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Chameleon Vision Goggles give you a whole new perspective

Most of the things we buy are practical or useful. However, there are times when we put money towards things that may only be used one or two times, but will change the way we see the world. Books, trinkets, or movie tickets don’t cost a lot, but they can have a profound impact on us that sometimes lasts for years to come.

While the Chameleon Vision Goggles seem to be more targeted at children, it would certainly be an interesting experience for anyone who has ever wanted to see life through a chameleon’s eyes. These goggles aim your vision in different directions that you can rotate all over the place. There are even options to see behind you thanks to the hidden side mirrors. This should be able to fit just about anyone as there is an adjustable strap on the back.

This will cost you anywhere from $9.99-14.99, and would definitely be an experience you’re not going to forget. While it would be fun, make sure you’re not prone to getting dizzy, and try not to attempt running any races during the time you wear these. You’re not going to be able to walk very far, and especially not in a straight line. It’s easy to trick ourselves into thinking that a challenge like this would be easy to deal with, but much like being in a house of mirrors, it never goes so well if you try to move quickly (I’m certainly not speaking from experience here).

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Wake Up Vibe – Is that an Alarm Clock in your Pants?

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It’s no secret to anyone that I am not a morning person. I have to set alarms, and back-up alarms, just to make sure I’m up when I need to be. Birds singing and the sun rising bring me no joy whatsoever.  I can only imagine what it would be like to actually look forward to the morning… could this next gadget do the trick?

Check out Wake-up Vibe, It’s a kind of alarm clock / vibrator hybrid that you can set, nestle it in your underpants, and when morning comes, so do… ah, never mind. I’m guessing you get the idea. Simply set the alarm to the appropriate time, and choose between 6 different vibrating patterns. Then, place the device in your panties. (don’t worry, its thin, and ergonomically designed to hug a woman’s curves, and stay in place) and wait to be roused from sleep with a nice buzzzzz.

The folks that make the Wake-up Vibe warn that use of it may be addicting, and if you have no need for an alarm, simply set the device to manual mode, and you can, um… wake yourself up anytime you want to. The entire device is covered in high quality silicone, and is completely sealed in order to keep it clean and hygienic. The Wake-up Vibe has intuitive controls, and a digital display, that allows you to easily set the tone of your Wake-up experience.

Available in pink, black or purple, the Wake-up Vibe comes with a rechargeable battery, and the appropriate plugs for use all over the world. You can find out where to get yours, for only around 79 bucks at wakeupvibe.com, now I have to go, I have a very important meeting in the morning…
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Potty Monkey – Toilet Training Buddy for Kids

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Learn to Glide from the Master

Years ago we told you about Yves Rossey, a.k.a. Jetman, when he managed to pull off some aerial loops and roll himself like a plane while wearing a jet pack, thousands of feet up in the air and at over 200 mph. He was 51 at the time. Rossey must be getting bored. He released another video a few weeks ago and he is jet free this time. Yep. A human glider. (at age 53 to boot!) And apparently there will be an opportunity in the future for you to learn the art of gliding from Jetman himself.

His human glider video (below) will make you stop and say WOW. Not just about the beautiful Swiss scenery. But he drops out of the plane at over 11,000 feet (3,500 meters). He maneuvers his way around peaks and through valleys at about 150mph and even builds up enough speed to regain 300 feet in one fell swoop. Remember, this is all in an unpowered glider! Like with the jet pack he landed safely with assistance of a built-in parachute.  The tease Jetman offers at the end of the video is the fact that Jetman Glider School is coming soon. Meaning you could learn from this pilot and inventor. There is no other information given yet, but we’ll stay on it. Maybe you can join me in school!


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Zero Gravity Balloon WeightPacs – No Strings Attached

I’m always on the lookout for interesting items that can set the mood for a good party, or even commemorate a visit from Santa or the Tooth Fairy. Nothing says “surprise” on Christmas morning better than some nifty visual effect that seems magical, and as simple as the concept may be, these Zero Gravity Balloon Weights might just be part of our Christmas.

Fantastic Floatables announces their patent pending “string-less” balloon weight control system which is made up of a series of adhesive backed tabs that can simply be stuck on almost any 18 – 20 inch foil or latex balloon either before or after inflation, and then adjusted to achieve “zero gravity”. (the point at which the ballon will hover in mid-air without the use of a string)

Each sticky tab will raise or lower your balloon about 1 or 2 feet, so once you know exactly what kind of hovering effect you desire, you can add or remove tabs in order to “place” your decorations. As your hovering ornaments begin to loose their buoyancy, you can also remove tabs to keep them hanging around at approximately the same levels.

Fantastic Floatables WeightPacs contain enough weight to float two eighteen inch round balloons, and WeightPacs can be combined to float all kinds of specialty balloons, but the manufacturer suggests their own Neutral Buoyancy Toys, including Super Saucers, so you can be sure of obtaining the special effect that you’re looking for.

So if you’d like to plan your own alien invasion, check out fantasticfloatables.com with WeightPac prices starting at only $1.99 and Saucer kits that include the WeightPac coming it at under 6 bucks, why not create a little holiday magic?

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Lalaloopsy – Singing and Dancing Sensation?

