The trend of computing peripherals as fashion items has led to some egregious excess, but SanDisk is trying to bring good design to the relative masses. Its glossy black "Cruzer Contour" is a high-speed USB flash drive that has "the elegant look and feel of a fine fountain pen or wristwatch," according to Fareastgizmos. While we're all in favor or tasteful equipment, we're still not sure if we would invest $90, $150 or $240 (for 2GB, 4GB or 8GB) just to flaunt a USB key. For that kind of money, we might want a … Read more
I know how it is. You're really, really, ridiculously good-looking, aren't you? And you seemingly can't stop the influx of people who are desperate to provide you with their cell phone numbers? Doesn't it get a little annoying?
Don't worry. There are lots of things that you can do to ensure that you never score another date again. One of them is to fill your bed with pillows shaped like Mac Dashboard icons. And here's another novel idea: you can walk around with a utility scarf around your neck. As seen on The Bachelor Guy, … Read more
Now you can not only read The New York Times, you can wear it. And not just as one of those dorky paper-ship hats, either.
Artist Holly Anne Mitchell fashions jewelry from recycled newspapers, and the innovative results are surprisingly stylish--pins and cuff links from crossword puzzles, earrings and bracelets from stock listings, sudoku puzzles and color Sunday comics. The pieces--which could become collectors' items as newspapers increasingly give way to digital content--sell online and generally run between $80 and $200.
Mitchell's paper-fashion pursuits started when she was a student of fine arts at the University of Michigan charged … Read more
I think it's been pretty well established that Space Invaders memorabilia is pretty awesome; in fact, it might even be more awesome than classic Nintendo gear. And now the trend is permeating fashion. This merino wool scarf--sold by B2D4 and alerted to Crave by Uncrate--should definitely be considered as a holiday gift for your favorite retro-gaming fan. A variety of color schemes are available, all depicting several Space Invaders graphics.
Great for keeping warm while waiting in line for game console releases (oh wait, those already happened...) or for covering up any conspicuous marks that might show … Read more
I'd like to meet the person whose thought process went like so: "What should I do with these old diskettes I haven't used since the last century? I could just throw them away, but a better idea would be to affix them to my purse!"
While I applaud entrepreneurship always--I mean, this is America--not every arts-and-crafts project should be an exercise in capitalism. The folks at Fractalspin, apparently, beg to differ.
The site brags, "This is a totally unique black vinyl handbag with six real 3.5'' high-density 1.44MB diskettes on each side." … Read more
Bargain laptop hunters, do not read this blog.
Dutch company Ego-Lifestyle has brought its latest high-end luxury laptop, the Tulip Ego, to the States just in time for the holiday shopping season. Barneys New York will be the first U.S. retailer to feature the handbag-shaped laptop and its corresponding interchangeable "skins," which are available in a variety of designer fabrics and finishes. And all this can be yours for a mere $5,000.
The laptop, first introduced at Milan Fashion Week in the spring, has a 12.1-inch screen, an AMD Turion processor, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and … Read more
For the fashion mag hags looking to steal spread ideas from each other, this may be just the thing.
The DocuPen RC800 from Planon, scans in 24-bit color with a resolution ranging from 100 to 400 dpi, as well as in black and white. There have been several highlighter/pen scanners for text, but this one goes a bit further, allowing the user to capture color graphics and images.
Planon says that the DocuPen RC800 can scan a full page, with graphics or photos included, in just 4 seconds. The device, which works with Windows and Mac OSX or higher, … Read more
Despite our unabashed lust for the latest stuff, Crave occasionally feels obligated to advise temperance to those who share our addiction. So in this public service announcement, we offer a case study illustrating how things can go awry when technophiles fail to exercise self-restraint.
Witness this example from the archives of IBM. The company, once known for its stringent dress codes, apparently had a moment of self-reflection in posting this gallery of attire at Big Blue throughout history. As one can plainly see, men's ties gradually widened then grew narrow again as decades progressed. By 1997, IBM's protocols … Read more
Levi Strauss wants consumers to dial 501, not just wear it. Levi Strauss Europe will be launching a line of mobile phones and accessories based on the iconic jeans brand. The line, which will be available in Europe in 2007, will incorporate the jean company's signature denim and rivets, according to the company.
Levi signed an exclusive agreement with ModeLabs Group, which will manufacture and distribute the Levi's brand mobile products in Europe, ModeLabs Group CEO Stephane Bohbot said in a statement.
As cell phones become just as much a fashion accessory as a communication device, more designers … Read more
Whoever said a laptop case had to look like, well, a laptop case? Obviously not the European arbiters of global fashion.
Spanish designer Marc Navarro is but the latest to apply a runway sensibility to the previously utilitarian business of computer casings, as Fosfor Gadgets points out. In fact, if one didn't know the designated contents of Navarro's new line, the cases might be mistaken for high-end handbags.
Besides, we're in favor of anything that replaces those tired bike messenger bags.