As the first Popgadget-er to get their hands on an iPhone, the duty of writing a hands-on review has befallen me. (Yes, Mia got one, too, but I beat her by at least an hour!) So, here goes...
Because of traffic, the original AT&T store I planned to visit got bumped for a less obscure one. I got there right about 4:30 and had the fortune to get in line next to two very sweet women: one a college-aged fashionista who was moving to Mexico, the other a middle-aged, gadget-obsessed mother of three children and two large and two small dogs. About 50 people were in line at the time the store opened. They started letting folks in promptly at 6:00PM. First a group of about ten, then a new person for each one that exited the store. Several television stations were there covering the event, as well as some 'leafletting' Comunication Workers of America representatives.
This tiny, futuristic-looking Argard M10 Bluetooth Headset is the first Bluetooth device I've ever been madly in love with. It not only looks lovely (even the charging cradle and packaging are well done), it also works beautifully, holds a charge better than any Bluetooth headset I've ever used, and stays comfortably (and discreetly) in my ear.
Much careful thought has been given to the design, both in terms of usability and aesthetics. While most Bluetooth headsets come with a charging cord that lies sloppily on your desktop or night stand, the Argard M10 comes up with a pyramid shaped cradle that you slide your headset into for charging. A ring of red light turns on to let you know it's charging - a nice little acknowledgement that yes, I am properly connected and sitting here for your friends to admire. A pretty ring of blue light comes on when you turn the device on, and a ring of red when you turn it off. The headset itself weighs just 5 grams, is smaller than a quarter, and comes with silicone covers in three different sizes so you can get a more exact fit for your ear. Its unique in-the-ear design requires no behind-the-ear clip (which I always considered to be an eyesore).
Although the ability to transform a simple watch into a piece of beautiful jewelry is an art form that is at least a century old, it is rarely, if ever, thought of in connection with LCD display watches.
The Seiko Electronic Ink Watch for women has no diamond or ruby embellishments, but instead has the appearance of a sleek silver (titanium) and black lacquer bracelet. The "lacquer," which surrounds the center of the watch is actually a flexible LCD display that features extraordinary contrast and clarity. The display is covered in a continuous sapphire crystal (not the deep-blue faceted type but the clear smooth type usually used for high end watch crystals). Already awarded one of the highest honors in watchmaking for this design, Seiko has dubbed this forerunner as the shape of things to come.
Okay, but not for you -- only if you work at Apple. Rumor has it (meaning I can't substantiate it) that all Apple employees will get a free iPhone tomorrow afternoon. After the Town Hall meeting at Apple this week, jubilant Applers were (quietly) boasting about their new 8GB iPhone.
But WE will be giving away an iPhone very soon in our email newsletter (so sign up here or on the form on the right of our website) to a deserving Popgadget reader. How do you get to be so deserving? Just by reading us religiously. It may be your best shot to get your paws on one of these for free, and not just read about it ad nauseum.
No matter how small a tripod is, I think of it as yet another another thing I have to carry around that takes up space. In short, it usually gets left behind and I find myself perching my camera precariously on tree stumps and rocks and fences. This ingenius, miniature tripod from camera accessories maker Always-On solves this problem because the Millipod attaches to the bottom of your camera through the tripod socket and stays there. When you need it, you pop out the legs of the tripod, which tilts like a traditional tripod. And because this little gadget rotates, you don't even need to remove it to access your battery compartment or memory card slot.
No information on availability or pricing yet.
If the word "CD" wasn't in the title, wouldn't you wonder what the dimensions of this Lifting Man CD Holder were? It's only 4.7" x 9.5" x 8.3", but something about the way that poly-resin man appears to be straining makes him and the backless box he's "lifting" seem enormous.
I'm not sure how many CDs he can actually carry, but it looks to be about 10 or 12. And I don't know about you, but that's way more than I have at home. Thanks, MP3s.
Available now for $40 at Amazon.
As we live in earthquake-prone country (California) I'm always on the lookout for new gadgets for our state-of-the-art earthquake kit.
The AM/FM solar radio from Brando is perfect since it doesn't even need batteries, which can lose power over years. Just stick it in the sun during the day and the internal battery gets charged via the solar plate .The radio can be powered by a AAA cell also. The frequency range is AM: 88-108 MHz and FM: 530-1600 KHz.
A mere $15 at Brando.
Via FarEast Gizmos.
Hank crank radio cell-phone charger
This has got to be the most randomly shaped stress reliever ever.
I understood the appeal of the Super Mario mushrooms we showed you a few months back, but a 4.5" x 3.5" x 0.75" fried egg? Seriously? It doesn't even look ergonomic. And it kind of makes me hungry for either a bacon stressball hand strap accessory or some actual bacon. I can't figure out which and it's starting to stress me out.
Good thing the egg is only $1.99.
Via Nerd Approved.
