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11.16.2006

Name Your Car

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As if it weren't enough to OWN a Porsche, you can now have YOUR name in place of the type designation. So, for example, I'd have "Evan" in the same customised text and the same font as "Porsche" on my Boxster. I wish.

We are a nation that likes to personalize everything so maybe this business model is a good idea. It'll cost you though: $450 for the first 5 letters and $60 per letter after that. Texts can be made for all 911 models - Cayenne - Boxster and Cayman. They can manufacture your personalized text in the same colors as the type designation, in grey or black, chrome, or if you're going for the pimp look -- in gold. ( A chrome or gold name or text costs an additional $90 per letter.)

Name Your Porsche suggests: "Let your creativity run wild and give your Porsche its own identity and a unique name. You can make up anything you want: 'made in Germany', 'back off', 'follow me' or 'have a nice day'... Or why not use the back of your Porsche to make a personal message like: 'no more Ferrari', 'my third', or 'thanks daddy'."

Via Trend Hunter.

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11.15.2006

Airbrush that face

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Ever want for that perfect, airbrushed look that you see on magazine covers? Well, now you can get airbrushed, too! The Japanese SKII cosmetics line has debuted Air Touch Foundation, which uses the wonder of precision to retexture the look of the skin surface, making it appear smooth, translucent and radiant - much like a babyís skin.

At a touch of a button, the amazing ionization technology delivers foundation one particle at a time for a most precise and natural coverage. When the ionizer is switched on, the positively charged micro foundation particles are instantly attracted to the negatively charged micro particles on the face, covering the skin in a single, even and precise layer Ė no mess, caking or streaking.

Available in 4 natural shades: Light Golden Tone (Light), Golden Tone (Medium), Rosy Tone (Medium), and Neutral (Dark). 5ml refills available.

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11.15.2006

Tangram Shelves

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As a kid, tangrams were such a delight to me. Hours of my time would be spent on getting those seven pieces to form myriad shapes limited only by the complusions of creativity and time. So when I read that I can have one of those tangram shapes on my walls serving as shelves, I was naturally excited.

A brainchild of the Italian furniture design company, Lago, this floating "Shelf System" allows users to arrange the pieces in a variety of ways ranging from abstract geometric shapes to representations of people and animals. Apart from the designs shown in the pictures above, several other brilliant designs are available at the Lago site.

Via Neatorama.

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11.15.2006

This phone is a tv.

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LG has created a mobile phone that can receive DMB (digital multimedia broadcasting) -- a digital television signal first introduced in South Korea. It's one of many products coming out of South Korea that are using this technology. The LG-KB1800 mobile phone has a specifically designed screen for watching television, which can be viewed both indoors and outdoors and has higher video quality than typical mobile phones. It also has USB out, so you can turn your computer into a television.

For now, this phone will only work in South Korea and they haven't announced any pricing information yet.

Via Akihabara News .

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11.15.2006

Enter to win a Belkin home office package

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I doubt that your office is as messy as mine is -- I don't even know where my desk is anymore and there's a bird's nest of cables on the floor that aren't attached to anything, but remain there in the hopes of some day finding their matching devices.

While I ponder how my promising little work space turned into my office of shame, Belkin is giving away a package of home office products (total value of $180) to help one Popgadget reader get organized. All you have to do is:

1. If you're not already a subscriber to our free newsletter, click here and sign up;
2. Send an email to hoyun@popgadget.net with your name, address, and a digital photo of your office by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) of November 28th.

You must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States (apologies to our readers outside the U.S.). The winner will be selected by Popgadget editors based on how well your photo illustrates your need for help. By entering this contest, you agree to having your photo, name and city of residence published on Popgadget in the event you are the selected winner.

Here's what's in this prize package:

The CushTop laptop cushion pictured above keeps your lap cool and comfortable while you're on your laptop in bed, on the couch, or on the floor (especially helpful if you've lost your desk).

Continue reading "Enter to win a Belkin home office package"

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11.14.2006

Satellite phones get a makeover

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With Verizon Wireless and Sprintís release of the KRZR, life just gets sexier and sexier in the land of mobile phones, but what about the necessary-but-oh-so-utilitarian-looking land of satellite phones?

