Other than a Mini Cooper, I havenít wanted a car as much as I want one of these. Iíve been seeing more and more of these little Smart cars zipping around the streets of Hong Kong lately. They are so tiny and cute that I feel like I could just grab one from its rooftop and push it along in traffic like one of those die-cast model toy cars.
I believe that up until just recently, the Smart cars were only available in Europe and other Asian countries, but I found out that there is now an importer in Santa Rosa, CA called Zap that has started bringing them in.
The Smart cars come in 3 different styles. In Europe, theyíre called Fortwo, Forfour, and the Roadster. You can compare them on Smart .
Nintendo has always been a company that has no shame in trying to appeal to as many people as possible. They've known for a long time the impact video games can have on the masses. Realism has never been a part of their agenda; enjoyment is always the priority. With the upcoming release of the DS lite, Nintendo is taking this ideal, and urging the non-gaming public to pay attention. Mostly aimed at the generations who didn't grow up with a gaming console, Touch Generations is part of a branding strategy that allows new, casual and older gamers to quickly identify which games are suitable for them, i.e., ones that don't involve spending hours rifling through a manual, or superhuman skill and expertise to complete the first level. Titles falling into this category will be marked by the distinctive Touch Generations logo on the packaging. Seven Touch Generations games will be avaible in June, consisting of three new titles (Big Brain Academy, Magnetica, Sudoku Gridmaster) and four rebranded older titles (Brain Age, Nintendogs, Tetris DS, True Swing Golf). With these games, Nintendo hopes to unite both old young gamers and new old players together, which is great in my opinion. After all, is there anything more enjoyable than watching a grandparent cry after beating them at Tetris for the tenth time? I think not.
For more info, visit Nintendo's Touch Generations website.
No, it's not a teensy-tiny little teapot that your kid can play house with. It's actually a kettle designed specifically for the microwave. Yes, for those who live off of food heated by our modern kitchen essential, there is the Micro Kettle to help you heat water or any other liquid safely. The little gadget claims to preserve natural flavors, and includes a boil stick for extra safety. Perhaps more importantly, there is an easy grip handle which remains cool to the touch. Much better than burning your hand on a hot ceramic mug while reheating that stale coffee from the early morning.
Landis Kauffman has some work in the MFA Row, one of the ancillary exhibition spaces for graduating RISD MFA candidates in Providence, RI. The pieces, including the Flatstack bench and stool pictured all find interesting ways of using everyday materials. At first glance the furniture has the unyeilding look of concrete, but upon close inspection one can see that they're actually made out sheets of newsprint. Adds an extra dimension to the idea of "kicking back with the paper." Heh.
The Central West End of St Louis is a safe city neighborhood, but sadly it isn't always safe for a lady to walk the streets unescorted. Most ladies in my neighborhood carry at the very least a whistle, and a few of the edgier neighborhood socialites have begun to carry stylish little pistols. The ladies in the CWE roll like the freight train comin' down Natural Bridge.
This is one of those great gadgets that crosses the line from terribly bad into amazingly fantastic. Beyond the delightful urban combatant camouflage finish, there's a megaphone packed into this little guy. A MEGAPHONE!!! It might be meant for emergency use only, but I'm going to be the coolest cat freestyling on a street corner.
All told, we're combining a blinding LED flashlight, a personal alarm, an FM radio, and a megaphone into one stylish $39.95 package. Available from those wacky SkyMall merchants known as Gadget Universe, and spotted over at Red Ferret.
Iím sure I am not the first one to be experiencing this, but Iíve been so tempted to just run out and buy a new iPod. It doesnít even matter to me whether itís an iPod video, a Nano, or even an used but out of circulation iPod Mini, as long as the action satisfies my instant gratification urge.
Itís not just the shopalcholic in me thatís speaking. There IS a justification for the urge, which is that the battery life on the iPod (3rd generation) I have is so so bad. It was bad from the beginning, but I just loved it too much to admit to myself that there was a problem. But as time goes by, itís just getting worse and worse. So finally one day, I woke up and smelt the coffee... literally... and admitted to myself that itís time to admit to myself that thereís a problem. Since thereís no AA for such matters, I did the next best thing: I consulted my dear friend Chris, aka Mac God, and he introduced me to the ďnot-so-sexyĒ replacement battery page from Newer Technology . With 2 guitar picks, he promised me I should be able to do it myself.
Sexiness be damned, for $25.99, Iíll be able to resuscitate my beloved iPod, which is a pretty good deal. Saving a few hundred dollars in the process isnít too shabby either.
Down over at the 5th Avenue Street Fair in Brooklyn last weekend designer Kristen Aronsson was out on the street representing with her hand-made Spring/Summer 2006 collection of bags. Can I tell you how cute and oh-so-right the Plait (pictured above) is for this season? I was tempted to buy, buy, buy, but had to settle for a business card since I wasn't carrying enough cash. To catch Kristen's work online go to her website and click where to buy. Oh and yes, for those of you asking where's the technology, there are three pockets: one with a zipper, one for your cell phone, and one for your iPod. (But that's pretty standard nowadays isn't it?)
Have you ever wondered about all the random people you encounter throughout your daily routine? RISD MFA graduate Seon Min Lee has, and she created a "sitting object" as a way to foster "amicable and intimate" exchanges between people in public space. Encounter is a tactile bench with memory foam underlay. When a person sits on the bench the form depresses and retains a trace of one's presence leaving the next passerby to speculate or sit and contribute their own impression. The end result is a playful object which does not force its users into an interactive experience, but fosters resonance and personality in a low-pressure anonymous encounter.
Encounter is part of the Annual Graduate Student Exhibition at the RISD Museum.
Robots in disguise? No, we're not talking about the popular kid's TV show that I grew up watching. This transformer is made by Fire First, Japan and sells at Rare Device. As the product description states, this is "a truly versatile bag." It's actually reconfigurable! Whether you're feeling like wearing it over the shoulder, or around the waist, you can pick and choose to suit your requirements or mood. Heck you can even remove the pouches if you don't need them. With enough tricks to make a Decepticon proud, you can be sure you'll keep even yourself guessing.