World Pride is unlikely to be a name that you’ve heard of, but once you see a few of their gadgets in the video, you’ll recognise them from the gadget stores and catalogues. Jeffrey and Jamie chat with Jim.
The team at World Pride visit factories in Asia and try to spot cool gadgets that haven’t yet made it to market in the US. They then work closely with the factory to refine the product for US consumers. On show here are examples of gadgets that World Pride has already brought or will be bringing to the market.
One of the watches in the interview has a Bluetooth receiver and when someone rings your mobile phone, the watch will display the name or number of the person calling. As Jamie mentions, great if you are in a meeting and want to know if you should take a call.
Other gadgets include a pen and a watch with a video camera built-in and finally, there’s a miniature digital camera. It’s only about an inch wide but it looks like a tiny point-and-shoot camera while still taking 5 MP pictures and HD video.
Interview by Jeffrey “Austin” Powers of Geekazine and Jamie “007″ Davies of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show.
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Although it seems that the Pilot Frixion rollerballs have been out for about a year, the first I knew of them was while looking for stocking fillers in a local newsagent’s. Pilot claims that these are erasable but I suspect many of us have purchased erasable pens in the past only to find that they erase by scratching a hole in the paper.
In this instance, Pilot says that it’s the heat generated through friction between the pen’s “eraser” and the paper which rubs out the ink. And it actually does work. Take a look at the two pictures below – the top one shows the writing, the bottom one shows where I’ve rubbed out the ink.
Ok, so you can see a faint trace but in practice, if you re-wrote over the (erased) writing, you’d never know. You’ll also see that the paper is undamaged. The “eraser” on the end is a rubberised nub that doesn’t seem to wear out or leave bits of rubber behind.
So if you are looking for an erasable pen, pick up one from your nearest good stationery retailer. Available in 8 colours and also in a stylish executive version.
If you’re a geek and you haven’t yet scored a tablet, you might still need an implement for cursive writing (listen to GNC#603). If that’s the case, then check out the Circuit Board Pen available on Etsy.
The polished circuit board body will certainly mark you out as a geek even if you don’t have an iPad. Cost is $45 with $3.50 shipping – definitely cheaper than an iPad too.
According to the blurb, the underlying pen is a Wall Street II which takes Cross refills. I gather this is a popular pen for modding rather than Gordon Gecko’s favourite.
If you are not familiar with Etsy, it’s a great website for handicrafts and other personal items. Always worth checking if you are looking for a special present.