Archive for October, 2008
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.
Not to date ourselves or anything, but we really like this necklace of a cassette, made out of recycled records. You can also get a 45 rpm disc — remember those? Be green and retro, all at the same time. Matching earrings available as well but that might be a bit much. From Uncommon Goods.
I should could have used some of these “Dear John” handkerchiefs when I was single. Sensitive, yet classy, the break-up letter is printed on 100% cotton poplin and comes folded in a transparent envelope. Either mail it or wait until he starts bawling. I told you we were sensitive. Available from Atypyk.