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01.31.2005

Personal smoothie blender

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01.31.2005

Photocatalyst germ killing fabric spray

I was joking about the Lysol workout wear but the Hikari-Kaikaku Photocatalyst Spray actually coats any fabric with a germ-killing layer which will oxidize odors, pollen, and bacteria when exposed to light. Supposedly perfectly safe for the human body, which I'm sure just means it's okay to sit on a couch coated with the stuff, but a real OCD case (I'm not that bad, honestly) could try out a full body basting and feel more at ease in public. The coating lasts through 30 washings.
$69 at Compact-Impact.

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01.30.2005

PSP: iPod's new rival?

Could the PSP become iPods most feared rival? According to this article on TVG it could have a chance. Apparently there are rumors that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is developing a music service download.

It's claimed that the service will be rolled out during the summer, with plans to launch it as a means of downloading trial games and new content provisionally, but will then be developed into an advanced vehicle for other Sony products including music downloads.

Personally, I don't care about the music service download; as long as I can get my hands on a PSP, I will be quite happy!!!

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01.30.2005

You'll need those Adidas sneakers to win the game


Adidas and game developer Eidos have partnered together to promote Adidas' hyperride shoe. Eidos has apparently been working on a game based on the urban sport of free-running called "Freerunning". The game will be available for the PSP across Europe in March (and later also for the Playstation console). In case you didn't know - and I didn't - free-running is an urban sport that consists of jumping around from building to building, definitely more fun to do it on the PSP as far as I am concerned. By using the hyperride shoe the player's performance in the game will be enhanced; while the Adidas brand has been seen in videogames before, this is the first time that a product directly affects the outcome of the game. BTW, Footlocker has the exclusive rights to sell the shoe. Seen on Brand Republic

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01.30.2005

Nintendo targets women with the DS

According to this article in The Register Friday March 11th is the date set for Nintendo's DS release in Europe. The handheld game console will be available for 100, or for 149, and will debut with 15 game titles, such as Pokemon Dash, Super Mario 64 DS, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, etc.

But the interesting news about the Nintendo DS is that the Japanese game/toy company intends to promote the product with a particular emphasis on women. Presumably it feels male gamers will favor the more macho, black-cased Sony PSP, which is expected to ship a week to two weeks later than the DS.

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01.28.2005

Corse.T.ny - corset t-shirts

If you can forget for a moment that corsets were born of a sort of tyranny over the female form to adhere to an idealized shape, then you may be able to appreciate that the modern, non-physically oppressive corset (they're still tight but you can breathe and move) can be very flattering without trying to mold your body into something it will never be, no matter how tight you squeeze. But they're still not completely comfortable and the lacings and boning that make a corset different from a regular bra also make it harder to wear under normal clothes.

Corse.T.ny, a line started by Rachel Ayala and Lindsay Burka combines the look of a corset with an everyday comfortable t-shirt/camisole. The corse.T.ny replaces both the bra and the t-shirt layer with much more shaping than the typical "cami with shelf bra". The Ts come in sizes to fit A-D cups, in a multitude of colors. Ayala and Burka are also planning designer corse.Ts.
Corse.T.ny corsets are $44 and available now in just a few boutiques. The Lali Boutique on the Lower East Side carries the line in NYC. Online shopping soon, please?
From WWD (subscription). Thanks B, from YRB.

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01.28.2005

Bacteria-killing aromatherapy

Pixen Inc's DAA aroma diffuser does more than scent the air with essence of Japanese cypress; it actually kills coli, staphylococcus, and other airborne bacteria. I suppose it's kind of a like a giant automatic Lysol dispenser. The DAA is intended for use in large public spaces or in hospitals. The aromatic bacteria killer comes in 30 fragrances and one can will last for about a month with 10 hours of daily usage.

Lysol does make the Neutra Air Continuous Action Air Treatment, but it doesn't seem to have the same bug killing power of regular Lysol, it just smells putr. . . uh nice. I am waiting for Lysol-powered ingestibles and wearables personally, maybe Lysol lollipops and gym clothes. Maybe microbiologist Kim will weigh in on why breathing Lysol all day, every day is not a good idea.
From Nikkei.net.

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01.27.2005

Cheesy lippy loudspeaker


I love to post about design (and shoes). Today, I thought, "Hey! why shouldn't I blog about Bad Design as well?"
So let me introduce you to the Speak-Easi Hands Free Phone Unit , a loud speaker for your cellphone (or normal phone) to make a total fool of yourself as you answer calls at the office. It features lips that synchronise with the person talking on the other end of the line. All this for just 19.99.
Via the not bad at all Mobileblog.it.

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01.27.2005

RE-think + RE-cycle competition results


Swiss designers Zumbuehl Jakob and the formsons took an old broom, sawed up its stick and recomposed it with a lighting extension to make the Roombroom that "lightens hours of labour and leisure."

Trigo (means "wheat" in spanish), by Aviv Shany, is a recycled speaker made of dry bread and recycled garlic net (reminds me of the Paneluce).
That's just two of the surprising and nifty projects submitted to the MACEF design competition. Candidates were asked to design home accessories that work with the concept of RE-cycling (water, energy, metal, plastics, paper, glass, etc.). Check the results.

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01.26.2005

Project Implicit - Do you have a gender-science bias?

If you're on anyone's email forward list, you've probably taken or at least seen one of the Implicit Association tests that measures your implicit, or sub-conscious level of bias towards certain groups of people. These tests work by timing the speed at which you can associate "good" (beauty, hope, joy, etc..) or "bad" (hideous, terror, beast) words with descriptive terms like "female" or "young". If it takes you longer to associate "beauty" with "old" than with "young" then it ups your bias score. Of course, this whole methodology is very controversial, as many of the people who score high on implicit bias have no explicit bias and find it hard to believe that they possibly have some hidden stores of prejudice. While many have argued that the tests prove nothing, and are merely exercises in quick hand-eye coordination, the researchers have found that the tests are predictive in how high bias scorers behave in real-life situations. For instance, when given a choice to work with a white or black partner, high bias scorers were much more likely to choose the white partner.

Interestingly, this study was started at Harvard University, home of Lawrence Summers, the beleaguered foot-in-mouth president, who unintentionally started a campaign against gender/science bias when he suggested that women may have genetic disadvantages which prevent them from competing with men at the highest levels in the hard sciences. One of the IAT tests checks to see if you associate males with science and females with fields in liberal arts. I took the online IAT last night. Knowing that people overwhelmingly end up being surprised by how their bias scores are, I was prepared to be ashamed. My score: You have completed the Gender-Science IAT. The line immediately below summarizes the results of your task performance. Your data suggest little or no association between science and Male relative to Female

Before I congratulate myself, it's been shown that people can affect their scores by actively gearing up to fight a high-bias score by flooding their heads with thoughts that they wish to be reflected in their scores. Might I have done that? Of course. I didn't think too much before taking the old vs. young IAT and I showed a strong bias against old. I was horrified but what does it all mean? Is it just a sub-conscious awareness of a larger societal bias or something more? Was Dr. Summers expressing something that many of us believe but don't want to admit?
From the Washington Post, which has a version of the test as well.

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