We typically aren’t risque here at Chip Chick but hey today is Halloween and we will play dress-up….meow…October has seen the UK get even more tablet crazy, embracing the smaller MacBook and flirting with low cost tablets from high street stores. With Halloween in the offing we’ve feasted our eyes on a range of True Blood inspired vibrators, loved some stylish specs that are suitable for 3D viewing and taken parking to whole new level of techie-ness.
3D is everywhere nowadays, on the telly, in the cinema and leering out at us from billboards and magazine covers. In order to appreciate it fully, you need to be wearing the correct type of glasses, but considering how unappealing they are, you’re not the likely just to have a pair in your handbag- till now that is. A small company called Moshka is recognizing that people are looking for fashion friendly alternatives to the unwieldy bulky 3D specs on offer and have created stylish frames in a variety of pretty colours.
They’re made from high impact acetate and have a clever matte finish, which means they don’t need to be polished all that often. They feature circular polarised lenses in a trendy aviator style frame, and will only work with passive polarized TV’s and SKY3D TV broadcasts (plus a couple more sources). They aren’t as complex as active shutter glasses, but this makes them a lot more pocket friendly and affordable. With TV stations starting to roll out channels for HDTV’s that use polarised tech, this could be a great avenue for Moshka. Sadly they’re for indoor use only- if only they worked as sunglasses as well, Moshka would have an even bigger hit on their hands. £21.99 from Moshka.
Cath Kidston is best known for her chintzy floral and uber twee home furnishings, so it’s a surprise to hear that she’s getting in on the Apple gravy train and designing a range of cases that are compatible with the iPhone 4. The cases are well designed however, so we can almost forgive her for deciding to cash in get involved with the iPhone brand. There are three case designs in her collection, each made out of flexible silicon to fit snugly around the iPhone and keep it protected from knocks and bumps. The designs feature classic Cath Kidston prints from the famous shooting stars to the floral spray design the brand is so well known for. They’ve also added in a super cute London design, which features the traditional red London buses and the London Eye wheel. £24.95 from John Lewis .
Car parking isn’t one of the most exciting topics in the world, as it tends to go hand in hand with cursing, maneuvering into tiny spots, and inevitably scratching your wing
mirror as you try and ease out the back seat. It may have got a step closer to being simpler as a brand new parking garage has just opened, which combines gadgetry with efficiency. Called ‘the Cube’, the new structure is based in the metropolitan city of Birmingham (yes, I know?), England and cost 2 million to build.
The carpark is completely automated, and has a very unique floorplan. The carpark is built 65 feet below street level, and a complex series of mechanical pallets was built into this structure. Using a specially created keyfob (different for each user) the car is maneuvered onto a pallet, and then whisked away via a system of concrete shelves into its own unique parking space. To retrieve your car, simply wave the keyfob and it’s extracted from the inner workings of the Cube. The process shouldn’t’ take longer than 3 minutes and the carpark can contain 339 cars, with pricing still to be determined.
[via Gadgets and Gizmos]
Recent years have been hard on the male of the species. It’s no longer enough for them to be rugged, axe wielding thugs who know their way around chopsticks and a risotto recipe, but they’re expected to start showing some serious know how in the bathroom department as well. Yes, that’s right- bathroom, not bedroom, you dirty minded-things. Where once a mere slap of moisturizer on a man could provoke jeers and nods, today there is a huge industry towards this area, making sure that men stay primped and pruned, with no sagging or stretch marks allowed. In the same month that Spanx has announced a male version of their body shaping gear, and British high store Marks and Spencer has announced frontal enhancement pants for men (seriously you can’t make the stuff up) you can now invest in Slendertone products for men- for the face.
Forget about manly-ish abs belts, this is a device that’s purely designed for the face, and helps to build up muscle tone around the cheek and jaw area for a tighter more youthful complexion. You apply it using a variety of pads and gel, combined with the machine and electro-muscle stimulation gets to work on your cheekbones. Twenty minutes five times a week is all you need so see changes- if you can stand the embarrassment. £300 from Harrods.
We all know tablets are ‘the next best thing’ but it’s slightly odd that companies we associate with sensible well made clothes are cottoning on as well. Next is a UK company associated with being machine washable and having a ‘decent selection of coats’ and they’re now entering the tablet market. It’s akin to Forever21 or American Eagle suddenly branching into electronics, and trying to get ‘on trend’. It makes us wince, and wonder if the tablet phenomena is over before it has even begin, if the ‘cool’ factor has truly left the building.
Specs wise, the iPad has nothing to worry about as though the 10 inch screen may be nice, the 2GB of storage isn’t (expandable to 8GB) and it has 2 USB ports (a nice touch) and includes built in Wi-Fi. It runs on the Android OS, but those few facts are the only good it has going for it, as the touchscreen has widely been described as ‘pants’ and it provokes a lot of frustration to use. It’s a shame- I really fancied the idea of picking up some tech next time I went shopping for tights… or not. £180 from Next
The clocks go back this month and people are started to feel more deprived from the lack of sun. SAD is a serious condition that affects many people, so thankfully Lumie is at home to counteract it. The latest addition to their BodyClock range is the BodyClock Active, which works both as a personal alarm clock and as a SAD repellent. You programme the device to wake you, and choose your preferred sunrise time- from 15-90 minutes, and the light will gently wake you naturally, and make sure you get your required rays for the day. It also features a built in FM radio, and an assortment of interesting ‘nature’ sounds for you to wake to. £99.95 from BodyKind.
Now comes our more NSFW section of the this month’s entry. Vampires are cool nowadays, as any Stephanie Meyer fan may tell you, but I get my kicks from the True Blood vamps, as they’re far sexier and less whiney than the Twilight lot. LoveHoney has decided to embrace people’s love of vampires with a six piece vampire themed collection of vibrators. Each item is presented nestled within a miniature black coffin, and the catchy descriptions are pure genius, such as ‘this will wake the undead with its ultra-powerful vibrations’. Well, who doesn’t look for that in a vibe?
I’m intrigued by the scorpion shaped vibe on offer, and wonder just how comfortable that might be or perhaps that’s the point? The range is entitled ‘Death by Orgasm’, as I guess they couldn’t use the
True Blood moniker, though there are ingenious names that is pure Sookie and Bill Compton- at least according to the townsfolk, that is…you can check out all the ‘gory’ details over at LoveHoney.
Happy Halloween 2010!