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Kymera Magic Wand

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The Kymera Magic Wand allows you to wave a magical Harry Potter like wand to flip to the next or last channel, rotate clockwise to turn up the volume, and many more gestures (13 in total). It comes in a faux dragonhide box with Chinese silk brocade. Gorgeous.  No, no no, it’s awesome.  And I want one for my Keynote presentations on stage or in front of clients. Buy yours for £49.95 now! Via Springwise.

HTC HD2 Sense

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My friend Eric from HTC popped by my office the other day with a demo unit of the new HD2– I have to say it was pretty impressive. I’m not a huge fan of Windows Mobile but they did a very nice job rebuilding the key components of the OS (with their multi-touch sense project) for this specific device. Where they really shine through as a company though is in the construction of the physical device– it’s so good. If they keep up developing products like this they’ll be on people’s radar in a much bigger way very soon.

Bodum Colorful Toasters

First it was candy-colored iPods, then Dell came up with a line of Willy Wonka inspired laptops, and now Bodum (who also made my French press) has a line of cheeky toasters. For those who believe that they have enough chrome and black in their kitchens, this is a little unexpected splash of color. I’m also a complete advocate for a toaster that does nothing more than toast bread. I have an oven — it’s my oven. The toaster oven was only good at taking a very long time to do things a microwave can do in minutes. And this one looks like it comes with a nice textured grip, just in case you toast on the go.

Via The Kitchn

Slim PS3

If you were one of the ones that waited patiently for a crack at a PS3 a few years ago, chastising your easily swayed friends who opted for an XBox 360 or Wii — suckers. If you only held out until yesterday’s news from GamesCom, you would have know there’s a new generation with more storage and a nice slim physique. (And theoretically, if you hold out for another few years, you won’t kick yourself for buying this generation of Sony hardware.) The price is also down about $100 to $299 and these new units should be available starting in September. I’ve probably owned every video game system that came to market (yes, including Neo-Geo and a Dreamcast). And while having a Blu-ray player built into my gaming console is nice, for the price of two $60 Blu-ray discs, I can buy an external terabyte hard drive. Sony may be trying to drum up sales with this repackaging, but does anyone else have the feeling we’re nearing the end of a CD/DVD world?

Via Technabob

Radius x Tree of Charge

Trees play an important role in Mother Nature, turning carbon dioxide into oxygen, which keeps us alive. So it sort of makes sense that when looking for something to keep our vital electronics alive, we might just turn to something that already has this job. Enter Radius’ Tree of Charge, an inventive sample of fake forestry that can serve as an electrical root for everything from you cell phone to your iPod, while leaving plenty of branches to hang any other knickknacks you just can’t live without.

Via swissmiss

Stay app

I know it seems like iPhone app day here at JS, but this is a neat little post-lunch nap, pre-early happy hour time waster. Longtime reader Pete Anderson (aka Anthropophagy) sent us a note about his new iPhone game called Stay. It’s a simple deal: keep your shapes balanced on the beam while different types of blocks try to knock it off. Trickier than it looks. The full version will be in the iTunes store soon, but for now we have promo codes for the first three readers who comment on their favorite application.

Camdapter

js_cam2.gifUsually when I take my SLR somewhere, I plan on shooting a large number of shots with short intervals between shots. For convenience and security reasons, I usually hang my 40D around my neck using the included strap. However, this presents a few problems. First, this solution does not lend itself to quick shooting. There is time lost to bring it up from your waist to your eyes. I also wear belts with metal buckles which usually means when I “drop” the camera, it hits against something hard and that can’t be good for the LCD screen.

I was turned to Jim Garavuso’s invention, the Camdapter by some very convincing photography forum posts. A mechanical design engineer with 18 years of experience, Jim created the Camdapter to solve a personal problem but quickly learned that fellow photographers need a solution as well. The Camdapter is made from hard anodized aluminum and your choice of top grain leathers. It cleverly uses one of your neck strap mounts as well as creating a secondary mount on the bottom using an adapter plate attached to the tripod mount on your camera. The strap is fully adjustable and allows you to securely hold the camera with one hand. I run my Camdapter a bit loose so I am still able to access the thumb controls fully. Once you put one on, you’ll quickly learn the subtle movements of your hand that loosen or tighten the strap. As a bonus, if you still wanted to wear your neck strap, you could still attach it, giving you both options. There are multiple adapters which assure the setup is still tripod mountable regardless of whichever setup you may be running. The cost of the set is completely reasonable, in my opinion, and is a small fraction of the cost of the host and glass setup many of us are running.

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