Regardless of what you think of the Blue Man Group, it has become an international franchise that runs the gamut from headlining in Vegas to starring in commercials for Intel. Now, the men in blue are expanding their sphere even further with a line of musical toys made by ToyQuest and licensed under the Blue Man name.
One of the few staples of life that have remained surprisingly low-tech is the umbrella--until now, anyway. "Twilight Umbrellas" aim to leaven the dreary moods of inclement weather with eight light strips that cycle through five colors.
A pair of designer/artists in San Jose, Calif., are trying an experiment in community technology: If they can find a couple of households to volunteer their Wi-Fi networks, they'd like to set up yellow chairs within range for the public to use for free wireless Net access. The idea is modeled after projects in some parts of Europe where yellow bicycles are available for community use.
Some people are so addicted to their iPods that they're willing to take them everywhere. That must explain the thinking behind the iCarta, the combination stereo dock and bath tissue holder.
Silicone cooking doodads have made a fine transition from the kitchen to the BBQ.For a barbeque-friendly take on the bristle basting brush, check out the Super Silicone Angled BBQ Basting Brush from Grill Friends. The 15-inch red-and-black brush may be long enough to keep the hairs on your forearm from burning. It's $9.99 online at the BBQ Pro Shop.
There's also an $11.99 barbeque mop with 167 dangling silicone bristles that can hold plenty of sauce. Unlike cotton mops, it can be cleaned and used again.
For more protection against smoky heat, the pliable, rubbery … Read more
TechEBlog has come up with another list, this time of the "Top 10 Strangest Mini-Sized Devices." Our personal favorite: the diminutive "Space Cube"--which, in its 2-inch cubed frame, packs more processing power and memory than our 30-pound-plus first PC.
Sure, you could use a couple of giant hooks from the hardware store to hang your bicycle on the garage wall. But Cycloc offers a more stylish option.
The gadget is basically a one-piece plastic cylinder, 10 inches in diameter and about a foot deep, weighing just under 3 pounds. The cylinder is open at one end, and has two notches carved in to hold a bike from its top tube. Cycloc's cavity can also be used to store accessories like repair kits, gloves and lights.
Cycloc installs on a wall using three screws or whatever works best on … Read more
At first, we thought the idea might prove popular among supporters of the two companies, which could theoretically link arms and take on the empires of Microsoft and Sony. But many bloggers on both sides of equation--who could very well represent two of the most loyal constituencies on the planet--don't appear to think much of the idea.
A key reason cited among both Apple and Nintendo fans seems rooted in culture and independence. Each … Read more
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.--I've been on my road trip for more than 24 hours now, and I've already found something to amuse myself while I drive.
Now granted, this probably wouldn't amuse anyone else, but it does give me something to chuckle at as the miles roll by.
And that is to program a destination into the Magellan Roadmate 3000T GPS car navigator I'm reviewing, head in the direction it suggests and then make unexpected detours.
As anyone who has used one of these devices--or something similar to it--knows, the GPS doesn't quite know how … Read more
EUREKA, Calif.--So there I was Thursday, making my way slowly north from San Francisco toward Arcata, Calif., to meet up with Duane Flatmo at his Arcata Kinetic Lab.
My goal: to have the trip, the first leg of my two-week Road Trip 2006, take exactly the same amount of time it would take to listen to all the songs I bought from the iTunes Music Store and had downloaded onto my video iPod.
This was a drive of just over 300 miles, and I did take a fairly long detour to the Pacific coast instead of going the most … Read more