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Weird Idea #231: Inflatable Leg Wraps

Just another item from the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog that makes you go “huh?”: Circulation Improving Leg Wraps. Sexy. [Hammacher Schlemmer] Keep reading »

6 Must-Have Fashion Apps For The iPad

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 »

Use Mosquito Noises To Determine A Blind Date’s Age

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 »

Will You Be Getting A Porn Detection Stick?

Here’s an interesting little gadget for you: the Porn Detection Stick. (Why, oh why did they have to pick the word “stick” to describe this thing? Guess it’s less phallic than “rod.”) For $100 smackers, you pop this in a PC flash drive and it scans all the images on the computer (even ones that are deleted) for “facial features, flesh tone colors, image back grounds, body part shapes, and more” looking for naughty pics. It claims to have a less than one percent rate of false positives. Great, but there are a few issues here. First of all, as Gizmodo points out, who downloads pictures anymore? Porn these days is more likely to be in video form, or on a website—which the stick can’t scan. Also, who is this thing for? I can understand parents or bosses wanting it, but I have a feeling that jealous girlfriends/wives will fall prey to buying and be sorely disappointed with the results. Seriously, save the $100 bucks … he looks at porn. And that’s fine. According to our Frisky poll, 82 percent of us ladies do too. Or at least the ones who read this site. [Gizmodo] Keep reading »

Now Your Boobs Can Feel As Hot As They Look

I was sitting around the other day, and I was thinking, you know what I really need? And then I thought, what I really need is USB-powered breast warmers. And then, voilà! There they were. That’s serendipity for you. Japanese manufacturer Thanko has created the USB Bust Beauty Pad for those who suffer from chilly breasts, and it can be yours for a mere $20. Plug the device into the USB port of your computer, stick the pad in your bra, and your breasts will be toasty in no time. Um, do some women’s breasts actually get cold? I’ve never heard of this phenomenon. But to each her own breast-warmer. [The Awl] Keep reading »

Breath Checker Device Lets You Know If You’re Primed To Kiss

In our digital age, that old hand-to-mouth trick to check your breath is so passé. (Plus unreliable if you just caressed your hands with some scented lotion. Ahh, guava patchouli breath … mmm. Kidding.) That’s why there’s this Date Breath Checker, a hilarious Japanese (of course) gadget that reads the levels of grossness on your breath. Helping you prep for that first date kiss, all you do is blow into the purse-sized device, and it analyzes your odor through a series of very technical smiley/frowny faces. Happy icon? That sweet crème brulée did you good. Sad face? Why did you even suggest Indian in the first place? Keep reading »

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