Have you ever had a terrific t-shirt idea but didn’t have much start up capital? Spreadshirt is the answer to your entrepreneurial dreams. They offer a free shop with a simple color print and one line of text for €3 (~$6.00.) You set your own price plus commission for each clothing article that is purchased. Set up a premium account and you can add more features, such as more intricate designs or more colors. Spreadshirt will even donate 3 Euros (~$4.00) for each shirt sold through May 16 to Earth Day International in honor of Earth Day, which is coming up April 22.
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We love the 80’s, and if you’re a certain age, you’ll remember the 80’s were the era of boom boxes, Walkmans and cassette tapes. That’s why the Gold Cassette Belt Buckle brings a poignant tear to our eye. It’s a shiny, 18K gold-plated/filled real cassette tape, and the insides actually twist! Comes with a black or brown belt. At $210 USD we think it’s a little pricey, but just think of the wistful smiles you’ll generate as you strut down the street.
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Okay, we know it’s March and Spring is just around the corner. But as cold as our floor gets at work, we think this item could be used all year long. They’re wool USB gloves, which once plugged in, actually warm up your hands by 10 degrees in five minutes! There are two levels of heat, and finger holes for typing ease. Unfortunately, you will need to use two of your precious USB ports to plug in the gloves. And ladies, not only are they stylish, but they make a great conversation piece while you’re typing away next to that hottie at your local cafe…
Available for $23 USD.
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If you thought the Pong Shirt was your type of garment, then you will surely appreciate the T-Equalizer. With an electroluminescent panel on its front, it reacts to music or any other loud noise. A mini-battery is hidden in the pocket of the t-shirt which lights up its LED. The T-Equalizer is so popular that Firebox is temporarily out of them, but if you want to shell out the $29.95 to have others see what they hear, they will be back in stock in next week.
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ThinkGeek’s latest entry into the world of weird is their dark grey Pong shirt, which will please all the enthusiasts you know of Ralph Baer’s video game. The electroluminescent panel lights up with the aid of AAA batteries (not included) and drones on endlessly while never missing a shot. The panel is removable for easy t-shirt washing. Because some of us were never that good at Pong, we can now torment our winning competitors by making them suffer through its repetitive action for the hours that they made us play back in the late ‘60s. Get your revenge at ThinkGeek for $24.99.
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This jacket seems straight out of a “Minority Report”-type movie, but—sadly—seems necessary in today’s society. The No-Contact Jacket appears to be sleek, stylish, black outerwear. However if the wearer feels she is in danger from an attacker, she can activate it with 80,000 volts of electric current pulses, just beneath the shell of the jacket. In other words, anyone who touches her is literally in for the shock of his life. The jacket is waterproof, so rain will never come in contact with the electric layer. Please note that the jacket is not bullet or puncture-proof. Requires a 9V battery. The No-Contact Jacket was named one of TIME magazines “Coolest Inventions”, however information on pricing and availability is not yet available.
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Remember reading Dick Tracy comics as a kid, and being wowed by his tres-cool two-way radio watch? We’ve found something even more mind-blowing. It’s the aptly-named Home Theater Watch, which not only tells time, but with its 2GB of storage, can store a full-length feature film! The watch includes software to convert almost any video file—including AVI, MPEG and WMV —into the watch’s format. Send the files to the timepiece via USB and you’re set to view the season finale of “Shooting Sizemore” on an airplane, the subway,
on the watch’s 1.5” screen. The Home Theater Watch even plays MP3’s, WMA’s and displays JPEG photos! If you’re single, we think this cool watch is a much better conversation starter than a cute puppy…and lots cheaper. Available now for $149 USD.
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We love gadgets where the coolness factor almost outweighs its functionality. A case in point is the Tunebuckle, a slate grey canvas belt…with a buckle that conveniently stores your iPod nano. The belt comes in one universal size, so you’ll have to cut the belt with a scissor to determine how long or short you want it to be (just don’t gain any weight after cutting it!). The Tunebuckle comes in three different styles, including the Full Metal Jacket, which covers the entire nano in case you have a dress code to adhere to. And don’t worry, when you take the belt off, your nano will still be encased. Available now for $59.99.
You have booked your space flight for $200,000 with Virgin Galactic, the company that is building privately-owned spaceships to go “where no one has gone before” beginning in the year 2010, and you have nothing to wear. Oribital Outfitters, in a contract with XCore Aeorospace, announced that the two companies will soon be finalizing a spacesuit design and other safety equipment.
Rick Tumlinson, OO’s president says, “Billions of dollars are flowing into all kinds of new commercial spaceships, which will carry all kinds of people into space.” He added that he his company will “help make this happen, make it happen in style, and make it happen at a profit.”
We expect to see these new designs in the next few weeks and are counting on something that will not resemble the pajamas that Kirk and Spock wore.
Tom Bihn recently released an update to their mid-sized messenger bag, the ID. The updated ID has several notable improvements and makes for a great everyday bag for anyone with lots of stuff to cart around. Gear Live took it for a spin and compares it to the Imago which we recently reviewed. Click through for the full review.
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