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Monthly Archives: September 2006

Universal Sonic Toothbrush Adapter

Universal Sonic Toothbrush (Image courtesy Solutions)By Andrew Liszewski

Given the relatively cheap price of battery-operated sonic toothbrushes these days (what are they like under $10 now?) I really don’t understand why someone would want a device like this. Basically it’s a universal adapter that will turn a normal manual toothbrush into one that vibrates 40,000 times a minute.

Then again if you have a manual toothbrush you’re not willing to part with and the sonic adapter appeals to you you’ll be happy to know that it’s powered by a single AA battery, is completely waterproof and has a grip made of silicon so it won’t accidentally slip out of your hand.

The Universal Sonic Toothbrush is available from Solutions for $49.95. (Plus the cost of a regular toothbrush.)

[Universal Sonic Toothbrush @ Solutions]

EUBiQ Power Track

EUBiQ Power Strips (Images courtesy EUBiQ)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve got a house full of gadgets and electronics then you also have a house full of charging cables, adapters, extension cords and without a doubt, powerbars. Basically unless your home was built within the last 5 years you’re probably always scrounging for a free power outlet and odds are you can never find one.

The EUBiQ power track system works a lot like track lighting allowing you to attach multiple outlets wherever you need to plug something in. They can be installed pretty much anywhere in your home in any length and a standard track can power up to 16 EUBiQ plugs per metre. The tracks can also be recess mounted when installed and come in a variety of colors to match an existing decor.

Now even though I have encountered and used systems like this before the EUBiQ is the first I’ve seen that also accomodates other cables like network, telephone and TV which makes this system particular useful these days.

[EUBiQ Power Strips] VIA [Gizmag]

Oceanic SCUBA Mask With Integrated HUD

Oceanic SCUBA Mask with HUD (Image courtesy Oceanic Worldwide)
By Andrew Liszewski

Now I’m not the most water-friendly person and in fact I’ve never tried SCUBA diving but I still find this new mask from Oceanic pretty cool. Developed along with the U.S. Navy’s Coastal Systems Station the HUD mask has a miniature LCD panel which displays the diver’s depth, bottom time and cylinder pressure.

The HUD is particularly useful because being inside the mask means that no matter how murky the water may get those vital statistics are always clearly visisible to the diver. The mask is also wireless and information is sent to the HUD via a transmitter module that attaches to the regulator.

Now I wonder if a small LCD TV could be mounted in the mask instead that wirelessly communicates with a rear-pointing video camera so you can see what might be stalking you in the murky depths.

[Oceanic SCUBA Mask with HUD] VIA [The Red Ferret Journal]

Stealth 2000-DT-TB Industrial Keyboard

Stealth 2000-DT-TB Keyboard (Image courtesy Stealth Computer Corporation)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ll admit that I’ve had quite a few keyboard mishaps over the years that have resulted in me sticking to cheaper models these days because of how often I’ve had to replace them. Of course if I had one of these Stealth Industrial keyboards it might actually stand up to the occasional tumble off the desk or being accidentally drowned in my favorite beverage.

The Stealth keyboard’s case is made of stainless steel and the keys themselves are made from an industrial silicone rubber pad meaning they’re completely waterproof. The keyboard also has a built-in optical trackball which is completely sealed and watertight and even has an adjustable tension ring that ensures optimal trackball smoothness for any user.

It’s definitely an impressive piece of hardware but then when I look at the Stealth Keyboard’s $1195 price tag I once again feel content with the $30 model I’m using right now.

[Stealth 2000-DT-TB Industrial Keyboard] VIA [SlashGear]

Illuminated Comforter

Hammacher Schlemmer Illuminated Comforter (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)By Andrew Liszewski

From Hammacher Schlemmer, the company that prides itself on selling things no one really needs comes this children’s comforter that can both light-up as well as play sounds.

Available in only twin sizes the comforter incorporates over 100 twinkling LEDs as well as a hidden speaker which produces a three-minute light and sound show designed to help children fall asleep. There are specific versions for boys and girls too each with different designs and sounds.

