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10.12.2007

ClickStart - First Computer

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Don't call this a toy - the ClickStart computer introduces your pumpkins to many essential computing basics, such as QWERTY key placement, screen navigation and mousing, unlike many other big companies that use alphabetical placement. Imagine how confusing that's going to be when they graduate to a PC or Mac.

ClickStart hooks up wirelessly to the TV so the screen acts as the monitor and the software teaches many school skills, including letters, phonics, numbers, colors, counting, and shapes in entertaining games, led by a green dog named Scout. When I was playing...I mean, Nicole (pictured above) Dora the Explorer, we were picking up some basic Spanish vocabulary while competing to match the most shapes. If only they had this for Advanced Algebra.

Play Learning Carnival with your child and you'll forget they're learning word building and logic. (All additional titles are $19.99.)

Geared to 3-6 year olds, it's my choice for a first computer.
$59.99 at Leapfrog andAmazon.

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10.12.2007

Pacman buckle & tie: Humor v. haute

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I'll take humble humor over haute couture almost any day. Whether dressing down or dressing up, add a dash of geek style with this clever Pacman belt buckle and tie. You'll be sure to delight and distract and earn the respect of all gamers with this dose of hipster happiness.

Belt: This original design is sealed onto the metal belt buckle with a durable coat of resin. The buckle has a standard post closure and is 4 1/2" long x 2 1/2" wide. Fits most belts with removable buckles.

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Tie: 100% polyester white skinny necktie featuring Pacman and his ghost nemeses. This full length tie has a satin finish and measures only 1.5" wide.

Price: $20-25 at Ex-Boyfriend.

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10.12.2007

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich glass ornament

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I'm not sure what a 3.75-inch peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich has to do with Christmas, but I don't care at all. The $7 glass ornament, accented with glitter and "vivid glazes," is just way too cute to question.

Via Nerd Approved.

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10.11.2007

Mathmos Bubble: A handful of light

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The Mathmos Bubble fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Approximately the size of a tennis ball, you'll find it's a hard device to put down. Gently squeeze the Mathmos Bubble once to turn it on, squeeze again to turn it off. Fully portable, it's great for indoors and outdoors. At an evening party you'll find it's a great way to mingle and keep attention on you and whomever you're sharing a drink with. Parents, this will make a great replacement for the cumbersome flashlight this Halloween evening. Simply slip the ball in your child's pocket or plastic candy-carrying device, and we're sure they'll have safe illuminated fun. If you're addicted to the soft glow or you find that it suits the cuddly little or big baby in your life, a recharge cable is supplied for constant light.

Price: $75 at Liapela. Blue Mathmos Bubble available at Amazon for $69.

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10.11.2007

Bed Case

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With space being at such a premium in crowded cities, an upstart young designer has devised a bookcase that transforms into a bed. Looking like a large wall jigsaw puzzle, the mattress stands upright in four sections, surrounding five storage shelves which are suspended in mid-air by a wall mounted frame. When the mattress sections are placed on the floor they slot together to form the bed.

Designer Karen Babel has a bright future in outfitting New York apartments.

Via Yanko Design.

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10.11.2007

Constructive Eating utensils

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If your kids are bored of pretending that the spoon zigzagging and loop-de-looping toward their open mouths is an airplane, then this Constructive Eating utensil set is a great way to rejuvenate their mealtime imagination.

Whether associating construction equipment with eating at such a young age will encourage the development of poor restaurant manners, such as shoveling in mashed potatoes or inhaling french fries, is unknown. But the easy-grip forklift fork, bulldozer pusher, and front loader spoon can be in your child's hands for $20.

Via Daily Gadget.

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10.10.2007

Logitech Air Mouse or lazy wizard's wand?

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I felt a little bit like Harry Potter testing out the Logitech MX Air optical mouse. The mouse tracks normally on the surface, nothing new there except the touch-buttons (back, volume, play/pause--all light up when used) are in the middle of the unit (awkward, but you can get used to it). Once you lift the mouse into the air, you'll feel like a wizard in training with your first power-packing wand. Wave the mouse in any direction, pressing buttons to navigate. Like any student at Hogwarts you'll need practice to get used to it (keep your expectations to about 30 feet), but at worst, you'll turn on the TV instead of your computer;)

The mouse is definitely eye-candy for your desk, its sleek black design will make onlookers wonder "what is that thing?" My favorite feature is the touch panel sensor that takes the place of the traditional scroll wheel. It kind of makes you feel like Apple's "Slide Technology" is this season's new black for tech design. My prediction is that while this is a great new device, its next release will have tighter features that make better use of the real estate. However, if you're a couch potato, this little black toy will let you settle back into the comfort of your couch or bed and listen to music, browse photos, or surf the web without getting up once -- you'll just be waving your arms in the air.

Price: .$142 at Amazon

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10.10.2007

Couch Made From Old Mac Computers

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Hey, I bet this is comfortable! A Mac store in Maryland Heights, Missouri didn't know what to do with 20 extra Macintosh II computers, so instead of recycling in the usual way, they decided to make them into a couch. If you figure that the original price of the Macintosh II was $5500 a unit, this couch is worth over $100,000. They are now working on a matching dining set . . .

Via Crunch Gear.

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10.10.2007

Monopoly: Pink boutique edition

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Because girls are too busy painting their nails to understand things like real estate, Hasbro has chosen Toys R Us as the exclusive distributor of an all-pink boutique edition of Monopoly that swaps the traditional green houses and red hotels with pink and purple boutiques and malls.

Other thoughtful feminizing touches include pink Title Deed cards, Instant Message and Text Message instead of Community Chest and Chance cards, and a keepsake box that doubles (of course) as a jewelry box. Oh, and the thimble, dog, and all the other way-too-masculine playing pieces have been replaced with sandals, a purse, hair dryer, and other objects that girls can recognize.

The best part is that furthering gender stereotypes only costs $22.49. What a deal!

Via Pocket-lint.

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10.10.2007

Second generation cases for iPhone from Griffin

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Now that the iPhone has been out for months, companies are lining up to design the second generation of their cases. Given that before the little wonder's release, companies had little to go on except the specs on the Apple site, it's no surprise that glitches showed up .

Griffin wisely has designed an entire line of iPhone accessories which are both practical and handsome. Take the Streamline, the iPhone armband, which protects your iPhone with a full-face screen protector that guards against scratches. A washable, neoprene armband adjusts two ways for the maximum in comfort and size range. And for safety at night, Streamline features built-in reflective trim.

For regular use, the iClear is my favorite -- shows off the elegant design of my iPhone but keeps it handy. Made from crystal-clear polycarbonate (the same material used in astronauts’ faceplates) it provides protection while still allowing total access to the iPhone touchscreen, controls, audio jack and camera lens.

Continue reading "Second generation cases for iPhone from Griffin"

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