This Darth Vader-Themed Clapper Is a Throwback to One of the Best '80s Gimmicks

Control your lights and TV with the clap of your hand with these Star Wars-Themed Clappers.
Control your lights and TV with the clap of your hand with these Star Wars-Themed Clappers.
Amazon/Clapper

If you somehow managed to avoid the grating "Clap on! Clap off!" commercials from decades back, the Clapper was a device originally introduced in 1984 that let you control your lights, TVs, and other plug-in gadgets by way of a simple clap. And this Darth Vader-themed take on the whole thing works in the same way. Simply connect a device to the Clapper and plug it into the wall. Once it's all hooked up, you just have to clap twice to turn your devices on and off. It's about as close as you'll get to using the Force, and you can find it on Amazon for $30.

But this device does more than that. When you turn your lights on, Darth Vader says “The force is strong with this one,” and when you turn the lights off, he says, "You underestimate the power of the Dark Side.”

The C-3PO model comes in a retro-themed Clapper box. Clapper/Amazon

If you’d rather steer clear of the Dark Side, Amazon also offers a Clapper in the form of everyone's favorite anxious protocol droid, C-3PO, for $30. It works just like the Darth Vader model, only when you turn the lights on, you’ll hear, “Hello, sir. All systems have been alerted to your presence,” and when you turn him off, he’ll say, “Something’s not right, because now I can’t see.”

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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.
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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.

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