going natural with KARVT wood based skins for iPhone

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(image credit: KARVT) KARVT Wood Skin for iPhone | from US$15.00 | karvt.com

Gelaskins practically kick started skinning of our gadgets. but if the 3M vinyl stickers with fancy graphics is not for you, how about going on a more serious note with wood-skins? sure, you can always get a bamboo made iPhone case but that adds bulk while the KARVT doesn’t. however, the trade off is, much lesser protection for your phone.

there are different kind of woods to choose from, ranging from Alder to Pine to Walnut. the KARVT skins set comprises of front and back skin cover. however, ordering for the ‘Back’ only skin is possible too. prices start from $15 for 3GS and from $25 for iPhone 4 skins. there’s also a Limited Edition Hydro74 Owl designed by Orlando-based artist… Hydro74 on maple wood, which cost $30.

do note that the skins only cover the front and back, while sides and corners still remain exposed. its a fair trade between beauty (& slimness) and (serious) protections. i am cautious. for now, ultra thin, and almost no protection case is the farthest i will go with my iPhone 4. but the KARVT item is really beautiful and it took me much effort to peel my eyes off them.

KARVT also has wood skins for both MacBooks and iPads too.

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Orbotix Sphero robotic ball game played with iOS and Android

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if flying the Parrot A.R.Drone is not for you, then maybe something that rolls on the ground might appeal to you. though not using WiFi for control, the robotic ball – dubbed Sphero (yes, it has a name now) – is controlled by a smartphone via Bluetooth. developed by Boulder-based Orbotix start-up, the Sphero is a entirely new game platform which the physical ball forms part of your gaming experience. Continue reading “Orbotix Sphero robotic ball game played with iOS and Android”

bicycle lock doubles up as a LED warning light

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this particular device will probably goes into the ‘beautiful but not exactly practical’ category. seriously, a warning triangle for a bicycle? you gotta be kidding me. however, there’s one part of this device that’s practical – that’s the bicycle lock function. when not used as a LED warning light, the Signal Lock is a bicycle lock that keeps your bike safe from thieves.

i won’t want to risk repairing my bicycle on the side of dimly lit road – i would probably carry the bicycle to somewhere safer to work with. if this device becomes a reality, it will either be used as a bicycle lock only or put in the trunk of your car for obvious purpose. it looks nice though.

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via Yanko Design

Kenwood announces new sound dock for iPhone and iPod

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(image credit: Kenwood) Kenwood CLX-70 Sound Dock | US$tbc | www.kenwood.co.jp

Kenwood has joined the iPhone and iPod sound dock market with its new CLX-70 sound dock. this contemporary piece will spot a dock for iPhone and iPod off at side of the speaker, instead of the usual center position. other media players will not be left out in the cold, as the CLX-70 also has an USB port and also a SD card slot for music input.

other features expected of this new kid on the block are FM/AM radio, DTS Envelo Speakers, D-Bass and equalizer settings to suit different music. the Kenwood CLX-70 comes in three different colors and will be available later this month. seriously, we consumers are spoilt for choice. with so many sound docks at varying budgets, we are not lacking of options.

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via Akihabara News

space-age design air purification device with an organic touch

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(image credit: ANDREA) ANDREA Air Purifier | €149.00 | www.andrea-air.jp

with all the shiny computers and gadgets you owned, it makes sense to get an equally beautiful (and space-age) air purifier to go along with them. right? the ANDREA Air Purifier looks like a scaled-down green house of the space-age era which should goes in harmony with all the modern high tech stuff you own. jointly developed by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and Harvard professor David Edwards, the ANDREA uses the natural metabolic activity of a common plant to purify the polluted air it draws in.

actually, i feel sorry for the plant for having to breath in our pollutes. but i guess every living things has their respective duty, so here within the ANDREA, the plant does what it does best for the better health for all of us. space-age device comes with a space-age price. the ANDREA will set you back at €149 (about $199). wow. maybe i should just purchase a few plants and lay them out around my room instead.

