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Sony Sells Its Walkman Inside A Water Bottle

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The Sony Walkman NWZ-W270 has been on the market for a while now, but this particular marketing strategy is brand new. Auckland, New Zealand based ad agency DraftFCB was asked by the Japanese giant to help it market the device in the country. To do so, they came up with Bottled Walkman, which simply puts the Walkman in an actual bottle of water and inside a vending machine. They’re selling it at gyms and swimming pools, places where the target demographic is likely to hang out. The visual impact of seeing the Walkman in water sort of drives the point home, though we’re left wondering if anyone is going to actually drink that water after they buy it.

VIA [ Engadget ]

His and Hers: Star Wars Han and Leia Hand Towels

Star Wars Han and Leia Bathroom Hand Towels

 

There’s nothing like love that transcends borders. Kind of like the one Princess Leia and Han Solo share. Back in 2005, Lucas confirmed that Leia and Han did, indeed, live happily ever after. That’s something everyone already assumed, but still, it was nice to get confirmation. Now you can be reminded of that fact every day with these Han and Leia Hand Towels that’ll add a little extra something in your bathroom.

These soft towels have silhouettes of Leia and Han on one side and the Rebel Alliance insignia on the other side. It isn’t complete without the Star Wars logo, so you’ll find that in the corner. You’ve always said it with roses; why not declare your love with towels this year?

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‘Human Type’ is a Font From Human Faces

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So this is called Human Type, and it’s a seven-character typeface released recently by design studio Kerozen. It’s unlike any other font out there for obvious reasons: it was created using actual human faces (or more accurately, bits and pieces of their faces.) Created by JC Debroize, each letter is inspired by a particular member of the design team.

JC explains: “I first made the letters in old-school 3-D with modeling clay. We shot pictures of the letters and of the design team’s faces. Then I made a mapping of skin textures on the letters with Photoshop and added the hair and the eyes. It was not a problem to show an unflattering image of us. We laughed a lot making this.”

Hit the break for close-up looks of Human Type.

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Top Ergonomic Chairs for Home & Office You Should Consider

Every alternate weekday, our friends at Faveable compile a list of awesome gadgets and gear that men would love to discover.

 

Best Ergonomic Office Chairs

 

 

We at Faveable would like to thank David for the warm introduction couple of days ago and hope OhGizmo! visitors liked the introductory article about home automation products. We’re back with another cool list – this time covering ergonomic chairs that keep your spine in best shape possible. Our top picks go above and beyond to provide the most comfortable seat for long hours at work.

For anyone who has ever considered an ergonomic chair, you’d have surely come across brands like Steelcase and Herman Miller. They are the most popular brands in the market for this category with their iconic Aeron & practical Leap models respecitlvely. But we also have on our list, couple of surprises from the lesser-known brands which don’t compromise on comfort and customization options. Granted, these chairs are not exactly cheap but they are a good investment to save yourself from lower back pains, body strain, cramped neck and general fatigue owing to ill-fitting chair for the rest of your life.

All of these quality chairs will generally last for a decade if not more and come with various upholstery choices and size – to match every body, personal choice and interiors.

Check out: 7 Ergonomic Chairs That Will Soothe Your Back

Smart Earbuds Pack A Ton Of Features In A Tiny Package

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The Dash, a set of Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones, pack so many sensors and features that it would take a pretty long article for us to cover them all. Consider this. There is a 3-axis accelerometer, a thermometer, a 5 field capacitive sensor, an ear bone mic, an ambient mic, and a red + IR LED & optical sensor crammed within two tiny buds that go inside your ear. Why? So you can “track your pace, steps, cadence, distance, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and energy spent, [while] relaying the information back to your devices via Bluetooth.” You can stream songs to them, or use the integrated 4GB of storage. You can block ambient sounds through passive sound isolation, or you can allow some sounds to filter in so you don’t get hit by a car. All these features are accessible via touch gestures on the outside of the buds themselves, by the way. The battery will last between 3 and 4 hours, which is pretty much the only blemish we see on an otherwise impressive package. And we’re just skimming the surface here. These buds have some serious tech in them, and for a $199 pledge, they seem to not be overpriced once bit.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

