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.
Tetris, Space Invaders, Asteroids and Pong (via Technabob)
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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
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.
"Coming soon" from Bazar Design (via OhGizmo)
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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".
LG (via IntoMobile)
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You might remember Vuzix from the VR920s that I reviewed back in October. They were bulky, unresponsive, and difficult to configure. These, however, look like a different kettle of fish. Specifically, a kettle of fish shaped like a pair of really nice sunglasses.
As well as the design getting a massive kick up the arse, the new glasses should also feature improved screens with considerably better immersiveness than the older model. The glasses unveiled at CES will be the non-interactive 'watch-videos-on-your-ipod' version, but here's hoping that an interactive gaming model like the VR920 will be released shortly after with the necessary built-in accelerometers.
(via Gadget Lab)
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