,AeP and let your cat do the dusting!
First of all I want to thank my friend James for telling me about CHINDOGU, a fabulous site featuring some quite unique gadgets. My personal favorite is the Hay Fever Hat (in the Health and Beauty section). I know I could use one of those, even though I am probably too vain to run around with a toilet roll on my head, but I would definitely exploit my cat for some housework by getting him some duster slippers for cats (in the housework section).
While aimlessly surfing the web I came across the Podtender, a small application that lets you download 900 mixed drink recipes onto your iPod. You can download a free demo, or pay $10.00 for the complete version, and if you feel the need to have some food with your drinks, make sure to get the PodGourmet and the PodGourmet Vegan Edition. Should your iPod somehow get mixed in a drink or mistakenly used to spice up your gourmet dishes, well ,AeP don,Aeot worry ... just hope that some of your friends have the Apple Store Locations for iPods installed on their portable player and you can instantly check where to get a new one, ,AeP or simply get the old one repaired.
This is a GENIUS project from the ITP Winter Show earlier this month. Needies are plush toys that act like real people: jealous, needy, bitter, attention-seeking, and annoying. And they whine and sing to make you feel guilty for neglecting them.
Brettie is the paranoid; Mossie is the attention whore; Dannie lacks an identity outside of loving and needing to be with you.
Any company who wants to make next holiday season's big toy, contact Brett Schultz, Amos Bloomberg, and Daniel Perlin.
Sadly, the space ball computer game Collabowobble isn't available yet, but you can still get an Odd Ball and bounce around. I had one when I was little and it was called a Hoppity Hop. I'm sure I didn't think of it as exercise back then, but it's probably a good workout for the legs and glutes.
Available in orange or blue for $26 at artecnicainc.
More about Collabolla.
A Korean company, System Technology ByuckHae, has developed a smart battery back for mobile phones that can extend battery life by 800%. While two hours of talk time is probably sufficient for most people, phones are getting more power-hungry multimedia applications every day. In Korea and Japan there are phones that can receive satellite tv. The rest of the world may be playing catch-up for a while, but the Mobile Saver MPB 4000 will be available soon for heavy talkers.
The MPB 4000 is about the size of a small mobile phone and it contains an IC microchip to assure that the battery it's recharging isn't overcharged or short-circuited.
The battery pack will be available in 2005 for about $60.
From the Korea Times.
Japanese company Thanko caters to the most paranoiac among us with the USB PC lock. To protect your PC data, connect the USB transmitter part to your computer and keep the receiver in your pocket (or you can wear it proudly on your shirt). When you move more than two meters from your PC, the computer automatically ID-locks the window. Even if somebody pulls out the transmitter or you accidentally lose it, it will still ask you for your ID.
Via Japan Today.
Want to know what your VQ (vitality quotient) is? The Egely Wheel Vitality Meter supposedly measures the strength of your aura and your ability to direct its energy. Relaxed, focus people should be able to make the wheel spin, stop, and change direction "SIMPLY WITH THE POWER OF YOUR MIND CONTROLLING YOUR AURA ENERGY". You wrap your hand close to the wheel without actually touching it at all. Once you get it spinning, you get your VQ score, based on the speed of the spin. Your score can range from 0-400, with 100 being about average.
Of course, there are a variety of ways that the device could move without being touched. There could be a photosensor that detects changes in light, or some sort of radar, or more likely a simple infrared detector, like the ones used in most inexpensive motion-sensing home appliances. ToolsForWellness conducted some tests, though, to convince skeptics. They housed the Egely in glass, used gloves and warmed hands, tested in the dark, and tried taking out the battery, and none of it changed anyone's VQ score. Who knows?
Measure your Qi for $170 from ToolsForWellness.
SkingCompany offers a series of gadgets that give a nutritional function to the cigarette lighter socket.
Just like the frying pan and the warmer for canned soup, the non-stick Road Pro 12 Volt Sandwich Maker plugs directly into the socket for fresh, crispy and warm sandwiches on the road.
May I suggest that this company add to its glorious set of mobile appliances a Belgian Waffle Maker?
A few months ago, you read about the Magic Cone, the ultimate accessory for those of us who feel uncomfortable sitting on public toilets.
Now, one of my favourite Dutch designers, Isabelle Lejin, proposes another take on the "do it like a man" fantasy. It's called PlasGoot and euh, well, I guess I can skip the explanation part, right?