NES controller varsity jacket will get you punched in the playground


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.

80s Tees (via Technabob)

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GPS for Skiiers is more than just an avalanche tracker


If you’re a skiier, you’ll know the value of not getting trapped under an avalanche, but most decent skiing jackets these days come with GPS in them, for those ‘just in case’ situations. Why do you need a dedicated GPS unit, then? Because Flaik, the company who makes it, has gone all Web 2.0 and tacked on a social network.

Despite Flaik’s website not being properly launched yet, and being epically broken in Chrome, it seems that the GPS unit will let you do all kinds of crazy stuff like running real-time competitions against people you don’t know, tracking the location of individual skiiers, and calculating run-by-run and day-by-day statistics.

Obviously this is for hardcore skiiers only, and there’s no word of price, but it apparently launched last month in Colorado. If anyone’s able to provide any more info, then drop us an email, because this looks like it could be fun.

Flaik (via CrunchGear)

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Ardica Portable Power – warmth and charging on the go


This is quite nifty – a company called Ardica have created a combo gadget that simultaneously charges your gadgets and warms your cockles. They’re calling it a “portable power and heating system”. Basically, it’s a wearable power pack.

You’ll need a “compatible” jacket to take advantage of the heating. That’s the first time I’ve ever worried about whether my jacket is “compatible” with anything before. You’ll get 3 hours of high heat out of it, and 8.6 hours of low heat. They reckon the device will provide heat up to 100 degrees, which i’m hoping is Fahrenheit, rather than Celsius. Or Kelvin, for that matter…

Shiny Video Review: Marks & Spencer's £149 iPod-compatible suit

At the risk of sounding arrogant, I think this video review is my best yet. But that’s only because I was joined by the lovely Stuart Waterman, our Production Assistant here at Shiny Media, who is possibly the World’s Wittiest Man. Be kind to him, it was his ever first video, bless.

In today’s video, we look at the iPod-compatible suit jacket from Marks and Spencer. Simply connect your iPod to the attachment inside…