I’ve gone through a number of decks of playing cards because they are often so easily ruined by an ever so small amount of beer that inevitably gets spilled on them. Even the nicely laminated ones can only stand up to sitting in a shallow puddle of booze for a minute or two. Because of this these waterproof cards from H2O were a welcome site. Great for use at the beach, on a boat or at the pool. They might not have the greatest feel for shuffling or dealing, but at least they’ll last more than one night of my friends. They even come in a protective translucent case in colors of blue, green, red or clear for $7 each.
There are plenty of devices that are made to store wine with the correct temperature and humidity, but the recommended storage temp and the recommended drinking temp are not always the same for many wines.
This chiller from Hammacher Schlemmer can chill two bottles of wine at the same time, to two separate temperatures. It works by uncorking the wine and inserting a wireless temperature probe/stopper into the bottle. This way the chiller will cool to get the actual wine temperature correct, and not the chamber that the wine is in.
The dual wine bottle chiller has some pre-programmed temperatures for common wines or it can be set manually, and LED lights on the front show when the wine comes into the optimum range. This chiller is priced at $130.
It’s not exactly a glove and I don’t know if I’d classify it as a watch either, but it is something new that will be shown off at the Wearables Technologies Congress in Munich, Germany this month. This exercise gadget is like a second skin according to Beurer, the makers of the device. It wears on your wrist and hand similar to a glove and monitors your pulse without the need for a chest belt like most heart rate monitors.
Instead of reading the electric pulses from your heart, this this pulse monitoring glove uses plethysmography to detect your hear rate. This makes a simple, one-piece device that athletes can use to monitor their heart rate during exercise. The only downside to this device compared to the more traditional monitors that pick up a wireless signal from the belt is that exercise …
Here’s a nice little set of speakers custom made for the iPod Shuffle. They come in five exact-match colors that the Shuffle comes in and provide a measly .5W output from each, but do allow you to share the music.
These little portable speakers are from a Japanese company called Corega and are custom made to fit the Shuffle connecting through the headphone/data transfer jack. When docked, you can connect to a computer with a USB cable which will also charge the shuffle. The speakers themselves can be powered through the USB connection or through two AAA batteries to make this mini sound system truly portable.
Corega is planning on launching the Shuffle speakers later this month with a sticker price of about $30.
This Big Foot webcam is not just another pretty shaped USB device, but actually leverages its unique design in a functional way.
This sits on your desk with an adjustable stand and has a low-quality VGA camera, which can be focused and used for still shots or video conferencing, in the middle of the “foot”. (There appears to be a button in the cord to take snap shots.) The big toe of the foot houses a microphone which connects through a separate jack and the other 4 toes have LED lights to brighten up your target. The Big Foot USB Camera retails for $22. What more could you want?
This USB Missile Launcher allows you to control the direction and angle through a software interface connected through your USB port.
You can connect the missile launcher and have it sit up to three feet away from your computer, and with an on-screen control panel you can rotate it a full 360 degrees and adjust the angle up or down about 45 degrees. It has 3 foam missiles that can be launched up to 20 feet in rapid succession if need be. You can give yourself a tactical intraoffice advantage for a mere $39.99.
According to a poll of 1,000 women in China between the ages of 25 and 35, Bill Gates’ sperm came in second as the most desired. The 45 year-old Andy Lau from Hong Kong was the only one to beat out gates in the poll.
There isn’t much detail on how the poll was conducted, and if the women were given a list to choose from or if they all just came up with Bill Gates on their own.
Along with the armband, Belkin is offering an acrylic case that custom fits the iPhone with a stand to hold it upright and horizontal for watching videos. The case has a removable belt clip, access to the controls and ports and increases the size of the iPhone only slightly while adding some protection.
Additional iPhone accessories include a slim-fit leather case ($29.99), some stereo cables and a headphone adapter ($10.95) that both fit the special recessed 3.5mm stereo jack.
Anyone who’s had a fair amount of exposure to lake and stream fishing knows that the temperature of the water can plan a significant part in how well the fishing goes, sometimes affecting the fish, sometimes affecting your legs. For both reasons a thermometer can be a handy tool in your bag to check the temperatures, but getting the thermometer into the water where you want isn’t always the easiest task.
With this infrared thermometer, you can just point the device at the water and it will instantly reveal the temperature without needing to lean over a bank or walk in and disrupt the area. This particular infrared thermometer from William and Joseph was designed specifically with the outdoorsmen in mind, being compact, simple to use and easy to read. It retails from about $33.
iPhones are already showing up on eBay for auction, listed as high as $1100 in some instances, and one we saw already had a dozen bids up to $760 in the first 30 minutes. Another had only been posted for a few minutes with a $0.99 starting bid.
If your bold enough to trust these folks that somehow have the iPhones “in hand and ready to ship” you can try your luck, but it doesn’t look like eBay is trusting them. Listings keep cropping up but we don’t often see the same one twice since eBay is pulling them almost as fast as they are showing up.
Here’s an interesting design for a lawn chair – an chair actually covered in some lawn allowing you to comfortably lie in the grass in a place that normally might not have any. This functional chair comes with one of three different bases ranging from sturdy to rolling to move it around. The actual frame of the chair weighs 25 pounds without the sod, but I would imagine this weight could increase quite a bit depending on how often you water (and mow, I guess).
The chair comes with an irrigation system where you can connect a garden hose to keep the grass hydrated, but you will have to weed and fertilize on your own.
Source: Fung + Blatt
After decorating your desk with the USB engine hub you can round out your automotive theme with this TVR Tuscan street mouse.
This wireless optical mouse features working, always-on headlights, brake lights that come on when the mouse is being used, chrome wheels and tinted windows. The car shaped mouse has right and left mouse buttons that are on the hood and a scroll wheel that sticks up through the center of the hood like it’s part of the engine. The wireless TVR Tuscan Street Mouse runs £20.00 (about $40 USD) from Red5.
The accessories made to latch onto the iPod fame will truly never end, and what better example than the Mophie Mueva Wraptor Bevy. This Bevy, for short, holds a second generation iPod Shuffle inside a clear protective case which has a place to wrap around your earbuds, acts as a keychain (so far so good), and is also a bottle opener. I mean, why not? I still have to stick with the sandal bottle opener as my fav, though.
We can’t say this wouldn’t get a annoying for your office neighbors after a while but it’s an nice alternative to a standard little rectangle USB hub. The USB Engine hub gives you 2 only two additional USB ports but a lot of engine noise.
The engine on the top will actually vibrate when it’s first plugged in and make an engine idling sound. A kick-start lever will then “start” the engine up and it will again vibrate and idle. By using the small gear shifting lever you can make the engine change sounds as if it is shifting gears and revving up like its racing.
This retro-looking radio is actually grounded in modern times with a smooth, rounded finish, but it’s made almost entirely out of wood from designer Singgih Kartono. According to the site, the designer supplies the special Indonesian wood himself from the area where he was born.
The wooden radio is a real working device with an FM and AM tuner and is carved out of Indonesian ebony wood, right down to the knobs, handle and even the antenna topper.
It’s portable, runs off of 4 AA batteries that are in a small removable panel on the back held in place with none other than a small stick of wood. The Magno readio retails for about $142.