A few months ago, after a lunch meeting with some folks from Microsoft to preview Windows Mobile 6, our esteemed editor-in-chief, Mia, and I went on a midtown Manhattan shopping stint. During this little trek, Mia introduced me to Missha, a Korean retailer of skin care products that focuses on high quality products without the high cost of extravagant packaging or advertising factored in. While there, I pick up a new product, a pomegranate body cleanser, as I was intrigued by its purported anti-oxidant properties.
That’s when it all began. My new found obsession with pomegranate body washes started that very day. I don’t know why. I don’t know where. I just know that I decided I had to search out and test them all.
What do you call an electronic toy puppy that grows to full size and learns your name, its own name, and various activities? Why, Puppy Grows & Knows Your Name, of course!
Despite the shortage of creativity in the naming department, this plush pooch by Fisher-Price honestly grows (from unknown to unknown dimensions) within a week and can be personalized using the supplied software. What's even freakier is that once the dog is full grown, it can be "reset" to puppyhood over and over again.
Not the best toy to teach a child the natural cycle of life, but pretty nifty for just $50.
Via Shiny Shiny.
So genius, so simple, and . . . so wrong. Masquerading as an old-fashioned corded phone, this thing is actually a motion detector and surveillance device. It detects when someone is in the room, and then calls you so you can listen in. So what's wrong with it?
Well, wouldn't it immediately provoke suspicion except in the most low tech homes - where the occupants are less likely to be setting up surveillance devices in the first place? How many people do you know who still have corded landline phones in plain view? (I keep one in the closet for emergencies in case there's an electrical outage.) And what if the person you're spying on, in a fit of nostalgia, decides to make a call on it?
Oh yeah, also it's wrong to spy on people.
Since I won’t cop to watching the annoyingness that is any Back to the Future movie, I have to admit to what is perhaps a greater evil… which is having spent a significant portion of my free time last week watching most of the just-released DVD set of season two of Dynasty. Either way, I’d be guilty of something described by using the phrases “cheesy” and “80s” in the same sentence.
What does scream “80s”, but maybe not so much “cheesy” is the car featured in both Back to the Future and in Dynasty’s season two, the DeLorean, complete with gull-wing doors and brushed stainless steel body.
And I’m expounding on this why? Because the DeLorean is back! Actually, in the mind of some enthusiasts, they have never gone away. But, now there really is a second coming. DeLorean Motor Car (DMC) is gearing up for a new production run of the unique automobile with initial availability expected in Q1 of 2008. DMC’s website shows immediate availability for rebuilt DeLoreans on a made-to-order basis. But 2008 looks like it will usher in a whole new era, including updated interiors and better engines. Estimated price? $57,500. Mad scientist and geeky kid (Back to the Future) or evil, scheming, man-whore psychiatrist with a hidden agenda (Dynasty) not included.
A popular school uniform company in the UK is considering adding satellite tracking devices to its clothing so parents will know where their children are. As a parent, I applaud the idea, but realistically, what teenager is going to wear GPS clothing, never mind the fact that most kids don't want to wear uniforms to begin with.
Trutex reports that 59 per cent of the parents they interviewed would buy the uniforms, but there's no word on pricing or a tentative release date.
Now if they would just develop a small GPS transmitter we could slip into our children's backpack, then we'd be in business.
I'm not very good at keeping world timezones straight and I'm always triple-checking the World Time Server to make sure it's not too late to call London or too early to call New York. Sometimes I wish I could have several clocks mounted on the wall.
The Knowhere Clock takes care of all that with one simple clock-face and multiple hands. I can imagine the clock-face would take some getting used to, seeing as it has 24 hours mapped out clockwise (with midnight marked at the usual "12" position and noon at the usual "6" position). But that also makes it really easy to figure out if the timezone you're thinking of is "ahead" or "behind" you in time.
After a week or two of sporadic rain and sudden downpours in New York, I went in search of a more decent umbrella. As fate would have it, I stumbled upon the smartest umbrella on the market, the Weather Forecasting Umbrella. Seriously. It's a smart umbrella that provides visual weather-warning cues and also features a dual-canopy design to help it be gust-resistant.
What I love is that the base of the umbrella illuminates to alert the user to approaching inclement weather. The handle has a built-in radio receiver that allows it to receive weather data for 150 U.S. locations from Accuweather.com. Efficient and effective, the information interface operates on a proprietary wireless network, keeping it safely protected from interference from other wireless devices.
I wasn't even sure what this did at first; all I knew is that I wanted one. This heavy-duty knob is called the PowerMate, a volume knob and programmable controller for your computer. You can use it to edit home movies or scroll through long documents or create your next audio masterpiece. Since it’s an assignable controller, you can program it to do anything you want, in any application. Customize it. Program it to execute any key command, in any application. It even comes preset to work with iMovie, FinalCut Pro and GarageBand right out of the box.
Um, why would anyone want to step on a frog to crush a can?
I mean, I don't like frogs either (even moderately cute ones like this long-legged green guy), but what does animal cruelty have to do with recycling? Forget it. I don't want to know.
But if you do, head over to the Cataloger website with $23 to pick one up.
Via Plastic Bamboo.
Aerogel, via Cool Hunting.