT? Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

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The green lights, accompanied by a pleasant chime, mean the August is open. It glows red when it locks. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

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admin on October 16th, 2014

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