Being in London we spent most of our time shopping at Harrods (mostly in the Food Hall but never mind that.) So every time we gift at least one friend (or ourselfs) with a special little something from over the Pond. This time we are eyeing the handsome 3D Noughts and Crosses game by JOHN JAQUES, which would look good on any coffee table. Unlike the traditional model, this one is a 3-dimensional version of the old-fashioned game,so the rows can be any direction. Clever!
Traveling somewhere for the holidays? You might want to pick up the Glo Chess set first, which cleverly uses what’s called “Conductive V30 VELCRO” technology to light up the chess board. Packaged in a compact, travel-friendly case, Glo Chess folds open to reveal a miniature chess board. Just put down a Pawn or a Bishop and the piece lights up. Designed by Adam Craft, you can read more at Yanko Designs.
The latest edition of the Prada Phone by LG is as aesthetically beautiful as you might expect but also offers technical upgrades such as 3G capability and a 5 megapixel camera featuring slow motion and DivX playback. Other features include Wi-Fi, a full HTML browser, and that slick keyboard which slides out when needed. Rumor is that it will go for around $400.
In case you missed this entry in the Next Gen PC contest — after all, it was #944 — designers Zhongren Zhang and Chun Yang designed the dream diary for outdoorsy travelers,such as backpackers. (Ed note: Here at C&M we prefer room service over a campfire.) In this so-called book, different pages include different functions, like media recording, solar recharging, GPS navigation, flexible LCD screen and EL illuminant (light).Its’ closer to a computer than a diary actually, and with all the electronic features, travelers can write and share their trips in real time. To read morea bout it, check out Next Gen Design.
Designer Gopinath Prasana envisions a future where most of our tech devices are disguised as jewelry. We’re almost there with some Bluetooth headsets as it is. The iBangle is a thin piece of aluminum with a multi-touch track pad, and all the functionality of a regular iPod. So you don’t go banging round your precious player , a cushion inside the ring inflates to keep itself taut against your wrist . Sadly, it’s only a concept at this stage but we’ll keep you informed.
When Tivoli Audio CEO Tom DeVesto and his team of engineers set out to create the next generation of home audio, they began with a simple question: What would the ideal radio do? The new Tivoli Audio NetWorks radio is the answer to that question. Taking advantage of broadcasting over the Internet, NetWorks delivers crystal-clear reception of any radio station, near or far, with no need for a computer. NetWorks allows listeners to tune in to Italian Opera from Milan, rock music from New York City, or any specialty, niche radio station from any location in the world in its native language, and in real time. It also allows access to music stored on PCs from any room in the house through a wireless or Ethernet connection.
Taking a design page from Apple, BlueAir brings us a personal air purifier, AirPod, shaped just like your favorite music player. Choose a stylish filter pattern to fit your mood or room. $49.95
Don’t you love these super bright Frog LEDs? All together they make a smashing light structure, but they’re actually clever stretchy-band lights that you can put everywhere and anywhere. Here’s just a few ideas: dog collar, bike handle bars, Halloween costume, camping trips…ok, you get the idea. $14.95 at the bicycle site, KNOG.
People say you carry the light with you and now you can — literally. Just pocket one of these credit-card-sized light bulbs, which are powered by a small cell. Flip up the light bulb shaped cut-out to switch on the soft glow. Fits easily in your wallet or purse, so you’ll always have one handy. Personally, I’m going to use mine the next time I’m in a meeting a someone has a “bright” idea. Designed by Hyun Jin Yoon and Eun Hak Lee, you can see more at Yanko Design.
A girl (or guy, I suppose) can never have too many USB memory, and even better if they’re sparkly and don’t look like traditional storage devices.
Personally, I prefer the cellphone attachment over the USB necklace which is made from iridescent colorful crystals in green, blue or red. 4GB for $39.95 from Technology, Gadgets and Curiosities.