If your cell phone is constantly ringing and you find yourself ending an important conversation abruptly, only to switch to a less important one, the Cellular Squirrel may be for you. The cute little animatronic squirrel was developed by MIT’s own Stefan Marti as a dissertation project and when it picks up an incoming call, it begins a conversation with the caller and compares the caller’s voice, your contact list, and keywords from it’s conversation with the incoming call with your current conversation and decides if the new call is important enough to pull you away from you current conversation.
This embodiment is able to use the same subtle but still public non-verbal cues to get our attention and interrupt us like humans would do (like eye gaze and small gestures), instead of ringing or vibration. The user can whisper and listen to her squirrel, receiving and replying to voice instant messages. If the user wishes, she can also bypass the Intermediary altogether and get into a synchronous voice communication with the caller by simply talking to the embodiment.
If you are jonesin’ for the days of those old dumbell handsets from rotary, and later touch-tone phones, Phobile is here to take you back in style. All this thing does is connect to your cell phone, allowing you to chat it up by holding up one of those old-school dumbells to your head. Honestly now, is there anyone who doesn’t want this thing?
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So there I was getting some headphone at my local pharmacy, which is a definite no-no for the audiophile in me - but i had no choice, when I spot something that intrigued me: a flashlight. Why is this flashlight different? Well, this flashlight can use 3 kinds of batteries: C, D, and AA. Not only that, but when one pair dies out you can easily just flip a switch and be using the next set. There’s no need to even fiddle around in your closet to find an old boom box that may contain 4 or 5 dead C batteries. Just awesomely practical.
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Belkin just introduced a great little product: the Belkin Flip. It’s a mostly run of the mill KVM switcher to enable you to use two computers with a single keyboard, mouse, and monitor - but with excellent industrial design. It’s sized to fit underneath a Mac Mini to enable people with an existing computer to buy a mini and hook it into their existing setup. It seems well designed in that the Flip requires no power, and needs no additional cables - it does everything it needs to do right out of the box, and all in a swank little form factor.
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For the longest time I carried an HP 4355 Pocket PC with me everywhere. I used it like the worlds smartest wallet - I had a leather case for it with a space for credit cards, ID, a spare housekey - the works. Not only could I check my email and browse the web, but I could pay for dinner and get into bars all in one not-so-svelt package. Now a company called iPocket has brought that concept to the iPod with a stick on pouch designed to carry ID, Credit cards, or keys with your iPod. The iPocket also has the bonus feature of helping to protect the back of your iPod from scratches. At $3.99 for a full sized iPocket, and $2.99 for an iPocket mini, there is no reason why not go go buy one! Heck - I’m buying a few just so I can stick one on the back of my current PDA, as well as on a few other gadgets I carry with me frequently. The iPocket is available in six shades.
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SanDisk today announced their support of Transflash - although in a somewhat backwards way. They have announced a new product offering called MicroSD - which happens to be identical to and “backwards compatible” with Transflash. The big news here is that they have doubled the size of the thumbnail sized memory cards. A 512 MB card is expected to retail for less the $70 and be available next month. Perfect timing for the supposed iTunes phone from Apple and Motorola. A 1GB and 2GB version are both in the works and should be available in the next year.
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The Drive+Play from Harman/Kardon is the most convienient iPod accesory I’ve seen in a while. Consisting of three parts, it makes listening to your favorite songs while driving a breeze. The first piece slightly resembles a joystick, but it actually has a clickwheel-like control on the top which allows you to control your iPod without ever having to touch it. Just place it anywhere in your car that’s easy for you to get to. The next piece of the Drive+Play is a small, 5 line LCD that you can place anywhere on your dash, which allows you to see what song is playing, or what menu screen you’re at. The last piece is what you might consider the “brains” of the whole operation. It has a connecting port for your iPod, and serves as an information processor. Inside, there’s a wireless FM modulator with five set frequencies and you even have the ability to add one in if you’d like. A 3.5mm output jack allows you to connect the Drive+Play to any vehicle with an auxiliary input, and there’s even and input jack if you ever have the need to connect any other audio signals into your car’s audio system. It even features automatic shut-off and will charge your iPod when docked. Harman/Kardon’s Drive+Play hits stores in September and is expeced to retail for around $200.
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Oh yes, there’s swag. I scored a bunch of pens (my favorite is my shiny brushed aluminum M Audio pen!) and saw a ton of awesome stuff. I might even check out of the convention early and go back to the hotel to do my writeup, after nabbing a bunch of business cards to remind me of what’s new and cool. But first, a quick list of what’s hot:
Mac-cessories for Girls
Ladies, ever get tired of having to ditch your girly handbag or swanky purse because there wasn’t somewhere for your iPod or laptop? Well, fear not. There’s a slew of products out that not only feature pod-storage, but pod windows! That’s right, you can show off your iPod, or just get quick access to it, without digging through your bag. And Toscano has a whole line of feminine laptop cases that won’t cramp your style or look like a backpack or briefcase, while still allowing you to tote around your PowerBook or iBook.
Best shirt design of the day goes to the “Mac to the Future!” shirt - yes, it looks like the “Back to the Future” logo. Hilarious. I think I’m going to get one for my boyfriend, the biggest Mac geek on the planet.
Custom iPod, PowerBook, and Macintosh decor
Need your iPod engraved? How about a custom etching on the case of your PowerBook? I found a place that will do it for you, and does a damn good job of it too. These designs are totally sweet and they do custom work. More when I get back to the hotel and do my big writeup, but if you want a custom look for your Mac, Etch a Mac does great work.
So. Many. iPod Accessories.
Over and out!
Having purchased a PowerBook recently, I’m always looking out for accessories that will compliment this sexy machine and protect it at the same time. That is why I love Portectorz. This great little invention helps protect the very sensitive ports on your PowerBook or iBook from debris or liquids that may try to damage your precious computer. Made out of a high-polymer silicone, these port protectors can be cut so as to customize which ports you want to be able to access without leaving the rest of the ports unprotected. Expect to drop $19.95 to $23.95 plus shipping and handling for some protection.
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Tad Grglewiecz was on one of the buses hit by the bombings a few days ago, and his doctors say that his earbuds saved his hearing:
Doctors told him his hearing was saved by his iPod earphones. He was treated at the scene by a female doctor from the British Medical Association, whose headquarters were next to the bus blast. “I was bleeding heavily, so without her help it could have been very serious for me. Last night I went into theatre to have my wounds cleaned. There were bits of bus in me. It was a miracle I was not more badly injured considering how close I was to the explosion. The help I received from people was extraordinary.”
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