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06.23.2006

LandRoller

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Bigger is better. Hardly a provocative claim these days, but made much more impressive when we're talking about the next generation of inline skates. The LandRoller, (which looks like a pair of rollerblades on crack) has extra large angled wheels on a short wheel base which give greater stability and control over a wider range of terrain. In addition to a smoother ride, the LandRoller also claims to provide more maneuverability and better braking, making this latest skate offering the new up and coming challenger to more traditional products. With Olympic Gold Medalist Apolo Anton Ohno repping for the company, I can see the LandRoller making a legitimate grab for a chunk of the blading population. The videos on the website sure look fun enough. The only detractor might be the steep $249.99 price tag, which will keep these gliders fairly exclusive for the time being. Then again, that may be a good thing for those who can afford them.

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06.22.2006

New to the Pop crew: Ray Cha

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Ray Cha began writing for Popgadget a couple of months ago, and is now a regular contributor, giving us the cultural perspective on technology news and events, both large and obscure. In the past, he's been a programmer, new media producer and educational technologist, and he now works in R&D and as a writer in the areas of publishing, media, the Internet, telecommunications and culture.

Like Mia, Jenna, Katherine, Camilla and Ann, Ray is a product of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program where he got his masters degree. (By now, it's no secret that ITP is Popgadget's primary resource for finding talent.)

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06.22.2006

A sign of true love

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Nothing says lifelong commitment like a custom made wedding cake. Cake and gaming are two great tastes that go great together. So, it should come as no surprise that a gamer's spouse made an XBox wedding cake. Sweet.

Via Kotaku

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06.22.2006

Muji bookend speakers

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Muji is always light on technical descriptions of its products. This product is described as "Simple basic designed speakers." I love the honesty of that statement. No trying to con an unwitting customer into making a purchase by detailing a list of average specs that appear impressive. The speakers do however have one benefit other than their marketing. They are the exact height and depth of a CD case, allowing them to bookend your collection perfectly. Take that Bang & Olufsen!

Get them from Muji Online for £39.

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06.22.2006

Chemistry Oil and Vinegar

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Setting the stage for a chemistry set gone awry, these Oil and Vinegar cruets from Kikkerland will have you mixing volatile liquids, yet the only consequence will be an explosion of taste. Good for bread, salad, and anything else you can think of, snack time will be a thrilling experiment. And what better way to do that than with attractive tableware?

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06.22.2006

X-Shaped Rubber Bands

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Rubber bands are simply... rubber bands. Just how exciting can a rubber band be? We all make use of them sometimes without a thought to how to improve on something so simple yet so ubiquitous.

These are not the latest items on the marketplace or anything, but I was having some trouble tying two slippery items together recently and a friend gave me one magical X-Shaped rubber band, and Presto! the job was accomplished effortlessly!

Available at MoMa Store for $5.00 a box, comes in 4 different sizes and colors.

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06.21.2006

Swatch game-themed watch

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I'm not sure if this arcade-themed watch from Swatch has already been around for a while, but I came across it only a couple of days ago. Monster Game ( the watch’s official name) is listed under the I Want to Believe theme along with this cutie companion named Muffled. It really makes you wonder who's responsible for naming watches and categories over there.

Both Monster Game and Muffled are available from the swatch online store for $55 and $45 respectively.

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06.21.2006

Alice Wang gets behind the solid state music

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We rockstars have accepted that music distribution will move to some type of solid state storage in the next decade, but the standard for that medium has yet to be set. Alice Wang thought long and hard about what consumers may see, and her Audio Sticks could be the packaging and presentation that we buy in the next decade. Her amalgams of hardcopy purchase and digital convenience are USB thumb drives wrapped in the album art. The concept is a very provocative piece that forces an examination of how a change in technology will affect the way we deal with recorded music.

Let’s break this disco down to the individual steps. The music publishing industry is likely to embrace a distribution media that allows for such rights management niceties as encryption and password auth; but initial costs of distributing solid state memory will be much higher than producing a compact disc. Those prices will come down as the major labels and consumers strike a balance between price and fair use.

The user would receive portability and durability. If properly implemented, read-only chips could give the scene what it lost when vinyl died: consistent tone over the long run. Masked ROM chips are amazingly resistant to corruption, and a solid state method could offer me the archival storage that I desire for my media. I like knowing that my old records will still spin in fifty years, and I would love to have the same protection for my digital purchases.

Thanks to Josh Spear for sending this in.

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06.21.2006

28 colours of MacBook

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Nope, I'm afraid not. Apple hasn't released the MacBook in an array colours. Strange, when there is an obvious demand for this; take the iPod mini or the original iMac line for example. Well, if Apple isn't willing to pander to a market, then this company Colorware is. Colorware offers brand new MacBooks and MacBook Pros in a choice of 28 colours, ranging from Alpine Green to Cotton Candy Pink. Each laptop goes under a special cleaning, painting, and coating process to ensure a perfect, even, solid colour. Slightly more professional than the red marker pen I once used to remodel my calculator at school. Unfortunately, this colour comes at quite a price; $650 more than the normal Apple store cost. As much as they look great, $650 makes me wish Apple would offer this as standard. Apple, listen! Colours! Please!

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06.21.2006

DYI ds lite carrying case

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What could be better than a denim carrying case for your new DS Lite? One that you made yourself of course. John Spain shows you how on his blog. Using just old jeans and glue, Spain gives extensive instructions and photos, which include an animated gif. And you even get a pair of old school cut-offs out of the process as well.

Via Joystiq

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