I love optical and laser computer mice way too much to ever revert to "the old days," but this adorable little cable cat does make a momentary lapse into the world of (gasp!) wired technology kind of tempting. And it seems to me that since this little guy has taken it upon himself to be in charge of taming that often unruly mouse cable, ensuring a trouble-free, wireless-like mousing experience, I may as well take him up on the offer. I mean, for just 5.50 euros (about $7), why not?
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.
If you YouTube, then you might want to check out the latest video-editing-cum-remixing software from Adobe that is available (free) for YouTube and MTV.com users. The nifty app, called YouTube Remixer aka Adobe Premiere Express, allows you to create (and edit) your own videos online by combining video clips, music, photos, effects, transitions and titles.
So when you're in the mood to create some mischief, you could dish out your own Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs video with all the appropriate effects by simply using the Remixer's easy-to-use drag-drop interface. Or, for starters, amuse yourself by entering the contest open right now on the MTV.com site where you can remix Kelly Clarkson's new video "Never Again." And if you manage to catch some wows doing that, your video could be played out on MTV!
The software is available on YouTube's TestTube site. You'll need Flash 9 installed on your PC to get started. Enjoy!
Here's a concept phone for those who hunger for a more tactile and more visual experience when making a phone call (maybe the generation of younger adults who've never used a rotary phone). The Quartz Tele, designed by Tao Ma, uses quartz crystals embedded in LED for each dial pad number; the crystals light up when pressed. Looks like something you'd see in a movie made in the 1950s about the future.
Related - concept phone:
Mobile phone on your fingers
Got a yen to play guitar? Are your friends telling you to stop with the air guitar? Then you need the TakaraTomy Air Guitar which, as you can see, has a guitar neck and some chord buttons on the fretboard but nothing else.
It works by using an infrared sensor in the neck of the guitar to detect your hand motions. While the battery-operated Air Guitar does have a built-in speaker, you can also connect it to an external amplifier when you want to crank up the volume. But practice first, ok?
For beginners -- and that's all of you -- the Air Guitar comes preloaded with ten tracks for beginners to play along with. Among the tunes: Are You Gonna Be My Girl (Jet), Walk This Way (Aerosmith), and Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple). All those tunes that, if you play them in a guitar stor, would get you immediately expelled
Importer HimeyaShop will start selling them for $27 on July 25th, but pre-orders are being taken now.
Related posts on guitars:
Hello Kitty Fender Guitars
The air guitar shirt
Dream Musician: a few steps up from air guitar
Meteorite guitar picks
Fender and Intel's "surf guitar"
Guitar Hero II
Interactive guitar and chords guide
One more rumour about the iPhone can be laid to rest. Apple has finally confirmed that the iPhone will support wireless streaming of video content from YouTube. Which happens to be a perfectly symbiotic relationship - supporting YouTube will mean a more panoramic audience for the iPhone, while being on the iPhone will bring YouTube into the mobile market.
Meanwhile, YouTube has been sprucing itself up for the alliance with gusto. iPhone lovers(?) can now look forward to a bouquet of more than 10,000 high quality videos from YouTube for the June 29th launch. Plus, the videos are being encoded in the trim H.264 format to ensure longer battery life of the iPhone.
Apple also jointly announced that YouTube will be available on Apple TV as well. Methinks this gorgeous alliance might prove to be just what the doctor ordered.
Popgadget on the trail of iPhone news since January:
Apple finally releases the iPhone
iPhone in China
Apple iPhone - coming June 29th
Steve Jobs Keynote at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
More iPhone, More Hype
Cheaper version of iPhone?
Designers Sofie Collin and Gustav Lanber have developed The Carpet Alarm Clock, which only goes off when you get up and put both feet on it. Novel. I guess if you get out of bed you're awake, is the thinking.
But why not design an alarm clock that quietly makes your coffee, brings in the paper and then makes you scones? Then I would definitely get up.
More on wacky alarm clocks:
Wake up with Clocky
NYC Taxi Sound Alarm Clock
Jolt yourself out of sleep with the Fire Bell alarm clock
KUKU Alarm Clock
Puzzle alarm clock
Evil alarm clocks - the Sfera Alarm
Is Apple already working on cheaper variants of iPhone? Well, of course they are, silly. Just like Apple did after introducing the regular iPod, when they brought out the more affordable iPod shuffle and iPod nano, they'll announce a cheaper iPhone with fewer features.
American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said today, "Apple needs to round out its iPhone product line at lower price points (similar to iPod) if it expects to replicate the success of its iPod with sales of 100 million units.”
Goodie. I'm waiting. I mean, I WAS waiting for the second generation anyway, when all the bugs are worked out. Really.
But stayed tuned to POPGADGET as we're giving away a brand new iPhone in the coming weeks!
(Fabricated photo mock-up courtesy of those funsters at Engadget.)
The new ZEN Stone is impossibly small but holds up to 500 hundred songs with 10 hours of continuous audio playback. With a capacity of 1 GB, it weighs less than an ounce. It plays music in Normal, Shuffle, or Repeat Mode, which makes it a good option if you're always on the go. For me, it's my music player of choice for the gym.
