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Magic Jack = Cool Tech: Phone Service for $20/year?

I received an email from a friend about Magic Jack this morning. At first, I was thinking it was one of those jacks you can use on your car that automatically jacks up your car using a hydraulic jack powered by the car battery. What I ended up seeing was something totally different.

The Magic Jack is a USB device that you plug into your computer and then plug your regular phone into the jack in the back. The device allows you to use your regular phone to make calls anywhere in the US or Canada (sorry Mexico). Supposedly, it sets up in about 45 seconds and requires no additional software. Their website says that the first year is $39.95 and subsequent years at $19.95. Vonage… Who’s that?

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Comfort Shoes Make Walking More… Well, Comfortable

Comfort Shoes

One might expect the most comfortable shoes in the world to come from a well known shoe brand, one of those companies that spend hundreds of millions of dollars a month on advertising. Instead, they come from a company that is well known for innovation but not necessarily footwear: Gadget Universe.

It started with the research of rubber for the construction and automobile industries. Scientists investigating shock absorption for buildings and automobiles discovered a special polymer that was both lightweight and absorbed shock and vibration. The research lead to the development of the very first Gravity Defyer Shoe: the Catapult MMXT3.

What is the Gravity Defyer?
It was scientifically constructed with a hidden 6mm (1/8″) shock absorber under the heel that releases its reciprocating resistance power each time you step. As your weight changes to the balls of your feet, the hidden shock absorber generates upward pressure, rebounding your body upward and propelling you forward in life.

It’s almost as if Aeolus, the Greek god of wind, himself has taken his powerful wind out of his bottles and put it into each pair of the Gravity Defyer Shoes. Your entire body will receive an energy burst when you slip on the Gravity Defyer Shoes because your joints and spine will no longer feel the full impact of your high impact life. The basic findings by the scientists of the Impact Research Technology Lab were that the combination of lightweight rubber and lightweight, durable springs will reduce the impact and force of gravity on our entire body much the same way that a suspension system helps reduce the impact on an automobile and airplane.

Look great too! We all have them, an expensive pair of dress shoes for those special occasions. The shoes that world famous secret agents wear to the black tie party where they end up doing some reconnaissance before they are chased around a European city by evil henchmen. The kind of dress shoes that show class, style, and sophistication but are so uncomfortable you can’t wait to take them off. Designed by the best shoe designers from three continents, the Gravity Defyer Shoes provide you with all the sophistication and comfort needed to keep up with the best of the world famous secret agents.

Every shoe is also sent through a comprehensive quality assurance process to ensure that each pair of Gravity Defyer Shoes adheres to the highest standards set forth by the Alexander Innovation Wizard. Relieve your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine. Give your whole body a break from the pressures of your daily life.

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My Favorites of 2007

Nearly a week into 2008, and I am long overdue for a post. What better way than to recap my favorites of 2007:

Favorite blog on my blogroll: 800lb Gorilla

Favorite color: Powder blue from the San Diego Charger jerseys

Favorite day: Day before my birthday (My brother and I ran the LA Triathlon Sprint)

Favorite city: Many to choose from, but gotta love Chicago (even during February)

Favorite SkyMall gadget: Gotta love the Gravity Defyer Shoes

Favorite conspiracy theory: Tom Cruise was cloned by Xenu and the clone is the crazy one we’ve seen in recent years

Favorite book: If I Did It. Just kidding. The Seven Lost Secrets of Success. Joe Vitale has mastered success and is passing it along. That’s the way it should be!

Favorite moment at work: There are so many to choose from. While the Montel Williams show was interesting and The Talking Show was a first, neither of them is the top choice. Not quite the top either, the GBK Oscars Gift Suite was certainly enjoyable, as was the Scriptwriter’s Showcase. I even learned about how bad the strike would be months before it happened. Even though having Reggie Bush on the cover of the magazine was nice, that too was not my favorite moment. My favorite moment at work definitely has to be when I realized I had a great advertisement.

Favorite dance event: 2007 US Open. The Moorpark College Swing Dance Team received second place in their very first team competition at the US Open. I was one of the founding members of the college club at Moorpark, so it was particularly enjoyable to see them do so well in their first competition.

Favorite radio moment: When I was doing the Gadget Panel Radio show while on the road, heading to a Dodgers game. My phone cut out and Gadget Panelist Vadim was unable to get himself on the phone circuit. Great radio!

Favorite blog I didn’t write: The blog recapping my trip to New Zealand with the 20GB of pictures and photos I took while down under.

