One look at this dress and I was blown away by its beauty and innovation. The Galaxy Dress is a one of a kind of creation put together by two designers. Comprised of 24,000 LED lights, 4,000 Swarovski crystals and quite a lot of iPod batteries, this dress is being called "the largest wearable display in the world." While it's a breathtaking creation in still images, video is the only medium that really does this light-up gown any justice.
“We used the smallest full-color LEDs, flat like paper, and measuring only 2 by 2 mm,” say designers Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz in an e-mail. “The circuits are extra-thin, flexible and hand-embroidered on a layer of silk in a way that gives it stretch so the LED fabric can move like normal fabric with lightness and fluidity.”
You've been giving that nasty little germ buggers a miss quite often, but always have the nagging feeling that they are all ready to creep over you each time you use the keypad at the ATM, or the elevator buttons. Well one thing's for sure - you are a certified hygiene paranoid. And there are companies that live by people like you - for sure the one that makes these little plastic keys called the Touch Sticks.
These keys have a special design - wide, flat round ends for pushing mechanical buttons such as those on ATM terminals, or gas stations. So that you can stay a safe distance from the little microbes. Just add a couple of them on your key chain before you leave home and the halo of protection walks out with you. But then again, what about the germs that get on to the Touch Stick itself while you are using it? Hah, never mind. Gotta be insane to spend $2.99 on this one.
Via The Red Ferret.
I've never been a fan of false eyelashes. Something about the idea of putting glue anywhere near my eyes gives me the willies. So when I saw these, I was extra freaked out. These falsies actually have LED's attached to them (Great, glue and lights?).
As much as they give me the heebie jeebies, I definitely admire the creativity of Soomi Park, the funky eyelash creator. The LED eyelashes are rigged to turn on when the wearer tilts their head a certain way. Eye phobia aside, these would be an awesome addition to a Holloween costume or we might be looking at the eyewear of the future.
Via Craziest Gadgets
We have all been there and suffered that - the asinine need to peer around devices, trying to identify and classify loops of anonymous cable so that we can get the required ones to perform. Along comes somebody who gives us this elegant solution with the cool mantra "The best ideas are always simple" and we cannot help but pinch ourselves for having forgotten. Ofcourse, the best ideas have to be simple and the Dotz Cord Identifiers are perfect proof. These colorful little plastic identifiers snap around your cables and carry a picture of the device that the cable belongs to. You can even reuse the same identifier with another device - just change the device icon within the case and you are ready to go. There are different categories of identifiers for your office, home, or even gaming needs. Is that brilliant or what.
Dotz also offers a couple of more solutions for cable organization, again pretty elegant and worth giving a try - the Cord Straps (set of 8 at $9.99) which help tie up cables in a neat bundle, and the Cord Wrap ($9.99 each) which can help hide all the unwanted lengths of cable within its case. The Cord Identifiers are available in sets of 10 at $9.99. Plus there are 24 ready-to-go punch out icons and 12 do-it-yourself punch out icons included with every kit.
Via The Gadgeteer.
Though popular "green" advice admonishes that you think of the tree you are helping to axe down whenever you waste paper, it is difficult to generate the required amount of guilt every time you feed a smooth, white sheet of paper into the shredder. Not to mention that the arboreal origins of that paper is perhaps the last thing that would cross your mind.
The Kakuzai memo block can be of great help under such circumstances as it is designed to make the tree-paper connection more perceptible, literally. The memo block resembles an actual block of wood, while each of the 1200 post-it notes that it dispenses looks like a section cut off from an actual tree. Writing on a sheet of paper that looks like grains of wood can be a bit unnerving, but well, the point is to be frugal with paper now, isn't it?
The Kakuzai memo block is priced at $29 for a block of 1200 notes.
When principal household appliances such as the TV, DVD player, or home theatre dance to your tunes via that indispensable authority called a remote control, why should it not be possible to extend the luxury to other aspects of your home too? Well now, how about a remote controlled candle?
Strange as that might sound, you might soften your stand once your hear out the benefits. The Mooncandle has no wax or flame to get it going. Instead, it is a safe, color-changing LED candle controlled by a remote. What role does a remote play in the life of a candle you ask? It can switch the candle on/off, change the color, and best of all - make the candle accessible even when you place it in hard-to-reach corners of the house. You can even set a 4-hour or 8-hour timer for the candles to automatically switch off. Each LED candle has a shelf life of over 50,000 hours. And ofcourse, there are 3 x AAA batteries per candle that you've gotta consider. Only after you have convinced yourself of the $50 (per candle) price tag.
Via Gear Diary.
The last thing you would want to do with such gorgeous fruit is feed them to that unforgiving abyss called the stomach. And that too when they can sit so pretty on your table, radiating a mysterious sense of calm each time you steal a glance. Which is why someone has already ensured that these beauties are not at all edible, to begin with. These "slices" of fruit (apple and pear) are post-it note dispensers called Kudamemo.
Amazed, huh? Not surprising at all, this great design by D-BROS caught us unawares too. These beautiful memo dispensers derive the name Kudamemo from the Japanese word for fruit, "Kudamono". Each fruit can dispense 150 mini memos which aren't self-sticking like their clinical 3M cousins. But really, that's little worry considering that it is a piece of art on your desktop that we are looking at, isn't it?
A single "fruit" can be ordered at 1,890 yen ($20) or a crate of 6 at 11,340 yen ($120) that comes complete with a cardboard casing within which the fruits lie cuddled in their nets. "Eating" healthy cannot get better or easier than this. Contact Rinkya Stores for ordering information.
Tripods never looked this funky, nor did they ever take the task of steading your camera so seriously. They are the Digidude portable camera tripods and you can't be blamed if you mistake them for cute looking keychains with big personality. Until you go about unscrewing the head of one of the little men, and find yourself staring at a small bit of screw jutting out of the torso. And then you realize that this dude can do magic for your camera.
The Digidudes, designed by the open-source community called Quirky, have retractable legs that can be stretched out for height-adjustment/grip. They are absolutely low-maintenance too - you can easily string one through your keychain or camera bag, and forget all about its existence until you need to use it. They can mount most point-and-shoot cameras, flipcams, and more. There are 5 dudes to choose from - Pinky Scorsese, Snot Buster, iChomp, BoltBot, and G-bling-Money-Son. Choose your man before they are all taken, as only a limited 250 of them will be made. And oh, polygamy is encouraged and allowed. At $19.99 a piece.
Remember that old office prank when a bunch of guys would get mean and present the smelly office colleague a bottle of deodorant on his birthday? Though deodorant would be passe´ in this day and age, situations warranting one still flourish aplenty. What you could perhaps do now is to buy a bunch of Aroma USB thumb drives and distribute them to the needy folks - which can include both the injured and the offending parties.
The Aroma drives have no internal memory, but serve the single purpose of spreading the finest fragrances once they are connected to an USB port. They are refillable and the preloaded fragrance (lavender, lemongrass, or orange) lasts upto a week of continuous use. We know the idea of having a drive without memory sounds quite airy to geeks, but the drives look so good that it is hard not to be impressed with the whole scheme. Plus, if you must have the additional memory, head on to Scent-Drive.com to get the best of both worlds.
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.