Available in six attractive colors from Creative Labs, the MP3 Player is set in a glossy finish, and designed with user-friendly plug-and-play capabilities, making it easy to transfer files smoothly from the computer to your ZEN Stone . If you want, you can download the free integrated software, Creative Media Lite, to add features, but I'm using mine right out of the box (though I'll have to download it when I want to convert audio CD tracks into MP3 files).
So here's what I want to know. How do I redecorate my home to make room for something like The Ceramic Bag vase?
Do I replace my throw pillows with plastic grocery bags tied in knots? Rip up my hardwood floor and tape together pieces of old newspaper? Opt for shopping carts instead of furniture?
Is a $25 home accessory supposed to elicit this many questions?
Via Nerd Approved.
You've gotta love this - reads "Linux User Parking Only - All others will be reformatted," and shows a penguin on a Windows grave. Made of thick 0.040 aluminum and tough cast vinyl, the sign is 12in. wide and 18in. tall - just like an official parking sign. Put it outside or inside.
$19.95 at Amazon
Via Geek 24.
Is it weird that I already have something like this in my kitchen?
I do. And the only difference between this Barking Hot Dog Cooker from The Lighter Side and the Henrietta Hen Egg Cooker my mother gave me for kicks last year is that the former "barks" when up to six hot dogs are steamed to juicy perfection and the latter "chirps" when up to seven eggs are nicely hard-boiled. Okay, fine, that isn't the only difference but you know what I mean.
And since I know my mom wants to know, the hot dog cooker is available now for $35.
Here's something just destined for the shopping list of Princess Peach: the 1up Mushroom Kit. Because $8.99 will get her not only a green pipe planter, packet of spores, food solution, and water dropper, but also peace of mind.
No longer will she have to lose sleep worrying about Mario getting hurt from misjudging whether he can clear a gaping hole in the ground or smashing his head into a block of bricks. And for what? The off chance that maybe a green and white mushroom will pop up and grant him another opportunity to risk his life against a row of Koopa Troopas or the solitary grumpy-faced Goomba?
The jury's still out on whether these 1up mushrooms are actually edible, but Peach still wants to grow a whole bunch. Don't you?
Via Coolest Gadgets.
I can't believe it took so long for someone to think of this. A stylus that looks like a pencil. A stylus. That looks like a pencil. It's ingenious and creative yet obvious and simple. Amazing.
Officially licensed by Nintendo and unofficially compatible with so much more than just the DS and DS Lite handheld game systems, these 4.7" soft-tipped styli are available now for $10 each.
Say こんにちは、美しい人形 to Momiji Dolls, an adorable collection of message-bearing friendship dolls from the Land of the Rising Sun. Not only are they lovely in their own right -- I have one to keep me company on my computer desk -- but hidden inside every 3" doll there is a tiny folded card for a secret message. Hand-painted and made out of heavy resin, what a perfect way to say "thank you " to a friend or "HappyHappyHappy" ?
$14.95 at fire box .
I am a very serious hypochondriac who should never be allowed to watch medical shows but I'm addicted to House so I predictably develop about 3-4 new serious ailments a week. Something that I'm currently fixated on is based on an episode of House- when one of the characters frequently yawns, Dr. House calls it a "symptom" and then finds several scary reasons why it could be something beyond being a little tired. I'm an insomniac who never sleeps more than a couple of hours at a stretch (though I spend enough hours in bed trying to sleep, I just wake a up a lot) so the occasional yawn is probably to be expected but every time it happens lately, a veritable roll call of scary diseases comes to mind now. Thanks Hugh Laurie. I know better than to google "excessive yawning" because if I do that, I'll be in the emergency room before the end of the day, having convinced myself that I'm deathly ill.
Apple Inc. said Monday that its much-anticipated iPhone device will feature an optical-quality glass surface and deliver significantly longer battery life than was originally estimated. (You were hoping for an upgrade to 3G? No such luck.)
So that figures out to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback. In addition, the multi-functional device will feature up to 250 hours -- more than 10 days -- of standby time.
Apple also upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a "superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity."
And in case you've been living in a cave, the iPhone will be available on June 29, 2007 in a 4GB model for $499 and an 8GB model for $599, and will work with either a PC or Mac.
More developers are (finally) designing for women; for example, Kensington's new Pink Si750m LE Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse is built to fit comfortably in a women's hand, because, if you haven't noticed, we generally have smaller paws.
The company sent me one to try out and the first thing I noticed was the contoured grips on the side -- smart -- and the sensitive laser sensor, which tracks on wood, plastic, pretty much any surface, meaning you won't need your mouse pad on plane trips.
Nice features: Up to 6 months of battery life on 1 AA battery, wireless range up to 30 feet, mini receiver that tucks inside the mouse when not it in use, available USB Port, PC/Mac compatible, not to mention the lovely metallic pink finish.
