We've reported on iRobot's Roombas before. But, today the 560 Roomba arrives on Amazon. The sleek black and silver model has a number of enhanced features: new extension brushes, better filters, increased suction power.
The 560 Roomba also boasts "anti-tangle technology." Whoa! that's a new term I've just added to my "writer's block" notebook. Anti-tangle technology is in fact a very fancy way of explaining that this new Roomba can tell when it runs into a cord or carpet fringe -- it backs up in the opposite direction to move around and away from the hazard.
Like previous models, 560 Roomba uses built-in cliff sensors to avoid stairs and other treacherous drop-offs. There's also the added benefit of its Virtual Wall Lighthouse system (two included with the unit), which allows the user to set up invisible barriers with infrared beams. The unit detects the beam and will not cross it. Good Roomba.
I know this Rubik's Cube table, from nostalgia shop Jellio, is supposed to spark warm childhood memories, but for me, it provokes thoughts of violence. I hate puzzles of all kinds and consider them a waste of time, but once in a while, I'll get drawn in by a game, and then I can't stop until I solve the puzzle or I smash it to bits with a hammer (as happened once with a Rubik's Cube in my hands many years ago). At least this table doesn't have actual moving parts.
Via Apartment Therapy.
As temperatures are now dipping into the wee 90s, we're putting together our plans for the winter holidays. We have a number of exciting opportunities for tech companies to promote and sell their new products in our gift guides as well as promotions and sales in partnership with a major retailer. If you have new products coming out this fall or just before the holiday season that you'd like us to consider, contact Mia at firstname.lastname@example.org. In particular, we're looking for lightweight laptops, digital cameras, portable GPS devices, and small MP3 players, as well as accessories, and even great novelty gadgets. Great opportunity for big companies wanting to reach out to women, and smaller companies wanting to make a big splash for the holidays. This is going to be HUGE, and we want the best products to be a part of it so please let us know about your upcoming holiday releases.
Forget about that "splash" of milk or "touch" of cream. Beginning at the end of September, you'll be able to get exactly what you want by color-matching your coffee and tea with the MyCuppa Mugs ($15) instead.
Sennheiser calls their new wireless headset "Business Class." After using it for a week, I'd upgrade it to "First Class."
What's so great about it? There's little or no noise pollution, meaning you can hear every word of a conversation. The engineers at the company call it "Proprietary Adaptive Intelligence." Even when you change envirornments (i.e, from your office phone to your cell), the 900 adjusts for the acoustics. (There's a button that allows you to toggle between phones.)
It's got a 100 meter range and also works with smart phones, and of course it's compatible with all voice-enabled Bluetooth devices like PDAs and even VoIP-enabled computers or laptops.
Because it's far too cumbersome to carry around an actual portable stereo or speaker system, the Woodland iPod Ice Chest Cooler is a must-have for every picnic, trip to the beach, or backyard barbecue.
The soft insulated cooler is only 11" x 8" x 9" when fully open, but it's got an AM/FM radio, built-in battery-powered speakers with a line-in cable for connecting an iPod (or anything with a standard headphone jack), and even a dedicated pouch for carrying said device. Oh, and there's enough room for 12 cans of soda too.
Available now for $50.
Every day there are new iPod covers and skins appearing on the market, but the coolest iPod Flip Covers we've scoped out for you this week are designed by Gerbera Designs and her sewing machine named Sally.
Themes include: Arbor Tree, Puppy Love, Ruler, Skull Love, Hounds tooth, In Love, Rainbow Hearts, Skulls, Black Mod Dots, Los Muertos, Sushi, Mod Dots and Tatoos.
Well -designed, funky, and original (you can't snap one up at the Apple store), each of these iPod cases makes an awesome statement. Satisfy your pragmatic-self, covers are all made with reinforced fabric, foam padding and a clear plastic casing. Carefully thought-out, each has an opening for a mic port, charging opening and velcro closure.
The downside? You have to be a patient iPod owner as each case is custom made to order by the artist and may take 2-3 weeks for delivery.
Price: $25 (for a custom made!) at Shanalogic.com.
If you're a dog owner, hopefully you've invested in getting your pooch chipped just in case they get lost. The next best thing to do is to invest in a Dog-e-Tag. No larger than the tag you had engraved (limited 4-5 lines of informarion) at a pet store, this tag is 1 3/8 inches (36mm) around, weighs 3/4 of an ounce (21g) and is worn in a similar fashion to a common metal tag.
The best feature is that you can store up to 40 lines of information, and a large quantity of data such as cell phone numbers, pager numbers, e-mail addresses, county license numbers, rabies vaccine numbers, veterinary and neighbor contacts, etc.
But if you've ever lost your dog, you know that more data can help your pooch's situation and calm them down with familiar feelings and feedings. Dog-e-Tag lets you create messages such as: "I like my tummy rubbed," "I can't hear, I'm deaf," "I am 9 years old and I can't see very well," "My mom works late so e-mail her at this address," "I get scared by strangers and sometimes bite," or "I'll need you to cuddle me, because I'm scared."
If Andreas Zachariah's Carbon Hero personal carbon calculator becomes popular, there'll be no excuse for anyone not to know their carbon footprint anymore. The keychain-sized device tracks a user's movements through a signal and uses the information to identify the person's likely transport modes and hence his or her carbon footprint. Although it is currently configured to work only in the UK, it's not limited to calculating just transportation on foot or in a car -- it also incorporates information for 1,000 airports worldwide.
Once Carbon Hero starts recording the data, it can be downloaded at any time to a cell phone or PC. Then you can calculate how much carbon you've used and the amount of credits that need to be purchased to offset the amount used. Talk about getting immediate feedback on exactly how carbon-friendly one's movements have been for the day ...
If you've ever lost your data, you know the mantra by heart. Back it up. I have a relatively low-tech home, no sexy servers pumping out that sweet ambient lullaby we all know so well. I'm able to survive without servers because I keep my data backed up, and the new Seagate FreeAgent Go portable hard drive is a great buy for anyone who doesn't keep a server in their home.
Well-designed, and Mac and Windows compatible, FreeAgent Go is lightweight (6 oz) and small (4x5 inches, less than 1 in think). It comes in three sizes (80, 120, and 160 GB). Simple to use, there are two USB connectors (data transfer and power-sharing from your computer).
If you haven't had that moment where your motherboard forsakes you, FreeAgent Go gives you a great excuse to start practicing wise technique.
Price: 89.99 for the 80GB model at Amazon (Amazon carries other sizes as well).