Living on my own again means that regular trips to the supermarket have (once again) become a necessity rather than an indulgence. I've just been reacquainted with all the annoyances of shopping in one: the missing shelf labels, vague aisle signs, elusive shop assistants, long checkout queues, etc.
Enter the U-Scan Shopper. This is a regular shopping trolley, but with a wireless touch-screen computer mounted on it. Once you've collected your 'smart' trolley, download your shopping list so that you don't forget what you came to buy. As you cruise the aisles, you can use the computer to give you the location and availability of what you want. If the shelf label is missing, scan the item to look the price up. The computer will advertise the specials in each aisle so you never miss a bargain. You can order in-store things (such as from the deli or the pharmacy) and receive an alert once they're ready for pick-up. Some exotic ingredient caught your fancy? Look up suitable recipes on the spot. Scan and bag your shopping as you go, and the computer gives you a running total (useful for those who always spend more than they'd intended), and hopefully, you can zip through checkout when you're done.
From ABC The World Today.
My terrier, Zach, weighs about 25 pounds, but pulls like a 130-pound untrained Rottweiler. I may be the one with the bruised knees and dislocated arm, but when he starts choking because he just can't drag my body along fast enough, he looks to me for pity.
Lately, I've been seeing these funny-looking, muzzle-like, but very light, contraptions on dogs in the city. Suddenly, they're everywhere. It must be one of those products that hit a nerve throughout dog-loving society, and I was too busy picking myself up off the ground to notice. The Gentle Leader Headcollar by Premier Pet Products helps prevent jumping, pulling, barking and begging (I only mind begging on grounds of dog dignity), without choking your dog in the process. Truly, I never understood the idea of using choke collars to train dogs, so this makes a lot of sense to me. The device puts gentle pressure on the back of the dog's neck rather than the front of his throat. It's not a muzzle, as your dog can eat treats, fetch and bark as usual (and if you want him to stop barking, a gentle pull does the trick).
All sizes are $26.99 at Petco.
The ACHOO table is both a table and a tissue box. It will always be by your side, ready to hand you a tissue whenever you get too emotional.
By Jeannie Choe and Steven Tomlinson of the Brooklyn-based Design Can .
In case of serious heartbreak, use it in combination with the Flenndoch pillow.
Japanese food maker Nissin has developed instant noodles for astronauts. The company presented the "Space Ram" during a press conference at their Instant Noodle Museum in Osaka.
So that's 2 very big news items: noodles for astronauts and the existence of an Instant Noodle Museum.
I've always wanted to buy my cat a tower he can scratch, climb and hang out in, but never could bring myself to actually purchase those hideous carpeted structures. I mean, we have to live with these things in our homes too! I found these towers, however, at Post Modern Pets and I am smitten. I wouldn't mind having these colorful blocks in my apartment, cat or no cat (hey, maybe one block could even double as a side table).
The blocks are arrangeable and stackable in a variety of combinations, making it versatile for your space needs and interesting for your cat. An added bonus is that they nest inside one another for storage. Genius!
Here's another interesting item from Post Modern Pets - the hanging fish pod. Why not turn your goldfish into a piece of wall art? It might give your fish a different view of the world too (looks like this little swimmer has a nice window view). And if that goldfish ever passes on (and you know they all eventually do), it can double as a vase for flowers.
Snork Dreamscape objects represent the visualisation of a natural landscape within an artificial space. The forms are inspired by the under waterworld. The experience of and the relaxation inside theorganic dreamscape helps you recover from the stressful everyday environment.
Through the tactile exploration of the soft and cuddly forms oneexperiences a carressing of the soul. The nocheting technique warrants an organic, lively feeling, as if the objects had actually grown. Just keep your cat's paws away from it, OK? Designed by Patricia Yasmine Graf.
With Maximilian's Pet Shop, designers Ella Kilgour (see her Declic shoes) and Katie Higgs intend to change the perception of what a pet shop can be, using trends in society and fashion to design.
"Maximilian's designs are not exclusive to pet owners." Products within the range are designed to add theatre to the nature of the relationship between owners and their pets. With the consumer in mind, Maximilian designs products that animals can use, but people desire. Here are a few examples:
The Jimmy Chews are dog chews fashioned from rawhide and allude to dogs and their infamous interaction with shoes. Each shoe has a different personality to appeal to individual consumers. The collection includes three masculine shoes - a biker boot, a brogue and a slipper, and four feminine shoes - a stiletto, a pointed toe fashion shoe, a ballet pump and a flip-flop.
Maximilian's Pet Shop also boasts 4 dog leads, 3 of which double up as fashion accessories in their own right. Maximilian's dog leads evolved as fashion accessories as these chunky belts and necklaces with articulating links can be worn around the waist and neck when your pooch is unleashed and running free. You do not have to own a pet to buy our products - a pet shop for the people!
Domestic birds often mimic the actions of their owners. Birds have a unique relationship with mirrors that is reverberated in the Vanity Perch. This melodramatic piece offers a place for birds commonly associated with preening to be involved in the act of dressing-up and beautification. The perch is used as a jewelry stand upon which birds may perch with you whilst you apply make-up.
Birdseed Jewellery is also a signature of embellishment. Birds perch on your finger and shoulders like giant brooches pecking at shiny articles and costume jewellery. Birdseed jewellery exaggerates the delight in the relationship between the consumer and their bird.
Just in case you were wondering: no, I don't know what's happening with the fonts of this post. Another Blogger nice surprise. Hey, Blogger I hate you sometimes!
There are quite a few mini washing machines out there, but do you actually know anyone who owns one? I almost bought one last year, shopping in one of those asian home stores in Flushing, but at the last minute thought they were more trouble than they were worth. But had I seen THIS mini washing machine I might have caved in. It's like the L'eggs pantyhose plastic egg container meets Humpty Dumpty meets the Jetsons. So what if it looks like it's only able to wash like 5 socks and 2 pairs of underwear - it could have been my little laundry buddy.
Yes, for dogs!
The -#4.99 ($8) goggles are sold in England, the dog loving nation, and allegedly offer 100 per cent UV protection while the -#2.99 ($5) sunblock protects delicate areas such as the nose and ears.