Effective immediately, satellite phones have joined the world of the beautiful. Globalstar, Inc., a leading provider of mobile satellite phones, has introduced the new GSP-1700 mobile satellite telephone.
The newly designed GSP-1700 telephone is nearly half the weight of the companyís current satellite handset and close to 45 percent smaller. A new lithium-ion battery is designed to provide users with four hours of talk time and 36 hours of standby time. The GSP-1700ís lightweight ergonomic design embodies the ruggedness of the current Globalstar phone while integrating convenience-oriented features such as a new five-mode color display and Bluetooth headset capability. The phone supports six operating languages and is available in three vibrant faceplate colors, using durable high-luster or metallic finishes. The GSP-1700 is being manufactured by QUALCOMM and incorporates a data solution and EV-DO network capability.

Now about those rates...

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11.14.2006

Second Life business plan contest

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The Electric Sheep Company has announced a fantastic contest for those Second Life gamers with an entrepreneurial streak. In seeking a creative business idea to monetize the time spent in the game, the company has offered 350,000 Linden dollars (roughly $1,290 USD) and exclusive use of an island for six months to the capitalist pigdog who can present a business plan for the virtual world. The guidelines make it clear that the award is an investment in the winner's idea, and any type of Second Life business is suitable for submission.

There are already thousands of small businesses operating within the confines of the game, and the amount of money changing hands is staggering. Business Week, Wired, and Popular Science have all recently been digging into the science behind the economy, and PopSci's numbers estimate the GDP of the Second Life economy at over $64 million.

While it is true that there are many people making six figure salaries off of Second Life the popular claims that have measured the entire economy in USD are exaggerated. It is impossible to cash out every single Linden dollar, but the balance of new members constantly joining keeps the economy at an almost perfect equilibrium. The exchange rate to USD never fluctuates too far from the accepted norm, and many people depend on the game for their sole income. The stable economy makes a perfect environment for the inventive merchant... now get out there and push some pixels.

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11.14.2006

Amazing monitor made of concrete.

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This screen comes from the people at Innovation Lab, who have embedded optical fibers that work like pixels into concrete. The optical fibers can be lit to create monochromatic images. Even more amazing, the optical fibers work with natural light as well as artificial light, making it effectively transparent. This technology has many applications for architecture and urban planning. I'm particularly interested in it's application in transportation infrastructure, such as subway stations, highways, and sidewalks.

Via we-make-money-not-art.

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11.14.2006

Man vs. machine : Robots at Japanese hospital

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I am fascinated with the kind of obsession that humans have for robots. The latest milestone in the robotics field is that the Aizu Central Hospital near Tokyo has become the first hospital in the world to have an android receptionist and two porters. With most of the progress in this area happening in Japan, this bit of news doesnít really come as a surprise.

The robots produced by Japanese robot maker Tmsuk have been hired at a cost of $508,000.
The blue receptionist robot welcomes visitors and answers spoken queries while the green porters (seen in the picture above) can help them find their destination while carrying their luggage at the same time. Hospital official Naoya Narita says, "By introducing them, we want to show the scene of a future hospital, where robots are getting along with patients and visitors."

If this is where the future services industry of Japan is heading, it will only add to the woes of an already disgruntled and out-of-work labor force. With all due respect to the tremendous applications that robots have had in the manufacturing industry, when it comes to caring, give me a human being any day. No robotic hospitals for me.

Via Yahoo! News.

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11.14.2006

Zero Blaster

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At first, I didn't get the appeal of this toy, the Zero Blaster, which shoots smoke rings basically.
But then I gave it to my "focus group," the neighborhood kids -- after all, they're the target group -- and they loved it. They practice making bigger rings and especially have fun with it at night, when it glows . The vapor rings can go up to 12 feet, but my testers say you really have to practice. It comes with its special, water-based non-toxic fuel, which you can reorder on the site. With its ray-gun type sound effects, it's by far the most peaceful gun in the universe. Let's replace all Smith and Wessons with Zero Blasters.

New Zero Blaster is $19.95 at Zero Toys.

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