You know why birds squwak all the time? They want someone to talk to. Make your chatty pet happy and get them their own cell phone.
Talk 'N Play is an interactive toy with buttons that light up when pressed that activate phrases to teach them to talk. Teach them handy phrases like "Take out the garbage!" or " You're drunk, Bud." It comes with the requisite mirror because birds are the only pets that have to have their own vanity mirror.
Next, they're going to ask for their own PDA.
$9.99 for the small or $11.99 for the large at Drs. Foster and Smith.
Via those divas at Gizmodiva.
I don't know if Blackberry Thumb is an official medical condition, but anyone who regularly does a lot of texting or emailing on a cell phone knows what it is. According to textually.org, in New Zealand, a woman was diagnosed with "texting tenosynovitis" - an inflammation of the tendons in the thumb from excessive text messaging.
Some hotels offer Blackberry Balm massages to businessmen suffering from this ailment, but short of checking yourself into a hotel or spa, there seems to be little help for those of us addicted to texting. A couple of years ago, I did see, at a Sharper Image store, a little electronic massage machine designed for hands and wrists (similar in appearance to some neck massagers), but I haven't been able to find it again -- anywhere. If you've seen this somewhere, please let me know.
IMAK, which makes SmartGlove wrist supports for carpal tunnel (designed by an orthopedic surgeon), also makes the glove with thumb support, the idea behind it being that it holds your wrist and thumb in a position that prevents further damage. Built into the glove are something called "ergoBeads" which cushion the underside of the wrist. While I don't know what it does to reverse damage already done, it's worth a try if it can prevent more serious problems.
For myself, I'm renaming this condition "iPhone Thumb" - I still haven't gotten the hang of using that on-screen keypad, and have to type every other word twice to get it right.
Fit fingers GripGlider
The SmartNav hands-free mouse by NaturalPoint enables the user to point and click by using slight movements of the head. Three different designs, with progressively sophisticated features, are available for differing needs: The SmartNav Standard Version is for individuals who want to increase their computer productivity, the Ergonomic version is for those who suffer from carpal tunnel or other forms of wrist strain, and the Assistive Technology version is designed for users who cannot use their hands (includes a virtual keyboard). SmartHomeUSA carries all three versions, and their website includes videos of the devices in use as well as a comparison chart of their features. Priced from $224 to $400.
Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean we can't think Pink, as in products that donate to the Komen for the Cure. I love these CX 300 earbuds, not only because a portion of the sales goes to Breast Cancer Research, but also because they're made by Sennheiser so you know they're superior, AND because they're the perfect shade of pink.
For the discerning audiofile, the CX200 provide poweful, bass-driven stereo, plus excellent attenuation of ambient noise, meaning it cuts out most outside noise, but you can still hear a police siren. Ear adapters in three different sizes ensure a perfect fit ,which is important if you intend to use them all day as I do. Asymmetrical cable helps prevent wire tangles, though I can still do a pretty good job of winding them up.
Rather than give your son false hopes of one day being able to drive a luxury sports car or shiny speed demon with a set of Hot Wheels toy cars, give him a harsh dose of the real world with a $50 Urban Collectable instead.
The cars in this series will yank the wool from your child's eyes faster than the high-speed chase the toys were likely involved in (before they were individually hand burnt and otherwise destroyed, of course). Yes, it's time to stomp on little Tommy's foolish dreams of polishing a red Ferrari or weaving through traffic in a Porsche. His chances of becoming a well-adjusted adult and contributing member of society are much greater if he can imagine the events leading up to the creation of the joyridden 2-door hatchback, petrol-bombed jeep, and minivan/insurance scam.
If you're bored of telling time in the usual ways, you might like this Nightmare Watch from Fractalspin. Not only are there no numbers on this watch, there are no hands either. The hour hand is represented by a large inner, red LED dot, and the minute hand by a smaller outer dot. Made of stainless steal, with a rubber wrist band, the Lightmare Watch sells for $165. It would take some getting used to, but it seems fairly intuitive despite the quirky design.
