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Monthly Archives: January 2012

PocketStrings Let You Practice Guitar Anywhere

By David Ponce

I just picked up guitar playing a few months ago and so far I’m happy to say I’ve kept up with the daily practice. I’ve noticed that even a few days away from home really does affect my playing, especially on the newer things I’ve learned. Now I’m not sure I’d go as far as to purchase this PocketString device, but if you’re gung-ho on practicing no matter what, this could be interesting. It’s a tiny 4 fret board that lets you practice the fundamentals. This is really all you need to work on those chord shapes and even do some scales. What’s more, it can keep those calluses strong so that you don’t have to grow them back when you finally get back home.

It’s going to be available next month for less than $30.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Creepy Video Of The Day: Animatronics Baby Needs To Not Exist

By David Ponce

What you see in the above video is an animatronics baby created by one Chris Clarke for some soap opera. It’s also an absolute abomination. The top YouTube comment sums it up best: “They’re cute at this age, until? they grow up then go back in time to try to kill you.”

VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

Man Shoots Nail In Head, Zero F##&s Given

By David Ponce

There are no gadgets here, but it’s an interesting story nonetheless. So it turns out one Dante Autullo from Orland Park, IL, was working in his garage one day when he lost his grip on his nail gun. It swung at him and bumped the side of his head. Dante examined the damage: a minor scratch. He even texted his wife a picture of the so-called scratch, so nonchalant was he about the incident. He popped a couple of Advils and went on his merry day. He drove his plow truck for 8 hours, took his kids to a play rehearsal and even took a nap before he finally figured something was wrong; at that point he had a headache and nausea. It was only once he got to the hospital that everything became clear.

The X-Rays (which Dante at first thought were a joke) showed the 3.5 inch nail firmly inside his brain. The flat part of the nail was resting right atop his skull, beneath the skin (which was why it looked like just a scratch), “as if it had been driven into a two-by-four.” He had to undergo surgery to remove the nail and as luck would have it, very little tissue damage occurred. Mr. Autullo is expected to be able to leave the hospital after spending a day with a nail in his brain with absolutely no loss of function at all.

For the record, do not try this at home.

VIA [ Geekosystem ] AND [ Chicago Tribune ]

Would You Let Your Infant Near Your iPhone?

By David Ponce

If you’re going to consider doing something as potentially insane as handing your iPhone to your drooling, babbling, tantrum-having and object-tossing infant, you might want to consider some protection for it. Turns out Fisher-Price makes a special case for your phone called the Laugh And Learn Baby iPhone Case. It’s supposed to be super tough and comes in two versions: one that locks the home button and one that doesn’t. I’d suggest the one that locks it, but hey, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always see what’ll happen if your 1 year old gains access to your contact list.

There are also some Fisher-Price learning apps that you can download and have running while the phone is in the case. Oh, and might I suggest enabling Airplane Mode, unless you want baby answering a call from your boss and having one memorable conversation…

It’s $20.

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Biometric Carbon Fiber Wallet Opens Just For You

By David Ponce

Now this is a badass wallet right here. Made out of tough carbon fiber, it features a fingerprint sensor so that only you can open it. Also, it can be linked via Bluetooth to your phone so that if ever the two are separated by more than 5 meters, it will ring an alarm. This makes it much harder to lose both the wallet and the phone. “The interior features a luxurious leather credit card holder and a strong stainless steel money clip.”

Of course, carbon fiber biometric Bluetooth enabled wallets can’t be cheap. This one certainly isn’t, at $825. So it turns out that you’ll have a great looking wallet; it’ll just be empty.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Reddit ]

Scosche cellCONTROL Disables Phone While Car Is In Motion

By David Ponce

Scosche has a product out that disables your cell phone while the wheels on your vehicle are spinning. It relies on a trigger adapter that connects to any car’s OBD-II port and detects when you’re in motion. Once the app is installed on the phone, the system activated and the trigger installed, anything but handsfree calling is disabled. No texting, emailing or watching YouTube videos while driving.

Now, you might say “What’s the point when you can just unplug the trigger?” And you’d have a point if this system was destined for you. But it’s destined for mostly young drivers and fleet drivers. See, if you remove the trigger, the application sends an email of a text to the administrator of the system. That can be a concerned dad or a responsible fleet manager. And just like that, letting the kids drive the car became a little safer for everyone.

Here’s the only problem: it doesn’t appear to work on iPhones! The website lists “All Android 2.1 and above, all BlackBerry 4.5 and above, all Windows Mobile 5 & 6, all Symbian S60 (3rd Edition) and select Brew and BREWMP systems.” And “RIM, HTC, Samsung, Sanyo, Motorola, Nokia, Pantech, LG, Palm, Sony Ericsson and more.” There’s no mention of Apple or iOS anywhere. Still, lots of people don’t own iPhones.

It’s $129.

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Energizer’s Household Lighting Edge Line Expands On Their Expertise

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By David Ponce

[ Energizer sponsored OhGizmo! to attend CES 2012. -Ed.]

The buzz this year at CES has been around 3D TVs, Ultrabooks and Windows 8, but what caught my attention came from a company once known for their batteries, Energizer. Moving well beyond that stereotype, Energizer showcased a whole portfolio of products that meet the power needs of a wide range of devices you depend on. One product in particular that I never would have, but should have, associated Energizer with was a line of lighting products for the home.

I say I should have because Energizer informed me that they have been in the lighting business for more than 110 years making a variety of flashlights including ones for everyday use to ones used by military professionals. It only makes sense that they use their advanced lighting technology for a line of household lights.

And advanced it is. So far, two collections, The Glas and Edge Collections, have launched. The line I saw first-hand at CES was The Edge Collection and not only does it have a sleek look, but the technology built into each light is pretty interesting. Developed with the latest in LED technology, the collection uses advanced circuitry and optics to create an integrated lighting system that enhances your environment, creating just the right ambiance. What is really cool is that you never have to replace the LEDs.

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Work That Chin Out, My Friends

By David Ponce

You can always count on Japan to come through with things like this. It’s called the “Rhythm Slim Chin Muscle Exercise – Beauty anti-aging face neck jaw pain gadget”. You put it under your chin, press down and hold for 10 seconds. Rest a bit and repeat the process for 3 minutes a day. It’ll work out the frontal part of your neck muscles and allegedly alleviate your aches and cramps while making your sagging skin recede.

I’m skeptical, and at $136 I think I’ll let someone else try it out.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BookOfJoe ]

Trevi Aerating Wine Glass Looks Cool, Is Also Functional

By David Ponce

So I’ve spent the last couple minutes intently staring at The Trevi Fountain in Rome, after which this wine glass in named. I can’t figure out how they’re related. But it’s ok. This glass not only looks kind of interesting, it also claims to be able to oxygenate your wine as you pour it. See, if you don’t know, you have to let your wine breathe a little, let it contact some air so that it releases its full flavor. There are decanters and sophisticated aerators for that, and now, apparently, this glass.

It’s $27 and will likely just make your guests talk about it a lot, rather than accomplish anything useful.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]