You Can Control This Smart Candle’s Flame From Your Smartphone

This smart candle lights up with a real flame, but you won't even need to leave the couch to ignite it.
This smart candle lights up with a real flame, but you won't even need to leave the couch to ignite it.
Candle Touch

You can already turn on your lights, TVs, Instant Pots, and pet feeders from your smartphone—so why not a candle with a real flame? The Candle Touch aims to make lighting a candle as easy as scrolling through Instagram, and it's currently available on Kickstarter beginning at $49.

Working a Candle Touch is just like any smart device—just download the app (iOS and Android), pair it with your device, and hit the right prompts to light the wick. Once the base receives the Bluetooth signal, it sends a current up two metal rods that ignite the cotton wick, according to Apartment Therapy.

The candles themselves are made with a natural coconut wax, and there are nine scents to choose from, including white tea and ginger, amber and clove, and avocado and mint. Each candle should burn for around 40 hours, and a single smartphone can pair with up to 10 of them.

Because it involves an open flame, the app comes with several safety features. To start, you need to be within 60 feet of the candle to light it, so there’s no need to worry about accidently igniting it while you’re away from home. You can even password protect the Candle Touch, which is useful if you have kids running around. The app also has a timer and a reminder feature if the candle has been on for too long.

When the wax runs out, or if you just want to change out the smell, you can just plug a new wax refill into the smart base. Currently, you can buy the candle’s base in silver, white, or black. And for a limited time, carbon and wood colors are available.

With $32,353 raised, the campaign has already surpassed its original $30,000 goal. But you can still help bring the project to life and get your own smart candles by heading here.

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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Turn Your Laptop Into a Multi-Monitor Hub With This Lightweight Accessory

Mobile Pixels
Mobile Pixels

If your dining room table has been doubling as your work-from-home station over the past few months, you’re probably missing the extra space, supportive chair, and the dual-monitor setup at your old office. The Mobile Pixels Trio, a portable triple-screen laptop monitor accessory, is designed to give you the space that multiple monitors provide without needing to be hardwired in a cubicle.

The Mobile Pixels brand offers an innovative multi-screen laptop accessory that's easy to use. Once you fit the magnetized accessory to the back of your laptop and plug it in, you simply slide the extra screens out and start working. The product began on Indiegogo with a single monitor attachment, but the new Trio model comes with an additional monitor, bringing the total number of screens at your disposal to three.

The lightweight tool comes in two sizes, Trio (12.6 inches across) and Trio Max (14 inches), and is compatible with any Mac, Linux, Chrome, or Android device with a USB connection. The Mobile Pixels Trio and Trio Max can be configured however you want, so if you need one monitor to be in portrait mode for design and coding work, you just need to turn the screen and you're good to go.

Right now, both sizes are discounted, with the smaller screen going for $214.99 and the larger one for $269.99.

Price subject to change.

Mobile Pixels TRIO: Portable Dual Screen Laptop Monitor - $214.99

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