The company that brings you those rugged cases to protect all your fun technology launched Planet OtterBox this week, a site where you can show off your latest OtterBox adventure from anywhere in the world, like this photo from Belize. You enter by submitting your own photo and story. OtterBox is giving away $100 every month, and $1,000 every year for the top entry.
"This is a great way for us to connect with our customers all over the world,” says Curt Richardson, the CEO of Otter Products. “Over the years we’ve had people send in some incredible stories and photos of their OtterBox and now this creates a way for people to share their experiences with everyone." Richardson, by the way, is a walking advert for his products; among his sports are paintball, (uses the OtterBox parts and accessories 1000, 2000, 3500), sailing (1900 GPS, 1930 BlackBerry case), diving (1000 for use in my BC as a "water wallet so nothing valuable is left on the boat" and the 2500 for his dive computer). He adds, "I take my iPod Video case - everywhere! You never know what is going to happen next." I'm exhausted just listening.
Apple retail stores will be closed on June 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to get ready for the premiere of iPhone. Heard of it? On their site, they announce that they'll open the doors again at 6:00pm SHARP, with the caveat, "Be sure to arrive early — iPhone is available on a first-come, first-served basis." No kidding.
But APPLE fanatics have already started lining up -- camping out to be first to get their hands on the most anticipated gadget in years. Some of the comments to Vicarious Music, who reported on this phenomena yesterday, have suggested Steve Jobs paid them to camp out.
I don't think so.... it's the rock star of all gadgets and we'll see more crazy behavior before this is done, which you know we'll bring to you. Right after I get in line for my iPhone....
As black is beautiful in the fashion world, "small is beautiful" in the gizmo world. Add to that oodles of perceptivity and what you end up with is a wonderful design the likes of the Folderix USB drive from Art Lebedev Studios.
The wonderful concept design from Art Lebedev emerged from the interesting problem statement "Flesh out a metaphor." And the solution perhaps does full justice to the problem. What singles out the Folderix is its superlatively cute appearance - it's shaped like a folder icon on which you could probably write out your own label. And not to mention, it's as small as a finger!
There's no information on the pricing or availability (or capacity) just yet. Well all I can say is, flesh it out soon guys, we are waiting!
Call it a guilty pleasure, but nothing beats the fun (and, perhaps, the stress-relieving benefits) of popping all the little cells on a sheet of bubble wrap. I fondly remember the days of my youth where there was always a fight to be the first to get to the packing materials that came with a delivery.
Bandai, the Japanese game gurus, have made it possible to fulfill your popping needs virtually anywhere and anytime with the PuchiPuchi bubble wrap simulator. Designed in consultation with an actual Japanese bubble wrap manufacturer, the PuchiPuchi is a small, keychain-ready square of entertainment ready for you to pop away at.
Available in several colors, the PuchiPuchi goes beyond standard-fare bubble wrap and will surprise you on every hundredth pop with one of several unexpected sound effects, such as a door chime, dog bark, fart, or sexy voice. Every thousandth toy features a lucky heart-shaped bubble.
The PuchiPuchi will debut at the Tokyo Toy Show 2007 on June 28th.
If you, or more likely, your parents, are having trouble reading the computer keyboard, get one of these Large Print Keyboards, which feature extra large keys and USB and PS2 connections.
Not only do they have a larger, bolder print, but they also come in three different color combinations, yellow being the birghtest and ugliest.
I won't tell if you get one for yourself.
$49.95 first STREET, the online store that sells gadgets "for Boomers and Beyond."
Necessity is the mother of invention, and there's nothing better than seeing a wonderfully useful idea come to the light of day. Mophie has taken the idea of market research one step farther than most companies - they solicited random suggestions from MacWorld attendees and voted on the submitted product sketches. Jared Fiorovich felt that the one thing his iPod shuffle needed was a bottle opener, and now his dreams have been realized. (P.S. He's seventeen - what have you done with your life?)
The Bevy is a clear plastic protective case for the 2nd gen iPod shuffle. Besides keeping that pretty music box from getting banged up the Bevy adds a keychain ring, a wrapping channel for those earbuds, and a bottle opener. That's right; you and I can be sitting under a tree listening to some Black Sabbath, and we can say silly things like: "Hey man, I need a beer, pass me the iPod, yo."
Via Liquor Snob
Don't be fooled by the picture. Because this innocuous-looking device happens to have features packed into it that open up a whole world of possibilities for the visually impaired. And that always manages to catch my attention because I firmly believe that technology can thrive only if it always keeps the needs of common users in perspective.
In that respect, the Icon Mobile Manager from LevelStar scores well. It's a hand-held organizer (or PDA as you would call it) that accomplishes everything a normal PDA would do (calendar, address book, clock, word processor, calculator, voice recorder, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity) without a screen. This Linux (oh, obviously) device has a 30gig hard drive that can store and play all audio, as well as an audio-based web browser plus email client. In addition, you could also plug the Icon into the Docking Station (sold separately) and connect to the Internet.
But be forewarned - all these features come at a pretty hefty price tag of $1,395. Shipping only in the United States.
Via The NewYork Times.
Who couldn't use one of these? Hit the Panic Button and you have 3 different screen effects to chose from but my favorite is the simulated countdown to a bomb explosion which is strangely cathartic. We've reviewed panic buttons before but the last one was a cover for a key on your keyboard, remember? What does it say about our society that there is a proliferation of gadget panic buttons?
It's $17 from the USB experts at USB Brando.
I have an uncanny knack for dropping my car key under my car, usually at night. Inevitably, in these situations, I find that the flashlight I keep in my car has gone dim from drained battery power. This Auto LED stays forever charged in your car's cigarette lighter for those pesky moments when you need to read the details on a map, or find something that you've dropped under the seats or, in my case, under the car. The light's moon lens directs a bright circular beam where you point it, unlike the rather diffuse light I get from the tiny flashlight attached to my keychain.
The next time I go shopping for a new car, my number one priority will be multiple cigarette lighters so I can charge my flashlight, my iPod, my Garmin Nuvi GPS, and my cell phone all at the same time (okay, that's four, but I'll settle for three cigarette lighters).
$19.74 at Discount LED Lights and Knives.
Via The Gadgeteer.
More gadgets that charge in your cigarette lighter:
Heat your food on the move with the WaveBox
End thermostat wars in the car
RoadPro Portable Frying Pan
In-Car Sandwich Maker
A power backpack for the urban nomad
Erin Bales of Palatine, Illinois. Because our BlackBerry Curve was signed by a random group of three celebrities Evan talked to at the Curve launch party, for this Popgadget contest, we asked you to give us your idea of the most randomly oddball grouping of three celebs you'd like to overhear in a 3-way call. Here is Erin's entry:
I would like to hear a conversation between Britney Spears, Maya Angelou, and Don Rickles. What would they talk about? Would Maya tell Britney she needs to embrace her phenomenal woman? Could Don Rickles make Maya laugh, or would she just be offended by his ribald sense of humor? Maybe they would be planning to take their show on the road. Britney would be the music, Don would be the humor, and Maya could be the inspiration. I wonder how Don and Maya would feel about touring with a giant albino boa constrictor...
Our BlackBerry Curve (now Erin's) was signed by Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Fantastic Four), DJ Adam 12, and Adrian Grenier from Entourage.
Congratulations, Erin, and enjoy your Curve.