Bright ideas with techie twists to have and to hold
Innovations in clothing, sleeping and security are to be found within.
Pacific NW associate editor
THIS YEAR we at the magazine will be peering into the future, which seems to whiz into the past faster and faster. Today's DVR is yesterday's Betamax. Sigh.
Innovation can be many things, but it is always interesting. Exhibits A, B and C:
Suit up, look smart
Here's a jacket that's 100 percent style and 100 percent techie: La Chenille from Seattle designer Elizabeth Roberts. Outerwear that's good and good for you.
Sure, it's got style: "For the cosmopolitan wanderer who moves effortlessly between a morning walk, the kids' soccer match and an evening charity fundraiser."
But, there's more: SmartShield, a pocket for cellphones that protects from the electromagnetic frequencies and microwaves. It is said to reduce absorption rate by 98 percent, without compromising the ability to transmit and receive data and phone calls.
Also, a hidden forearm pocket for an extra 5 spot and lipstick, tuck-away hand mitts and hood. Wash in cold water.
At $395 it's an investment piece, but maybe it's the one jacket to replace the closetful we've got for each tick of the thermostat and moisture level around here.
Roberts is a charitable sort, and most recently dressed Pacific Northwest Ballet's female dancers in her jackets to honor its 40th-anniversary season.
Lay your noggin down and sing yourself to sleep with this fluffy wonder, the Sound Oasis Sleep Therapy Pillow. Two high-fidelity, ultrathin stereo speakers are buried deep into the pillow's core. Plug in any 3.5 mm plug compatible iPod/MP3 player, CD player, television or radio and let the snoring begin.
Inline volume control. Remove speakers to wash pillow, 20 inches by 26 inches, made of hypoallergenic polyester fiberfill. Technology so new, patent is pending. $49.99
But, say you have a special pillow (like Goddess!). Sleep Therapy Pillow Speakers turn any pillow into a sleep-therapy pillow. Place under pillow and crank up the Dean Martin, Don Ho or whomever you like to sing you to sleep. $22.99.
You'll find these goodies and more at www.sound-oasis.com.
Mark it, Danno!
Bad guys, beware. IdentiDots is on the case. (Goddess is wild about all technology involving the dot. Dippin' Dots ice cream, for instance, invented in 1988 by microbiologist Curt Jones, using his background in cryogenic technology.)
IdentiDots are itty-bitty microdots that you swab onto your stuff to identify it as yours and yours alone. Each microdot contains your unique PIN number, which you register at IdentiDot. Once dry, the adhesive is invisible to the naked eye, but the numbers are there, visible with a UV light and a magnifier. A very-visible-to-the-naked-eye decal announces the security system. But even if removed, decal, also containing PIN number, can still be read with a UV light.
Put it on smartphones, computers, TVs, tools, furniture, lawn equipment, artwork, boats, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, sports equipment, RVs, musical instruments, office equipment. One kit, $24.95, holds 500 IdentiDots microdots and security warning labels. Find at Performance Bicycle, 4501 Roosevelt Way N.E. Seattle, WA 98105. 206-675-0588 and at www.identidots.com.