It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that the remote control is the only device that not only has to bear the most violent treatment by every member of the family (pets included), but is expected to work well at all times. Yet the poor darlings continue to feed our slothful tendencies without any protest. Inspiration enough for designer Yuta Watanabe to design (concept only) a remote control so fragile that one has no choice but to handle it well.
The Ceramic Remote Control will make you look at remote controls from an entirely different perspective. Because (obviously) it's made out of ceramic. And it's shaped like a saucer to fit into your palm. It's difficult for my left-brain to imagine how this thing would really work. Well, if nothing else, it would make a fine (and useless) addition to my crockery.
Via Yanko Design.
Remember the numerous times you wondered why nobody thought of making mp3 players with built-in speakers? Or wished for really hassle-free speakers that you could carry and use anywhere? Even if you are in the small minority that answered "no", never mind – you will still love (and find use for) these foldable and really compact speakers from Audio Technica.
The speakers have been designed for any mp3 player with a standard audio jack and are tiny enough to fit into your pocket. The other bonus being, they don’t use batteries as they work off the power from the mp3 player itself. A completely low-maintenance travel companion. For me, the orange color is simply a great energy booster. Get yours from the MoMA store for $28.
Via Chip Chick.
I can’t decide whether I would enjoy the sensation provided by the force feedback gaming vest or get totally annoyed by the constant thumping sensation every time I got hit/shot during the game (I tend to get hit/shot a lot). I guess the only way to find out would be to try the vest first-hand, and after reading its description I most certainly will. Even if my unskilled playing causes me a lot of suffering, I think the device has the potential to make for an enhanced gaming experience. Try and imagine the chill down the spine after feeling a tapping sensation on your shoulder while playing a scary game.
The force feedback vest was initially created for remote medical investigation and was later modified and converted into a gaming device:
Physician Mark Ombrellaro designed the TN Games 3rd Space vest, which uses air pressure to produce thumping sensations wherever impact should be felt. The vest has eight zones which can simulate the direction and forces of bullet fire, explosions, and even the sensation of fingers tapping on you (great for scary horror games).
The vest will be available in November for $189, and can be pre-ordered for a litmited time from the TN Games onlie shop for $169.99. It will also be shipped as a bundle with 3rd Space Incursion and Call of Duty II.
The word "functional," as it relates to clothing, may take on a whole new meaning in the near future, when your hi-tech shirt will not only wick moisture and keep mosquitos away, but will also power your portable devices. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, researchers in Australia are developing a shirt that generates electricity when you move. These power shirts (which may be out in 5 years) will be made of piezoelectric materials which create an electrical charge with movement. That charge is then directed to flexible batteries woven into the shirt. You plug your cell phone or other small device into the shirt, and voila, you've got power.
This Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminate Gaming Keyboard is a beautiful keyboard. Its greatest feature (hands down and fingers ready) is the awesome 3-color illumination in red, blue, and purple. Illumination applies to characters on every key and has four levels of brightness (subtle, ambient, intense, and off).
For the gamer in your life, let me tell you why it's an awesome gift to barely splurge on. There are rubberized movement keys for superior response. You can tilt it 11 degrees to match your natural wrist position (no finger/wrist fatigue). 34 gaming keys are labeled and positioned for accurate precision (if you're a great gamer) and to provide you with awesome control. And, best yet, there's a simultaneous key stroke response that keeps you from hitting phantom keys in the heat of your job saving the earth from zombies, car thieves, and those pesky aliens.
If you're like me and you haven't joined the current trend in multiple treatments of laser hair removal, but you wish you were effortlessly super smooth and stubble-free (because shaving is just so last century) a recent trip to Sephora introduced me to No! No!. No!No! is a new device and concept for hair removal. Much like the many elixirs and creams on the market it helps with hair density reduction. No mess (ever secretly or at at a slumber party tried Nair in your teen years?), no cuts, no burns, no noise (buh-bye Epilady!).
While it's not an overnight solution, or a promise that one day you'll be fully hair-free, with time and repeated use you can replace stubble with smoother skin. The device uses a thermodynamic wire (think of a warm blade) to transmit heat into the hair.
So, for $250 it's a cheaper DIY solution, but it will be a few more months before I can report back with results. Oh, and not to be used on the face or those other very personal areas.
Price: $250 at Amazon (colors: pink, black, and blue).
[JUST TWO MORE DAYS TO THE DYSON PINK GIVEAWAY]
We're all tired of hearing about gold-plated cell phones, iPods -- you name it, they'll plate it, but here's something that makes sense and has been around for an age.
For years, savvy cooks have been using edible gold and silver for party food and cocktails. Easy Leaf Products the sole importer and distributor in North America for ORO FINO (edible gold) and ARGENTO FINO (edible silver), sent me some sprinkles, petals and leaves of gold to try. While I wasn't sure 23 karat genuine gold or silver leaves were meant to be eaten, there's no denying it sparkles up an evening. For easy instructions on how to go ""Drab to Fab," just check out some of their easy recipes and instructions, like "How to Gild".
Gold is actually an inert metal that simply passes through the intestinal system. In antiquity, gold was used to prepare medicines and was considered a digestive and constitutional. It is still considered so in Chinese and Indian medicine, and is also used in homeopathy thanks to its constitutional properties (especially related to the inner organs - heart, uterus, stomach).
These rings are really super cute and definitely wearable, even past the age of fifteen, unlike many other video game inspired jewelry. They are available in silver and in gold vermeil for $68 and $75, respectively. Maybe a little pricey, especially if you would like the pair, but worth it if you are a big Pac Man fan like myself.
Both available from stars + infinite darkness.
Give your laptop a makeover with Schtickers.
For $19.99 you can now pick from hundreds of designs or custom design your own ( $24.99 for custom). Easily applied and removed, you could change your laptop skins with your mood (as I do with my iPhone cases.)
LapSchticks also protect the top of your laptop. I don't know about you, but my laptop attracts coffee and after a little mishap, my cafe latte just wipes off. If you're not sure of your laptop size, just select "Custom Size'" from the drop down and enter the exact dimensions you'd like in the notes or special instructions section on the product pages, and they'll custom trim your Schticker.
Your iPod looking dowdy? The PodSchtickers are designed to fit the G1,G2, G3, G4, and new Video iPods. (They're working on mini and nano Schtickers as I type.)
What's special about these skins is not just the special adhesive which makes them easy to switch out, but the variety of the designs. Check 'em out.
This innocuous-looking device could come in handy if you're coughing up huge electricity payments but have no clue about your usage pattern. It's a small device called The Energy Detective (TED) – a home energy monitor that can track and display your electricity usage in real-time.
For instance, when you power up the mixer or microwave, you can immediately verify the energy usage in kilowatts or dollars on TED’s screen. I think this could be a very good mechanism to monitor a device that may unnecessarily be guzzling energy. For the really energy (or budget) conscious people, there is a provision to program alerts to tip you off whenever the usage exceeds a pre-defined limit – pretty useful if you want to avoid surprises with your monthly electricity bill (who wouldn’t?).