As everybody who works with me knows, I am a litttttttle bit sound-sensitive. I tend to obsessively fixate on strange and repetitive noises and can’t deal if there’s lots of ambient chatter in my work zone. I should probably work and live in a soundproof booth, but alas, that’s not a possibility at the moment. Instead, I’ll settle for a pair of these colorful Fanny Wang headphones. Available in nearly a dozen colors, Fanny Wang’s headphones provide superior sound along with noise canceling protection. And they look pretty cute, too.
You know who I’m talking about: she’s always got headphones glued to her ears, stood in line to score the iPhone4S, and mocks you endlessly for still having a Hotmail account. Here are 10 gifts that will make the plugged-in girl in your life jump for joy.
Is it possible for something to feel futuristic yet anti-feminist at the same time? Check out the Wired Store’s new holiday wish list online and you be the judge. At the Wired Store pop-up shop in Times Square, a fantastically futuristic display wasn’t just a feast for the eyes and senses, but a feast for feminists who take issue with gender-assigned gifts. Up front and center, marketed as gifts for the women in your life, were cutting-edge vacuums! State-of the art toilets! Save for the digital touch, you’d think the female-driven gifts were dusted right off the shelves of the 1950′s. Keep reading »
In the past three years I’ve gone through as many iPhones. And when I got my latest phone, an iPhone 4 upgrade, I vowed I would hold on to it for as long as possible. In order to keep myself from destroying this phone beyond repair (my weakness seems to be water damage), I equipped it with a shiny new hardshell wooden case that’s added protective bulk to my phone. Let’s hope the water stays away this time! If you’ve got similar phone-to-water destruction problems, perhaps you’d like a new case, too? After the jump, check out nine cool case options to keep your phone in check.
Call me crazy, but I have been utterly transfixed by this demo video for some magical contraption that cleans up condiment spills. Mind you, a swipe with a sponge will do the job fine, but if you want to pick up
, say, the big glob of ketchup you dropped on the floor and keep it in the exact same formation, then this is the gadget for you. [The Daily What
] Keep reading »
Some people get a real high from driving fast cars. Others just like the windswept look. Now, for both types, there’s a new hair dryer by Conair made with parts from Ferraris. Mimicking the design of the Italian sports car, the gadget boasts a groundbreaking “ball bearing design.” We’re not sure what that is, but apparently it will make your blow dryer run smooth. This baby’s also got some real power—the tool has a Ferrari-like engine with 2,200 watts behind it, and can produce wind speeds of 80 mph. The $400 model is for professional use, but if it wasn’t … we’d expect that Pauly D would own one. Vroom, vroom. [Bella Sugar] Keep reading »
The pragmatist in me realizes that a USB typewriter is ridiculous and inefficient. That said, the [much more influential] nerd within wants it so badly that I’m crying tears most often reserved for particularly poignant “Battlestar Galactica” moments. The USB typewriter costs about as much as the iPad
does, so these nerd dreams may have to wait a while, but they’ll be burning in my heart all the while. [Fashion Indie
] Keep reading »
Just another item from the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog that makes you go “huh?”: Circulation Improving Leg Wraps. Sexy. [Hammacher Schlemmer] Keep reading »
Not to sound like a whiny brat, but the Gilt app for the iPhone kind of disappoints. They meant well, but the small screen means it’s hard to pass judgment on tiny frocks under all that limited time offer pressure. Blessedly, a handful of iPad apps have swooped in to solve challenging First World issues like these with their awesomeness in the arena of style. (Of course, you need an iPad to start with, but I digress … ) Check out our favorites, after the jump. Keep reading »
This new Japanese gadget supposedly will determine a blind date’s age so you don’t have to ask them. The Age Prediction Machine emits a high-frequency buzzing sound similar to that of a mosquito, with the noise levels corresponding to age ranges — teens, 20s, 30s, and 40 and over. Supposedly, the quieter the sound, the younger the person. Although age is a touchy subject in the U.S., I can’t see this gadget being useful here. Most people I know won’t agree to go on a blind date without knowing the person’s particulars, and age is a big detail. However, it’s cool that the creators of the Age Prediction Machine are getting some buzz over here. Heh. [Impact Lab] Keep reading »