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June 11, 2008

BehindTheMedspeak: USB Home Pregnancy Test


From the website:

    USB Home Pregnancy Test

    Carbon-Based Lifeforms Detected

    One line or two — yes or no.

    Pregnancy tests are binary by their very nature.

    So when we found p-Teq's USB Pregnancy Test Kit that's chock full of extra scientific information, we knew we had to get this geeky goodness to our potentially spawning fans.

    The process starts off like most pregnancy tests.

    You pee on a stick — specifically the absorbent test strip at one end.

    But everything's different after that first step.

    Remove the cap from the other end of the stick (cleverly provided to keep you from accidentally contaminating the wrong end) to reveal the USB connector.

    Pop it in your computer.

    The power from your USB port starts the electrospray ionization process, creating a spectrograph of the various masses for your analysis.

    Get it? Your analysis? Urinalysis? *rimshot* Moving on.

    You don't actually get to see the spectrograph yourself — the mass analysis happens inside the device.

    And p-Teq's device only analyzes for specific chemical makeups, so you don't have to worry about this thing busting you for that "poppy seed bagel" you had yesterday.

    The mass spectrometry software on the device comes with several sequenced hormones, including hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin), hCG-H (hyperglycosylated hCG — for detection before your first missed period), and LH (luteinizing hormone — for detection of your most fertile days).

    We like the fact that it does all three.

    After all, if you're not pregnant and you wanna be, you need to know if now's the time to be gettin' it on.

    While most home tests can detect a level of 15-50 mIU/mL of hCG, the enhanced methodology of the USB Pregnancy Test Kit can detect 5-50 mIU/mL — and it will show you the exact concentration via its friendly onscreen interface [below].

    In addition, the LCD display on the device itself will light up and show you the symbol of a baby, no baby, or multiples and your Estimated Delivery Date based on the concentration of hCG, hCG-H, and LH in your urine.

    So you can clear your calendar in advance.

    After you're done reviewing your test results, just pop the device out of your computer and change the test strip.

    The display will remain lit for five minutes and then automatically power off.

    Note: We recommend the use of horizontal USB drives for this product to prevent accidental moisture transference.


    • 99% accuracy

    • USB 2.0 compatible

    • 20 test strips included

    • Plug and play — easy operation

    • No batteries required — draws power from USB

    • Operating Systems: Win 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Linux 2.4 or higher; Mac OS 8.6 or higher





Stop press at 5:19 p.m. Thursday, June 12 — reader jennie just asked, in a comment on this post, "OK seriously, is this a joke product? Watch what happens when you add to cart or wishlist."

Sure fooled me.

Which isn't saying a whole lot.

But my crack research team's gonna get a serious thrashing soon as I finish this addendum.

What a bunch of losers.

June 11, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

What is it?


Whatever it is, they got the color right.

Answer here this time tomorrow.

June 11, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

'Cargo customers tend to get more detailed [weather] information than people customers'


So said Executive Travel magazine in a tip about getting up-to-date weather information surrounding a flight delay.

"The magazine suggests you go to the cargo Web sites that airlines provide for the companies that ship with them, click on flight status and enter the number of your flight," wrote Paul B. Brown in his "What's Offline" column in the June 7, 2008 New York Times Business section.

Brown left it there and my crack research team carried it into the end zone, bringing back this link featuring the cargo Web sites of most of the world's major airlines.

From here, you're on your own.

You can do it — I helped.

Catchy, what?

June 11, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Digital Camera Swim Mask


Fun in the pool or tub for kids of all ages.

What took so long?

From a website:

Digital Camera Swim Mask


This swim mask has an integrated waterproof digital camera, eliminating the need to carry an underwater camera and keeping your hands free as you swim.

The 5MP camera can operate to a depth of 15 feet, making it ideal for use when snorkeling or in swimming pools.

The mask's eyepieces are made of tempered glass and have integrated crosshairs that allow you to line up shots easily — simply press the shutter button to take pictures or videos.

An LED inside the mask tells you if you are in "Still picture" or "Video" mode.

Downloading images is as easy as plugging the mask into your PC's or Mac's USB port (USB cable included).


The included software allows you to edit your content.

Its built-in 16MB memory can store up to 30 high-resolution pictures (2560 x 1920) or up to 52 seconds of video.

A microSD card slot allows you to expand memory for additional pictures or videos.

Requires two AAA batteries (not included).

Ages 8 and up.


"Ages 8 and up?"

That leaves most of us out.

Oh, well.

I won't tell if you won't.

Dive, dive....


June 11, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Caffeine Click Test — 'How caffeinated are you?'


Find out here.

[via Planète Béranger]

June 11, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Pan Handle Utensil Rest



Two functions for the price of one.

From the website:

    Pan Handle Utensil Rest

    Keeps pan handles cool.

    Ergonomic grip fits all pan handles with top or side grips.

    Features built-in utensil rest so liquids drip back into the pan.




June 11, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



That's the title of the comic strip above, as seen on today's Alboblog at shockdom.com.

Didn't take long for Jean-Luc Cornec's Telephonic Sheep to get big, did it?

June 11, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Piston Chair

Created by Portuguese designer Alessandro Bêda,


who remarked, "I don't know if this concept is doable. :-) I'll work on a prototype during the summer. It will be necessary to employ 100 gas shock absorbers. The measurements of the chair are exactly the same as those of the LC2 Petit Comfort by Le Corbusier."


[via CubeMe and tec.nologia]

June 11, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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