Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Best Kanna Best!

Businessweek has come out with their choices for the best products of 2005. Barring the iPod Nano and the XBox 360, none of the other products on the list were very obvious choices. And even more surprisingly, many were products I wouldn't buy even if I had the money(like a $350 golf ball finder!). But there are a few neat things in there. Here are 5 that sparked my interest...

- By logging on to stamps.com, you can put your photo on a stamp thats valid for US mail. That would've been a nice novelty if I still wrote letters back home!

- In another example of personalization, you can have any 2 2-word phrases embossed on M&Ms. Talk about being sweetly personal!

- If you have kids who love playing in the water in the hot sun(are there any that don't?!), you'll love this. Coppertone has a spray sunscreen that goes on as a clear mist with no white streaks and no rubbing.

- These guys have a really lame ad on the radio but their product sounds interesting. Called Slingbox, you hook it up to your TV. You then install their software on your PC or laptop anywhere in the world and Slingbox will beam live broadcasts or recorded shows over the internet to your machine. Seems perfect for those boring nights in the hotel room when on an international business trip to a place like Japan.

- I'd love to see how Cyber-trainer works. Its a video workout program with something called an EyeToy camera which puts you on the TV screen next to a personal trainer who guides and assesses your program. With the right personal trainer, this one might finally get the couch potatoes off their butts!

6 Comments:

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Me said...

now thts informative :o))

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Raju said...

I saw the ad for the Slingbox on TV yesterday (one guy watching football on his laptop in a church's funeral mourning shouts 'He is a bum', at some player, after all the good words by the minister and then one after other in the crowd talk 'true' of the dead guy). Interesting..

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger Siva Nara said...

Balaji,

You never know which product would become a big hit in the market. As you might know, 3M made, Post-It purely by accident as they were researching for a strong adhesive but could make only very light adhesive. But the product is now a household name generating millions of dollars. So a $350 golf ball finder, might one day become a household usage.

Even though, there are many people writing blogs, I read only your blogs on a daily basis.

Thanks for posting such useful info Balaji. Keep it up.

 
At 4:45 PM, Anonymous ram said...

stamps.com -- my friend's sis-in-law used it for my friend's wedding to send out invitations with a pic of the couple...it was so cutttttttte!

 
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