And it's one of those feel-good purchases, as Kensington is donating $125,000 to help combat heart disease, the #1 killer of American women. I know, I know, it should be red but maybe next year.
$51.33 at Amazon.
After much speculation as to a launch date, Sprint has finally released the HTC Mogul 6800. This marks the launch of the first CDMA device that has Windows Mobile 6 and that will be EVDO Revision A capable.
The Mogul joins it's cousin, the HTC Titan, which has been available on AT&T/Cingular since November as the 8525, but this unit remains a Windows Mobile 5 device (unless, of course, you hack into yours and upgrade it to 6, like our esteemed editor-in-chief, Mia).
Originally planned for a May, then an October release, the Mogul's launch was moved up at the cost of not being ready for Sprint's fastest data service, EVDO Revision A. A software upgrade, which will be available later this year, is promised to make the Revision A available to the Mogul buyers.
Truly the gem of Sprint's current offerings, this workhorse packs every imaginable feature into a form that is much sleeker that it's predecessor, the 6700.
Available exclusively from Sprint's website and business sales, with release into retail stores in July.
You know, your dog or cat already feels bad enough about her drinking problem. Is it really necessary that you rub it in with something from the Mutt-ini Collection?
Sure, the 7.5" high ceramic food bowl is ridiculously adorable (and the height is probably good for your pet's back). And yes, I want the 9.5" high shaker-style treat jar because I, too, can relate to the "It's been a Ruff Day! I need a treat!" phrase printed on it. And it's a better deal to buy both for the special combo price of $45 than to get the $30 bowl and $18 jar separately.
But that still doesn't make it right.
Via Nerd Approved.
As anyone with Blackberry Thumb can attest, after 8 hours on your favorite gadget, you're dying for a full-sized keyboard. I was never interested until there was Bluetooth wireless technology. (We've written about foldable keyboards before, but none this small and convenient.)
With its unique folding design you can put this puppy in your purse or backpack, yet it opens to a full size keyboard when you need it. Conveniently, it comes with a lap-lock for airplanes or your lap, for that matter.
full 4 key rows
up to 60 hours operating time, up to 7000 h standby time
many devices supported
supports HID profile
Amazon has it for $111.
Happy Father's Day! We have one more Father's Day giveaway -- winner to be selected tonight.
How would you like an extra finger to do all (well, most) of the dirty work for you when you're in public? No more flushing toilets, touching ATM and elevator buttons, or opening doors with your own bare hands. The Handler is made of rubber and plastic and is infused with "nano silver particles which effectively kill 98% of all single-celled organisms (bacteria, viruses and fungi) on contact." You activate the Handler - which you can carry on your keychain - with a button that deploys the rubberized finger-like hook that's strong enough to pull open heavy doors. If only this antibacterial gadget could pump gas -- that's where I most fear germs.
$10.95 at Amazon.
Just what I need to convert all those disintegrating photos from the 70s and 80s - now residing precariously in my parents' damp basement - into digital photos that my whole family can have. The Slide and Negative to Digital Picture Converter, available at Hammacher Schlemmer for $99.95, takes 35mm slides and negatives and converts them to digital images that you can crop, edit and resize with the included software. It connects to your computer via USB cable for both image transfer and power.
It beats the alternative -- taking old photos to a service to convert. With my own machine, I can also edit as I go and wipe out all those photos of me from the unfortunate decade of high-waisted jeans and shoulder-padded jackets.
The first of this weekend's Father's Day Giveaway winners is Amber Read from Temperance, Michigan. She won the Nuvo Vino wine theramometer.
Happy Father's Day to Amber's Dad, MIchael, from all of us at Popgadget!
It was inevitable wasn't it, what with the success of all the penguin movies that we'd get an iPenguin, whether we wanted one or not. But I have to admit I'm a sucker for this little guy and boy, can he dance, moving his little flippers and body to the music. Different colors light on his tummy as well.
Hook i-Penguin to your MP3 Player, i-Pod, Music Player or PC through audio jack, and i-Penguin becomes a speaker and dances according to the rhythm of the music. Besides, I needed company for my iDog and iFish.
$24.90 at Brando.
No gift for Dad yet for Father's Day? Or maybe you want to give the him something extra? How about an email from Popgadget telling him he's won one of these gadgets?:
From our Father's Day Gift Guide, Griffin Technology's iMic, which allows you to connect virtually any microphone or sound input device to your iBook, PowerBook, PowerMac or other Mac or PC systems with a USB port ($39.99).
(More after the jump)
Sony was the first company to break the color barrier with their C and later F series laptops in brilliant hues. Now they're at it again with the CR series, which takes the color right down to the touch pad, and you can even order the optional matching mouse and matching bag. Since I'm eyeing the silvery-pink one, that might be a little too much.
Don't mistake these for fashion accessories though -- the 5.5-pound thin-and-light laptops will include Intel's latest Centrino Duo platform, with Core 2 Duo processors, integrated graphics, and an 802.11n wireless card. The 14.1-inch wide-screen display includes a 1,280x800 native resolution, and the display bezel has room for a built-in Webcam and microphone.
