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Wireless keyboard + touchpad

So sometimes, you gotta do some work standing, or lounging in your couch. Wires really get in the way of enjoyment, they get tangled, people trip on them, limits your range... and for a keyboard and mouse, you need 2 wires! that's starting to use a lot of your usb ports!

So I started looking at wireless keyboard that have a touchpad on them. There seems to be a pretty wide variety of them on the market, but i've tried two significantly different models in the last few days and here are my thoughts.

Logitech K400 - on sale at futureshop (50$), bestbuy USA (40$), walmart USA (30$). Comes with batteries.

This is nearly a full size keyboard, with all the keys you'd be expecting from a normal keyboard, and it has a touch pad on the side with two buttons, it doesnt have a scroll and you can't scroll using the side of the touch pad. Pretty sleek and solid. I worked at a manufacture over the week with it, it made a HUGE difference from my previous trips where i had to walk around with a usb stick that had a keyboard, mouse and USB drive connected to it and had to unpack it from my tool bag, untangle all the cables, every single time i move from a machine to another. It changed my life.

Plus, it fits comfortably in my backpack.

One thing I wish i had was a numpad. But then again, you'd have to make it longer, or shrink stuff, or move the touchpad down like some other models.

Pretty robust, i bang it around a lot and it still works properly.

Now, you still need to fit it in your backpack, when you have a lot of stuff to carry, it can get annoying to move around. So my dad had this one that he showed me and I found it to be a different experience, better if you're not typing a lot and wanna put it in your pocket.

The iPazzPort (its not from Apple...)

I used it quite a lot as a remote when I plugged my laptop to the TV and just want to lounge. you'd have a way to control and type minimal stuff. This seems to have most the keys you'd need, i didnt find myself needing anything else, and there's the Fn key so that adds buttons. You can then just slip it in your pocket and move around.... very portable. The price seems to have gone up to 38$ now.

It feels really cheap, its super light.

Now the main thing i didnt like about it, the touchpad is not setup to match the laptop's touchpad... its less sensitive, in the sense that 1cm of movement on this would be equivalent to 0.66cm on my laptop touchpad. So I had to change the settings on my laptop. but then when you take it off... you have to re-set the mouse speed setting! So that's not ideal.


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DIY iPhone cases - frām on Kickstarter







This weekend we discovered this new case frām on Kickstarter which will let you design your own case!  I’ve been through many iPhone cases because I get bored of my case easily and  always want to switch up the designs on it…but I end up buying all these cases that I won’t use anymore…!! (how many used cases do you have ?) (My fiance particularly likes gold-colored cases that look over the top, but hasnt been able to find THE ULTIMATE design that catches his eyes, perhaps time to create his own by putting real gold in there...)
 

But I think this case will finally solve my problems!
It's a really simple case design, but one you can get creative with and put your own personal touches.

All you need is the case, scissors and a nice image to put on the back! (trace – cut – insert!) (the clear backing acts as a tracer). It's kind of nice to have a reason to go and develop photos at the store again and have them physically be in our lives.
 



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You can pretty much put anything on the back since it is designed to take the thickness of basic cardstock – that means you can also put a mini scrapbook on the back of you phone if you’d like or some really cool fabric design!

What’s so special about this case??
 

- textured side – non slip rubber grip (i dont think its rubber, its hard plastic with etched lines so it wont slip). After using my most recent rubber one, I found the rubber tends to deteriorate after time, it took about 6months for my rubber bumper to fall apart.
 - the edge of the case is high enough so that the screen and back won’t get scratched when it’s placed on the table. (must have for me!!) After having dropped it a couple of times, I realize how important having the raised borders is at saving the glass screen.
- comes with a handy iPhone app that will allow you to take pictures and crop your photos
- made out of polycarbonate for durability. Polycarbonate is a hard plastic so it is more resistant to scratches than the soft plastic that most cases use.

- scissors challenged? no problem! the black edge of the case is actually very forgiving if you can’t cut a straight line!

Where to get this case?



Here’s the catch.  This product is only pre-selling  on Kickstarter.

The IDEATIVE is trying to reach their goal by July 21, 2012 to fund their project.  So if you love this idea, support it!




You help them reach their goal by pre-buying/pledging their project!

Depending on how much you pledge, it will be like you are committing to buying their product if it reaches the goal and your pledge will be associated with a prize.

***Get a special pricing when you order yours on Kickstarter! – you can get a frām for only $25  - a retail value of $30 *** Additionally, you get lifetime warranty, how crazy is that???


You can contribute as much as you’d like until their deadline (July 21, 2012) or you can even back out of the deal.  Also, your credit card won’t be charged if they don’t reach their goal.

Here’s an extra incentive to help them reach their goal : with the iPhone 5 coming out, they’ll start working on the iPhone 5 version AND an ipod version if they reach $100 K !
more information about Kickstarter here .


   
 

A little bio about this project :


Tired of the daily grind, Tavis Schriefer and Ed Stanfield ditched their corporate jobs and founded IDEATIVE to pursue their passion for innovation. Inspired by problems encountered by technology users, they made some cool products like Socket Sense surge protectors, FlexUSB adapters & cables, and Revolution HDMI cables. Now they're excited to be bringing it to the crowd with frām case for iPhone.

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Mamaluv - baby gift baskets


A co-worker at my place recently had a baby and I was given the task of finding a "congratulations" present for him. 

A good suggestion was to give a catering service to the couple since the baby would take up a lot do time ... Smart thinking !

So I googled meal delivery and Li and behold a company like that already exists.

Mamaluv specializes in baby "gift baskets". You can pick a meal plan for the receiver and all they need to do is call in and order the food they liked tha package also comes with baby food and other baby gifts.

This gift idea is not only limited to new parents, and I think it would be a great gift idea for anyone that's always too busy to make their own meals.


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