Socks with hidden passport pocket.

We love apparel with hidden pockets. Previously we posted on a sock with a hidden pocket the size of a credit card. This is a development of that idea. A sock with a pocket that can accommodate a passport. Plus credit cards and cash we suppose. USD 25:-. [Via]. There is one thing though. The foot and sock in the picture looks definitely male. But the hand holding the passport looks very female. What is really going on in this picture?brbr

Digital In Action recap

Digital In Action

Wow! What an interesting week it has been. At Burson-Marsteller (B-M), we just completed the first Digital In Action program at our offices here in NYC. Just to provide a bit of context, Digital In Action is an intense, 2 day seminar aimed at helping B-M employees from disciplines across the company to be able to apply Digital to the way they help their current rosters of clients.

While the first phase of digital training that took place in early 2007, Digital Bootcamp, was designed to bring everyone in the company up to speed with the new digital landscape, Digital In Action took those efforts to the next logical step in showing them how to apply that knowledge to the way they help their clients. In other words, phase I was “this is a Wiki/blog/social network” while phase II was “here are the tools you need to go out and put all of this new knowledge in action.”

It was a great 2 days. I had the pleasure of being a faculty member and team leader for the 2 day session and the group I led was so inspired, they immediately began work on a digital action plan they hope to propose to an existing client within the next 2 weeks! What’s remarkable about this is that these individuals are not from our digital practice. They are traditional PR, advertising and communications professionals who work within B-M. Many of whom began their careers prior to the start of the Internet age.

This week’s program was the first of many to come. Eventually these sessions will be rolled-out globally within B-M. I’m excited about the change we can bring and the prospect of really helping to shape B-M so that the company can help define modern PR in the 20th century just as it did in the 20th century. Judging by the level of excitement generated this week within the company, I have no doubt that will happen.


Fold-out ironing board.

We have seen wall mounted folding ironing-boards before, but this looked both nice and discreet. It is made in solid wood, and the mechanics are chrome steel. Height is adjustable between 35 in. and 40 in. to give everyone a decent working height. There is also a shelf, where ironing utensils can be kept. USD 250:-.brbr

Dusting micro-fiber slippers.

Are you lucky enough to have a marble floor in your house? Or maybe tiles? Or hardwood? In any of those cases you could make cleaning easier by walking around in these micro-fiber slippers. Contrary from other similar ideas we have seen, these are actually for sale. They are supposed to work on marble, tiles and hardwood floors, and to pick up dust, lint and animal hairs as easy as a walk in the park, or across the room, as it were. The only draw-back is maybe the pink fluffiness, that at least part of the Smart Stuff editorial staff would find it very hard to be seen in. Available as slippers or flip-flops, and comes with an extra dusting sole. USD 20:- .brbr

Ashtray for beer- and wine bottles.

Nowadays you cannot smoke in bars and restaurants, and many people does not like you smoking in their homes. Now since we quit the habit, this is not a problem for us personally, but we have seen how groups of people gather outside to smoke. Either outside restaurants or on people’s balconies or patios. Restaurant usually provide ashtrays, but others may not. So, if you smoke, and you are going to a party, you might consider one of these ashtrays. They will transform any beer-bottle (and wine-bottle, we suppose) to an instant ashtray. Or ash-hole as they have named it. They are no more than DKK 10:- (approx. USD 2:-) a piece.brbr

Serving tray for six glasses of wine and some snacks.

This serving tray has clever cut-outs for six stemmed glasses and additional space for some snacks or hors d’oeuvres. Made from bamboo, probably one of the world’s best materials, ecologically speaking, since it grows like wildfire and needs no attention except chopping down. The tray is USD 60:- on SkyMall.brbr

Confidisc – self injection aid.

Chris Hillios has diabetes. Chris Hillios needs daily injections, which he has to administer himself. This would not have been a problem, had Chris not also been a little insecure and shy when it came to pricking his skin with a syringe. His invention, the Confidisc, is a plastic disc to be placed over the needle of a syringe. The thought is that if you do not see the the needle entering your body, you will be less nervous. This may seem like another case of snake-oil, but Chris Hillios, says the disc reduces the perception of pain which in turn makes the patient more confident and less prone to mistakes, thus reducing the risk of bent needles, failed injection, etc.brbr

Three tier oven rack.

This kitchen gadget is clearly made to meet the needs of Thanksgiving weekend. When else do you have this many dishes in the oven at the same time? But, we will admit, the oven does fill up pretty quick when you have more than two things cooking at the same time. with this rack you can have three tiers of food going at the same time, and if it were not for the turkey, there would be room for three more. USD 20:-.brbr

Christmas tree remote control.

Tired of crawling behind the tree to turn on the lights? Or going out to the garage to light up your Rudy the Red-Nosed Reindeer on the front lawn? Here is the solution. The Smart Home Insteon wireless remote control lets you switch on/off and dim up to six different holiday decorations. How many do you have? USD 90:-.brbr

Mosquito tent for camping cots.

A mozzie net must have a certain distance to the body to be any good. But you do not always have a hook in the ceiling or a tree branch to hang it from. Enter the one man free standing mosquito tent. The tent is suspended by two fiberglass rods, and fastened to the cot with velcro. We found it on Danish Dupont Design where it is DKK 625:- (approx. USD 122:-).brbr