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06.15.2006

SodaKeeper

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Oooooh. Doesn't it suck when your fizzy drinks go flat? Though soda rots your teeth, and you really shouldn't have that liter of coca cola hanging around in your fridge, what to do when you've twisted open a bottle and can't finish the rest? Well you may think about picking up a SodaKeeper . The little bottle top helps keep pressure in your opened beverage, making all the nice fizzies stay in place for the next time you want to give your pearly whites a corrosive soak. Just pump the balloon at the top, and voilà, next time you order that pizza or need to pull a caffeine-fueled all nighter you'll have something tasty and bubbly fresh to drink.

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06.15.2006

Shake and Bake Switchplates

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I was walking through my neighborhood this weekend browsing a mostly unimpressive artists' fair and stumbled across a cute booth full of bright colored rectangles. A couple of local St Louis girls have founded MetalMorphosis, a company going after the nichiest of home decor markets: they're concentrating on cover plates for light switches. Sara Stewart and Kelly Robinson are offering unique little products for designers that are trying to accessorize every last part of a room.

Starting with a copper switch plate, the duo decorate and then kiln fire their plates for durable heirloom quality three by five inch pieces of functional artwork. Their methods include liquid enameling, dry sifting, etching, cloisonné wire, and grisaille. The company is a year and a half in, and they've done very well with private commissions and public showings.

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06.15.2006

Keep your cool

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The CoolIT USB beverage chiller helps you keep your cool during those late nights at the office or intense gaming sessions.

The CoolIT chills to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, bringing your warm beverage to a refreshingly cool temperature, or maintaining your already-frosty libation’s frostiness.

I’m not sure that most companies' IT departments envisioned their USB ports being used for this purpose, but they at least have to appreciate the novelty of it! I suppose one could pass it off as a new mouse – it’s not far off in shape and size.

Manufactured by CoolIT Systems, known for their liquid cooling systems for PCs and other computerized devices.

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06.14.2006

Lexar'll make you jump jump

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The Lexar Jumpdrive Mercury has been eagerly anticipated since first being announced at CES this year. As the first USB thumb drive to incorporate a persistent data display the Mercury is giving just a little taste of what type of monochromatic visuals we can expect on new gear in the upcoming year. Since an E ink display can retain the last image sent without taking any juice from the power supply the technology is in the running as a future replacement for that stuff we call paper.

Back to the drive itself; Lexar has released one and two gig versions, and the drive ships with Lexar's Secure II Dashboard security suite. The package is cross platform and allows for encrypting files and folders and secure delete. In what can only be described as a small miracle there isn’t a price premium for the early adopters. Street price puts the one gig version at $50 USD, and the deuce at $80.

Check out the review from Everything USB.

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06.14.2006

Ties Suck

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Are you just another working stiff who wants to stick it to the 'man' but can't seem to bear breaking your corporate dress code? Well, why not replace your old boring neck noose with a ThinkGeek 'Ties Suck' Tie. In a lovely bit of detournement, you can state your disdain in zeros and ones, all the while giving the pretense of "just fitting in." Just be sure your boss doesn't also read binary.

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06.14.2006

Eye of the ... Soccer ball?

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So, these are a little weird to say the least. But if you were a die-hard soccer fan, perhaps you would want a pair of contact lenses like these.

Manufactured by a German optician, these contact lenses put a new twist on “Keep your eye on the ball”! Unfortunately -- or not if they freak you out -- they are only available in Germany. For the price of $54, you would also get an extra pair with an image of the German flag.

Since we here at Popgadget believe in good customer service links, here’s the link to Lufthansa Airlines just to connect you with your pair of soccer eyeballs quicker and easier.

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06.14.2006

Nintendo DS Lite launch

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I really hate it when companies bring out a slightly better version of a product that I've already purchased. The DS Lite however is a genuine improvement on the Nintendo DS. I had to have it, and my impatient self set about importing one from Japan immediately. It was therefore no surprise to me to see the reaction to the release of the DS Lite in the US at the weekend. New York was the heart of the mania, where keen shoppers queued from 12 midday to be the first to get their hands on the "lighter, brighter" DS. Not only were customers treated to a warm welcome from Mario himself (I always thought Mario was a fictional character, apparently not!), but also the first 100 people through the door of the Nintendo World store were treated to a free carry case and a copy of the brilliant Brain-age brain training game. Some chose to come dressed as their favourite characters (unlike Mario - he was definitely real), while others were happy to play wirelessly with each other on their 1st generation DS systems. One member of the line was even seen wearing a tuxedo, having left a wedding party early to join the fun.

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06.14.2006

Shoe-and-Handbag cake server

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Now, if this doesn’t raise the curiosity of guests at your party, I wonder if anything else will. This amusing product from Neiman Marcus happens to be a two-piece shoe-and-handbag cake server. As you must have already guessed, one is a shoe and the other is a handbag - doubling up as cake servers. Well whoever thought of that! The product purely adds to style quotient and is also good for gifting purposes. If you don’t mind shelling out $45, grab a pair at Neiman Marcus.

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06.13.2006

Nyko's Power Tuner for PSP

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We know how much you love listening to your iPod in the car, but how about listening to your PSP? Sure there might be Bluetooth and FM transmitters out there, but how about one that also serves as a car adapter? Nyko Technologies recently released its Power Tuner for PSP that functions as both. Now while the kids are fidgeting in the backseat of the car, you can power up the PSP and let them watch and listen to movies or games at the same time. And after they fall asleep, you can listen to your own MP3s that you've loaded onto the device.

The Power Tuner features a 4-foot cable and thre FM frequencies so you can obtain a clear signal.

Available at Nyko retailers for $19.99 USD

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06.13.2006

Light Delight taps from Equa

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What if you could visually determine the temperature of the water everytime you turn on a tap ? The Light Delight range of taps introduced recently by an Italian company called Equa does just this. The USP of this product is that the water flowing through the taps has an integrated light which indicates the water temperature – blue for cold, violet for lukewarm and red for hot. Not only is this a trendy addition for your bathrooms, but it's also an invaluable safety device if you have children around.

See a demo here.

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