06.30.2009

Another USB hub that's much more

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Here's yet another USB hub with a difference - this one has an integrated luminous calculator for number crunching, a mouse pad and a 3-port hub, all rolled (out) into one entity.

The USP of this device is that it lights up with a "blue, moody light" that illuminates the calculator making it look pretty fetching (in complete darkness, ofcourse). And it is super-slim too, measuring just around 4mm in thickness. The calculator can be switched off and used as a mouse pad, or as a USB 1.1 (only ?) hub. The device itself runs either on external power supply or a single battery (power adapter / battery included).

Well, if you haven't bought yourself even one of the zillion USB-hub-cum-this-'n-that devices yet, head on to GizFever and check this one out. Costs $17.99.

Via Engadget.

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03.29.2009

Demy, the digital recipe reader, wants to be your cookbook

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I'm not sure this is a solution to the recipe-wrangling problem, and since it will cost $299, I'm not likely to find out. If you do, please report on the Demy, claimed to be the first and only kitchen-safe recipe reader. Not quite clear what that means, except wipeable.

Room for up to 2500 recipes, and sync-worthy with your account at keyingredient.com. Not available until May, but you can pre-order from Amazon.

I dunno about you, but my treasured recipes are mostly not online. They're either scribbled on scraps of paper or in elderly grease-stained cookbooks with collapsed bindings. So I'm wondering, could I download favorite cookbooks into a Kindle instead? And then just be very, very careful with the grease?

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03.17.2009

Sprinkler Hide-A-Key

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Not all gadgets are technological marvels but they remain no less helpful in a time of need. For example, this faux sprinkler head opens up and hides an extra set of keys. Push it into the ground and it blends in naturally, far better than those fake rocks from the 1980's.

Via Boing Boing and available at ThinkGeek.

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03.16.2009

Balanzza Luggage Scale

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So, it's T-minus five days until I leave for Paris and what am I doing? Packing, of course… or should I say over-packing, as usual!

I have to be prepared for any possible event… comfort for walking around; dressy in case I go to dinner somewhere respectable; stylish in case I go out to a club… and, then, there's the weather. It's no wonder I need (or think I need) so much.

Anyway, with my propensity to over-pack comes my propensity to be charged for overweight luggage, which is never fun, especially if it's only by a couple of pounds that I could have easily shifted to my carry-on.

Along comes the perfect tool for those like me… the Balanzza personal luggage scale. This hand-held device is a digital tool for weighing luggage before there are any surprises at the baggage check. It has a capacity of 100 lbs. and will add only 10 oz. to your bag, if packed!!

A perfect way to avoid unnecessary penalties and a perfect gift for the frequent traveler in your life. Available at many luggage retailers and at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

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01.25.2009

Upload pictures from your camera wirelessly with EyeFi

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Forget searching for your USB cable or your card readers when you are ready to upload your camera's pictures to your computer. Instead, use an EyeFi WiFi SD memory card that will do it for you. Three different cards are available (labeled Home, Share, or Explore) and all upload to your home computer via your wireless network. The Share version will also upload directly to Flickr, Facebook, or Picasa as will the Explore card, which will also geo-tag your photo. Free shipping until January 31.

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12.18.2008

Blast Knuckles: for the woman on the go who needs that extra sense of security

blast-knuckles2.jpgNow here's something you don't see every day: 950,000 volts of stun power at your fingertips, in the shape of brass knuckles.

With this gadget, you can protect yourself without having to lug around pepper spray or a taser - with the added benefit of looking like a total badass.

Blast Knuckles would be great for your glove box, to wear as you walk through the parking lot or garage at night, or while you're running on the trail. And they're not messing around; the 950,000 volts they're packing will incapacitate anyone for five to ten minutes, and because you wear them on your hand, an assailant can't take them from you.

They're available from several retailers, including this one, for about $50, but you'll need to check to see if they're legal where you live. That's right: they're so tough, they're not even legal in all fifty states.

I predict that anyone who's willing to wear these as they stride through the wide world probably isn't in danger of being attacked anyway, but it's nice to have almost a million volts of insurance, just in case.

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11.26.2008

Beforme MP3 stethescope: listen to your unborn child’s heartbeat

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All those future parents who want to listen to the heartbeats of their unborn children in the comfort of their own homes may just have their wish fulfilled if the product concept "Beforme" sees the light of day.

Designed by Elżbieta Madej and Robert Majkut, Beforme is a stethoscope with a built-in MP3 player that can play back the heartbeats of an unborn child. While the embryo-shaped Beforme allows the mother to listen in to the heart rhythms on the MP3 player at the touch of a button, it also displays the beats in a graphical form on the display. In addition, the recordings can be downloaded on to a PC via USB or Bluetooth and then sent to a doctor for examination.

Call that the most utilitarian gift that you can give to a pregnant woman. The product is still in the prototype (embryo) phase.

Via Medlaunches.

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11.26.2008

The Adaptive Design Assoication needs your help

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A couple of years ago, I reported on a great organization called the Adaptive Design Association, which uses inexpensive materials to make custom furniture for children with disabilities. The best thing about ADA is that they help children through smart design. They also offer classes on topics like basic cardboard carpentry.

Like many non-profits in the current economic climate, the ADA is feeling the squeeze, as grant funding is drying up. This great organization is at risk of closing without the help of concerned people who believe in its mission. If you're curious to learn more about ADA, check their gallery of projects, and there is also a page for donations.

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11.21.2008

Stitch USB character humidifer for your desk.

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I never tire of humidifiers in the shapes of animals and characters - why not bring a little whimsy to an otherwise mundane product? Runa Net will soon launch the Stitch Humidifier (in the shape of the Disney character). This one connects to your PC through USB or AC adapter, and keeps the environment around your desk/cubicle moist. (Just why are offices so dry anyway?)

Via Trends in Japan.

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11.21.2008

S'mores Maker for the indoorsy type

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When I look at a new kitchen gadget, I usually ask myself, "Would this thing make my life easier or more complicated?" This S'mores Maker seems to be designed to make a cozy camp-fire tradition both simpler (and therefore less fun) and more complicated (and therefore less fun). It promises to make two whole S'mores in the microwave in less than 30 seconds, the water reservoir ensuring even heating of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers. Those folding arms that hold down the whole mess are kind of cute, and would probably amuse a kid whose home sick from school (if you're like me - the type of parent who gives sick kids sweets instead of soup). It's dishwasher-safe, so at least there's no huge mess to clean up. At just $7, it could make a good stocking stuffer - and it's available at Amazon.


Via Kitchen Contraptions.

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