It's depressing, but the steady growth of asthma sufferers worldwide has given rise to more everyday products to deal with the disease. A few months ago, for example, we even saw a snorkel made for those with the affliction. Now, taking some design (and marketing) cues from the gadget world, a U.K. creative team has come up with the "Apod," a line of cases for the pocket inhalers used by those with the chronic respiratory ailment. The brightly colored Apods could prove especially important in de-stigmatizing the inhalers because so many asthma sufferers are children.
This is one of those accessories that made me think, "Wow, I'm surprised nobody came up with this before." The Bevy case for the iPod Shuffle, manufactured by Mophie, is a key ring that holds your itty bitty music player, lets you neatly wrap your earbud cord around it when you're not listening in, and throws in a bottle opener for good measure. Yes, a bottle opener.
It's actually the product of a design competition that took place at Macworld earlier this year.
Personally, I think attaching the Shuffle to a set of keys is … Read more
The notion of "frequent gamer rewards" has been tossed around by trend specialists and pundits (like MAKE Magazine's Philip Torrone) for some time now as online gaming becomes more and more profitable and increasingly entrenched in mainstream culture. Now, it's a reality with the World of Warcraft Visa credit card.
You can apply for it now. With your first purchase on the card, according to the World of Warcraft site, you'll earn a free month of game time.
But you won't be able to buy yourself new weapons by using this card. The WoW … Read more
If you're a parent like us, you may have discovered a couple of dirty little secrets: Diaper Genies break and most baby monitors suck. We can't offer much about the first issue, but we're told that the second is making some significant advances.
U.K.-based Digitally Fresh, for example, has combined a video monitor and a wireless Webcam so that you can watch your precious creations as well as listen for them from anywhere in the house, according to Gearlog. But the best part? It has a night-vision camera so you make sure they're not … Read more
How quickly things can turn. Only yesterday, we discovered that we have a mild interest in remote controls (as a lifestyle, not just gadgets); today, we learn that it's already on the verge of becoming a full-blown obsession.
What was our first clue? When we came across an item on BornRich, an innocent writeup on something called the "ThermaSol Steam Shower." It's pretty great, in and of itself: You can have a restort-style steam shower in your home, turning the bathroom into a mini-spa, complete with "a light system, a slick handheld remote, a metallic … Read more
The new Tesla Roadster is getting some buzz. Being built as an all-electric car, Tesla's engineering aims to minimize resource consumption per mile. CNET News.com reporter Stefanie Olsen watched a Tesla engineer answer questions from a roomful of Silicon Valley engineers. He said his Tesla will go 4,900 miles on 1 megawatt of energy while a hydrogen car would go about 1,800 miles because of the energy needed to produce the hydrogen.
The Tesla on display was the second engineering prototype. Last fall, CNET captured video of an earlier prototype.
Tesla has already sold 180 of … Read more
Sometimes we get the feeling that we missed our calling in life. Rather than writing about gadgets, or anything else for that matter, we could easily see ourselves working for an outfit called something like "The Lazy Store" or "Remotes R Us."
But as long as we have to rely on a day job, our passion will have to be confined to featuring such items as the "RemoteLinc," which can control a variety of household staples--electronics, kitchen appliances, the garage door, for example--from anywhere in the home. Ubergizmo says the remote can even be … Read more
After some of our last few posts, it occurs to us that we may have left the impression that we're anti-social couch potatoes here at Crave. Not so. We enjoy entertaining company as much as anyone--so long as it's under our conditions.
This summer, for example, we'll be the first in our neighborhood to throw a barbecue, and we're even willing to do the cooking. We just don't want to have to expend any energy doing it, which is precisely why we need the "Redi-Chek Remote Thermometer."
This gadget can be programmed to … Read more
No, it's not a bike helmet. Quite the opposite in a way, because that implies way more activity than we're accustomed to. That's why this item is dedicated to the "LawnBott," a gadget close to our artery-hardened heart because it allows us to further our pursuit of laziness.
A kind of Roomba for grass, this gadget mows the lawn for up to four hours and conveniently returns itself to its recharging dock, never interrupting a single mint julep in the process. Have a big lawn, you say? Not a problem: The LawnBott covers 33,000 square feet … Read more
You're good enough, you're smart enough and doggone it, people like you! And if you don't buy that, Subliminal Flash 3.0 software, a veritable Stuart Smalley for the Digital Age, is here to make you a believer.
The idea, according to software maker Ded Pyhto, is that running subliminal messages on your PC while you engage in other computer-related tasks can help you boost your self-esteem, become more assertive, get richer, stop smoking and more. Imagine: one minute you're anonymously browsing Match.com, quaking at the thought of approaching someone new, the next you're … Read more