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09.30.2006

Still time to enter to win a Pioneer AVIC-D2 GPS

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09.30.2006

LocoRoco online sweepstakes

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LocoRoco is said to be one of the best titles out there for Sony’s PSP. Unfortunately, all I know about the game so far derives from various online reviews, videos and screenshots. All I can say is that Loco Roco definitely falls into the category of cutest-looking-games-ever. I have been meaning to get myself a copy of the game for a while now, but …I got sidetracked by that one pair of boots… yet again.

Sony might have come to my rescue by organizing this Loco Roco online sweepstake; enter and you could be one of five lucky winners to get an adorable Loco Roco prize pack which contains two limited edition Loco Roco inflatables (small and large), a very special one-of-a-kind LocoRoco T-shirt, a beanie, and -- most importantly -- a copy of the game.

Unfortunately for me, the promotion is for US residents only. You can try and get your Loco Roco prize by entering the sweepstake until October 17th directly on the playstation.com site.

Good Luck!

Via PSP vault.

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09.30.2006

Concerto Table

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For those nights when you want an evening of music and good conversation over a tasty meal check out the Concerto Table by Lovegrove & Repucci. The table, styled in the shape of a grand piano, contains all you need to host a great evening with friends. The iPod dock built into the deck provides ambiance, with hidden speakers for functional elegance. In-line shelves hold supplies without adding bulk. Intended by the designers as a focal point to your gathering, the Concerto Table moves through its configurations providing flexible dining solutions to you and your guests. Go from hors d'oeuvres to dinner seamlessly and with flair. And when you're not hosting smashing parties, enjoy the Concerto Table as a home office. Multifunctionality rules.

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09.29.2006

GotVoice voicemail mangement

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I’ve spent some time using the GotVoice voicemail recording service and I wanted to review it for the Popgadget crowd. The company offers a service for capturing voicemail messages from your telephone provider’s messaging system, and making them available as handy mp3s. It means no more punching keypads to get to that vital message I saved two weeks ago, and always having a web accessible method for listening, trashing, and saving voicemail.

GotVoice does offer a free package with basic functionality. It will automatically sync with the voicemail system a maximum of three times a day, and allows for automatically deleting old messages once a week. That’s it, but that’s a perfect bare minimum of functionality to simply use their service as a voicemail reference archive, which is what I’ve wanted for a long time. The free versions are heavily advertising supported, but that’s par for the course when discussing great online services that are free to use. There’s a full review below the fold so click through and we’ll run through it together.

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09.29.2006

Scrapblog

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I admit it, …I like creating scrap books, or at least I used to. That was back in my teen years when there was no email, no instant messengers of sorts, no digital pictures. Back then, I would spend hours decorating my Smemoranda* with the name and pictures of my momentary crush, my favorite band, actors, etc. Gosh, I would even write letters and create personal birthday cards!

All my handcrafting talent slowly diminished as I started using the computer more and more and lost interest in spending hours doing by hand what can be achieved a lot faster on a computer. The thing is that, if the application you are using is good and entertaining, you might be able to send that birthday card a lot faster, but in the end you might spend twice as much time looking for it or creating it without even noticing.

That’s exactly what happens when you use scrapblog; you will easily spend a couple of hours creating your digital scrapbook and not even feel it.

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09.29.2006

The Ballad makes beautiful music

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Although many speaker manufacturers successfully merge art and sound, Crystal Audio has hit a high note with the Ballad subwoofer.

Designed to compliment Crystal’s Melody line of speakers, the Ballad was fashioned by the Melody’s same Greek sculptor, Ilirian Shima. Made of 40 layers of plywood specially bonded together and treated with wax, the subwoofer is totally inert and resembles a beautifully crafted instrument.

The Ballad tops out at eight feet tall, so it’s sure to be noticed. In fact, you may even need to cut a hole in the ceiling of your living room to accommodate it! The endpin that sticks out from the larger end prevents loss of sonic energy, making its sweet sound that much sweeter.

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09.29.2006

Wunderwurks Design

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Tony Wurman, a classically trained industrial designer and glass blower, is the wunderkind founder and artist behind the Wunderwurks Design studio in New York City.

What's unique about his wonderful designs is that everything is made with recyclable materials, such as this Hula Hula lamp ($680) which is actually hot-glue sticks that are melted and stretched to resemble stained glass. Inspriation for this lamp, he says, came from LA surf graphics and Venice Beach's colorful tapestry.

Using a specific blend of EVA hotmelt adhesive and proprietary techniques he has developed, Wurman can transform hot glue into a Tiffany-esque lamp, using wire for the base, or create a stunning clock.

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You can see more of his work at Wunderwurks.

Via LA TIMES.

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09.29.2006

Intempo Digital Radio (DAB & FM)

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If customization is king, then rockin' design rules. The Intempo Digital Radio model PP01 has a sleek design and chameleon style so flexible it will suit almost anyone's taste. The ultra-slim radio with flat panel speakers picks up both FM and Digital Audio (DAB), making sure you keep up with the times. If you want to use the radio speakers to output sound from your iPod or Mp3 player there's a stereo line-in jack available, as well as a headphone socket for when you want to listen on your own. Rechargable batteries provide up to twenty hours of continous use, allowing you to take the PP01 anywhere. But perhaps best of all are the interchangable speaker covers which provide the option to personalize! You can change the look of your radio, and even add colors or your own photos. Put it all together, you've got a sweet-looking fun device.

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09.28.2006

VertiGo gear/laptop bag from Waterfield

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When I transitioned from a behemoth laptop to my tiny Dell Inspiron 710m (which I love even though it's not the smallest or prettiest in its class), I bought a tiny laptop bag to go with it so I could really travel light. For awhile, I was so delighted with its slimness that I almost didn't mind that I had to carry the fat adapter in my purse. Never mind all the other stuff I generally carry, like pens, notepads, and cords for other portable devices -- no room for any of that stuff.

Looking for something a little roomier and more versatile, I came across a few fashionable, very ladylike styles that look like oversized handbags -- tempting if I weren't the type of ungentle person who regularly spills coffee, walks around in the rain without an umbrella, and throws things around in my car like a gorilla in a cage.

In the end, I bought this VertiGo bag (named that because it's, of course, vertical) with a laptop sleeve insert (I got the very bag pictured above, except with orange leather trim instead of the green). Made of a highly durable black, ballistic nylon, it comes in 4 different sizes, ranging in price from $79 to $89, with a choice of 9 different trims. I love that it's not strictly a laptop bag, which means I can use it as an overnight bag, as a carry-on when I'm flying, as a book bag (not that I ever read books anymore), or as an alternative to a handbag. There are a number of interior pockets for things like cell phones, pens, business cards, whatever. The exterior sports two large pockets, front and back (big enough for files, books, candy bars, water bottle), and one small pocket on the side (for another cell phone or iPod maybe, or a baby bottle if you use this as a diaper bag). I'm not sure why, but I feel like the vertical positioning makes it less cumbersome to carry.

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09.28.2006

Diageo puts cocktails in a tin

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Though they've long been a staple on the continent, we Americans haven't been able to buy ready-to-drink cocktails in convenient single serving sizes. Sure, we’ve seen some one off products like Kahlua's Mudslides, and Jack Daniel's Country Cocktails, but there hasn't been much in the way of beverages that professional drinkers enjoy. Diageo is using Tampa, FL as the test market for twelve ounce cocktails in traditional aluminum cans.

The goal is to offer convenient cans of premixed cocktails to compete with the beer market, and to boost liquor sales and brand recognition. The initial offerings are familiar names likes Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, George Dickel, and Seagram's 7. Expansion plans call for a Crown Royal offering in the upcoming months.

The liquors are packaged with lemon-lime or cola flavored sodas, and the twelve ounce can (if my math is correct) contains approximately 25 mL of 80 proof spirit. The tinned cocktails are only 5% alcohol by volume, so they come in as alcoholic as a can of Budweiser.

Reports from the Tampa area have shown sales to be brisk, and I’m predicting that these will be very well received. The Coppola family’s single serving sparkling wine has done remarkably well solely on the novelty of a shiny pink can with a straw. Keep an eye on the airlines as I suspect that they will soon be picking these up as a replacement for the traditional, flammable, 50mL liquor bottle.

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09.28.2006

Bluetooth headsets never looked so good: Sony Ericsson HBH-IV835

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Carrying a superslim wireless phone like a RAZR or Blade doesn’t look so hot if your Bluetooth headset is big and clunky.

Sony Ericsson’s new HBH-IV835 keeps your sexy phone looking sexy. It’s glossy black and silver casing complements its sleek, slim profile. It also fits in your ear, rather than hanging on with an annoying hook, which makes taking it on and off much easier.

The IV835 also features the latest technology: Bluetooth 2.0, Digital Signal Processing to filter out unwanted background noise, automatic volume adjustment to make calls come through loud and clear, and auto-pairing to get you up and running fast.

Lieutenant Uhura never had a headset like this!

Retails for about $80 at Amazon and other stores.

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09.28.2006

Trapping sunshine in a jar

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While the Sun Jar appears to be an ordinary mason jar, it is really a solar powered lamp that charges during the day to be used at night. I really appreciate its eco-friendly approach, which doesnt feel too mechanical. Put it on your windowsill or in your sunroom, next to your jar of sun brewed tea.

Via Sci Fi Tech.

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09.28.2006

Stormtrooper armor

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It might be a little too early to start thinking about your Halloween costume, but if you are planning on having the coolest outfit ever, you might have to start saving now! Actually, to afford the $1,300 Stormtrooper armor and helmet, you might need to take out a loan, but hey, it’s worth it...right?!

Considering the item is “out of stock” at the moment. my guess is that I am not the only insane being out there who would actually consider spending the equivalent of a fairly nice flat screen TV on a Star Wars outfit. That said, this Stormtrooper attire is an accurate reproduction of the original helmet and armour used in the movie; in fact that helmet is apparently made out of the same original 1976 movie mould.

Could any Star Wars fan possibly ask for more?

Start saving and pre-order your kick-ass Halloween outfit at firebox.com.

