December 5, 2007

[THE GET IT]
Too many USB gadgets and not enough ports? You need to get yourself a hub. Newegg is featuring the i-rocks IR-4100 USB Hub for free! That’s right, it’ll run you $9.99 but has a $9.99 mail-in rebate. This easy to carry hub has an aluminum casing, is USB 2.0/1.0 compliant, is truly Plug & Play and hot swappable, has 1 upstream and 4 downstream ports and provides overcurrent detection and protection of each port.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1…
[THE GIZMO]
Finally, something useful you can stick into your car’s cigarette lighter that isn’t dangerous to your health. The new Spotlight from Weiguo Solutions is a rechargeable, bright LED light that is always ready when you need it. The body is constructed of 6061 anodized aluminum and has a high output .5 watt LED. The Ni-MH rechargeable battery stays at peak power while recharging in your cigarette lighter and will give you 60+ minutes on a single charge. The Spotlight won two Global Media Awards and was also runner-up for Best New Interior Accessory prize at SEMA 2007, the premier automotive specialty trade show. The Spotlight comes in 12 great colors and is reasonably priced at $14.95.
http://jtspotlight.com/products/spotlight
[THE GORGEOUS]
A beautiful tape dispenser? Why not. London-based designers Daniel Black and Martin Blum felt the same way. They couldn’t find one that suited their needs, so they designed one. Looking like something straight out of the Industrial Age, the Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser has a cast zinc body weighing in at three pounds and features a forged stainless steel blade. This combination of weight and a super-sharp blade allows you to get your tape-jones on using just a single hand! That’s worth the price alone. Design Within Reach is featuring The Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser right now for $60. Here’s some additional images of the beauty.
http://www.dwr.com/productdetail.cfm?id=11832&Prfrm=1…
[THE GREEN]
As I’ve said here before, gadgets that are both green and beautiful are few and far between. It’s even rarer to find one green, beautiful and functionally the better choice. Such is the case with the Tea Stick. Beautifully designed and constructed of stainless steel, the Tea Stick is a real looker. It’s also easy to use and requires nothing but the tea. That means no more tea bags. Besides, any serious tea drinker will tell you that loose-tea is the way to go. Although, I would hate to get caught by an over-zealous law enforcement officer with that stainless steel tube and a bag of dried tea on me! To use the Tea Stick, you simply slide out the spring-loaded insert, sprinkle in a little tea, stir into a cup of hot water and you’re ready to go. The Tea Stick can be had for the bargain price of $20.
http://www.chiasso.com/shopping/modern-kitchen/modern-tea…
[THE GOSSIP]
This week I was about to tell you about Consumer Report’s 2008 Cellphone Service Survey so you could see how your provider stood up to the others. Or maybe the story that Comcast is about to unleash 100Mbps speed on their new DOCSIS 3.0 internet service. 100Mbps speed? That’s insane, right? Well, hold your horses. This tops them all. Last week scientists at Kyoto University matched up three 5-year old chimpanzees with nine college students in two tests of short-term memory. The results? Basically the students got bitch-slapped like a jailhouse queen. The test subjects were presented with numerals 1 to 9 and after the first number was touched, the other eight turned into white squares. The test was to touch all these squares in the order of the numbers that used to be there. The next test was similar with five numbers flashed on the screen, briefly, before they were replaced by white squares. Again, the test was to touch these squares in the proper sequence. What’s worse was that even with six months of training, three students failed to catch up to the three young chimps. For your viewing pleasure here is video clip 1 and video clip 2 of the chimp in action. He is spectacular.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/07…