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09. 7.2006

PodSigns

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Are you finding your friends or your loved ones acting more and more anti-social and rude? Are they exhibiting behavior of withdrawal? Do you have trouble communicating with them lately? Are they harder and harder to reach?

They are suffering from excessive usage of iPods!

To remedy this ailment, PodSigns have come to the rescue. Designed for easy understanding, even the most affected chronic iPod users can understand. Useful messages such as “Yo, there’s a line,” “Your latte is ready,” “You’re wanted in the real world,” and more. Downloadable for free via Lot 49 , get yours today!

Side effects disclaimer: May cause dizziness, someone may smash you over the head. May lead to long term insanity, possibility of being taken to an insane asylum. Removed and chastised from society, you may be left standing alone holding the sign card. Effectiveness may vary.

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09. 7.2006

WoW Screenfridge

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While a lot of personal gadgets these days are revamped from the boring beige or black of yester-years into bright candy colors with fun designs, only a handful of home appliances have followed that trend.

Electrolux has decided to change all that by launching “War on White” (WoW) and letting consumers express individuality through their own choices. Unfortunately (or not, ‘cause I’m not sure I'd want to stare at some guy’s bare behind day in and day out!), at this point, these are all just concept fridge designs. In addition to decorative designs, the Screenfridge is equipped with a computer and a touch screen on the door. But why stop at revamping just the fridge? That’s exactly what Electrolux thought. The company has the idea of revamping its whole series appliances with the same WoW concept.

Your very own bare bottom image appearing on the fridge coming to a store near you soon. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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09. 7.2006

Viewscore – search engine for your gadget purchase

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Lately, I've been on a search engine spree (view post on recipe search engine). It’s just that more than ever, search engines -- or more generally, information aggregators -- have been popping up everywhere, and more than ever they are able to provide useful results.

My latest discovery is Viewscore, an Israeli start-up that aggregates gadget reviews from the entire web. On their site you can search for gadgets, rank them and, most importantly, compare them.

I can start my search by either selecting a category, or (if I already know the name of the product I am looking for) by typing its name into the search field. Once I am presented with the results, I can quickly scan for the highest rated product and then compare prices, or I have the option to save different products into the My saved list, which allows me to compare them side by side anytime I want.

So far so good, this isn’t really anything new, but what distinguishes Viewscore from other product comparison engines is its underlying technology that is able to normalize numeric ratings across sites that use different rating systems; moreover, by semantically analyzing written reviews, it is able to determine a numeric rating.

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09. 7.2006

Protect your discs with Protective Disc Skin

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Too many of us have had that experience of sitting down to watch a favorite movie on DVD only to discover that it doesn’t play because of all those scratches that have been gathering on it.

Here’s a bit of solace – Protective Disc Skins from d_skin might very well be the solution to this annoyance. These are sheets of patented polycarbonate film that you can put on the reading surface of your DVDs, CDs etc. so as to prevent scratches while handling or transporting them. Once you paste the sheets over the discs, they hold on to the discs firmly. Since the sheets are optically clear, you are free to play the discs without having to ever remove the skins.

For a very reasonable price (each skin costs you less than a dollar) you can protect your DVD collection. And you don’t have to worry about lending your precious discs to a friend – even when you get reminded of his hyperactive kid. They are available at $38 for a pack of fifty at Amazon. This product is definitely a thumbs up.

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09. 7.2006

Pink noise, the new white noise

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Who would have thought that they could improve white noise? But apparently they have, and they call it pink noise.

The CD smooths out amibent background sound and is used to help with work, sleep and mediation. Earplugs.com recommends it for "medium to lower frequency noises." For the traditionalist, they also offer CDs with white noise, rain, wind and fan. The site provides sound clips of pink noise and the others.

The Pink Noise CD lists at earplugs.com for $7.95.

(I love the name of this store. They also sell red, white and blue striped earplugs when you are feeling patriotic. Useful for watching July 4th fireworks, I suppose.)

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09. 7.2006

Cruzin Cooler

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This may be the solution to the gas crunch, folks. If everyone took to the road in one of these
motorized coolers, just think of the energy conservation.