World’s Most Awesome Door Reinvents The Wheel

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There are some designs that have stood the test of time, like the wheel. The door is one of them. Whether they swing sideways, or up and down (like a car’s gullwing doors), every door that ever was always worked the same way. Sort of. Except sliding doors, we guess… Yeah… Well… there goes our theories. But whatever, you get the idea. Klemens Torggler’s Evolution door is closest to a sliding door, we suppose, only it uses an ingenious mechanism to ditch rails altogether. And it ditches sliding too, actually. It just does this cool, and rather intricate motion as it opens and closes, and it serves no practical purpose other than to look futuristic and awesome. We suppose if you have a need for a sliding door but for some reason don’t have the space to put the necessary mechanism, this could come in handy. But really, focusing on finding a functionality to justify its existence kind of misses the point that this particular door might have been developed just to look great. Nothing wrong with that!

It doesn’t seem to be commercially available, and if it is, we can’t even guess at its price. Hit the jump for a few more GIFs showing you similar designs, as well as links.

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See-Through Highlighters Are A Brilliant Idea

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With midterms in full swing across many a university, we wish we’d heard about these see-through highlighters last year, when word first came out. Better late than never, we’d like you guys to take a look at the Uni Promark View Highlighters. They do what any suck instrument normally does, only better. The tip is made from clear acrylic, which means you can actually see the text you’re about to highlight, allowing you to stop just at the right spot.

Sure, it’s not a problem that any student ever complained about, but considering these don’t cost much more than regular highlighters, you can think of it as a convenience you never knew you’d like having. They’re made by Mitsubishi Pencil Corp. (who knew?) and it’s $15 for a pack of 5.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Shopaholics: Smart Handbag Seals Itself To Prevent Overspending

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You’re out at the mall, and suddenly you spot it: 50% off on everything! Oh, sure, you don’t really need yet another set of beed sheets, but it would be stupid not to get them now, right? At 50% off, it’s almost as if you’re being paid to buy them! Yeah well… if that’s the kind of logic that has put your finances in the gutter, maybe you’ll find a bit of help in technology. The iBag is a purse that contains an Arduino board, a GPS chip, and a locking mechanism which confers it a host of potentially money-saving abilities.

As soon as you enter your shopping ‘danger zone’ the bag lights up with a LED light warning signal that’s triggered by a GPS chip. If you decide to ignore this and make a purchase, the bag will track your wallet being taken out and send an SMS to your nominated ‘responsible other’ to let them know you’ve had a spending relapse.

You may think that although these features are great, they’re only a deterrent and won’t actually stop you from making a purchase, so there’s also a real-time clock which locks the bag during vulnerable spending times during the day.

Listen, we realize this sounds demeaning to women. The idea of having a “responsible person” that can come and save the day, coupled with the fact that the iBag is a purse and not a man’s wallet can seem a bit sexist. The company addresses this by informing us that a man’s version can also be made, but their research “has shown them” that women exhibit this type of behaviour more often than men. We haven’t seen the research, so we’re not going to comment either way. Their intentions are in the right place, if maybe their messaging is a bit off. It’s not even a commercially available product yet, though it will be for $200 if enough people express their interest in it. You have to leave your email address on their site to do so.


[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

On-the-Road Art: Artist’s Hilarious Sketches of His Fellow Passengers

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What do you do when you’re on a bus or on the subway? When there are no sights to see outside and you’re bored with all the apps on your phone (including the game that cannot be won, Flappy Bird), what is there left to do?

At this point, I just take a quick nap or listen to some music, but what artist October Jones does is play a game. He sketches up a new head for other passengers and then holds them up over the actual person’s head to show what a good fit the new head is. You can check out more of his on-the-go artwork after the break.

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