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09.28.2006

The Pet Loo

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It seems that dogs, unlike cats, can't be trained to use the toilet. What do you do if you live in an apartment and can't bring your dog out as often as you need to? The Pet Loo, which looks similar to the PetAPotty that Mia once wrote about, was invented to solve this problem. A layer of porous, synthetic grass hides a concave surface that drains urine into the receptacle below. The receptacle can be easily removed for emptying, and you only have to pour warm water over the grass to clean it. If your doggy decides to poop onto the Pet Loo, just scoop it off - the grass can be hosed down if necessary. The Pet Loo site has tips on training your dog to use it.

The Pet Loo seems to be widely available in Australia but harder to find elsewhere; online, it's available from Critter Cottage (which also stocks the Litter Kwitter for cats).

Via The New Inventors.

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09.27.2006

Panic Button

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Forget the "Easy" button you see on the commercials -- this is the one we need! Of course, it won't actually fix anything, but just think how much better you'll feel after stabbing it a number of times while swearing profusely. I'm putting it on my computer keyboard, but you could put in anywhere -- your car dash, kitchen, child's homework desk. It comes with a self-adhesive pad on the base.

$5.31 from I Want One Of Those.

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09.27.2006

Resurrection

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Originally developed as an ‘anti-hangover elixir,’ Resurrect has been re-introduced as a ‘detox’ beverage that is full of healthy ingredients which are claimed to have the benefit of cleansing the liver of impurities, aiding in digestion, and eliminating toxins that create intestinal woe and general fogginess. [I can’t help but note the correlation between hangovers and detox.]

It's formulated with 22 vitamins, herbs, electrolytes, and amino acids, including some interesting ones like Artichoke Bud Extract, Milk Thistle, and Dandelion Root Extract; they combine into a refreshing fruit-flavored drink… which, according to Resurrect’s web site, is perfect for mixing with vodka, gin, and rum!

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09.27.2006

Fido Bag

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If you think man's best friend is a dog, forget it. In an era of constant travel and late night flights, your new best friend is the Fido Bag. A playful two-in-one solution to the active person's lifestyle, the Fido Bag has a large main compartment that can function as a gym bag, carry-on, duffle, or tote. A smaller compartment at the side of the bag detaches for when you need your essentials. Both are fully lined, and the entire bag features an adjustable shoulder strap. Originally designed for the Sputnik Spacelines exhibition in Tokyo, increased demand has enabled the designers to offer the Fido Bag to everyone. For $180 USD, you can take your little buddy with you wherever you go.

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09.27.2006

Bring back the old school

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Do you remember the Swingline Stapler? I do, especially, when I'm using some cheap plastic stapler that barely punctures ten sheets of paper. The all-metal jam resistant Swingline can handle a hefty 20 sheets of 20 lb paper, takes S.F. 4 Premium or standard staples, and measures 7" x 2.5".

If you are still shopping for supplies for school, Thinkgeek sells the Classic Swingline for $21.99.

While we're on the subject, I also miss pencil sharpeners screwed onto table tops, purplish ink printed on ditto sheets, and demin-blue cloth 3 rind binders, but I digress.

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09.27.2006

Moo for more

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Got a Flickr pro account? If you do, then you still have a few days to take advantage of this special offer. Moo.Com, an online printing service, has joined forces with Flickr to turn your online photos into these fab-looking MiniCards, for free.

MiniCards are customized calling cards, and Moo is giving them away for free to the first 10,000 Flickr Pro users. You can choose 10 different images from your own collection and have Moo print them up (1 side image, the other side for contact info) for free, plus free shipping anywhere in the world. The catch is, you’ll have to do it before September ends.

But if you can’t make the end of September deadline, their regular printing service is very affordable as well. You can have 100 cards printed up, with a different image on each and every one of them, all for the price of $19.99. If you work in the design or any other creative field, this could be a wonderful way to showcase your talent.

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09.27.2006

Bibi cases: cutest iPod cover ever?

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Well, you be the judge. Twin designers, Lauren and Paulina Bibi, apparently made quite a splash in the recent Apple Expo in Paris.

These wonderfully cute and endearing Bibi iPod covers \ look to be made of colorful felt material and buttons, and are priced at about $40 to $50.

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Their designs for MacBook covers are just as adorable, but still under development. The girls don’t have an online website yet, but if you’re really interested, you can send them an email directly at laurenandpaulina@hotmail.fr. I sure hope their address can handle a mass quantity of emails. With such a cute and adorable looking product, they will be inundated with all sorts of inquiries.

Via Gearlog.

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09.26.2006

Cable Jewelry

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With so many electronic devices in our homes these days, you had to figure somebody would try and spice things up for those simple unadorned essential items that keep the juice flowing to our laptops and ipods. Cable Jewelry by bless.de offers a whimsical look into what can happen when you let your power cord take on its own personality. With lacy trims, beads, and multicolor hoops, your cables can take on a whole new flair, ensuring that things never get boring when you fire up that DVD player with your remote.

Though bless.de seems to only make their jewlery for European power strips, their other cable offerings seem universal enough. Who would have thought you'd get preening little wires wanting to look pretty? As personal electronic devices continue to infiltrate our lives, you bet we'll see more creations like this, turning mass-produced ubiquitous objects into novelties with surpise and charm.

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09.26.2006

Sweet Spirit sugar dispenser

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I've always found sugar dispensers to be quite useless because it's far too hard to control the amount of sugar that comes out. It doesn't help that I find most of them to be rather boring, even ugly, in their design.

But Troika's Sweet Spirit sugar dispenser is one that I could quite happily use, I think. The dispenser is made of glass and aluminium; depressing the knob at the top releases sugar from the bottom of the globe. It looks like the sugar comes out in a sprinkle, which is nice if you're adding sugar to desserts. Refilling it could be a bit tricky because if the small opening (if you've ever refilled a one-handed pepper mill, you'd know what I mean), but Troika has thoughtfully provided a paper funnel for that purpose.

Contact your local Troika distributor for a stockist near you, or get it online at EFX.

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09.26.2006

The story behind the Mercedes Boxfish

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Bill Sharfman from The Scientist has a great subscription piece covering the design story behind last year's Mercedes-Benz Bionic concept car; and hopefully this reawakening of interest is a sign that we're going to see it on car lots in the upcoming year. Ten years ago, engineers from the Mercedes R&D department were searching for a natural shape that would make a good car. They toured a large fish collection at the Rosenstein Museum and discovered a cute little tropical fish that lives in coral reefs. The boxfish tuned out to be the perfect shape for a four seater compact car.

An anatomically correct model of a female boxfish has a drag coefficient of .06; the Bionic car prototype weighed in at 0.19. This may sound like a large loss of efficiency, but my Mercedes E320 has a drag coefficient of 0.29, and at the time was considered to be an amazing feat of engineering. To reduce drag, door handles were motorized to pop out of the door on demand, and the rear view mirrors were shaved off the side in favor of cameras and monitors. By starting from shapes in nature with good aerodynamics, the concept engineers were able to avoid reinventing the wheel and able to concentrate on fitting it with modern technology under the hood.

The goal of the Bionic concept was to produce an ultra aerodynamic car that would offer fuel efficiency and low emissions. The prototype ran at seventy miles per gallon for city driving, and eighty-four mpg on the highway. By maximizing the utility of the combustion process within the engine. the resulting emissions are actually more polluting than previous technology. Though, by treating the pollutants before they leave the tailpipe, the overall system is better for the environment. This Selective Catalytic Reduction system applies a liquid solution of urea from AdBlue to the emissions. Precise timing is used to spray small amounts of the reactant into the tailpipes to breakdown nasty nitrogen oxide into harmless water and nitrogen.

Good looks, neat techie features, fuel efficiency, and low emissions? Hey Mercedes, cowboy up and get the boxfish on the lot!

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09.26.2006

Powerisers jumping stilts

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I’m sorry, but these are just plain CRAZY! The images from the movie Aliens keeps coming up in my head. At the same time, it looks WAY cool. Just imagine, you now can leap up to almost 6 feet high and be able to run up to 20 miles an hour without having to grow wings.

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By using curved springs attached to the base, the weight that you push down creates a gravitational energy. The super-charged springs then push everything back. By harnessing this force, it gives you the power to run and leap, ultimately reaching tremendous height and speed.

They come in silver, blue, red or yellow, and are adjustable to fit. Priced at £199 each, it’s not exactly cheap, but sure looks like a lot of fun. You can take a look at these video clips from YouTube.com and see how other crazy folks try to do it. Don't forget to wear protection, people!

Available at Gizoo.com.uk

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09.26.2006

Glowing wearables from philips

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Philips recently presented two prototypes from their SKIN project. "Frison" contains LEDs which responds to breath and air movement upon the body. "Bubelle" senses emotive information, and reacts differently to each individual. The concept behind these experimental garments is to research the expression of emotion and personality through reactive wearable technology, using Philips expertise in lighting innovations.

Via we-make-money-not-art.

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09.26.2006

MoPods

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We've blinged out our iPods, put jewelry on our phones, but this is the latest in must-have mobile accessories -- the MoPods. They spin and flash in a crazed manner when your mobile receives a call or text message, even in silent mode.

You can pick from 6 characters including a penguin, kitten, monster and devil. Once you get one you're going to want to collect them all. I started with the penguin.

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Available for $9.30 from the UK site Firebox.

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09.25.2006

Classy emoticon jewelry by Sweet Tooth

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It's a contradiction in terms, but someone has actually made geek jewelry that is also nice by non-geek jewelry standards. The bangles, charms, key rings, and necklaces in Sweet Tooth's Smiley collection sport various silver and gold emoticons familiar to anyone who uses email and instant messaging. At the same time, there's a retro appeal for those of us who lived through the original one-note smiley faces of the 70s, the basis for the whole silly emoticon phenomenon. Prices in the Smiley collection range from $35 to $80 (these are pieces of jewelry, not throw-away trinkets). I don't even use emoticons in my IM messages, but I'd wear these pieces.

This Smiley jewelry isn't made by a gadget maker. The company's founder, Laurie Chapman, is a true jewelry designer, and most of her collections have nothing to do wth smiley faces or computers. But they're just as whimsical, with names like "Triple Dip," "Soda Pop," "Sprinkles," "Iced Martini," and "Linzer Tart." It's like elegant Sanrio jewelry for grownups. I originally went to the site to buy these dreamy earrings fom the designer's Triple Dip collection (no more fuddy duddy lawyer jewelry for me).

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09.25.2006

Pong Clock

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Instead of 15-30, it’s 7:30!

A tribute to the first home video game, this clock not only tells the time, but provides hours of enjoyment by showing an endless random game of lo-res tennis.

