It’s that time of year again. The beach has given way to the classroom. But the days of sending your child off to school with some freshly sharpened No. 2 pencils and a new three-ring binder are long gone. These days, progressive schools are turning to ‘smart boards’ as a teaching tool, and tech marketers are targeting returning scholars with a crop of fun and cool new technologies for use in the home or classroom. Here’s a roundup of just a few:
Ah, the holiday season, filled with fun and frolic. Sometimes it's enough to make a person long for the quiet calm of the bleak midwinter! For those who can't wait until the post-New Year's lull, here are a few handy holiday helpers:
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Light fixtures or onscreen computer menus that respond to silent gestures? Televisions that show multiple viewers different programs at the same time? Not science fiction... not even the future. Welcome to today's world of inter-dimensional interfaces. L
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for... something new. Here's our roundup of some of the coolest ice cream products for summer 2005.
This cryogenically frozen treat uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze ice cream into a unique nugget or "popcorn" shape. Each mini melt is dense and creamy, since (unlike many ice creams in tubs or cartons) no air is whipped into the product. Mini Melts are easier and less messy to consume than cones...you can just chug 'em from the cup or even eat them with your fingers (if you're fast!)
These days you hear a lot about conserving energy. So we've found a bunch of new products powered by totally natural, sustainable and (in some cases) downright sci-fi sounding energy sources.
Solar Toy Kits available at RealGoods.com
Racecar or Robot, these are toys that will entertain kids for hours on end (as long as the sun is shining!) Adult supervision is recommended during assembly, but after that, just place 'em in the sun and watch 'em go.
January has arrived, and so has New Year’s Resolution season. Along with the crowd, we headed back to the gym, filled with grim resolve, but this year we found something new – or old, rather. Last spring we noted that childhood playground favorite Dodgeball was making a comeback among adults (see Eye Sighting: Retro Fitness, 4/6/04) and now this has blossomed into a full-scale "play time at the gym" movement. Many gyms are offering classes that try to make exercise into a game.
Consumer Eyes is proud to announce our latest publication, the eye guide, vol.2: eye types! Inside you'll find dozens of compelling, multi-dimensional consumer portraits we call Eye Types. Eye Types such as Cheerfully Childfrees. These couples have made one decision that defines their existence... they've decided kids are not for them. With (usually) two incomes at their disposal, Cheerfully Childfrees have the time and money to generally spoil themselves rotten. Whatever you do, don't pity the Cheerfully Childfrees for missing the joys of parenthood.
Consumer Eyes is proud to announce our latest publication, the eye guide, vol.2: eye types! Inside you'll find dozens of compelling, multi-dimensional consumer portraits we call Eye Types.
Eye Types such as HyperParents.
Parenting has always been a nervous business. But HyperParents are consumers willing to try or buy absolutely anything they think will keep their child safe, or raise him or her above the common horde. Favorite products and services include: