Friday, December 5, 2008

New Products: Get cooking on the Nintendo DS

Even the most reluctant cooks can power up their creations with a software title that turns the Nintendo DS into an interactive cooking coach. Created for the portable video gaming system, the title features an electronic cooking instructor that provides step-by-step instructions for making everything from an afternoon snack to a gourmet feast. Loaded with hundreds of recipes and cooking tips, the title has tools that can help you make electronic shopping lists, customize recipes, count calories and estimate cooking times. Part of a new line of interactive training programs, the "Personal Trainer: Cooking" for Nintendo DS title costs $20. Don't have a Nintendo DS? You can borrow one, or buy your own for $130.

IFrogz lets you customize your headphones

IFrogz has launched customizable headphones as part of its new EarPollution line. Online shoppers can choose from a variety of bases, accents and artwork options to create a pair of Hype ear buds. Want even more choices? The line's on-ear Fallout headphones let you choose a headband, side piece, speaker piece, ear cap and ear cushion while the on-ear Nerve Pipes let you pick a headband, artwork, side piece, speaker piece and hinge. Available online, the Hype ear buds cost $20 while the Fallout and Nerve Pipes are $35 each.

Look up words as you read

Slim as a bookmark and wide as a small note card, the New York Times PageMark Dictionary lets you look up definitions for words while you're reading. It also provides daily "Highlight from History" facts and historical birthdays from the Times' archives. Priced at about $60, it includes nine interactive word games and phonetic spell correction.

Use your iPod with your car stereo

If the holidays have you hitting the road in your car, the Griffin Technology FM transmitter can make the miles more entertaining. Designed to work with Apple iPods, including the new iPhone 3G, the RoadTrip With SmartScan for iPhone transmits tunes from the iPod to your car stereo via an FM frequency. To get the clearest signal, it scans the radio dial for the three clearest frequencies and automatically turns those programs into presets. It costs $100.

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