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09.26.2007

ThermaClear zaps acne

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Look out acne… ThermaClear is here!

ThermaClear is the latest and greatest in the expanding arsenal of breakout busters. Developed by a laser physicist, ThermaClear is similar to laser treatment devices used by dermatologists to treat acne. Using a proprietary technology, it delivers a controlled burst of heat directly to the pimple which neutralizes the core problem of the evil red spot: bacteria, preventing things from growing uglier. The heat therapy also speeds healing, making those nasty zits disappear faster.

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09.25.2007

Cooltone Mini Fridge: Massive muddle-up

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Haven't we all at one point or another wished for one device that can perform the function of several? The Cooltone Mini Fridge is an example of the extremity of such thinking.

The Cooltone seems to have originally started off as a fridge, but looks like the makers just went nuts with the superfluities along the way. How else would you explain the ludicrous add-ons? First comes a digital CD player fixed right on top of the fridge. Next, a digital FM radio with built-in snooze alarm. Next again, sockets to connect your iPod or headset. Still counting? Then add that remote control (of course!) to manage all this and we are just about done.

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09.25.2007

PINGER: text messaging with your voice [Sponsored post]

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The free Pinger service solves a whole host of problems and inconveniences you encounter with both text and voice messaging on cell phones. If you use your cell phone for work, or have a busy social or family life, the benefits of Pinger are immediately obvious. Basically, Pinger sends your voice messages via text, allowing you to leave messages for people without calling their cell phones, and to send messages to groups of people with a single call.

Sometimes referred to as "audio text messaging," Pinger is fast and simple to set up (it took me about 2 minutes to register and input my first few names), and works like this: You call the Pinger phone number, hear "Who do you wanna message?", say the name of the person, then record your message. The recipient gets a text message that prompts them to dial the Pinger local number (which they can do by pressing their call button, no need to manually dial) to retreive your message. Because you don't encounter layers of prompts or inputting of passwords, it's painless to shoot off messages like this all day long, and equally painless to receive them.

It's a handy tool when:

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09.25.2007

Smarthome INSTEON RemoteLinc for control geeks

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As a kid, the catchy, familiar "Clap On, Clap Off" jingle and technology amazed me. To be able to have total control over the lights with a simple hand motion basically equated to my concept of modern technology . . . awesome. I always urged my thrifty mother to take the dive and give it a try; I mean, it was the solution to so many problems! She never did, and I therefore have continued my quest in search of a more modern, less foolish, similar device.

Since its market debut two years ago, INSTEON has been a control geek's best friend. Its clever, award-winning technology enables users to control lights and appliances remotely via a plug-in controller. Now your non-geek friends and family can enjoy INSTEON too, thanks to the introduction of new accompanying technology called "RemoteLinc."

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09.25.2007

Woofer Speaker System for cat people

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So much for man's best friend.

Designer Buro Vormkrijgers probably won't be at the next PETA meeting, not after creating this speaker-for-a-head 20" tall dog. He'll likely also skip the next Salvation Army gathering, as something tells me that anyone charging $900 for two decapitated speaker dogs won't be welcomed with open arms.

The Woofer Speaker System is available now in black and white.

Via Born Rich.

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09.24.2007

University-branded remote controls

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This fall when you're watching the game, you can be seriously loyal to your team. One-for-All's university-branded universal remote hails to your team, sporting team colors and logo.

Even better, this isn't a lame remote, it's actually really good, featuring the an up-to-date code library, Closed Captioning, dedicated menu keys (compatible with Digital Cable or Satellite), and consolidating up to 4 devices (TV, VCR/PVR, DVD, Cable/Satellite). There's also a FAV key which scans 10 of your favorite channels. Great for football season, basketball season, or year-round team spirit. Available for an array of seemingly random teams on Amazon and Target.

For the former cheerleader . . . err athlete in all of us:)

Price: $18.99-19.99 at Amazon, and other teams available at Target.

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09.24.2007

Bang & Olufsen Form 2: Headphone happiness at last!

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I've been in search of the perfect over-the-head headphones that I can leave at work, since I recently realized that my earbuds actually hurt my ears (a combination of the intensity of my music and the way they fit into my ears, and my low pain threshold). At home I have my bulky-but-beautiful Bose, but I didn't want to make another $100+ investment for something that will definitely result in back-to-back bad hair days and ultimately may end up walking off without me one night.

Enter Bang & Olufsen Form 2. These headphones are definitely the most stylish and comfortable over-the-head ones I've sampled. I picked them up in the Apple Store (I actually bought two pairs). Form 2 fits over-the-head, but feels as if they're floating on your ears instead. Bang & Olufsen, a company known for slick, minimalist design, created Form 2 to be lightweight and easily adjusted for maximum comfort.

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09.24.2007

Tracking fashion with Street Peeper

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Now that New York Fashion Week is over, if you're still looking for a fashion fix, check out the Street Peeper to get the pulse on what people are wearing from cities all over the world. Think of it as The Satorialist gone global.

This website launched by Phil Oh, author of "Secrets of the Model Dorm," has photographers from Berlin to São Paulo to Jakarta to New York capturing anyone with styling prowess. Street Peeper also covers general lifestyle trends, events, and news, such as runway shows and store reviews. Each news item is still curated by Street Peeper's editorial staff, which keeps things slightly left of the mainstream.

What I love about street fashion and this site is the demonstration of quirky personal style. Street Peeper shows that attitude, and a good eye more than makes up for lack of money when you're expressing yourself through what you wear.

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09.24.2007

Blow your hair dry with a revolver

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Just in case your current hairdryer hasn't already been mistaken for a gun by airport security, Japanese Noda-ya is selling the revolver-inspired Western Dryer for the next time you arrive for your flight way too early.

What better way to kill a few hours than to be detained for spending 4,000 yen (about $35) on a blow-dryer?

Via OhGizmo!

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09.23.2007

Robot reproduces human mouth movements for speech

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Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science and the Musashino Red Cross Hospital are developing a robot capable of reproducing oral movements necessary to produce human speech. The prototype robot, an artificial mouth with a tongue made of silicone and a lower jaw driven by artificial muscles, can mimic tongue and lower jaw movements for reproducing Japanese vowel sounds. The movements are controlled by a computer program based on magnetic resonance imaging of oral movements of the human mouth during speech. The team is next working on building lips and a palate necessary for enunciating consonants, with the ultimate goal of developing a robot that can be used for speech therapy and for teaching foreign languages.

Via The Nikkei Weekly (subscription).

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