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iPhone Fan – Call in some Comfort

Global warming? No kidding. This summer has been brutal. With temperatures in the hundreds for the last few days I am willing to try anything to stay cool. Luckily we have air conditioning in the house, but I can’t stay home just because its hot. We have places to go and people to see, whether I want to or not! Maybe it wouldn’t feel so darn miserable if there were a bit of a breeze…

Check out the iPhone Dock Fan from Talme, it simply plugs into the charging port of your iPhone and uses your power supply to keep the breeze blowing. Able to run for up to six hours on a full charge, the iPhone Dock Fan may be just what you need to get through your kids next 4 sessions of sports camp. The fan blades can be adjusted to work in two different directions, depending on how you ‘d like to hold the phone and the blades are made from a soft urethane material that won’t cut your nose off, or any other body parts you’re particularly fond of… very handy.

Although it doesn’t appear that you can actually use the phone to make a call and enjoy the cool breeze while you do so, its still a cute novelty item that could be a plus during whats left of this steamy summer. Designed to work with  the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4. It also works well with the Apple iPod Touch 1st through 4th generations and for only 9 bucks at amazon.com, it a fun little accessory to have, just don’t get your hair stuck in it!

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iNuke Boom – Really Big Sound for your iPod

First I need to call your attention to the tiny white rectangle in the upper left quadrant of the above picture… That’s an iPhone, and the rest of the picture is the speaker dock. Yes, I agree, a picture that included a small car might have brought the whole size thing into a bit more focus, but we work with what we have. Suffice it to say, this thing is huge.

This enormous speaker system measures a ridiculous 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall and weighs in at more than 700 pounds. This steroidal system offers up a deaf defying (yes, that was on purpose) 10,000 Watts and over 130 decibels of mind numbing, chest thumping power. The threshold of pain comes it at around 120 decibels, just thought you should know.

The dock comes equipped with a 30-pin connector on top of the unit that allows you to connect your iPhone or iPod touch and, luckily, in case there isn’t enough room to connect your iDevice, the speaker also has Bluetooth connectivity in order to play your audio selections wirelessly from any iPhone, iPod touch or most other Bluetooth compatible devices.

Look inside this gigantic monster dock and you will find a 3-way system with two 18-inch sub-woofers, dual neodymium mid-range woofers, and two titanium-diaphragm compression drivers for pumping out the high notes (think glass breaking). Look closer, and you’ll see me living in it, with a $30,000 price tag I’ll have no choice. While not yet listed on the Behringer website, it is technically available… I may need to wait for the iNuke Boom 2… maybe the prices will come down a bit.

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Ben & Jerry’s Euphori-Lock – Saving your Ice Cream one Pint at a Time

I have some fantastic childhood memories. I don’t know why, but one of my fondest memories is of my father and I hiding candy from each other . Both of us had a sweet tooth and if you just put your stash in the regular cabinet, lets just say, your goodies didn’t last very long. So we hid candy and cookies everywhere, in tins, behind books in oatmeal containers, but when it came to ice cream… that was fair game, I mean it had to go in the freezer right?… what else could you do?

Well heres a nifty gadget that can protect your favorite frozen delicacy from your Dad, pesky brother, freezer raiding co-worker or roommate or last but not least, your kid. Ben & Jerry’s Euphori-Lock is an ingenious little device that can actually secure your favorite pint of ice cream with a three digit combination lock.

Sure, the more hardcore criminals will simply saw the side of the carton or drill through the bottom, but for the rest of us, a locked up pint of ice cream certainly says NO! much better than a threatening sign.So while not its not foolproof, it is fairly easy, simply attach the device to your favorite pint and let guilt do its job. (no one want to get caught hysterically sawing through an ice cream container)

Now that I am an adult, I would personally like to see a device that might taser or otherwise electrocute a freezer thief, but I can see some relatively unpleasant legal ramifications of such strong deterrent measures, so for now I’ll just go with the Euphori-lock, only $6.64 at Ben&jerrys.com and maybe just tell my kid it will electrocute her if she gets the combination wrong… that could work.

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iDermal – The Latest in High Tech Body Modification

Okay, so in case you missed it, I just did a post on wearable technology, but what if you didn’t want to wait till the end of this year, or simply didn’t want to shell out the big bucks to have a computer contained within your eyeglass lens, or neatly strapped to your wrist? Well, there is another option.

Check out hardcore technology lover Dave Hurban, mild mannered  tattoo artist and piercer by day who has gone one step beyond in order to have the ultimate in wearable tech. Mr Hurban recently pierced his wrist and then surgically implanted four super strength magnets in the resulting pocket in order to magnetically attach his iPod, to his flesh.

Of course I find that a funky colorful strap seems to work equally well, but it certainly has much less of the wow factor associated with surgically implanted dermal anchors. The procedure, now called iDermal, is being used primarily to anchor an iPod Nano to your skin which seems to withstand a solid workout or a jog in the park… and functions equally well as a simple strapless watch, for when you are feeling less, shall we say… sporty?

I have to say I’ve seen other body modifications that are far less practical, and I am a strong believer in “to each his own”, however, as much as I love my gadgets I’m not sure I’m ready to give them a permanent home attached to my body. Although, as much as I lose my keys, I might need to consider a dermal anchor implanted somewhere….. now be nice.

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