It’s nearly Independence Day here, and 4th of July celebrations are sure to ignite. As a kid, I used to love running around with sparklers, pretending I had rockets for arms and was blasting my way to the moon. What, that isn’t normal? Well, now I’m older but still just as geeky about my holiday celebrations, so finding fun and wacky tech gadgets suited to this holiday was a piece of cake.
Or a stick of dynamite? There should be a better cliché for this. Anyway, I bring you the Fourth of July Tech Gadgets, including a solar iPod-charging bikini, megatech party blimp, and Star Wars GPS. “May the Fourth be with you” applies here, too, I think. First up has got to be one of the weirdest things I’ve yet to blog about: a Solar iPod-Charging Bikini. Yeah, not making this up. It’s an actual bikini that you can purchase (they’re all custom made, so you have to send them an email to get a price quote) which is retrofitted with a 1″x4″ photovoltaic film, sewn together with conductive thread to give power to a USB connection to help charge your iPod or really any mp3 device that uses USB.
There’s supposedly a male version in the works, which will include an additional beer cozy. Whaaaaat, how come the female version doesn’t get this? Do we not want our beers chilled too, ladies? I don’t even drink beer, but still! Anyway, weird and kind of wonderful. Just don’t get it wet!
So now you’re lounging in the sun, charging up your bikini with some rays, watching the festivities, and you suddenly see a straight sight. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No…it’s a three-foot long Megatech Party Blimp, with Music, Lights and Stencils! For around $50 from Amazon, you can get this baby shipped and ready to go for your Independence Day shindig. Light up the backyard, impress the kids, or just write goofy messages on it and send it careening into your neighbor’s yard for a joke. I’m not sure what you could do with it, but it’s definitely weird.
The best for last: Did you know that TomTom now offers special Star Wars voice sets for your GPS devices?? I’ve been anti GPS since I got a smartphone, but I admit that this would almost make me go out and buy one. The extra voices are $12.95 apiece, but worth every awesome penny to hear Han Solo and Chewie tell you, “Depart. It’ll take a few moments to get the coordinates from the navicomputer… Okay, punch it!” or to hear C3P0 warn you to, “Take the ferry, but please, do be careful. Water is highly corrosive to an R2 unit.”
I can’t even explain my joy over this! I’d follow Han Solo to a galaxy far, far away…and beyond. You can choose from Darth Vader, C3P0 (plus R2D2 cameos), Yoda, or Han Solo (plus Chewie cameos) for the new voice packs and you can even check out the free samples online before you buy.
So that’s it for this week. What are everyone’s plans for the holiday?