The Pong Clock, brainchild of Dutch design studio Buro Vormkrijgers, can actually switch to a game play mode that allows you to play against the clock, making a multi-functional device.

Developed as a limited edition, the final handful of available clocks has been reserved to be auctioned on e-bay.

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09.25.2006

Now stare the onion in the eye with Onion Goggles

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Put on a pair of Onion Goggles and everything you look at will turn into an onion. Nah, just kidding! But who knows...rapid technology advancement might even make this possible some day (and then I hope to use the technology on a pesky neighbor of mine)

Well really, all that the Onion Goggles are going to help you with is to prevent tears when you are cutting onions. No rocket science here – the goggles have foam seal around the edges that keep out the tear-causing fumes while you are chopping onions. The advantage of these goggles is that they are worn like normal spectacles and do not have an elastic band holding them in place.

Be prepared for some ridicule while using them because they look quite like the glasses worn by college kids in the 70s. The goggles are available for around $20 a pair at Broadway Panhandler.

Via Slashfood.

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09.25.2006

Solid gold: precious underwear

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So ladies, here's a bra for one of those "special" occasions. Launched by Korea’s Golden Zone at a fashion show in Seoul, this brassiere costs more than a million (1.89 million to be precise) but you may end up paying a lot more in comfort (and style!). Decorated with encrusted diamonds and loops of liquid gold, not only is this garment unattractive, but I imagine wearing it must hurt. After all, if you think underwire cups dig in, imagine what metal must feel like - ouch! Not exactly the type of thing you want to wear for a full day of work, unless of course it's related to your profession. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Via Gizmodo.

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09.25.2006

Video game exhibition returns to london

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First opening in 2006, the video game exhibition, Game On, has returned to London where it first started. In the past four years, the exhibit has been shown in the rest of Europe, Israel, Chicago, San Jose and Seattle. The exhibit showcases games, old and new. Most notable, it includes the PDP-1 system, which plays Spacewar, the granddaddy of video games, created at MIT in 1962.

Game On runs from October 21st 2006 to February 25th 2007.

Via Joystiq.

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09.25.2006

Finger ignites: Film @ 11:00

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I thought I had solved the problem of remembering my wedding anniversary by having it inscribed on the inside of my platinum ring. Yeah, you guessed it...I forgot to check . Fortunately, my husband thinks it's hysterically funny.

But there would be no forgetting when you had the "ultimate reminder," the Reminder Ring, which heats up to 120F degrees for at least 10 seconds, on every hour starting from the day before your anniversary date. The ring is powered by a battery that will charge itself using your body heat, so it will not go dead before it gets to burn you. Good to know.

When you order the ring you have it programmed with the date you need/want to remember.

Available in seven styles ranging from gold to silver, with a lifetime warranty.

Before you race to buy one for yourself (or your mate) it's only a concept product so far.

Via Gizmodo.

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09.24.2006

Talk for Free Dialog Phone

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Miglia, known for their digital media products (I'm a fan of their computer speakers) has designed a phone for your computer, Dialog, which offers Skype and iChat AV integration, letting you chat for as long as you want to anyone in the world. Free.

Like all Skype phones, the Dialog takes advantage of your computer to make all your phone calls, and by installing Dialog for PC, you can use almost any Instant Messaging application with voice support, such as MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger.

It will look strange to you at first, as there isn't an LED screen or any buttons or numbers, just a call button and a volume control key, which you also use to scroll through your list of contacts. If you're like me, all your phone numbers are stored on your computer. It's wireless too and you can use your phone within a 20-feet of your computer, allowing you to pace during those tense buiness calls

We got the Channel Marketing Director, Charles Kennard, on the phone, who was quite clearly was wandering the office as he talked : "Dialog phone sets it's self apart from other Sykpe phones because of it's huge sense of style and simplicity of use."

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Works with both PC and Mac, just plug in the wire free adapter into a USB port on your computer and start yakking.

$79.99 on the Miglia site.

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09.24.2006

Urban Terrain bike with e-Power

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Driving into the city, I often see bicyclists riding to work; some of them zip along even going uphill for long stretches (the ones with muscular calves that look like they belong on a race horse). You can always spot the novices, who seem to be having a grand old time, all smiling and rosy-cheeked, until they encounter that impossible hill. Nothing like a nice uphill struggle to take the wind out of your sails when you're trying out a new, healtheir lifestyle. I tend to avoid uphill rides altogether, having no aspirations whatsoever of being an athletic rider. So I've often thought it would be nice to have a bike that helps you only when you need it, giving your pedaling just a little extra push.

This Urban Terrain electric bicycle has a torque-sensing motor that provides 100% assistance on hills and 50% on flat terrain, for up to 30 miles on a single charge, and at a maximum powered speed of 18 mph. The aluminum frame is lightweight (well, if you consider 49.5 pounds lightweight) and foldable, so would work well for taking on trains, or commuting all the way to the office, where you can carry it up the stairs, remove the 9-pound battery and charge it up for your ride home (5 hours for a full charge). This e-Power bike, available from Gaiam for $1,199, is equipped with Shimano Axus 6-speed derailleur gears, thumb-shift gear change, alloy wheels, and front and rear V-type brakes.

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09.24.2006

ArchPort sandals

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Though we’re at the tail end of sandal season here in New York, those of you in the warmer climates may still have some time left in the year to enjoy the benefit of ArchPort sandals.

Arch Port sandals have a storage box built into the sole, allowing you to store money, keys, a driver’s license and other small essentials within foot’s reach! Perfect for days at the beach when your wearing that thong that leaves no room for storage.

Reminiscent of the original KangaROOS sneakers that had pockets in the tongue, ArchPort also has an athletic shoe available that has the same sole functionality as its warm-weather counterpart.

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09.24.2006

The comprehensive video game console collection

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For whatever reason, growing up, my friends and I seemed to end up with different gaming consoles. I had an Atari 2600, another kid a Colecovision, and still another had an Intellivision. We'd go around to different homes to play each other's games. That's why my jaw dropped when I saw this impressive collection of just about every popular system ever made. I like how there is shelf space reserved from the soon to be released Wii.

Via Engadget through Joystiq.

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09.24.2006

Clio's Popgadget highlights on Myspace

I have decided to inflict my opinion on everyone and share a few of my favorite Popgadget highlights semi-regularly on our Myspace page. Please enjoy my witty commentary.

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09.23.2006

iTrax Mixing Console

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For all of you turntablists or DJs wannabes out there, here’s a new bag of tricks being offered by Gemini DJ, a division of GCI Technologies. The latest addition to the iSeries product line, the iTrax Mixing Console utilizes dual docking stations for iPod music players. Each iPod channel comes equipped with 3 band EQ control and 2 phono/line convertible inputs so you can use it with other devices such as CD players, turntable, etc.

On the back of the console, the iTrax provides a composite video output that can be used with the latest Photo/Video iPod product. USB connection allows the user to manage playlist and music library from both iPods via a computer.

In addition, the iTrax also features master volume control, dual VU meter display, a user-replaceable X-Fader, a fully featured cue section, and a microphone control panel with 2-band EQ and volume control. With a Phat system like this, you’ll be able to cue up more than just Celebration at your next wedding gig.

Suggested retail for the iTrax is $179.95

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09.23.2006

Cutting scale

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My initial reaction to the cutting scale designed by Jim Termeer and Jess Giffin was instinctively positive; in retrospect probably because it combines two of my main interests: technology and cooking.

Don’t get me wrong, I still think the idea of incorporating a scale onto a cutting board in and of itself is rather interesting, but as hard as I try to find a practical reason for these two kitchen instruments to be combined, I can’t.

I can’t think of a single “choppable” ingredient – because that is what you use a cutting board for – that also needs to be measured in grams. I chop onions, but even assuming I can’t judge how much I need without following the recipe step by step, recipes hardly ever tell you how many grams of chopped onions you need; they will more likely say you need 1, 2, etc. onions.

On the other hand, all the ingredients I usually need a scale for don’t seem to be very suitable for weighing on a cutting board: for instance, 250g of flower; 100g of cocoa, and so on.

That said, the 10’’ x 5’’ cutting scale looks really edgy, and will maybe be followed by many future products that will bring more “geekiness” into the kitchen.

Via Sci Fi Tech.

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09.23.2006

Pixel Samplers: embroidery for geeks

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Now, this is what we mean by digital craft. Pixel Samplers by endfile.com make all sorts of kicky nostalgic pieces of needlepoint and more. The pieces highlight the relationship between old technologies and new, drawing attention to the simlilarity in approach of needlepoint and pixel art. (Each uses techniques which fill in small squares of color to produce a picture.) The images, like the hard drives pictured above, are taken from old windows control panels, reminding us of GUIs of long-past, much like the scenic landscapes of needle art in earlier times.

As we fall ever more in love with our computational horizons, it's nice to bring a bit of tradition up to speed in the twenty-first century, and to keep our upgrades up-to-date when it comes from things of the past.

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09.23.2006

Another video game cake (my last one, i promise)

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OK, I know that I already posted on the Xbox wedding cake and then on NES and Tetris cakes. I don't know why I am fascinated by these baked goods. Yes, I do. I love cake and I love video games.

So, here is a Mario Brothers themed wedding cake, which, well...takes the cake. I really like how Mario is posing with his arms crossed as if he is about to bust into b-boy moves. Check out the whole flickr photo set to fully appreciate the craftsmanship. It is almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

Via Boing Boing through Wonderland.

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09.22.2006

Halfsuit for boxer-wearing telecommuters: Businessbibs

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My husband is one of those "I am most happy with my tees and jeans" people. Because he's in the technology industry, everyone around him dresses more or less in the same fashion. It's only when he has to meet up with the big bosses or customers, either personally or increasingly via videoconferencing, that his suits get to see the light of the day. In spite of my genuine appreciation of how good he looks in those suits, he is still convinced of their complete uselessness. His strong distaste is reflected in his view that a tie serves no purpose other than as something to wipe one's face after dinner!

It's no wonder then that he sent me this link on Businessbibs. It's basically a half suit that you can put on over virtually anything, to give you that professional appearance during video conferences or web chats. Each Businessbib has a slit back Velcro-sealed design and can be slipped over your T-shirt and shorts to give you to that sophisticated look in a jiffy. Once you're done with the meeting, you can remove the Businessbib and get back to your casual lifestyle. Since this will work only for videoconferences, its usage is pretty much limited to telecommuters. Also, the product is a no-no for people who use their hands to do the speaking or have a habit of moving around during meetings. For those adventurous ones, who believe that they can try this out in face-to-face meetings, it would be nothing short of suicidal.

