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09.29.2007

Double takes: party ice luge, two-headed turtle, . . .

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09.28.2007

Cableyoyo and CordHog help deal with messy wires

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Ridding your home or work area of tangled wires probably can't get better than this. Cableyoyo and Cordhog offer affordable and stylish alternatives to the ubiquitous problem of snaking wires.

Loop any wire (up to 5mm dia) around the Cableyoyo’s empty spool leaving just the necessary length outside for connection. Then stick it on to a flat surface using its adhesive spindle and you are done. The yoyo can be snapped on/off and can easily be carried in your pocket to hold the wires from your portable devices as well. Get the Cableyoyo for a very reasonable $5 a piece. Or try the CordHog ($6 for a pack of 6) which works on the same principle but is more straightforward, allowing you to just loop the wire around a spiral core. Both products are available in attractive colors and could make lovely gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

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09.28.2007

Jaxo's SnapABar gives the rest of us a sneak peak into QR

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QR code is 2D barcode that is currently all the rage in Japan. The chief advantage of QR code over standard barcode is that it doesn't require great resolution to be understood by a QR code reader. Even a low res digital photo of QR code is readable. This means your camera phone can turn into a QR reader just by installing a reader application. In Japan, ads display QR code in magazines, billboards and tv, which reveal secret links or messages.

For those of us who aren't in Japan, Jaxo has created a free java app QR code reader, called SnapABar. The app synchs with your camera and then translates the QR code you photograph. They also offer "Barcode generator," which encodes text into four different QR codes. (Unfortunately, there isn't a standard code yet.) For now, SnapABar is fun to download and experiment with for reading code. However, we still need to wait a while for the QR code to become more widely used before it really starts to get useful.

sponsor: PINGER text messaging with your voice

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09.28.2007

Booty & bling: Crystal pirate mouse

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Pirate skull-and-crossbones are a fun part of our popular design and product culture. And, we've definitely been taken captive by an array of tech treasures. If you're in the market for a fashion-friendly mouse, consider the Crystal Pirate mouse.

Glittery-goodness, this mouse is crowned with a precision-cut, Swarovski crystal pirate skull-and-crossbones. The mouse is state-of-the-art 800 DPT optical technology. Literally, plug-and-play from your USB.

It's not cheap, but it's not walking the plank either.

Price: $135 in gold doubloons at mousenvy.com

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09.27.2007

Connect 18: educational workout videos

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I have always admired people at the gym who are able to sweat and read at the same time, and I always wonder if they actually retain any of the information they're taking in during the workout. It’s not just the difficulty of keeping your eyes on the usually tiny print of whatever you're reading while trying to cycle or walk up some imaginary stairs that I find challenging, but the ability to concentrate. And the ability to concentrate while trying to not pass out on the treadmill or whatever evil cardio machine you happen to be on, is where the problem lies (at least for me); so whether it’s a book or a video demanding my full attention, there's very little chance that I'll actually retain much information.

If - unlike me - you don't suffer from theis inability to multitask, you might want to continue reading and find out more about Connect 18.

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09.27.2007

USB Revolving Hub

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I never have enough USB ports and I really didn't want one of the novelty hamburger/Christmas tree/copulating animal ones, so this 180° Revolving Hub from USB Brando is just what I need. Port 1 and Port 2 can be revolved 180° and as you can see, you can easily adjust the angle of the ports and connect any other USB devices.

Features:
- 180° revolving hub
- Aluminum case body
- USB 2.0
- Plug and play, hot swapping
- Red LED indicator
- Size: 106x20x20mm
- Weight: 43g

Besides, the fact that it looks like a kid's toy is always a plus. $16 from USB Brando.

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09.27.2007

Sticky gadget: Peanut Butter Mixer

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Nobody loves a PB&J more than I do. In fact, on tough days at work I've been known to spend $7+ at the Peanut Butter Company, a local eatery serving nothing but PB&J goodness.

My only complaint about really good natural peanut butter/cashew butter is that the oil separates and floats to the surface easily. If you don't mix the contents well each time or mix them deeply enough, you'll end up with a wasted couple of inches of dry peanut butter.

The Peanut Butter Mixer makes mixing non-hydrogenated/natural peanut butter quick, easy, and mostly mess free. Simply lubricate the mixing rod with a little bit of peanut or olive oil, slide into jar, use the coordinated lid, and stir. The mixing rod cleans itself upon removal from the jar!

PB&J genius!

Price: $9.99 at Amazon

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09.27.2007

Spider-man Boombox

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My cousin’s 7-year-old twins would love to have the Spider-man Boombox … and my husband wouldn’t mind one either. As for myself, I’d rather stick with the scary Darth Vader lamp. The super-hero’s “musical head” includes both a CD player and an AM/FM radio and can be purchased at eToys for $49.99 . . . and if you play tasteless music, it will cover the CD in spider web … well, not quite, but it could be a useful feature.

Via gizmodiva

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09.26.2007

Playing music goes retro with the Cassette MP3 player

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I haven’t seen the retro look blend better with any product in a long time than it does with the Cassette MP3 player. This gadget looks like a normal cassette tape on the outside but is actually an mp3 player. The camouflage design is not without functional advantages too – not only do you get the cool retro look with the cassette casing, but you can also use the player as a car cassette, or with any cassette player, or as a normal mp3 player.

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09.26.2007

Wicked light: Infrared laser keyboard

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Struggle to lug your laptop and its peripherals as you work on the go? Are you like me, hate your super slim IBM Thinkpad and require a full-sized keyboard everywhere you go? Red Envelope's infrared keyboard may be a good alternative for you and me.

The compact projector displays a red-diode laser-drawn image of a 63-key keyboard on any flat, opaque surface. The additional audible genius? As you fingers do their thing, there's an accompanying realistic typing sound. Compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled PDA, Smartphone, laptop, or PC. Rechargeable power supply lasts for about 3 hours.

Wicked smart light tech.

Price: $180 at RedEnvelope.

Also at Amazon: Bluetooth Virtual Laser Keyboard

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