Photos: Wild for women’s gadgets
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A new line of headbands called
iPod owners can outfit their MP3 players in virtually any style of garb these days. These cotton and leather
The Miss A Kit, also dubbed the “Miss Army Knife,” targets women on the go. It sells for $19.95 and comes with a flashlight, keychain, needle and thread, tweezers, perfume bottle, mirror, pill box, knife and more. The product comes in a rainbow of colors, including magenta, orange, purple, yellow, and yes, pink.
Rebe, a mother/daughter design team, makes mod-looking laptop sleeves that are sized to fit Macs, but can be customized to fit a PC. They cost $78.
In June, Motorola and designer Dolce&Gabbana
Surf’s up! Chip Chick recently featured this Style Surfdive USB flash drive shaped like a surfboard. It’s available in four designs and retails for $32 to $35 at Walmart.
Consumers, notably women, like to personalize gadgets to suit their own style. Hewlett-Packard has come out with a new line of skins (PDF) that can be used to spruce up laptops, desktops and monitors. They come in hundreds of designs: solid colors, abstract images, colors, flowers and faux fur.
Some companies, such as Iqua, a Finnish maker of mobile communications accessories, feature women prominently in promotional materials.
The Hello Kitty icon has festooned everything from laptops, cell phones and USB hubs to $2 thermoses. The cute feline appeals to young girls, but many women say they need more than Hello Kitty to get them to buy gadgets.
rnETCHamac, a Macworld vendor, specializes in laser etching for laptops and iPods. On display at this year’s Macworld was an etched pink Hello Kitty iPod.