Most of us live vicariously from time to time, but give me a break -- a million dollars for a pair of speakers? These luxury speakers have been custom designed by Netherlands-based Kharma in a huge cellar in Belgium. Available in two sizes :500x500 or 800x800.
Considering they're made by a leading Dutch audio company that constantly gets high marks for its high-end products, I bet the Enigma system sounds pretty darn good though. I'd just have to buy a house big enough for them first. Small detail.
Via Born Rich
Designer Mauri Pioppo is the latest jewelry designer to go ecologically green. Her Live Green collection is made from recycled metals and 30% of all proceeds will be donated to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
MS Pioppo has also pledged that all of her collection from now on will be made of reclaimed metals. We're all for going green but that doesn't need to correlate with unattractive, does it? Big Green 14K yellow gold with tsavorites sells for $820 at Mauri Pioppo.
The Gravity Powered Bookshelf by designer Leo Kempf solves the problem of books falling over on shelves without a bookend. Besides being a really sensible design, this piece of furniture is beautiful too, like sculpture, so you wouldn't want to hide it behind other furniture. The main center beam is made of red hardwood, while the shelves are constructed out of curved birch plywood. The effect is to have gravity press books down so the outside edge of the bookshelf needs no support. Unfortunately, it's not available for purchase yet. If you want to receive notice when it is for sale, go to Leo Kempf's website and send an email.
Via modern self.
I am a total sucker for any kind of gimmick or gadget that's supposed to give you the effects of intense exercise without having to do the exercise. Ideally, I'd like a soothing chamber that lulls to me sleep while it manipulates my muscles to athletic buffdom, clearly not something that's going to happen while I'm awake. Fit flops don't promise a perfect physique, but they are supposedly "micro wobble boards" which work a little in the same way as the big balance boards, by challenging your leg and foot muscles to work a little harder with every step, leading to a more toned, fit body, just by walking as you normally would.
I've seen and coveted the MBT shoes and sandals which are also supposedly "workouts in a shoe" but they are incredibly expensive as well as very unsightly. What's the point in having gorgeous, muscular legs if they're strapped in something so ungainly and unattractive? Fit flops are just $38, and actually look a bit nicer than your average flip flop and provide a lot more foot support. The problem? Good luck finding them. They are sold out throughout the UK, where they were introduced and they are sold out virtually everywhere online.
Here's something you don't see every day: a suede-lined iPod case made of Napa leather that enables hands-free viewing without a standard kickstand. You know, the ones that usually add a fair amount of chunkiness to the otherwise uber-thin digital audio player.
Instead of one of those bulky stands, the hard-shell Flip Case by Brenthaven features a unique slot on the back to hold 30GB, 60GB, and 80GB Video iPods upright and position them for comfortable and enjoyable viewing of movies and other video clips. Available in brown (with blue lining) or black (with lime lining), the case also features cutouts for easy access to all of the player's ports and controls.
$24.95 at Brenthaven, or:
I don't know why I love this credit spoon and fork, but it probably has something to do with my need to to feel prepared for anything, coupled with my fascination with Origami. I bet the person who came up with this idea was caught one too many times with a container of pudding or ice cream with no utensil nearby to eat it with. Rather than suffering the indignity of lapping up food like a dog, you could just pull out a spoon from your wallet. However, the stated premise behind this product has to do with healthy eating and the idea that lack of highly portable personal utensils can lead you to eating stuff like candy bars rather than, say, salad or soup (though one could ask: where do they sell salad and soup without offering forks and spoons?).
I must have a few of these for my car and my purse, as my personal disaster planning involves the eating of lots of gelato but little time to remember to grab a real spoon.
Available for $9 at the Shop at the Cooper Hewitt.
Popgadget was invited to the swanky U.S. launch party for the new BlackBerry Curve from AT&T Thursday night in Beverly Hills. Ray told us about the Curve earlier, but this time I got to play with one for the duration of the party (and got one autographed for some lucky Popgadget reader, but more on that later).
The BlackBerry Curve has a full QWERTY keyboard, enhanced multimedia features, and a 2-megapixel camera with a 5x zoom lens, and comes in a sleek liquid silver package. Besides the faster web browsing and improved phone function, my favorite new addition is spell check for e-mail. It's about time.
By comparison, my 8700 looked awkward and heavy when side-by-side with the Curve, which weighs approximately 3.9 oz.
I can personally attest that it takes a pretty good photo too. I made myself completely obnoxious by taking pictures of the stars, for research purposes only of course - Eva Longoria, Fred Willard , Apolo Ohno, Adrian Grenier (Entourage), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Donald Sutherland, Ian Ziering, Jessica Alba - but redeemed myself later by showing some of the stars how to use their new toy. (Everyone was gifted one in a glossy black bag.)
Some celebs needed no help figuring out their new Curve -- such as Ian Ziering who already has TWO BlackBerrys.
Tired of the iPhone even before it's here? Join the club . . . though you know you want one.
Observant folks will have picked up from the three TV ads in circulation that the mystical iPhone will be available June 29th. While showing how easy it is to use, they still don't solve the main problem - how to actually get your hands on one. Steve Jobs is already recommending that buyers do NOT flood the Apple stores but instead swarm the AT&T outlets.
The iPhone will be offered exclusively on AT&T, with the 4GB version selling for $499 and 8GB for $599.
To tease yourself, head on over to the Apple store to watch the commericals again: Apple iPhone ads
Here's a picture frame that will probably never get covered in dust. How could it when its silver edging and mirrored background are stroked and polished every time someone steps up to marvel at the free bubblegum-dispensing action?
Because that's just what they'll do. Simply fill the space behind the quaint gumball machine image with tasty gumballs (or any other candy that won't melt and/or get stuck together), mount the 11.8" frame to a wall, and get ready to be the most popular person in the office. The frame requires no batteries and dispensing the candy requires no money: an equation that guarantees a very crowded cubicle. Afternoon sugar fix, anyone?
$40 at Gadgets.co.uk.
Via Nerd Approved.
SmudgeGuard is a partial glove made of lightweight nylon and spandex that fits over the pinky and outside edge of the left or right hand to shield the hand from smudges and friction. For people who draw, sketch, or do a lot of handwriting, it reduces smudging and stains on your hand. For those who use a tablet PC or Wacom tablet, it reduces friction so that your hand moves more smoothly over the surface.
I never realized that the reason why left-handed people often write with their hand twisted unnaturally is to avoid smudging across the page, since they have to move their hand across the area already written on. SmudgeGuard is recommended for left-handed children, so they can write without twisting their wrist and hand.
SmudgeGuards come in black, lavender and burgundy, and in five different sizes from extra extra small to large. They sell for $14.99 (discounted now to $9.99) each on the SmudgeGuard website.