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09. 1.2006

Mia on AOL Digital Lfestyle's "My Plugged in Life"

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AOL Digital Lifestyle has launched My Plugged In Life with six video profiles, including one of our own Mia talking about Popgadget and showing off her favorite tech toys as she goes around NYC.

The videos (each about 4 to 5 minutes long) show how real people in different professions use technology in their daily lives, and are accompanied by their blog posts. I have to admit that even I didn't know how much of a geek Mia was until I watched that video.

The profile of Dr. Ronald Clark, who teaches neuroanatomy at the University of Miami and calls himself "an old dog teaching new tricks," is truly inspiring. He uses the latest high tech teaching tools to make his medical school course a real interactive, multisensory experience and . . . a hell of a lot of fun. In other ways, he seems like a classic academic type who rides a bicycle and plays guitar (his course presentations include music scores!)

Check out all the video profiles and blogs on My Plugged in Life.

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09. 1.2006

Sony Walkman NW-S200

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Ahh! I can't take it. Sony has upgraded their compact digital audio player yet again. This time it's smaller, thinner, rounder, and eh, stickier. The NW-S200 series is built more for the sportier among us though, with a sweat and weather resistant design. Oh, and an FM radio, because we all know that people who like sports love listening to the radio. The player will be available later this month in three sizes; 512MB, 1GB and 2GB. All models come with the FM radio, unless you don't want it to; the 512MB has the option.

No pricing details as of yet.

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09. 1.2006

Beer-flavored Gummie Candy

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Ok, this is just plain wrong.

These Pint Pots are gummie candies that smell and taste just like beer, in tiny cola bottles with foam on top. Fortunately, they're non-alcoholic, but it makes you wonder if the makers are trying to get kiddies hooked on the taste of beer.

Or is it for the booze hound who needs a hit in the middle of the day?

Makes me glad they're only available in the UK @ Hard Candy.

Via Candy Addict.

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09. 1.2006

Thermal Wear Dog Vest

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At first, I thought this doggy vest was water-cooled but as it turns out, the vest absorbs the dog's heat, keeping him at a comfortable 50 degrees for up to two hours.

Police K9 units are already using them with their search and rescue dogs, but it would be handy for hikes during the summer.

$75 at Pet Gadgets

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09. 1.2006

Gadgets from the Hungry Girl

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Hungry Girl delivers free daily emails with tips and tricks relating to food and dieting (Lisa, who runs Hungry Girl, calls herself a "foodologist" because she's obssessed with food). Yesterday's Hungry Girl email was all about food-related gadgets, including this very strange Octodog Frankfurter Converter which "slices ordinary hot dogs into eight-legged sea creatures."

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Heather, who forwarded the email, finds Octodog terrifying, but I'm more scared of this other gadget the Hungry Girl found: the Salter 1450 Nutri Weigh Dietary Computer Scale.
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It's a computerized food scale with a database of nutritional information about 1,400 different foods. For me, way too much information.

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09. 1.2006

Working Girl's Survival Kit

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This nifty find is from the site See Jane Work, one of my personal discoveries (so don't tell anyone). I already own the "Desirable Dots" Filex File Folders and the Mom's Calendar ( 8 days in the week:)

It makes the perfect gift for the daughter off to college, or her first job, or her first apartment.

The compact aluminum attaché case holds 22 essential health and beauty items including:

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Dental floss, Lip Balm, Mints, Pain Reliever, Hand Lotion, Emery Board, Nail Clipper, Clear Nail Polish, Nail Polish Remover, Hair Brush, Mirror, Deodorant, Tampons, Lint Remover, Mending Kit, Stain Remover, Static Remover, Shoe Shine Wipes, Adhesive Bandages, and Facial Tissue.

$39.95 @ See Jane Work

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09. 1.2006

Stichtories rethinks the computer and communication

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Slowly but surely, we're beginning to think about computers beyond their hard, plastic or metal, boxy origins. We're used to seeing computers big and small; however, when do you see a computer that's soft or fuzzy or malleable?

Wearables are a step in this direction, of course. Here's another. Katherine Wakid out of the California College of the Arts, has created a Stichstories, a "digital quilt" which won an honorable mention at this year's I.D. Student Design Review competition. This cotton blanket has a built-in computer, and was designed to increase the communication between teenagers and their elders. I appreciate the thinking behind this project, playing with our relationships to people, material, computers and ethnography. Even if most tech savvy teens would most likely use an audio recorder in their cell phone, it's great to see people pushing our conventions.

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