There’s such an interesting market in unique USB drives these days, but this two in particular caught my eye. Choose a rugged key shape…
or an ubber-cute robot.
Robot, from Gadget4all. 4 gb, $25.
istaKey, from LaCie. 4 gb, $14.99. 8 gb, $23.99.
I grew up with a grandfather who loved technology and Bang-Olufsen (B&O) specifically. Thanks to Pop’s influence, I was an official audiophile at an early age.
So I was overjoyed when I found out that B&O made a headset. I’ve traveled in several countries with this beauty (none more challenging of an obstacle than the hills of San Francisco) and always experienced crystal clear calls. And because of B&O’s commitment to quality, it emerged unscathed and in perfect working order after an unfortunate accident going through a wash/dry cycle;.
Due to it’s smashing good looks, it’s the only headset I’ve worn that people comment upon daily.
From Apple. $350.
A few years ago I was traveling with my buddy Tim in Laos; on our first night there, in Luang Prabang, we got a bit carried away listening to tunes on the deck of our hotel and burned through the iPod’s battery.
Panicked (no tunes for two weeks? Say it isn’t so!), we wandered the streets until we found a fellow backpacker who offered to charge it up for us. With judicious playing, we managed to make the music last through the majority of our visit. It finally gave on the last night of our visit to Bokeo Nature Reserve in our magical treehouse. Instead of groovin’ tunes, we were forced to listen to the chilling, barking deer (true story) all night.
Since this unfortunate incident, I’ve vowed to never travel without proper backup (and an extra iPod to boot.) To the rescue comes the Kensington battery. Provides an extra 30 hours of music, or 6 hours of video, or 3 hours of chatting (iPhone) in a small package. Must be charged via a USB source. I’ve used mine several times and the performance is excellent.
Music to my ears. From Amazon. Aprox. $33.
The ubber-cool Mir:ror is a RFID (Radio-frequency identification) device.
Simply pre-define a task on your computer, tag an item with a Ztamp, wave the item across the Mir:ror and the computer performs the task (such as tagging an umbrella and after you wave the tag in front of the Mir:ror, the weather forecast comes up on your computer screen.)
Yet another beautifully executed product offered by Violet.
A wi-fi rabbit (nicknamed Nabaztag, Armenian for “Rabbit”) that handles a variety of cool Internet/computer tasks and occasionally takes time out to do his Tai-Chi exercises? Okay, I’m officially smitten.
Invented by Rafi Haladjian and Olivier Mével.
You simply must visit the Violet site to read more about them and check out their other groovy products. Prices vary.
Teeny, tiny microphone that plugs into the bottom jack of your iPhone. Incredibly useful and a perfect “stocking stuffer” to boot.
I don’t normally comment on shipping costs because they vary so much across the board, but at a $12.90 US price-point and $3 international shipping from Hong Kong, it’s a nice deal. From Brando.