Category: Cool Tools
March 3rd, 2010

Bow. Wow.

We don't know what a Phantom camera is, but we want one. We also have a strange craving for dry dog food. Very nicely done.

June 27th, 2008

Words are fun

Paste in a bunch of text here, and out pops a cute little word bubble. Neato. Yes, I just wrote neato. Twice. I decided to paste in the text from my resume. So here’s me:


Thanks to Dear Jane Sample for the tip.

February 5th, 2008

Primary Twittervision

Twittervision Super Tuesday

Google says: "We’ve joined forces with Twitter and Twittervision to give you instant updates on Super Tuesday. Throughout the day, you can watch Twitter texts from across the country. And send in your own
updates!" Very cool use of mashing-up-ness.

August 16th, 2007

Diva Services

Sunday is a new company offering 24/7 personal assistance over the internet.

For 30 bucks a month you get 30 task requests; users can just write an email to
have any task taken care of. Book your flights or find a hotel and make reservation. You can give them the name of your doctor and get an appointment. Pretty much anything. They have a whole suite of concierge type services for you to pick from wake up calls, information gathering, etc. Short of time? Can’t find away to run errands? They’ll take care of it for the small fee of $20 per hour.

I see this as a whole new trend of offering diva services via online. There is a market of time strapped people who can’t afford these luxuries in the traditional sense. With the net as a distribution system there is a whole suite of services. Brands should be looking at this as missed opportunity, there are people who are willing to pay for "velvet rope" services no matter what category. Our suggestion is figure out how your brand can integrate these kind of seemingly exclusive offers into your brands and products. 

June 14th, 2007

WiTricity – the next big thing?

I have been struggling with management of power cables and chargers for
years. Reading this Sci-Tech Today article about "WiTricity" makes me all giddy with
hope for a wireless energy solution.Multipot_3

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers made a 60-watt light
bulb glow by sending it energy wirelessly — from a device 7 feet away
— potentially heralding a future in which cell phones and other
gadgets get juice without having to be plugged in.

However, the technology has a ways [sic] to go before it becomes practical. The MIT system is about 40 to 45 percent efficient — meaning that most
of the energy from the charging device doesn’t make it to the light

If the technology can be perfected and made "ready for the masses," it could render products like the MultiPot (shown above), ChargePod (which Gizmodo boldly calls "the future of gadget charging"), and websites like obsolete, or at least do some major damage to their bottom lines.

It isn’t the END of chargers… if you had WiTricity at home or work, but you were on a business trip, you would still need all your chargers. At least until hotel chains catch up and offer it: "Continental Breakfast / Free WiFi + WiTricity / In-Room Skinimax."

I am going to keep my eye on this WiTricity… hopefully one day in the not-too-distant future, I can say bye-bye to all that cable clutter!