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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Bluetooth Headset from ChicBuds goes Pink

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by Shane McGlaun

Guys have lots of choices when it comes to a Bluetooth headset. Most of the offerings on the market are masculine looking with black or silver colors and blocky designs that a dude can wear without feeling girly. The ladies on the other hand have but a few headsets that are decked out in girly glitz.

A new Bluetooth headset from ChicBuds has been announced that is called the PinkTooth. The PinkTooth has a lithium-polymer battery good for 200 hours of standby time and six hours of talk time. The glam part of the headset is the pink or white Swarovski crystals that decorate the earpiece.

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Hotelicopter is Perfect for Joining the Less than a Mile High Club

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by Shane McGlaun

I have stayed in my share of storage hotels over the years. There was one we stayed in during a family vacation when I was young that had more roaches than a Grateful Dead concert. I have also stayed in my share of swanky places that cost more than I care to think about. We have seen our share of long haul airliners outfitted with beds and other features for those long flights from the US to Europe.

A new aircraft called the Hotelicopter has been announced that will offer 18 passengers a travel experience similar to a cruise liner in the air. The Hotelicopter is a massive Mil V-12 prototype helicopter that was built in 1968 in Russia. The aircraft has been updated and augmented with an additional floor and enhancements for efficiency.

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Tenbu’s nio Is Kind Of Like A Car Alarm For Your Cellphone

Tenbu nio (Images courtesy Tenbu)
By Andrew Liszewski

Let’s face it, even after you’ve signed your life away with a 2 or 3-year contract, many high-end cellphones still aren’t cheap. So it only makes sense that you’d want to protect your investment. The nio from Tenbu Technologies is a bluetooth-equipped keychain-sized device that includes an alarm and a flashing LED. It connects to your cellphone (over bluetooth of course) and allows you to establish a “security zone” of up to 20 meters. When the distance between the nio and your phone is greater than the preset range, it assumes the phone has been nabbed or forgotten, and sounds the alarm.

The nio also appears to be highly configurable thanks to a mini-USB port and included software, even to the point of setting up specific times and dates when the alarm is activated. At around $57 it’s not outrageously expensive either, though according to their compatibility list, the nio isn’t iPhone friendly.

[ Tenbu nio ] VIA [ PMP Today ]

Wireless Speakers iPod Dock

Wireless Speakers iPod Dock (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s something a bit more useful from Hammacher today, a dock that lets you leave your iPod but take the speakers with you. Those wireless, 2-3/4-inch 3-watt spherical speakers operate on a wide 915 MHz frequency to ensure there’s minimal interference from other wireless devices, and they’ve got a half-decent range of about 120 feet. Each speaker is powered by a rechargeable battery that’s good for about 8 hours of playback, and when used together they operate in stereo mode, or old-timey mono when separated.

The dock itself accepts most iPod models, but also has a 3.5mm audio jack for connecting pretty much any other audio source as long as you’ve got the right cabling. $149.95 on the Hammacher Schlemmer website.

[ Wireless Speakers iPod Dock ]

Tab-Dock Turns Your Zippo Into A Mint Dispenser

Tab-Dock (Image courtesy Tab-Dock.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

I don’t know if it’s the wanna-be John McClane in me, but for some reason I’m fascinated with Zippos. However, since I don’t smoke, and as far as I know I’m not a pyro, I usually don’t have an excuse to carry one around. But thanks to the Tab-Dock, I do now! It’s basically a mint dispenser designed to replace the lighter mechanism inside a Zippo. So instead of offering your friends a light, you can offer them a solution to their terrible cigarette breath.

Sadly the Tab-Dock is only available in Japan at the moment, unless their website ships outside the country. And even if it does, $70 (6,800 Yen) is a bit steep for a mint dispenser.

[ Tab-Dock ] VIA [ Boing Boing Gadgets ]

Alarm Clock Hack Puts Your Alarm Under Lock And Key

Saefty Alarm Clock (Images courtesy dylan2106 via Instructables)
By Andrew Liszewski

There’s no shortage of novelty alarm clocks designed to force you out of bed in the morning, but I suspect if you were to build one yourself, you’d be less inclined to smash it to pieces when it’s time to wake up. So head on over to Instructables where you’ll find a tutorial by ‘dylan2106′ that cleverly adds a key lock to your alarm, forcing you to get out of bed and find where you blindly threw the key the night before, in order to turn it off.

As an added safety mechanism, the modified alarm clock also uses the 9V backup battery to activate and power a loud buzzer in the event the user tries to foil the alarm by unplugging it from the wall. As is usually the case you’ll need to know a bit about wiring, soldering and electronics to pull off the hack, and in the end it seems like an awful lot of work when you could simply wake up on time by just going to bed slightly earlier. But where’s the fun in that?

[ Instructables - Safety Alarm Clock ]

Humble Telescope Reminds Us How Insignificant We Really Are

Humble Telescope (Image courtesy ENESS)
By Andrew Liszewski

Gazing at the heavens through most telescopes really only gives you a 2D image of what’s out there. And while you might get a good idea of just how many stars and other celestial objects are in the night sky, that 2D image just doesn’t convey the actual size and vastness of the universe in which we live. But the Humble Telescope, created by design studio ENESS, provides a different star gazing experience. While it might look and feel like a traditional telescope, inside the Humble there’s actually an interactive 3D simulation of the entire known universe that you can explore by simply pointing the telescope in any direction.

Not only does it provide a way to explore the stars no matter what time of day it is, but it also helps to remind us how amazing the universe really is.

[ ENESS - Humble Telescope ] VIA [ Architectradure ]

Minutes Gym Digital Video Trainer From Takara Tomy

Minutes Gym Digital Video Trainer (Images courtesy Japan Trend Shop)
By Andrew Liszewski

Looking for a home exercise solution that’s a bit more affordable than Wii Fit, and a lot more affordable than one of those Bowflex contraptions? Takara Tomy brings you the Minutes Gym Digital Video Trainer which is a simple looking device that can be plugged into any TV or display with a composite video input.

Once you’ve provided it with some personal info and used the integrated body fat sensor to measure your current state of physical fitness (or lack thereof), a small collection of animated avatars will guide you through various fitness routines, which apparently includes over 100,000,000 guided three-minute workouts. And because it’s able to measure your body fat, the Minutes Gym trainer can also keep track of your physical progress over a three month period. It’s available from the Japan Trend Shop for $73, and even though it only includes a Japanese manual, the screenshots seem to indicate you don’t actually need to know how to speak Japanese in order to use it.

[ Minutes Gym Digital Video Trainer ]

2000 Car Headlights Animate Honda Commercial

By Evan Ackerman

This commercial for the Honda Insight hybrid was made by lining 1,000 cars up in the desert to create what could be the world’s largest display with their headlights. It was the brainchild of Wieden+Kennedy, who were also responsible for what is arguably (I’d argue for it) the greatest car ad of all time. Watch the making of video, after the jump.Continue Reading