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Modern gaming consoles are becoming increasingly complex. They are constantly getting bigger, heavier and do all sorts of things besides only video games. The Ouya gaming console is trying to change this concept by having a small box sit in your living room and only focus on simpler and more original games. The Ouya had one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history and helped to raise more than $8.5 million.It's running its own version of the Android operating system. All systems can be used as development kits, allowing any Ouya owner and gamer to also be a developer without the need for licensing fees. Units started to ship to Kickstarter backers on March 28, 2013. The console was released to the general public on June 25, 2013. Let's take a look at some pros and cons to the PlayStation 4.

-Sleek design
-Low price
-Open nature of the console
-Small size
-Easy to setup

-Poor quality controller
-Hardware weakness
-Lack of software
-Not all games are free-to-play
-Cluttered store interface

The first thing that you’ll notice about the Ouya is its size. It’s a very small device and can easily fit in the palm of your hand. It’s a bad idea to think of this as a handheld device. It’s a small device that is meant to be small in order to fit easily somewhere on your entertainment table next to your television set. It’s got a nice shiny black color to it with a power button on the top that lights up the Ouya logo when powered up. All of the ports sit nice and tidy in the back and don’t interfere with anything. You’ve got a HDMI port and some USB ports in the back. The HDMI port makes the device simple to setup to your television and can output at 1080p which will be great for streaming media capabilities. The hardware is powered by a Tegra 3 processor (which is also used by Nexus tablets) and has 1 GB of internal RAM and 6 GB of internal storage. We were a bit skeptical of the low storage capabilities but then we realized that the games won’t be as hardware intensive as its competitors like Sony or Microsoft. The device can get hot after a couple of hours of usage and we hope that this doesn’t cause any of the hardware to burn out over time. We also noticed some frame rate issues in some games where multiple characters were on the screen at the same time.


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We went on the search engines to try and find some new and lazy food gadgets that will make it even lazier to enjoy our favorite meals or our favorite treats. Here’s a roundup of some of the new and unique products that we were able to find on the net.

The Beer Belly

-Have you ever wanted to drink a beer at your son’s football game and not get yelled at by the other parents for being a lazy drunk? Well, now you can use the power of stealth technology to enjoy any drink that pleases you with the help of the beer belly device. The drink is held in place in an insulated sling under your clothes making it look just like a real home grown beer belly.The device holds 80 ounces of liquid and can fit up to a 40 inch waistline and a height of over 6 feet. The device can let you get drunk in peace while forcing others to think that you’ve ate one too many hamburgers lately.

Snack ‘N Stack Utensil Set

-There’s nothing more fun about being a kid and building stuff. Little kids like to play with construction blocks and let their imaginations go wild building all sorts of unique things. This love of stacking things together has been brought to life in the form of forks and knives. Now, you can take your utensils and join them together in the cupboard. This process helps to keep the cupboard more organized and can be a great set to take camping with the family and avoid losing any cutlery compared to more traditional utensil sets. It’s also a great tool to get little kids more accustomed with eating with utensils as opposed to using their hands to eat everything.

Motion Activated Candy Dispenser

-Ordinary candy dispensers require individuals to have to put a coin into them to receive their treat. They get touched by hundreds of different hands on a regular basis and there’s a good chance that these machines have all sorts of bacteria and germs on them. These machines are great for lazy people who are too cheap to go and fetch for some extra money and for germophobes who don’t want to put their clean hands on a dirty machine that has been touched way too often for their liking. Also, why waste all of that energy having to turn the darn thing? Simply place your hands underneath the sensor and you can have all of the free candy that your heart desires.


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Tap water is beginning to get boring. You go into your kitchen everyday and the tap is just sitting there and doing nothing but pouring water out of it all of the time. There’s no taste to water. It’s plain, you can see through it and there’s a bunch of minerals in it that I don’t know the name of, but I’m pretty certain most are supposed to be good for you. We wish that a tap existed that could pour hot beverages compared to that other drink that’s supposedly we die from if we don’t drink enough of it. Danish coffee machine inventor Scanomat has gotten the better of us and have invented a device called ‘Top Brewer’ which consists of a tap that can simultaneously dispense up to three types of liquid. The app-controlled tap dispenses coffee from freshly ground beans. Top Brewer shuts off completely when not serving up Java. When a user wants a cup, it can go from being cold and inactive to brewing that cup within 45 seconds. The built-in brewer lets users customize drink settings. You can ask the device for more or less coffee, how much milk to add as well as the type of milk and the type and amount of water to include in the beverage. This can help to make espressos, macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, steaming or cold milk, tea-temperature water and even steam for blanching vegetables.

The cool part is that you can control it by iPhone so very soon we expect to see a voice-activated version that will work with Siri’s voice commands. This sounds easy but is there any cleanup involved? The Scanomatic milk clean system of the Top Brewer cleans all hoses with water after each cup. The system costs about $11,000. A version that also makes juices and allows a user to choose between flavored or decaf coffee comes with a $19,000 price tag. This device is a definite winner for any coffee lover and will be a great center piece to any kitchen and a worthy alternative to anybody that wants to spend lots of money on a large gas-range stove or fridge.

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