It's been proven that babies do hear and respond to noises in the womb and do enjoy an nice tune every now and then. For those parents that want to provide your child with some soothing tunes while still in the womb, the Lullabelly iPod speaker belt is just for you.
The Prenatal Music Belt wraps comfortably around pregnant bellies and has a front pocket to store your mp3 player or other accessories. Simply plug your player into the Lullabelly into the built in speaker and let the concert begin. You can play soothing sounds or read your unborn child a story via an audio book. There's also a dual adapter included in the deluxe edition so mommy and baby can both listen as well as a speaker volume control so you can protect baby's sensitive ears.According to the site, the highest decibel Lullabelly can reach is the equivalent of a telephone ringing.
Though the technology revolution can be unforgiving, some kind folks are ever considerate. Because thankfully, they are working to satisfy the needs of those of us who are somewhat fazed by the speed at which we have been forced to adapt to latest "trends", but still cherish the memories connected with retro days and secretly wish we could have it all.
Well, as far as retrieving the music on your old cassette tapes goes, there is an option. Called the Ion Tape Express, it is simple and straight-forward. Put the cassette in, connect the device to your PC via the USB interface, and press "play". Voilà. The tunes are instantly converted to MP3 and can be taken into your iTunes library, your iPod or MP3 Player, burned onto CD, and virtually any other digital platform. And if you like to relive olden times, just listen to the music off the device which, by the way, also functions an ordinary walkman. You can power the device through USB, or with standard AA batteries. The Ion Tape Express is good to go with Mac, Windows XP and Vista operating systems and is available for pre-order at $82.
Via Retro To Go.
For all those who secretly think of themselves as rock stars in the making, but are unsure of voicing that thought out loud, maybe you should hold the secret in a bit longer. And consider getting an honest opinion on your singing skills from this silent judge - the Scoring Karaoke Game system.
This karaoke machine has a built-in pitch detector that determines whether your singing is in sync with the song that is being played out, and accordingly gives out a score for your benefit. The microphone communicates wirelessly with its control box, which plugs directly into your television with the included AV cable, freeing you from a typical microphone's cord that may constrict your movements. The system comes pre-loaded with 100 songs and you can download new songs by plugging the microphone into your computer using the included USB cable or using an SD card (not included).
That's not to say that great singing is only about pitching or sounding like another person, but you can make a start, nevertheless. And the best part? The secret is always between you and the microphone. Available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $199.95.
Somehow the thought of using this cute-looking LEGO lantern to get me through a dark path is visually more appealing to me than using the conventionally reliable torch.
And it may not be a big risk afterall, since the LEGO LED lantern claims to provide 360-degree lighting using 4 powerful white LED lights hidden within the torso. The hands hold up a swinging handle that you can use to hang the lantern on a hook or to carry it along a dark pathway. Just don't forget to feed the boy with 4 AA batteries. That, always a pain.
The LEGO lantern is available from Perpetual Kid at $19.99.
The association between batteries and geeks is like a romance between "two young star-cross'd lovers", to take a little help from Shakespeare. Only, the relationship is most certainly polygamous. For, every geek in his lifetime depends on hundreds of different kinds of 'em lovely batteries to maintain his identity. Now, this is where we want to step in and reduce those that he's not taking seriously - the "disposable" ones, you see.
The Battery Wizard has the same noble intent as it turns out a unique battery recharger - one that can recharge both disposable as well as rechargeable Ni-Cad and Ni-Mh batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9v block). Interesting huh? The Battery Wizard can apparently extend the life of standard alkaline batteries by up to 10 times by "reconditioning" them - a process whereby the "batteries' valuable chemical contents are fully utilized". There is an LCD screen that indicates the status of each one of the 4 batteries that you can load at one time. Faulty batteries are rejected and completely dead ones are ignored, if you will.
And don't you worry - the device has been certified for safe operation according to British Standards. Clap, clap.
Available from Gizoo for around $42.
Via The Red Ferret.
You would want your grandchildren to know what a meaningful role that analog roll of film played in your life before the cruel world of digital cameras shoved it to retirement, wouldn't you? Now, we know all you need to do to accomplish that would be to set aside a film roll or two. Or, you could make a more interesting demo by getting a Roll Film Clock, which not only resembles an analog film roll, but can blend into your everyday life because it happens to be a digital clock in disguise.
Ironical as it may seem, this digital device is a pretty good tribute to the memories of the analog world that it aims to keep alive. By ticking in the current time in hour, minute, second, date, month and year like any good digital clock. And being snobbishly expensive at $62.
Via Coolest Gadgets.
While I am quite unsure of how many women amongst us would really look forward to prospect of peeing standing up, a "female urination device" (FUD) can sometimes be a saving grace when one is faced with hostile bathroom environments (herd-in the long queues, and unhygienic public toilets) or the lack of one altogether. And into this category, butts-in (pun unintended) a washable reusable FUD called the GoGirl.
The GoGirl is made of flexible, medical-grade silicone and comes with its own underwear (optional) to help you take perfect aim during those absolute emergencies. Need we say more? Only that we just gotta give it to their punch line. Don't take life sitting down.
You betcha. A single pack (one GoGirl, tissue and biodegradable bag) costs $6.99 while a pack of 3 costs $18.99.
If you have been forced once too often to eat cold food, you will duly appreciate what self-heating can mean to the world of packaged, ready meals. HotCans is a revolutionary invention that shines a ray of light on this great human need called hot meals. And quite literally too. All you do is place the can on its lid, pop a hole in the jacket using the included key, and wait exactly for 12 minutes while your meal is getting steamed up.
Let it suffice to know that the heating happens via a totally safe exothermic reaction - though that's a detail you would be least concerned about when you are stuck in the middle of nowhere with stubborn camping gear to handle. The canned food within has a shelf life of three years and is calorifically and nutritionally balanced. Though the three available choices rule out a king's gourmet (Beef Casserole, Sausage and Beans, and Vegetable Chili), the idea of self-heating is so absolutely radical that canned food might never be the same (read: cold and boring) again.
Hear ye all, here's hot food at $8.
One of my greatest treasures while I was a school-going sun-burnt kid was a cheap, portable cassette player that disguised its actual origins by sporting the famous brand name "Sony" on its dull-gray body. Only, the "y" actually was a cleverly manipulated "v". But that didn't stop my first "PMP" from being my constant companion, inside the house and on all family outings - which also meant I carried loads of audio tapes on all journeys, much to the frustration of fellow travelers.
And I see that you might have quite a few memories of your own to make if you manage to lug around this Accordian Expandable Music Cooler the next time you are out on the beach or camping. Even as the collapsible cooler can hold can hold 16 cans for cooling, it promises to cater to your musical inclinations too - it carries a built-in AM/FM radio and an MP3 plugin. At just $25. Cool. But pack along some(?) extra batteries if you don't want to get disappointed - the specs don't say how many are required to run this thing. Or stay safe and be contented with your iPod.
Have you ever seen a multi-outlet power strip that isn't boringly rectangular? Or have you even considered that it needn't always be so? Well, someone else did. And in the process, they probably revolutionized the profile of the plain power strip altogether - by designing a pyramid-shaped surge protector called the Powramid.
This 6-outlet power strip is conveniently shaped like a pyramid, and has a green LED light that acts as a surge indicator. The advantage of the new shape is multifold - the larger AC adapters can fit into the outlets with ease, the power strip itself occupies lesser space, and your device wires can be shorter than those required for a rectangular power strip. Only advantages, this one. The outlets are priced between $24 and $29.
Via The Gadgeteer.