They are available in five fashion-forward colors --sangria, cosmopolitan, dove, indigo and black (matte finish) starting at $1,369.
Hop on over to the Sony site and pre-order one since I expect there will be a run on them when they start shipping at the end of June.
Popgadget is on the prowl for a few good freelance writers familiar with blogging and technology to cover the following:
1. Consumer tech news: Someone who already keeps abreast of tech news and events and can write about them in a timely manner every weekday (5 posts per week).
2. Devices: 5 posts per month on new devices - cell phones, cameras, laptops, PDAs, music players, etc.
3. Newsletter writers:
- A writer in Asia to write one email newsletter per week on new or undiscovered tech or design coming out of Asia (approximately 300 words).
- Someone to cover new tech product releases once per week (300 words).
- You can apply to be both a devices or news writer as well as a newsletter writer.
While prior professional experience is not strictly required, strong technical writing skills are a must, as well as: an avid interest in keeping current on tech news and pop culture, an original voice, and the ability to consistently write on schedule beginning the first of July. Our payment rates are competitive with other high-profile commercial blogs. Potential opportunity for working on future launches.
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My favorite online boutique, Fred Flare, has just announced finalists of their "Next Big Thing" awards. Somehow, like just about everything offered at Fred Flare, all the products are ultra-cute, and have a sort of retro-modern feel without going all the way into hula dancer lamp kitsch-land. My favorite, I think, are these Emotibud earbud charms by Emotibles. The standard iPod earbuds are a pretty ordinary looking deal, and colored and bedazzled versions tend to have subpar sound, so these Emotibuds are a great option if you want to use the earbuds of your choice, but still be able to personalize them to your liking.
Smarthome is offering a 10% discount on all of its products to Popgadget readers through the end of June. Just enter the code EPOP at checkout to receive your Popgadget discount.
Hello Minimoto! After what seems like endless months of teasing, Motorola has finally released their almost-completely-in-the-ear mini Bluetooth headset.
Many sites have long told tales of the elusive (read: never released) H5 mini headset. Now after months and months of waiting, the ‘new and improved’ H9 Miniblue Bluetooth Headset has come to life.
The H9 comes with several eartips for custom-fitting to your ear canal (yes, it may take some people a bit of getting used to). It also features a charging pedestal that travels with the headset to keep the battery refreshed. The H9’s tiny size limits its talk time to a feeble 1.5 hours, but the charging pedestal allows you to constantly top off the battery in the headset, giving you up to 7.5 hours. Now we’re talking (no pun intended).
Call quality is touted to be as good as Motorola’s other Bluetooth headsets, and my brief usage so far supports this.
Prices vary greatly, so shop around. You should be able to find it from a reputable dealer online for right around $100. As an added bonus . . . the box is this crazy two-way slide thing (you have to see it) that couldn’t possibly be any cooler. Hopefully your dealer won’t have repackaged it!
This is just downright creepy. Watch the video -- a big hit on You Tube-- and you'll see what we mean. Apparently it has a sensor in it's eyes so it sees you coming with it's snack, in this case change. It won't be out until August 6th but you can pre-order for $20.34 here.
Via Tokyo Mango.
It’s seems inevitable - not a day goes by that, as the resident geek in my department, I don’t get a techie question (though my company’s “helpless desk” may have something to do with that).
Then, of course, there are my family and friends. If she’s not asking me a question out of her own need, my mother is sure to be volunteering me to relocate my aunt’s DSL connection three floors away or trying to send me to a cousin’s house to un-jam her printer. My friends Don and Rachel have both been forever bugging me to back up their cell phone address books.
Starts at $14.99 at ThinkGeek.
The hipsters have voted and the latest in the what’s-old-is-new category: fragrances.
Surf over to one of the beauty Meccas, like Sephora, and find the classics that are hot all over again, like the warm oriental expressiveness of Guerlain’s Shalimar or the timeless floral notes of Robert Piquet’s Fracas. Guess my mom (Shalimar) and my friend, Robyn (Fracas), are timeless in their choices.
For the man in your life, classics that are hot include the crisp, refreshing aroma of Calvin Klein’s Eternity and the definitively aquatic air of Armani’s Acqua Di Gio.
More recent classics include the original Jean Paul Gaultier Classique (for women) and Le Male (for men – duh), and L’Eau de Issey by Issey Miyake, available for both sexes.
On the flip side, . . a couple of fragrances that need to be put on the never again list: White Linen, and Polo for Men (the original green bottle).
Well now, don't I feel foolish! For years, I've been purchasing virus protection software, downloading anti-spyware freeware, and checking for newly released updates when what I should've been doing was interviewing 8" tall bouncers.
