“Tonight I’m uh downloading porn at 14 kilobits a second. Haha, I’m just kidding. I got a cable modem back here.” -Carl, Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Almond+

Soooooo remember when we talked about home automation here? And we told you about how it was the next big thing to look for. Well, with this Kickstarter project, it could be a very soon reality. The company Securifi released the first touchscreen router last year named the Almond. This thing doesn’t even need to be hooked up to a computer to be set up, and it got some amazing reviews. Now that same company is looking for funding via Kickstarter to bring the Almond+ to market later this year (they need $250k in funding….and last I checked, they were at almost $100k….in less than 24 hours). The router is not only touchscreen but also rocks the new (hopefully) soon to be wifi standard AC. So instead of waiting hours to download that torrented Jayden James video at 300-450Mbps, you’ll be able to download it in the time it takes for you to put on your creepy Marvin Gaye music you love. AC speeds can hit 1,300Mbps. Insane. Check out some more details after the break. 

So far we’ve got a touchscreen that requires no PC to set up, super fast AC speeds, a great design, but the best part of all? This router works with the Z-Wave & ZigBee smart sensors. These are the two most common protocols used in home automation today (look up the Phillips HUE lighting system). Check out the two videos on their Kickstarter page to see some of the cool shit this thing can do. Oh, and the MSRP for this thing when it comes out? $99 on Kickstarter, and only $129 after on Amazon. And right now, if you donate $95 to their Kickstarter fund, they’ll send you a black Almond+ with free shipping as soon as it’s released.

Almond+ Router Kickstarter Page