Businessbibs are hand-made from recycled materials and are supposed to be sturdy and stylish. Priced between $135-150, they can be ordered online.

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09.22.2006

Micropack: take it with you

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If you ever go running somewhere other than an indoor gym, you know how difficult it can be to decide what to do with your essentials when you're out and about. Maybe you just need a place to put your keys where they won't jingle. Perhaps you need a Micropack Landsport, which is totally bounce-free and jingle-free, and can hold an iPod mini or shuffle. With a clip for sunglasses and a pouch for keys, you'll have everything you need while you're on the run.

And for water lovers, try the Micropack All Conditions with a removable waterproof dry pouch. Perfect for transitions between water and dry land.

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09.22.2006

Spirals for all

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I grew up with Spirograph. Evan recently posted about the Spyro Gyro Pen.

Now, here's a great DIY project, provided by Paul Bourke, for the truly hard core geometry fiend. Try building a harmonograph. This contraption used to be home entertainment at the turn of the last century. It works by using two swinging pendulums which control the motion of the pen; as the swing slowly damps. the spiral pattern emerges.

Just remember, everyone, math is cool.

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09.22.2006

Pet staircase

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Pet staircase comes in different sizes, three steps, four steps, five steps and six steps, and as the name suggests, is specifically designed to allow your pet to easily climb up and down every couch, bed, chair, etc. you might have.

Pet staircase seems to be one of those objects that get pet owners overly excited only to find that their dog, cat or whatever else is never going to use it. But what do I know? After all, I am not a pet owne …at least not anymore.

I bet Paris Hilton’s Tinkerbell has one.

Pet staircase price ranges from $80 to $150, depending on size.

Via product dose
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09.22.2006

Boo Boo Kisses

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As all moms know, there is nothing like a kiss to make a boo boo better. Now you can follow it up with a boo boo bandage. What could be better? (At my age? A shot of Scotch.)

They all come with a little "toy" to make the ouchie feel better, too.

Boo Boo Kisses are cut into the shape of lips and come in four different colors. Fifteen per tin.

$3.99 at Perpetual Kid .

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09.21.2006

Learn how to build with cardboard

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A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me if I was interested in taking a workshop on building stuff out of cardboard, taught by the Adaptive Design Association. Located in New York City, ADA is this amazing non-profit whose mission is to make customized equipment for people (and especially children) with special needs. They use and reuse inexpensive material like cardboard, fabric and brown paper bags to make chairs, toys, and physical therapy equipment which can be custom designed for a person's exact dimensions and needs.

They hold workshops, where you can learn basic skills in cardboard carpentry. There's enough time in one class to build something you can take home and use. People in the workshop I attended made: a book/ laptop stand for working in bed, a work-out balance board and a physical therapy step stand. I ended up making a small staircase for my friend's diabetic cat with a cranky back, so he can get into bed.

Check out ADA's site for the fall workshop schedule. Classes are starting next week, so sign up now, and break out the (card) board.

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09.21.2006

Claudia Mitchell is robobeautiful

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Claudia Mitchell and I are both 26, but she's 1) a pretty lady and 2) the first woman to receive a bionic arm. After a tragic motorcycle accident took her left arm Ms. Mitchell was at a loss to do her daily tasks like folding laundry or peeling a banana. She volunteered as a test subject for a program interfacing advanced robotic prosthetics directly into the nerves that had previously controlled the arm she had lost. The resulting marriage of body and build gives her a properly articulated arm that functions through thought.

How does it work? A plastic surgeon rerouted the nerve endings that used to control the muscles in her missing arm; those nerves are grafted into chest muscles. When Claudia thinks about moving her missing arm those nerves still fire, and it stimulates the chest muscles. Where prosthetic makers once tried to overcome the phantom limb phenomenon, they are now finding that those signals are the perfect way to control a robotic arm.

These little guys are being developed with NIH grants as replacements for injured soldiers, and the wearers are encouraged to really put them through the paces as limb replacements. High tech prosthetics don't come cheap; prices hover around the $40,000 range, but ABC's WMDT reports that some insurance companies are now covering the costs.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has done fantastic Steve Austin style work, and I have an amazing respect for people like Hugh Herr and Todd Kuiken who are using their technological aptitude to help others. Don't miss Rachel Metz's great feature on the people and technology behind these advances in prosthetic body parts.

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09.21.2006

USBCELL rechargeable battery

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Moxia in the UK has come out with a rechargeable battery which tops off on any powered USB port. Appropriately named, the USBCELL, requires no cables or wires, simply plug it into any available USB port (including those on your Playstation, XBOX, and powered hub).

Not only can it be used like a normal battery and recharged simply by plugging into a USB port, a few minutes of charging will usually give you a few hours of power. An LED indicator provides "intelligent charging."

At the moment, it's available in a AA format with a mini-USB connector and also with a folding full-size USB, and with convertors.

So where can you get this revolutionary recharable battery? Now it is available in the USA, Canada, Australia and most of Europe.

Also, in January of 2007, USBCELL was a Design Week finalist for best consumer product of 2006.

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09.21.2006

Brabuddy

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I personally feel that tugging at falling bra straps is as much of a fashion faux pas as visible bra straps themselves. To my shame, slipping my fingers under my collar to pull back an errant bra strap is a maneuver I make all the time.

One solution is to use a bra strap holder that holds the two straps in place below your shoulders (for instance, the Strap-Mate). Now, an Australian company has come up with an alternative - the Brabuddy. This is nothing more than a simple clip that converts a regular bra into a crossback-style bra, by pulling the two straps together. Not only does it prevent your bra straps from falling off your shoulders, but it also allows you to wear your racerback tops without your bra straps showing. The maker also claims that it is cleavage enhancing. The site shows how the non-contortionists among us can put on the Brabuddy.

The Brabuddy is available in packs of three, with one each of clear, white and black.

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09.21.2006

Microsound for your iPods

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Talk about mini -- check out these speakers for your iPod Nano or Shuffle. Similar in size to PodGear's PocketParty micro speaker which made an apperance on Popgadget last year, these would also fit in my pocket.

They come in white and black, and you simply plug MicroSound into the headphone jack of your iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle. With up to 12 hours of battery time, you'll be party central wherever you go.

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$99 bucks at Miglia.

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09.21.2006

Ikea Trofe Mug

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One of the most common mistakes you can make when unloading a dishwasher is to miss the puddle of water that collected on the base of cups, glasses and other objects during the cycle, so that you splash the water in every direction while energetically moving the items from the dishwasher to the cupboard.

Finally, someone has come up with a cup with an “anti-pooling system.”

Ikea’s Trofe Mug was specifically designed to prevent water from collecting at its base and therefore avoid any “accidents” while unloading the dishwasher.

I wonder if it really works, but for a mere 50 cents a cup I am willing to try it out.

Via Ektopia.

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09.20.2006

OldVersion.Com -- Newer is not always better

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Have you ever updated your software, either by mistake or by choice, then found yourself really, really disliking the newer version and wishing you’d kept your older, more familiar version? Well, consider this site as your private little time machine.

Old Version.Com provides older versions of some of the more popular software out there, including software for Communication, Security, Graphics, FTP, File Sharing, Multimedia, and more. Although the choices are still somewhat limited and currently only support Windows platform, it’s a good place to look for most people. ‘Sides, you can always become a contributor if you feel so inclined.

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09.20.2006

Sega’s Robot Pony

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After reading about Sega’s Dream Pony, I knew the time to have a kid of my own had finally come. Not being a kid myself, the only plausible excuse for spending $600 on a toy would be to do it out of pure love and generosity for my own child…right?

Dream Pony is 1.2 meters tall, powered by batteries and equipped with sensors that enable it to react to its surroundings. Loud sudden sounds will make it jerk its head, darkness will have it emit an anxious-sounding whinny, and petting its head and neck will make it move its head, ears and tail in appreciation. You can also try and feed Dream Pony its “sad” plastic carrot; it will try to bite it.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to take a ride on Dream Pony, as the animal robot cannot move its legs which – come to think of it -- is rather disappointing, not that I would have tried to take a ride on Dream Pony…ever! Though, if you weigh less than 36 kilo (around 80 pounds), you can enjoy sitting on it and pretending to ride through beautiful woods and prairies.

Sega Toys will be selling Dream Pony by the end of the year, though I bet only in Japan; cool toys are always “Japan only.”

Via Pink Tentacle.

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09.20.2006

NanoNuno umbrella - Always Dry

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Nanotechnology is a term that covers many areas of research dealing with objects that are measured in nanometers (1 nanometer = a billionth of a meter). It's been in the news for several years, promising to bring about revolutionary changes in fields as diverse as medicine, manufacturing, diagnostics, energy and consumer goods.

One of the important applications of nanotechnology in household products is self-cleaning or “easy-to-clean” surfaces on ceramics or glasses. The inspiration behind this application is derived from the Lotus flower, considered to be a a symbol of purity in Asian religions. This flower, though it emerges from muddy waters, has its leaves unblemished and untouched by pollution. The reason behind this unique phenomenon is that the leaves of the lotus flower are covered with tiny, fine-grained nanostructures with a unique effect - dirt and water simply roll off. This is due to the fact that there is much less direct surface area that these materials can attach themselves to. This nature's wonder of self-cleaning has been researched extensively and gives us a fascinating glimpse of what nature can do to protect itself from omnipresent dirt and pathogenic organisms.

The design of the NanoNuno umbrella is based on this natural principle. This means moisture cannot penetrate the fabric and so there is no tedious drying to do after a walk in the rain. Even in the case of a heavy downpour, all you need to do is just give the umbrella a good shake and it will be clean and dry pronto. Due to the absence of dirt and water, even in light-coloured fabric, the manufacturer claims that it will look immaculate even after years of use. Lastly, if you're wondering whether these look straight out of a science fiction movie, you can relax. These are classic, elegant full-length umbrellas with wooden handles and automatic mechanism built in. As normal as you can get.

Availble from Pro-Idee UK at £ 49.95. Via Coolest Gadgets.

