BabyGadget: Sure, you can just use plastic ziplock bags to organize your stuff, but I’m a sucker for nice packaging and feel a bit guilty every time I throw a ziplock away, no matter how often I try and reuse them. These attractive ziplock pouches are made from 100% cotton with mesh backing so you can see the contents at a glance. Yeah, I realize that dirty, spoiled baby clothes and messy foods are better off in a plastic ziplock, but these ARE machine washable…like I said, I’m a sucker for packaging.
Diaper bag organizer pouches [BabyGadget]
All New Business Ideas in June, 2006
PORTALINO: What could be better than watching TV in bed? How about watching TV in bed on a TV that’s built into the bed? Using a wireless remote, you can activate the TV that rises out of the foot of the bed like a display-screen in some James Bond villain’s hideout.
The TV is only 22”, but it should be large enough since it’s so close to you. Also built into the bed, an electronic leveling system. The only downside, as it usually is with cool products, is the price. $25,900 for this bed. We don’t think many people would buy a bed that’s worth more than their cars.
Luxury bed with built-in TV [PORTALINO]
Reuters: Dusty Dezhou was relegated to the footnotes of Chinese history for centuries, known mainly as the place where a Filipino king died.
Now, Huang Ming hopes hot water will help put it on the map.
His company has earned a fortune manufacturing solar heaters, relatively low-tech rooftop devices which capture the sun’s energy to provide water for baths and washing and are at the forefront of a renewable energy drive.
At least 30 million Chinese households now have one and last year the country accounted for around 80 percent of the world market, said Eric Martinot, visiting scholar at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. “We are at 15 to 20 percent annual growth and I don’t see that slowing down.”
Huang says his Dezhou-based firm, China Himin Solar Energy Group, is the largest in a fragmented and almost entirely Chinese market, with a share of around 14 percent.
And the mayor is using his heating success as the basis for a bid to follow British University town Oxford and Australia’s Adelaide as host of an international solar congress.
Cheap and effective enough to make economic sense to middle-class urbanites, Huang’s basic models start at around 1,500 yuan ($190), although for a luxury home this could rise to 18,000 yuan ($2,250).
With technology so efficient they can work at temperatures well below freezing and under cloudy or smog-choked skies, they soon pay for themselves, he says.
Energy-hungry China warms to solar water heaters [Reuters]
Uber-Review: It’s official, Sudoku has jumped the shark. Why read the newspaper during your washroom visit, when you can challenge your brain with Sudoku. As the site puts it, “if you make a mistake no-one need know, you can just flush it away.”
Sudoku Toilet Paper [Uber-Review]
WashingtonPost.com: When it came out in Britain in December, the Mosquito sound system was supposed to be the sonic equivalent of a “no loitering” sign. Its annoying, high-pitched sound — which many adults can’t hear but most young people can — would act as a teen repellent.
Now, teens are staging a worldwide rebellion: Downloading the sound, or another ring tone in that same high-frequency range, allows them to hear their cellphones ring when their parents and teachers (mostly) cannot.
And the company that brought the Mosquito to market — Compound Security Systems Ltd. of Britain — is being barraged by a new market of companies wanting to sell a line of subversive ring tones.
“When we brought out the teenager repellent to market, we really didn’t think anybody would be interested in ring tones” in the same frequency, said Simon Morris, marketing and commercial director for Compound Security, who has been fielding hundreds of calls from companies and journalists around the world since the annoying ring tone became popular.
Teens Find a Ring Tone in a High-Pitched Repellent [WashingtonPost.com]
BornRich: If you love to play soccer then now you dont need to content yourself with just soccer games meant for desktop table! You can actually play in your own soccer pitch anytime anywhere with Subbuteo Giant Inflatable Pitch! The football pitch is ideal for four-adults, so if you were thinking its meant only for teenagers or kids then you need a reality check!! All you need to do is, simply plug in its uber-powerful pump and the pitch will inflate in just 30 seconds. So, what if you are not gonna play in the FIFA World Cup, you still can fancy kickabouts in your own football pitch.
Subbuteo Giant Inflatable Pitch For Adults! [BornRich]
TechCrunch: We have social networks for just about everything these days. If there’s one for dogs and cats, why not for cars?
Berkeley, California based Boompa is just that – a new web startup focused on car fanatics (and better yet, it isn’t ridiculous). The founders, Ethan Lance and Dave Snider, previously worked together at CNET before starting this company.
Users enter information on cars they own, or want to own. Other users can tag and comment the vehicle, and contact the owner and/or add him or her as a friend. The site is extremely well designed and uses Ajax effectively throughout. The fact that just the two founders built the site in a few months is impressive.
CNET Veterans Launch Boompa: “Myspace For Cars” [TechCrunch]
The Daily Telegraph: FOR those who find baked beans on toast just too messy to put together, help is on the way. Heinz has devised a frozen baked bean sandwich which simply needs to be heated in a toaster.
Heinz chief Bill Johnson said the company needed to give people “new ways to use beans”.
“If people take the time to cook beans and put it on toast, why shouldn’t we cut the process for them and give them beans on toast?” he said. The technology is being developed by Heinz researchers in New Zealand.
Heinz toasts a new product [The Daily Telegraph]
JS Online: It’s summertime, and the livin’ is . . . way too hot to be easy. Fortunately, manufacturers keep churning out delicious new ways to feed these seasonal cravings. Can’t agree on an ice cream flavor? No problem – make three at once.
Strawberry, chocolate chip or French vanilla? Ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet? Make all three in just 20 minutes with the new Triple Scoop gourmet ice cream and frozen treat maker from Euro-Pro. No stirring is needed with this automatic machine, which comes with three insulated stainless steel canisters and a book of recipes. A see-through cover with feeder hole lets you keep an eye on the treats and easily add mix-ins such as nuts or candies. Available at national retailers and Web sites for $59.99 to $89.99.
Cool new gadgets help you chill out [JS Online]
TrendCentral: These fusion workouts combine the intimacy of personal training with the challenge of boot camp-style conditioning in private, class-like settings. Each session targets the five key elements of a complete fitness program—strength & endurance training, flexibility, and balance & core work. Juliet Kaska, fitness guru and owner of L.A.’s Emerson Hall Fitness created these three-times-a-week-for-five-weeks programs exclusively for her famous Zen-mod training studio by pulling from a multitude of her favorite exercise methods (resistance training, yoga, boxing, cross training, plyometrics and pilates) and incorporating nutritional food and whole health guidance.
Hybrid Fitness Programs [TrendCentral]
Iconoculture: Step into liquid. Imbibe magazine covers everything from cocktails to wine to beer to juice to coffee to tea. The motto: All that’s fit to drink.
The premiere issue of the bimonthly publication features hot chocolate and mezcal in Oaxaca, great hotel bars around the country, Trappist ales and organic wines.
A handy guide to every imbibing opportunity will whet whistles through inspiration and empowerment.
Imbibe magazine toasts beverage culture [Iconoculture]