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Full Name: Dan Ferris Website:
Info: Dan Ferris is the Red Ferret’s Oceanic correspondent and Associate Editor based in Sydney, Australia. Despite not knowing Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman, Dan has risen above adversity and now scours the world for interesting tidbits to write about. He spends far too much time photographing stuff and tinkering with computers.
Fun & Games June 4, 2010 posted by Dan

LEGO Minifigure Ice Cube Tray – Cool and cute

This LEGO Minifigure Ice Cube tray looks like a bit of fun. It’s silicone so getting the pesky blighters out should be easy. If you’re really clever you could stick two halves together and make fat, double-sided minifigures. Or minifigure candles, or chocolates or whatever else you can pour into silicone moulds; ABS, cement, molten lead? Whaatever, you can pick one up from the LEGO shop for about US$7.99. Keep cool with LEGO minifigure ice cubes! / Makes 8 minifigure-shaped…

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LEGO Minifigure Ice Cube Tray – Cool and cute
Gadgets June 4, 2010 posted by Dan

iLuv iAD115 – Micro Sized USB Car Adapter

Why don’t cars come with USB ports? Seriously? Is there a more prevalent standard in the world? If you’ve asked this question, and you don’t really need your car’s cigarette lighter socket then the iLuv iAD115 Micro Size USB Car Adapter can help. It might look like just another USB car charger, but it’s very short and sits almost flush with the car dash so it looks built-in and hopefully won’t get knocked about as you flail around looking for…

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iLuv iAD115 – Micro Sized USB Car Adapter
Gadgets June 3, 2010 posted by Dan

QuokkaPad – hands on with the open-source multi platform tablet

I had an interesting chat today with Mike Ottoy, designer of the QuokkaPad, an open-source, iPad-esque ebook reader with an awful lot of potential. The idea of the QuokkaPad was conceived 10 years ago as an alternative medium for critical documentation such as military or aircraft manuals, where the distribution and version control is paramount. Gradually it evolved into its current form: a Linux powered, open source ebook reader/slate/tablet. It’s not quite as svelte as the current crop of pads…

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QuokkaPad – hands on with the open-source multi platform tablet
Gadgets June 3, 2010 posted by Dan

USB SSD Drive – SSD in an oversized USB key

I’ve often wondered why manufacturers don’t just stick more flash RAM into USB sticks to increase capacity, turns out the Buffalo does just that. This Buffalo USB SSD Drive comes in 4/8/16/32 and 64GB capacities and looks to be about twice as a long as a standard USB stick. It’s USB 2.0 but there’s no mention of read/write speeds. Prices range from US$46 up to US$337. Buffalo’s latest SHD-LVS-BK is a nice device stuck between an USB memory and an…

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USB SSD Drive – SSD in an oversized USB key
Fun & Games June 2, 2010 posted by Dan

RC Plane Camera – Awesome and lightweight plane camera

There are heaps of tiny cameras for remote control planes, but if you’re looking for an out-of-the box and low-cost version then you might like this RC Plane Camera from Chinavasion. It weighs a measly 20g (2/3 of an ounce), the camera is mounted on a swivel and it comes with a lightweight bracket so you should be able to stick it anywhere on the plane. Inside there’s 2GB of storage and you choose to take mp4 VGA video @…

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RC Plane Camera – Awesome and lightweight plane camera
Awesome June 1, 2010 posted by Dan

USB Roving Missile Launcher – Mutually assured amusement

Still playing with those USB missile launchers that sit on a desk? Pfft. Check out the USB Roving Missile Launcher. Controlled via software and a plugin USB 2.4GHz transmitter you can steer the tank, raise and lower the launcher and shoot the missiles up to 4 meters. 34.95 Desk defence is set to make a huge leap forwards with this Roving USB Missile Launcher. Up until now USB Missile Launchers, whilst able to rotate and alter their elevation, have been…

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USB Roving Missile Launcher – Mutually assured amusement
Gadgets May 31, 2010 posted by Dan

Bloom Pot – Illuminating garden pot

The Bloom Pot is a polypropylene planter pot with a pair of 11 watt CFL bulbs inside. The upshot being you’ll always be able to find your plants in the dark, and, hopefully, you’ll stop tripping over them on the way to the out house. You know what? With a slightly better design you could illuminate the pots and help the plants grow at night. Oh well. Available in white, red or orange and in 40/60/100cm diameter versions £109.99 The…

