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Toilet Paper Dispensers

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Even if you enjoyed the previous post on Innovative Toilet Paper, you know a major drawback to using toilet paper as a decorating idea is that it runs out. But you can impress guests with a one-time purchase by installing a very different toilet paper dispenser. And there are a lot of them to choose from!

The Tube

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Tube Tissue Dispensers look like oversize tubes of glue or toothpaste. The crimped end is velcro, so you can load the roll. Then pull the paper out of the cap end as you need it!

Automatic Folder and Dispenser

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This "T-per" may be someone's prototype or personal homemade machine, since it doesn't seem to be for sale anywhere. With the touch of a button, it measures and folds a wad of paper for you. It may seem like a waste of energy, but it would be handy for someone with limited use of two hands. See a video of this contraption in action at Engadget.

iWipe

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Here's a way to recycle and old computer case and make your friends scratch their heads when they see your bathroom. This version uses a Mac SE. Tech Republic has instructions for making your own.

iPod Dock and Toilet Paper Holder

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Many people though the iCarta iPod dock with attached toilet paper holder was a hoax when it first appeared, but this is a real product. Charge your iPod while availing yourself of the facilities! Gizmodo wrote a review of the product. You can order yours from Amazon.

The RSStroom Reader

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It's a gadget for the bathroom that prints out your favorite RSS feeds from the internet directly onto your toilet paper. Unfortunately, it's a hoax. But after the iWipe and the iPod dock, it's easy to believe something like this could exist.

Industrial Wipe

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Low-tech toilet paper holders come in some strange and wonderful designs, too, like the Industrial Wipe TP Holder. This fits in well in a bathroom that has exposed plumbing. Despite the name, it works with all kinds of toilet paper.

Goth

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Speedcult has a variety of strange dispensers, including this lovely bat. They also have holders in the shape of tiki gods, skulls, and flames.

Metal Sculpture

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This delightful holder features a man reading a newspaper as he does his business on a metal pot.

Robot

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The Airyusha Robotan Toilet Paper Holder is made of heavy ceramic and feeds paper out of the "robot's" mouth. It is the only dispenser I've found that comes with a roll of paper, so that you can begin to use it immediately.

Novelty

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Plenty of normal dispensers come in novelty shapes to illustrate your personality, like a fishing reel dispenser, or a cat holding your roll. Almost any animal can be found in the same sort of design. eBay has a wide selection.

Vertical

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With all the strange and artful toilet papers holders available, the one I want seems rather plain. But this design makes the over/under argument a matter of history. It's less likely to attract mischievous cats, too.

See also:

Innovations in Toilet Paper

How to Use Toilet Paper

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Get IKEA's New Pet Furniture Collection for Not a Lot of Scratch
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The biggest surprise about IKEA's newest product line is that it has taken this long to debut. This week, the North American arm of the Swedish furniture giant unveiled a new assortment of furniture designed specifically for four-legged customers. Dubbed LURVIG (Swedish for “hairy”), pet owners can now browse IKEA aisles for everything from dog beds to cat scratching posts—many of which have a distinct IKEA twist.

Their pet couch ($49.95), for example, folds out into a bed; another bed is small enough to slide under a human-sized mattress. Their “cat house on legs” ($54.95) looks like a retro TV and allows space for a cat to stalk you from behind a screen.

An assortment of IKEA pet furniture
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The retailer solicited advice from veterinarians on product design that would be functional while sitting comfortably within the IKEA aesthetic. “It is quite important for IKEA to have a pet range that fits into our normal furniture range,” Barbara Schäfer, IKEA’s product risk assessment leader, told Curbed. “As a pet owner I can say, so far, the normal pet products are quite ugly.” (Don't hold back, Barbara.)

The LURVIG line is currently being rolled out to IKEA stores, but you’ll have to be willing to be your furry pal’s personal shopper; the company doesn’t allow pets in their stores, save for service animals.

[h/t Curbed]

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IKEA’s New Augmented Reality App Lets You Test Out Virtual Furniture in Your Home
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No matter how much measuring and research you do beforehand, buying a piece of furniture without knowing what it will look like in your home is always a gamble. With its new augmented reality app, IKEA hopes to take some of the guesswork out of the process. IKEA Place features more than 2000 items in the Swedish retailer's inventory, and visualizing them in the space where you live is as easy as tapping a button.

As WIRED reports, IKEA Place is among the first apps to take advantage of Apple's ARKit, an augmented reality platform that debuted as part of iOS 11. iPhone and iPad owners with the latest update can download IKEA's new app for free and start browsing through home goods right away.

To use the tool, you must first select the product you wish to test out, whether it's a loveseat, a kitchen table, or a dresser. Then, with the camera activated, you can point your device at whichever space you want the item to fill and watch it appear on the screen in front of you.

According to IKEA, the 3D models are scaled with 98 percent accuracy. Factors that are hard to analyze from photos online, like shadows, lighting, and textures, are also depicted as they would appear in real life. So if a sofa that looks great under the lights of a store looks drab in your living room, or if a desk that seems tiny online doesn't fit inside your office, the app will let you know. It's the closest you can get to seeing how a piece of furniture complements a room without lugging it through the doorway.

IKEA isn't the first company to improve interior design with computerized images. Several hardware stores and furniture outlets offer their own AR apps. Other services like Modsy let customers pay to create full virtual models of their homes before populating them with 3D furniture. Even IKEA had a basic AR app prior to this one, but it was glitchy and not always accurate. This newest iteration aims to provide a more seamless shopping experience. And with the latest iOS update placing a greater emphasis on AR, you can expect to see more apps using the technology in the near future.

[h/t WIRED]

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