In 1974, Arthur Fry applied a discarded adhesive, concocted by his work colleague, to pieces of paper to make sticky bookmarks for his hymnbook. The rest is history. Post-it notes are now everywhere. I have a soft spot for that style of good old-fashioned traditional inventing. That's why I had to look twice at this new monitor from Sony. They've taken their normal LCD range and added a plastic panel along the bottom, simply for sticking Post-its to. A great traditional design solution! If that's not enough, Sony has added a little groove for pens and pencils to sit in wait for those ever-decreasing analogue moments of the day.
No price for the E-series monitor has been released yet, but the display will come in both 17" and 19" sizes, and will be available from 19th June.
The World Cup started last Friday and I anxiously waited for Italyís first game on Monday. I am not usually a soccer fan and I am not particularly patriotic either, but every time the World Cup is on I canít help becoming a little bit of both.
And to really get into the World Cup spirit, what's better than being able to create your own personal training field in your living room? You can hang velcro soccer on an empty wall in your house and develop/show off your kicking skills at any time.
Finally, this beer holding table can only help you properly enjoy every single match.
There isn't much to say about Atech's iCarta iPod dock and Bath Tissue Holder. No joke; someone actually made a speaker system for the iPod with a toilet paper holder attached. The iCarta's sporting four speakers, a charging iPod dock, adjustable spacers for different iPod models, and a quick release fastening system for portability. My only question is: How many of these can they possibly sell?
This is straight out of a science fiction movie, but if they can actually make it come true, it may be extremely useful. This Fukudaís Automatic Door fits like a glove, and opens just enough to fit the exact shape of the person or the object thatís passing through. Its motion-detecting portal saves energy by keeping a door from having to open and close all the way, which helps to maintain a stable temperature in a room, and can prevent dirt or other materials from entering. In addition to people, this sci-fi door can be used to accommodate objects large and small, like packages dropped off at a post office, or even a car coming through a garage door. And, it will be most useful for people who are handicapped or canít manage to open and close the doors very easily.
Itís still in prototype mode right now in Japan. You can check it out at e-taf.com.jp , but itís in Japanese only.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you didnít notice, itís World Cup soccer time again. And itís all frenzy around here in Hong Kong, with giant TV screens in all the pubs, restaurants, and even street corners. Whether you love the game or not, you wonít be able to escape it, since thatís all you can see, and thatís all everybody talks about for the month of June and well into July.
If youíre a die-hard fan, hereís something to show off your love for the game.
iTech Dynamic Ltd came out with the World Cup Bluetooth headsets. You can support your favorite team, just as long as itís England, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, or Italy. For all other teams, youíre out of luck, but thereís always the paint set and DIY method.
The headsets can be clipped comfortably onto your clothing; they feature simple single button control, and buzz to let you know when thereís a call. With 10 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time, you can talk to all your soccer mates from around the world.
Available in HK for $268 HKD, or selected Orange stores in UK for £40.
Via Tech Digest
Before I got granted a Vic 20 and a Game & Watch that allowed me to play games by myself, I was periodically torturing various family members begging them to play Monopoly with me. The hours my parents had to invest in playing the famous and endless board game with me Ė I actually believe we probably only played it through two times Ė were very likely what in the end convinced them to give in and let me play videogames.
My family members may have forgotten all about Monopoly, continuing to live a peaceful life unaware that the Monopoly nightmare might start again soon. Apparently, a Nintendo edition of the board game is already in the works. New Yorkís Park Avenue and such are soon going to be replaced by Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong and other iconic Nintendo characters.
How can I not play!
Rumors of the coming of the Sidekick III have been surfacing on the Web since late '05, but now there are pretty reliable sources reporting that it's coming will be sooner than later. Most reports estimate that July 10 will be the on-sale date. Unfortunately T-Mobile press representatives won't confirm this.
The first tip comes via mobilehipster. Thanks for being kind enough to post the link to the FCC documents about the device, which include the manual as well as internal and external photos of the latest iteration of the Sidekick.
Our second tip comes from viewing a page layout for an upcoming issue of a credible print publication that contained a photo of the gadget and a listing of new features.
In the land of easy living there will always be another gadget on the horizon guaranteeing to save you some time on food prep. Though it seems that the Pasta Express is a total bust, perhaps this toy-like device can actually deliver. The Quick Egg Boiler says that you can use it to cook a single boiled egg in the microwave. All you need to do is add a little water and radiate between 5-9 minutes depending on how soft you like your hardshells. Though not quite as quick as instant oatmeal, it might add a bit of variety in the morning.
Available at Compact Impact
A much talked about labeling system is finally set to reach the retail consumer this year. Timestrips use capillary action to draw a liquid at a constant rate across the label to provide visual use-by dates for fresh groceries and leftovers. The professional and catering versions are timed stickers designed for spoilage tracking in large kitchens. Most restaurant regulatory agencies require all meats and produce to be labeled with date received, date opened, and future disposal date. These stickers are just the next evolution in food tracking.
The real excitement is that Nestle has confirmed that their initial testing was well received and Timestrips will be rolled out on one of their products this year. With this vote of corporate confidence it won't be long until other manufacturers pick up the technology for prepackaged foods and pharmaceuticals. The company is touting their product as an "intelligent post-it note," and I think that it's going to make quite an impression on the way we consume perishables.
Thanks to Rita for the heads up.
What is it about a black vinyl album cover that gets me all warm and fuzzy? Itís one of those things that I just canít explain. Perhaps itís from all those Sunday mornings when I played with my dadís album collection when I was little, while he played the music on our old turntable system. Maybe thatís why I keep buying these albums even though I donít even have a turntable anymore.
Now, here is a chance for all of us to relive that memory and get that warm and fuzzy feeling all the time. With this, I can finally put some good use to those albums that Iíve collected but never played. This tote bag has velcro-enclosed clear vinyl sides and will hold two different jackets. It comes with Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Aerosmith, Joplin, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd or Kiss on one side and a random rock favorite on the second side. And when youíre ready for a change, just slip one out and put in another one of your favorites from your collection, and presto! Youíve got a new look! It even comes with two amplifier knobs (that still turn) decorating the sides, and the two-inch wide shoulder strap is adjustable.
Available at Eco-Artware for $65 USD.