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Bloom Pot – Illuminating garden pot
Gadgets May 31, 2010 posted by Dan

Personal Television and Theater Amplifier – Makes it louder without turning it up

You’re getting old, the people on the TV are starting to mumble. So you turn up the volume and all of a sudden the people around you start yelling at you. What do you do? Get one of these Personal Television and Theater Amplifier thingies of course. Who cares if it makes you look like a stock broker on a lunch break, you’ll be able to hear the infernal machine and keep your family. The only down side is suddenly…

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Personal Television and Theater Amplifier – Makes it louder without turning it up
Bookmark This! May 25, 2010 posted by Dan

Moon Zoo – Help NASA search the moon, one crater at a time

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is fast becoming another one of these way-to-successful projects, with NASA swamped by the huge amounts of data it’s sending back. To help, they’re going Mechanical Turk and farming out the identification work to humans via the Moon Zoo site. To help just create an account and start perusing images of the lunar surface; you can identify craters, lava flows and even the odd bit of lunar lander. Sounds like a fun way to while away…

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Moon Zoo – Help NASA search the moon, one crater at a time
Gadgets May 25, 2010 posted by Dan

Handheld GPS Navigator and Mobile Phone – Car GPS with anywhere internet

I’m willing to bet most of us have phones with built-in GPS, but how about a GPS unit with a built-in phone? This Handheld GPS Navigator and Mobile Phone is a 4.3″ touchscreen GPS unit running Windows CE, you just need to add your own GPS software. It also has a SIM card slot (GSM 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz) which allows you to make calls and send text messages, and of course it has Bluetooth. You can also surf via GPRS…

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Handheld GPS Navigator and Mobile Phone – Car GPS with anywhere internet
Gadgets May 24, 2010 posted by Dan

Liquid Soap Maker – Turns old soap into new soap

If you’re into saving resources, and cake soap, then you’ll need one of these Liquid Soap Makers. Just bung in your useless little slivers of cake soap, add water and come back tomorrow for DIY pump soap. All I can say is that you’ll need to have saved a lot of slivers for this to work US$9.99. [Via] Enjoy your favorite bar of soap in liquid form. The Liquid Soap Maker converts previously wasted soap slivers into liquid hand soap,…

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Liquid Soap Maker – Turns old soap into new soap
Gadgets May 21, 2010 posted by Dan

Headphone Beanie – Keeps your noggin warm and buzzy

Headphone beanies are great, and when they’re this price they’re brilliant. This cotton Headphone Beanie comes with a 1.2m cord, fits anything with a headphone socket and has removable speakers so you can wash the thing when it gets all manky. Better get ’em quick, minimum order at the moment is 2, but in a couple of months it’ll be a minimum of 5. ~US$10 for the pair. Keep your head warm and enjoy great music at the same time…

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Headphone Beanie – Keeps your noggin warm and buzzy
Gadgets May 20, 2010 posted by Dan

USB Port Cleaner – Scrub your way to a better connection

If your USB ports have somewhat dodgy connections it may just be that the contacts have corroded slightly. Brando can help with their USB Port Cleaner. It will brighten the contacts and brighten your day. Insert insert-joke here. US$17 USB Port Cleaner is used to clean up the USB port copper material – bad contact issue. You just need to plug it into the USB port and plug it out. Repeat this action 2-3 times. Then, the USB port will…

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USB Port Cleaner – Scrub your way to a better connection
Gadgets May 20, 2010 posted by Dan

Tripoli Wifi Quadband Phone – Slidey TV phone with a real keyboard

If touchscreen keyboards are getting you down, here’s an alternative that won’t break the bank, the Tripoli Wifi Quadband Phone. Loaded with a flipout 3.2″ touchscreen hiding a qwerty keyboard and D pad, it can pickup analogue TV, 2Mp camera, wifi and it’s quadband with dual SIMs so you’re all set for world travel. US$124 The Tripoli effortlessly brings together the hottest features from today’s most popular phones like the Apple iPhone 3GS, the Nokia N97, as well as the…

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Tripoli Wifi Quadband Phone – Slidey TV phone with a real keyboard