Anyone who knows me know that I love anything pink. Throw some rhinestones in, and that's the icing on the cake. That's why it was love at first sight when I noticed the Phosphor Appear watch on the wrist of a stranger at CES. Seriously, a watch that uses Swarovski crystals to display the time? After seeing it in action, we put it to the test. I've had the Phosphor Appear for a couple of weeks now. Is the watch as good as I first thought? Read on for our full review.
The Phosphor Appear is a great looking watch, and a cool gadget to boot! We saw this one at CES, and had to get our hands on one as soon as we saw it. The Phosphor Appear is driven by Micro-Magnetic Mechanical Digital (M3D) technology, the Phosphor Appear watch utilizes miniature-sized rotors adorned with Swarovski crystals that revolve to reveal numerical or chronological information. Every minute, an electrical pulse generates an electromagnetic field that changes the position of the crystals on the face of the watch, which in turn, displays the passing time while producing a distinctive sound unique to the Phosphor Appear digital watch line. You can pick up the Phosphor Appear on Amazon. This video was recorded at CES 2012.
We came across the Phosphor Appear watch line at CES. Although the company wasn't exhibiting there, we spotted the watch on someone's wrist and asked them about it immediately. It's definitely an eye-catching timepiece, and it's a cool gadget as well. The watch is driven by Micro-Magnetic Mechanical Digital (M3D) technology, and uses miniature-sized rotors adorned with Swarovski crystals that revolve to reveal the time. Every minute, an electrical pulse generates an electromagnetic field that changes the position of the crystals on the face of the watch, which in turn, displays the passing time. We'll have our review of the Phosphor Appear up later today. For now, enjoy this photo gallery showing it off! You can find great deals on the Phosphor Appear on Amazon.
Gallery: Phosphor Appear watch gallery
We recently got a chance to check out the Hub Innovations Couture Case for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. What sets this case apart from just about anything else out there is that it's decked out in Swarovski crystals, and in turn, definitely makes you stand out when you've got your iPhone in-hand or against your ear. We tried out the Punx Not Dead model in hot pink, but the cases are also available in black and white, with different crystal designs on each.
The pink Punx Not Dead Couture case was a super-girly attention-getter, and started more conversations than any accessory, hair, or makeup I've ever had. I loved the bright pink color and the big heart and crown on the case. Visually, the pink, Swarovski crystal-encrusted Hub Innovations Couture case that wrapped my white iPhone 4S looked fantastic.
Unfortunately, all of the bling made the case feel pretty heavy, and by looking at it, we're sure you can tell that it was extremely hard (read: uncomfortable) to put in a pocket. I also felt concerned about putting the case in my purse because I thought that some of the decorative pieces might fall off inside my bag or get caught on something. In fact, after just a few days, the first few items came off of the case. I left the Couture case on my phone for over 2 weeks, certainly nowhere near the length of time that you'd think a case would start falling apart.
Want beauty, practicality and the opportunity to get a free pair of chicBuds? Then read on, because we’ve got something you’ll want to hear…
On the beautiful side, chicBuds are detailed with Swarovski Crystals, and come in five delicious colors. On the practical side, they have a cool little clip that allows you to attach them to your bag (so they donʼt get lost,) or to your clothes when you’re at the gym (to keep them from flying around.) The cord also has five stopping points so you don’t have to deal with a cord that’s too long or too short and they are completely retractable so they don’t get tangled. They also come in a candy-like designer tin that will allow you to store both your iPod and the earbuds.
The best part, though, is where the whole “free” thing comes in. Purchase a pair of chicBuds from Dillard’s (online or in-store) or Fred Meyer (store only) before midnight PST on November 28th, and email your copy of your receipt along with your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 100 people to send in their information will get a free pair of chicBuds sent to them - how’s that for a giveaway? Be sure to check which stores carry them in your area - or just order them online and email in your receipt. The giveaway is only available to US residents only, you know how that goes.
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Don’t get me wrong - if I wanted to spend a chunk of change on some bling, a Swarovski-encrusted DS lite might be towards the top of my list. But for $600 bucks, I want to make sure that everyone can properly view the full glory of my gaming obsession. With this mod? - Not so much. See, when I actually play my DS lite, I usually open the screen. And when I do that, well… that means the folks who are staring at my glorious, sparkling handheld are going to be looking at this crystal mosaic of Nintendo awesomeness upside-down.
Come on guys, even Apple figured this out a few years back when they switched the logo orientation on their laptops… if you’re going to make your product an advertisement, you want to make sure that the people who are looking at it can do so without doing a handstand.
Click the jump for more images of these almost-ridiculously-awesome handhelds.