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Sing-a-Long Tongs: Microphone Tongs that Rock the Kitchen

Reckon you're the chef of the treble clef? Then you'll love Sing-a-Long Tongs, microphone tongs that rock the kitchen! They may not improve your cooking but at least you'll be burning water in style.

The 'iFeng' 4S Blow Dryer Salutes Steve Jobs While Styling Your Hair

Honorable homage or a lot of hot air? You'll pay a little more for the white “iFeng 4S” limited edition blow dryer at China's online Tmall but only 100 of the “Steve Jobs 1955-2011” gold embossed tributes are set to be sold.

Turn Your iPod Nano into a Watch with the Nanox Conversion Kit

Apple's iPod Nano packs a lot of features into a very small package... so small in fact, that it's amazingly easy to drop or misplace. Enter Nanox, who've created an Apple-approved designer conversion kit that turns any sixth-generation iPod Nano into a secure and stylish wristwatch.

Skate Deck iPhone 4 Cover Makes Making Calls a Snap

So you snapped your deck riding mongo and doing a slide on a handrail... who ya gonna call? A better question might be HOW you're gonna call, and Strapya Taobao has the answer: the Skate Deck iPhone 4 Cover from Candies!

Whimsical Tony Duquette for Coach Jewelry Collection

I walked in to the Coach store just as they were setting out an amazing line of jewelry based on the vibrant spirit of the late costume designer and decorator Tony Duquette.  On the display was a simple plaque stating:  Tony Duquette: An American design icon, his motto was “more is more.” Coach is honored to collaborate with the estate of Tony Duquette on a collection of limited edition jewelry.

Wearable Eyeglasses Computer Combines Mainframe and Monitor

A Chinese technology company has designed a wearable computer with no visible mainframe or monitor - they've both been miniaturized and secreted in a pair of highly modified eyeglasses! This is much more than just another concept, as China's powerhouse mass production capacity ensures the mighty mini multimedia machine will be filling store shelves this coming March.

Japan Tobacco Introduces 'The Peace' Luxury Canned Cigarettes

Smokers seeking a more luxurious and relaxing smoking experience need look no further than “The Peace”, an all-new, top of the line canned cigarette from Japan Tobacco. Sold by a selected number of Japanese retailers at a premium price and packaged in sleek metal cans, The Peace is the ultimate expression of an iconic brand first introduced in 1946.

Sweet Music: Chocolate Scented Headphones for Valentine's Day

Ear candy just got real thanks to 'Sound Like Chocolate', the world's first chocolate-scented stereo headphones. Thoughtful, tasteful and calorie-free, these sweet smelling headphones from Japan's Fu-Bi are the perfect practical Valentine's Day gift for your favorite cocoa nut.

Solar Powered & Retro Styled Toyota 2000GT SEV Sounds Crazy, Sparks Interest

The Toyota 2000GT SEV is a one-off, electric concept car being shown to the public at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. Designed by the Crazy Car Project under the direction of the Toyota Automobile Association, this “shocking” automotive update takes Toyota's iconic late-sixties sports coupe from flower power to solar power.

Designer Keyboard Brush from Japan is Really the Pits

Finally, a use for armpit hair! Well, sort of. This cute anthropomorphic brush is designed to clean your keyboard's hard to reach nooks and crannies while putting a smile on your face. The unabashedly hirsute “Okite” underarm hair brush comes from Japanese design house and specialty retailer DECOLE, and is one of the popular Humania series of home, office, kitchen and school cool tools.

Remote Control LED Color Changing Ice Bucket for Light Drinkers

Add some extra fizz to any party with the LED Color Changing Ice Bucket with Remote Control. The bucket's cool-running 25,000-hour rated LED light ensures your bubbly won't boil while the remote control option is just as cool as it gets.

Chinese Online Retailers Furiously Flogging 'Three Wolf Moon' T-shirts

Remember “Three Wolf Moon”, 2009's meme of the year and, as a result, Amazon.com store retailer The Mountain's biggest selling design EVAR? No? It seems China doesn't either, leaving the field of wolf-wear wide open for one enterprising online seller obliviously ensconced (along with their customers) behind China's Great Firewall.

Slip Your iPhone 4 or 4S into a SwitchEasy 'Melt' 3D Case

SwitchEasy's colorful “Melt” 3D cases for the iPhone 4 or 4S keep your smartphone safe from life's hard knocks while managing to look hot and cool at the same time. The cases feature a slick, shiny, melty-look top portion molded in smooth polycarbonate plastic for easy ingress and egress from the owner's pocket.

Dignity: Now That's Something New For Patient Attire

Whether you are instructed to put the strings in the front or the back of the faded, wrinkled, rag of a gown, if there's one thing you won't have once you've donned the thing, it's your dignity....

 

Faceless, Dial-less Wristwatch Leaps From Concept to Counter

Chinavasion's “Japanese Style Inspired” LED wristwatches display time digitally without the need for a face, dial, or hands... and they're priced at under $10 per timepiece. The futuristic wristwatch's design apes that of an award-winning, one-off, 2008 concept watch from Japanese designer Hiranao Tsuboi while Chinese engineering shortcuts make it practical for mass consumption.

Pawel Grunert Still Finds Time To Design With A 'Re Purpose'

Just when you thought you'd seen the last soda bottle chandelier, table, or chair... Polish interior designer Pawel Grunert creates the bottle chair to end all bottle chairs: the Eco Chaise Lounge, a magnificent, dynamic sculptured work that's as organic in design as Grunert 's wood and steel masterpieces.

 


Chinese Internet Retailers Now Stocking Kim Jong-Il T-shirts & Hoodies

North Korea's “Dear Leader” may be gone but online retailers at China's Taobao Internet Mall are making sure he's not forgotten by flogging Kim Jong-Il t-shirts and hoodies. Lookin' sharp, comrade!

Nerd Jewelry from Japan Measures Your Level of Geek Chic

Geek chicks looking to flaunt some geek chic should look no further than Mass Item's “Measuring” line of math set women's jewelry from Japanese designer Kyozo Kawabe. The miniaturized and accessorized rulers, triangles and protractors come in a variety of colors and won't leak ink into your pocket protector.

Hello Kitty's Tribute to Visionary Apple CEO, Steve Jobs

Sanrio, Japan's kawaii character company and home of cuteness queen Hello Kitty, teamed up with California goods retailer LoungeFly to thank Apple's inspirational CEO, the late Steve Jobs, for a lifetime of creativity. The result was a bizarrely cute "Hello Stevie" love-child that ended up pleasing nobody.

New Year Time: Blancpain's Caruso 'Chinese Dragon' Limited Edition Wristwatch

The Blancpain Caruso “Chinese Dragon” Limited Edition wristwatch rings in 2012, the Year of the Dragon, in rare style... and “rare” is the watchword here. The luxury Swiss watch manufacturer plans on producing just 50 of the 18k rose gold tickers, sticker priced at $219,682 each.