Recognizing the growing market of women do-it-herselfers, companies like Home Depot have been offering educational seminars targeted towards women, and while Lowes doesn't offer speicific DIY clinics for women they say about 66 percent of women customers own power drills.
There are now at least two lines of women's hand and power tools designed for this growing market. Babara K designed a line of hand and power tools specifically for women based on her experience as a construction worker. The major design differences, mentioned on her website, include:
-The tools weigh a little less.
-The grips are sized to better fit a woman's hand.
-Patented spring-loaded handles on pliers.
-Built-in thumb rests on screwdrivers.
-Screwdrivers and hammers have induction-heated tips and faces for extra hardness.
Tomboy Tools, offers a line of specially selected tools that they sell online and through "tool parties" where consultants called "Tomboys" conduct in-home demonstrations to teach women techniques for basic home repairs from leaky faucets to plaster repair.
According to their website Tomboy Tools "was founded to provide tools and home improvement techniques for women." They proudly flaunt their "no pink tools" logo on the site to emphasize that providing tools for women means more than offering it in pink. They claim that this is a mistake that most hardware companies make when trying to market to women.
The Name-off (subscription required) looks just like a stapler, but it's actually a tool for preventing identity theft and protecting privacy. The name-off punches seven tiny holes across sensitive information in documents like account numbers and the discarded bits are so small they don't contain any usable information. Because document shredders are usually large and bulky, they're not often used at home, so this could do well as a personal privacy tool.
Name-off is manufactured by Inf. Design office in Japan and no word on when they will reach the rest of the world.
What a shock! - popgadget is a finalist for a 2005 Bloggies award, in the category of "best group weblog." Thanks a million to everyone who nominated us (awards are given by public voting). It's a truly surreal experience to be in the same company with the amazing boingboing, which is also a finalist in the "weblog of the year" category. Boingboing won in both of these categories last year.
Congratulations to our own Regine, whose nearnearfuture is a finalist in two separate categories, "best european weblog" and "best computers or technology weblog," and to our friends at TreeHugger, a finalist in the "best topical weblog" category.
Now it's time to cast your votes among the finalists in each category. Though we were totally taken by surprise in being nominated and finding ourselves on the list of finalists, now that we're there, we'd love to have your votes. Voting closes on Sunday, January 31st at 10:00 PM EST.
Because the Bloggies site was periodically down due to heavy traffic, voting has been extended until February 3, 10:00 PM EST. One more plug here for nearnearfuture, definitely the best European and tech blog. Also wishing best of luck to Bibi's Box, a finalist in the Best Latin American Blog category. Thank you! - Mia
Apparently, surgical alteration of the eyelids is the most popular type of plastic surgery in Japan. Beauty shops cater to those afraid of the scalpel with products like Eye Talk, an eyelid glue that comes with the necessary accessories.
Have a look at the video to see how to style your look. Ouch!
Last week Korean manufacturer Reigncom launched its new MP3 player the iRiver H10. Reigncom,Aeos newest player is without a doubt a close competitor to Apple,Aeos iPod mini. The iRiver H10 is a 5GB hard drive disk player that also allows you to read eBooks and see pictures on its 1.5 inch colored screen while you are listening to music. It weighs 100 grams and is about the size of a business card case. The iRiver H10 was described as an outstanding product by Bill Gates ,AeP and works with Windows Media Player 10. It is available at the iRiver estore for $279.99.
Think Secret is reporting about an updated version of the iPod mini, which will feature a 5GB hard drive and new colors (and of course I am more excited about the new colors than about the bigger hard drive). The article also talks about Apple's 5th generation iPod that could have an 80 GB Toshiba hard drive and change its color from white to a sleek silver look, similar to that of the PowerBook.
Yoshida, the Japanese company that makes the Porter bags that are more expensive than the devices they're made to hold has released a series of customized iPod cases designed by celebrity designers and artists. My favorite is this whimsical little critter design by Genevieve Gauckler. At about $228, it's still a few dollars less than a 20 GB iPod.
Colette (turn the volume down, LOUD Flash warning) is carrying the collection, which currently features Parisian artists.
I've just discovered a new Milan-based design company called NotCom which has loads of ideas to make urbanites' lives easier.
They have a 2 dogs leash that comes with a nifty pocket to store plastic bags, keys and wallets, T-shirts for cyclists with patterns to indicate which way you're going to turn while zigzagging in the traffic and tees with special shoulder padding for those who wear shoulder bags.
Hope they'll translate their website into English...
Sam Hextall's Scroll Pan project has just received an honorable mention at the Kitchen is the heart of the home competition. This frying pan folds and rolls to solve tiny kitchen storage problems.
Different shapes and sizes as well as cooking surfaces would be available in the range and each pan comes with a storage sleeve which can be hung up. The rolling base of the pan could be made in diphenyl silicone (plasma treated and Teflon coated) to offer a heatproof and flexible surface.
A new coating developed by scientists in South Carolina could give us self-cleaning jackets and skirts.
"The concept is based on the lotus plant, whose leaves are well-known for their ability to 'self-clean' by repelling water and dirt," explains researcher Phil Brown.
When the treated fabric is exposed to water, "the dirt will be carried away more easily," Brown adds. Unlike today's water-repellent coatings, which gradually wear off, this one permanently bonds to fibers. Brown's team is also trying to engineer antimicrobial particles into the coating to repel body odor and cigarette smoke.
Other researchers are working on self-cleaning clothes using sunlight. Walid Daoud of Hong Kong Polytechnic University is impregnating fabrics with titanium dioxide nanoparticles, which react with natural light to break down dirt.
Others are developing odor-fighting fabrics. Two researchers at Hanyang University in South Korea have tested silver nanoparticles in socks, rugs, napkins and surgical masks.