Way of the Rodent has a couple of new t-shirt designs to get you into Christmas-mood with some gaming attitude. I would have to vote for the Katamari Xmas Roller which I was told should be available in women's sizes as well, even though I couldnít find the fitted style on the site yet Ö hopefully in time for Christmas!!! And I would definitely settle for the irresistible cuteness of the LocoRoco Loopy.
Price for one t-shirt: $22; Ä27, or £18.
Australia's national science agency has proven that they are not lame ducks. These nerdcore scientists like to go out, slam a couple of schooners and rock it like Wayne and Garth. Dr Richard Helmer has led a team in showcasing the CSIRO's skill with sensors embedded in textiles. A long sleeve shirt has now become the newest instrument in the metal headís arsenal. The scientists have created a system for measuring arm movements for translation into the first full featured electric air guitar.
When configured with guitar samples the controlling system uses the angle of the left arm to define the location on the fret board, and the right becomes the strumming hand. Want a new instrument? No problem. Just change samples, and recalibrate the sensors to respond to new limb positions. There are a couple of videos up on the website, and it's obvious that the technology is overly young, but still hilariously cool.
I would love a sensor shirt with a chest speaker for rocking out, and would use it to practice for the 2007 US Air Guitar Championships. Maybe Apple can implement a similar system into a future iPod for on the go rocking out, or at least give us some cool Theremin style toys tied to the headphones. Hey, maybe by the time Guitar Hero 3 is ready for release Red Octane will have hired some Australians to invent a bitchin' non-tactile interface.
Network is Brioís newest addition to its toy line. The Swedish company, mostly known for its beautiful wooden toys and in particular for its railway sets, has designed this new set meant to give a behind-the-scenes peek into what goes on inside a computer.
BRIO Network is an original world of rail play that features the imaginary creatures who live inside your computer. They drive super-cool vehicles around the tracks. They can listen to their messages and interact in fun, new ways. Though the networkers are inspired by the computer world, you do not need a computer to play with them.
The single pieces that make up the whole BRIO Network are available on Amazon; if you live in Europe you can find retailers directly on the companyís site.
Halo's Master Chief has been immortalized in stained glass. The creator put it up for auction on eBay. Unfortunately, the sale just ended, but that shouldn't stop us from admiring it in all its glory. Hopefully, more will be on their way, because it really is the perfect gift for any gamer's home.
What better way to boast about where you've been on holiday and show how ugly your kids are, than with the ribbon photo bag. The bag has six slots for 4"x 6" photos that you can change as you please. You could have a new bag every day! Why not carry around a giant photo mosaic of your own face? The possibilities are endless. Well, until you realize that all your photos are on the computer and you can't be bothered printing them out anymore.
Get one from Initial Ideas for £12.99/$24.80.
This whimsical little handbag, made by Zelle and available at Fractalspin, is a bit of a surprise. From a distance, what you see is a black bag with interesting metallic shapes forming an eye-catching pattern. Up close, you notice that it's made of recycled computer diskettes (12 genuine 1.44 MB diskettes, to be exact). A magnetic latch holds the two sides together at top (though it doesn't close the opening all the way). For a different look, you can remove the latch and take out the bottom liner to convert it into a slim bag you can hold close to your body.
The label on the bag suggests that you "allocate interior pockets to manage internal fragmentation." There are five interior pockets -- 2 with snaps, two elasticized, and one zippered -- for your cell phone, iPod, credit cards and cash, lipstick, etc. The main compartment is big enough to hold a book, a pack of tissues, a hairbrush, candy. "Available memory: 17.28 MB." Gimmicky, yes, but super cute. It's $65 on the Fractalspin website.
These pens could make me take up letter writing again. When I got mine, I was in desperate need of a new pen -- the last time I dug around in my purse to sign a credit card slip, all I came up with was a chewed crayon.
Created by the international design company Acme Studio, which works with artists, architects, and designers, each rollerball pen is a work of art. And it doesn't get by on looks alone; it feels solid and comfortable in your hand, much like the Montblanc. Information about the designer and the design movement is included with each pen. I chose the "Alphabet" black and white number, designed by Rod Dyer, who has won a boatload of awards for his design and advertising work. Each collectible pen comes in a padded aluminum storage case and you can buy a matching card case to go with your stunning new writing utensil.
Guaranteed for a year, and available for $62 @ See Jane Work.
Investing in a good vacuum sealer is a good idea if you are constantly throwing away excess or spoiled food. The basis of vacuum sealing technology is simple - leaving behind air in a food package or container can cause the oxygen present in the air to cause fats to develop "bad" flavors and even change the color of the food. Using a vacuum sealer, this air can be removed completely, resulting in an increase in the storage time of refrigerated, dried and frozen foods.
The Tilia FoodSaver V2840 Advanced Design does this faithfully. It has two vacuum speeds to seal the food and and an adjustable food setting that ensures a secure seal for dry or moist food. It's CrushFree Instant Seal feature can immediately stop the vacuum process when vacuum packaging delicate foods. Obviously, the appliance works only with FoodSaver accessories and FoodSaver bags that, fortunately, are not very expensive. There is even an instructional DVD to explain how to use this device. The only concern that I have is that it looks big and I am not sure whether I have sufficient space on my kitchen counter to host it. If I do though, I am sure I will have a good time showing it off to my guests given it's sleek appearance (a contrast to some similar, but less attractive vacuum sealers seen everywhere).
The Tilia food saver is available at Amazon for $134.85.
Keep the fingerprints of the ones you love, forever! Robin's RazzMaTazz Loving Touch jewelry takes the fingerprint of your loved one and preserves it in gold, silver, or chrome. As a keepsake to remind you of your nearest and dearest, the Loving Touch pendants are recommended as keychains and charms, which seems reasonable enough (though the suggestion to turn them into golf markers is a bit... perplexing.) It's a nice gift idea for grandparents, friends, really anyone with a sentimental streak and a weakness for borderline schmaltz. To be fair, the Loving Touch pendants are not bad-looking. Though not the stuff of high fashion, the charms have an intimate appeal which must be acknowledged. Everyone wants to be able to keep their loved ones close. And now you can take a part of them with you wherever you go.
If I got to drive one of these on duty, I'd join the London Met Police in a sec! Unhappy with their Renault F1 highway patrol car, the bobbies upgraded their motor pool to these speedy numbers.
Nah, don't they wish.
While the Italian police received a souped-up Gallardo pursuit vehicle from Lamborghini, this English model is just for show -- the exhibition at the MPH '06 car show in Birmingham to be exact. Most of the Lambo's grey paint job was left in tact, with yellow and blue checkers pasted down the sides and lights on the roof. But it probably wouldn't work as a police car anywhoo -- while driving the 8 miles to the car exhibit, it was pulled over twice by other curious cops.