Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tech Column: Adaptive Tech for Dry Skin

by Bill Adler

Not all technology involves electrons and multi-syllable words. And not all technology is single-purpose. In fact, sometimes the best uses of technology are when you adapt one simple device for a completely different, and brilliant, purpose. That's the subject of this week's tech column: Taking one technology and using it for a completely different purpose. And that is:

Use a contact lens case to carry skin cream.

Unless you like overpriced sampler creams. Unless you're fond of carrying giant-sized Lubriderm pumps. Unless you can do without on days when even the squirrels are applying the oil from nuts, instead of eating the nuts.

If you're the kind of person who's become adept at opening and applying lip balm single handedly, then this tip is especially for you. Just fill the little right and left lens containers with your favorite cream and you're ready to withstand the driest of winter days. You can even carry along two different creams. I've often used this system when traveling and can say that airport security doesn't care about contact lens cases.

Pick up cases at your local drugstore, or order them online in bulk, http://amzn.to/zq4qno, and pre-position the cases and cream in every coat, bag and pants pocket you own. (As an aside, because contact lens cases are waterproof, you won't be saying bad words if you accidentally wash your pants with a case in the pocket, as you might do when a Chapstick ends up in the wash.)

This is adaptive technology at its best.


Bill Adler is the co-publisher of the Cleveland Park Listserv, www.cleveland-park.com. He is the author of "Boys and Their Toys: Understanding Men by Understanding Their Relationship with Gadgets," http://amzn.to/rspOft. He tweets at @billadler.

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