And you thought you'd never find the perfect companion for that penguin flash drive you just bought. Fret no more and say hello to the newest computer accessory to help turn your workspace into a shrine for the flightless bird.
The USB Penguin Mouse is available in black, blue, and pink (how realistic!) for $15.
The web-enabled Ergo Bike Premium 8i has the potential for making those boring indoor cycling workouts more fun. If you're still running on your treadmill, or biking for hours in front of the TV (not that there's anything wrong with that), you might be up for adding a little challenge into your workout routine.
With the Ergo Bike Premium 8i, you can have a race right in the middle of your livingroom - or wherever else you have space to set up your bike - and compete with other livingroom-bikers around the world on virtual representations of real life courses. During the race you can keep track of your competitors on a map; monitor their heart rates, and if you still have enough oxygen for it, speak to them via VOIP. If you feel really bold and self-confident, a web cam will allow you to see and be seen by the other racers. Finally, the built-in MP3 player lets you listen to your favorite tunes while racing your ass off … I mean not even professional bikers get to have that!
Addicted to Heroes, I've nearly dismissed NBC's fall lineup because of their recent falling out with my beloved iTunes. But, even my own stubborn pride (motivated by my personal saturation with summer reruns) couldn't keep me from downloading and watching the Bionic Woman pilot on Amazon Unbox.
True, you'll have to sign up for the season subscription, but you can cancel after you download your free episodes. The four season pilots available include: Bionic Woman (badass and sexy), Chuck (what happens when you accidentally download top-secret government intelligence into your brain), Life (crime drama), and Journeyman (time travel -- makes me miss Quantum Leap!).
My standoff with NBC may be nearing an end. Their programming, led by Heroes, seems to be leading towards the geek crowd:) Visit Amazon Unbox for free downloads and more!
Sometimes when you take a first look at a product, you want to buy it on instinct even when you know that its utility factor is low. If you are a Hello Kitty lover, you know what I'm talking about. I mean, how can you ignore this charming feline for long? Take a look at the Cute Kitty USB optical mouse for instance.
The mouse itself offers no great utility – the shape is rather awkward for a mouse – but the looks are endearing. The actual functions (scroll wheel and buttons) are located in the kitty’s bow, with an icky-pink USB chord to complete the ensemble. Do we hear you sigh with fondness? Then get yours at $8.85 from DealExtreme. You can find similar Hello Kitty accessories at Amazon.
Get ready to be bowled over by extreme cuteness in the form of scented dessert jewelry.
Pancake Meow, a lovely site showcasing (and selling) the wares of a talented polymer-clay artist named Leslie, is full of calorie-free sweet treats to adorn yourself with. Take this adorable Stack-O-Pancakes Ring ($22), for example. Not only is the silver-toned ring adjustable to perfectly suit your fingers, the "main stone" is a stack of maple-scented buttermilk pancakes! It's even got a pat of butter and a generous helping of maple syrup.
Too cute! (Why are my credit cards cowering?)
Via Nerd Approved.
The Beat Dress, from we-make-money-not-art.
Gold Flake Chopsticks, from Trends in Japan.
I love tea and I love being able to make a truly personal and original gift to my friends, which is why I love Blends for Friends.
Blends for Friends is run by a former professional tea taster who mixes custom tea blends based on the personality of the intended recipient.
To help create the most unique blend, you're asked to provide some personal information about the individual the tea is meant for, such as his/her job, hobbies, physical appearance, etc. New blends cost £ 27, but if you wish to order previously created blends the cost is just £ 7 plus postage. The gifts can be delivered anywhere in the world.
My first job out of grad school was in an office of padded-wall cubicles. It didn't take long for me to simultaneously lose my mind and come to my senses, which involved resigning before I had to be committed (or arrested), but one thing I did enjoy was seeing how The Others decorated their workspace. Talk about a knick-knack extravaganza! I don't collect tchotchkes myself, but they're mildly amusing to look at, especially in mass quantities.
Anyway, if I'm ever drunk or crazy enough to revisit the old office, I hope to run into a wall full of these Hop Pop toys. Their cute little heads are triggered by sound to pop up and down, which I imagine must be quite a hoot for at least a minute (twice the length of my desired visit). Disgruntled? Who, me?
$17 each, $88 for the full set, from Dynamism.
I've seen a number of interesting classes held at my gym, so I wasn't surprised to hear that belly-dancing and pole dancing/stripping were being used to help trainers spice up boring ab workouts. It makes sense then that the Hula Chair, which blends "traditional Chinese medicine" with modern technology, promises to help you tone your mid-section via its elliptical motion workout
I've actually used the iGallop this year and I can only report back that it definitely had a positive effect on me (though I'm not sure if I laughed the weight off or rode it off). I've never used the Hula Chair, but I've watched the video (see below) and it's the same concept, only it appears to require less focus on not falling off. Please report back if you try it yourself!
Imagine a phone conversation that goes something like this:
You : Hi Bruno!
Other End : Woof!
You : Just called to let you know I miss you terribly and will be back from work soon..
Other End : Woof Woof Woof!
You : Great! See you soon, be good.
Other End : Woof Woof!
Perplexed? Not to be – that’s probably the kind of conversation you would be having with your pet dog if you own PetsCell, a GPS enabled cellphone designed exclusively for the canine members of the family. Which means you don’t have to be worried about Bruno when he's all by himself, as you can call him and make sure he's alright. And the two-way communication ensures that he doesn’t miss you too much either.