I'm keeping my options open, of course, but from what I've read on this USB Desktop Bouncer's resume so far, I think my search is over. On paper, this smartly dressed guy looks perfect. For a measly one-time payment of about $20, he promises to guard your computer indefinitely with an intimidating lack of expression and a built-in motion sensor disguised as a jacket button. As soon as movement is detected, the USB- or battery-powered bouncer will growl out one of six phrases, including the rather hilarious "You're cruisin' for a bruisin'" and the more typical "You're not comin' anywhere near here lookin' like that."
Folks with a fetish for collecting bizarre stuff will surely find a place for Little Joseph. And that happens to be a porcelain candle holder dripping wet with wickedness.
You can retain the bald, evil look by using dripless candles. Or use any colored candle to give him locks that please you. Some luxury. At $79 a piece, I think this is one of the most overpriced products that I have come across in recent times.
I would never buy one myself, but if I am ever forced to deal with Little Joseph I would cover his face up permanently. Definitely art for art’s sake.
Available at Generate.
I can't say that the resemblance is uncanny, but diamond manufacturer Lazare Kaplan International's sparkling (and inedible) homage to Bruster's Real Ice Cream's signature cherry vanilla and waffle cone combination is certainly a headlining achievement. Because when 548 round diamonds, 87 emerald-cut diamonds, about 20 troy ounces of 18-karat yellow and white gold, and a 5.63-carat "Fancy Intense Yellow" radiant-cut diamond are involved in honoring a lactose intolerant's worst nightmare, it can't be anything less than news worthy, especially when it's got its own press release.
Priced at not a penny more than $1 million (because that would be ridiculous), the one-of-a-kind piece is actually for sale, with proceeds already earmarked for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America mentoring organization.
How many times have you run out of battery power on your cell phone or mp3 player during a camping trip and wished that you could somehow charge them? Or just longed for a power outlet that you could plug your hair dryer into? If you find yourself nodding in agreement, your knight-in-shining-armor could very well be the N!ergy tent from Eureka.
The company, which specializes in camping gear, has designed the cool N!ergy tent with three 12V outlets right within the tent, with the wiring completely concealed.
What you need to do is buy a rechargeable battery source called the E! Power Pak (sold separately) and charge it before your camping trip. Then, plug it into the wiring system and you are ready to power upto 3 devices at once. In addition, there are glowing outlets throughout the tent for easy access to the power outlets in the dark.
Via Cool Hunting.
My brother's family has taken to calling him "Lance" and not because he wanted to date Sheryl Crow. The site describes it thusly:
Float ground-glass top, 15 mm thick. Rotating casters fixed to top by four stainlesssteel plates. Chromium-plated brackets. All-rubber casters.
This bicycle table will put you back 2618.68GBP at Made In Design. Just make sure the brake is on before you sit down to dinner.
Via Nerd Approved.
At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Steve Jobs delivered the keynote, or "Jobnote" as some people were calling it, and the big news was, as expected:
1) Mac OS X Leopard, the newest operating system, which boasts over 300 new features, including a beautiful new interface. Jobs demonstrated with a live test of the system, and the programs that stood out for me were Quick Look, a new way to rapidly preview most files without opening an application; Time Machine, a new way to easily and automatically back up and restore lost files or a complete Mac and the enhanced iChat and Mail applications. Scheduled to ship in October, it looks to have all the WOW! factors Windows Vista promised but didn't deliver.
2) Jobs showed off the web browser, Safari 3, released as a public beta for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X. It's claimed that Safari 3 is the fastest web browser in the world. The public beta is available today as a free download at Safari.
3) iPhone. What we were all waiting for. Don't go running out to the Apple or AT&T store first thing in the morning on the date of release, June 29th. Jobs told us it wouldn't be available untill 6PM that night. The iPhone will run applications created with Web 2.0 Internet standards so that developers can create applications for the iPhone. So, for example, it will work with Google Maps and other third-party applications.
I wish I'd had this KEWB furniture, which converts from table to chair to bed to shelf unit, in my closet-sized dorm room in college. The unit is made of laquered hardwood and faux suede cushions, and no assembly is required. This flexible furniture would be ideal for any small living space (like my livingroom). I'd like my whole house to be filled with modular furniture; that way, when I have guests over, every room could be converted to a bedroom at night.
Available at UK store Sit 'n' Sleep for 319GBP (price goes down with purchase of multiple units).
By way of a tip from a Popgadget reader who didn't mention his/her name.
The Church of England has locked horns with Sony apparently, over the usage of Manchester cathedral as a backdrop for its latest Playstation 3 game titled “Resistance: Fall of Man”.
According to the news item on Forbes.com :
The popular new PlayStation 3 game, "Resistance: Fall of Man," shows a virtual shootout between rival gunmen with hundreds of people killed inside the cathedral. Church officials described Sony's alleged use of the building as "sick" and sacrilegious.
The church has demanded an apology from Sony for not seeking prior permission to use the church as a backdrop. Apparently, it expects withdrawal of the computer game from shop shelves, failing which it has threatened to take the electronics giant to court.
