Archive for November, 2009

Eko Stoplight gives countdown on red light

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No one enjoys sitting at a stoplight.  As you sit there you get to contemplate all kinds of things.  Like wondering how much of your life has been wasted waiting on stoplights.  Then you notice you’ve been sitting there a good long while and begin to wonder if the light will ever change.  Then comes the agitation and impatience.  Well instead of wondering how long you’ll be at that ridiculous light, you could know exactly how much time you have left if only your city would install these Eko Stoplights.

It shows you just how much time you have left by counting down.  This design by Damjan Stanković was actually created for its eco-friendly benefits.  With this timer you’d be able to casually sit at the light and know just how long you have.  Which means you could shut off your engine to reduce the amount of gas you’re burning up while you’re sitting still.  Personally I’m just excited at the idea of getting a visual reminder of how much time I have left.

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ESPN Better Batter has automatic reload and baseball sound effects

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Teaching your kids to hit a baseball is a bit of a trying task.  Of course, that’s partially because you’re handing your child a bat that probably will at some point hit you instead of the ball.  Plus normally you’re using a tee to teach them.  Once they hit the ball you usually have to pick up the tee and go find the baseball.  With this Fisher-Price product it would at least solve the problems you’d normally have with a normal tee.  Besides wearing full body armor though, there’s no quick fix to keep your child from injuring you.

This ESPN Better Batter has a mechanical arm that drops down and picks up a baseball.  In order to activate that arm, you just have to tap the plate and it’ll automatically load the ball.  The batter comes with baseball “chatter” as well as ESPN music to add a little atmosphere.  It’s meant for ages 3 and up, plus it’ll adjust to accommodate kids as they grow.  It runs on 3 C alkaline batteries, which aren’t included.  You can purchase it for $50 through Fisher-Price.

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Gift Ideas for the iPhone Addict

With the ever rising popularity of the Apple iPhone and multitude of accessories they make for an ideal gift for the iPhone owner.

iPhone 3G Stylus – $2.49

iPhone 3G Stylus

Excellent accessory for your iPhone 3G or Ipod Touch. Lightweight stylus allows for smooth damage-free navigation across touchscreen! Same technology as other sytlus that retail for $20! Rubber angled tip provides enough contact with screen to allow proper electrocurrent flow to replicate the use of your finger on the touchscreen. Best for typing and selecting rather than “dragging”. To use properly, place entire flat edge of angled side, not just the tip of the angle, on the trouchscreen. Item wll not function proplerly if entire angled edge is not making full contact with the screen. Item comes with “pen clip” so that you do not lose it. Great accessory for your Iphone 3G or Ipod touch.

The iPhone 3G Stylus is available from Amazon for $2.49.

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HiJack Headphone Splitter Keychain – $9.99

HiJack Headphone Splitter Keychain

The HiJack is a very simple little device. It plugs into your headphone jack and splits it into two jacks. What makes the HiJack so sweet is it’s tiny size and keychain clip, so you can keep it with you wherever you go. On the bus, on the train – who knows where you’ll meet that special someone you’d like to share your tunes with? But when you do, you both can rock out to “The Imperial March” from Star Wars. Oh, yeah . . . .

The HiJack Headphone Splitter Keychain is available from Think Geek for $9.99.

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iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Charger – $13.41

iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Charger

The Griffin 9501-TRIPCB iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Auto Charger for iPod combines Griffin’s renowned FM transmitter technology with an integrated charger. Designed specifically for use in the car, the iTrip Auto powerfully transmits clear music from your iPod through your car stereo, while the large, easy-to-read backlit LCD screen affords quick, precise station selection and status at a glance.

The iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Charger is available from Amazon for $13.41.

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Grassy Lawn Charging Station – $24.99

Grassy Lawn Charging Station

The Grassy Lawn Charging Station provides you with realistic artificial grass to cushion your gadgets while they charge. A compartment underneath hides all of the power adapters and cables. Simply run a standard extension cable into the bottom of the base, plug in all your power adapters, then snake the charging cables up through the grass. Voila! Your gadgets will think they’re on a charging vacation.

