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08.26.2006

Fish n' Flush aquarium

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Ok, before you start thinking god knows what, this is an aquarium toilet tank. Strongly reminiscent of the Aquariass toilet aquarium that made its appearance on Popgadget a couple of years ago, the Fish n' Flush aquarium is wrapped around a clear inner tank.

Designed by AquaOne Technologies, the two-piece aquarium toilet tank fits most toilets. The site says that all you need to add is fish (they recommend small ones), gravel and water. It comes with a 12-volt dual filter system which makes it safe for children, two 9-inch plastic plants and LED lighting from the top, fill valve, flush valve and flushing system. Fish ‘n Flush even has a built-in feeder door.

Though not inexpensive (sells for $450 on their site), the Fish n' Flush is still cheaper than the high-end Aquariass was selling for a couple of years ago.

Special thanks to Popgadget reader Sunny for turning us onto this!


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08.26.2006

Aurora Rocket Clock: start your day with a blast

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If you want to have a blast without even leaving your home, check out the Aurora Rocket Clock. Cute, stylish, and somewhat retro, the rocket-shaped clock changes across a twelve-color spectrum according to three modes of operation. The first mode changes from color to color as the hours pass. The second mode only lights up for 30 seconds when you press the main clock display. And mode three is the demo mode, which scrolls quickly through each color. At 25 cm tall, you may not want to hide it away in your bedroom (and at that size anyway, it will be hard to miss!) The Aurora Rocket Clock comes with a mains adaptor, alarm function, and snooze feature.

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08.25.2006

Spread some light around with Lumalive technology

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In the world of wearable electronics, the idea of embedding LEDs into fabrics is not a new one. But here’s what is new - with the latest Lumalive technology from Philips, product manufacturers can integrate LEDs into fibres without leaving a trace whatsoever. Which means, if you are, say, wearing a jacket with Lumalive technology, you would have all the electronics, batteries and LEDs so seamlessly integrated into the fabric that it would be invisible. This adds up to the result that the fabric would be soft and washable, yet you won’t feel like you're lugging a sack around when you wear it. With the lighting technology, you can activate your choice of dynamic messages, graphics etc on the Lumalive surface at the simple flick of a button.

Philips plans to unveil this technology at the consumer electronics show IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) this year. This technology will not be limited to textiles alone, as Philips is going to demonstrate its use with furniture as well. Now, that makes me think: if this technology is going to become really popular and accessible to the masses, the applications could be enormous. And probably distressful as well. Just imagine how much more garish the fashion industry would get. I shudder at the thought. And with a table that can light up with a flick, would it be the end of candlelit dinners ? Ok, that was an exaggeration . . . but really, is Lumalive going to be self-indulgence or necessity ? Wait and watch.

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08.25.2006

My 3rd Hand

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Ever dropped your cell phone -- or had it slip off the passenger seat -- while driving? The cursing doesn't help, but this invention might. My 3rd Hand is specifically designed to grab the offending object with an extended "grabber." When it retracts, It's small enough to store it in the glove compartment or attach to your key chain. What a good idea.

The company does post a disclaimer that the product is not intended to be used while actually driving a motor vehicle.

They currently have a summer promotion for the month of August only: Buy one and get the second one for free.

$19.95 @ My 3rd Hand.

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08.25.2006

MyDeathSpace.com

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I can't tell if this is a joke or not: MyDeathSpace.

The site says it's "your global resource for MySpace.com member obituaries" and a place to "pay your respects and tributes to the recently deceased MySpace.com members via our comment system."

I'm too spooked to check out the "Latest Death" section or, god forbid, "Submit a Death."

Any questions you're dying to ask?

Oh, you can also buy MyDeathSpace buttons and magnets for 50 cents.

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08.25.2006

Hamburger CD Case & Banana Cell Phone Holder

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Now, this is a CD case you can sink your teeth into. Just looking at the Yummy Plush CD Case makes me want to head to the nearest In-N-Out. But alas, I'm in New York, so I'll have to save that craving for when I head back to SoCal for a visit. In the meantime, however, this super cute carrying case for your most coveted CDs will surely get your appetite worked up. And if your tarty reply happens to be "who the heck listens to CDs anymore?!?" I might respond with "who cares!" Back up some data or some mp3s spoilsport. Any excuse to carry this cutie around. Besides, can you imagine the equivalent for a flash drive? Puhleeze...