Now I can understand the girls comforter which has sounds like purring, gentle breezes and babbling brooks being helpful for falling asleep but the boys version plays sounds like truck engines, sirens and walkie-talkies. After living in the city for 10 years I personally don’t find the sounds of a police or fire emergency in my bedroom that soothing but I guess that’s just me.

The Illuminated Comforter is currently available at Hammacher Schlemmer for $179.95.

[Hammacher Schlemmer Illuminated Comforter]

Steckling – Balcony Friendly Plant Pots

Steckling Plant Pots (Image courtesy rephormhaus)
By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s yet another example of how a simple upgrade to the design of an everyday item can make it even more useful. Start with an ordinary plant or flower pot but add a large notch up the middle that allows it to sit on the rail of a balcony not unlike the way a saddle sits on a horse. As an added bonus because the pot is split in half it provides two seperate areas for growing different plants at the same time.

The Steckling pots are available from rephormhaus in either orange or ice (white) colors for 39.00 ?.

[Steckling Plant Pots @ rephormhaus]

Gerber Inferno Flexi-Light

Gerber Inferno Flexi-Light (Image courtesy Edmund Scientifics)By Andrew Liszewski

The Inferno Flexi-Light from Gerber looks and functions like a normal flashlight until you realise that the 7 LED bulbs each have their own hidden articulating legs. When extended the LEDs can then be pointed in multiple directions illuminating different areas all at once. While this feature is kind of useless when carrying the flashlight it can be invaluable when used as a hanging or table-top lantern.

The Inferno also has 5 different lighting modes including a focused white flashlight, a diffuse white area light, a red night vision area light, a red night vision focused light and a flashing red emergency beacon. On 3 AAA batteries the flashlight will run for about 40 hours which isn’t that bad considering it’s powering 7 seperate lights at once.

The Gerber Inferno is available from Edmund Scientifics for $39.95.

[Gerber Inferno Flexi-Light @ Edmund Scientifics]

GameDR Smack Talk

GameDR Smack Talk (Image courtesy Digital Innovations)By Andrew Liszewski

I spent about a year on XBox Live before I had to give it up in order to actually get work done but I’ll always have the fond memories of being trash-talked by 10-year old kids.

Digital Innovations, the people behind those optical disc polishers are coming out with an accessory for the XBox 360 that allows you to play back pre-recorded clips over XBox Live to help make that last kill or touch-down seem extra painful. The unit attaches to the bottom of the 360’s controller and has its own headset jack so that you can continue on with normal ‘conversation’ during the game. Then at any point hitting one of the five buttons will trigger a preset sound like evil laughter or crowd applause. The best part though is that those presets can be replaced by your own custom sound bites like movie one-liners or other favorite sound effects. (I’ll leave which sound effects specifically to your own imaginations.)

The GameDR Smack Talk will be available in October at stores like EB and Best Buy for $29.99.

[Digital Innovations GameDR Smack Talk] VIA [CNet]

Spaghetti Ice Cream Maker

Spaghetti Ice Cream Maker (Images courtesy The Lighter Side)
By Andrew Liszewski

We all know kids can be fussy during dinner and at times it can be nearly impossible to get them to eat their ice-cream but parents everywhere can now breathe a sigh of relief as the Spaghetti Ice Cream Maker promises to make meal time something to look forward to.

Instead of giving your kids an unappealing bowl of ice-cream with chocolate sauce which they’ll no doubt refuse to touch why not turn it into something more appealing and kid-friendly like a plate of spaghetti, lasagna or even asparagus? (Not pictured.) With strawberry sauce as the perfect look-a-like for tomato sauce and grated white chocolate as a convincing substitute for parmesan cheese your kids will be too busy chowing down to realise it’s not good for them!

…Ok I think I’ve got all the sarcasm out of my system for now…

The Spaghetti Ice Cream Maker is available from The Lighter Side for $14.98.

[Spaghetti Ice Cream Maker] VIA [bookofjoe]