Rotating adapter makes room for more transformers.

After yesterday’s post on the new wall socket, we happened to stumble upon this pretty clever device . It reminds us a bit of the very smart rotating wall sockets from 360° Electric, but probably easier to install. The adapter is simply a middle plug that goes between your wall socket and the transformer you want to plug in. It’s USD 9:99 on Improvements, but there does not seem to be a EU version, alas.brbr

Three-way flat wall socket.

We are always on the lookout for new smarter electrical plugs and sockets. After all, we use so many electrically powered products and gizmos, that power supply for all our gear becomes crucial. During our first two years with Smart Stuff, we have found some that made us wish they were available in European standard. And som that are. The wall socket above is one of them. From electric supplier Gelia, it sports one grounded socket and two flat Europlug sockets. We found it at Fredells in Stockholm right after Christmas when we were shopping for something else. It was not exactly cheap at SEK 225:- (approx. USD 32:50), but we will nevertheless test it by replacing one of the wall sockets in First Daughters apartment. She really needs more power outlets. See the other smart plugs and socketswe have found after the jump…

Don’t forget to vote!

The voting is on to choose the winner of the 2006 Smart Stuff Readers Choice Award. Go to our voting page and pick the invention you think is the smartest of the ones we have presented during 2006. Among all those voting we’ll pick five people who will four sets of smart Button Clips button savers (2 black and 2 white).brbr

Kids bicycle safety handle.

After inventor-to-be Marie-Louse Jansson’s son fell off his bike and had several of his ribs broken by his bicycle’s handlebars, Ms Jansson started thinking of ways to prevent such accidents. The results of her thinking is the bicycle safety handle above. The innovative handlebar ends expand and provide a cushioning effect should they impact the body of a small rider. The safety handles are sold in Swedish bike stores and also in several other European countries.brbr

Smart Stuff two years. Thanks for your support!

Welcome Smart Stuff, the ever growing archive of the world’s smartest gadgets, inventions and ideas. It’s really exciting to start our third year with a growing number of readers and supporters. We are very grateful for all the e-mails we get, both with critique (yes, we are) and cheers almost daily. A very special thanks goes out to our tipsters, and in particular those that frequently come back (you know who you are) with new interesting stuff. During this our third year, we will also have a couple of new features on the site that we hope will prove useful. That’s about it. We wish you a great new year 2007, and we hope you’ll want to stick with us during year three. Thanks for your support! And don’t forget to vote for the smartest of 2006. Voting ends January 15 2007. Love/Ed.

Ingenious ancient Irish camping kettle.

Smart Stuff reader and tipster Austin L. writes to let us know of this smart almost 100 years old design for an outdoor kettle. The Kelly Kettle is manufactured by Patrick Seamus Kelly in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland, the fourth generation of the Kelly family associated with the Kelly Kettle. The kettle, sometimes also called the volcano kettle, uses a double walled metal flask that is heated via the internal chimney. This provides fast boiling, safe and weather protected handling (no open fire) and virtually no fuel costs, since the kettle is promised to burn almost anything from newspapers, tinders and small twigs to dried camel dung. The kettles are available in two sizes; 1 pt. for EUR 55:- (USD 66:50) and 2.5 pt. for EUR 62:50 (or USD 75:50) from the Kelly Kettle webstore. Thanks, Austin, for the tip!/Ed.br

Swift answer from the Microplane rep.

Laila J. at Hamonoya ApS in Denmark (the company representing Microplane over here) writes to tell us that the mysterious breaking of our grater is the first such break she has ever heard of, and that she will send us a new grater free of charge. She also says the Microplane engineers will be all over the broken grater as soon as we can get it to them, to make sure this stays the only time such a mishap has ever happened. What can we say? This must be an exemplary way of handling a complaint like ours, and we will all be better at our business if we learn from it. We’ll also be asking the Microplane people to let us know what caused the break if they can find out, ’cause we are very curious to know.brbr

…and something on the lighter side.

We got this little tool when we bought some paint a while back. It is a pretty smart tool for opening tin paint cans without ruining the edge of the lid. Something that happens to us a lot when we try to pry them open with a knife or screwdriver. The extra feature of a beer bottle opener was not lost on us, and we hope you will appreciate it, too. We know that US beer bottles have twist-off caps, but ours do not, so fur us it is a pretty handy tool.br

Some sad news…

One of our favorite kitchen tools has left us. It is one of the super sharp Microplane graters that inexplicably split just where the handle is fastened to the grater. We were grating some cheese for an omelet when the grater broke, and we promise we were not using any excessive force. As you might see from the close-ups it is the clear acrylic(?) plastic that has split. The reason for this is anyone’s guess, but there might have been a tiny crack in the plastic. We will get in touch with the Microplane representative to see what they have to say in the matter…brbr

Merry Christmas everybody!

We’re taking the day off to get all the Christmas stuff in order. We’ll be back in a couple of days with some more stuff. If you have the time, check out the cool Charlie Brown Pathetic Christmas Tree we just posted on Cool Finds. To all of you who don’t do Christmas, we wish you a happy holiday. See you soon!brbr