Imagine being in such a dark environment that the keys on your laptop keyboard are really difficult to perceive and you wished earnestly for a source of light to keep you going. Honestly, though we don't see such desperateness ever arising (your laptop display already lights up the keyboard well enough, remember ?), this little USB light called Mr Brightside can put a focus light right on top of your laptop keyboard.
The light plugs into your USB port and juts out at a right angle to illuminate the keyboard. Its flexible neck allows for easy angle adjustment. Each individual light costs $9 and a pack of three would be not only be cheaper at $20, but could also be hooked up to different USB ports to provide more light in case you are not satisfied with the intensity of one - quite like a floodlit football match. Jokes apart, Mr Brightside could prove an ideal partner on a camping trip or if you have the bad habit of working in the dark.
Via Coolest Gadgets.
We have heard enough about the recession and how more spending will actually help make things better, so here comes an opportunity to put some of that into practice.
Sony has a couple of interesting deals targeted at mothers, and presumably in pink. The first one is the pink Cyber-shot S980BDL. This 12.1MP camera comes with a sharp 2.7-inch display, 4X-optical zoom, face-detection, and digital image stabilization among other features. The offer entitles you, in addition, to a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and a matching floral black and pink case to protect from bumps and scratches. Which is a pretty good deal at $149.99. The second offer is that you will get $150 off on any purchase of Sony Vaio CS that is bundled along with a Dooney & Burke Tote Bag. Which essentially means that you get the tote bag free with your purchase (the bag itself costs $149.99).
We say, if you haven't yet begun, there not a better time than to start splurging for Mother's Day.
Via Chip Chick.
Now time will adjust to your preferences and we are only half-joking considering that the Auto-Rotate Wooden Projection Clock from Oregon Scientific has a display that can be set to a horizontal or vertical format by choice.
The USP of this good-looker happens to be two-fold - the first being that the display automatically adjusts depending on the horizontal or vertical orientation of the clock similar to the play-back feature on your digital camera, and the second being that the time is actually projected onto the nearest wall for easy night-time viewing. Not to mention that the large LCD screen itself screams for attention even as it is encased within a lovely wooden casing. It displays not only the time bright and clear, but also the interior temperature and even the weather forecast for the next 12-24 hours.
But unlike the weather, some other predictions are much tougher to make. Such as when you will be able to lay your hands on this one. For now, keep looking out for the status on the site to change from "Coming Soon" to "In Stock".And keep $130 handy.
Inevitably, Twitter is atwitter with swine flu tweets of varying reliability. CNET's Larry Magid describes the authoritative swine flu tweets from the US Centers for Disease Control, along with warnings about regarding other swine flu tweets with caution. CNN also regards Twitter as a mixed blessing for swine flu info.
As I'm writing this, it's clear the media have gone overboard with the swine flu tale. No doubt people are grateful for a distraction from the world's economic crisis, but swine flu 24-7 is, at this point, generating unnecessary alarm. In the immortal words of Douglas Adams, Don't Panic.
You may, however, want to keep handy the following list of pretty reliable sources on swine flu. They will tell you when panic is appropriate.
Updates from the US Centers for Disease Control:
Updates from the World Health Organization, aimed largely at medical professionals:
The Washington Post's swine flu central, with some videos:
The New York Times has a swine flu central too, with interactive graphics and videos:
Yahoo News roundup of stories:
Swine flu FAQs on About.com's Patient Empowerment pages:
And, also inevitably, Wikipedia already has an entry on the current outbreak. In fact, mysteriously, it has two entries. Expect constant changes here, not all of them trustworthy, and heed the Wikipedia caveat--and plea: "This article may require cleanup (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Cleanup) to meet Wikipedia's quality standards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style). Please improve this article (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Swine_influenza&action=edit) if you can. (April 2009)"
If folks at Pilotfish, the Munich based industrial design firm, could have it their way, you could soon be holding a mobile phone that can be twisted, bent and roughed up - all for the noble cause to create more music for the world via your mobile phone.
Seriously, the Ondo "music phone" concept is one that totally shakes up each one of the traditional ways in which we have always used a mobile phone. It is shaped like a candy bar and has a touch sensitive surface, the upper portion of which is divided into three segmented OLED panels. Each segment has its own memory and can be detached from the phone and clipped on to another person or instrument as a standalone microphone, or even exchanged among different Ondo owners for music sharing. The center of the phone itself is bendable for the purposes of editing the recorded music and creates a tangible sound editing experience as you tweak the recordings. Call it one terrific sound mixer, or the most unique mobile phone concept ever, the Ondo takes first place in either category.
I am just reminded of a recent statement made by a legendary sportsman when he was asked "What is your biggest dream?". He replied, "Dreams are only for people who are sleeping". And we hope that this awesome concept will not end up being just somebody's enchanting dream.
More photos and video after the jump.
Gadgets are cool, but let's face it, carrying all that techno-swag can get a little burdensome after awhile. This is especially true when you're trying to answer your phone while listening to your MP3 player. And when you add a headset and headphones into the mix its just a FAIL all the way around. But Tri-Specs Inc. has created Trispecs in a stylish attempt to free you from your techie-clutter.
Tossing that dirty keyboard into a tub of warm soap water for a clean-up is no longer an urge that you have to repeatedly supress due to those well-understood, practical reasons. The Silver Seal washable keyboard adds a simple and utterly sensible innovation to the normal keyboard to fend off the disastrous consequences - waterproofing. A gotcha moment for you too there, wasn't it ?
The Silver Seal USB keyboard can be dunked into a tub of water, held under a running tap, or simply tossed into the dishwasher along with the rest of your utensils which are waiting to get scrubbed up. In any case, cleaning this keyboard is a no-nonsense matter since it has a special Seal Shield that makes it totally water-cum-spill proof. And laser etching ensures that the keys won't fade off either. The shield also has an "Antimicrobial Protection" layer that makes sure that the mucky microbes are kept at bay.
With such features under its belt, the functional specs can't really matter, can they? For me personally, it brings in the huuuge freedom to be clumsy with the cuppa while I am working. Totally precious. Available at Firebox.com for around $58.
Via The Red Ferret.
When you think of Swarovski crystals a few words may come to mind - luxe, gaudy, and expensive. Swarovski crystals have bejeweled everything from tacky art to toilets. But with the unveiling of its first watch collection at Beselword, the premier trade event for the watch and jewelry industries, you might want to add classy and clever to that word association list.
Compost is, I speak from experience, just as good for your soil and your plants as everybody says. Friendly microbes do nearly all of the work of breaking waste plant material and kitchen scraps down for recycling into growing new plants. But bringing microbes and material together into blissful union can be a bit of a hassle for the human composter. I speak from experience here, too.
Doing it outside takes some labor: turning it over and keeping it moist so the microbes can do their work. It also takes time, usually a year or more. And space. A compost pile is not a thing of beauty, so you'll want to stick it somewhere unobtrusive. That usually means outdoor space larger than a small yard. And it generally rules out yard-free dwellings altogether, even though compost would do your houseplants and windowboxes a world of good.