Almost exactly one year ago, LL International--parent company of Dada footwear--quietly announced the Code M system, a "proprietary, patent-pending wireless technology application for footwear that delivers both audio and data." Today, I'm refreshing my original Alpha Blog here to remind us all of the original design of these--how shall we say? Awesome shoes. You may be rightly wondering why, and the reason is twofold. First, we've just recently managed to get our hands on a preproduction pair of said footwear, and the final sale model is due for review any day now. Second, I once again … Read more
While I was at the three-day WonderCon convention in San Francisco this past weekend, not only did I get an eyeful of loads of comics books and celebrities like the original Lois Lane, Noel Neill; Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson; and Chase Masterson (Leeta from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). I also got some great schwag.
Standing toward the back of the hall at Moscone South was what appeared to be a majestic Borg cube-esque structure of T-shirts, hoodies and the like. It was there that I not only found a classic Amazing Spidey shirt, but a Namco Pac-Man belt. … Read more
We understand people's attachments to their cell phones--functionally and even emotionally--but literally?
The somewhat-distubingly named "Rivet Attachment System" aims to do everything in its power to keep you and your beloved handset from parting ways, short of surgery. Just as important, as Shiny Shiny points out, it does so in style.
But if you're truly serious about securing your digital loved one, we suggest the old-school method: handcuffs.
Some design trends should be left alone--especially in fashion accessories. Just as Crave dismissed an unfortunate floppy disk purse from Fractal some months ago, we are similarly unimpressed with what appears to be a floppy disk messenger bag of the DIY variety. (Who can tell?)
It actually could have been worse. As Gearfuse says, the bag's creator had originally planned to make plate mail armor out of the dumpster-disgarded floppies.
We hope that for his sake--and ours--that this amateur Gucci doesn't try to sell his homemade wares. As fellow Craver Erica Ogg noted in her earlier item on … Read more
He started out fashioning customized eyeglasses from exotic wood. Now Scott Urban has branched out into using vinyl records, bicycle parts and even used beer bottles as materials for his handmade frames. Meet the McGuyver of the specs world.
Urban (even his name is cool) views glasses as an intensely personal form of self-expression, working closely with customers--author and Boing Boing blogger Cory Doctorow owns a wood pair--to design specs that suit their style. The results far surpass anything you'd find at LensCrafters. One pair displayed on the Urban Spectacles of Wood site, for example, features a bird and … Read more
"SolidAlliance" sounds more like a light rock band from the '70s than a computer equipment maker--which would explain its taste in USB drive designs too.
Except for the occasional duckies and robots, the Japanese company appears given to all that glitters. The latest shiny material comes from the house of Swarovski, which apparently won't be satisfied until it covers the Earth in its ubiquitous crystals.
We'll never understand the concept of a fashion statement through a USB key, but at least some manufacturers are getting a tad more creative with their designs. Rather than tacky gold or over-the-top diamonds, Transcend has chosen a finish in mother of pearl for its "JetFlash V90," according to Fareastgizmos. It even comes with two chains of different lengths so it can be worn around the neck. But we still can't see Paris Hilton flashing one on the cover of Us.
How do you say 'I love you' to an enginerd? To a fan of Sylar on Heroes? With cogs and gears, apparently.
As Uncrate points out, Red Envelope is offering these watch gear cufflinks for $125. They are an alternative, I suppose, to the silver baubles already offered by a certain company with a signature blue box.
Forget the bolt-shaped cufflinks and wow him or her with "antique watch works." (Yes, women wear French cuffs, too.)
Red Envelope says that ordering by February 7 with only ground shipping will still get them there by Valentine's Day.
Many … Read more
It was bound to happen. With all manner of bags and cases coming with built-in speakers these days, why not a purse? And not just any purse, but one that Chip Chick says has the "the girliest speakers ever." (High praise indeed.) Trouble is, it's not a real purse. But that might be a blessing anyway, given the way it looks.
We've developed an intense dislike for the overuse of Bluetooth headsets, as they seem to encourage obnoxiously loud talking in public places. But if people insist on grafting them to their skulls, the least they can do is wear ones that look good. Bluetake meets that challenge with its latest offering. Gadgeteer wasn't thrilled with the performance of the BT400GL, which the company describes as "one of the smallest and lightest headsets on the market," but did note an important style point for fashionistas: It comes in "girly flashy pink and manly silver."