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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Trunket Hand-Crafted Wooden iPhone 4 Skins

Trunket Wooden iPhone 4 Skins (Images courtesy Trunket)
By Andrew Liszewski

If turning your iPhone 4 into an homage of a retro gadget (like a Speak & Spell or Sony Walkman) isn’t your thing, but you’d still like to dress it up so it stands out from the millions of others out there, it turns out a natural wood finish doesn’t look half bad. Before I saw these skins from Trunket I would have thought a wooden iPhone would look really tacky, but these hand-crafted skins have changed my opinion.

Made from American Rosewood treated with various washes and finishes, these colorful wooden skins stick to your iPhone like any other decal and are just as easily removable. But instead of vinyl, they’re made from actual bona-fide wood. Now I can’t say I’m too thrilled about the Trunket logo and elephant graphic on the back, but if they appeal to you they’re available directly from Trunket for $24 each.

[ Trunket Hand-Crafted Wooden iPhone 4 Skins ] VIA [ GadgetReview ]

Louis Vuitton 4Motion Sunglasses

Louis Vuitton 4Motion Sunglasses (Image courtesy Louis Vuitton)
By Andrew Liszewski

You’d think a pair of sunglasses from Louis Vuitton would be nothing more than a unique design with the ‘VL’ logo slapped on the side. But these high-performance sunnies look like they could give Oakleys a run for their money. There are 4 pairs available that each come with brown or yellow lenses for reducing glare/enhancing vision or just protecting your eyes from the elements. But what really sets them apart is their highly-adjustable frames designed to suit “individual morphology” allowing you to adjust the front inclination, temple curvature, height, position of the nose pads and even the length of the arms. The downside though is that since they do bear the ‘VL’ logo you’ll be paying $640 to $720.

[ Louis Vuitton 4Motion Sunglasses ] VIA [ Acquire ]

Bubble Wrap Backed Ties – Another Office Distraction

Bubble Wrap Backed Ties (Image courtesy MicroWorks Web)
By Andrew Liszewski

You’d think the internet and smartphones would be enough of a distraction for the modern cubicle jockey, but successfully killing 9-to-5 every day is almost a career in and of itself. So today we bring you yet another mindless distraction that should occupy your mind for at least a couple of minutes. This set of black ties are backed with bubble wrap, and if I have to explain why that’s a good thing then you’ve clearly missed out on some important life experiences. Namely popping bubble wrap. Sadly though the ties aren’t actually available for sale, and since they appear to be dated back to 2008, there obviously hasn’t been much demand to make them a reality.

[ Break Tiem ] VIA [ Wholly’s Blog ]

The Photoshop Icon Makes For Clever Salt & Pepper Shakers

Photoshop Icon Salt & Pepper Shakers (Images courtesy Frack Design)
By Andrew Liszewski

Unless you come from a family of photographers these Photoshop icon salt & pepper shakers are probably a wasted sight gag. But if they really existed I imagine the one place you’d definitely find them would be in the Adobe headquarter’s cafeteria, adding monochromatic noise seasoning to every dish.

[ Coroflot – Frack Design – Ps sal y pimienta ] VIA [ core77 ]

Scruble Cube Scrabble/Rubik’s Mashup

Scruble Cube (Image courtesy RSV Productions)
By Andrew Liszewski

If that Boardgame Remix Kit from a few days ago whet your appetite for breathing new life into all those games collecting dust in your closet, then the Scruble Cube should be right up your alley. It mashes up elements of Scrabble with the classic Rubik’s Cube (in a 4×4 configuration) to create a new spelling challenge that can be played by yourself, or against an opponent.

Like with Scrabble your goal is to get tiles lined up to spell out words with as many points as possible, though unlike Scrabble the tiles are all attached to a spinning 3D cube. If you crunch the numbers there are apparently over 7,401 septillion different combinations of the letters you can play, but what I like most is that when you end the game in absolute frustration you’re not left with loose tiles all over the living room after you’ve flipped the board. At $24.95 the Scruble Cube is a bit pricier than your standard Rubik’s Cube, but at least it improves your vocabulary. The only skill you learn from a Rubik’s Cube is how to carefully peel a sticker without dog-earing the corner.

