Would You Use a Phone-Charging Bracelet?

(Image Credit: Q Designs)

(Image Credit: Q Designs)

It is truly amazing what technology can do and recently I have been fascinated with charging devices. A few months back I purchased one of those battery blocks that you charge up and then use to charge your phone. I thought it was genius in the beginning. Then life happened. By that, I mean that I was constantly losing it somewhere. It was in the bottom of my bottomless purse. It was under the edge of my bed. It fell somewhere in my car. It soon was just as annoying as keys, bobby pins or an uncharged phone, as in it would be helpful if I could keep it in my eyesight and operational.

There is a solution that I have recently been made aware of that I would like to explore: phone charging bracelets! The initial issue of getting lost basically solves itself. Where is that pesky yet helpful thing? Oh yeah, physically attached to me! I would want to try it out based on that fact alone!

A phone charging bracelet would be particularly helpful in crowded situations, I think. Christmas Eve my family and extended family all crams into my grandmother’s not-so-big house. The chances of me getting to the outlet are close to zilch. If I had the bracelet it wouldn’t be a problem. I also imagine if I ever became an extreme cross-country runner, like Waco to Austin, Texas extreme; that would be super handy! Then again, I probably would not be playing Candy Crush while I’m trekking across Texas. I do not run though, so maybe I would.

I think you get the point though. The convenience thing is a huge factor in my saying yes, I would love to try it out. Wait, but this is no choice to make on a whim. It is a much bigger choice when you consider the price. I typed in “phone charging bracelet” in Google and found an article from Fashionista that bragged about the QBracelet. The product is still in a pre-order phase but it features a sleek, thick steel looking design that boasts the ability to charge an Android or iPhone in approximately 60 minutes. The going pre-sale price is $78. The planned retail price will be $98 according to the Q Design website.

QDesigns says the bracelet can charge up to 60%. At first I thought 60 minutes to charge sounded slow, but up a percent a minute would not be bad in a truly dire situation I suppose. I still think the price would be too high for me to buy. In a road trip/vacation situation it would be nice in theory. However, if I’m just out running errands at the mall or my phone dies during my bus trip home, I probably do not want to wait a minute for every percent to go up. I would hypothetically be home or back to a wall plug that could help me faster before that bracelet would do any good.

What about other charging bracelets? Well, some others I have seen are pricey too. Wait, you say, maybe your super cool aunt gifts this to you. That is an exception. I do not mind if someone gifts it or if I won it. I just do not think I could justify buying it for myself.

But if the price was better, which could feasibly happen as demand goes up and we become savvier as a global consumer group, I would definitely try a phone charging bracelet. Until the price becomes better, I will still feel like it sounds like a super cool possibility straight out of The Jetsons, but not a possibility for me.

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Quirky Item of the Week: Feetures! High Performance Socks

(Image Credit: Feetures! / Instagram)

(Image Credit: Feetures! / Instagram)

Okay, so I am no marathon runner or triathlete, but I don’t think you have to be a hardcore athlete to understand the trials and tribulations of annoying socks. You know the kind – socks that slip down the back of your heel or bunch at your toes; socks that don’t breathe and leave your feet feeling clammy inside your shoes; or socks that stick out the tops of your shoes at odd angles. These may seem like minor annoyances but I think we can all agree fixing little sock issues can make a big difference in comfort.

That’s where Feetures! High Performance Socks come in handy. These ultra-lightweight socks mold to the shape of your foot to put a stop to any slipping or bunching and prevent painful blisters. The breathable fabric keeps your feet feeling cool and dry, and a specially-designed heel saves you from the dreaded heel bunching. These socks also address one of my personal sock peeves, the obnoxious toe seam. With Feetures!, you don’t have to worry about rubbing your sensitive toes on an intrusive seam.

Feetures! High Performance Socks are available in a variety of colors, sizes and cuts, with the no show ankle sock standing out as a popular favorite. I’ll admit the $11.99 USD price tag is a bit steep for a single pair of socks (at least as far as I’m concerned), but it’s a worthy investment if you want to have a pair of socks you know you can rely on to get you comfortably through your toughest workouts – or just your longest day at Disney World!

Quirky Item of the Week: ‘Doctor Who’ K-9 Slippers

(Image Credit: ThinkGeek)

(Image Credit: ThinkGeek)

Do I love Doctor Who? Affirmative. That’s why I’m so excited about ThinkGeek’s line of Doctor Who merchandise, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better? They add these K9 slippers, which will not only keep your feet warm but will also provide you with a companion for your long Doctor Who marathons.

Each slipper is fashioned to look like K9’s head and body, and it’s probably good that they emphasized the dog aspect over the robot aspect because robotic slippers don’t sound the least bit comfortable. With these K9 slippers, however, your feet are bound to be both comfortable and adorable.

And if you have friends who also like Doctor Who, go ahead and get them a pair! K9 was featured in both Classic and New Who, so it won’t matter when they started watching. Everyone knows K9!

Ready to buy a pair or two? Of course K9’s response would be “affirmative,” and yours should be too. Check out the K9 slippers at ThinkGeek to start – or continue – your Doctor Who collection.

Quirky Item of the Week: Leather Wine Caddy

(Image Credit: fyxation)

(Image Credit: fyxation)

As a self-proclaimed wino, this awesome piece immediately caught my eye. When was the last time you wanted to bring a bottle of wine somewhere, but couldn’t because you were afraid it would break? It seems that the only way to safely get a bottle of wine anywhere is to have it in your hands at all times (corked, of course). Not anymore with this incredibly useful Fyxation Leather Wine Caddy!

Imagine you’re going on a picnic with your best friends or on a romantic date in the park with the potential love of your life and you want to bring the perfect bottle of wine, but you have no way of getting it there without it breaking. Having this Wine Caddy will allow you to safely secure the bottle right to your bike without any fear of it falling off or breaking!

Not only is it stylish, but it will hold a full bottle of wine risk-free. The Wine Caddy comes in both black and brown leather and easily straps on to the top tube of the bike. If you’re the type to ride your bike around the city and are looking for an easy and safe way to bring a bottle of wine to your next party or picnic, you can purchase this Wine Caddy for only $39.95 USD from Fyxation!

Quirky Item of the Week: Memoto Automatic Camera

(Image Credit: http://memoto.com)

(Image Credit: http://memoto.com)

When I first saw the Memoto Automatic Camera, I thought it was one of those crazy inventions you see on Pinterest that don’t actually exist. I almost didn’t bother searching for it, being let down by Pinterest so many times before, but something about this quirky little camera made me curious enough to do a little research. I was thrilled to see that the Memoto does in fact exist and can be purchased (if your willing to pre-order and wait for April 2013 delivery. But what is it you ask? Just about the coolest digital camera invention to date. Continue reading