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09.20.2006

Animal rubber bands

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The problem with so much Japanese stationery is that they're just too darn cute to use. A case in point are these animal rubber bands. I was sorely tempted to buy them when I spotted them at the Australian lifestyle shop kikki.K, but resisted because I knew I was never going to use them, even though they are supposed to keep their shape after repeated use.

Designers M. Haneda and Y. Ohashi created them to counteract the disposable nature of rubber bands. I can see this happening, certainly - I have a tendency to save ordinary rubber bands, but if I used these animal ones, you can be sure that I'd not only save them, but put them away very carefully after use.

These rubber bands come in two different collections, Zoo and Pet, with 6 different animal designs in each.

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09.20.2006

Nothing

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No idea what to give that person on your Christmas list who has everything? Give them Nothing, which is a steal at $6.28.

It will (hopefully) remind them that they have EVERYTHING.

It's worry-free; no care instructions, warrenty or batteries. Now if your relative (oops, did I say that outloud?) doesn't have a sense of humor, better play it safe and give that gift certificate .

Available at I Want One Of Those.

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09.19.2006

Popgadget's "Getting Lost" contest: win a Pioneer AVIC-D2 GPS and other prizes

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Do you have a funny or frightening story about getting hopelessly lost on the road? Are you one of those people who habitually waste precious hours of life driving in circles because you were born without that internal compass that some people seem to have (or vehemently claim to have)? If so, you've come to the right place.

Pioneer Electronics is sponsoring a contest for Popgadget readers, and giving away this gorgeous AVIC-D2 GPS, valued at $1,500 to the first place winner. The AVIC-D2 is an advanced DVD navigation system with a 6.5-inch LCD and a design that allows for a factory-style fit, and it replaces your car stereo with a powerful audio system that can store up to 2,500 digital songs. Bluetooth allows hands-free use of your cell phone in the car.

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The navigation features include a large database of detailed maps of many metropolitan areas, which can be overlaid with point-of-interest (POI) icons so you can easily find the closest restaurant, supermarket, gas station or hotel when you're in an unfamiliar city. It also has a feature that solves a problem that I often encounter with GPS instructions (finding myself in the wrong lane of a highway). The AVIC-D2 provides detailed lane information for many major cities, so that you'll know which lane you're supposed to be in as you approach a highway merge, interchange or exit.

Your destination can be set in several different ways: Enter an address using the touch screen or the optional voice control microphone (really handy when you're already driving and can't take your eyes off the road to program a new set of directions), or enter a business phone number and let the AVIC-D2 search the massive POI database for the matching address. The unit comes with two map DVD discs containing nearly 11 million POIs. The system also learns your preferred routes.

The upgrades to your car's entertainment system include features, such as Supertuner IIID, EEQ and MOSFET50 amplification, that enhance audio power and clarity. You can listen to your AM/FM radio, audio and MP3 CDs, or (with optional accessories, not included), listen to satellite radio or connect the system to your iPod.

If you want a first-hand look at Pioneer's in-car navigation systems, go to www.drivehappier.com for information about their'"Drive Happier" tour, which is making stops in cities throughout th U.S. to allow consumers to experience their latest GPS systems. Check the schedule to see if they're coming to your city.

Installation is not included in this prize package.

Other Prizes

2nd place prize (sponsored by Xtatix.com):
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The Xtatix Freefone has a built-in MP3 player and digital FM radio. A USB cable charges the internal battery and transfers music from your computer. This 1-gigabyte version holds up to 300 songs (retail price: $159.99). Read Evan's post on the Freefone.

3rd place prize (sponsored by iSoundCap)
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iSoundCap is giving away two of these caps (one black, one white - total value of $59.90) to the third place winner. It holds your iPod Shuffle or Nano and eliminates dangling wires. See Evan's post on this item from yesterday.

(Click below to get to the contest instructions.)

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09.19.2006

Robot babysitter for your puppy

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My girlfriend's puppy gets lonely when left at home by herself. Saffron will sit by the door on a little pillow and just wait for her owner to come back. We've tried a few solutions to provide surrogate entertainment throughout the day, but the television and radio aren't the same to a lonely little doggy. A bored dog is more likely to damage shoes and furniture, but Dogopolis has a robot nanny for automated canine entertainment.

The Kongtime is an automated dispenser for Kong doggy toys. Set the Kongtime for the duration of your absence and it will release four Kong filled treats at random intervals to keep a house dog entertained. The random feature is a necessity if you have an intelligent dog that is able to quickly pick up new tricks; otherwise they'll wind up camping the babysitter. Set it up on a countertop and the toys will bounce around the floor as the dog scampers around to capture it.

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The Kong is a hard rubber chew toy with a space in the back for stuffing full of treats like milkbones and peanut butter. The Kong toys are designed to require a bit of effort to gain the treats, and this mental puzzle can provide lots of entertainment. Mixing up the treat fillings will keep 'em guessing. There's a marketing video of the Kongtime in action on their website, and a great overview on the art of stuffing Kong toys at All The Best Dog Stuff.

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09.19.2006

PaRappa the Rapper for PSP

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PaRappa the Rapper has always been one of my favorite games; I sucked at it in the most efficient way you can possibly think to ever suck at playing a game and yet for some strange and unexplainable reason I kept liking it.

Sony has announced that it will port the PSOne title to the PSP, and I can hardly wait for PaRappa again…and hopefully this time I won’t be as bad at it.

Via PSP vault.

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09.19.2006

Hitachi's newest bot

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Just call it EMIEW (stands for Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate.)

What's new is that it is now equipped with a sensory laser for navigation. The cute new bot will make its debut at the 2006 WAC (World Automotive Congress) in Japan which begins October 23.

Unlike the past models, it can locate its owner by voice recognition .EMIEW keeps its balance by means of internal gyroscopes. It's job list is still very basic, but the navigation laser is a nice touch.

Now they just need to teach it how to vacuum....

Via Gear Live.

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09.19.2006

Electronic Bar Master

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Our resident expert, a professional bartender and all-round connoisseur, Johnny, might take issue with this next item, though I don't see it putting him out of business anytime soon.

The flask-shaped BarMaster holds 500 drink recipes stored alphabetically by name, category, type of glass, occasion, alcohol type and ingredients. It even tells you what kind of glass to serve it in.

While I love trying a new concoction every now and again, when I do, I want it to be with a professional serving the drink, not a friend experimenting on me. But that's just me.

$29.95 at Hollywood Gadgets.

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09.19.2006

MacBook and iPod wrappers

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Wrappers, is a new UK company that specializes in MacBook and iPod covers. The covers are designed to snugly protect your laptop while allowing you to carry it in any bag you want. No need for a special laptop case, especially the type that screams to would be muggers "Hey! You! There's a laptop in here!" They use a variety of fabrics for the wrappers, so that corduroy case could be yours. You even can get them embroidered with your name, or better still, a hilarious message, like eh... "My other laptop is a MacBook Pro." Hmm, maybe just stick with your name.

Visit Wrappers here.

Via Engadget

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09.18.2006

iSoundCap

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This is the latest in iPod accessories; a cap that neatly fits your Nano or Shuffle and does away with those pesky dangling wires. The obvious advantage is for gym rats, runners, and bicylists, though I can tangle my headphone wires even when just taking the pups for a walk.

As you can see from the photo, the iSoundCap features a tight compartment stitched right into the cap. It even has a tight sleeve for the wires and a spool to keep them neatly wrapped up. Though specifically designed for the Nano and the Shuffle, it will fit other MP3 players. The company is also working on visors and t-shirts with special compartments.

Why didn't I think of this?

$29.95 from the iSoundCap website.

(iSoundCap is giving away a couple of these as prizes in an upcoming contest for Popgadget readers, to be announced this week.)

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09.18.2006

Custom color bevels for Sony LCD flat panels

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Historically, most consumer electronics products have been characterized by the extensive usage of grey, black and silver colors. That has changed in recent times with all kinds of funky colors being used, especially for personal gadgets like portable mp3 players and mobile phones. However, traditional mainstream products like TV sets have been slow to move onto the color bandwagon.

In an effort to change that, Sony is offering its brand new Bravia XBR LCD Panels with custom colored bevels. The choice of colors include arctic white, pacific blue, velvet black, scarlet red and sienna brown.

The panels themselves are top of the line with full HD 1080p video inputs and the superb picture quality that you've come to expect from the Bravia range. Using the PC connectivity feature, these can also be used as monitors to view media from your PC. Combined with these colorful bevels, the panels are nothing short of works of art and can complement any decor.

Each of these bevels will set you back by a cool $299, but this should not be a problem for folks willing to shell out $4,299 for the 46" KDL-46XBR2 or $3,499 for the 40" KDL-40XBR2.

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09.18.2006

Thanko eDesk

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Most people hate driving their car to the office in the morning, but what if your car is the office?! It'll take you 30 seconds to get to work, you can eat a drive-through meal at your desk, and you can even sit in a Starbucks' carpark using their Wi-Fi connection without buying a coffee! All thanks to Thanko's eDesk. The eDesk clips onto the steering wheel of a car, allowing you to work on the go. Not actually on the go though, that would be a bit dangerous. The desk even clips onto the back of the driver and passenger seats, letting you have complete team meetings from inside your car!

Thanko's eDesk is only available in Japan at the moment, where I guess it will probably stay.

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09.18.2006

A Chair/Stove space save

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Be it London, New York or Tokyo, living in urban cities often means learning to survive in tiny apartments. The wacky yet ingenious "DoubleSpace Kitchenette" may help those trying to squeeze a few more square feet out of their homes. If you think about it, the combination makes perfect sense. In that, when you're cooking over a range, what is one thing you are unlikely to do be doing? Sitting in a comfy chair, of course. Love it.


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09.18.2006

Stealth Digital Camera Lighter

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Now that everyone has cameras in their cellphones, you can't sneak a photo anymore (not that I ever did that, of course.)

Along comes the Stealth Digital Camera Lighter -- looks just like a Zippo lighter but houses a digital camera. The camera a has a photo timer and continuous shooting functions, and uploading the pictures is easy. This spy camera is USB compatible, and once you've installed the included software, the process of retrieving the pictures is the same as with your regular digital model. Just plug one side of the cord into your camera, and the other into your USB port. The software even gives you the options of printing, formatting, cropping, and archiving. It comes with built in 64 MB of memory (around 100 pictures at 320x240 or 30 pictures around 640x480 .)

Does James Bond know about this?