The Grassy Lawn Charging Station is available from Think Geek for $24.99.

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Beginning iPhone Development – $26.39

Beginning iPhone Development

The Grassy Lawn Charging Station provides you with realistic artificial grass to cushion your gadgets while they charge. A compartment underneath hides all of the power adapters and cables. Simply run a standard extension cable into the bottom of the base, plug in all your power adapters, then snake the charging cables up through the grass. Voila! Your gadgets will think they’re on a charging vacation.

The Beginning iPhone Development is available from Amazon for $26.39.

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FreeLoader Portable Solar Charger – $49.99

FreeLoader Portable Solar Charger

Freeloader Portable Solar Charger is an advanced portable charging system that can power any hand held device anywhere, anytime. The Freeloader gets power from its solar panels or via a supplied charging cable that plugs into your computers USB port. Once charged, the internal Li-Ion battery can power an iPod for 18hours, a mobile phone for 44 hours, PSP for 2.5 hours a PDA for 22 hours and much more. Supplied in a tough but stylish aluminium body, Freeloader can take the knocks of every day life whether on a business trip in New York, back packing in the Andes or chilling on a Caribbean beach.

The FreeLoader Portable Solar Charger is available from Think Geek for $49.99.

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iPhone Charging Leather Case – $69.95

 iPhone Charging Leather Case

This leather case protects and recharges an iPhone or iPod Touch, providing up to 3 1/2 hours of additional talk time. Simply connect an iPhone 3G or 3GS or a second generation iPod Touch to the dock inside the case and its integrated Li-ion battery immediately begins to recharge the phone. The durable leather case is slim enough to stow comfortably in a pocket, and you can turn off the charger at the touch of a button for use as a traditional protective cover. The case can recharge an iPhone and iPod Touch up to 1 1/2 times before the case itself needs to be recharged.

The iPhone Charging Leather Case is available from Hammacher for $69.95.

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iBreath Breathalyzer & FM Transmitter – $89

iBreath Breathalyzer & FM Transmitter

Introducing the iBreath Alcohol Breathalyzer. It’s the ultimate iPod and iPhone (orig. and 3G) accessory that lets you take your own alcohol breath test so you can get home safely.

Hollywood’s A-listers have been among the first to purchase the newly available gadget to insure that their mug shot is not the next one to grace the tabloids and news reports.

The iBreath Breathalyzer & FM Transmitter is available from David Steele for $89.

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iPod Video Projector – 379.95

iPod Video Projector

This is the pocket-sized device that projects a 60″ image from an iPod, iPhone, or any video source with composite outputs. About the size of a candy bar, the unit projects bright, clear images and pivots up to 90º to display content on a wall or ceiling. The projector’s LED uses Digital Light Processing Technology–the same as digital cinema projectors–to produce sharp 480

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12 Surface IQ Pentagon

12-sided-pentagonSo you think you’ve got the brains to handle just about any puzzle in the market, and the Rubik’s Cube is child’s play for you? Why not try on the 12 Surface IQ Pentagon for size? This $59.99 toy ought to provide your grey matter with a reasonable workout before you turn away from it in frustration.

Introducing the 12 Sided IQ Pentagon, or as we like to call it, Brain Death in a 10

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12 Surface IQ Pentagon

12-sided-pentagonSo you think you’ve got the brains to handle just about any puzzle in the market, and the Rubik’s Cube is child’s play for you? Why not try on the 12 Surface IQ Pentagon for size? This $59.99 toy ought to provide your grey matter with a reasonable workout before you turn away from it in frustration.

Introducing the 12 Sided IQ Pentagon, or as we like to call it, Brain Death in a 10

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Light & Sound Hat

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This ain’t no ordinary hat, and as the cold chill of winter descends, why not get the Light & Sound Hat to not only keep you warm, but make you cool as well? It can be connected to your iPod or other compatible MP3/MP4 players, cellphones, or musical playback devices in order to let its amplified speakers get to work. The EQ panels located on the sides will analyze the beat patterns and pulse along in tandem, transforming you into a walking, talking, breathing musical light show. Seems to be out of stock at the moment though for this USB-rechargeable product, but keep £19.99 in hand just in case it is made available again.


