I'm pretty particular about the way I fold my shirts, and it usually takes me a minute or two to either get it right, or just give up and throw it in the closet. But here in this video you see that with a few scraps of cardboard and a little effort, folding your shirts can be quite simple. Then again, it seems a little over the top to actually construct something like this just to fold shirts.
If you do end up actually building a replica of this ingenious cardboard contraption, please let me know (and send pictures of it). And if something like this truly interests you, but you're not exactly crafty, then check out the $10.99 Perfect Fold Garment Folder over at Amazon.com and save yourself some trouble. Read
Now that digital cameras and digital music players have been popular for several years, people are beginning to need a place to store and back up all of their data. External hard drives are all the rage now, and they've become incredibly affordable. For the most part, though, these massive storage devices aren't very appealing to the stylish.
That's where the LaCie Golden Disk comes in. This external hard drive is made of a gold-colored metal, and it's an "inspiring, luxurious design" according to their Web site that is certainly quite unique. The top panel has a wavy, liquid-like design, creating an interesting look for your desktop. It was designed by Ora-Ïto, who has also designed an ergonomic Louis Vuitton backpack. The drive has a 500 gigabyte capacity (yes, more than you'll ever need!) and is available for pre-order at $189, which is actually a decent price for what you're getting.
Now you can take a nap anywhere -- in your home, at the mall, in the airport, or even in a store -- thanks to MetroNaps and their pod systems. And as their Website says, a mid-day nap boosts alertness, learning, memory and mood.
These pods are sphere-shaped, and surround your upper body in order to block out sound as you recline on the "ergonomic" leg rests. It even has a built-in alarm clock; no annoying noises, just a gentle vibration to wake you from your slumber. What's interesting about MetroNaps is the focus on the supposed "science" of naps, and they even say that naps can make you look younger. They suggest employers order a few pods for the office in order for workers to stay productive. I can foresee many people abusing the napping privilege by extending the recommended 20 minute power nap.
It's kind of a frightening contraption at first glance, looking much like a giant football helmet, but I think I might be able to fall asleep in one if it came down to it. And I certainly wouldn't mind being able to take naps during the workday; if you're in New York, there are two MetroNaps locations where you can give the pods a try. Read
It seems like inventors are trying to advance the way we drink wine -- first with the wine-to-go bottles, and now with a wine serving system by Enomatic. It's sort of like the typical drink machines in fast food restaurants -- place a cup under the spout, press the lever, and out comes your drink of choice. But in this case, it's with wine.
Enomatic's system offers quite a few benefits. It provides a way for customers to serve themselves, it preserves the wine for up to 3 weeks, and because it's computerized, it's a way to prevent over-pouring by the wait-staff. And they even offer a "wine card," where patrons can put money on the card to spend in the machine. They offer machines to hold up to 16 wine bottles, which beats the biggest soda machines I've ever seen.
So, imagine this: sitting in a nice restaurant and asking for a refill of your chardonnay, only to hear -- "Oh, you do it yourself. The wine machine's right over there." What do you think? Or even better, having a small version in your house to keep your wine fresh? Read
Nike has introduced a way to have seriously unique shoes. With their Nike iD Website, you can pick a shoe design, pick the colors for almost every aspect of it, have a short message embroidered on the heel, and then have them shipped to your doorstep. They certainly aren't cheap though -- for many of the shoes, the customized editions will run you $150; however, some are in the low $100 range. There's a big selection of men's and women's shoes on the site, so everyone can match their shoes to their outfits or their iPod (as Nike's site suggests).
I think it's a cool idea, as it provides a way to spruce up the common tennis/running/soccer/football shoe by picking your own color combinations. But, as I came to find out, it can be very easy to design a very, very ugly pair of shoes. And I'm not sure I would rely on an online image for ordering an expensive pair of tennis shoes!
What first interested me about the custom Nike shoes was the option to customize Air Max shoe designs from past generations. You can choose shoe models from '90, '91, '93, '95, and '97. So, if you missed out on a certain pair of shoes from the 90's, here's your chance to redeem yourself. Read