July 01, 2012
Merkelator — Cover of the Month
USB Shoe Foot Cooler — "Ideal for shoes, socks, and armpits"
From the website:
Worried about smelly or sticky feet this summer?
Fear not, Thanko's got the answer!
Keep your shoes, socks, and sweaty feet breezy with the USB Foot Cooler, a tube that straps to your leg and then slips into your shoes.
It's connected to a USB cable so you can power the fan by your mobile device if you are out and about, or your computer if you are at your work station.
The end of the tube has a small pump that blows out cooling air at either high or low settings.
You can also strap it your arm and cool your armpit too, though at a slight risk of looking a bit like a drug addict!
It can even blow up a beach ball in around 10 minutes!
• Power: USB 2.0
• Tube length: 330mm (13")
• USB cable: 120cm (3.9 ft)
• Weight: around 114g (4 oz)
• Pump: 30 x 75mm (1.2 x 3")
• Ideal for shoes, socks and armpits
• Instructions: Japanese (but very self-explanatory)
"Klout believes you are influential about Pizza"
Well, duh — what took them so long to twig?
Up top, my current Klout homepage, displaying my current (highest ever) score.
All credit goes to clifyt, my great friend in Bloomington, Indiana, who has singlehandedly taken it upon himself to lift my virtual self up onto his strong back and carry me to the promised land, even at the cost of his own Klout score's precipitous decline (below)
as he focuses on taking me to Olympian heights.
All power to clifyt.
Bonus: Simultaneous with being declared a Pizza Influenzer®™©, I was awarded my very first ever Klout perk.
That's the good news.
The bad: It's $50 off at Rent The Runway.
Too bad it's not transferable to one of my fashionista homies, what?
At least, I don't think that's the case.
Prove me wrong and it's yours.
Standard kit for the Merkelator (see today's 4:01 p.m. post for elucidation).
What Your Hot Dog Toppings Say About You
Blast from the past: Electronic Yodelling Pickle
This was a big hit in Episode 1 nearly five years ago; that post lives again below.
Can your pickles do this?
You don't need a Magic 8 Ball to know the answer is "Doubtful."
From the website:
Are you sick and tired of trying to convince a jar of pickles to yodel using melodious mind bullets and sheer force of will?
So were we.
At last, the Electronic Yodelling Pickle that you have always hoped for!
Each 6-1/2" long plastic pickle yodels its little heart out at the push of a button.
Listen for yourself.
The only thing that's changed is the price: it was $12.95 then; now $13.95.
"Total Recall 2012"
I loved the 1990 film, though the reviews were mostly negative.
I have yet to not like a movie made from anything Philip K. Dick wrote, no matter how far the film wanders from the original.
There's something about the way he saw the world that resonates deeply with me.
[Joe Peach sent me a link to the trailer for the new iteration]
Attention divers! World's first iPhone case that lets you text underwater
What took so long?
How did they not know till now that this is the one thing I've wanted to do all along with my iPhone?
Roy Furchgott's June 26 New York Times "Gadgetwise" blog post has the details; excerpts follow.
While quite a few cases protect an iPhone from the elements, and some are even submersible, driSuit Technologies claims that its Endurance case is the only one that lets you use the phone's touch screen underwater.
The reason is a feature it calls the 'fluidic touch screen,' a gel sandwiched between two clear layers that is positioned over the phone's screen.
The problem, according to Billy Annacone, chief technology officer of driSuit, is that water is conductive, just like your finger. Even through a layer of waterproofing, the touch screen sees water as someone touching the entire screen at once, which it can't interpret, so it generally does nothing. The fluid in the driSuit screen acts as an insulator from the water. Only when you press hard enough to move the gel aside and make contact through the clear layers does your phone sense the touch, and then at a single point, which it can understand.
It does mean the screen has a spongy quality, and you have to press extra hard to operate your phone. The company said it had been tested waterproof to five meters, but I didn’t have the guts to risk it.
The case, which lists for $60, is available in black, yellow, white, pink, purple and blue and is pretty simple to put together. It has two latches that release the bottom of the case. Slide the phone in and the earphone jack clicks into the phone. Securing the bottom requires a bit of force, although it seemed to loosen up over time. You'll have to take it off whenever you want to charge your phone.
The microphone and speakers have thin membranes over them that let sound in and out, although not at full volume or fidelity.
The waterproof headphone port is an integral part of the case, not an add-on cable.