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Things that go ‘boo’ in the night!

Gadgets January 14, 2005 posted by

The joy of flight.

The Saitek X52 Flight Control System. Around $129.95. Not so much a joystick, more a way of life. And look ma, pretty LCD screens an’ buttons an’ sliders an’ all kinds of whizzo things. Review here.  * Advanced programming provided by Saitek Smart Technology (SST) software * Enhanced gameplay through intuitive Multi-Function display (MFD) * Illuminated buttons and MFD – ideal for low light environments * Rubber grips and ergonomic design for increased comfort and fatigue-free gaming * Part metal…


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Gadgets January 14, 2005 posted by

Treat & Train.

The Treat & Train professional obedience system. $169.95. Perfect for obstinate partners too? “Fancy doing the washing up dear?”“No!” *ding* *rattle*. “Now that’s better, isn’t it? Good boy!”   Fill Treat & Train with your dog’s regular, healthy dry kibble. Instruct your dog with a consistent voice command such as “sit,” “stay” or “place.” The instant your dog performs the behavior, hit the reward button on the Treat & Train remote control. A tone sounds to tell your dog right…


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Gadgets January 14, 2005 posted by

Soap-a-licious.

The Motion Activated Soap Dispenser. £19.99. Turn your bathroom into an airport restroom in one easy move. Delicious!  No matter how dirty the hands, they never touch the soap dispenser as the infra red motion detectors ensure the soap is dispensed before you (or your mates) have a chance to look for a lever to pull or a button to press. Designed to be used for liquid soaps, shampoos etc only…mounts easily on walls using either screws or sticky pads (both…


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Gadgets January 14, 2005 posted by

Travel SAD, arrive happy.

The Travel SAD Lite. £59.95. Don’t worry, be happy!  Just 6″ high, this portable Lite Pad uses bright 5,000-lux LEDs to simulate natural sunlight, and has the additional feature of 6 programmable soothing sounds…You can enjoy the relaxing sounds of wind, birds, sea, frog song, riverside or forest along with the benefits of simulated sunlight, a guaranteed route to improved physical and mental wellbeing during the dark, short winter days


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Gadgets January 13, 2005 posted by

Sporty spice.

The FRWD Sports Performance Recorder. From €499.00. Apparently if you really really have to find out, then this is the thing to use. Me? I’d rather not know.  THE MOST ADVANCED SPORT ANALYSIS TOOL EVER DESIGNEDFRWD Sport Performance Recorder records every moment and detail of an outdoor sport experience; SPEED, DISTANCE, 3D ROUTE, HEART RATE and TIME is stored every second during a performance – even the excitement is measured. After the activity, the recorded data is replayed, analyzed and…


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Gadgets January 13, 2005 posted by

Laserkey.

The Celluon CL800 Laserkey. ‘The world first Bluetooth interfaced projection keyboard’ (it says here).  Bluetooth Interface…Projects a keyboard on any flat surface…portable and fast – a perfect solution for PDAs, cell phones, smart phones, web-pads and tablet PC…Saves space for desktop PC users…


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Gadgets January 13, 2005 posted by

Rain man.

The Oregon Scientific wireless Rain Gauge & Self Emptying Cup. $49.95. So much technology, eh? Sheesh! Here we stick a milk bottle outside the back door and if it’s full in 10 minutes we know it’s raining. Not self emptying of course.  Rain gauge module measures and displays daily rainfall accumulation and 9-day historical record…Wireless rain cup automatically empties (included)…Reset feature monitors total rainfall over any time period since last reset


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Gadgets January 13, 2005 posted by

Gyrate.

The Gyration Media Center Remote and Keyboard. $179.95. Wave this kit in the air and control your Media Center PC from 100 foot away through walls and stuff. I wonder whether it’s like wireless networking, where you need cardboard thin walls to get the full range? Probably.    Gyration’s high-power radio gives you the ability to relocate your Media Center PC virtually anywhere in the house. Network your TVs and control the PC from anywhere. And since it’s RF, the Media Center…


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Gadgets January 12, 2005 posted by

Eye-per active.

The Eyecare Massager. £14.90. <rasp>I am your father, Luke!</rasp>   Lightens dark circles beneath eyes. Helps reduce eye puffiness & little wrinkles. Reduces fatigues, improves concentration & maintains alertness.


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Gadgets January 12, 2005 posted by

The clu.clu.clu..clock?

The Animal Alarm Clock. £12.99 ($21.43). What PETA way to get up in the morning, eh?  These rather silly retro styled clocks are the ideal antidote to dull alarms. No bells, beeps or whistles, just the curious bleats and what-have-you of your choice of dawn chorus it has to be healthy to wake up laughing.


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Gadgets January 12, 2005 posted by

Hot chat.

The Talking Forehead Thermometer. $29.95. For some reason this particular product title tickles the Ferret’s strange and rather banal funny bone.   Our talking forehead thermometer announces its results aloud in a clear voice in just two seconds, for quick and easy readings even when monitoring a restless child. Accurate to within .04º F, the talking thermometer obtains a temperature from a child’s or adult’s forehead and shows temperature, time, date, and day on its large LCD. It can also store up to…


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cool tech January 11, 2005 posted by

Hands free and fancy.

The new Culmann Variocom VC4 (Deutsch) hands-free car phone unit is a real modular marvel. The feature set includes plug-in voice recognition, Bluetooth and GPS audio navigation cards and a neato PDA/laptop socket to let you use the phone as a modem for your snazzy handheld. The Bluetooth is so your passengers can also use the hands free features of the unit without inserting their handset. I think.


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Gadgets January 11, 2005 posted by

Pedi-cure.

The Max Foot Massager. Fancy the idea of a 36 rpm tootsie tweak? Then stick ‘em in this. $250.00.  Like the hands of a massage therapist, our maximum-performance massager conforms perfectly to every contour, arch and angle of your feet, delivering an amazingly complete therapeutic massage…MAX gently kneads the arches, heels, and balls of your feet, working away soreness, tension and fatigue. 22 rollers and unique massage nodes conform perfectly to the shape of your foot or calf…Massager runs on…


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Gadgets January 11, 2005 posted by

Power punch.

Portable Power Unit. $159.95. This is some power puppy, let me tell you. Not only does it store enough juice to jump-start up to 20 cars, but it comes with plug sockets for indoor use, air compressor, lantern, radio and alarm clock (in case you nod off while inflating the airbed, we suppose).  When the safety-sealed battery is fully charged (simply plug it into AC overnight), the power source provides 400 watts of AC power, enough to run a TV…


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Gadgets January 11, 2005 posted by

Ionic tree.

The Ionic Air Purifying Tree. $99.95. Clearly trees in their present form are simply not up to the task of scrubbing our deficient atmosphere. Cue the bionic, ionic version. Golly, how lucky are we?   Restore the natural balance of the air in your home. The difference? Its patented carbon filament ionization system. How it works: First, the air passes through 5 layers of purification ensuring that dust and dirt are paralyzed in their tracks (all 5 layers are self-contained…


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