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Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Kindle Just Got Smaller, Cheaper

By Chris Scott Barr

Still sitting on the fence about e-readers? It’s an understandable position to be in, as there are a number of pros and cons for the devices. However, if price has been stopping you from getting a Kindle, then you might be ready to take that leap. Amazon has announced the latest in their lineup, which is smaller and cheaper.

The new Wi-Fi only model is 21 percent smaller and 15 percent lighter than its predecessor. In addition to having a new body, the device even has an updated e-ink screen, which boasts better contrast fore easier reading. Of course the best feature is no doubt the $139 price. If you’ve been holding out for a better deal, you won’t do much better than this.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ Ars ]

Moshi MouseGuard Is Like A Screen Protector For Your Apple Magic Mouse

MouseGuards (Images courtesy Moshi)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m all for taking care of one’s toys, but even I have to wonder if these MouseGuards from Moshi are a bit overkill. They’re a form-fitting thin film that not only protects the surface of the mouse from everyday wear and tear, but they also apparently have a bit more texture than the Magic Mouse’s glossy surface, providing more of a tactile feel. With a price tag of $69 Apple’s mouse is definitely something you don’t want to have to replace often, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you’re willing to spend an extra $15 for a MouseGuard to keep it looking as good as new.

[ Moshi MouseGuards ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Rubber Bandit Pen Will Revolutionize Office Eye Injuries

Rubber Bandit Pen (Image courtesy Perpetual Kid)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you don’t have the skills to build your own Mini Weapons Of Mass Destruction, the Rubber Bandit Pen will at least give you a fighting chance when the next office supply war erupts. For the most part it looks like your standard ballpoint pen, but a set of strategically placed notches on the tip and retract/extend button lets you easily load and fire elastics. And I’m sure you’ll soon be seeing it next to peanut butter on the list of things your child isn’t allowed to bring to school anymore. $4.99 from Perpetual Kid.

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Panasonic Gets A Gold Star For Earphone Packaging Design

Panasonic Stereo Earphones RP-HJE 130 (Image courtesy COLORIBUS)
By Andrew Liszewski

I can’t attest to the sound quality of these Panasonic RP-HJE 130 earbuds, but even I’ll admit that this brilliant packaging, designed by Berlin-based Scholz & Friends, would make them hard to pass up. It’s another case where a simple visual idea can outdo even the most elaborately designed graphics, and the fact that they’ve incorporated and displayed the actual product is worth a couple of bonus points as well.

[ COLORIBUS – Panasonic Earphones: The Earphones Note ] VIA [ Scary Ideas ]

Stormtrooper ‘Back Buddy’ Due Sometime This Fall

Stormtrooper 'Back Buddy' Backpack (Image courtesy Urban Collector)
By Andrew Liszewski

In case you’ve started a collection, in addition to the Yoda, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and C-3PO ‘Back Buddy’ backpacks that are all currently available, you’ll soon be able to add the pawn of the Star Wars universe to your wearable posse. The Stormtrooper Back Buddy is now available for pre-order from Urban Collector for $36.99, though you’ll have to wait until October for it to arrive. But it should be just in time for it to serve as the laziest Hallowe’en costume ever.

[ Urban Collector – Star Wars Stormtrooper Back Buddy ] VIA [ Fashionably Geek ]

Wise Hammer Has A Built-in Stud Sensor

Wise Hammer (Image courtesy Axis Sourcing)
By Andrew Liszewski

As if a claw hammer wasn’t already enough of a multi-tasker with its ability to drive in and rip out nails, the Wise Hammer takes things one step further with a stud sensor built into the base of the handle. A simple green LED lets you know when a stud is detected, and a small marking nub allows you to mark its location on the wall so you know exactly where to drive your nail. $29.99 available on the Wise Hammer website.

[ Wise Hammer ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Turn Your iPad Into A Fashion Accessory

By Chris Scott Barr

Having trouble finding enough uses for your iPad? Or perhaps you just want to make sure that everyone you come into contact knows that you’re cool enough to have one. Sure, you could prop it up on your shoulder, turn on some tunes and pretend it’s an old boombox, but that’s just not classy. No, what you need is a shirt that will hold your iPad, and display whatever pictures or video you want.

Okay, so maybe at first thought it might seem cool to essentially have a shirt that can depict virtually anything. But I can’t imagine putting my iPad in this thing and walking around. I’m not even talking about how it will no doubt weigh down the front of your shirt. Rather, I’m referring to the douchebag factor. If you really have nothing better to do with your iPad, then by all means, drop $50 on this fashion statement.

[ Syte Shirt ] VIA [ Gearlog ]

Perfect Portions Digital Scale

Perfect Portions Digital Scale (Image courtesy Sharper Image)
By Andrew Liszewski

A big part of a healthy diet is eating sensible portions, but if you’re completely clueless when it comes to how much sugar, carbs, cholesterol or sodium is in a handful of your favorite snack, the Perfect Portions scale is like Nutrition 101. It’s a combination food scale & nutritional calculator that has a built-in database of 1,999 different foods, plus the ability to store an additional 99 custom entries. You just zero the scale, plunk down your food and then punch in the corresponding food code so the scale knows what it’s measuring. The nutritional stats, as well as the total weight, are then displayed on an LCD designed to look like the Nutrition Facts labels found on food packaging these days. As kitchen scales go the Perfect Portions goes above and beyond the call of duty, so the $59.99 price tag doesn’t seem that unreasonable.

[ Perfect Portions Digital Scale ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Luminara Dream Candles – Bring A Little Piece Of Disney’s Haunted Mansion Home

Luminara Dream Candles (Image courtesy Luminara)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m surprised it’s taken this long for someone to realize that Disney’s Imagineers have created some cool stuff the public might actually want to get their hands on. But instead of an animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln, it’s the artificial candles seen in the Haunted Mansion ride that you’ll soon be able to buy for your own ghost-infested ballroom. The candles, which will be available in 5, 7 and 9-inch heights, feature a patented “Artificial Flame Technology” which makes them appear to flicker like a real flame, without the risk of burning down your house or dripping hot wax all over the place. Unfortunately they won’t be available until the Fall so there’s not a lot of detailed information like what batteries they take or even pricing at this time.

[ Luminara Dream Candles ] VIA [ ChipChick ]