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Orange Sound Charge shirt charges your phone using sound waves

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Cell Phones, Wearables,

Phones can run out of juice at the worst times. Orange, a French telecom giant, has been working on a shirt that can convert sound waves into electrical energy.

The shirt, dubbed Sound Charge, is a charging dock for mobile phones. According to the press release, the shirt works by "reversing the use of a product called piezoelectric film".

Piezoelectricity produces electricity from pressure. The shirt uses an "A4 panel of the modified film" to absorb sound waves which are then converted into an electrical charge "via the compression of interlaced quartz crystals." That charge is then fed to a reservoir battery which transfers the charge to the phone.

The shirt was developed in time for the Glastonbury festival this week. Orange will be conducting live tests of the shirt during the musical performances to help determine which bands "are the best to charge to".

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White Carpet: A-List Wedding Guests

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The A-list guests have arrived at the royal wedding, though the real stars of the event -- the royal family -- are still standing by. What do celebs wear to a royal wedding? Follow the jump to see all the white carpet fashion...

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2010 Holidy Gift Guide: Freehands touchscreen-compatible gloves

freehands glovesIf you're looking for some inexpensive-yet-functional items from our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide, today we've got some gloves that any owner of a smartphone with a touchscreen might appreciate. Freehands makes gloves that allow the wearer to use their touch-enabled device, which keeping their hands warm. They have some models where the gloves have fingertips that can be pulled back for the thumb and forefinger, and others where the gloves have material in the fingertips so that you can tap away while keeping all your digits nice and toasty. Prices start at just under $20.

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JackThreads redesigns, get your invite and $5 now!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Wearables, Hot Deals, Internet,

Jackthreads invite

Our friends over at JackThreads have just given their website a makeover, and we've also noticed that they've started selling more technology and gadgets recently as crazy discounted prices. They also still sell clothing and accessories too, and everything is at a discount that is sometimes up to 90% off. You've gotta be a member to get in on the action, and to join, you need to be invited. Lucky for you, we've got an invite link that you can take advantage of to join JackThreads, and it'll even hook you up with $5 in credit that you can use on anything you'd like.


Tokyoflash Optical illusion LED watch

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Wearables, Design, Misc. Tech,

tokyoflash optical illusion

New from Design Studios is a watch that will test your vision and make you look sophisticated at the same time. It’s so ‘00s to tell someone who struggles to read an analog clock that they can’t tell time, but with this tricky digital watch you can pretty much call anyone out. Hiding in plain sight within a green and black optical illusion, the time can be revealed to the less perceptive eye with the touch of a button. But don’t tell anyone the secret when they ask you for the time in the mall. Who knew that being nice to someone who doesn’t have a watch could be so much fun?

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Fabrican Spray-on clothing

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Wearables, Misc. Tech,

spray on shirt

Scientists at the Imperial College London have devised a way for you to give your clothes that authentic skin tight look that seems to be all the rage these days, with a product called Fabrican. With a simple spray can that looks like any old aerosol can, you will be able to spray a shirt directly onto your body. The amazing aspect of it all is the fact that the material is actually a cotton/polyester/plastic blend that dries up and can be removed from the skin in a non messy fashion. You can even wash it after you take it off and wear it again. We’ve got video of Fabrican in action after the jump.

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Giveaway: Win $150 in free gear from JackThreads

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Announcements, Design, Features, Internet,

JackThreads invite

Have you heard of JackThreads? In case you haven’t, they’re a super cool clothing site offering discounts of at least 50% off some of the hottest brands in streetwear, surf, skate, and contemporary fashion. All sales are super limited, normally lasting just a couple days, and you’ve gotta have an invite to even join the site to get access to the goods. We’ve teamed up with JackThreads to bring invites to all our readers, and even better, you’ll get $5 in credit added to your account that you can spend right away if you so desire. That was cool and all, but then we thought we could take this a step further, and now we’ve got a full on contest going on. We are going to give away $150 in JackThreads credit to one of you entrants. Here’s how it’s going down:

Here’s how to enter:

That’s it! Remember, you’ve gotta be a JackThreads member, and you’ve gotta be following the Gear Live Twitter account so that we can send you a DM if you’re the winner. This one is only open to residents of the US and Canada. We will be announcing a winner on September 24, so you’ve got til Friday to qualify.


Paul Rodriguez Signature Skate Pack laptop bag

Posted by Finnian Durkan Categories: Wearables,

Paul Rodriguez Skate Pack incasePaul Rodriguez has accomplished a lot in his skateboarding career.  He was the 2002 Trans World Skating Rookie of the Year, won an X-Games Gold medal in Street Skating in 2005 and also became the first pro-skater to be sponsored by Nike.  Combine all of these things with the fact that his father is famous comedian Paul Rodriguez, Sr. and it is not surprising that P-Rod is branching out to areas beyond grinding rails and landing kick-flips.  Enter Incase and the Paul Rodriguez Signature Collection.  Started in 2008, the current line features a new version of his signature skate pack that can accommodate up to a 17” .  Featuring a reinforced notebook compartment, a dedicated iPod pocket with headphone port, a concealed back panel zippered pocket to secure important documents and heavy-duty, water-resistant YKK zipper pulls with closed-seam construction the P-Rod Skate Pack ensures that whatever you put inside it will be protected from most anything that you or any inevitable multiple-crashes can throw at it. 

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Personal Soundtrack T-Shirt

Posted by Finnian Durkan Categories: Wearables, Music,

Personal Soundtrack T-Shirt

I know, the title is a little mundane; it was either that or ‘how to torture others with your terrible taste in music’ but that wasn’t very product-descriptive.  Not only can you use this shirt, complete with embedded speaker and pocket-remote, as an attempt to turn yourself into Jack Spade from ‘I’m Gonna Get You, Sucka!’ but you can also use their pre-loaded sound-effects to pepper your work-day with fart noises and boing-boings.  It’s all your choice.  Only $30 and 4AAA batteries and you’re off to the very annoying races.

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WTFJeans with special iPhone, iPod touch, USB stick pockets

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Wearables,

WTFJeans iPhone iPod touch

If you’re looking for something with a flair, but made with denim, take notice of what WTFJean has going on. They make jeans with specially-fitted pockets, lined with microfiber, meant to house your or . In addition, they even have pockets meant to hold on to USB sticks, which we guess the pockets on your regular jeans are no good for? Oh, also, while they’re available in both male and female versions, if you’re a dide, it goes you some frontal padding for protection. Huh.

Anyhow, these will be on sale on May 2nd for $80.

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