Do you require your shirts to make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? If so, these Millennium Falcon cuff links are probably the perfect item of geekery for you.
Designer Lauren Swingle…
We’re lucky here at Shiny Media, we get to wear whatever we damn well please to work. Of course, the team from Brandish sit next to us, so we’re almost certainly getting judged, but it sure beats wearing a suit to work.
If you’re unfortunate enough to have to, though, then although you’ll have to shelve your Pac-Man and Left 4 Dead t-shirts, you can replace them with these gaming ties. Featuring Tetris, Pong, Space Invaders and Asteroids, they’re unashamedly 8-bit. They’re available on Amazon USA and cost $25 a pop.
Sometimes it’s the simplest gadgets, but it’s pretty much always the simplest designs that work out best. These Amphibian Dynamic Scuba Fins picked up an award at the IDEA 2008 design festival and it’s not hard to see why.
Anyone who’s ever done any diving or snorkelling will be fully aware of how flippers turn from something totally useful and essential in the water to footwear that’ll nearly kill you on land. So, the way these ones work is that you hit a switch at each ankle with the opposite heal and, hey presto, the fins flip up
Would you wear this? Even if it was 1987 and the console was at the height of its powers? No, nor me. You’d get a smack in the face just walking down to the corner shop. But it’d be awesome to wear to a fancy dress party. Wait… how much? $200 (£135)!? You can sod right off, even if it does have a thermal-insulated lining.
Just when you’d got the hang of telling the time on a variety of Tokyo Flash watches, along comes the EIN Cyber Heartbeat LED watch which enables you to make a fool of yourself in front of complete strangers who ask you the time as you try to decipher the heart monitor-like display…
If you’re like me, or Shiny fashion editor Gemma, you spend a lot of time staring at PDFs and Abobe Reader. Who knows, maybe unlike us you actually enjoy it and you want to see the scrolling hand when you get home from work, too.
What you need is the “Clicking” oven mitt, to stop your poor hands getting singed when removing pots and pans from the oven. It’s an authentic, pixellated, cursor hand, and you can bet your bottom dollar that after a week of use it won’t be so shiny white and clean. Even so, it’s bound to pump up your geek cred – and that’s what’s important in the kitchen, right? Right? Here – taste my risotto.
Although having a USB drive around is very handy, they’re a bit annoying to carry around. If you wear them on a lanyard, you look like you’ve just stepped out of a computer scientist’s convention, and they’re a bit too bulky to carry on a keychain.
The wristband pictured above, sold by tinyliving, remedies the problem somewhat, providing 512MB of storage wrapped around your wrist. It’s still not the coolest-looking bit of kit in the world though, giving me flashbacks to 2005’s Make Poverty
FashionableHistory campaign. Still, if you want one they’re just $30 (£21) so we’re not exactly talking a massive outlay for this addition to your wardrobe.
The Yaktrax strap on ice walkers are not a lot more complicated than the image suggests but anyone who’s been careful with their footfalls over the last few weeks of sub zero madness would appreciate the confidence they’d lend…
The LOK8U GPS child tracker watch by nu.m8 has got a lot of servers wagging. I’ll do my best to avoid all the usual outrage but suffice to say, I’m not convinced it’s the best idea I’ve ever seen.
It’s essentially just a standard watch with a GPS chip fitted…
When I was a wee nipper, I used to talk into my watch and imagine that my friends could hear me. They invariably couldn’t, which is probably just as well, but perhaps someone heard me, and now they work for LG. The LG-GD910 is basically a phone that you wear on your wrist.
As you can imagine, there’s not much in the way of features – “you can wear it on your wrist” being top of the pile. Additionally, though, it’s waterproof, weighs 85 grams, and has voice calling, text to speech, and stereo Bluetooth, which officially makes it better than the iPhone, in one category at least. It’ll have three real buttons, a touchscreen, and weigh 85g. Due for release “this year”.
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