Right. Because Kewpie dolls aren't scary or weird enough on their own, Strapya World took it upon themselves to offer the strangest assortment of 1.57-inch Kewpie cell phone charms the world has ever seen.
There's the one that's in the process of melting into a puddle, the anorexic one, the fat one, the sperm one (yes, you read that right), and the one called simply "Gross Q." Not only am I about to lose my lunch, but I'm also quite shocked at how big those brains are.
Available now for about $6 each.
Via Shiny Shiny.
If you shopped almost exclusively online and are finished with your gift list, you're feeling pretty proud of yourselves by now. I know I am. So reward yourself and pick up a few goodies for Santa. Check out Pacific Design's huge sale.
Here's the scoop:
- $9.95 on selected iPod nano 3G, 2G, 1G, iPod video & Classic, iPod mini and iPod 4G cases,
- Free Personalization,
- Orders over $35 get free shipping ,
- Laptop sleeves and totes - 30% off selected styles,
- Sony PSP cases just $4.95.
Even if your grandparents aren't on the Internet (maybe they don't even have a computer), you can now send them emails and digital photos. Get them a Presto printer and service and they'll be able to receive emails and photos automatically. It's a simple, quick 3-step process: (1) you send your email to the Presto service through your own email address, (2) Presto converts them for sending to grandma, (3) grandma picks it up on her printer without doing a thing (all she needs is a regular phone line). The Presto printer sells for $149.99, and monthly service is $9.99. Take a look at how easy it is to set up and use.
[Popgadget is an affiliate of Presto through February, 2008.]
And now, some last minute gifts for the most important members of the family.
Designer paw wear
Shoes for dogs may seem silly, but imagine walking around all day barefoot in muck and dirt and then climbing into bed. Well imagine letting the creature that's done that climb into bed with you. Poochey shoes keep dogs' paws protected and clean, and have a flexible rubber sole with traction for extra comfort and safety. These shoes are anatomically correct- with special inserts for the back paws, which are smaller. Comes in all sorts of colors, and in a wide range of sizes (there's a sizing chart available). $68 at the Shoo Shop. (Mia)
Dolce Vita hot/cold dog bed
Not only do Dolce Vita dog beds have therapeutic foam padding to cushion dogs' joints, it also has cold and hot air therapy to keep them comfortable no matter what the season. The microsuede covered bed blows cool air to keep dogs cool in hot weather and also provides therapeutic heat on cold nights when limbs can get stiff. $249 from Dolce Vita. (Mia)
Digital camera for dogs
Now, even the baby has his own digital camera, so the only member of the family without one is the dog. And what dog lover isn't curious about how the world looks from their dog's point of view? This .35 megapixel camera is worn on the collar, and you snap photos with a remote control or set it to take photos at regular intervals. See for the first time how stupid you look when you're talking to your dog. $79 from Japan Trend Shop. (Hoyun)
As alternative to the doggy digital camera, you could just get this Gorillapod and mount your own digital camera on your dog's back. From Amazon. for $22 . Different approach, same amount of laughs. (Hoyun)
[Photo from A Thousand Words Blog - a Kodak blog]
Cashmere sweater for dogs
Dogwear is available everywhere, but how often in 100% fine cashmere? The Classic Cashmere pull is snuggly soft and warm, and lets the quality of the cashmere stand on its own, no silly bows or ties. Starts at about $206 for XS (chihuahua) up to $252 for XL (German sheperd, who would all look so sweet in a pink sweater). Available from For Pets Only, which also has a New York location in Soho. (Mia)
Ugo indoor dog potty
Do you work long hours and fear that your dog is doing a peepee dance by the door while cursing you? With the Ugodog indoor potty, your dog can take care of his business on his own, while keeping your house clean. Like a litter box for dogs, the UGO just needs a change of newspaper after it's been used. And unlike a potty pad or plain newspaper, which dogs tend to tear and throw around, the mess is contained within the grated UGO. $39.95 from UGO. (Mia)