Leading the pack is a luxury version of the Razr2, the latest successor to its once top-selling model. With it's gold plate accents and snakeskin texture, the ultra-slim design phone will retail at close to $300. It can store up to a 1,000 songs, uses the Opera Mobile Browser 8.5, and comes with a 2.0 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom.
So how would you like it if a cute lil’ fella could brew that perfect cuppa everytime you need one and yet never complain about being overworked? Sounds too good to be true? Nope, considering that the man Friday we are referring to is the Penguin Tea Timer. This well-groomed penguin has a built-in timer (1 to 20 mins), which you can set depending on how strong you want your tea. Simply sling the tea bag over his beak, set the timer and relax. The penguin lowers the bag into the water and lifts it out when the time’s up. Cute, huh? Can be used as a regular timer too.
Well, it's fall 2007, so the much-anticipated Yamaha BODiBEAT MP3 Player should arrive in limited release any day now. If you're a workout nut or want to become a person who embraces exercise, BODiBEAT is going to blow your socks off (and your wallet out).
Unlike your iPod, BODiBEAT is loaded with workout management features. It analyzes your playlist by beats per minute and then matches songs to the speed of your workout. There are four music modes: "free workout" that matches music to your pace , "fitness" for optimal aerobic exercise, "training" for serious runners, and "music" for chillin' and listening whenever, wherever.
There are a ton of great benefits to this technology. Me? Well, I'm addicted to my iPod, I'm a control freak about my music, I love to exercise, and my very thrifty solution is FitPod's weekly download available via iTunes and at FitPod.com.
Price: $300. Learn more and view the demo at Yamaha.
With high quality digital cameras getting smaller all the time, the idea of lugging around a heavy, old-fashioned tripod seems ludicrious. The Italian-designed Klikk camera stand, at first glance, looks and feels so insubstantial, I couldn't imagine that it's designed to hold a camera. But the larger stand handles even my 35mm Canon Rebel XT (though it's not marketed for use with larger cameras), and the smaller one holds any of my smaller digital cameras. The camera angle can be adjusted up or down 18 degrees (see how to use demo). Made of "indestructible ABS." the Klikk is so small and light, you can throw it in your purse or carry it in the included pouch without noticing the weight. The stands are also designed to serve a second purpose - to protect the camera face when not in use (which would work with most smaller digital cameras - see the demo here).
Available on the Klikk website for $14.99 Euros (no information on retailers in the U.S.).
Just check out this Rainbow USB hub and you'll realize what wonders color can do to an otherwise dreary device such as a USB hub. The device is not only distinctive but also well designed. Each USB port is a colorful plastic box wide enough for you to plug in big devices. But what hooked me is that it gives the functionality of a 4-port hub (plug-n-play, 2.0 compatible) in addition to being really flexible. How so? Well, each port is connected to the adjacent port in such a way that the ports can be arranged in a stack, tower, pyramid etc., depending on your liking. Definitely another one of those must-have USB gadgets on my list.
Available from USBGeek for $12.
Via The Gadgeteer.
All the rage in England, the online pre-orders sold-out at Bliss, but the fitness sandal is now more widely available Stateside -- at Macy's, Bath & Body Works, and Amazon - and I'm here to tell you they work. As a Southern Californian, I live in flip flops and am already familiar with the extra workout they provide.
Ever get to work and spend the day wondering if you left the iron on? Rounding the corner, you casually smell the air for smoke, squeeze your eyes shut, and send up a prayer that your home is still completely intact (it's just your forgetful mind that's been falling apart). If you're forgetful, gadget-crazy, super safety conscious, or just in need of a permanent handyman/butler, the Home Heartbeat Home Awareness System is a pretty good companion for your neuroses and practical needs.
The Home Heartbeat wireless system monitors up to 30 high-risk locations in your home. There are three major components: Base Station, Home Key, and Sensors. The Base Station monitors your home via the Sensors (placed on windows, doors, even the water heater) and relays messages to the Home Key, which is actually a convenient key-chain receiver. Key-chain too much for you? With an optional add-on package messages can be sent to your cell phone or email.
This is a great device that comes in handy when you want to be reminded to change air filters, monitor your vacation home, keep tabs on your parents/grandparents. In a worst-case scenario - let's say that this winter a major pipe bursts while you're on vacation in Aspen - Home Heartbeat can actually shut off the water supply. You can also program household maintenance reminders, like when to change the air filter in your heating system.
Sure it's a little excessive for me and my four pugs and our tiny NY apartment, but then again, there's no place like a safe home.
Price: $225 for the starter kit (up to 200 free alerts); $22-$250 for each add-on at homeheartbeat.com.
If you're one of the reported 70% of people who prefer your cereal to stay crunchy for as long as possible, even though it's covered in naturally soggifying milk (or water or orange juice, depending on your preference), the $8 eatmecrunchy cereal bowl has been designed with you in mind.
The bowl features an interior shelf of sorts that covers 70% of the bottom and keeps the milk and cereal separate. Being able to push the cereal off the shelf to mingle with the milk at will allows you to control the "sog rate" of your morning meal.
Me? I'm part of that 30% who pours the milk, walks away, and waits for the cereal (particularly Life) to turn into mush.
Frog bike, from ThisNext Blog
miniHome SE, from MoCo Loco
Yes, this is yet another case collection for the iPod. And it is simply too good to resist. Fabrix handmade cases are not only great eye candy, but they also jealously guard your iPod from scratches and light bumps as they have a comfy quilted padding on the inside. Each case is hand-sewn to perfect dimensions – so you can get customized cases for all iPods, whether classic, nano, Touch or even the iPhone. Let’s say you don’t own any of these – no cry – you can still order your own custom size for an extra $2 per case.
The lovely cases are available from Fabrix at $19.90 a piece.
Via Chip Chick.