When people think tech, they mostly think about entertainment options. But we like to think about home technology and appliances as devices which augment our lives by improving or aiding all of the senses, so we've collected ten products that pamper or please from the top of your head to the tip of your toes...and everything inbetween!
Hair: T3 Bespoke Featherweight Hair Dryer is the BMW of hair dryers (priced accordingly), and from our tests it proves to dry your 'do quickly and leaves hair feeling softer. And despite the 1800 watt specs, we discovered one uses the T3 with shorter drying times, thus saving energy, making you look good and feel good.
Ears: Ultimate Ears ue 4 pro custom ear phones are serious business for audiophiles seeking a custom fit solution, made to fit exactly into the contours of your ear canals. They resemble clear plastic internal organs, so they won't win any beauty contests, but if you're seeking serious sound, these are it.
Eyes: Gunnar Optiks are eyewear aimed at those of us who sit behind a keyboard for hours on end, day in, day out, reducing eye fatigue. Admittedly, their selection makes the wearer look Mountain Dew EXTREME, but then again, unless you're making a living as a webcam…ahem…personality, then this can be your private weapon against eye fatigue.
Nose: Allergies suck, and humidifier designs suck even more. So why not use a room humidifier that not only adds humidity to the room, but also a modern decorative splash of colour? Naoto Fukasawa's Aroma Humidifier is beautiful on or off.
Mouth: We recently tried one of these SodaStream soda makers at our cousin's house and were duly impressed with the simplicity and results of the machine (press, press, press, PSSSSHT...done!). We're giddy with possibilities of custom drinks (homemade ginger ale, anyone?) for shindigs. Our favorite of the line is the Sodastream Pure, which we like for the slim design and stainless steel construction, making it a great holiday gift for soda lovers.
Core: we're currently testing one of these Envi wall panel dual-stack convection heaters. Of course, upon receiving a test unit, the weather here in Los Angeles went from frigid to low 80's. But the one evening we did use it during a deep dip, we were pleased with the quiet performance and slim construction of a heater that hides away into room decor, and feels only moderate warm to the touch despite putting out a good deal of heat up top. Great for small rooms and apartment renters like us, and arguably the best looking domestic made space heater we've seen.
Hands: we love our Bamboo pen and tablet, and we're impressed plenty with the Apple Magic Mouse (we're still getting used to it), but the Logitech Performance Mouse MX is the hardcore choice of gamers and chronic internet surfers alike, with four buttons for the thumb alone! This mouse can even track on glass, with an ergonomic shape which should keep your sweaty WOW-playing hands happy.
Erogenous Zone(s): The JimmyJane FORM2 vibrator is sexy-tech engineered to pleasure the body while also industrially designed by renowned designer, Yves Behar, to please the eyes. It's discreet in size and sound with dual motors, lithium polymer rechargeable batteries, and arguably the cutest pleasure device you can gift someone special. The FORM2 will say you've got good taste with naughty intentions.
Back: there's arguably nothing more important for regular computer users than a good task chair. We like our current chair plenty, but upon sitting on a Herman Miller Embody we fell in love. The Embody's design may be strange to some, but those skeletal elements mimic the spine, and sitting in one felt immediately invisibly supportive as any chair we've sat on (Room & Board must have thought us a little crazy, sitting there relaxed for countless minutes). If you can afford one, get it. If not, save for one.
Feet: we're training for a half marathon right now and so we're obsessed with keeping tabs with our time, distance/performance and occasionally calories used. Runners can take the guesswork out of it by partnering their iPod nano, touch or iPhone 3GS with the wee-sized Nike+ sensor kit. You place it within compatible shoes or in an accessory pocket, pair received to iPod, then get moving. You can keep tabs on your performance during your workout and then upload all your data for long term workout stats. We've owned two and they work well once calibrated; our only knock against these are the non-replaceable batteries (come on Nike, offer us a higher priced model with rechargeable or replaceable batteries).