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11. 7.2006

Buy a pocket drive and help fight breast cancer

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The makers of the Pocket Drive, Seagate, have created the Susan G. Komen Special Edition Pink 6 GB version of their popular storage device. 10% of the purchase price goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Aside from supporting a worthy cause, the Pocket Drive, itself, is a well thought out device. It pulls juice from your computer via its USB plug. I especially love the retractable cable, which helps reduce the clutter of multiple devices attached to your computer. Even further, this Pocket Drive come bundled with free music tracks, including works from Joan Jett and Alana Davis.

You can purchase this Special Edition Pink Pocket Drive at Amazon.com for $101.99.

Via Gadget Madness.

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11. 7.2006

Pixel Colored Pencils: a colorful distraction

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These Pixel Colored Pencils were featured over at sister site Babygadet as a convenient solution to the roly poly nature of regular pencils for kids, but you don't have to be a child to enjoy this coloring set! In fact, I might argue that as nice a set of pencils might be for the tots and tykes, it's the big boys and girls who'll love having these colored pencils on hand. Produced with an eye for design, and infused with sly humor, the set includes twelve colors and one #2 pencil. Fit them into your book bag or stash them at your desk. You'll be the one cool kid everyone envies.

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11. 6.2006

The Ruckus Laptop Bag collection

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Pacific Design has just launched a new collection of laptop bags, which includes two variants: the backpack version and the Messenger bag version. Both variants have a stylish design and guarantee maximum protection for your laptop. In addition, the Ruckus collection's innovative design makes this line of laptop bags up to 30 percent lighter than similar laptop bags.

All bags feature an ergonomic shoulder strap and multiple storage compartments, including a protective iPod/MP3 player pocket, and if you register your Ruckus product at www.pacificdesign.com, you'll receive a free removable iPod/cellphone pouch.

Ruckus Laptop backpacks and messenger bag come in four different color combinations: olive/bold black/super yellow; rose white/granite gray/posey pink; bold black/slate gray/pearl gray, and coming in March 2007, slate gray/sand/tiger orange.

Both bag styles are available at: www.pacificdesign.com, www.ebags.com and at www.cdw.com respectively for $69.95 (backpack) and $59.95 (messenger bag) and will be available at Staples stores in January 2007.

Pacific Design has also a line of really nice PSP cases, also available on their site for $19.95.

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11. 6.2006

Soft Spot table

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The Soft Spot Table is a table-cum-bench designed by Stephen Reed as a product of what he describes as "acknowledging the behavior of people perching on the edge of coffee tables." I find the perspective pretty interesting.

The table has two halves – one that can be used as a normal coffee table and the other connected half that you can sit on. What's so unique about that ? The idea is that when you sit on the latter half, it bends to provide a cushioning experience. This part of the table is made of wood tiles connected with elastic cords that create the cushioning effect and can be used as a normal table as well. The specifications do not talk about the maximum weight that the elasticity can handle, though. And there isn’t a price tag available yet..

If you think you have a soft corner for this soft spot table, check it out at the Stephen Reed's site.

Via OhGizmo.

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11. 6.2006

Blue eye table blurs the analogue and the digital

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A few days ago Johhny posted about the touch screen monitor from Wacom. While that product is available today, here's an amazing prototype called "Blue Eye" that is still far from a commercial release, but shows a glimpse of the possibilities for the future.

Created by researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, the Blue Eye table is made of glass with a camera mounted overhead and a projector underneath. You can place analogue objects or pictures on the glass and take digital pictures of them, which are instantly projected onto the glass. Then, the user can manipulate, move, stretch and give motion to the images.

The video provided on the TechE Blog site gives a great demo of the Blue Eye table.

From TechE Blog via NewScientistTech.

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11. 6.2006

Perfect Pod

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Though I only drink coffee occasionally (and even then only the iced variety), I can surely appreciate when the joe I drink is fresh, flavorful, and not too strong or too weak. I also understand anything that makes getting ready in the morning easier and faster.

Enter Coffee Giant’s Perfect Pod. The Perfect Pod lets you create self-contained, single-use pods for use in virtually any coffee machine. Sure there are many machines out there that use the single-use pods, but they’re all one-cup systems and vary the pods enough so you can only use the manufacturer’s own pods in the machine. And what if you are attached to a favorite brand of java, like Starbuck’s or Dunkin’ Donuts?

Make it easy by making it in advance. Make it disposable. Make it in the perfect strength. Make as many cups as you want with one pod. Make it your favorite blend. Make it Perfect Pod. [Note to self: Hmmmm… maybe I should sell that to their ad people!]

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11. 6.2006

EESA clothing: stylish base layers on and off the slopes

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Technical baselayers for cold weather rock. There's nothing like being out on the slopes, exerting yourself, and actually not freezing your butt off because your long undies wick away moisture and keep you dry (and warm) with ease. Makes you wonder why more people don't dress appropriately for the cold, right? Well EESA, a new entrant into the activewear market was wondering the same thing. Their conclusion? Fashion conscious snowboarders often ignore their better judgment, prefering to wear cotton or other less optimal fabrics and clothing because they dislike the style (or lack thereof) of most base layer activewear. The solution? EESA clothing of course.