$29.99 at Hot Gadget.

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09.18.2006

Bosca Laptop Bags

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Are you a serious career woman in need of a serious-looking laptop case? For those who crave computer-friendly accessories with a grown-up look, Bosca has a great line of briefcases which are equipped to hold your laptop and other peripherals without having to kowtow to the style of ever-young hipster adults. (Because after all, though it's true that urban professionals these days can act and dress like they're teenagers right out of high school, that doesn't mean that you will always want to.)

So for those times when good old-fashioned power suits are in order and you need to lug that laptop to your meeting with the board, ditch that Timbuk2, set aside your Ogio, and get yourself pulled together right. It may set you back a few bucks, but it'll be worth it, when not only your looks but your belongings are put into a more mature state of mind.

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09.17.2006

Helping Hand

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Bang and Olufsen has developed this brilliant device, The Helping Hand, to aid patients in remembering to take their meds, and inform their doctors of their track record. Put in your blister pack (fully customizable) and it will send a signal to your computer or cell phone to remind you, using a red, yellow, or green signal.

If you have no problem remembering to take your drugs, you're in the minority. In a 2005 survey, nearly two-thirds (64%) of patients who were taking daily medication reported that they had forgotten to take their meds.

It has to be prescribed by your doctor; go to the site for more informatio on Medicom.

Via Gear Live.

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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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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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09.13.2006

DigiScrapZ

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Scrapbooking is the biggest hobby in America right now, even surpassing golf in popularity among American households. It’s a $3.3 billion industry. So it's only natural that it would migrate to the web with digital scrapbooking.

For those of us who aren't Martha Stewart, DigiScrapZ creates pre-made digi designs that you just buy for a pittance and can use over and over again. All you need is a hard drive and a design-friendly program such as Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop.

Run by three talented women, all scrapbookers and designers in their own right (and in the interest of full disclosure, one of them -- Krista Mettler -- is a friend of mine), they consistently come up with original, fresh looking designs. New packages include School RuleZ, which is handy for those scary first day of school photos. So there's no excuse for us creatively challenged Moms anymore. Drat.

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Prices range from $3.00 for embellishment packs, paper packs, etc. Most “regular” kits (including matching papers and embellishments) are $4 to $7. At the top of the price range, they have ENORMOUS mega kits for $12 to $15 apiece that include tons of papers, embellishments and alphas and are created by multiple designers.

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09.13.2006

An Eastpak backpack with laptop compartment

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You know, there was a time when I loved Eastpak backpacks. After all, they are the quintessential college accessory, functional yet unassuming, perfect for fitting in when you don't look your best. Let all the other fashionistas parade around with their newest 'it' bag and fancy duds, but on exam days it's cooler to be rocking jeans and sweats and the ultimate timeless carryall for the eighteen to twenty-two set.

And now, since Eastpak has the Freeway with built-in laptop sleeve, you can relive your college days while keeping your little machine secure and safe. The thing I love the most about this bag is that it looks exactly like a normal Eastpak. Nothing fancy, nothing special, just plain old classic styling that doesn't look dated. But, with the added functionality of extra pockets and holders, keeping things organized and in place is a snap. Makes total sense for today's student, who probably lugs a laptop and a dozen other personal electronics around with them on a daily basis.

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09.12.2006

Apple News : iTV, new Nano, Shuffle

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To no one's surprise, Steve Jobs announced today at Apple's "Showtime" media event that they are getting into the soon-to-be crowded online movie service business, demonstrating a new device for watching videos on television.

Dubbed iTV, the device will allow consumers to watch movies purchased online -- as well as other digital content stored on a computer -- on a connected television set. It will sell for $299 but won't be available until early next year.

Unlike Amazon, which debuted their online movie service last week with seven movie studios already signed up, Apple only has the rights to Walt Disney films.

"Mr. Apple" said more than 75 films will be available from Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax. New releases will be priced at $12.99, when pre-ordered and during the first week of sale, or $14.99 afterward. Library titles will be sold for $9.99 each.

Perhaps more importantly, Apple announced the "fifth-generation iPod." Now available in two capacities - a standard 30GB model for $249 and a super 80GB version for $349 -- they are the same size as the prior versions but with superior battery life (3.5 hours of video on 30GB, 6.5 hours on 80GB) and brighter screens with brightness controls. (Apple apparently heard their customers' complaints about the batteries.) Jobs also showed off a new Nano with a 24-hour battery life that will come in 5 (count 'em) colors and will retail between $149 and $249.

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The company also took the opportunity to boast about their new mini Shuffle, the world’s smallest digital music player, which is nearly half the size of the original, weighs half an ounce and features a new aluminum design with built-in clip. The new shuffle offers 1GB of music storage, features up to 12 hours of battery life, and includes earbud headphones and an iPod shuffle dock. The new iPod shuffle is expected to be available worldwide in October for $79.

Jobs also announced games for iPods, available for just $4.99 in the iTunes Store, but they only work on 5th generation iPods.(See, now you have to buy one.)

While Jobs was making his address, the iTunes store was down and refreshed as totally new, reflecting the new movie service on the left-hand side of the design.

I'd just like to know where my iMixes have gone.

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09.12.2006

Retro modern kitchens with Elmira's Northstar

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It's no secret that I'm a sucker for insanely fun design around the home. Goofy kitchens are my favorite pet projects since most residential kitchens are designed not by visionary architects, but by beer swilling contractors only trying to ensure a quick sale.

Once upon a time a crazy cat named Tom Hendrick owned a hardware store frequented by Mennonite farmers that didn't believe in fancy things like gas ranges and electric cook tops. When it became difficult to find new wood burning ranges for his customers Tom bought the rights to an antique model and started making his own. Eventually the Elvira Stove Works started producing their antique-esque cook stoves with modern features for those of us not belonging to the Old Order.

The company eventually expanded their product offerings to include the Northstar line of fridges, stoves and range hoods inspired by iconic 1950's automobiles. All the modern conveniences are available, but with style that will stop traffic. The boss likes to joke, “We’ve updated our product line by 50 or a 100 years and we’re still 50 years out-of-date!"

The Northstar retro pieces come in seven classic auto paint colors, but sadly these are not the appliances that you'll be installing if the only goal is to cook on the cheap. Ranges and refrigerators start at $4,000, and the matching range hood is a cool $1,100. They've always priced themselves out of reach of most DIY renovators, but there's a price premium for boutique style, whether the object is a t-shirt or a cook stove.

(And on an extremely personal note...) Hey Developers, stainless appliances are only impressive status symbols if they're commercial grade equipment. Quit trying to trick the public into believing that a cheap silver veneer equals quality. Now that they've been installed in every new condo around the country, stainless steel appliances are on the way out, and it's time to look for unique designs to set new developments apart.

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09.12.2006

Sony and Microsoft making Europe wait

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Sony announced that it will be delaying shipping its new PS3 system in Europe and other countries that use the PAL format. These countries will not get the highly anticipated system until March 2007, while the US and Japan are still on track for a November release. Citing problems with components for the Blu-Ray drive that the PS3 uses, Sony is catering to their largest markets. These delays could brew trouble for the PS3, because the Nintendo's Wii is coming out this autumn. (World wide release dates and price points may be finalized this week.)

Although Microsoft's XBox 360 has a year head start on both Nintendo and Sony, they have their own difficulties with Europe and its long overdue release of Vista, the follow up to Windows XP. Shortly after the Sony announcement, Microsoft said that due to anti-trust problems it may push back the European release of its new operating system. This notion of Vista being held up by the EU executive commission was quickly rejected by an EU spokesperson. Microsoft made similar comments eight years ago concerning the US launch of Windows XP when it faced a similar anti-trust suit from the US government. After all the rhetoric has died down, the bottom line is that it looks like European consumers will have to sit and watch as the other parts of the world get first dibs.

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09.12.2006

Babylon and on with Babble

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Ever try to have a confidential conversation working in an open environment or behind the thin walls of a cubicle? It’s downright impossible. Whether filling in a confidante on your extra-marital affair or discussing actual business that is of a sensitive nature, there’s always the chance that your neighbor has overheard something they shouldn’t have.

Get Babble and let it all pour out. After recording your typical voice patterns into its memory, Babble plugs into nearly any phone and projects an unintelligible scramble of your current conversation and your pre-recorded voice to the surrounding area. Paralyzes eavesdroppers without interfering with the person on the other end of the phone – the one your conversation is actually intended for!

Babble lets you babble on and on and feel secure that your secrets are safe.

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09.12.2006

Chiller by Dr. Feelgood?

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Actually, the company is called "Feelgood," and it's a home and garden products company out of the Netherlands.

They make this ice chiller which comes with 20 pre-programable light programs so you can change the ambience with a touch of the remote. Since LED’s do not produce external heat and the Chiller has two walls, your bottle will stay delightfully chilled.

The built-in rechargeable battery gives you about 8 hours of service, which should last the length of your party. If your raves generally last longer than that, add me to the invite list next time.

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09.12.2006

Binvention eco-friendly recycling bins

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These colorful recycling bins from UK company Sprout blend attractive design with simplicity.

Before I saw these, I thought the best you could do with indoor recycling was to get a white bin with a lid that blends into the wall and at least hides the contents. The minimalist design of the Sprout bins, combined with the bright colors they come in, somehow makes it alright that the contents show. You simply take your plastic grocery shopping bags and hang them within the bin to create four separate compartments.

Unfortunately, these appear to be available only in the UK for the time being (for £59). Worse yet, these are limited edition; as of the time I looked, there were only 25 available in red, 25 in green, 25 in turquoise, and 50 in aluminum. I have to assume there are plans to produce more of these.

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09.12.2006

Kidsmart Vocal Smoke Alarm

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We've all heard parents complain that nothing gets their kids up in the morning, so none of us were surprised by the report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission which reports that regular smoke alarms do not always wake kids under the age of 16. Sleep specialists say that 19 out of 20 children will actually sleep through a fire alarm of 120 decibels. Figure that's like being in the front row of a Metallica concert.

But the good news is that they did discover that children in a deep sleep are far more apt to wake -up if they hear a familiar voice, i.e., that of a parent. Hence, the development of the Vocal Smoke Alarm from KidSmart. A built-in microphone means you can record a personalized message which can be used to wake kids but also provide them other information, for instance: "Johnny, get your butt out of bed and meet us outside, by the oak tree!"

