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Foldable oven lets you cook anywhere

Posted in Grilling,Kitchen,Outdoors by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2007

Foldable cloth fabric ovenThis is for the gadget lover that enjoys food a little too much. It resembles a cloth lunchbox, but don’t let that fool you. This foldable new “easy bake oven” is perfect for the outdoorsman who absolutely must bake a small cake while enjoying nature.

Your culinary camping experience will be made possible by researchers with the Taiwan Textile Institute, who developed a cloth that can withstand high temperatures. They turned their discovery into this foldable oven, great for military use as well as other outdoor catering activities. They claim it can reach 300 degree temperatures.

Bathroom mirror windshield wiper

Posted in Home,Shower by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2007

Bathroom Mirror Wiper cleans mirror of fog and gunk

I can see how this one might work very well. You’ve probably always wished you had a windshield wiper on your bathroom mirror. Something to defog and at the same time, clean the funk off. I know I have, but I am a lazy inventor. Which is why someone else will profit from this one.(again!)

This bathroom technology could not be simpler. The wiper blade is mounted in the upper left corner and it requires manual wiping to get the mirror clean. I know, they should have put a tiny motor in it, but it’s still cool. Like I said, simple.

Mario and Luigi golf on your desktop

Posted in R/C Toys,Toys by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2007

Mario & Luigi Golf

Love golf? Love Mario and Luigi? Then rejoice, Nintendo fanboy. This is your lucky day. Mario Golf isn’t just for the TV screen anymore. Now you can enjoy it on your desk too. Choose from either Mario or Luigi. They come with a Famicom style remote that controls the swing using the A and B buttons.

No collecting coins, or jumping on turtles here. No final showdown with Bowser. These guys are on vacation and just want a relaxing game of golf. Both Mario and Luigi are 3″ tall and require 2 AAA batteries. Each comes with 2 balls and a hole.

Wi-Fi shirt locates hot spots

Posted in Apparel,Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2007

Wi-Fi shirt can detect Wi-Fi- hotspotsIf you like being the center of attention, and absolutely need to know when you are in a hot spot, then the Wi-Fi detector shirt is for you. It displays the current wi-fi signal strength on your chest, thanks to a battery pack hidden in a small pocket within the Shirt.
The glowing bars on the front change as the wi-fi signal strength fluctuates. Sure, it won’t win you any friends, but you will be part of a growing network of shirt wearers that provide a valuable public service to the rest of us as we pass you by, with our devices.

The animated decal is removable so you can wash the shirt easily and not create your own B.O. signal strength. It will display signal strength for 802.11b or 802.11g and they say that it will run for several hours using 3 AAA batteries. It will cost you $29.99.

Modern clock projects retro clock-face

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2007

projection clock shows a clock faceThis modern clock looks like a squat rocket with a boarding tube on the side. It won’t fire thrusters and park itself in your ceiling nose first, but it will project an old-fashioned analog clock face on your wall. Complete with Roman numerals and a moving second hand.

Projection technology being what it is, the size of the clock image depends on how far away the device is from your wall. You can also adjust the focus and the brightness. On a confusing note, they say it uses one AA battery, but they show a power cord. It will set you back $99.95.

[Product Page] VIA [OhGizmo]

Pillow stops snoring and gives you a massage

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on October 4th, 2007

Pillow that stops snoring and also gives you a massage while you sleepThe Germans are always innovating. And while the typical person doesn’t normally think about cutting edge pillow technology, Daryoush Bazargani does. He’s the German scientist responsible for the latest computerized pillow that can stop you from snoring. The pillow acts like your mate and gives you a nudge by inflating and deflating different chambers. The result is that it adjusts your head and by doing so, clears your airways. It knows when you snore thanks to the encyclopedia sized computer that rests on your bedside table.

This pillow comes with an added bonus. The ability to give you a neck massage. That’s always welcome, by itself. But I have to say, the computer itself, along with the hose, looks a bit too much like life support to me.

Whiten your teeth with your iPod

Posted in Health,iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2007

new iWhitening iPod accessory helps whiten your teethI kid you not. The first step is applying peroxide strips on your teeth. Then just put the mouthpiece in your mouth, plug it into your iPod, and crank up the tunes. This is the latest(and only) iPod teeth whitening system. It promises a whiter smile after just 30 minutes of music time.

If I understand the physics of this iWhitening, the music conducts through bone, creating vibrations that make the strips work. I wouldn’t give up regular dental checkup’s just yet, but it’s cool to think that music can magically “rock” your teeth whiter. You’ll want to use it indoors, as the weird mouthpiece will insure that people maintain as much distance from you as possible.

The Dalek webcam watches while you surf

Posted in Robots,Webcams by Conner Flynn on October 2nd, 2007

Dalek webcamThis is the perfect accessory for any Doctor fan. Robot fans in general will appreciate this new Dalek with a webcam inside. This has got to be one of the coolest webcams ever. Aside from being bent on robot domination, this Dalek is also plug and play, with LEDs that let you know when it gets powered on. Just open the lens door to expose it’s hidden watching eye. A built in microphone allows you to send sound along with your video. You know, in case he creeps you out and you need to call for help.

Here are the specs:

Resolution: 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Dimensions: approx. 3.33″ tall
Features: Hinged lens cover, microphone, LED power on indicators, removable monitor clip, USB/microphone cable (approx. 55″ long), Plug and Play Includes:Removable Monitor Clip and Drivers disc (Windows only)

Is frog-inspired design the future of biking?

Posted in Concepts,Outdoors,Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2007

Frog inspired bike design conceptDesigner Alex Suvajac apparently thinks so. Obviously frogs inspire him. The result is a sleek concept track bike that looks a lot like an aerodynamic racing amphibian on two wheels. It is as much a work of art as it is a bike, blending space age and technological looks with nature.

I’m not sure about leaning that far forward to hold onto the handlebars. Then again, this beauty is obviously built for speed and since “being one with nature” is obviously the theme, why not lean into it and merge with the frame. Hopefully, that doesn’t mean swallowing a bug or two along the way. As cool as this bike is, it remains just a concept for the moment. It is however, proof that nature has a lot to offer when combined with technology. Especially aesthetically.