It was only a matter of time before wearable technology moved from people's heads and wrists and ventured downstairs. British adult retailer Bondara is leading the charge, showing off a prototype activity tracker and sex toy that goes on the gentleman's region. The SexFit is a ring that sits at the base of the penis, trapping blood for better, uh, erections, but also packs an accelerometer and Bluetooth module. That way, your in-and-out statistics will be shared with a companion app on a smartphone that'll tell you your thrust per minute and even the calories you've burned. Oh, and you can even share those figures with your shocked friends on social media.
The hardware also vibrates, enabling you to set it at specific intervals, either for enhanced pleasure or so you can put the metronome back downstairs in the music room. There are even five LEDs that sit on top of the device that'll light up when you hit a steady rhythm. Assuming, that is, that you'd prefer to use that rather than some of the more obvious clues that might be available during intercourse -- although we'd find the idea of a strange glow emanating from someone's genitals more unsettling than erotic. It's worth mentioning that the project isn't even at prototype stage yet, and there's always a risk the company might pull out before completion, but at least it's livened up a slow news day.
Bug themes are creepy, but this is awesome!
A beetle-closet? Combining the unthinkable is one of the greatest challenges and sources of inspiration for the Latvian designer Janis Straupe. The idea for the creation of the BUG comes from a stroll along the seaside, when the artist accidentally stumbled upon the puny leaf-eater roaming the sandy shore. From this moment a storm of ideas was born and a search for a solution began, with the aim of creating a masterpiece capable of mesmerising the viewer by a smooth and seamless design in combination with extraordinary functionality. The outcome is this unique closet, a one of a kind item the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
This very combination of the functional and visual elements make the BUG a piece of art, rather than just a piece of furniture. Its outer shape is formed from gently curved lines, while the areas in-between are filled with elegant, hollowed spaces that resemble the windblown sand of the seaside or the wavy patterns of the seabed. The closet can be perceived as an ode to the beetle, for looking at the BUG is comparable to gazing at a portrait of a king dressed in a purple mantle. Janis Straupe has truly succeeded in capturing his flash of his inspiration and the BUG is nothing less than the perfect representation of this moment.
Besides serving as a focal point of discussions among your guests, the BUG can be used for storing all sorts of items, as the shelves and the drawers within come in many different shapes and sizes. The layout of the shelves can also be changed to better suit your personal needs. Additionally, the BUG may also serve as a secure hiding place, because it contains two built-in “hidden” compartments as well.
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You can track your food intake, your exercise, your sleep and now... your liquid consumption.
There's a new "smartcup" (yes, you read that right) that can tell you exactly what you put inside of it. The cup, called Vessyl, recognizes the liquid you pour into it and records all of the water, soda, juice, beer and other potables you drink on your smartphone. Here's what Vessyl looks like (in its three available colors):
Here's what it looks like when Vessyl recognizes a beverage:
The technology is serious. So serious, in fact, that its makers claim it can tell Coke from Pepsi, differentiate lemon Snapple from mango Snapple and figure out what you put into your homemade smoothie or cocktail. It's not just identifying what's in your drink -- you presumably know what you're pouring into your own cup -- but it's also keeping track of your hydration, caffeine, sugar, calories and more.
Vessyl has a hydration tracker visible when you tilt the cup. A "hydration line" will show how much fluid you drank that day. When you're fully hydrated, you'll see a little blue dot at the top of the line.
It's well established that proper hydration is key to a healthy lifestyle. Theoretically, Vessyl can even help with weight loss. A 2009 study in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" found that cutting liquid calories can be more effective for weight loss than cutting calories from food.
On top of all the apps and gadgets designed to track exercise, sleep and calories, can you really imagine yourself carrying this 13-ounce cup around with you everywhere you go? Will you bring it to bars, restaurants and parties? Only time will tell.
Of course, take all this with a grain of soda pop sodium. We'll only really know if Vessyl is reliable after reviewers and the general public get to test it. You can pre-order Vessyl for $99. It will ship in early 2015, at which point its price will jump to $199.