I recently came across Soomi Park’s LED Eyelashes on Gizmodo.
Without knowing anything about Ms. Park’s design philosophy it would be easy to dismiss these as just some weird Asian quirky accessory that a niche subculture would wear when going clubbing (think Japanese Ganguro). As several bloggers and commenters have stated, wearing these would be like a special form of torture for the fairer sex. And they would be. Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t find a way to design them into one of my own costumes. I could think of at least 2 events a year I could wear these to. As noted on Gizmodo, they are strangely hypnotic.
But then I read this on her website: “Her artwork utilizes the increasing banalization of plastic surgery in many countries around the world, including in Korea.”
I then remembered that the number one form of plastic surgery in Japan and Korea is the kind that makes the eye more round. And these LED Eyelashes very obviously change the shape of the eye, at least to the observer.
So it’s not about fashion. It’s art making a statement. So right on Soomi Park!
Here is a video for your viewing pleasure (note: no need to watch the entire video, it’s awfully long… you’ll get it after the first 30 seconds).
I have terrible computer posture. I start out okay but within minutes my shoulders are hunched and my neck is craned forward. After several minutes I’ll notice and self correct but by the end of the day a visit to the chiropractor is in order. If only I had something that would remind me sooner. A device of some kind that could monitor my posture and warn me immediately when I start to slack.
Fortunately for me there is just such a device. Introducing the Visomate:
The name has a little something to be desired but as noted over at Boing Boing the device looks eerily similar to those little dudes from Batteries Not Included (that movie with Jessica Tandy that I LOVED when I was 8 years old). And it’s USB powered (so literally, batteries not included because none are required), so I’ll overlook the name this time.
For only $21.69 on Uxsight.com it’s well worth it. You can make that up by NOT needing to visit the chiropractor twice a month like I was doing back in the day when I had that soul sucking tech support job.
Here’s the full description:
• Posture Alert Reminder is your smart companion that reminds you with flashing LEDs and chimes once you are closer than
the recommended visual distance ( 35cm-60cm ) from the monitor. (That’s between 13 and 26 inches for us metrically
• Interactive distance detcecting with program.
• The Vision Posture Reminder works with ultrasonic sensor.
• Flashing LED signal of the Vision Posture Corrector indicates correct distance away from monitor.
• CHIME ON/OFF selection for personal setting.
• Blue lights means your head is positioned within a moderate visual range. Red light flashes when your head is closer than
35cm from monitor and it means too close.
• Easy to use: Just place it on your monitor, plug it to the USB port. No battery and no maintenance needed.
• This USB Vision Posture Corrector is powered by USB port, no battery needed.
• Size: 6 cm long( at the longest ), 5.5cm wide( at the widest ), 1.5cm thick ( at the thickest ).Approx.
• Length of the USB cable: 149cm long.
• Color: White and Black.
Do you have one of those friends who just love anything from Apple? Well, if you do, you may want to consider getting him or her the Apple Sound Activated LED T-Shirt. It lights up depending on any noise. It displays an equalizer meter illuminated by the audio around you.
Yes, it is machine washable and is powered by a hidden battery pack inside the shirt pocket.
So now your friend can be the coolest kid in town, until Apple invents a Touch Screen T-Shirt worn by another hipster.
In the market for more serious skin care, but not able to make it to a spa? There are quite a few tools available for those seeking more intensive at-home treatments for their skin. More and more gadgets are coming on the market that use electricity, LED light, and even lasers to treat conditions like acne, wrinkles and dark spots. Tanda Skin Care (above) is available in the U.S. through doctors or retailers like Sephora.com. Their Clear Acne Treatment Kit, which includes a special cleanser and anti-blemish gel, is $250, while the Regenerate Anti-Aging Starter Kit sells for $275.
If it’s hair removal you’re looking for, there’s the $250 no!no! hair removal system (left). And if you’re really serious about getting rid of unwanted hair, a company called Tria will deliver “a hair-free existence” for $795. It’s not exactly cheap, but compared to similar spa treatments that cost thousands of dollars, it is something of a bargain.