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08.20.2006

MP3 toilet

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Boy, this just shows how far we are behind the Japanese.

For years now they've had toilets that raise automatically; the seats are heated and I don't even need to mention that they come with bidets....

So it's no surprise to discover that the Japanese manufacturer Toto (not to be confused with the band) has developed one that comes with an MP3 player and an SD slot.

Thankfully, it's not integrated into the seat but rather in the control system/computer on the wall beside the commode.

Now if they could just program it to shout, "PUT DOWN THE TOILET SEAT, BUSTER!"

Not available state-side yet.

Via Akihabaranews.

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08.20.2006

Kate Spayed Bag for your dog

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I don't know about you, but I never thought my Barbie (punked out, mind you) should have her own car and condo until I had them first.

Same thing with this dog toy. Until you own a real Kate Spade bag I don't think you need to buy Fido a Kate Spayed Bag, but I couldn't resist because it's so darn cute.

Keep in mind that I have the two most spoiled doxies on the planet.

Costs $10.95 from PugCafe.com.

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08.20.2006

Naughty Gift: iPod attachment

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Wondering what to give your girlfriend for her birthday, job promotion, better yet .... bachelorette party?

Get her the iBuzz . It's an add-on for her iPod that comes equppied with a bullet-shaped vibrator that attaches to the iPod and pulsates in time to the music.

I think the photo tells the whole story, don't you gals?

Used to be available only in the UK, but it's now available in the U.S. for around $60 at iBuzzusa.

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08.19.2006

Large Gourd Speaker with Amplifier

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Bet you don't have one of these.

It's a speaker made from a real gourd -- you know, that vegtable-type thing. Bird-Electron Japan boasts that it utilizes the "natural resonance of the gourd" and makes a stylish addition to your house.

Now, it is true that the gourd has been used for centuries as a musical instrument, so maybe they're on to something.

Because they're making them from actual gourds, each speaker is different, so the one you order will not look the same as the one in the photograph you see above. The 2-sided gourd speaker comes with Bird-Electron's special designed mini amplifier for better sound playback.

The Bird-Electron EZ-HY2ST Large Gourd Speaker with Amplifier is available in "natural brown" (What? You expected blue?) and sells for $199 at Audiocubes.
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08.19.2006

Ho Fatso: high tech sumo wrestling

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What happens when you mix those sumo wrestling fat suits with arty digital media? The answer is Ho Fatso, a new interactive installation by artist Rania Ho. Made of rip-stop nylon, high powered leaf blowers, and motion detectors, Ho Fatso is comprised of inflatable fat suits corralled by an inflated wrestling ring. Participants gear up and get "fat," folds of air-pumped flesh jiggling whilst engaged in battle. As long as there is movement, the suits and ring stay puffed with air. However, without activity, everything deflates. Ho Fatso was most recently shown at ISEA 2006, but you never know, it may be coming soon to a venue near you.

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08.19.2006

A handheld for all your AV needs: LG's MFJM53

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The LG MFJM53 mp3 player not only handles mp3s, but also displays mp4, jpgs, and text on its screen with a 128 x 160 display resolution. LG claims that battery life enables an impressive 30 hours of music play. Perfect for passing the time when you're on the road. The narrow width allows for easier one-hand control.

Pricing and a release date have not yet been announced.

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08.18.2006

Search engine for recipes

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Have you ever found yourself staring at a sufficiently filled refrigerator and still having no clue what you can cook with whats in it? Ingredients are available, but you just can't come up with a final plan; next time you find yourself in this situation, try visiting either Recipe Matcher or SnacksBy.

Both sites allow you to search for recipes by entering the ingredients you have available at the moment. Its just that simple: insert pepper, cucumber and pasta in the search field and, voil, you have several recipes to choose from at least in theory.

Continue reading "Search engine for recipes"

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08.18.2006

Virtual Villagers

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If you killed off your Neopet, maybe this game isn't for you.

The idea behind Virtual Villagers is basically the same; If you forget for a few days you might come back to skeletons. Yew.

The premise is simple and the game is designed so you can play just a few minutes a day, if you wish. You're given some shipwrecked, helpless people on a desert island and you have to teach them to farm and fish, build huts etc. The fun is in watching them grow up and "marry" (the boy kisses the girl and she goes in the hut and comes out carrying a baby" -- that's JUST how I explained sex to my daughter).

You can get it for 20 bucks for your computer or your Nintendo DS.

Download it from RealArcade.com or anywhere games are sold.

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08.18.2006

Pimp My Heart: unity between car and driver

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ISEA 2006
and the Zero One Festival in San Jose took place between August 7th to the 13th. There were some fun projects on exhibition. One in particular, titled Pimp my Heart by Takehito Etano and David Tinapple has already garnered a good deal of attention. Pimp my Heart is described as:

a performance/vehicle intervention that uses an invented HBBB (HeartBeat Bass Booster) system to amplify the heartbeat of a car driver in real time through an interface with a beefed up car audio aftermarket system. The intervention/invention achieves an ultimate unity between car and driver.

So imagine if Xzibit and West Coast Customs got together for the ultimate pimped ride, a car that responds to the driver's heatbeat with a flurry of light and sound. Definitely hot stuff.

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08.18.2006

Immortalize your profile in wood

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Turn Your Head takes a digital image of your profile and curves it out of wood. On one level, it's a little weird, because it looks like you are about to kiss yourself. On another level, it's unique and intriguing. They look the best when placed next to the model's face. And it will be a great conversation piece for your next house party.

Via Atomic 17

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