Meanwhile, there have been different reactions from Sony’s spokespersons. Even as Sony spokesperson Amy Lake told The Associated Press on Saturday that their official statement would come only after completion of their internal investigation into the matter, spokesperson David Wilson defended Sony, stating not only that is the footage is game-generated, but also that Sony had sought prior permission wherever "required." And well, the tug-of-war continues . . .
Image courtesy : Amazon.com
Via Forbes Online
A device warning a speaker that they're in danger of losing the attention of the crowd would be useful to a professor, but absolutely necessary for an autistic adult unable to read body language and emotion. MIT grad student Rana El Kaliouby uses intelligent software to interpret emotions from body language and facial expressions captured via a wearable computer/video camera combination. The video data is used to decide whether the listener is agreeing, disagreeing, thinking, concentrating, interested, or unsure. The result is an Emotional Social Intelligence Prosthetic that will vibrate whenever the listener's attention veers off topic. The eventual goal for the system is to provide the mildly autistic with an auxiliary notification of other people's emotions on a daily basis.
To train her software El Kaliouby used video of actors able to very clearly define an emotion on film. Now, the system is able to pick out the right emotion 90% of the time when using actor footage, and 64% of the time with video clips of everyday people. The recognition rate should greatly improve as more footage is added to the database, and the next round of training footage is coming from popular movies and webcams.
Illustration above from your friends and mine at the NYT
We just did our Father's Day gift guide, and as usual, it's heavy on the fun and the frivolous- and why not, gifts should be fun, right? However, when I was doing interviews about Mother's Day gifts a month ago, I never failed to mention the Dyson Slim vacuum, the newest model from Dyson which features the same "never loses suction" power, but at an ultra-light 15 lbs. I blabbed on and on about how amazing it was, how it steers like a Porsche (like I've ever driven one), how it sucks up weeks (or years even) of dog hair so deeply embedded that you discover for the first time you don't actually have a shag carpet. It also looks about as cool as it's possible for a vacuum to look. Since I have a small apartment, it unfortunately has to sit in my living room, and people, while I'm sure they're sniggering on the inside about why I don't have the manners to put it away (no closet space!), always comment on how it looks like something Apple would have made- clean and spare, but kind of high-tech and impressive all the same.
How crazy is this? It looks like a very sleek, stylish skateboard without wheels or a little surfboard. It's Webble, a rather ingenious alternative to those silly under-the-desk stationary bikes, and similar in concept to those wobble boards that help you develop balance. The idea is of an active foot rest that you can move your legs around on in a smooth, gliding motion while working at your desk (or watching tv or knitting even?). The Webble rides on ultra smooth casters and a patent-pending spring suspension and self-braking mechanism.
The health benefits of moving your legs while performing an otherwise sedentary job are obvious, but for me, it would solve another problem - the problem of being a natural fidgeter. I used to have a hard time sitting in a class that was longer than 45 minutes, and now I have trouble keeping still in front of my computer. I have to find excuses to jump up every ten minutes or so. I can easily see adding the Webble to my routine of fidgety movements throughout the day, and it's something I can do without pausing whatever I'm doing on the computer.
Via MoCo Loco.
I think I must be deficient as a homeowner, as I've never developed that interest in wind chimes and birdfeeders that many of my friends came into naturally once they bought houses. Wind chimes keep me up at night, and the birds seem to find plenty enough to eat in my backyard full of wildly growing vegetation.
However, I do like this In-House Window Feeder which creates the illusion of the bird being inside your house. You install it in your window just like a window air conditioner. It might drive my dog berserk, but that would just be part of the fun.
You can find this at Amazon for $97.21.
Via Super Cool Pets.
This Russel Hobbs Mini Oven for tiny kitchens fits in with my fascination with small living spaces (anyone care to psychoanalyze that?). Measuring 31Hx55Wx51.5Dcm, it has two hot plates on top and an oven with baking tray and grill rack.
₤99.00 from John Lewis.
Toshiba just announced their new notebook PCs as the world's lightest and thinnest, a title surely to be broken in the near future by a competitor. (They boast 19.5mm at the slimmest point.) The new PCs will be launched in Japan on June 22nd as the Dynabook SS RX Series, but in overseas markets as the Protégé R500.
The new PCs feature the latest Intel Coreaa 2 Duo Processor U7600 (1.06GHz), providing high performance and low power consumption with a battery life of up to 12.5 hours. Called the "TRUE MOBILITY" PCs, they include a new feature, which, if it works as promised would be a dream. All of the new notebooks are integarated with a "transreflective" 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen LCD which allows use of the PCs in virtually every type of lighting condition. Users can also switch the LCD backlight on or off, depending on whether they are indoors or outdoors.
