Want to feel old? Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Big, the movie that everyone remembers for the scene where pre-Forrest Gump Tom Hanks plays an unlikely duet with Robert Loggia on a giant piano. (We all know, of course, that anyone in real life would have been eight-sixed by security at FAO Schwarz before their feet hit the second note.)
Pool toys this summer are getting strikingly high-tech. Or maybe they've been high-tech, but I hadn't noticed because last summer there was no such thing as Crave yet (shocking!) Either way, they're a whole lot more sophisticated than the Super Soakers we had back when I was a kid.
We've already seen that many of the season's hottest (coolest?) water toys are pirate-themed. I like being a pirate. But I realize you might not. If you're more enamored by the idea of trench warfare than high-seas combat, this water balloon cannon, called the Water … Read more
If you've ever had the sick fantasy of wanting to throw a lamp into a body of water, here you go. Fortunately, it won't electrocute anything. It will, however, make your pool look eerily pretty.
As far as floating pool lights go, these are nowhere near as cool as the fiber optic jellyfish. These are rechargeable, floating lamp-shaped lights sold by lighting-design company Metalarte, known by the name "Waterproof," and they'll cost you $450 apiece. (Yikes! And I thought the $60 jellyfish were extravagant!) But if you've got that expensive in-ground pool, I suppose … Read more
Only yesterday Crave challenged the industry to make a Webcam that didn't look creepy--in particular, we were advocating a "Bubble Head" prototype that had yet to find its way to the market (or so we thought). Lo and behold, nary a day later we see the "USB Happy Kid Webcam" that could be the Bubble Head's long-lost cousin.
Like Bubble, the Kid is flexible with a Cyclops-style lens on its head so it can be posed in a variety of positions. Ubergizmo, which shared our affection for the cheery little guys, notes the Kid … Read more
I sometimes have a penchant for posting about odd little vehicles on Crave, like motorized bathtubs and pirate ship pool toys. Some of the time, they tragically aren't big enough to fit grown-ups (no matter how youthful our attitudes may be). This $99.99 Bumper Boat is no exception. It's basically an inflatable pool chair that happens to have a motor and steering equipment attached so that you can chase people around and smack into your friends--but it's kid-sized. Most of us would probably sink it, unfortunately.
It's also not very functional, aside from the motor. … Read more
Here at Crave UK, we're all about the HR violations. Balls are thrown around the office, superiors are groped inappropriately, and songs with rude words are sung, often about the managing director (always behind his back, mind).
But we've just discovered an even cooler way to violate HR rules: with toys from IWantOneOfThose.com. We've already damaged eardrums with the USB guitar, so now we've decided to dive-bomb our workmates with the PicooZ Micro Helicopter (24.95 pounds) and the Mini Bi-Plane (24.99 pounds).
Both are lightweight radio-controlled aircraft, and both are perfect for annoying … Read more
Sony has revealed its follow-up to the PlayStation 2's EyeToy, and it looks pretty impressive for a glorified Webcam. The PlayStation Eye will let your PlayStation 3 watch and listen to you as you watch and listen to it. The Eye can capture VGA video at 60 frames per second, or QVGA (320 X 240) video at 120 frames per second. It records sound through a four-microphone array, and can save photos, videos, and audio clips to your PS3's hard drive with the included EyeCreate software.
They're pretty much completely awesome; the top lights up and changes color, and the tentacles are made of glowing fiber optics. They'd be the perfect decoration for all your pool parties! Unfortunately, they aren't remote-controlled, nor do they squirt water at people. That's why I classify them as "pretty much completely awesome" rather than "completely awesome."
The price, at $59 a … Read more
My preferred mode of transportation is a pair of sneakers, but this may come close to usurping that. It's a bathtub on wheels.
I'm quite surprised they don't have one of these at the Googleplex already. (Actually, maybe they do.) I mean, man oh man does this Bathtub Racer playset look like fun. You get into a motorized bathtub ($9,995 for a set of two), and you zoom around. It's as simple--and as awesome--as that.
Presumably you can jet around in the battery-powered tubs wherever you please, riding them to the corner deli or maybe … Read more
Summer's coming, which means that this year's arsenal of outdoors-oriented kiddie toys is already being rolled out. And, as we've already seen, pirate-themed pool toys are going to be huge this year. (At the root of this trend, naturally, is the impending final installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, as well as Steve Jobs' anti-DRM vendetta--a high point for the other kind of pirate.) The latest in pirate fun is the Jolly Roger PT400, an inflatable pirate ship that comes with a squirt gun and two "cannonballs" to go in its built-in catapult.… Read more