Star Wars junkies can rejoice - Mimoco, the company famous for its Mimobot series of designer USB drives, has announced the entry of new (read extremely adorable) members into its Star Wars’ collection, named the Star Wars Series 2. Reason? Probably the sell-out success it had on Series 1 – featuring the superlatively famous Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Chewbacca, etc.
The new series will be shipping in January or February next year and has Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett and Princess Leia (my favorite). The USB drives, available in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB capacities, are priced at $49.95 each. If you don't want to miss this limited edition, book yours on pre-order right away.
Via Fosfor Gadgets.
I wouldn't have been able to get it past airport security, but oh, how I needed this Open It package-opening multitool while on vacation last week. Its retractable utility knife, interchangeable dual-head screwdriver, and alloy steel jaws are designed to make quick work of just about any type of packaging, especially those ridiculous hard-plastic blister packs so many gadgets and toys are heat-sealed into these days.
If Open It had been packed into my suitcase, I wouldn't have had to waste time in my hotel room, snipping my way through a blister pack with a nail clipper and a pair of mini sewing scissors.
Available now with fire orange, berry red, mocha, or sky blue handles for $11. Also Amazon.
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I'm not sure who this "Black Hole" phone bag - which promises to cut connection to the network so you don't receive any calls - is designed for. Folks who can't figure out how to simply turn their phone off? With 2 slots, a normal slot and the signal blocking slot, I can just see myself habitually putting it in the signal blocking slot. Oops!
$12.99 at Mobile Brando.
I finally got the chance to pop into the Wired Store in Soho, which seems to be an annual event now. If you are looking for futuristic prototypes, you will be a bit disappointed. This isn't NextFest, but rather, a showcase of products that you can get today. Although the Wii and Guitar Hero aren't exactly cutting edge, there are a couple of nice inclusions.
I saw my first "One Laptop Per Child," also once known as the "100 Dollar Laptop." Developed by the founder of the MIT Media Lab, the mini-computer runs a modified version of Linux and is slated to be distributed to the developing world. Learn more about the "Give One Get One" program that has been extended through the end of the year.
GAP as a brand has been very distracting to me for the past several years. Most recently the crazy neon-powered stripes that decorate GAP storefronts look a lot like American Apparel rip-offs. However, making the most of the crazy neon stripes, GAP has teamed up with Yahoo to sponsor a holiday-themed contest. Create a video greeting and enter to win one of three 2007 Limited Edition Vespa LX 50 motor scooters in a custom Crazy Stripe design by Gap. Each striped scooter retails for $5,999.
Here's how it goes:
1. You visit this site and create and upload a video greeting,
2. Check "WIn a Vespa Contest" box to register,
3. Register for the contest.
Video greetings must be submitted by December 12th, 2007 and votes must be cast for your favorites by December 16th, 2007.
Entries will be judged based on:
a) have the best audience appeal,
b) be the most creative, and
c) be the most original, will win one of three (3) 2007 Limited Edition Vespa LX 50 in a custom "Crazy Stripe" design by Gap.
See Official Rules for details. If you submit one of the top three, you'll be a winner!!!
It's gotten easier to find Bluetooth headsets that fit well and are small enough to go almost unnoticed (behind long hair anyway), but efforts to make them stylish have generally taken the whimsical route, as the results are usually pretty silly looking in my opinion, especially if you're over the age of 17.
The European Flamingo Bluetooth headsets from CellPoint, which just launched in the U.S., look classier than most "fashion" headsets I've laid my eyes on. It lays claim to both comfort and style, by virtue of its lightweight, outside-the-ear-canal design, and its not-too-bold yet not-too-shy aesthetics.
To ensure a perfect fit, the Flamingo's "EarClick" system comes with 6 different sizes of earpads. It has built-in noise cancellation and directional microphone, and provides 8 hours of talk time, 180 hours of standby time, and a range of 33 feet. It comes in 8 different colors, none of them obnoxious in any way.
Priced between $63 and $76 at various online retailers.
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I have no idea how many portable toilets are distributed throughout public parks, construction sites and other areas around the U.S., but I'm sure the number is shocking. And why is it that with modern technology, port-a-johns work exactly the same way as they always have?
In Japan, an environmentally responsible solution is being implemented on Mt. Fuji, a popular destination for mountain climbers. With over 300,000 people making the trek each year, until the year 2000, toilet facilties consisted of portable toilets inside of mountain huts, which were emptied down the side of the mountain. Take a second and imagine that lovely image.
A nonprofit organization called the Fujisan Club brought the first biotoilets to Mt. Fuji at the beginning of this decade. These eco toilets use bacteria to decompose human waste into carbon dioxide, water, and other "innocuous compounds," releasing no foul oder, water or sludge. The brand of biolets installed on Mt. Fuji is Bianics Toilet made by Toyokogyo Co.
Early adopter delight! Pre-order Belkin's n52te for the gamer in your life. The n52te is a gamepad and keyboard, integrating gaming functions into a single, sweet device. n52te touts its prowess in Autobahn-like response whatever your pleasure (FPS, MMORPG, or RTS games).
Features for the Rapid Responder:
Backlit keypad and scroll wheel provide full control in dark conditions
Enhanced tactile feedback and button responsiveness for rapid key presses
Razer Synapse™ embedded memory (personalize multiple player profiles for all games without installing more software)
Features for the Fragger:
Fifteen fully-programmable keys and three keymaps built for complete customization and speed
The 8-way thumb pad is programmable, as well, and it sports a removable joystick.
Features for the comfort-consumer:
Adjustable soft-touch wrist pad
Non-slip, rubber stability pads to keep the device in place
Comes with quick start guide, and Nostromo Array Programming Software.
System Requirements - Windows XP, XP 64-bit, Windows Vista, Vista 64-bit, Mac OS X v10.2.8 or above, USB port, CD or DVD drive, 35MB free space and DirectX compatible.
Price: $69.99 at Amazon.
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Move over, air guitar!
Hammacher Schlemmer wants you shredding fingers on the six strings and twenty frets of their informatively named World's Smallest Precision Electric Guitar, a 26.5-inch working instrument with "the same resonant properties of hardwoods used in standard-sized guitars."
You may not be able to command the stage with this little guy, but at least you won't be putting your social reputation at risk every time you hear the instrumental version of "Stairway to Heaven" in the elevator. Your financial sense will probably be called into question once word gets out that you paid $800, but at least you'll still have your friends.