Forget about that "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" nonsense. These three monkeys want to party!
For just $3.30, the sound-activated brown, pink, and blue monkeys will dance (given that they're armless, I take "dance" to mean either "spin" or "turn from left to right") until the music stops playing (or their batteries run out).
Add them to your Hop Pop collection and create the most annoying cubicle at the office!
Fuji Xerox has developed a photocopier that scans articles in Japanese newspapers and magazines and prints them out in English, Korean or Chinese (and vice versa), retaining the layout of the original. Somehow, I doubt that this new device will seriousy threaten the livelihood of professional human translators. Unless some miraculous new technology has been developed for the actual translation function, my guess is that it will produce computerized translations on the level of the web-based translators we've all seen, like Babelfish and Google Language Tools. Instant translations, however rough they may be, are better than nothing in a pinch, and sometimes produce very funny results - not that anyone will buy this copier, which I expect will be fairly pricey, for entertainment value alone.
Via Digital World Tokyo.
Made for people who work outdoors in all weather conditions, this waterproof paper lets you keep writing in the rain, snow, hail, fog, whatever. Around where I live, the only people who'd really need this are the canvassers for political and environmental causes who go door-to-door, like the Sierra Club guy who once showed up in my driveway in a blizzard (that's dedication!).
Rite in the Rain makes a whole line of all-weather adventure journals, notebooks and pens.
Via Weather Snob.
Unlike some of the audio snobs among us, I rarely use noise canceling headphones with my iPod. I'm not that trusting of my environment and the people in it to turn off the sounds around me and insulate myself inside my music. I want to hear danger approaching. When I do occasionally use standard headphones, I wear them a little bit off center so that I can still hear the phone, the doorbell, the dog, the leaky faucet, the creepy footsteps coming down the stairs. With earbuds, I keep the volume really low, which isn't much fun.
AirDrives headphones are made for people like me (and those interested in keeping their hearing intact for the long haul). Unlike ordinary earbuds, they don't go inside the ears, but rest on the exterior of the ears, delivering rich sound quality while keepng the listener aware of surrounding sounds. AirDrives are based on InAir Technology developed by founder Ken Wright who was inspired by concern for his daughter's health and safety.
AirDrives are available for pre-order ($99.99 for regular model, $69.99 for children's version).
SONY saw the light -- or heard the music -- and has dropped their proprietary SonicStage, so the spankin' new SONY Walkman is open to more file formats. By supporting playback of MP3 and WMA DRM and non-DRM audio files downloaded from multiple sources, it finally becomes a desirable player.
Weighing less than 2 ounces, but with the capacity to store up to 4,500 songs, 8 hours of video or hundreds of photographs, the 8GB Walkman® Video MP3 player has pretty much everything and still fits in your pocket. The sleek,compact design has an expensive feel and the screen is big and bright. The user interface is intuitive, so it's easy to switch from playlists to FM radio or photos or video playback. Long battery life, too.
Good sound quality, but of course the ear buds suck.
$179 at Sony now.
I am not a gamer, but have a friend I call "Game Girl" so she did all the testing for this post. Good deal for me, eh? Here's what Game Girl liked about the new Logitech G15:
- High-visibility GamePanel™ LCD: Displays game stats and other important system information.
- Illuminated characters: Choose from three levels of brightness. Great for night play
- Six programmable G-keys: "Perform single keystrokes or complex macros" with six fully programmable G-keys. Create macros on the go, without having to pause the action in "World of Warcraft."
- Handy one-touch controls for volume and media playback.
- "Cool" cable management: It keeps mouse, headset, and other cords out of the way by routing them through channels on the underside of the keyboard.
What Game Girl didn't like:
Personal Touch is a prototype for a laptop customization kit designed by one of my favorite Italian design studios, AnAtomic Factory. The prototype was presented at the Fuorisalone during the Salone del Mobile week in Milan this past April and was a finalist in the Alcantara Lab Awards, by Alcantara®.
If you can't immediately tell that it's 3:34 on the brushed-gunmetal watch shown above, then your childhood education has served you well. Of course you can't tell it's 3:34. Only the creators and owners of the Geomesh can do that!
They know that the 27 LEDs lighting up the mirrored grid are more than just something bright and sparkling to look at. They know that the vertical lights correspond to hours and that minutes are indicated by the horizontal lights, each of which can be configured to represent either one or five minutes.
Available now with blue, white, or multicolor LEDs for $147.
Via I4U News.
I'm a sucker for reasonably priced, cleverly disguised geek-wear. When Swarovski went tech with their new "Active Crystals" line, I found myself wondering if we've gone a little too far with our lust for luxury. When did we go ga-ga for glittery gadgets?
Suspended from a beige silk cord, this heart pendant splits into two parts, revealing a hidden USB memory key. Made of polished stainless steel with fully faceted, asymmetrically-cut Silver Shade crystal, the two halves are held together with a pin. There's 1GB of data (which is about 250 songs or 1,000 photos) with password protection and high-speed USB 2.0 interface.
Hitachi has developed a portable biometric monitor based on its 2005 prototype pulse-monitoring sensor, but much lighter (40 grams) and designed to be worn like a wristwatch. Equipped With an accelerometer and temperature sensor, it monitors the wearer's activities 24 hours a day and sends the information wirelessly to a personal computer where it can be analyzed (how much sleep, how much exercise, lifestyle rhythm). The company plans to release a commercial model in 2008.