Perfect for camping or just lighting a grill after dark, the Zippo OUL (Outdoor Utility Lighter) ($22) features a wind-resistant dual flame and a built-in LED light. The 8-inch-tall lighter also offers an adjustable flame dial, water-resistant cap, metal construction, and comes with a clip and strap.
The already-compact Flip Video Ultra camcorder just got a new little brother. At about 40% smaller than the Ultra series, the Flip Video Mino ($180) weighs only 3.3 ounces, but packs in features like 2GB of storage (good for up to 60 minutes of VGA-quality video), a rechargeable lithium ion battery (which recharges with a built-in USB arm), touch-sensitive buttons, and a 1.5-inch anti-glare LCD display. You also get the easy to use PC/Mac software for quickly sharing your videos. The Mino comes in Apple-esque white or black.
Do you live in a multiple-iPod/iPhone home? If so, you know how hard it is to keep them all organized and charged. Enter Griffin's PowerDock ($50-$70). This brushed aluminum charging station, available in two models, charges two or four iPods/iPhones at a time, keeping them all rounded up and juiced up.
Because everything should taste like bacon, there's Bacon Salt ($5). Available in three tasty flavors — Original, Hickory and Peppered — Bacon Salt is a zero calorie, zero fat, vegetarian and kosher seasoning salt that tastes just like real bacon. It's pretty wonderful on just about anything you can think of — we honestly didn't have one bad experience of bacon overload. (OK, so the Hickory no-bake cookies could have been better.) For extra healthiness, there's Natural flavor, which is also gluten free and has low sodium. Bacon in a bottle. It doesn't get much better than that.
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Ever wonder what it would be like to build a place on the top of a small building? That's exactly what the Loft Cube (From $111,000) was designed for — that, and people on the move. The Cube was designed to be a temporary living structure, which can be placed anywhere from rooftops in Berlin to a prairie in South Dakota. The interiors are customizable by client, as are the window treatments that decide whether you're living in a glass house or in a glass house with nice blinds. It's the modern, stylish equivalent of a trailer — and we mean that in the best way possible. [Thanks, Josh]
iRobot has expanded its family of slave robots with the iRobot Verro, a new robot that will clean your pool while you point and laugh. The easy-to-use Verro features a powerful vacuum and filtration system that sucks up dirt, dust, algae, bacteria and particles as small as two microns (a human hair is about 70 microns). The bot cleans an entire pool in 60 to 90 minutes, and even improves the circulation of pool chemicals and water temperature, while reducing pool filtration system run-time. Two models are available to do your bidding — Verro 300 ($800) and Verro 600 ($1200).
If you've been waiting for a chance to play a new game as everyone's favorite plumber, wait no more. Super Paper Mario ($45) joins the excitement and nostalgia of a 2D Mario platformer with 3D puzzles and some RPG-like mechanics for an all-new experience. You get to control Mario, Peach, and Bowser as you play, and the simple controls mean that you won't be performing many awkward motions with the Wii Remote. Sure, it's not a "pure" Mario title, but it's a lot of fun, and one of the best Wii titles yet.
Design geeks, take notice. The Domus 12 Volume Set ($600) is a kind of "greatest hits" for the Italian design and architecture magazine, taken from 1928-1999. Many of the articles have been translated into English for the first time, and all of them appear just as they did in the pages of their original issues. The set also includes a comprehensive searchable index on CD, making finding the information you need that much easier. Whether you're a design enthusiast or are just now learning, this is a great addition to your reference library.
Get past the pop news wasteland by feeding your brain with Mental Floss ($22). This addictive magazine fills your head with facts and useful information without making you feel you'll need a genius IQ to understand. Science, arts, history and more are touched on in a fun and down-to-earth way you'll appreciate even as another pop star child awaits news of who the father is.
Designer Jeremy Pyles has created an elegant lamp in the Pharos Modern Pendant Light ($325). The light, which takes its name from ancient texts where "Pharos" meant something akin to a lighthouse, is a tall, slender pendant with a tubular bulb running down the center. Available in seven different colors, you should have no trouble finding one to suit your decor. [via]
Last week we showed you the hammock for deep pockets, so we figured this week we'd show you one that won't put such a hurting on your bank account. The Fatboy Headdemock Hammock ($400) joins the company's beanbags as simple, versatile furniture. Made from a coated nylon material, the hammock's fabric needs only a quick wipe with a damp cloth to stay clean, while the metal tubing base holds everything in place. Available in nine colors, you're sure to find one that suits you.