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your iPhone becomes your Meat Thermometer with iGrill

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iGrill Thermometer for iOS devices | US$99.00 | www.igrillinc.com

iPhone has almost any kind app for almost anything and in the absence of an app that does the job, it has almost any kind of attachments you can think of to cover that. it has microscope attachment, POS machine dock, professional-grade microphone and now, it has a Meat Thermometer, dubbed the iGrill, that will have your turkey oven-baked to the right temperature.

the iGrill consists of two parts: the iGrill hardware and the iGrill companion app. the iGrill hardware monitors the temperature of your meat by inserting a probe into the meat in question. the current temperature is reported via the visual on the hardware itself or to your iPhone companion app via a 200ft range Bluetooth. magic.

the iPhone app will alert you when the pre-set temperature has been reached, giving you a peace of mind to mingle with your guests or pay attention to the last minute tidying up of your house before the guests arrive. actually, the former shouldn’t be the case, i thought food should be prepared well before the guests arrive. isn’t it?

keeping your meat in-check ain’t going to be cheap. the iGrill hardware costs $99 a pop which comes package with one iGrill probe and four AA batteries. additional probes can be purchase at $19.99. the iGrill companion app for iPhone is free, though and its available now on the appstore.

via CrunchGear

Stealth Faucet is a faucet inspired by real life Stealth aircraft

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typical faucet, no matter how nice the designs are, still looks the pretty much the same. even though there are probably some square or flat items around, round and tubular constructions are still the norm. so how do you like an angular faucet that was inspired by the Stealth aircraft? yea, just imagine how the Stealth aircraft looks like and carry it over to a faucet.

well, you get an all angular faucet just like the Stealth aircraft less the stealth capability, though. we still need to see where are faucets are, don’t we? instead of the menacing matt-black radar-absorbing coating, the Stealth faucet comes in two alluring finishes: polished chrome or Steelnox satin nickel.

this awesome faucet is, not surprisingly, from award winning manufacturer GRAFF which has supplied its faucets and shower collections to many luxurious hotels and homes around the world.

one question remains: do they have a bathtub shaped like the real Stealth aircraft? or maybe the Stealth aircraft-shaped basin? cos’ I really like the complete look of stealth in my bath.

via Yanko Designs

a Bluetooth keyboard that protects your iPad as well

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(image credit: ThinkGeek) iPad Bluetooth Keyboard Case | US$59.99 | www.thinkgeek.com

touchscreen is great but somehow typing anything longer than a text messages becomes a chore. then we realize we misses something: the tactile touch. before the tactile touchscreen becomes a reality, we have to settle for an external keyboard for our touchscreen devices if we want a tactile feel. i admit, i felt less incline to compose emails on both my iPhone and iPad because it just don’t feel right. Continue reading “a Bluetooth keyboard that protects your iPad as well”

you will need to defuse this bomb to stop the alarm clock

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(image credit: Geek Stuff 4 U) Danger Bomb Clock | ¥4,250.00 | www.geekstuff4u.com

seriously, we don’t advise you to carry this on your hand carry when traveling. we cannot guarantee if the TSA will start jumping on you when the Danger Bomb Clock shows up in their scan. needless to say, this isn’t a real bomb, but it is yet another contraption which attempt to shake you up from your sweet dreams.

when the Danger Bomb Alarm goes off, you have three minutes to ‘defuse’ the bomb (i.e. to stop the screaming alarm clock) by disconnecting the correct ‘cable’. the color coded ‘safety code’ is set randomly every morning. the color lamps at the side gives you hint to which cord to disconnect. disconnect the wrong one, and the alarm goes on screaming.

a pretty novel way to make sure it does its job of waking you up. only those who wakes up with a clear head would be able to ‘defuse’ the bomb. so good luck. else, you might have just have to suffer through the endless alarm sound and shrieking from your neighbors to shut your alarm up.

PhoneXPhone turns your iPhone to a fixed line home phone

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Hashy Top-In PhoneXPhone iPhone Dock | ¥2,000 | www.hashy-topin.com
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answering your iPhone while being charged can be quite an inconvenience and impossible if its docked. unless you have a Bluetooth headset paired with it. understanding this, a Japanese manufacturer came up with a novel idea: an iPhone dock that comes with a receiver, known as the PhoneXPhone. yea, receiver. you know those fixed line phone receiver?

designed to look like a typical fixed line phone, the Hashy Top-In PhoneXPhone spots a receiver for answering calls which connects to the base via the curly telephone cord. while your iPhone is in the cradle, you can still use the phone’s functions such as text messaging and other apps. the iPhone function through the receiver via a 3.5mm jack connected to the PhoneXPhone.

when using the PhoneXPhone, your iPhone touchscreen functions as the keypad on a fixed line phone. how many fixed line phone can claim to have a capacitive touchscreen and access to the Address Book? the PhoneXPhone is available now and retails at ¥2,000 (about U$24).