Something new to file under “Crap You Don’t Need”: techies can now choose what their smartphone will smell like. ESI Cases is selling five new cases, each scented like a different flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans — Strawberry Cheesecake, Very Cherry, Blueberry, Berry Blue and Licorice. The cases sell for $15 a pop and are available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and Blackberry. Honestly, I wouldn’t want my iPhone case to smell like any of these flavors because then I’d be constantly craving sugar. But Marc Jacobs perfume? Fresh figs? Jasmine? I could dig it. If you had a scented smartphone case, what would you want it to smell like? [Gizmodo] Keep reading »
Smell-o-vision sounds like something that could only happen in the year 2030, but it could actually be a reality … pretty soon. Samsung has commissioned researched at UCSD to make a device that attaches to your television and produces scents. The device has a 100×100 matrix of wires that burn in different patterns to create specific smells. They recently tested the technology on perfumes and found it was pretty accurate. The question is: do you want to smell what’s onscreen? I mean, would smelling the burnt rubber really bring watching a car chase to another level? As Gizmodo points out, this would inevitably be used by advertisers to make you crave, oh, just about anything. Awesome or scary? [Gizmodo] Keep reading »
Ten years ago, when I was 17, I got into a car with a young guy I barely knew who was a customer at my job. We drove deep into the woods, parked his car, and got stoned. Bryan* eventually became my boyfriend, but I often think back to that night when I went off with a strange guy — and more than a few other nights like it — that could have gone wrong. I’ve always been a risk-taker, but, knock on wood, all the risks I took when I maybe should have heeded some “stranger danger” have turned out safe. But I know not every guy or girl is so lucky and this is how date rape and other acts of violence happens.
Could smartphones help keep people safe on dates, at parties and during risk-taking adventures? An app from the
YMCA YWCA in Canada called “Siren Safety” thinks it just might. Keep reading »
Need a fake girlfriend? Have no fear—a company called Cloud Girlfriend is here to bring you one. All you have to do is tell them a bit about what your perfect girlfriend would look and be like, and they’ll create an online personality for her. They’ll even have her post on your Facebook wall, just as a real girlfriend would. Cloud Girlfriend hasn’t officially launched yet, nor do they divulge exactly how much their service costs, but the site is registering clients. I can think of a few reasons guys would want this—to make another girl jealous or to convince friends and family members that they’re straight if they’re still in the closet—but overall, it’s kinda sad. Especially the fact that this faux girlfriend they’re advertising wears zebra print pumps. Ew. [AOL News] Keep reading »
Now you can give birth to a fully-charged iPhone with this umbilical cord charger. I don’t know if I’m ready for this kind of responsibility. But then again, people say you’re never really ready. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
Here’s a suggestion for getting more makeout time with your significant other—make smooching part of video game! Hye Yeon Nam has created the Kissing Controller, a headset that makes it so you and your honey’s smooches guide the bowling ball on what appears to be Wii Bowling. Seriously, by the tongue motion and speed of your kiss, you control how fast the ball goes and the degree of spin. Fun? This video is totally awkward, but the applications here could get pretty interesting, especially if you’re dating someone who is addicted to World of Warcraft. [Engadget] Keep reading »
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“Infographics” are the big buzzwords on blogs. They’re funny! They’re brightly colored! They go viral! Even when they go viral for the wrong reasons ’cause they’re sexist and offensive! Yesterday, an infographic called “Which Female Tech Influencer Are You?” from something called WPromote hit the web. Following the chart and answering questions like, “Which hairstyle do you prefer?”, “White wine or tequila with worm?” and “Who is your dream man?” you find out which well-known woman in tech you most resemble. Your options are Marissa Mayer, Google VP; Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; Natalie Messenet, founder of Net-A-Porter; Caroline McCarthy, tech writer for CNet,com; and Sarah Evans, a PR pro.
Something tells me the COO of Facebook and a VP at Google have more on their mind than their “dream man” or their favorite type of footwear. Keep reading »
“We have Internet and stuff like that because I think that’s the safest form, well, most interesting form of communication. I just don’t like phones. I just don’t like them … being reachable all the time.”
—Johnny Depp tackles the rumor that he’s a Luddite at “The Tourist” premiere [OMG Yahoo] Keep reading »
While Google was feting its new shopping website (Boutiques.com) with acrobats and celebs like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Tumblr was playing host to a fashion launch. “Of a Kind” is the first e-commerce-type site of its kind to use the blogging service as their online platform. A sort of blog-cum-shop, the store rotates features on new and up-and-coming designers, both selling their wares and promoting them through blogging, or “storytelling” as they put it. For fashion-inclined Tumblr users, this lets them automatically see updates in their feed, which is a great way to put products on an audience’s radar.
It seems that increasingly the tech community is becoming fashion- and e-commerce-oriented. Think we can expect this wave of style technology innovations to continue? [Of a Kind] Keep reading »
After seeing this video, you might think twice the next time you refer to something in your closet as “fancy.” Because compared to this “fluid dress,” your clothes are not fancy. Not even in the slightest. Behold this creation which pumps black light fluid through tubes in automated patters so that it creates moving patterns or looks like it’s filling up or draining. We suppose the only caveat is that you have to carry around that machine with you, too. Whatever—a girl’s gotta accessorize, right? [Gawker TV
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