Waterbeds Are Ready to Make a Comeback

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iStock/Vera_Petrunina

Fifty years after industrial design student Charles Hall submitted a waterbed prototype as his senior thesis, H20-infused mattresses now appear to be making a comeback. As CBS reports, Hall has developed a modernized version of his original invention, and it’s "not your parents’ waterbed."

Called Afloat, the mattress contains a layer of memory foam with temperature control. There’s even a dual-temperature version for couples who can’t agree on whether to keep the bed warm or cool. The bed is also said to be resistant to dust mites and bed bugs, and the fabric covering conforms to the user’s body. They’re also significantly less “jiggly” than their vintage counterparts.

Courtesy of City Furniture

By the 1980s, one-fifth of all beds sold were waterbeds, according to CBS. They were all the rage, until suddenly they weren’t. Hall attributes their sudden decline to “bad marketing” and low-quality products.

While sex was a major selling point for the original waterbed—the first one was named “The Pleasure Pit,” and a velvet-covered version appeared in the May 1970 issue of Playboy—the makers of Afloat emphasize comfort and design.

"We’re not selling better sex," Hall’s business partner, Keith Koenig, told the New York Post. "We’re selling better sleep, more comfortable sleep, temperature control."

According to Hall, waterbeds are more comfortable than traditional mattresses. “Pressure points are eliminated, you toss and turn less, and the temperature is exactly the way you want it,” he said in a promotional video.

The mattresses are currently being sold at Koenig’s Florida-based store, City Furniture, but they will eventually be available for pre-order on the Hall Flotation website. They range in price from $2000 to $3300, which, when adjusted for inflation, works out to be the same cost of a waterbed in 1975, according to the New York Post.

A few other retailers still sell waterbeds, including Sam’s Club, Amazon, Wayfair, and The Waterbed Doctor. On Amazon, the current bestselling waterbed mattress is the Innomax Sanctuary Free Flow Full Wave, which costs about $50 for a king-sized mattress.

[h/t CBS]

The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

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Apple/Amazon

Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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Find That Perfect Paint Color With This Real-Life Photoshop Eyedropper Tool

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Nix Sensor

If you're looking to spruce up the interior design of your home or just need a specific shade of paint for your latest craft project, you’re going to love the precision that comes with the Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor. Think of it like your own real-life Photoshop eyedropper tool that works to identify specific colors and then recommends the exact brand of paint that replicates it. And this weekend, you can get one for 30 percent off.

The Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor comes pre-calibrated right out of the box, so all you have to really do is point it at the color you want and the device will scan it and come up with potential paint matches from brands like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams. The Nix works through a free app on your phone for even easier access to the paint products you need.

There are obvious ways a tool like Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor might be helpful for a professional who works with color, but it can be surprisingly handy for everyday folks as well. If you spot a really eye-catching shade of blue on the side of a package or on a friend's couch, you can instantly scan it, store the information, and find the exact paint tone next time you want to redo your bedroom.

The opportunities are endless with the Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor, and you can get yours through September 20 for only $70.

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