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?
hmm..interesting October 28, 2015 posted by Nigel

Mother Dirt – can we really stay clean and healthy using soil not soap?

Every day we spend time and money ensuring that our bodies are as clean and sterile as possible, using soaps, shampoos and a variety of products designed to keep us fragrant. But could that regime actually be harming us in some fundamental way? The folks at Mother Dirt think so. Which is why they’ve created a range of products which are designed to restore what they call ‘happy bacteria’ to our lives.

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Mother Dirt – can we really stay clean and healthy using soil not soap?
Eco Friendly October 26, 2015 posted by Nigel

Ecoduna – revolutionary new micro algae technology turns waste into nutritious super food [Special Report]

According to the United Nations, malnutrition is the largest single contributor to disease in the world. Even those of us who live in the 21st century modern developed world, can suffer from ‘lifestyle malnutrition’; through a lack of vital nutrients, especially if we eat badly, or rely too much on fast food and processed produce. But now there may be an answer on the way, thanks to some ingenious technology from a small Austrian company.

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Ecoduna – revolutionary new micro algae technology turns waste into nutritious super food [Special Report]
Gadgets October 24, 2015 posted by Nigel

Dazzne 8 in 1 GoPro & Action Cam Kit – turn your body into a camera happy straps chappie

Having an action cam is all well and good, but the problem is making sure it’s attached in the best place to capture great video. Most cameras nowadays come with standard helmet mounts, and maybe even sticky pads and clamps if you’re lucky, but that still leaves a lot of options open. Like your body. So step up this new Dazzne 8 in 1 GoPro & Action Cam Kit.

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Dazzne 8 in 1 GoPro & Action Cam Kit – turn your body into a camera happy straps chappie
Reviews October 17, 2015 posted by Nigel

Zidoo X1 – budget Android TV box delivers decent performance [Review]

The world’s not short of Android TV boxes, that’s for sure, but for the most part they follow a pretty standard pattern. They’re grey/black rectangular boxes, with standard Android user interfaces and that’s that. The Zidoo products however try to be a little different. They tend to try and jazz up the interface software so you get an easier time navigating the system. This new Zidoo X1 budget box is another in this genre.

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Zidoo X1 – budget Android TV box delivers decent performance [Review]
Gadgets October 10, 2015 posted by Nigel

Treat & Train – help your dog reach its full potential

Dogs are definitely the best friend we’ve got. We know that for a fact because the crows told us. But they can have a little difficulty understanding exactly what we want sometimes, which is why there are a ton of tools out there to help with training and obedience. This Treat & Train product looks like a simple but effective way to help with the task.

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Treat & Train – help your dog reach its full potential
Awesome October 9, 2015 posted by Nigel

Dome DVR Car Camera – superb budget car cam adds intelligent driver assist tools too [Review]

Car DVR cameras are definitely not a new thing. They’re very popular in countries with dodgy drivers – ahem … Russia …cough – and we’ve featured them in review before. But what is getting interesting are the advanced features they’re starting to add to these cameras, to give them more driver value in more ways than just video and GPS. We recently got our hands on a new model, the Dome GS98C Car DVR Camera, and came away very impressed.

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Dome DVR Car Camera – superb budget car cam adds intelligent driver assist tools too [Review]
Electric Cars September 30, 2015 posted by Nigel

2015 Audi A3 Sportback eTron – hybrid motoring done with style and effect [Review]

The recent furore over the Volkswagen group diesel fraud hasn’t removed the fact that the German group has been doing some solid work on hybrid and low MPG technology in general, as we’ve seen from our reviews of recent Golf products. The cars we’ve looked at, including the all electric and hybrid Golfs, provide practical efficient motoring at a reasonable price, and so it is with this new hybrid from Audi.

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2015 Audi A3 Sportback eTron – hybrid motoring done with style and effect [Review]
general September 26, 2015 posted by Nigel

Anti Snore Sleep Belt – at last, the ultimate tool to stop the noise!

OK, so you’re desperate, you’ve tried everything but nothing works. The noise is unbearable, the neighbors are complaining and your dog has taken to sleeping in the basement. What to do? Well there’s no shortage of tools available to help with big time snorers, but this is the first time we’ve seen something so blindingly obvious. Behold sufferers (and partners!), for we present the Anti Snore Sleep Belt.

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Anti Snore Sleep Belt – at last, the ultimate tool to stop the noise!
sleaze tech September 25, 2015 posted by Nigel

Now we know the REAL reason why our cars never match advertised MPG figures

The horrendous stink kicked up by the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal is starting to throw up a lot of other very unsavory facts as well. The admission that people in the industry have known about the problem for a while, and that other car makers may be conducting a similar deception with their models is unbelievable. But one of the most appalling facts to emerge is the revelation that the world’s car makers are routinely gaming the fuel economy numbers…

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Now we know the REAL reason why our cars never match advertised MPG figures
hardware September 14, 2015 posted by Nigel

Worlds First Spider Proof Shed – inventor nominated for Nobel Prize

Apparently there are millions of you out there who’re scared of spiders. Arachnophobes! We have to confess we’re rather amused by this, since we’ve never had any fear of those cute little eight legged … aaargh, get it off, GET. IT. OFF!! Right, where were we? So, for all those of us you, who may feel uneasy or worse around the little critters, here’s a new product which should make it easier for you to survive extended periods in your…

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Worlds First Spider Proof Shed – inventor nominated for Nobel Prize
Gadgets September 12, 2015 posted by Nigel

Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Alarm Clock – wake up to your favorite smells … but bacon?

Goodness knows it’s hard enough to wake up on the best of days, let alone the dark dismal ones we face each winter. Perhaps that’s the reason why there are so many different types of alarm clock on the market, each trying to help with man’s oldest problem. How to get up in time for the day’s mammoth hunt? But this new product looks like an interesting solution.

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Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Alarm Clock – wake up to your favorite smells … but bacon?
Recommended September 9, 2015 posted by Nigel

ZhiYun Z1 Evolution Gimbal – silky smooth camera footage from your GoPro and clones [Review]

Everyone wants to get in on the action camera craze, you can’t turn a corner without some company or other releasing a new GoPro clone. But the fact is that most of the results from these cool tiny cameras leave a lot to be desired. Shaky, blurry, footage of your efforts does little to make you look good, which is why there are a number of handheld camera stabilizers coming on to the market. But do they actually work?

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ZhiYun Z1 Evolution Gimbal – silky smooth camera footage from your GoPro and clones [Review]