On sale at for $29.90 at Solutions.

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09.12.2006

Fit&fresh Salad Shaker

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I love making my own salads - they make simple, healthy meals, and are so easy to do. Packing one for lunch is a bit tricky, but fit&fresh has a great solution: the Salad Shaker. The ice pack keeps your veggies nice and crisp, while the dressing cup keeps the dressing from getting your salad soggy. Your fork goes into the utensil box. Fit&fresh also makes a Soup & Salad set for those who like to have something hot for lunch.

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09.11.2006

Project Fusion from Adidas-Polar

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Though I am not exactly a fitness freak, my geeky nature ensures that I am always on the lookout for means to track and analyze my fitness activities. When I read a year back that Adidas and Polar are partnering to combine their strengths in sports apparel and heart rate monitoring technology, respectively, I was quite naturally excited. Come October this year, "Project Fusion" -- the world’s first integrated training system -- will make it's debut. This system includes advanced heart rate monitoring built directly into the apparel, along with speed and distance measurement integrated into the shoes.

The running apparel incorporates sensors that can track ECG readings from your body. A nifty looking transmitter strapped onto your shirt collects these readings and transmits them to a wrist mounted running computer. No messy wires or straps to be concerned about. If you're wondering whether those sensors will make the clothes a bit itchy, no worries there either. The sensors are supposedly soft and there is advanced technology built into the clothes to constantly adapt to your body and keep it cool. Apart from the obvious tees, there is an entire range dedicated to women, keeping in mind our special requirements. The shoes have a light stride sensor placed in the midsole that measures every single stride that you take and, as with the apparel, transmits the data back to the running computer.

As you would have guessed by now, the running computer is the heart of the system. Using the data from the apparel and the shoes, it can help you track your heart rate, distance covered, speed and recovery rates - all at runtime. Once you are done running, just download all the data onto your PC where the ProTrainer software will give you a deeper understanding of your training and help you optimize your performance.

Though the system is simple to use and, more importantly, as non-obtrusive as possible, it can yield extremely complex and hard to monitor data. So, if your current fitness regime is along the lines of qualifying for the 100m dash at the next Olympics, this has to be pretty much at the top of your shopping list. The entire system will be priced at around $680, although individual pieces can also be bought.

Via: WearTec

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09.11.2006

Ice Rocks: pre-packaged purity

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It was only a matter of time before someone went the next step in the bottled water craze . . .

Presenting Ice Rocks: pre-packaged ice-cubes that are made with premium spring water. Now your ice cubes can be as pure as your drinking water. Hermetically sealed in recyclable containers just like your favorite water, they’re sold in freezer-ready liquid form.

For a little more libational drinking, Scotch Rocks are also available. Based on a partnership with Chivas Regal, this pre-packaged duo combines the purity of Ice Rocks with something to make then go down quite smoothly. Though, isn’t Chivas a whiskey so shouldn't they be called Whiskey Rocks?

Cheers!

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09.11.2006

Disney launches digital cameras for kids

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It's time to humor the kids -- and why not do it in style, by allowing them to have some adventures with their own digital camera? Don’t worry, you don’t have to look too far – based on the fact that normal cameras are too complex for kids to use and too expensive for parents to buy, Disney has officially launched its Disney Pix line of digital cameras, camcorders and peripherals made especially for kids and teens. The products have been designed by Disney in collaboration with the manufacturer, Digital Blue, maker of digital devices and software for the youth market.

Ranging in price from $20 to $80, each digital camera is colorful and the outer design is based on a particular theme – your child can choose among Disney Chrome, High School Musical, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars, Little Mermaid, Disney Princess and Tinker Bell themes. And included in the package is Disney’s proprietary photo editing software, which they can use to customize their photos to include Disney characters, stamps, frames etc. In addition to this, there is also special consideration for the fairer sex – one of the products in this bouquet is a digital camcorder called Disney Princess Digital Movie Maker specially for your princess.

To give you an idea about the specs, the most “high-end” camera in this range, the Disney Pix Max, will cost you $79.99 and has a 3 Mega Pixel digital resolution, a 1.5” color LCD screen, a 4X digital zoom, expandable memory card slot, built-in auto flash and TV out. Plus a camera strap, the editing software CD-ROM and a USB cord. What more could a child want ?

What I find interesting about this idea is that it has a double advantage – not only can parents afford to get economically priced, fully functional digital cameras for their kids, but kids won’t have to steal their parents' more expensive cameras.

Though the press release says that the products are now available at mass retailers nationwide, I haven’t found any online dealers as yet. Anyway, go check it out and make your kids happy.

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09.11.2006

Useful AND good-looking

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Try and guess what these are. Candle holders? Salt and pepper shakers?

Nope, they're flashlights with two functions. By just twisting the cap, the narrow end provides soft candle light while the flared end has a strong LED beam.

Designed by Gabriele Pezzini, they're handsome enough for use around the house. Put them in the earthquake kit for when you're eating that puppy chow because you forgot to put in people food.

They run on 3 button cell batteries, included.

On sale for $32.35 at the MoMa Store (MoMa members price.)


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09.11.2006

Equalizer T-Shirt

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This is a T-shirt on steroids, but it will make you the hit of the party. The Equalizer has a built-in, sound-sensitive graphic equalizer that lights up to the beat of the music.

How does it do it? It has an EL (Electro Luminescence) panel with a battery pack that fits discreetly into a pocket inside the shirt. (Just unplug to wash. Duh.)

Where Can I Get One? $38.75 at Crazy About Gadgets

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09.11.2006

Bama "Smiling Feet" gel pads

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Fans of high heels and shoe inserts (e.g. Foot Petals, Apara, Insolia), here's another option for you. Like the ones by Apara, Bama "Smiling Feet" pads are made of transparent silicone. Bama, however, in their infinite wisdom, has made them re-usable. Simply wash them to make them stick again. There are 6 different kinds to choose from, depending on where you need your padding. I find the Gel Cushions, for the balls of your feet, to be the most useful because they also prevent your feet from sliding forward as you walk, and Bama's version has little raised bumps for additional friction. I also like the Gel Mini Cushions, which you can stick on the sides of your shoes to prevent blisters.

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09.10.2006

Here's a reason to buy a Ferrari

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(Note: this is just a cheap, gratuitous excuse to show this photo.)

The new Ferrari 599 Fiorano now comes with an iPod dock as standard equipment. Forget the powerful V12 engine, the F-1 trac system, the continuous wheel monitoring system that helps it hold the road . . . or the fact that this beauty goes from 0-60 in under 4 seconds. Helpful when you're stitting in LA rush hour traffic.

But at least now you've got your music with you.

Via Geek 24. See more on
Ferrari World.

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09.10.2006

Rivet Attachment System for portable gadgets

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My inner fashion tyrant won't allow me to attach my cell phone to my belt loop, but my inner geek kind of likes the idea of having everything I need right on my body. This explains why, even though I have an unrelenting fondness for fanny packs, I'd never dare to actually wear one in public (anymore, that is -- there was that fanny pack epidemic of the 1980s which are a blur to me now).

The people responsible for coming up with the Rivet Attachment System understand my dilemma. Rivet has taken the traditional geek concept of wearing your devices and added something brand new to it -- styling. The Rivet system allows you to attach your mobile phone, your mp3 player, or your digital camera to yourself or your bag or your car in a number of different ways. How it works is: you select a clip, attach a plate to your device, then connect the clip to a pin. (I find the purchasing process on the site a tad confusing -- when you select a clip, you're not prompted to choose other components to go with it.)

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Rivet carries several lanyard options, including these great lanyard earphones (in pink, black or graphite) for lightweight mp3 players.

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The new Rivet Wrap is an alternative to ordinary mobile phone cases.

Now if only they could do something with those fanny packs.

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09.10.2006

No iPod? No problem!

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For the two people who don't yet own an iPod, here's another option for you: the Xtatix Freefone, a self-contained player with an FM radio tuner. Flip a switch on a side button and the headphone goes from FM to MP3 mode. The buttons control everything you want to do -- power, audio playback with one side running the FM and the other handling the MP3 player.

A USB cable transfers music from a Mac or PC and charges the built-in battery, which lasts about seven hours. It weighs only 4 ounces. The 1-gigabyte version costs $159 and can hold up to 300 songs; a version with half as much storage costs $119.

POPGADGET readers: Get a a 20% discount off the price of any
of Xtatix's MP3 product by entering the code: POPG

At Xtatix.

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09.10.2006

Car in a tube

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Always wanted a Ferrari? How about the Mercedes CLK DTM Race car! Now we're talking.

Until you get that big raise, you can own the scale replica remote controlled models. Four designs to choose from: Ferrari 360, Peugeot 206WRC Rally Car, Toyota Supra Rally Car, and Mercedes CLK DTM Race Car. Built at 1:32 scale, just think how much fun these would be to race against each other.

The controller is cleverly built into the top of the tube.

At GadgetsUK.

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09. 9.2006

Time Tag (You're it)

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You know when these would come in very handy? When you're stuck in a boring meeting and can't sneak a look at your watch, cell phone, or PDA.

Tag your tie, your cuff, your necklace, heck, the binder in front of you and you'll always have the time.

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$17.95 for two from Wrapables.

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09. 9.2006

Seeking writers for Babygadget

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We're looking for new writers, this time for Babygadget. Go to Babygadget for details.

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09. 9.2006

RoboMower

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This reminds me of the iRobot vacuum cleaner, except this is for your lawn. The RoboMower RL850 features a "battery-powered three-blade, 21-inch (56cm) powerful cutting system equivalent to a 5.5 HP gas mower."

It cuts your lawn in a systematic crisscross pattern, travelling several times over the grass to make sure it gets every last blade.

How does it work, you ask? You need to install a special electric perimeter wire around your lawn, attached to the surface of the lawn with pegs every few feet. The wire is connected to a small battery powered current source called the Perimeter Switch. The RoboMower has a special senor so it stays inside the electronic fence. Charge it between uses and it's always at your command.

Oh yeah, it's $1,175.99, at Vacation Gadgets.

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09. 9.2006

Caffeinated Soap

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Hi, my name is Evan and I'm a caffeine addict.

But I'd never heard of "Shower Shock" caffeinated soap until now.

The 4 ounce all -vegetable based glycerine soap contains 200 milligrams of caffine per, uh, shower.

Think Geek claims the caffeine is absorbed through the skin.

