|The Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears|
Courtesy of Neurowear
Techeye has got to thinking about love recently. That's probably because our awfully wedded wench has been carping about Valentine's Day, the peskiest of the chocolate-related holidays.
Back to love, though. Over the years, we've come to realize that it comes in a million varieties. There's the great liquidy love of beer, for example, and the sweaty-palmed, unbridled love of betting on donkey racing. There's also the creepy, old-peoply love of sitting on park benches while staring at nothing. There's the romantic love of two birds so busy courting that they fly into windows, get little avian concussions and miss mating season altogether.
And let us not forget the rumpled, underappreciated love of two people who have been married for years. That's an important one, though it's not always pretty. Indeed, married love is a lot like a herd of camels – lots of bellowing, grumping and jawing, punctuated by some spectacular humps.
Anyway, due to the inescapability of Valentine's Day, we thought we'd feature products with the potential to liven up the drowsy love of married folk. First up, a little something for him or her – the Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears from Japanese firm Neurowear (Neurowear.com).
These are brainwave-controlled cat ears, if you haven't guessed already. The device employs neural sensors (including one that sits prominently on the side of the forehead), as well as a fancy algorithm, to let its wearer express certain attitudes via the Necomimi ears, such as "high focus" (ears perking up).
Provided they work as advertised (and we've never seen it demonstrated live), the Necomimi ears could make a good Valentine's present. At the very least, they make it clear if the wearer's feeling "high interest" (ears up and wiggling) or simply "high relaxation" (drooping ears). Cost: $69.99 plus four AAA batteries.
|The Beer Transport Unit|
Courtesy of Growler on Board
To appreciate this fully, you first need to know what a growler is. There are several definitions, you see, but the one we're interested in (and pretty much the only one you can discuss in polite company) is "a half-gallon jug, usually glass, used to transport beer."
The Beer Transport Unit is nothing more or less than a foam container designed to transport up to three growlers while driving. As Growler on Board states, there's "no more worrying about having your growlers rolling around in your backseat, floor, or trunk!"
And who doesn't drive around with giant beer bottles in their car? Well Techeye doesn't, but there's obviously a sizable demographic of growler-transporters out there somewhere.
Anyway, the Beer Transport Unit costs $29.99. Growlers not included.
|Personalised Superhero Action Figures|
Courtesy of Firebox
Here's the skinny. First you choose a superhero. Captain America, Catwoman, the Flash, Iron Man, Thor and Wonder Woman are available; Batman and Superman are currently out of stock. Then pay £79.99 (yikes) and e-mail two passport-style photos (front and profile) to Firebox.
Sooner or later, you'll get a package containing a regular superhero action figure and an extra head bearing a creepy version of your face on it. Decapitate the action figure, then pop your own head on it. Voila!
Personalised Superhero Action Figures are the perfect gift for married lovers. Or, really, anyone who ever wondered what they'd look like with the face of a meth addict and the body of an East German gymnast.
Ever dreamed of putting your own head on a Wonder Woman action figure? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
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