Quirky Wants To Win the Smart Home Wars With This $50 Hub

Smart homes sound awesome. The idea sounded awesome 15 years ago, when Microsoft teased some of their ideas in a concept video, and it sounded awesome when Apple announced HomeKit last month. But do you know anybody that actually lives in a smart home and reaps all that awesomeness? Probably not. And Quirky wants to… » 7/02/14 4:52pm 7/02/14 4:52pm

An Instant Slide Makes Stairs Even Better Than a Firehouse Pole

Any kid lucky enough to live in a two-story house will quickly figure out how to turn it into an indoor all-weather slide. Whether that's using a piece of cardboard as a sled, or simply by putting on a few extra pairs of undies for padding and bouncing down on their keester. But soon, thanks to the SlideRider, there… » 5/16/14 7:00pm 5/16/14 7:00pm

Quirky's New A/C Unit Smartens Up Your Dumbest Energy Hog

This is Aros, a Wi-Fi connected air conditioner aimed at energy-conscious consumers that Quirky and GE are launching today. It's by far the biggest and most complicated product that Quirky has ever built, and it aims to help solve truly endemic problem: The window a/c unit, which has remained pretty much unchanged… » 3/19/14 9:00am 3/19/14 9:00am

A Fold-Flat Watering Can Designed For Your Cramped Balcony Garden

If you live in an apartment or condo in a big city, and have managed to find a little room on your tiny balcony for a modest garden, you probably don't have much space left for the tools needed to toil over your cramped crops. So inventor Marc R. came up with this rather clever soft-sided watering can called the Squish » 1/01/14 4:00pm 1/01/14 4:00pm

Autumn Yardwork's a Breeze With This Leaf Smooshing Rake

You might think the cheap plastic rake you grabbed at the hardware store is more than adequate given you really only use it for about one month out of the year. But that's only because you haven't been introduced to Quirky's wonderful new Rake 'n' Tamp which not only wrangles leaves, it also tamps them down so you… » 10/03/13 10:20am 10/03/13 10:20am

This Power Bar Politely Steps Aside So It Doesn't Block Other Outlets

What's the point of using a compact travel power bar that gives you extra outlets when it ends up using and blocking the pair already on a wall? With Quirky's new Contort Power supply that's no longer an issue, since its short plug is angled 45 degrees so the extra outlet and USB ports don't end up blocking anything. » 10/01/13 6:20pm 10/01/13 6:20pm

Inside Quirky's Ambitious Plan to Smarten Up Your Home

When "invention machine" Quirky launched in 2009, it made a name for itself hocking plastic utensils and cord organizers—designed by you, for you. But over the past year, it's made a play to move into turning your home into a Jetsons-worthy utopia. And it's got the means—and brains—to do it. » 10/01/13 12:00pm 10/01/13 12:00pm

These Scissors' Grooved Handle Makes Them Safer To Use as a Knife

At one point or another, who of us hasn't risked losing a finger by opening a pair of scissors and using them as a quick, impromptu knife? It turns out they're a pretty good way to open taped boxes without horribly slicing what's inside, so Quirky took the idea and created a pair of scissors called the Sheath that's… » 7/15/13 2:40pm 7/15/13 2:40pm

Twist Up a Spiral Dog With the Cyclone Weiner Slicer

Tornado hot dogs are the biggest thing since spiral cut ham on sliced bread. By carving a groove into the link around a meaty central core, the dog not only cooks faster with crispy edges but it also holds more condiments and prevents them from slopping out with each bite. The Cyclone hot dog slicer prepares these… » 7/09/13 7:00pm 7/09/13 7:00pm

A Model Train Music Box Is the Perfect Toy For Young Conductors

Quirky might be the world leader in developing crazy kitchen contraptions, but the company that helps turn regular people's ideas into actual products focuses on other markets too. Such as educational toys that kids will actually want to play with, like the Sound Track: a brilliant mashup of a music box and a toy… » 6/18/13 1:20pm 6/18/13 1:20pm

GE Is Freeing Up 'Thousands' of Patents to Fuel Your Imagination

Today, at an event in New York, GE announced that it will open up "thousands" of patents from its library of some 20,000 to inventors using Quirky's crowdsourced product development platform. That means that if you're bright enough, you can use a GE patent to invent something. GE will still collect royalties on your… » 4/10/13 12:33pm 4/10/13 12:33pm

A Power Bar With a Removable Battery Charges Your Devices Wherever You…

The addition of USB ports have made power bars even more useful as of late. And Quirky's new Pickup Power promises to now make them almost indispensable with the addition of a large rechargeable battery that can continue to top off your mobile devices when you're away from an outlet. » 3/11/13 6:40pm 3/11/13 6:40pm

OXO and Quirky Are in a Ridiculous Fight Over the Design of a Dustpan…

You know how when you're sweeping with a broom and all those little dust bunnies get caught in your broom and you can't get them out? Both OXO and Quirky have smartly designed products that solve the problem. They're dustpans with little rakes. Genius! But now the two companies are getting all AppleSamsung over it. » 1/25/13 4:49pm 1/25/13 4:49pm

Is This Knife Squeegee the Most Brilliant Kitchen Gadget Ever Created?…

Everyone has a technique for cleaning every last bit of chopped food off a knife, but odds are it's either damaging the blade, or putting your fingers at risk. So Quirky's come up with a better way: a simple clip-on attachment that slides down the blade wiping off everything in its path. » 1/17/13 10:33am 1/17/13 10:33am