Author Archives: Nigel

Full Name: Nigel Powell Website:
Info: Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don't we all?
Gadgets October 21, 2014 posted by Nigel

HooToo TripMate Elite – a very cool tool for travelers to Internet hostile hotels [Review]

OK, seriously, what is the matter with hotels? Why on earth do they insist on making you jump through hoops and pay for Internet connections, don’t they realise it’s more important than clean towels most of the time. Well almost. Anyway, if you’re a traveler, we’ve found a product which should hopefully make your life a lot easier all round.

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HooToo TripMate Elite – a very cool tool for travelers to Internet hostile hotels [Review]
Gadgets October 21, 2014 posted by Nigel

SEYVR Phone Charging Wallet – why carry around a separate charger when you can have one in your wallet instead?

Do you carry around a wallet? A lot of guys do. Bet you also have a phone in your pocket too. With a battery that won’t last the whole day. Well now some design wonks have come up with a combination product which embeds a phone charger inside a wallet. It’s either brilliant, or completely stupid, and we’re not totally sure what yet.

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SEYVR Phone Charging Wallet – why carry around a separate charger when you can have one in your wallet instead?
Free Software October 21, 2014 posted by Nigel

Suruk – keeping cab and rickshaw drivers honest, one meter at a time [Freeware]

This Indian based app has such a lot of cool stuff that we’d like to see offered in other countries that we just had to feature it. If you’ve ever traveled to the fair land of India, you’ll know how tricky it can be to travel around using a taxi or rickshaw. The problem is the opportunist drivers who think any tourist is ripe for exploitation and who will try their best to rip you off by taking the long…

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Suruk – keeping cab and rickshaw drivers honest, one meter at a time [Freeware]
cool tech October 20, 2014 posted by Nigel

USB Armory – tiny open source computer is tiny

We like teeny computers. They’re so cool. All that processing power and storage and clever stuff crammed into a ridiculously small form factor? Who wouldn’t love them? This new product though, looks like it might take the cake. The USB Armory from Inverse Path is an open source hardware design that looks really interesting.

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USB Armory – tiny open source computer is tiny
Gadgets October 18, 2014 posted by Nigel

NapAnywhere – at last a neck pillow that actually works?

Traveling is fun, but it can also be a bit of a drag if you’re going long distance and are forced to sleep en route. The problem is there’s no comfortable way to snooze on a plane, bus or car, even with one of the typical head pillows you can buy at terminals all over the world. But now an enterprising doctor thinks he’s got a solution.

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NapAnywhere – at last a neck pillow that actually works?
Gadgets October 17, 2014 posted by Nigel

iShoe UV Sanitizer – keeping your feet fresh and sweet using the power of light

We have 250,000 sweat glands on each foot, which are capable of pushing out two cups of perspiration a day. That’s a lot of water to be sloshing around in, no wonder our feet can come home smelling a little bit rank. But of course smell is only one effect, we can also get fungus and other attacks from this warm, wet environment, which is why it’s best to keep our tootsies as fresh and clean as possible.

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iShoe UV Sanitizer – keeping your feet fresh and sweet using the power of light
Gadgets October 17, 2014 posted by Nigel

MIITO – the end of the electric kettle as we know it?

We collectively waste a huge amount of energy heating up our drinks every day. In fact there’s a theory that one day of extra energy use from over-filling electric kettles is enough to light all the street lights in England for a night. Scary. But now an enterprising design team has come up with an idea to do away with the conventional kettle completely, and so save massive amounts of this wasted energy.

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MIITO – the end of the electric kettle as we know it?
Cool Web Apps & Sites October 16, 2014 posted by Nigel

How Technology Has Changed Our Lives – 114 years of ‘progress’ in a very cool video cascade

Hey, you know all this stuff we’ve got around us now, like the gadgets, healthcare and incredible advances in transport? Well they all started somewhere, and if you’re at all interested in watching the people who kind of made our modern world happen, you should definitely pop over to this How Technology Has Changed Our Lives site. Be warned though, it’s a bit addictive, so make sure you’ve got some free time.

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How Technology Has Changed Our Lives – 114 years of ‘progress’ in a very cool video cascade
Gadgets October 15, 2014 posted by Nigel

Re-Timer Light Therapy Glasses – new LED glasses reduce jet lag and winter blues after just 30 minutes use a day

Light Therapy is a well established method of helping people who suffer from the winter blues (otherwise known as SAD or seasonal affective disorder). The idea is you sit in front of a bright natural daylight lamp every day to normalize your melatonin and help regulate the mood changes that come from shorter days and less access to sunlight. But now there’s a new product which promises to make it more efficient all round.

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Re-Timer Light Therapy Glasses – new LED glasses reduce jet lag and winter blues after just 30 minutes use a day
Gadgets October 15, 2014 posted by Nigel

Toilet Phone – sorry, too many jokes available … please try later

So occasionally we come across products which we feel you should know about, even if we don’t actually understand their reason for existence. This is one such product. We’d just like to know which synapse challenged marketing suit decided that creating a Toilet Phone would be a great idea? Do you think they had a long discussion about it? What color it would be? Size?

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Toilet Phone – sorry, too many jokes available … please try later
Eco Friendly October 15, 2014 posted by Nigel

4.7 Meter Electric Bike – wacky Chinese electric bicycle vies for Guinness world record

You’ve got to hand it to the clever Chinese, they know how to enjoy themselves in a collective way. Just look at this very cosy 4.7 Meter Electric Bicycle, which can hold up to 9 people comfortably as it presumably stutters along the road. We say presumably because we’re wondering how many batteries you need to haul that amount of cargo on just two wheels?

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4.7 Meter Electric Bike – wacky Chinese electric bicycle vies for Guinness world record
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