[ Scruble Cube ]

OhGizmo! Review – TRTL Minimalist 4

By Caitlyn Muncy

The eco-friendly company TRTL Bot, has given us a snazzy new iPhone 4 case that is made entirely of recycled plastic. This is a follow-up from the 3G/3GS case they’ve made in the past. This version provides an extremely useful credit card holder on the back part of the case. You can only fit about two plastic cards in there, despite me trying my best to play chubby bunny with credit cards.

This recycled plastic makes for a rather hard case, and protects your iPhone in all the right places. A snug fit makes this a great case for moderate protection. You will need a screen protector as it doesn’t come with one, but seeing as you get a mini wallet out of your phone case, is there really much room to complain?

This case comes in either white or black and will only set you back about $35 if you buy it directly from the company.


Deal Of The Day: HP Pavilion dv7 Select Edition For $799 Or $899

By David Ponce

We close the week by looking at HP. The Pavilion dv7 Select Edition comes in several configurations, but today you can get either the Core i5 or Core i7 pretty decently decked out for either $799 or $899, respectively. That’s because there’s between $250 and $400 off at the moment on the machines themselves, plus you can get a bunch of upgrades thrown in for free.

HP is also offering FREE 8GB RAM upgrade ($120 savings), free Blu-ray Drive ($150 savings), 50% off 6-cell and 9-cell batteries, Lojack 4 year for the price of 1 year ($70 savings), 15-month Norton Internet Security subscription for $1 (savings $28) and free shipping.

The redesigned HP dv7t Select Edition (dv7tse) Laptop sports brushed aluminum chassis in stream argento (metal) finish and measures 1.25-inch thin. It replaces the popular HP dv7t/dv7t Quad Edition. Also features Altec Lansing speakers w/Beats Audio & HP Triple Bass Subwoofer, TrueVision HD webcam and optional 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switchable graphics (base 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470).

[ HP Pavilion dv7 Select Edition For $799 Or $899 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

The Accurate Watch Is A Real Pick Me Up

The Accurate Watch (Images courtesy Mr. Jones)
By Andrew Liszewski

You know I have no idea why I decided to write about this watch on December 24, a day when people are supposed to be celebrating with family, friends and loved ones, and generally in a pretty upbeat mood. Because this watch is an instant kill-joy. It’s like having a cold, hard dose of reality strapped to your wrist. It’s called ‘The Accurate’ because the hour hand reads “remember” while the minute hands reads “you will die.” So while technically that sentence only comes into perfect alignment at 9:15 am & pm, the message will stick with you the entire day. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

It’s available from Mr Jones Watches directly for $145 for the regular model, and $150 for a special edition model which features a case coated in black PVD for a longer lasting finish.

[ Mr Jones – The Accurate Watch ] VIA [ Design Milk ]

Wee Tree LED Air Freshener Festively Hides The Stank In Your Car

Wee Tree LED Air Freshener (Image courtesy Perpetual Kid)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s hard to find fault with a novelty, light-up, tree-shaped air freshener. But the fact that this one doesn’t actually have any scent at all besides “natural cardboard” is a complete and utter rip-off. Who cares how much good cheer you’re spreading with this hanging from your rear-view mirror when your passengers can still smell the wet dog you rode with last week?

I mean they couldn’t have just splashed a dash of cinnamon on there or something? Christmastime is literally a cornucopia of recognizable smells! I’m not even sure if the random, blinking LEDs make up for this oversight, but since Perpetual Kid is currently sold out of them, I suspect many people were more than happy to pay $7.50 for an air freshener that DOESN’T FRESHEN THE AIR!

[ Wee Tree LED Car Air Freshener ]