Possible spoof products mimic Apple's design

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Ever since Apple Inc. introduced iMac in 1998 with its distinctive, clean-and-simple look and user-friendly features, Apple has been winning the hearts -- and loyalty -- of savvy consumers.

And the electronics market was never the same. As other product manufacturers caught on, the market has been inundated with a steady stream of iSomething or iAnother.

On the day of iPhone's ballyhooed launch, here are a few suggestions for products that hew to Apple's design concept -- if not necessarily its philosophy of making life better.

* iVoodoo

This electronic voodoo-doll system features wi-fi, USB technology and an online aggression feature. Download enemy profiles to your iVoodoo with iSync, and you're tormenting on the go. Each time you poke iVoodoo with a red needle (included), it sends gazillions of untraceable spam to your enemy. Users can register up to six enemies on iVoodoo; more with a premium iVoodoo account.

* iVista

Sound like an oxymoron? It's not -- Apple and Microsoft design philosophies are cleverly fused for a good cause: sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). iVista is a virtual window for those who don't have access to natural sunlight. Using Microsoft's breathtakingly beautiful Vista wallpaper, iVista users can set sunrise and sunset times on software that's easy to program and won't crash.

* iScent

A revolutionary plug-in room fragrance system. Customize any scent by mixing the built-in olfactory notes (primary scents). Share scent recipes with your loved ones via e-mail or your .mac account.

* iToaster

With so many products going green, why not the Mac? iToast reuses the case of the short-lived Apple Mac G4 Cube. That adorable little box, which chronically overheated due to a lack of any cooling system, functions as a toaster with just a little tinkering. Not only does it deliver your toast imprinted with the Apple logo, but also plays Youtube or iTunes videos on an LCD screen.

* iBug

A discreet bugging device which looks like, well, a bug. It can stick to any type of surface and is easy to set up -- even a novice can wiretap anyone! Dress your bug with iBug skins, which are sold separately. They look so cute no one will suspect them.

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