EESA's line of fashion conscious clothing for men and women takes its cue from the street and merges that sensibility with current textile technology. All garments are moisture wicking, anti-microbial treated to minimize odor, and quick drying. Think toasty Patagonia-like warmth, but with fresh cuts and colors that don't scream "backcountry mountaineering!" The sleeves on EESA garments also contain "trigger finger loops" -- hidden finger loops that help prevent the sleeves from bunching up (and you don't have to put up with a hole in the cuff of the shirt). The garments don't run cheap ($65-$75), but that's the price for style. And at least you won't have to suffer to look good. More styles and purchase information can be found at www.eesa.com.

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11. 5.2006

The Eggulator: counting your chickens before they hatch

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You know that saying, "Don't count your chickens before they hatch?" Well, with the Eggulator you can count just about anything you want. A unique device, the Eggulator is a fully functioning calculator shaped like a carton of eggs, with egg keypads inside to assist with all your number crunching endeavors. In a slightly macabre touch, a little chickadee sits in the lower left corner, as if to remind you of what lost potential is contained within the other little egg-lings. Other than being slightly creepy (and therefore also kind of entertaining), the little bird has no other function, and is stated to be "purely decorative." Hee, ...this is exactly the type of office tool I'd like to have at my desk. Give me some Handy Bands and an Eggulator, please.

Sells for $16.99 at ABO Coffee & Dessert.

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11. 5.2006

"Getting Lost" contest winner -- Pioneer GPS

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We asked readers to send us their most horrific stories about getting lost while driving, for a chance to win a Pioneer Electronics AVIC-D2 GPS and other prizes. We talked to our first place winner, Aaron Tucker from Del Valle, Texas, and found out that the day we notified him was, coincidentally, his birthday. So, Happy Birthday, Aaron! Here's his winning entry:

My wife and I won a little $100 Explorist GPS a few years ago at a casino in Louisiana and we go geocaching every week as far out as we can stand to drive. We'd been north to Oklahoma, east to Louisiana, and west to San Angelo, just picking up caches as we went and taking pictures of historical markers. Then two weeks ago we decided to go south. There were several caches in that direction, and about half way (150 miles) we noticed mile markers for the first time. The first one we saw was 143, then 142 and so on, so we decided to see where it ended up. The GPS we own just draws lines to track your route and doesn't tell you where you are or where you're going. We ended up in a fairly small town called Laredo, and half way through we were asked for $3 and entered a little gateway. Suddenly everything changed. Every block of the road ended with a deadly car-wrecking speedbump. We saw some police in a truck with very large guns and that's when we realized we weren't in the United States anymore. Stop signs switched to Alto signs. Gas went from $2.75 to $10.81. We were scared. The pointer on the GPS just blinked innocently as if nothing had changed. We went about six more blocks, dodging pediestrians and bicyclers like we'd never seen before. Then we were assaulted by the smell of something good! Cookies! After five hours of driving, cookies were good. The building only said "Jugar Jugar" and was pretty awful looking, like every other building in what we would soon learn was Nuevo Laredo. As soon as we stepped in, we saw about a hundred slot machines and large trays of cookies. Since we were there, we handed over $40 for $420 pesos and played for several hours, and had cookies. Apparently you can smoke, drink, and play without ID! We actually left with over $120 after taxes and their 1% fee, so our scary driving trip suddenly turned into a fun accidental trip across the border.
The bad news, leaving Mexico without buying anything is bad. Customs and Border Patrol swooped down on this 30ish couple like ants on sugar. They pulled us around to a private holding area and questioned us and searched us like we were some kind of smugglers or something. Apparently there's been a lot of crime in the area. After 2 hours we were allowed to go. Three miles into Texas there was another border patrol checkpoint and when we said we dind't buy anything, we knew it was time for another rubdown. We don't plan on going that direction again. Ever.

To keep his story short, Aaron left out the details of why border patrol was so interested in his car. Here's the rest of what happened: ". . . since we were Geocaching we had a trunkload of stuffed toys stuffed into big green ammo boxes, each with a notepad and pens in plastic bags for visitors to our caches to log their finds, AND stuffed animals are the #1 way for families of drug lords to carry their drugs across the border! . . ." Aaron's GPS (from the story) was stolen a month ago.

We haven't heard from our second and third place winners yet -- it could be you, so check your emails.

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11. 4.2006

Seat belt for your Dog

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Like most dogs, my pup Henry likes to stick his head out the car window, ears flying and a blissful look on his wind-blown face. Vets will tell you that for dogs, the combination of smells makes them "high." (I've tried it but it didn't do the same for me.) But I worry about my doxie launching himself out the window so we've tried tying his leash to the headrest, jerry-rigging an extension leash...you name it, we've tried it.

So when Bamboo Pets came up with the Quick Control� Leash + Seat belt latch, both Henry and I were relieved, and I was cursing myself for not thinking of it first. As you can see from the photo, the velcro pouch hides the metal universal seat belt connector, with a convenient zippered pocket to hold keys, money, waste bags. Besides eliminating driver distraction -- Henry prefers to drive -- it gives me peace of mind knowing he's not going to visit that poodle in the next car.

Available in 3ft. and 6ft. lengths, the Quick Control� Leash + Seat belt latch fits any size dog.

Visit Bamboo Pets for a store directory and list of online retailers. Approx $20.

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