Favorite Movie: Ratatouille. The little ones teach us so much in life.

Favorite Website: Ext JS. The web’s future is so bright it’s gotta wear shades. My favorite demo is the desktop sample.  My nerd side is shining.

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This week on Gadget Panel Radio

We’ll be talking gadgets and sports this week with a guy who knows almost nothing about sports, Gadget Panelist Vadim K. Who better to talk to about baseball, the NBA and NHL playoff, and the upcoming football season than the guy who doesn’t even know if the Dodgers are a baseball team or a basketball team!

All kidding aside, we’ll also be talking about what is going on in the world of the gadget and innovation catalogs. Why is Donald Trump on the cover of The Sharper Image catalog? Why does Gadget Universe keep showing the same guy on the cover of every single catalog this year? And what happened to that Richard Thalheimer guy? Listen in at BlogTalkRadio.com!

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First ever Gadget Panel Radio

On BlogTalkRadio.com. Pardon the first 20 seconds… I had some technical difficulties 😀

There’s even a clip from the Kevin Smith keynote from the Scriptwriter’s Showcase on Friday evening.

Vadim tells us about his move from the Ukraine to America and the horifying experience of moving around. Then he talks about the coolest products in the world!

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This week on the GadgetPanel Blog Talk Radio Show

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The weekly Gadget Panel Radio Show is coming to a computer near you!

This week’s guest co-host is the Gadget Panel’s most popular Contributor: Vadim K. From his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine to his tailgating escapades captured on the the coolest in-car surveillance system (the same device Paris Hilton got for her birthday), Vadim will be walking us through some of the coolest gadgets on the market today. He will even be showcasing some items that haven’t even hit the market yet.

Some of the items we’ll be covering this Saturday (1PM Pacific):

The Home Theater Watch (Checkout our youtube video to see it in action) from Gadget Universe
The Gravity Defyer Shoes available through SkyMall
The Vehicle Safeguard (watch Vadim tailgate a Bentley along the world famous Mullholland Drive)

Plus, you’ll get to hear about what happens behind the scenes at the biggest Gadget shop in America: Gadget Universe
Do you have a Gadget experience worth sharing? Of course you do! Join the Gadget Panel Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio.com for free and share your experience.

Chances are, you’ve purchased an innovative product in the past few months. The Gadget Panel is a community built innovation product information website. Gadget Enthusiasts like you share with others about your experience with gadgets from all around the world. You can share too, and not just by blogging! Call in and talk with us LIVE!

You might be asking yourself why… Well, when you have a great experience with a product, you tell your friends, right? When you have a bad experience with a product, you tell your friends, right? Think of the Gadget Panel as your best friend. Share with your friends about your experience and help others find the “hard to find” products that are really going to make a difference in their life.

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Listen to the Radio!

Listen LiveDon’t just read about gadgets. Call in and talk to me and other gadget enthusiasts during during our upcoming Gadget Panel BlogTalkRadio.com Show.

Guaranteed to be entertaining, fun, and informative. You won’t want to miss our first show in a couple of Saturdays. Share the gadget experience!

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Music and Movies and Voice Recording… OH MY!!!

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I had the Home Theater Watch at the 2007 GBK Oscar show. Like I mentioned in previous blogs, Billy Wirth, Shawn Hatosy, Joel Moore, and Warren G all loved the Home Theater Watch. It wasn’t a huge hit for the female celebrities, but there were plenty of women taking a look at the watch.

But this isn’t about the Oscars or celebrities. This is about my very own Home Theater Watch experience. Now, I’ll admit that I’m not much of a nerd. While I’m sure that my sister is laughing her butt off right now at that statement, I swear I’m not a nerd. Honestly! This watch is actually really cool.

Plug it into your MAC or PC. It uses a micro USB cable and is auto detected by both in my case. Although, be a lil’ careful with the MAC because its wide open folks! Don’t start deleting files that you *think* you don’t need. You probably do.

Anyway, getting back to the coolness of this watch. I was totally blown away by this cool product. It really is like Joel Moore said, “It’s like an iPod for your wrist.” Yet the Home Theater Watch also has the added coolness factor of being a watch. Something you wear on your wrist that tells time. I was sporting it at the office today, and people were all begging me to see what the watch can do. There are dozens or people who have written about the Home Theater Watch:

Gear Live had something to say
Luxist recommends it while you are standing in line while out and about
SciFi.com even pointed out that you can watch a full length film or a couple of episodes of Prison Break
Coolest Gadgets pointed out the usefulness during a traffic jam
Wrist Dreams… Well, I’m not sure what to make about their name to be honest with you -P
Book of Joe wants the manufacturer to promise “Your friends and family will be eager to spend time with you….”. How do you become the most popular blogging anesthesiologist? I’m sure that the first step is to start blogging
So, everyone at work is following me around…

Does it play movies? Yep!