$6.99 per bar at the aforementioned Think Geek.

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09. 9.2006

Bendy spoon

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I can appreciate the whimsy of pizza forks and knorks from afar, I don't need them in my kitchen. But I could definitely use a set of these bendy spoons. Sticky spoons on tables and countertops drive me crazy. These would be great for serving iced tea or ice cream. They're �3.90 each from Mocha.

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09. 8.2006

Cute little robot sommoliers are invading

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The AP is carrying a story on Japanese researchers who have presented a cute little robot that's trying to put me out of a job. The Winebot is able to identify many different types of wine, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres by interpreting the measurements from an infrared spectrometer; wines are analyzed beforehand and a catalog of wine signatures allows the cute little guy to suggest appropriate food pairings and flavor profile recommendations. The robot is just a toy, but the technology involved is going to change the way we look at wine.

The wine industry needs a surefire way to bust the big business of high dollar forgeries, and a wine database could be the solution. The best part is that the bottle doesn't have to be opened for the Winebot to identify the contents so a handheld device could be common equipment on buying trips and cellar tagging expeditions.

I'm hoping that the researchers will open their signature database to the rest of the world and allow those in the wine business, like myself, to add their wines to what could grow to be an all encompassing list. The suggestion of an open signature database is just a hint to the scientists involved since they're planning to offer the Winebot's infrared sensor as a seperate peripheral in the upcoming year.

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09. 8.2006

"I want my Bud.TV"

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That’s “BTV” as in Bud.TV, an online entertainment network that Anheuser-Busch will launch the day AFTER Super Bowl .

In launching a network on the web site, Bud.TV, the company is basically providing branded entertainment, following in the footsteps of many other companies, such as Pepsi. Due to inventions such as TiVo, advertisers are looking for other ways to get their messages across.

At the moment, Bud.TV is planning to offer computer users six channels of comedy, reality, sports and talk programming created for and by Anheuser-Busch. Some names for the channels include Comedy, Happy Hour and Reality. Under wraps is a seventh channel, tentatively named Bud Tube, which will be their version of youtube.com.

Aimed squarely at the male aged 21 to 34 (no kidding), they are confident that this age group is spending more time on the internet than watching traditional TV.

They may have had a lightbulb moment the day after Super Bowl when 700,000 folks downloaded their ads that ran during the game on budweiser.com.

To monitor the use of Bud.TV so that it is not watched by minors under 21, computer users sign up and create profiles.

Launching Feb 5th. Mark your calendars, boys and girls.

Via Marketwatch


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09. 8.2006

Who needs a nightlight, when you've got LED Wallcoverings?

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Ingo Maurer has created LED Wallcoverings that she presented earlier this year at Spazio Krizia 2006 in Milan. What I love about this work is that it is not just about the technology. Maurer plays with texture, light, shadow, and materiality to mysterious and elegant effect.

Via MoCo Loco

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09. 8.2006

General Dynamics GoBook XR-1 rugged notebook

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This one is designed to be the Hummer among laptops. Developed by Itronix, a General Dynamics company (known for their F-16 fighter jet), the GoBook XR-1 laptop is expected to debut this month.

Sleek and light, yet rugged enough to withstand extreme rough handling, the GoBook keeps going even with exposure to heat, dust, shocks, toxic substances and even sub-zero temperatures. And what is interesting is that the GoBook is designed to accomplish all this without any compromise on the performance.

The GoBook uses the latest Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz processor and has an impressive form-factor that makes it the lightest and smallest fully rugged notebook available (it weighs a mere 6.8 pounds and measures 11.8 x 9.65 x 1.97 inches). The other add-on features are its wide-ranging wireless capabilities (WLAN, WWAN, Bluetooth and GPS), a dedicated external graphics controller, glow-in-the-dark keys and optional backlit keyboard to improve keyboard viewing in low light conditions, and 40GB or 80GB HDD options. Moreover, for security reasons, the hard drives are designed to be removable, and you can also attach an optional fingerprint scanner and smart card for password entry.

This rugged beast will set you back by a cool $4300, which places it in a niche category. If the pricing were lower, the GoBook might have looked forward to a greater share of the laptop market. However, the GoBook has been primarily designed for defence personnel. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a really rugged laptop, then make sure you definitely review this one – if your wallet is rugged enough, that is.

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09. 8.2006

Hello Kitty Exhaust Pipe

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Just when you thought you had seen everything in that fiendish feline, along comes a chrome
Hello Kitty Exhaust Pipe.

If you're living in a Hello Kitty pink world then this probably looks good to you.

Goes with the Hello Kitty Ferrari. (Kidding.)

Via Gizmodo and boing boing.

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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.

Continue reading "Viewscore – search engine for your gadget purchase"

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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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09. 6.2006

A keyboard for iPod fans

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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.

From tuaw via PSFK

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09. 6.2006

Helvetica Wallpaper

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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.

Via bright

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09. 6.2006

Silver Wallet for credit cards from Zelle

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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.

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09. 6.2006

Pizza Fork

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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?????

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09. 5.2006

Laptops that fit in Birkin bags

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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.

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09. 5.2006

Give your iPod a kick in the arse

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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!]

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09. 5.2006

Philips Entertaible

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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.

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09. 5.2006

iRiver D25 electronic dictionary: one step towards the universal translator

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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

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09. 5.2006

No Spill Travel Bowl

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I really need this (well, technically, not me, but my pups, Henry and Maggie.)

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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.

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09. 4.2006

Color-altering heat-sensing faucets

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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.

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09. 4.2006

Leave dry eyes all wet

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Allergies, lack of sleep, contact lens wear, extended computer use -- all things that can lead to dry, irritated eyes.

Of course there are plenty of drops on the market that will chemically remove the redness and dryness, but these simply mask symptoms. Tranquileyes is a soft, flexible goggle that provides all-natural, restorative care to your peepers. They work with plain water to form a moist, humid environment around the eye that prevents the evaporation of natural tears, while also moisturizing the delicate skin around the eyes. Warm water for dry eyes; cold water to reduce puffiness. Either way, feel like you’re at the spa.

Available in a variety of tranquil colors, and with more accessories than you can shake a stick at, these may be just what the doctor ordered.

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09. 4.2006

BenQ-Siemens introduces hello kitty mobile phone

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Camilla already posted about another Hello Kitty Mobile Phone. Here's a new one from BenQ-Siemens. This phone is rather basic. It doesn't come with a camera or Bluetooth, which doesn't bother me because often many of the features they cram into mobile phones never get used. They've made a simple phone that is super cute.

This phone will be available later this year, but they have not priced it yet.

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09. 4.2006

Keep your cat well fed while you're on the road

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I basically love all things DIY. In my book it doesn't have to look pretty, it just needs to work and be ingenious.

Check out this DIY cat feeder, where Lee Holmes made an automatic cat feeder by controlling a CD-ROM tray on a PC running Ubuntu Linux, which is hooked into his home wireless network. Being attached to the network allows him to run a script on his PDA phone to activate the feeder on demand. It's great how he didn't alter the PC. Check out the youtube video from his site.

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09. 4.2006

Smallest hairdryer in the world

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Probably the world's smallest hairdrier, at a mere 11cm x 5.5cm when folded.

450W, two speed, dual voltage complete with handy cotton draw string bag, it's perfect for travelers but at this size, you could conceivably carry it around in your purse for hair emergencies.

Sadly, only available in the UK, but we'll let you know when your can order it here.

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09. 3.2006

Nokia Eye On Fashion: where do you look?

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Phone company Nokia is sponsoring a contest in India with a focus on fashion. Nokia Eye On Fashion challenges participants to send in up to three photos snapped with a Nokia picturephone, expressing their unique taste on style. The contest runs from August 29th to September 22nd. Winners can nab a free premium yet-to-be-released Nokia handset, clothing from designer Ashish Soni, or Nokia fashion phones.

While the design and wording of the website would lead you to believe that only supermodels and hipsters can participate in the contest, the actual photos sent in by participants are surprisingly real and charmingly mundane. Perhaps we do need a redefinition of what "fashion" means after all, and a re-evaluation of "style." If those photos are anything to go by there are untold treasures to be found in the everyday.

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09. 3.2006

Looking back and forward on Pong

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While there have been many museum exhibitions on video games, when one game gets its own exhibition, it is something special. The Computer Game Museum in Berlin has a show dedicated to the ground breaking game, Pong. They've included all the iterations and interpretations of the game, from the giant sized to the miniature, and everything in between. Most notable is this brilliant version of Pong, which is based on sound.

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09. 3.2006

Tung Toos

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Piercing your tongue is sooo last year.

Take it from me, the new thang is tongue tattoos.

"Ouch!" you're thinking, but we're talking about the tat you can get in 6 super-sour flavors and 80 Different Cool Tattoo Designs.

Buy either a Boys or Girls pack for $27 at Tung Toos

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Stick out your tongue with attitude!

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09. 2.2006

Robots get their first store

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This October in Nagoya Japan, the country's first robot museum will also have the world's first store dedicated entirely to robots. The "Robot Mirai Department" store will offer everything from the 588,000 yen walking, talking and dancing Nuvo to the robot-themed cell phone straps. Over 1,000 robot products will be available in the store.

From MSN-Nainichi Daily News via Engadget

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09. 2.2006

Lie Detector Glasses

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Where were these when I was single and dating?

Suppossedly, the new lie detection technology promises remarkable benefits in determining whether people are telling you the truth. (Do they work in a bar, I want to know?)

A US company called Ventertainment based in New York, is repackaging the Israeli-developed technology for personal and corporate use. AT CES they showed a plain pair of sunglasses which used green, yellow and red color codes to indicate a "true," "maybe" or "false" response. I guess this beats pulling the petals off a daisy and asking "Does he love me?"

You can already buy the technology as a downloadable PC program which can analyse live and telephone conversations @ Ventertainment.

Bound to revolutionize dating everywhere.

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09. 1.2006

His & Her keyholders

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For those of you who are always losing your keys, or perhaps have some gender confusion, these male and female key holders might be just the ticket.

The key holder is supplied with its own unique j-me key, which is then attached to your own set of keys. Just insert the j-me key in the lock to keep your keys safe.

If you can't remember to put them in the keyholder, well, we just can't help you there.

£9.95 (€ 13.93) which converts to approx $18 USD from GadgetsUK, and they do ship worldwide.


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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.

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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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