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Then you have this cell phone holder... Don't go nuts, go bananas! Trust me, when people see you answering your phone with this Banana Cell Phone Holder you'll have no trouble convincing everyone that you're totally crazy. The banana cell phone holder comes in both flip and bar phone models, ensuring that no matter what kind of mobile you carry, you'll be able to enjoy this silly novelty. Get ready for some monkey business!

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08.24.2006

RAmos RM150 portable media player released

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No, that’s not a spelling error, the company is deliberately named RAmos, and the two caps at the beginning aren’t for any reason that's obvious.

After receiving a lot of flak last year for releasing a kitschy “gold” mp3 player, RAmos is out to make amends this time by releasing their latest RM150 portable media player and sticking to two safe colors - black and white.

In the already over-crowded PMP market, the USP of this device seems to be its support for the XviD video format. If you are not yet tuned-in to XviD, it is the latest video compression format being developed as part of an open-source project to combat the other paid alternatives in the market. That probably is a major plus for the RM150, as most other PMPs don’t support this format as yet. The other features of the PMP include a very decent 2.2-inch TFT screen, built-in FM radio, text and photo viewer, and support for all the standard audio formats in the market.

One niggling shortcoming of the RM150 PMP is its storage – the highest is 1GB – and you can't store too much with that kind of space. However, if you're someone who doesn’t mind that, you could get yours from the Chinese market - the RM150 retails in 512 MB and 1 GB versions in China for $50 and $63 respectively. Which is really cheap. And as the popular Chinese saying goes – “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one”.

Via Ubergizmo.

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08.24.2006

Show some skin

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Is your laptop looking lackluster? Try showing some skin… or Skyn, that is.

Skyntones are the latest in laptop accessories, allowing your portable PC (or Mac) to show a personality outside the usual, drab out-of-the-box drib.

Skyntones not only remove cleanly and are reusable, they protect the surface of your precious mobile device. Available in bright, splashy colors and patterns, there’s even a monogram style that is so very reminiscent of Laverne DeFazio’s customized wardrobe.

Available for about $35 each, you can change covers with each season.

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08.24.2006

Music publishers are attacking fans (again)

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I play bass and guitar (badly), and I'm entirely self taught. One way people teach themselves to play stringed instruments is through guitar tablature for popular songs. Guitar tabs are similar to sheet music, but instead of reading clefs and bars the notation is a pictoral walkthrough of a song using lines and numbers to represent the strings and chords. Basically, they show where to put your fingers. Timing and technique all has to be figured out alone, and it's one method of passing along musical history.

Tabs are made by amateur users who listen to songs and transcribe the notes into the proper notation. As such, a lot of guitar tabs are incomplete or incorrect, but it gets the job done for the most part. These user submitted tabs are available for free on many websites, but that may not be the case for long. Many have been served copyright infringement cease-and-desist letters sent by the MPA and NMPA music publishing companies. OLGA, the "OnLine Guitar Archive," is the internet's oldest tab site, and they have voluntarily removed their content while trying to formulate a legal strategy to respond.

The two companies are claiming that the existence of user submitted tab archive sites impair their ability to sell officially sanctioned tablature and sheet music. In an NPR interview Rob Balch of Guitar Tab Universe discussed attempting to arrange a licensing agreement to keep his site online, but was told that there would be no discussion.

A couple of big names have come out in support of the independent tablature sites. Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Moby, and Mike Happoldt (Sublime) have made statements criticizing the music publishers, and supporting the little guys. Moby was quoted on Kevin Maney's blog as saying that not only does he support tablature archives, but he often uses them to learn songs by other artists.

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08.24.2006

Pet Chime

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Don't know when your pup needs to go out to do his business; that scratching on the door isn't a clue?.

If you don't have a dog door , here's a handy pet chime. You just teach Fido to press the portable wireless electronic doorbell in the shape of a paw. (They make that sound so easy; they don't know my dogs.)

They say you can use it with both dogs and cats. The chime gives you two choices of tones - either a dog bark or the traditional ding-dong chime. I wouldn't recommend the dog bark for your kitty cat. The remote control works up to 100 ft. away from the chime. Paws are weather-resistant and battery operated.

$29.95 at Cool Pet Stuff.

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