This clever Recorder Pen concept allows you to take notes and then transfer them to your computer via Bluetooth. We've seen great products from Livescribe before that allow you to take notes and then transfer them electronically, but this is the first time we've seen an idea that utilises Bluetooth. It's a brilliant idea for quick work notes and students who prefer to work with a pen and edit their scribbles later on.
[Via Yanko Design]
This is DON-8r (apparently pronounced donator), a cute little fundraising robot designed so that once someone has dropped a coin into the special slot on it's head, it'll keep moving on.
Created by Tim Pryde, the device is already being used in Scotland and will soon be offered to companies so that they can rebrand the DON-8r to suit their needs.
There's still clearly some work to be done, the "hello... hello... hello" greeting is a little annoying and what if someone just picks it up and runs off with all the money inside? However, it's still a very interesting concept and I can imagine some people being more inclined to donate to a robot than a human.
Via Yanko Design.
I've never put much thought into what happens to my old gadgets when I recycle them - having said that, most of them are probably in a drawer somewhere in case the newer models aren't up to scratch.
But according to Fast Company a large amount of our e-waste is in fact sent to a number of developing countries around the world. Once there, workers are required to take the devices apart by hand, which exposes them to a range of harmful toxins.
A new UN program called Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) will track the disposal of our old electronics as they're transferred around the globe and then help the developing countries deal with them. Big brands such as Dell and Nokia have already agreed to help with the initiative and not only will they be aiding the developing countries but sourcing recycled raw materials that can be used in new products.
If you've still got a few old cassette tapes lurking in cupboards and attics, then gadget maker Thanko's cassette tape to MP3 converter could unleash a range of memorable recordings, songs and mix tapes that have been locked away since the age of the CD player.
Cassette Mate connects to a computer through a USB port and the software allows users to save the music and recordings as MP3 files. According to Geek.com the software can even identify the breaks between songs and goes on to save them as separate tracks.
The device is designed to have a very retro feel about it and I'm sure that it'll prove to be popular, particularly as it's so inexpensive and easy to run at only $30 and powered by two AA batteries. Available from the Thanko website (Japanese).
The Creative D100 is like a modern day boombox -kicking out great wireless audio from any Bluetooth-enabled wireless device.(It also works with non-wireless MP3 players via the integrated AUX-in port.)
Take it to the beach, party or just the backyard around the pool. The speakers stream music from a range of up to 10 meters so use your mobile phone, notebook, iPhone or iPad to get the party started.
The audio is surprisingly good, especially the bass blasting from the from the dual 3-inch drivers.
Only $79 from Creative.
Instead of wearing that rock on your finger, try using it as a beauty gadget. The Diamond Tipped Microdermabrasion System uses a fine diamond tip, and swears that it diminishes fine lines, wrinkles and makes you appear younger within months.
It works by exfoliating the skin and minimizing the appearance of age spots and enlarged pores. A vacuum integrated into the wand removes dead skin cells and stimulates blood circulation throughout the face, which is suppossed to facilitate collagen and elastin cell production and produce softer,younger-looking skin.
They recommend you use it twice a week, for 10 minutes sessions, and it comes with two different diamond tips, for normal and sensitive skin. A "comfort control knob" provides five sensitivity levels.
But diamonds don't come cheap. This jewel-tipped gadget will put you back $249 at HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER.
Would we try it? Heck, yeah!
Juicy Couture new product is putting a fresh coat of paint on the old picnic theme. Available for pre-order, the Staycation Kit has everything you need to have a fun day at the park. The kit comes in a logo-themed leather tote bag that contains two mp3 speakers. There's also cutlery, dishes, and tumblers which are diswasher safe. There's even a blanket and cloth napkins that are machine washable.
The speaker dimensions are 12"H x 13"W x 6"D. There's no word on the wattage, so the sound quality is anyone's guess. The kit is available for $248. Just like the tagline says it's "everything you need to take your beau or bestie out for a picnic."
Ladies and gentlemen, this is "interactive" furniture of the most useless kind - a concept called the Mood Chair by UK based designers Aether & Hemera. And after some more wasted minutes spent in trying to understand its utility, I fail to find one.
The Mood Chair apparently has sensors that take cue from the user and the environment to determine his/her emotional disposition. That's not all. After the internal circuitry - consisting of "LEDs, embedded micro-chips, appropriate sensors and custom software" - can take stock of your mood while you are on it, the chair changes color to broadcast it to anybody who's around, and interested. Guess how infallible that can be.
For the others who jumped up in anticipation, we have no clue when this thing might get into the stores. If ever.
Catch a video after the break.
Because you absolutely, positively have to do your makeup at your desk, Thanko, creators of such "gems" as the USB-powered dinosaur slipper foot warmer and the USB Soldering Iron has just announced the USB-powered Eyelash Curler. Yep, there is now a USB-powered eyelash curler on the market.
The Touch Beauty Eyelash Curler is pretty simple to use. You just plug it into an available USB port and use like you would a regular curler. I'm hoping that there's more to it, maybe it has a little heating action to help get the curling action going. If not, I really don't see the point of it being USB-powered.
Via Akihabara News
Though wireless technology has made our daily lives so much simpler, isn't it about time that it spread out of the confines of our homes and into life-critical environments such as hospitals? Apparently, it has. As a result of which, we might get to experience (hopefully not) devices such as the Sensium Digital Plaster - a wireless monitoring patch that can be stuck to a patient's body like a Band-Aid strip, to monitor his/her vital signs.
The disposable wireless patch is powered by "thin" batteries and can give information on a person's heart rate, temperature and perspiration for a period of several days. It can also interface with smartphones and PDAs, and wirelessly transmit clinical data to your doctor. The device is currently under clinical trial and is expected to complete the first round of trials by end of this year. For those who have experienced the discomfort of being hooked to a bulky, imposing machine that takes away the few remaining moments of peace with its unwanted blips and peaks on the screen, you know what a blessing this alternative can be.
Via The Red Ferret.