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Interactive Toy Concepts Skidoo RC Snowmobile

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Remote controlled cars are always fun, but come wintertime they’re isolated to the indoors.  It’s not the wisest to take your brand new RC car and put it in a bunch of wet snow.  Then parents are stuck listening to the car run into walls indoors instead of being able to send the kids outdoors with it.  However, if they have this Skidoo RC Snowmobile, the kids wouldn’t be stuck inside.

This snowmobile isn’t slowed down by some silly snow.  Then to top it off, it’ll still work in all the usual places like carpet, grass or driveways.  The 17” scale replica snowmobile has a working taillight and headlight.  The skis can be changed out to make it possible for it to run on different surfaces.  It uses a 9.6V Ni-Cd that is included and a 9V which is not.  It’s meant for ages 8 and up, and can be purchased for $79.99 through Amazon.

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Micro Sport Japanese MP3 Player

microsportWhich is the smallest MP3 player that you’ve come across? Most people would say the iPod shuffle, while others will rememeber of the MobiBLU Cube fondly. Well, the Micro Sport Japanese MP3 Player clearly lives up to its name, redefining the word “tiny” and bringing it to new heights (or should we say, size?)

The Micro Sport Player is two sugar cubes worth of electronics into which somehow is crammed 4GB of memory and a rechargeable battery. Amazingly this tiny player features full stereo sound. One earbud is attached directly to the side of the main unit, while the other earbud trails on a cord around the back of your head, just reaching the opposite ear. Loading music is incredibly easy. Simply plug the Micro Sport into the USB port of your computer. It mounts like a USB thumb drive, and you simply copy over any MP3 files you want to play.

ThinkGeek is carrying it for $89.99 – pretty hefty price considering the paltry amount of storage space that you get, but at least you know your money went into the miniaturization of things.


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Water-Powered Can Clock

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If you have an area that you could really use just a normal clock, you might as well make it an eco-friendly one.  Sure, you could just hang a battery powered wall clock just as easily, but then you’re stuck buying batteries.  With this all you have to do is remember to refill it with water and thankfully you don’t even have to do that very often.  These clocks would be great to sit on a desk or tabletop to make it easier to keep track of the time.

The water in the can will actually last between 6 to 12 months before you need to add water to the clock.  Which means the clock won’t really take any more maintenance than a normal clock with batteries would.  Plus, since it doesn’t require batteries it’ll also run cheaper than the rest.  When you combine the fact that it runs cheaply with it being a cheap clock to begin with, it makes it an ideal arrangement.  You can purchase it for £9.99 or about $16 through Green Stamp.

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LaCie LaCinema Classic HD

LaCinemaClassic_3-Qtr_Left+remoteA few days ago, LaCie introduced the “most complete HD multimedia hard drive player”. The LaCinema Classic HD is designed by Neil Poulton, and allows users to browse, play, and share HD media collections from anywhere in the home, directly on HDTV.

The LaCinema Classic HD has an external hard drive to load media from your Mac or PC. From there, it becomes quite easy to connect the HDTV for “instant playback” of your video, music, or even photo files. Did I mention that it holds more than 1 terabyte of storage? Well, it does.

It can also work in sync with your home network, which can act as a media server to stream content to compatible players like the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. It plays DivX format from high-quality MKV H264 video format via HDMI 1.3 connection. It also has “uncompromising support for Dolby Digital audio quality enhances the LaCinema Classic HD, as well as your entertainment viewing experience”.

The LaCinema Classic HD has a “timeless and sleek design” that includes a remote control and easy navigation. There is a front USB port for connecting to a USB drive or digital camera.

You should be able to get the LaCinema Classic HD for about $249.99 on the LaCie website. Unfortunately, it is out of stock for now.

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