Does it play music? Yep!

Does it have a voice recorder? Uh…

I didn’t even realize this until after I had shot the video. See and hear the Home Theater Watch video I posted on youtube.

So, when the controller came by my office to tell me that one of my biggest marketing channels had posted a FAT profit for Q1, I was excited because I had it all on audio. I was testing the recording feature when she came by, so I’m not going to make a practice out of recording conversations, but it just kinda happened. Hopefully the FBI will make note of that when they scan this website and let me slide -D

And, BTW. At the time I wrote this blog, there was a 5 question survey on gadgetuniverse.com that claims you can enter to win a Home Theater Watch. I don’t know the details or if there is a deadline, but this watch is worth giving it a shot. I’ll take another one!

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Springs with Shoes

lrg_spring_heels.jpgA friend of mine sent me the following image he found on the Modern Mechanix blog. He said it was like a pair of naked Gravity Defyer Shoes 😛

Apparently, this is from the September 1939 edition of Mechanix Illustrated. I couldn’t help but chuckle. These clumsy looking shoes were invented by some Swiss shoemaker who wanted to reduce the impact of everyday walking on our bodies.

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How you know you have a GREAT advertisement

Do I have a product that will sell and will this advertisement sell? Two questions posed by everyone in business, and particularly marketing. I have the secret formula for you right here.

Its late September, and I’m sitting in a product meeting unlike any other product meeting I’ve seen before. Alexander Elnekaveh (he’s not Alexander Innovation Wizard yet) is talking about the product of the future. In marketing, you must have bravado about your products. If you don’t believe in them, you won’t convince anyone to purchase. I’m thinking, I’ve heard Alex say many of the same positive things about other products of his in the past but they didn’t pan out into best sellers.

Something is different about this new product. I’m sitting there staring at a pair of men’s dress shoes. What’s so special about these shoes? They have spring in the heals, reducing the impact walking has on your ankles, knees, hips, and spine. The shoes are incredibly comfortable too. AND they are dress shoes. This means, I can walk into a client’s office and be both comfortable and good looking at the same time. That’s a rarity in the world of professional business attire.

As an advertiser, I know my gut feeling is only going to get me so far. I need something concrete to know that a product or an advertisement is going to work. There are several traditional options, such as focus groups and testing. People even have “experts” look at the ad and tell them whether the ad is going to sell or not.

Working with Alex on the shoes, I discovered a new method for determining if an advertisement is going to be a success. It’s pretty simple, actually. Here it is: If everyone is telling you no but the sales are showing otherwise, you have a great ad.

When I first told SkyMall that we wanted 2 pages for the shoes, they said we were crazy. The shoes are outselling the next best selling item by 4x. SkyMall is notorious for being conservative with their products. On the other hand, Popular Mechanics is well known for being cutting edge and keeping up with the latest in technology and innovation in both content and advertisements. They were pleased to have the two page advertisement on page 4 of their February issue. Of course, the shoes are selling great! Going back to conservative publications, Scientific American shunned the idea of the advertisement in their magazine completely. It wasn’t just the advertisement, it was the product. This was proof positive that we are on the right path. Scientific American is much more conservative with their publication than Popular Mechanics. Not surprisingly, you will see more innovative products advertised in Popular Mechanics, which also boasts a circulation 3x the size of Scientific American.

You might be thinking, Jared is crazy! Well, I won’t rule out that idea. However, when you compare the direction that publications like Popular Mechanics are going (increasing circulation while competitive magazines are stagnant or decreasing circulation), it makes sense. These kinds of magazines are winners because they are willing to remain competitive with their advertising costs while staying fresh with both their content and advertising.

People subscribe to magazines not just for the content, but for the advertisements as well. Don’t agree? Two words: Super Bowl. Still don’t agree? Comment.

While there seems to be a never ending list of people with great things to say about the Gravity Defyer Shoes (such as Dr. Joe Vitale, who literally wrote the book on Direct Marketing), there is a long list of people who think it’s crazy! The only thing crazy about the Gravity Defyer Shoes is how much people love them when they try them on.

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