Available in gas and electric models, it boasts a 10 mile range on electric models and 30 miles on the gas models. It can rev up to 15 MPH so cooler races can't be far behind. It comes in a variety of colors and apparently is light enough to be picked up and carried, i.e., when you get to the beach.

They are working on a patent pending wagon cooler so your poor pup doesn't have to walk either. It features four pneumatic tires, steel inter-frame, rack and pinion steering.

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The Cruzin Cooler is a steal at $349.00.

Via stupidiotic.

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09. 7.2006

My Own Space

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Bet your dorm room never looked like this. (Remember the wooden crates that doubled as your bookshelf and music storage?)

My Own Space (MOS) wants to provide the student -- or parent, for that matter -- with an alternative to IKEA. If you can't get to the storefront in La Jolla, CA, they have a fully-stocked website.

With furniture, lighting, storage and rugs that look this good you could be decorating your first apartment.

I don't know about you , but I never had a spare $334 for a Phillipe Starck Louis Ghost Clear Chair or $153 for La Beheme stools (pictured below), or 2 grand for the Iceland Platform Bed, as beautiful as they may be.

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09. 6.2006

TerraCycle sells trash

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Keep an eye on this company, kids. They're an investor darling and a profitability case study just waiting to happen. This is one of those products that just smacks me upside the head with its perfect simplicity.

TerraCycle's main product is an eco-friendly organic fertilizer that is made from feeding table scraps from university dining halls to earthworms. The resultant waste products are a potent fertilizer that's rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Charles Darwin once did a study on the effects of earthworms upon soil, and discovered that large numbers of worms could heartily sustain plant life as their natural byproducts left nutrients close to the surface.

TerraCycle's talking point has been their innovative take on packaging. When you see TerraCycle on store shelves it's in a mismatch of packaging because not every bottle is shaped the same. Most recycled products are made by breaking down trash to produce the raw materials to produce a new product, but this company has done one better. Discarded twenty ounce and two liter soda bottles are simply cleaned and filled with fertilizer. The only change is a new label on the outside of the bottle. This direct reuse principle is more efficient than recycling, and it saves the TerraCycle boys a ton of money annually.

The company founders hit upon the idea of using discarded soda bottles out of necessity. It seems that they ran out of money when it came time to ship the first batch of product. Out of desperation they raided every dining hall trash can at Princeton, and decided to stick with the idea once they no longer had to.

If you're environmentally minded there are cardboard Bottle Brigade collection boxes to help with recycling efforts. The company donates five cents to a charity of choice for every reusable bottle they receive.

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09. 6.2006

Digitize your LP collection

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Don't know what a vinyl record looks like? Then you can skip this post completely.

For those of you who have an LP collection (2,000) collecting dust in the attic, this Plug 'n' Play USB turntable can digitize those vinyl LP's so you can listen to them on your computer. The turntable includes software to edit and cleanup your digitized audio files, though a audiofile will ususually tell you that vinyl has more character, warmth and emotion than digital.We're not going to start up that debate here.

If you want to use it as a standard tunrtable it can be connected to your stereo system.

For $139 you get a felt slipmat, 45-rpm adapter, line level RCA cables, USB cable and recording software on CD-ROM. Requires Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP or Mac OS 9+.
MP3 recording requires third-party encoder, not included.

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09. 6.2006

Tree House

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Always wanted to do the Swiss Robinson thing? Here's your chance -- with the Free Spirit Spheres.

Though made to be hung from trees as shown, like a tree house, these huge spheres can also be placed on a cradle on the ground. Four attachment points on the top of each sphere and another four anchor points on the bottom are each strong enough to carry the weight of the entire sphere and contents. The Sphere's skin is made of two laminations of wood strips over laminated wood, and the frame is waterproof, so it can exist in any kind of inclement weather .

This isn't your father's treehouse: it can sleep up to 4, has a countertop stove, a sink, and refrigerator, with complete plumbing (does that mean it has a bathroom?; they don't say).

The Hand Crafted Wood/Fiberglass Sphere is wired for 20 amp, 120/240 volt AC.

What will one of these luxury treehouses cost you? $120,000 big ones for the top o' the line.

Get your order in soon: Free Spirit Spheres has commenced limited production of the 3.2 metre fibreglass sphere tree houses and now has sphere shells (US$6,300+) and kits (US$35,000+) available for the DIY market.

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