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08. 7.2007

Shoe Pouch: Use Nike+iPod Sport Kit with any shoes

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A little over a year ago, Nike came out with the Nike+iPod Sport Kit. The rub? only Nike+ shoes feature a built-in pocket under the insole specially engineered for the Nike+iPod sensor. So, to get the best out of the product you'd have to invest in a pretty pricey pair of Nike+ shoes.

The Shoe Pouch, designed by Grantwood Technology, allows runners and walkers alike to use the Nike+iPod Sport Kit with any type of shoe (Rebok, Keds, New Balance, and my favorite Asics). The Shoe Pouch, made of snug-fitting neoprene, matches the correct alignment of the sensor, completely covers the sensor and attaches through the laces for excellent security.

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08. 7.2007

Hästens Vividus Mattress

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The exquisite craftsmanship of a true master. The finest materials Mother Nature has to offer. Generations of experience. All culminating in the perfect sleep experience.

Hailed as the finest mattress that can be found, the Vividus from Hästens features attention to such details as swallow-tail joints, hand measurement of the correct position of the holding dimples, side stitching of the mattress to increase stability, and hand-flailed horsehair to make sure the bed maintains its comfort and shape for a long time.

If all this sounds like it will destine you to the perfect night's sleep, you may want to check the price tag first, lest the nightmares of how to pay for it defeat any benefit the mattress may offer: $60,000!!! Since that price tag would put the bed payment somewhere in between the car payment and the mortgage payment for most folks, it’s not hard to understand why the Swedish manufacturer has only sold approximately 30 units since introducing the Vividus in the U.S. last year.

Perhaps Hästens’ flagship bed is worth almost 100 times what the average bed costs. If any Internet moguls or royals are reading, please let us know.

One last thought… I have to wonder if the Vividus comes with the ubiquitous tags that are never to be removed.

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08. 7.2007

Your Tech Online

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With the recent controversy regarding the Geek Squad -- that quality suffered after it was sold to Best Buy and that the "Geeks" aren't trained in anything more than the basics -- this might be a good time to look at YourTechOnline. As you've already figured out by the name, it's an an online repair service which accesses your computer and fixes problems such as viruses, spyware and adware.

First, you select a plan (you can buy time blocks for as low as 99 cents a minute) and then watch as the computer technician fixes the problem in front of you. If needed, you can explain the problem to a live tech and they can give you an estimate.

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08. 7.2007

Pedal pushers play your tunes: Bike iPod speaker

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We all have our own ways to listen to music. Some of you probably love your ear buds, while others invoke a hipsters' throwback to when it was cool to carry that boom box and play it loud and proud for all to hear. On long bike rides, I do find that my ear buds slip out of my ears and their cords get in my way. On busy roads it's also hard to hear the traffic and other warning noises, but I really love my music. In search of a solution that didn't involve me mounting a boom box on my bike, I came across iHome's iH85B.

This sleek-but-rugged water and impact-resistant polycarbonate case clips to your bike frame across from where you store your water bottle. Simply dock your iPod inside the case and get moving. Control your tunes by using the wireless RF remote control conveniently mounted on your handlebars, which helps you keep focus on the road. The passive speakers provide for a full, rich sound. Whatever your destination (beach, park, pool), unclamp the case and bring your music with you.

Pedal pushers get your groove on!

Price: $99.99 at Amazon.

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08. 6.2007

Katana Game Console

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If you've Wii’ed out or your PS3 has lost its luster, you might want to consider trying on something old school.

Bringing back classic arcade games in classic arcade game format (namely the hooded MDF cabinet complete with joystick), the Katana from DreamAuthentics lets you game like your grandmother did. (Well, OK, not really, but you know what I mean.)

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08. 6.2007

Inflatable combination dress and chair

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I could have used this inflatable dress/chair while walking around in sweltering NYC the other day in dress shoes which kept sticking to my heels and causing painful blisters. It's a dress which inflates (via what looks like vacuum cleaner hoses) so you can sit on it -- until it deflates, telling you it's time to get off your lazy butt and start walking again.

From - you guessed it - we-make-money-not-art, where you can check out further details of this self-sustainable chair.

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08. 6.2007

SanDisk unveils Ducati USB flash drive

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Here's something for the motorcycle enthusiast whose need for speed isn't limited to the road.

Next month, SanDisk will launch a 4GB Extreme Ducati Edition USB flash drive whose reported 20MB/second write speeds have earned it the highly esteemed title of "fastest consumer drive" on the market. Fleeting as such honors may be, the $125 drive's sleek design and bundled RescuePRO Deluxe software may still be enough for it to edge out the competition.

Via Gearlog.

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08. 6.2007

Sennheiser mini headphones

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What's not to like about these headphones? Featuring great sound reproduction which you expect from Sennheiser, they're also completly foldable into their own little case so are perfect for travel. It took me a couple of tries to get it down, but basically they're designed so the ear cups turn 90° and then fold closed. (Headphones will lock in open and closed positions.) For replaceable ear pads and headband padding, just order directly from the Sennheiser site.

The PX 100 high-resolution sound and fast bass response ( due to system "twin damping") make these the perfect match for your mobile audio. These are coming on vacation with me, so get your own for $45.83 at Amazon.

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08. 6.2007

Like Crocs for your computer: The tall mouse

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If your work station isn't 100% ergonomically correct, you probably suffer from hand and wrist pain. Purchasing an entire ergonomically correct set of office furniture is going to be pricey, so we suggest starting with a small change -- your mouse.

This mouse looks about as funny as those darn Crocs that so many people are wearing. It's awkward, lumpy, and misshapen. Let's face it, it looks like a secondhand mouse that you find in the clearance bin. But, those looks are deceiving, because this truly is a body-lovin' mouse. It's Crocs for your computer.

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08. 5.2007

Gmail M-velope video contest

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We think that all the managers at Gmail must be on summer vacation, or else they've all run out of real work to do, because the Gmail staffers recently announced a very clever contest to create a collaborative video.

Participation is simple: download and print the signature M-velope, record a 10 second video where someone hands the Gmail M-velope in from the left of the screen, does something, and then hands it off to the right, and then upload that video here on YouTube.

Here's a silly one from a father and daughter in Spain:

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