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09.14.2006

Introducing the Nokia 7390

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We've already reported on the the 7380 from Nokia's "L'Amour Collection." Now, they are releasing the 7390, which can play mp3 and mp4 formats, has a 3 megapixel camera and, if you can believe it, a 2nd VGA camera for video calling and self portraits. This GSM triband phone also offers broadband-speed video calling and audio/video streaming.

Start saving up now, the 7390 comes in powder pink and bronze black and lists for $576, and will be available this autumn.

Via CNet

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09.14.2006

The gwangju biennale 2006 opens

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The 6th Gwangu Biennale, which just opened in Gwangu, South Korean, is Asia's oldest contemporary arts biennale. This year's theme "Fever Variation" includes works by British interactive artist Josh Portway and New York based Micheal Joo. NYArts Magazine has a nice review of the show. If you find yourself in South Korea this autumn, it's something certainly to check out.

The Gwangu Biennale 2006 runs from 09.08 to 11.11.

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09.14.2006

The iBreath counts your alcohol

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The iBreath is just your average FM transmitter for sending your iPod music to a car stereo, but they tucked a breathalyzer into the side of it. A blow tube slides out, and the blood alcohol content (BAC) is reported up to .12! The goal is to keep yourself out of prison by self policing the BAC so that you're only driving while mildly intoxicated.

Now, I'll lay down the warning that this device won't encourage sobriety. As a bartender I spend a lot of time around a lot of drunks and see some pretty infantile behavior, and these pocket breathalyzers are nothing but trouble.

How I see these things most often used is by frat boys trying to see just how high they can get the numbers. It’s a terribly fun, and even more dangerous, drinking game. I wouldn't recommend trying it unless you'd like to be passed out in the bushes outside of a Japanese restaurant at three in the morning. Not that that’s ever happened to me . . .

Via Oh Gizmo!

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09.14.2006

i -swing Wearable Car

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Sadly, this is a concept car only -- meaning you can't go out and buy one at your local Toyota dealer. Designed by Hideo Miwa from yes, Toyota, it's named the i-swing and looks like a chair on wheels, or a jetpac. The designer believes that cars will evolve into more of a wearable design.

As you can see, it can travel on three or two wheels, and its body is made of polyurethane and covered in fabric to soften the impact if it bumps into people. Bumper cars, cool!

Toyota says they are dedicated to the idea of “personal mobility,” cars meant to blend in with pedestrians on the streets.

Via geekBlue

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09.14.2006

Spyro Gyro Pen

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Remember these? Well, they're back.

The Spyro Gyro is a motorized and oscillating stylus that creates three different shapes (squares, circles and triangles). The harder you push down on the stylus, the smaller and tighter the shapes. Release the pressure and -- voila! -- the shapes get bigger. I think I can do that.

Buy one for your child then "borrow" it.

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$9.95 at Science eStore.

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09.14.2006

All Terrain Money Belt: keeping your bills stashed

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For the intrepid traveller, worrying about pickpockets is a fairly common concern. The usual admonishments about keeping track of your personal belongings and staying alert in unfamiliar surroundings apply. But things like fanny packs, small pouches worn under the shirt, and hiding money in shoes all seem awfully desperate, don't they?

Which is why the All Terrain Money Belt by Eagle Creek seems so cool. Granted the style just screams "traveller abroad," but in theory, being able to stash cash in your belt is a genius way to keep valuables near without looking too much like a doofus, and with this in mind the ATMB delivers. With a slim zippered compartment hidden on the inside, you can be sure this won't be the first place for would be muggers to look. And though the belt buckle design leaves a little more to be desired, if you're backpacking or travelling, at least the ATMB won't clash too heavily with your sneakers and t-shirts. Plus you get to choose from four very neutral and easy to match to colors. No flourescent pink or screaming yellow in sight...

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09.13.2006

Bonbon Convertible Doc Sofa/Bunkbed and Lollipop bunkbed

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Wow . . . swoon . . . Living in NYC, I'm always attracted to furniture that utilizes double use design and converts to another function - not to mention the whole "Transformers" aspect of it. Since most folks in the city I know don't have that extra spare guest room for putting up guests, you have to be a bit more creative and efficient with your space. So how cool is this sofa that converts to bunkbeds from Bonbon Trading? More fun than a traditonal pull-out couch, and a lot more space efficient too since you wouldn't have to move coffee tables and other furniture around to accommodate the mattress.

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Even more intriguing is their Lollipop hideaway bunkbed system. A modern update on the Murphy bed, I just love the whole minimalist aesthetic of the doors and the fact that you can accommodate multiple guests in a flash without sacrificing floorspace. Anything that can clear up clutter is a great thing.

I don't know how much these bunkbed systems cost (and maybe that's a good thing because they can't be cheap so let me just fantasize and admire for now). It also looks as though it's only available in the UK, but the company can be emailed or phoned for inquiries.

via Inhabitat.

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09.13.2006

Barbie meets Beetle

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The results can be interesting when you get two incredibly successful icons of our times together. In this case, Ms.Barbara Millicent Roberts, a.k.a Barbie, and Beetle have been brought together by Volkswagen in the all-pink Beetle Barbie limited edition car. The car is done up completely in pink, with the Barbie logo placed at strategic locations. Purists will be pleased to note that even the lug nuts on the tires have not been spared. The trend continues inside the car, with the inserts in the leather seats, steering wheel, door panels and floor mats all splashed with the Barbie color.

Though Barbie and the Beetle have had some troubles in recent times, there are still a large number of women globally who are avid collectors of anything related to Barbie. Add to that the passionate community of Beetle lovers, and Volkswagen seems to have a potential bestseller in their hands. However, for the time being, only 13 of these cars will be manufactured and will be sold through exclusive VW outlets in Mexico for around $24,368.

Via Autoblog.

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09.13.2006

Cube goes luxe

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Being the geek I am (and always have been), I was one of those kids you remember that learned to solve the Rubik’s Cube before most people had laid their hands on one.

Though there have been numerous follow-up puzzles to Erno Rubik’s cube, I was particularly delighted to see this luxury update of his original puzzle.

Featuring a solid, polished metal frame and richly-dyed calfskin color cubes, this update was developed by Geoffrey Parker, a British manufacturer of luxury games. Parker’s 50-year old family business is famous for creating one of the world’s most expensive Monopoly sets.

A perfect gift for the geek-turned-executive, the heavy chrome skeleton and beautiful leather inlays are sure to compliment the furniture in any corner office.

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09.13.2006

A tv with a phone: IM-U140 Pantech

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The IM-U140 from Pantech is a slider phone that comes with a 2.6" QVGA LCD screen, 4 speakers, a 3 megapixel camera, mp3 player, video output, and a MicroSD connector, and best of all a DMB TV tuner. Digital Multimedia Broadcasting is a telecommunications system for sending radio, TV and data via digital radio signals. Having DMB makes the IM-U140 seem more like a TV with a phone than the other way around.

The IM-U140 comes out in South Korea this month.

Via Mobile Whack

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