This one might interest you if have kids around. It's a strange new product called SquidSoap. A soap which claims to change your kids’ washing habits for the better by (as the company puts it) ‘Training Tomorrow's Great Hand Washers’. How so? The company claims that most of us with grubby hands are not the ones who refuse to wash them, but the ones who refuse to wash them long enough. So, this soap picks up from where the others left off – when you push down the SquidSoap dispenser, it puts an orange dot on your palm along with the soap. And then you're supposed to keep washing your hands until you get the ink off as well – which is roughly going to take you 15-20 seconds, the average time recommended for a thorough wash.
The soap dispenser is also adorned with orange tentacles that look like a squid, which, the company claims, kids will have fun with. So the next time you're at the dinner table and your kids haven’t washed their hands well enough, you could catch them orange-handed!
Via Strange New Products.
Yet ANOTHER FM transmitter and car charger for your iPod, you ask?
My brother, a real gadget-head, turned me on to the Kensington RDS thingy-majig .
What I like about it is that you can see the song and artist's name displayed on your car stereo . It has 3 easy to use FM pre-sets and, if you believe everything you read, the "ClearFM technology reduces noise and enhances stereo separation providing superior wireless audio quality and FM reception."
The unusual design ensures that it can fit most hard-to-reach car power outlets, and the nifty black body and stainless steel accents most car types.
I want one.
Available for $89.99 from Kensington.
I'm pretty sure that I should avoid getting one of these, because it will just encourage me to be more nosey. Small and lightweight, the Super Ear gives you a 50 decibel gain. The description states that it can be used for birding, listening to lectures, and frogs at night, but I'm sure that we can find more interesting applications for it.
Get your own at Super Ear for $39.99.
My family has a major grouse against my heightened paranoia about cleanliness. A mere speck of dust anywhere in the house is enough to arouse my "clean it" radar, creating panic all over. Often my near and dear ones tell me that I would probably be happier living in the "clean and disinfected" environs of a hospital instead.
Now imagine what a product like the Elecom antibacterial mouse would do for a person like me. This one tops my "must-have" list, especially since recent studies have shown that an average desk harbors more bacteria and germs than even the toilet seat. The Elecom M-ABUR series mouse comes with a special resin coating that prevents bacteria from growing on it. However the general rules for health and hygiene still apply since the mouse will only keep the bacterial count on your hands to a minimum, while you still have to deal with the billions of other bacteria floating around.
In keeping with the spirit, the mouse is shaped like a bar of soap and comes in attractive blue, orange, pink and green colors. Costing approximately $33, availability is currently restricted to Japan.
Now, if only I could use this technology for everything else in my house as well...
What I like about Pacific Design’s iPod Nano Uptown Clutch Wallet, is that it's not just an iPod Nano case, and that it combines good visual and functional design. I am down with it; retailing for just $29.99 it seems less expensive than other iPod cases whose only purpose is to protect the precious MP3 player.
The "Nano case–wallet combo" features a built-in, dual-access iPod nano case; slots for up to four I.D. or credit cards; my favorite feature, the Ear-bud/cord mesh storage pouch; a billfold; and finally, a small bus pass or credit card pocket inside front flap.
The iPod Nano Uptown Clutch Wallet comes in two different styles. The first one offers a full brown or black leather exterior, with cross-hatched stitching over a quilted inset, while the second model is crafted from Italian-sourced faux leather, with perforated inset, in red, blue, and pink.
I know there are a million FM transmitter/chargers for your iPod, but this Speck MobileTune actually looks good in your car as it's designed like a gearshift knob, complete with leather and gleaming metal.
The 5-inch-long device plugs into the car lighter adapter and a 26-inch cable attaches to an iPod dock connector. It's small enough that you're not going to try and shift with it (we hope) and their press says it passed a 70-foot transmission test (rivals are 40 or 50 feet), AND it charges your iPod faster than other chargers. Again, their claim, not mine.
The downside: no pre-sets, which is a huge deal for me as I can't be fiddling with it while I'm driving, talking on my cellphone and returning e-mails on my Blackberry.
The MobileTune will work with all dock connector iPods except the 3G iPod. Unfortunately, there is no audio line in, so you can't connect other audio devices (such as another MP3 player, a laptop, or a drum machine). But the lack of line in and presets shouldn't be a big deal to an iPod owner who wants an affordable and compact FM transmitter/charger.
Availalbe for $49.95 from the Speck Products website.
You may remember the Swiss Army Knife that came with a mp3 player that we posted about earllier this year. Check out the Cybertool 41 from Swiss Army, which can satisfy all your hardware maintenance needs. The knife comes with a hex bit, pozidrive bit, wire stripper, AND a DIP switch setter.
Available for purchase at Thinkgeek for $74.99.
Lexar USB flash drives now come installed with "PowerToGo" software, which allows you to run programs off the drive. So, if you're on the road, and need to use someone else's computer, the concern of having access to your applications is eliminated.
In the 80s, I was involved in many intense playground discussions on which was better, the IBM 286, Apple II series or the Commodore 64. Although my loyalties rested with my trusted Apple IIc, I had to admit that the C64 had some pretty sweet games. Back then, musicians needed to be assembly language programmers in order to compose music for these machines. Currently, the newly formed C64 Orchestra is in rehearsals for a concert devoted to music from C64 games. Two C64-composers, Rob Hubbard and Jeroen Tel, are involved, which brings the street credibility a project like this deserves. Of course, they have a myspace page, where you can get more information.
The concert will be held on Sept. 22, 2006 at the Gigant, in Appledoorn, Netherlands.
Judging from the press release in my inbox one would think that the SonicBoom is a must have accessory for PSP or iPod owners. It might be, but only if you’re desperate for a third party speaker system to improve the sound quality. The device supports any 1/8th inch stereo jack component, so an iPod or vintage Walkman will snap right in.
This is mostly a run of the mill external speaker system, but it does have the capability to recharge the PSP between gaming sessions. The SonicBoom really wins as an attractive charging cradle, and the speaker system is mostly secondary. If you find yourself continually using your PSP at work you might want to pick up a SonicBoom to add a little class to your desk.
The external boom box rolls out soon at roughly $100, and will be available in either white or black.