There’s a fine line between a love of technology and an addiction. In fact, that line has become so fine in recent years that it’s practically nonexistent. How many people do you know who don’t have a smartphone? Maybe one, right? And once you get a smartphone, it’s all downhill from there because you don’t understand how you ever lived without GPS/email/Words With Friends at your fingertips and you never want to go back.
If you must be within two inches of your technology at all times and are unable to follow a conversation due to gadget ADD then the iPad Musical Shower Curtain (Hammacher Schlemmer, $49.95) may be for you! Let’s be honest, it totally blows when you have to say goodbye to your electronics just to cleanse your body (ten minutes really does seem like forever) so why not take them with you? This shower curtain features a waterproof pocket to house your favorite media player (iPad, iPod, iPhone, non-i device) and keeps it safe while you soap up. The pocket itself is made of touch-enabled material so you can still use your gadget even whilst showering and the pocket itself is zipped from the outside so there’s no chance of contact with water. Integral audio cables connect your device to speakers in the upper right and left corners of the shower curtain so you can listen to tunes without leaving your shower haven.
You could buy this for the tech addict in your life, but just be aware that you might never see them again.
3 out of 5 stars.
-Dimensions: 72″ x 72″
-Shower curtain with waterproof pocket
-Pocket zips from outside
-Audio cable connects media player to 2 corner speakers
-Pocket made of touch enabled material
-Uses 3 AA batteries
I like coffee and I think it’s fair to say that I’m addicted to caffeine. I’m trying to cut back though (I’m down to one cup of coffee a day) and while I’m not cool enough to take my java black, I try to limit my additives to a splash of coffee creamer. That was until I stayed over at a friend’s and she asked if I wanted my milk frothed. I’m not usually into it, but I thought, “why not?” and accepted. Let me tell you something, I wish I hadn’t been so cavalier. It’s a whole new world, to quote Aladdin, and I have no desire to return to the old one.
If you’re part of the milk frothing movement, then you probably have one of those handheld electronic gizmos that does all the work for you in a matter of seconds. I know it’s hard to believe, but the Quirlix 3D Milk Frother (Not On The High Street, $17.98) is actually superior to those contraptions because it doesn’t use batteries. Yes, you might have to work a little harder/longer to achieve the froth you’ve come to know and love, but all it takes is a little manual manipulation of this frother’s coil to cause its triangular base to spin. No batteries means you can take this frother anywhere and everywhere without having to worry about its off-the-charts power consumption and you can even toss it in the dishwasher to clean it. If for some reason you have yet to jump on the coffee frothing train (bless you), you can also use this frother to mix salad dressing or whip egg whites.
Also, stay away from cookie butter. It’s for your own good.
5 out of 5 stars.
-296mm x 27mm x 27mm
-Milk frother and salad dressing mixer
-Move coil to operate
-No batteries required
-Made of stainless steel
I’m not one for wearing jerseys, especially of the baseball variety. I have nothing against the jersey itself, it has more to do with the fact that jerseys are heavy and summer is hot. Also, have you checked out the price of a jersey lately? You might as well forgo college!
If I were to buy a jersey, I’m not sure I would ever actually wear it. Instead, I would treat it like the prized possession it was and hang it on the wall with the T-Frame T-Shirt Frame (Convenient Gadgets & Gifts, $39.95) for all to see. Why attempt to display your beloved memorabilia in a standard frame when this one is so perfectly t-shirt shaped? To put the shirt in the frame, first wrap it around the inner form and smooth out any wrinkles. Insert the form into the frame and you’re all set to display your apparel as art! The frame works best with shirts or jerseys in sizes small, medium, or large so keep that in mind if you’re planning on buying one simply for decor purposes.
If you’re a cheapskate like me, check out Forman Mills for discount sports apparel.
4 out of 5 stars.
-Dimensions: 21.5″ x 19.5″
-Display prized t-shirts and jerseys
-Works best with small, medium, or large shirts
-Available in black or white
-Made of molded material with plexi lens
I love streaming videos on my iPad – whether it’s movies or TV shows, I love how easy it is. Most of the time I don’t matter that the screen is itty bitty compared to my monstrous television because it’s more about portability than size. However, that’s not to say that I want to watch everything on the small screen when I could be enjoying it on my 42″ HDTV. If you subscribe to online streaming sites like Hulu or Netflix and you don’t have a gaming device that lets you access your account on the “big screen” then you’re relegated to your computer or mobile device. Not good enough!
The Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player (Amazon, $35.00) was just announced and released last week and was immediately sold out, undoubtedly because hordes of Netflix marathoners couldn’t wait to get their hands on this awesome plug-and-play technology. The size of a flash drive, this gadget plugs into your television’s HDMI port and connects to your home WiFi to allow you access to your favorite online streaming on your television itself. Sure, you still control the movie/show using your mobile device, but you can watch it in all its HD glory on your magnificent television instead of a tiny, no H, no D screen. Currently the device’s compatibility is limited to Netflix, YouTube, and Google Pay but if you read the fine print then you know that you can also stream anything on the web as long as you’re using Google’s Chrome web browser (nice going, Google).
Orange is the New Black, here I come!
5 out of 5 stars.
-Dimensions: 2.8″ x 1.4″ x 0.5″
-Stream online media to TV using smartphone, tablet, or laptop
-Includes Chromecast, HDMI extender, USB power cable, and power adapter
-Plug and play
-Connects via HDMI port to WiFi network
-Supports Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Chrome browser
-Android, iOS, and Chrome compatible