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09.17.2006

Talking and Singing Toothbrush

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Korean company Digital TeleTek has created a product that will hopefully have kids eager to "clean their little fangs" (a phrase that is probably a lot wittier in the original Korean). The Talking and Singing Intellectual Toothbrush plays a song or a voice recording while your child is brushing his or her teeth. A sensor in the toothbrush activates the recording automatically when it detects brushing motions, and stops playing the recording when brushing has stopped. The base unit transmits the recording to the toothbrush wirelessly, and can store recordings for up to 9 toothbrushes (which I suppose might be handy for large families).

Via The Age.

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09.17.2006

Diva speakers

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I could act like a Diva, if it means I could get to own these new 2.1 Diva Miglia speakers. As I'm usually listening to music on my desktop, computer speakers are of the upmost importance.

These speakers are compact, with a high-end sound, and the aluminum looks good with any setup. The innovative design of the tube subwoofer is what gives it the high performance sound, especially the big bass sound. The Diva 2.1 can be connected to any source via a standard speaker jack, so they're good to go with your iPods.

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They're small enough to pack up and take with you (work, school) but mine will be staying right here, thank you very much.

Via Ubergizmo.

Available at Miglia.

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09.16.2006

Casauri bags

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Casauri makes stylish bags for all of your travel needs. Their two collections, Omni and Citra offer luggage, weekender bags, and ID cards in a range of cute colors and patterns. However, what really catches the eye are the laptop bags. Cute, playful, without being too girly, Casauri laptop bags come in a wide range of sizes and storage capacity. Pictured above is the Portfolio Valise, made out of fully padded water resistant nylon. The interior features a safe place to nestle your computer, along with numerous pockets for papers, CD/DVDs, and any small supplies you might need.

Other laptop case models, like the Citra Envelope or Omni Envelope compensate for less space with sleek lines. Whichever one you choose you can be sure you'll be able to get your gear groove on and have peace of mind too, knowing all your stuff is held safe in one place.

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09.16.2006

Finding your way with the mio digiwalker

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The Mio Digiwalker is a small handheld device which comes with maps of the US and Canada and 11 million points of interest. Users can input two locations and its audio output gives directions in 16 languages to go along with the visuals. The 2.7" color touch screen displays 2-D and 3-D maps. Finally, they included a mp3 player and photo viewer to make getting lost (and then found) not so stressful.

Already on sale in Europe, the U.S. version comes out in October 2006 and will list for $499.

Via CNet.

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09.16.2006

Message Egg

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First off, I have NO idea how they enginered this so don't ask me.

It's a variation on the Message Plant. You just open the can, add water and within a matter of hours the egg will begin to crack as a bean plant begins to grow -- with your message on it. The bean will germinate in about 5 to 7 days, at which time your perplexed boyfriend/husband/co-worker will see your message.

"I Love you," Happy Brithday," "Good Luck" -- you name it.

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Available at I Want One Of Those for £4.99

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09.15.2006

Abbi New York: stylish bags that hold laptops

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Discover Abbi . . . Despite the unintentionally tawdry marketing tagline (which sounds like it could have come from a bad "romance" novel, or worse) the website for Abbi New York allows you to do just that. And as browsing the site will quickly reveal, Abbi New York actually peddles laptop bags which carry all the stylishness and functionality of regular handbags. Under collections you'll find three main categories of bag, all of which accomodate laptops with screens up to 15.4". The print brocade designs, with "it" girl-sounding names like Jade, Natalie, and Sienna respectively are a bit too sweet for my taste, but the classics have clean lines and strong shapes which could past muster as a regular bag, while providing all the convenience of laptop sleeves and copious internal pockets.

Still, I have to wonder about the Sabrina. At $89.95 it seems like a steal, until you read in the fine print that it's made of premium faux leather. (Tell me, is there such a thing?) Either way, you'll find that Abbi of New York just might be able to deliver a bit of novelty and fun to your everyday laptop tote.

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09.15.2006

Dream Garden Pen Holder

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Miss your garden? Want to bring a little outdoors to your desktop? Check out this Dream Garden Pen Holder.

Unlike regular grass, you don't need to water the polypropylene and resin green stuff. Just stick your pens in the grass and fertilize daily.

£7.99 at I Want One of Those where the tag line reads: "Stuff you don't need...but you really, really want."

They do deliver to the U.S., but check shipping rates and conversion rates at their site.

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09.15.2006

WinePod can help make great wine in the kitchen

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All it takes to be a decent cook is a great cookbook, but fewer people are able to say that they can make great wines. There was a time when the majority of farmhouses made beers and wines for their own consumption, but after prohibition, the American household lost the magic touch due to excise tax law. Thanks to Jimmy Carter we're allowed to produce 100 gallons of wine per adult per year, and I think that it's high time we started to take advantage of it.

Making a quality wine is a long process before getting to the bottling stage. Everything must be sterilized with a surgeon's care, and the wine must be monitored constantly until it reaches barreling. Traditionally it has taken a lot of space, but after consulting with top winemakers and scientists, one company has scaled a vineyard’s production yard into a kitchen sized $2,000 appliance.

The company is named Provina, and they believe that winemaking should be easy for the aficionado. Their WinePod is essentially a 75 liter insulated aluminum vessel that incorporates grape presses and wireless networking to interface with custom WineDashboard management software on a desktop PC. Temperature, sugar, and pH sensors are all integrated to keep close tabs on the developing wine inside, and their WineCoach software walks the budding vintner through the process from start to finish with input from professionals.

Their system is automatic, but still requires creative input. There are many decisions that can be made to affect the final taste of the product. For example, when it's time to condition the wine with wood, there are two options: The WinePod will monitor the process internally as oak pieces are added, or the wine may be moved off to a traditional oak barrel. At the end of the long road there's the reward of anywhere from forty-eight to eighty bottles of fine wine bearing a personal label.

The WinePod was amazing breaking news early this year, but they are finally available. Sadly, new customers are still on a waiting list until April 2007, so shoot an email to customer service to be included in the next round of sales.

Props to the kids at Gizmag for their great piece on the WinePod.

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09.15.2006

The ultimate application of technology: a giant puppet

This video has been circulating various blogs, but the artwork by Royal de Luxe is so amazing, that I had to post about it. Last spring in London, this puppet spent the day, getting dressed, playing with kids and taking a nap. Her movements are so eerily real that you ignore the pulleys and mechanisms which control her motion. Here, the analogue holds its own against the increasingly digital world. I love how the puppeteers are in costume as well.

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09.15.2006

Hydracoach

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My husband never fails to nag me about how little water I drink and to deliver sermons on the varied health benefits of drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily. My rather weak response to that has always been that I probably drink more than that. But just between you and me, I really have no clue about how much water I am gulping everyday.

The Hydracoach is definitely going to help me in this area. This intelligent water bottle can track all the details about your water intake for the day. In the morning, you just specify your personal hydration goal, or simply put, how much water you want to take in for that day. From then on, every sip you take will be recorded. At any time, the built-in display can be used to view how far you are progressing. In the true spirit of a coach, it also goads you into carrying on towards your target.

The shape of the bottle is not going to win any of those design awards, but its tagline of "Thinks While You Drink" sure is catchy. I can imagine athletes,and fitness and outdoor enthusiasts rushing to grab it when it hits the stores in December. As for me, the $30 that it will cost me to buy this, will ensure one less issue to be argued about in the house.

Via GearLive.

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