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

The First Five Smart Home Appliances From Quirky and GE's Future-Store

What happens when a Fortune 500-ranked, 120-year-old company like GE partners with a four-year-old startup like Quirky? Today, six months after announcing a partnership, the companies launched their first co-branded products. » 11/04/13 10:20am 11/04/13 10:20am

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 can… » 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 train … » 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

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

Moldable Sanding Blocks Are the Perfect Shape For Any Abrasion

Sanding blocks are fantastic labor-savers, but if you're sanding ornate carvings, the sandpaper typically has to mold to your fingertips. Taking the idea of a malleable foam sanding block to the next level, these Sandables are made from a moldable material so they can be reshaped to conform to any angle, curve, or… » 1/11/13 11:20am 1/11/13 11:20am