Nag your loved ones with this Video Fridge Magnet. Record up to 30 seconds of A/V with its built-in camera and recorder, and it will playback on a 1 1/2-inch LCD screen and speaker. When a message is stored on the device, an LED lights up. With one click of a button, the message plays back. When it needs a recharge, plug into your PC’s USB port. Although the magnet is temporarily out of stock, contact them if you would like to pre-order for GBP 29.99 (~$48.92.)
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Always Innovating has come up with the very versatile Touch Book. With a detachable keyboard and 3D touchscreen user interface, the netbook also doubles as a tablet, complete with magnet for refrigerator attachment. Debuting at DEMO 09, the device is only 9.4 x 7 x 1.4-inches and weighs less than 2 lbs. with keyboard. The Touch Book has a TI ARM processor for a battery life of 10 to 15 hours, is fan, noise and heat free, is Wifi and Bluetooth capable and has 6 USB connections, three of them internal. Due out in late spring, pre-order with prices starting at $299.
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If you’re of a certain age, you undoubtedly grew up watching the educational Schoolhouse Rock cartoons in between episodes of Laff-a-Lympics and Scooby Doo. Their catchy tunes and colorful animation actually made learning math, punctuation, politics, etc. fun. If you’re one to get all misty-eyed at the mention of “Conjunction Junction” (raising hand), here’s a set of 5 cool Schoolhouse Rock magnets to keep the nostalgia alive. A very cool 70s collectible guaranteed to elicit smiles…and singing. Available for $11 USD. Want to own the cartoons themselves? Check out Amazon.
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Breaking headphones seems to be one of those occupational hazards if you are multitasking when wearing them. Replug takes a 3.5 mm audio jack and attaches with a magnet, so if you make a wrong move, it will detach from itself. Plug in the Replug, connect your headphones or earbuds, and know that they will be protected from your clumsiness. Available “this Fall,” contact Replug if you want see a demo and be notified about its arrival date.
It is nearly impossible to ignore the fact Mattel is seemingly paying for their manufacturing sins as another recall was announced yesterday by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. It includes 9.3 million play sets that have small magnets that are can be swallowed by toddlers in Barbie, Polly Pocket, and Tanner Playsets, as well as Batman and One Piece toys. The company is also recalling their die-cast “Sarge” Jeeps from the movie “Cars” that contain lead paint. For a list of recalled items in question, you can visit their website or call 888-597-6597 for information about the recalled toys with magnets, or 800-916-4997 for information about the recalled cars.
Two weeks ago, items from Mattel’s Fisher Price line were also recalled. What bothers us, aside from the negligence and finger pointing between the overseas companies involved, is that so far Mattel’s CEO Bob Eckert has only issued an apology. After reading about the effects of lead poisoning and noting that Mattel has set up a Children’s Foundation as a means of funding for health-related issues, we suggest that they take this money to offer free testing and/or treatment for any of the kids that owned the recalled toys.
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