We all love hammocks, and it turns out, so do babies. Apparently, hammocks are good for them too:
Hammocks are also useful in helping the proper development of the spine and hip joints. A hammock offers all-over support for the back and does not force the baby into a specific position.
You install the hammock in the playpen (see photo) for babies between 0 and 4 months. In case the older sibling is jealous, they also offer vertical seat-style, suitable for kids up to around 10 years.
Available at one of my favorite sites, thinkingliving.
Japanese pet food maker, Judge's choice, has created the ultimate treat for you and your dog - a romantic meal for two. They've created a dog food that has been carefully devised to allow maximum taste enjoyment for both you and your pet. It's nutritionally good too; no onions or peppers are used and fat and sodium content is at a minimum. Each meal can cost up to 3,000 yen ($26/£14), which is not cheap, but worth it, to impress your dog I suppose. You'll have to buy some dog wine to go with it though, and then tickets to the doggy cinema. It all adds up. Expensive nights on the town will be expected by your dog from then on, however. You'll have to take a 2nd job at night to cover costs, but that means you're spending less and less time with your best friend. Your dog is getting annoyed with you, it just seems to be arguments at home all the time. You were only trying to impress! All this grief from a dog food. Maybe just leave this product on the shelf if you ever happen to see it.
Anybody who plays music wishes, at one time or another, that they could play with their favorite band, and although Dream Musician won't get you on stage with them, with a little imagination, you can have a near-genuine experience. Dream Musician is a music download service which is a little bit like karaoke, but for instruments like guitar, bass, drums, etc. Whether you play along well is beyond their control, but again, with a little imagination . . .
Tracks are $2.00 each and in Windows Media Format; by the end of 2006, they're hoping to have over 1,000 songs. It's no iTunes selection-wise, but it's a start. The selections include major label content plus independent label content, and indie artists are invited to submit their music, with revenue to be shared 50/50.
Hey, and even if you aren't that great a musician, if you buy the track without the instrumental part you fancy yourself playing, at least there will be nothing there to compare your performance to.
Most American households have converted to forced air heating partly because vintage radiator designs did not age well. Though perfectly serviceable, the majority of older radiators just donít match our modern design sensibilities, and they were promptly ripped out when it was time to redecorate. A few of Bisque's electric or steam pieces installed in a new home could help to remind homeowners of the wonderful feeling of sitting next to a toasty radiator.
Whimsical radiators like the Power Plant and Hot Spring add fun functional touches to serious rooms. Freestanding pieces like the Zanzibar and X-Stream double as decorative metalwork for living areas. A row of X-Streams could provide a great functional screen for separating a sleeping area in a large loft, and just imagine lying in a cozy bed next to a wall that radiates heat. I'd probably sleep all winter.
All of Bisque's bathroom radiators include towel warmers, and most models are available in painted finishes to match existing decor. Sadly, high design heat doesn't come cheap; their radiators run the gamut from $500 to $3,000.
First we had the lock for our frig, now comes the Shockolate Vault Jar. Put your verboten candy or your partner's cell phone in the jar, set the timer, and if you try and break in prior to the set time, you recieve a nasty shock. Lovely.
You can set the timer for up to 24 hours ahead. The product warning is enough to put you off your choclate bar.
This product can emit an electric shock and should not be used by anybody suffering from heart problems or epilepsy and should be kept out of the reach of children.
Buy this torture device for approx. $18 from GoBaz It is currently out of shock, I mean "stock."
For the "donít have time for a real breakfast" crowd, along came the breakfast bar that was packed with all the vitamins and nutrients that a wholesome, home-cooked breakfast would normally provide.
For those bored of the blah breakfast bar, the latest in on-the-run breakfasting is Liquid Cereal from Brain Twist.
Blending fat-free milk and real cereal, Liquid Cereal comes in a variety of flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Fruit, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate.
I guess this ends the worry about whether or not your cornflakes will stay crispy long enough.
Having trouble getting to places on time? Then don't get one of Mr. Jones Watches. While these timepieces may look great, wearing one of these won't keep the hours or minutes straight - and they're not supposed to. Designed by Crispin Jones (in collaboration with Anton Schubert, Ross Cooper, and Graham Pullin) the watches in Mr. Jones Watches are meant as an investigation into the cultural messages that the watch, as an accessory with personal and social meaning, expresses. For example, Summisus, or "the humility watch," intersperses its time display with the reminder that one day, the wearer will die. Inveteratus, "the television watch," displays television listings as its way of keeping track of time's passage.
As a proponent of "critical design," Mr. Jones isn't interested in marketing his creations, but in drawing attention to the objects in order to "provoke reflection about the watch and itís cultural functions." However, all the watches (seven in all) were produced as working timepieces. Mr. Jones Watches were most recently exhibited at ISEA 2006 as part of Edgy Products.
Being the youngest member of the Popgadget crew, supposedly I should know my way around social networking sites such as MySpace. That's why I've been given the task of managing Popgadget's MySpace page. As of now, we have twelve friends (including Tom), which in the world of MySpace, is pretty pathetic. So if you've done what we finally have and given into the MySpace phenomenon, friend us. Every time we have a giveaway, contest, or a great deal from a sponsor, we'll post it on our MySpace page. Maybe one day I'll even put up a crazy layout or something.
Go to Popgadget on MySpace.
The perfect gift for the passive-aggessive driver in your household.
It's called the Drivemocion, which is a small electronic display that can attach to the back window (replacing that moldy "Baby On Board") and types out messages such as "Back OFF," "THANKS," and a few we can't print.
It even has smilie faces and frownie faces, for the computer geek in you.
If you program it to read-off one of the four-letter words, you'll vent your anger but don't blame us if the guy behind you rams your car.
Available in versions with 2 messages, 3 messages, or 5 messages on the Drivemocion website (which shows all three as being sold out at the moment).
Chris Peacock recently won two design awards for his innovative solution to overcome the awkwardness of uncontrollable hand tremors. The design goal of the handSteady was simply to allow partially disabled people to socialize over cocktails. By holding the cup in a shock absorbing mount the liquid inside the glass remains calm though the hand holding it is unsteady. Itís truly a simple implementation, but a fantastic one none the less.
The BBC tells the story of Tonia Wells, who has lived with the condition for over thirty years. She relates that many sufferers will not drink in public due to the embarrassment over spills and broken glasses. Three hundred million people suffer from body tremors. Some are hereditary, but other cases are caused by afflictions such as Parkinsonís disease.
Last March Jim Levine, an IBM engineer, developed the Assistive Mouse Adapter to help an uncle who is afflicted with tremors use a standard computer mouse. By applying the same stabilization algorithms found in digital cameras, he was able to filter out unwanted hand movements. Iíve always loved design which addresses a problem of the human condition, and I'd like to say "bravo" to Mr. Peacock.