As our gadgets have become more prevalent in our lives, it's also become a necessity for our tech to not only improve our lives but look good while they do it. Cell phone companies have answered the call for high-quality tech and aesthetics with phones specifically designed to function as high tech fashion accessories decked out with everything from precious metals to jewelry.
The limited edition watch (only 200 to be manufactured) has a smart, black ZenV display that depicts the time, date, and alarm functionalities in a unique graphic-like format. It is water-resistant, and sports a colorfully striped polyurethane band that is sure to get you abundant attention. If you have $275 to spare and a love for style, book one now and hold your breath until June 29th when it is going to be shipped out.
There was one predominant feeling as soon as I saw this chocolate-y brown watch (first in the image above) that I just couldn't ignore - hunger (physical), and given the fact that I had just had a satisfying lunch, accompanying fear (mental) that my carefully thought-out diet plan for the week was about to be tossed out into the wind pretty soon.
Well seriously, this series of digital watches from ODM are inspired by the sinful delicacy called chocolate, and though only one of them truly looks close to being one, all of them have been designed to give the effect of a bar of (foldable?) chocolate being wrapped around your wrist. Looks cool, is water resistant and is pretty reasonably priced too, at around $20. I only think that its funkiness can be carried off only by teenagers, though. Atleast, you can relax knowing that your kids are buying the healthiest chocolate that they can.
Via Design Milk.
Once more women will be calculating whether the men in their lives are sponge-worthy because the Today contraceptive sponge has just returned to drugstore shelves.
The sponge, and sponge-worthiness, became famous due to this episode of "Seinfeld," where Elaine hoarded her dwindling supply, vetting prospective bedmates severely to decide if they merited using up one of her precious sponges.
The contraceptive sponge, once the most popular barrier method of birth control for women, is made of polyurethane covered with spermicide. No prescription needed. It has twice disappeared from the market, although not for safety reasons. Natasha Singer's New York Times article explains the complexities.
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.
It makes me secretly happy (no more?) to know that technology is going all out to woo the fairer sex and what better than to be able to lay my hands on accessories-cum-gizmos that are not only visually appetizing but also happen to satisfy my hunger for sensible technology.
The latest debutante in this category is from designer Ilya Fridman - the Ripple bluetooth headset. The idea behind this design was the conceptualization of "smooth fluid sound waves, like that of ripples in a still body of water". And the result is this gorgeous "earring" which actually camouflages an ultra minimalistic headset that clips on to your earlobe unlike the conventionally styled headsets that remain suspended over your ear. The outer covering can be flipped open to reveal the microphone and once you are done talking, pressing the button in the centre of the light ring allows it to remain active for listening to music. Well, thanks to this designer's creativity, we are one step closer to looking like airbrushed glam dolls, not very unlike the one pictured above. And I sincerely hope that this terrific product is carried over by gentle ripples to the safety of the shores, ahem…stores.
Via Yanko Design.
It might be a more unusual rallying cry than you're used to (what do we want? T-shirts!) but it is genuine all the same. KamGi Chak and Kyle Finch, the founding members of clothing company Be Love are on the board of Common Peace: The Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence, which provides nonviolence workshops in Los Angeles.
All the company's shirts (which feature icons of peace including Gandhi and the Buddha) are guaranteed sweatshop-free and most are organic. There are styles for men, women and children and prices start from $30 - although Treehugger has a discount code.
Chak and Finch donate 10 percent of Be Love's profits to Common Peace and use their website as a forum for debate about nonviolence and peace.
I'm not a fan of sewing: there are enough perfectly good clothes shops and tailors in the world without adding my ham-fisted attempts to make something to the mix. But I hear making your own clothes is making something of a comeback in these credit crunch-y times and this ring would make the perfect gift for the seamstress in your life: it combines cool and quirky jewelry with the functionality of a pincushion, and is extremely portable.
Buy it from Art Star for $150.
Via Mighty Goods.
What is black, white, pink or red and holds an arrangement of buttons with single alphanumeric characters engraved on them? You said a colored computer keyboard, huh? Easy enough, but you ain't quite there yet. Technology and fashion borrow ideas from each other so often that it's almost impossible to guess at first glance whether, for example, a compact kit is really a makeup accessory or a chic cell phone in disguise.
In this spirit of artistic inspiration, the Keybag by Portugese designers Joao Sabino Studio is a tribute to the faithful old computer keyboard. It is a lady's handbag made of plastic keyboard keys on the outside, with a nylon lining on the inside. And a total of 393 keys are used for each bag measuring 30 x 22 x 50 cm, if you must know. The multi-purpose handbags are available in the normal keyboard black and white or the more sporty pink and red colors.
Our verdict - looks totally funky for a geeky girl's night out and is bound to get you attention, but is probably to be avoided during mundane expeditions like shopping simply because it looks to be fairly heavy even without the addition of your purchases. As always, art doesn't come cheap - even if it is only a keyboard, in essence. The black and white versions are available at $175 while the pink and red versions are priced at $195.
The Sound Advice project is designed so that parents can talk to their kids about drugs. One of the innovative ways they facilitate this is to turn a parent's words into a bracelet which is the exact shape of the sound waves they recorded (each sound wave comes with a translation). This means anything you want to say can become a permanent keepsake in the form of a bracelet, so an encouraging phrase like "I believe in you" leaves a lasting impression.
But why limit this technology to parental love and advice? A sound wave bracelet could make a really memorable present for any special occasion whether as an unusual bridesmaid gift, a Father's Day present, or a first declaration of love to your new geeky guy or gal. Not bad for $18.