Tag: retro

Make a splash with these 6 must-see geeky-cool pool floats and rafts

When it’s time to unplug the devices and hit the pool, lake, or ocean to cool off, I know my kids love stretching out and relaxing on a comfy pool float or raft while they talk to their friends. And, whoa, they would go nuts for any of these totally cool options we found, that reflect their love of all things tech, gaming, and geekery. Heck, I know plenty of adults who would love these too. So keep reading for six of the coolest geeky pool floats and rafts for our plugged-in kids. Just leave the electronics on dry land, okay? CMP is an...

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The Fujifilm Instax Mini Hello Kitty camera. One word: Want.

Should I be embarrassed that I, a 30-something mother of four, saw this Fujifilm Instax Mini Hello Kitty camera and let out a tween-level squeal? Possibly. But heck, who cares? This is freaking awesome. I’ve had a long standing luv-affair (yes, luv) with Hello Kitty, but this camera also appeals to my not-so-inner geek. The camera kit comes complete with a Hello Kitty shaped Instax Mini which takes instant photos, a funky strap, special Hello Kitty-themed film, and photo decals, and it’s calling my youth right back to me. Maybe it could bring back my tiny pre-teen waistline too? I wish.  ...

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Is there really a Magic 8 Ball app? Signs point to yes.

We absolutely love it when our childhood favorites make a modern comeback, like princess phones, Little Golden Records, and of course, Simon. So naturally we’re shaking with excitement (ha) over the new Magic 8 Ball official app that just launched today from Mattel. Get all the fortune-telling functionality of the vintage Magic 8 Ball in app form: Ask your question out loud, then shake or tap your phone to reveal the answer. If you’re stumped for good questions, the app offers daily prompts. And you can share your results via social media, which is is almost as cool as when you used to...

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Designing and printing your own custom 3D jewelry. Without buying a 3D printer.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, I was absolutely thrilled to discover Zazzy, a new platform that allows you to design 3D jewelry, only they take out all the time-consuming stuff…like downloading sometimes complicated software, figuring out how to use it, and then, you know, actually finding a way to print it. Right now there are basic designs like charms, personalized necklaces, cufflinks and pins; and they’re printed not just in that kind of resin-y plastic, but in metals too, like gold-plated or matte black steel. I especially love the origami necklaces  and a section of 8 bit jewelry, all with...

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Cameras that will never ever take a selfie

I love the idea of putting vintage tech objects to use as decorative bookends in a living room or home office — I have a couple of pastel, original Ericophones I use for just that thing. But should you not have a pair of gorgeous, old-school cameras lying around that you can spare, ceramic artist Breck Armstrong has them for you. He takes gorgeous finds that predate words like “selfie” and “untag me please” and incorporates them into these wonderful vintage camera bookends available through Uncommon Goods. It’s the perfect way to bookend a collection of photography books or old heirloom family photo albums, isn’t it? Each pair is handmade to...

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An iPad stand for Eames fans

I have a thing for simple, smart design, which is probably why I’m such an Apple fan. It’s also why I love so many of the Apple accessories designed with the same sensibility. So all it took was the silhouette of this Ray Tablet Stand handcrafted by Ciseal, and, yeah. I filed under Need One Now. Then added it to the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop so you can grab one too. Observant mid-century design fans may get the Ray reference; the molded plywood tablet stand with walnut veneer is inspired by Ray and Charles Eames’s illustrious LCW chair. In fact, the stand looks a lot like something the...

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The My Old Basement LEGO kit: Why should the kids born after 1996 have all the fun?

With all these new LEGO sets coming out, like Scooby Doo LEGO and Doctor Who LEGO, I’ve got total LEGO envy. Why should the kids get all the cool stuff? Well, this new My Old Basement LEGO kit is all mine. Designed by artist Chris McVeigh (a.k.a. Power Pig) who we’ve featured lots of times on our site, this special kit features 358 parts that, when assembled, transform into a vintage gaming set-up, complete with a 70’s-era pre cable television, an original Atari gaming system, even a Coke can. Though I was more of a Tab girl myself. Don’t hate. The attention to detail is...

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The Wooden Boombox: Very awesome, but not actually a boom box

From the everything old is new again files, may we present the Wooden Boombox? It’s actually a Bluetooth speaker, but on the outside, it’s a brilliant hat tip to the old school boombox of my misspent 80’s youth. Only better. because this one is made out of Acacia Koa wood instead of ugly shiny chrome, beautifully carved so it make a great conversation piece wherever you put it, and it won’t chew up and spit out 600 D batteries a week when you play Blondie nonstop because she just, like, speaks to you. In fact, you get about 15 hours on a charge, or use...

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Love You by Sandra Dedrick: Kids’ music download for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for a fresh new song to play for your little sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, I have a gorgeously groovy new tune that has quickly worked its way into our hearts. With a very 60’s sunshine-pop sound, Sandra Dedrick’s Love You is especially nice to hear on these decidedly less-sunshiny days when all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray. Formerly the lead singer of 1960’s band The Free Design, whose sound influenced such modern names as Beck and Stereolab, Sandra Dedrick has such a pretty voice that becomes even more so when backed by the multi-layer harmonies that skip alongside her. There’s much...

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Cool smart phone cases? It’s simple, people. Or actually, Simple People.

I have a little thing for pop culture icons but I tend to reserve actual photos on my smart phone case for pictures of my kids. That’s why the cool smart phone cases from Simple People on Casetify I just discovered are perfect, even for someone like me. There are so many awesome designs that it’s hard to choose a favorite, but Pulp Fiction, David Bowie, and The Ramones, are my  own top three. You’ll find a bunch of very popular–and even not-so-super-popular names–all interpreted with their cool modern illustrative style.   Possibly the best part: They’re available for nearly every kind of smart phone out there, including...

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