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Author Archives: Kristie Bertucci

PocketBands – Wristbands With a Hidden Pocket

PocketBands

We’ve all experienced it: You’re working out and that damn key knotted on the drawstrings on your pants keeps getting lost…

Yup, it’s annoying and distracting. Even though pockets are great, they’re not so great when you’re engaging in athletic activities. But now you can eliminate that problem with the new Kickstarter campaign, PocketBands, a wristband with a hidden pocket.

The bands are great for when you’re running, surfing, biking, skating, swimming and other sports or activities you do where you don’t want to hold things in your pockets; simply stash away a key or some cash in the hidden compartment that each band features. But besides being functional, they’re also comfortable and pretty stylish, available in a variety of colors and patterns. They’re made using a stretchy, surgical-grade silicone, which makes them durable, water-proof, and pretty comfy to wear. You can get them in four different sizes (small to extra large) and in a bundle of 3 if you pledge $20 toward the campaign.

[ Kickstarter ] VIA [ Gadget Review ]

This Controller Works for Wii, Wii U and Android

ThinkGeek Pro Controller for Wii and Wii U

ThinkGeek has a multi-function controller for Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U that also works with select Android devices via Bluetooth that’s called the Pro Controller. But the cool thing about the Pro Controller is that it actually combines a Wiimote and Wii Classic Controller into one easy-to-use controller that will make all your Wii gaming experiences as fun as ever.

Not only is the third-party device sturdy and comfortable to hold, but it’s also accurate and pretty darn clever. So all you need to do is flip a switch on the device and the Wii U console will recognize it as a Wiimote, but flip it the other way and it will think it’s a Wii classic controller. And its D-Pad is great for all of your favorite Virtual Console titles, too, making this Pro Controller the one device you’ll want to definitely use over and over again when playing your favorite games on Wii or Wii U. You’ll get non-stop gaming with its rechargeable battery and it also features analog joysticks, triggers, speakers and vibration. When using with Android devices, simply download a Wii Remote app and then pair the controller to your device via Bluetooth. ThinkGeek has this all-in-one Wii Pro Controller for $39.99.

ThinkGeek Pro Controller for Wii and Wii U

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GadgetReview ]

Case-Mate Launch Fuel Battery Pack For The Blackberry Bold And iPhone 3G

fuel-for-blackberry-bold
By Christen da Costa

By now we’re all too familiar with the endless array of iPhone battery packs. So what about the other guys? Officially announced today, the Case-mate Fuel Battery Pack does double duty as a hip holster and back up battery pack for the Blackberry Bold. The company claims that you’ll get 7 additional hours of talk time or up to 20 additional days, yes days, beyond the Bold’s standard battery. And in case (pun slightly intended) you’re averse to over-charging, Case-mate has tossed in an on/off switch allowing you to kick in the fuel for when you want it.

Case-mate has also built a Fuel battery pack for the iPhone 3G – they’d be idiots not to. Expect to get 9 additional hours of talk time or 250 hours beyond the iPhone’s standard standby time.

Both Fuel packs are available now for $79.99.

[ Case-mate - Fuel Battery Pack ] VIA [ GadgetReview ]

WineRack is THE Sports Bra of the Century

WineRack Drinking System
By Christen da Costa

There’s two things in this world that the stereotypical man can’t live without: beer and boobs. Thanks to the makers of the Beer Belly, no man will go thirsty or visually unsatisfied. Aptly named the WineRack, it holds 25oz or 750ml of liquid in a bra like device. Not large enough for the average beer drinker, but who really cares when you’re taking a pull from your girls…bra? No actual pictures of the device seem to exist on the makers website, so a running theory is that they’re testing market demand with ‘preorders’. The device comes in small and medium, and is not recommended for the ‘well endowed’ ladies.

Available here for $29.95

via [Gadgetreview]

VK Mobile Unveils VK5000

By Christen da Costa

VK mobile has unleashed a barrage of cell phones in recent weeks, and there seems to be no stopping the Korean manufacturer. The VK5000, taking cues from its predecessors the VK2000 and VK2100, provides a slim package that is 1mm thinner then the Razr, but a feature set that is sure to rival. Included in the trendy white phone are a 1.3 megapixel camera (video and stills), an OLED 260k color display, 1GB of memory, and a music player compatible with MP3 and AAC files.

[Phone Dig] VIA [Mobile Burn]

Pong Video Game Clock

Pong Clock
By Christen da Costa

Break out the shag carpet, because a design firm in the Netherlands has got the Pong video game clock to match. Currently a design only – and possibly a prototype on their office wall – the Pong clock keeps time by keeping score. If the left player scores then an hour has transpired. If the right player scores then a minute has ticked by.

More info here.

Via GadgetReview

Death To QWERTY

By Christen da Costa

A 62 year old electrical engineer, John Parkinson, wants to ‘unseat’ the QWERTY style keyboard. His keyboard, called “The New Standard Keyboard” (wow, now that is witty), is laid out in an alphabetical fashion that apparently ‘makes much more sense’. Although experts say the product will prove unsuccessful (see Dvorak’s layout for precedence) due to the long standing QWERTY standard, Parkinson is still touting the new keyboard at this year’s CES 2006 in hopes of winning consumer interest.

This is not the first time a new keyboard layout in an alphabetical order has been attempted. Parkinson has modified the old alphabetical design by splitting the keyboard into two groups, which supposedly was the final and necessary ingredient for the alphabetical layout to prove successful.

The new keyboard cuts the number of keys to 53 – significantly less then current QWERTY keyboards.

Allegedly available for $70 here, but the page is “under construction”. VIA Gadgetreview

Erasable Shower Note Tablet

Shower Tablet

By Christen da Costa

Ever brain storm your best ideas in the shower and then forget ‘em? Well, now you won’t thanks to the Shower Note Tablet. Just jot down your thoughts, ideas, grocery list – hell, leave notes for your roommate to clean the bathroom – using the included waterproof crayons. The tablet measures 9×10″ and suction cups to the wall.

Available here for $16.

Story via GadgetReview.com

Transforming Figurine

LumberJackWolf

By: Christen da Costa

Nothing is better then a good old fashioned toy with a little old fashioned technology. The Lumber Jack turns into a Werewolf by simply pulling one or the other from its body – ingenious! Perfect for tricking your 2 year old littler brother, or a great gag gift for the 2 faced friend in your life.

Available here for $30, but currently sold out.

Story via GadgetReview.com via Boing Boing