Today’s Wall Street Journal is so chock full of tech gadgets, apps, solutions and gizmos for all parts of the body, the home and our pockets that I have to share the latest incarnation of cool new toys with you:
- Google, ever the inventor, is spawning Google Glass, a Star Trek type of eyewear that puts a screen in the upper corner of the right eye and gives wearers the chance to take images, video and send mail without using a smartphone. The Google X lab is still honing the software, but a reporter got a sneak preview and insists this wearable electronic gadget is going to be the next biggest must-have toy.
- Make no mistake, the Google piece above was well timed as Apple’s iPhone 5 is set to hit the market tomorrow! The iPhone latest iteration has carriers clamoring for more subscribers to big data plans while at the same time the big data plans are being limited so we pay more. iPhone 5 will run exclusively on 4G so data arrives quicker at less cost; figures the carriers would skew that to ensure more money in some way, shape or form. (Aside: I have to wonder how Apple will continue to jolt the industry so everyone jumps when Apple launches? Consumers will tire of the next best plaything because cost to buy is so prohibitive when nothing is wrong with the current model, iPhone 4S…mumbled Jayme to herself.)
- Tech for Tweens has taken shape in a software solution called FashionPlaytes that gives the highly profitable demographic, 5 to 12-year-olds to play fashionista and create unique designs and wearable art. T-shirts, leggings and dresses can be customized with little-girl accessories like ribbons and sequins, and the product is created and shipped directly to the budding designers’ hands.
- Twine is a square flat little box that looks like an iPass transponder. For $99, it senses changes in temperatures or vibrations and alerts homeowners via WiFi text message. If a plant needs water or the pipes are freezing in the vacant rental property, this gadget does the deal. GreenGoose has kids’ dental hygiene in mind with a $49 toothbrush sensor, a downloadable mobile game and cartoons to keep kids brushing for two minutes.
- Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) help everyone boost auditory skills without paying ~$8000 for prescription hearing aids. These over-the-counter devices are intended for kids who listened to loud music, construction workers using jack hammers every day and anyone else wanting to boost hearing with less price. Imagine the industry revolution right around the corner when another ridiculously costly device gets replaced by Bell + Howell Silver Sonic XL for a total of $40…REALLY?!
- Extreme heat or a bunch of teeny needles in your face are what’s being used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles for those wanting to beat the clock. A company called Ulthera went to market in 2010 with a machine that heats up to 150 degrees F and penetrates 4.5 millimeters under the skin to reach fibrous tissue that shapes the skin. Get this…Ultherapy is considered the most painful treatment and doctors administer narcotics or ibuprofen to help patients weather the aftermath of sagging necks and jowls. Ohmygoodness…is it worth it? Ask me in 20 years.
- Guys? Promise, scientists are seeking a baldness cure. They’re looking at Vitamin D receptors, inflammation as a culprit, Rogaine (a good solution), and hair transplants (that need to be repeated?), and anything else possible. But, sadly, a solution is far from ready to hit market. You know what? Bald is sexy, fellas…just sayin’, and it keeps you younger, too, without the silver fox look…so why not embrace your inner baldness?