For the Garage Band dads out there, here's a handy device for your Bruce Springsteen cover band, or just for converting your LP catalog into MP3s or CDs. iMic allows you to connect virtually any microphone or sound input device to your iBook, PowerBook, PowerMac or other Mac or PC systems with a USB port. iMic supports both mic and line level inputs via a selectable switch, as well as a "variable level output" for connecting speakers or headphones. Where it really shines is when converting old LPs and tapes into MP3s and CDs. Griffin's audio recording software, Final Vinyl for Mac OS X, makes recording old records and tapes easy, with several advanced features such as waveform-based cue editing and built-in 10-band EQ. Try it for Podcasting, use with iMovie, or even Final Cut Pro. $39.99 at Griffin Technology. (Evan)
These Compact Speakers, for just $28 from the MoMA store, don't require batteries, as they operate on power of the MP3 player it's attached to. A nice idea for a traveling dad who sometimes likes to listen to his music without sticking something in his ears. (Hoyun)
For the dad who brags about being a Boy Scout, give him this LED Lantern, which is perfect for power outages, emergencies, camping, backyard parties, or just when Pops wants to show off how prepared he is in case of an emergency. Up to 10 times more energy efficent than standard lanterns, it's also much safer and easier to use than a propane lantern, and because it's waterproof, you can use it in a rain storm. Specs for those who want them: 4.63-watt power, 70 lumens, dimmer switch to control light output and to conserve batteries, 80 hours battery life at maximum brightness (at lesser brightness for up to 200 hours). Instead of a yellow light, it thows off a white light, hence it's brighter than an ordinary lantern. The company sent me one to try out and we've already used it for a sleepover on the trampoline, but I suspect Dad will put it in the emergency earthquake kit. $120 at Lights and Knives. (Evan)
Is it really that weird for me to actually love the sound of typing on a computer keyboard? (Seriously, it's one of my absolute favorites.) I obviously don't think so, but it must be for something like the Silent Keyboard by Thanko to exist.
Despite its misleading in-house product code, which contains the word "siren" in it, this Japanese-layout USB keyboard uses silicone springs that enable it to produce only 6.0db of noise. Compared to the 30.9db created from typing on a standard keyboard and the 40db measured in a residential-area library late at night, there's no question that the Silent Keyboard is appropriately named.
On sale now for an oddly specific $33.17.
My parents have a gigantic magnolia tree in their front yard that has somehow landed on a list of cool hangouts compiled and maintained by Jackson Chameleons.
Oh, how I wish I were kidding. Then I could just buy one of these functionless USB variants for about $30, plug it into a computer's USB port, and walk away as the 4.7" x 3.1" x 2.4" critter rolls his eyes, sticks out his tongue, and changes color. My dad would probably miss adding the odd branch and a fistful of leaves to complete that temporary home for the live Jackson he just caught (to the utter fascination of my niece), but he'd get over it. Besides, no chameleon he could ever find outside would take on the nature-defying shades of this USB one.
Via Tech Digest.
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.
For days that are just for you and your iPod (and maybe your keys), this Crossbody iPod bag from hayden-harnett for $26 may be just the thing to keep you light. Available in clear with white trim and black with white trim, this iPod bag with 20-inch strap protects your iPod, while giving you access to the clickwheel. Accessories and earbuds can be stored in the back pocket.
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When I saw this computer picture frame (kind of looks like an ear coming out of the monitor), I got all excited because I thought it was digital. I even thought, silly me, that it might be some sort of electronic clipboard for keeping reminders (a substitute for all those crazy post-its I have all over my computer). But, sorry to say, it's just a picture frame that you attach to the side of your computer monitor - though it does have a mirror on the other side which you can flip to to check your hair or lipstick or whatever before heading out to the next meeting out of your cubicle (of course, you're working in a small space if you need the real estate on the side of your monitor to hang pictures). Whimsically called the "Computer Main Frame," it's $16 at Kleargear.
Aren't these just about the cutest erasers you've ever seen? I haven't even used a pencil in years, and I still want this adorable little box of non-ignitable eraser matches.
The matchsticks measure two inches long and seem fun (though potentially traumatizing) to whip out if you're a teacher grading final exams in front of a group of students. No, I guess that's cruel. How about figuring out a way to stick a piece of lead into the stick end of the eraser instead? That way you could turn the match into a tiny pencil and start a firefighter-themed mini putt golf course or something. The possibilities are endless.
I can no longer walk out the door with a bit of cash and keys in my pocket, since I always need my cell phone. This means I'm usually carrying a bag of some sort, especially during the summer when there's no reason to have a jacket with extra pockets. (How do men manage without a handbag?)
The Celi is essentially a cell phone case with a little extra space for other purse essentials like keys and money and credit cards. You can carry this small handbag in four different ways: as a clutch, on your belt (hmm, not for me, too much like a fanny pack), clipped to another larger bag, or on your shoulder. It comes in eighteen different colors and patterns, all made of Turkish leather, and sells for $60 (or $65 for the textured patterns).
So, seriously, how do men manage during the warmer months without a handbag (those of you who don't get away with throwing your extra things in your wife's or girlfriend's handbag, that is)?
In a perfect world, every device would have at least two distinct functions, like this Sony Mouse Phone, which serves as both a computer mouse and a Skype phone. Unfortunately, for now, it's only available for the Japanese market.