Every day on my subway commute to work, I'm pretty much guaranteed to see a handful of people in my train car with iPod seemingly attached to their hip. The ProType Multimedia Keyboard from Razer Pro Solutions will help them maintain their co-dependency when they get to work. This keyboard has dedicated iTunes control keys and even provides audio out.
I'm still waiting to hear about pricing and availability.
This might be something for the ultimate typeface designer, who might (or might not) like to be constantly surrounded by Helvetica fonts – in this case, Helvetica numbers.
The Helvetica wallpaper, which is surprisingly nice looking, is available in 11 different colors and can be purchased on Baby Geared.
I often have problems with magnetic strips on credit cards due to overuse, and have to replace them every few months (after the card gets rejected at the gas station because the strip can no longer be read). The signature on some of my cards also starts to smear and blur from friction so that I get weird looks from sales people who bother to look for a signature.
Of course, there's nothing you can do about the scratching that naturally occurs over time when credit cards are swiped repeatedly, but there's now a wallet specially built to protect them from damage in your purse or pocket. The Silver Wallet available from Zelle for $40.00, is made of lightweight aluminum and contains slots for six credit cards. Its card-spacing feature prevents damage to the magnetic strip, and sliding buttons (which you label with the icons provided) allow you to easily release individual cards. A money clip is also attached, so it makes a good accessory for days when you want to walk around without a purse. Nice minimalist design.
What is this national obsession with a fork that does double duty as a knife? We've covered one of these earth-shattering inventions before, The Knork.
Well, here's another one. It combines a small pizza wheel to do the actual cutting, right below the pronged thingies
If you must have one, it's $12 at one of the most aptly named sites: stupidiotic
May I just ask, who are all these people who eat pizza with a FORK?????
I was in Chicago last week and met up with Douglas Krone from Dynamism for cocktails. I’ve been a long time fan of Douglas’s work, and spent most of the late nineties drooling over lightweight laptops with keyboards double printed in both English characters and Japanese Kanji. Since 1997 the company that Douglas founded has been the go to team for acquiring laptops, PDAs, and sundry gadgets that aren’t sold in the United States.
The goal of the company is to provide Four Seasons style concierge service for the boutique electronics market. Call them up and you’ll get a flesh and blood human answering the phone. Your account representative will not only answer all your questions before the sale, but assist with tech support issues afterwards. Good relationships between the company and customers have been the goal since Douglas brought his first IBM PC100 back from Japan.
Ever wish you could crank up your iPod to drown out a noisy environment? Sure there are scores of headphones that will seal out or electronically ‘remove’ background noise, but there’s still a limit to your volume control.
Meet the Boostaroo Revolution high-definition portable amplifier / splitter. The Revolution increases volume by up to 400% while providing high-definition audio separation, all with less than 1% harmonic distortion. The Revolution’s patented circuitry separates your audio signal into three distinct channels, creating a surround sound effect. Also touted to conserve battery life in your audio device by taking the pressure off its internal power-draining amplifier. Recommended for use with computer speakers, as well as headphones. If you’re using your iTunes to get the party started, Boostaroo can help you crank it up!
[Editorial Note: Popgadget strongly recommends that you follow standard safety guidelines for listening. Don’t risk losing your hearing!]
Philips Research has developed a concept for a tabletop gaming platform which combines features common to traditional board games and to videogames.
Entertaible features a 32-inch LCD touch screen that enables simultaneous multi-user interaction; can recognize objects and can detect their positions on the board.
It allows the players to engage in a new class of electronic games which combines the features of computer gaming, such as dynamic playing fields and gaming levels, with the social interaction and tangible playing pieces, such as pawns and dies, of traditional board games.
Entertaible can also be connected to the internet, bringing traditional board games to a whole new level, where tournament games and network gaming become possible.
Initially, Entertaible will be targeting public locations such as pubs, hotels and bars, and pilot testing should start later this year; in the long run, Philips plans to introduce the product to the consumer market.
The first integrated version of Entertaible was shown at the IFA this year. More information about the product is available on Philips site.
Forgive me while I geek out for a moment. The universal translator is a science fiction technology, seen in every incarnation of Star Trek and as the Babble Fish in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. By providing real time translation, it explains how everyone seems to be speaking English.
While the universal translator may be far away, at least for now we have the iRiver D25 electronic dictionary. The D25 is equipped with Korean, Chinese, English and Japanese dictionaries. Also, it comes with a decent sized 4.3" screen, MP3 player and 1.3 GB of flash memory. For a cool 378,000 Won or 310 EUR, it isn't cheap but will be definitely useful if you plan on attending Nippon 2007, the sci-fi convention taking place in Yokohama, Japan in August of next year.
Via Akihabara News
I really need this (well, technically, not me, but my pups, Henry and Maggie.)
How many times have you tried to give your dogs water in the car and ended up flooding the back seat? This ingenious no -spill bowl uses a floating "baffle" to prevent spillage. Makes sense. It's got velcro feet to hold it to the carpet and a top that easily removed for cleaning.
$19.99 at Pet Gadgets.
For the first time ever, I think I'm able to get excited about a faucet.
The stylish Hansacanyon faucet not only looks good, but also alters the color of the streaming water to indicate its temperature, which, by the way, can become pretty handy when the plumber mistakenly switches the hot and cold water stream so that every time you think you're getting cold water you get painfully burned. But plumber incompetence aside, I truly think this is the most beautiful faucet I have ever seen . . . and probably also the most expensive one.
I want one.
More information about the Hansacanyon faucets can be found on Hansa’s website.