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cool tech June 9, 2011 posted by

Umbrella Pole iPod Dock and Light

So you are smiling to yourself, knowing that you have worked rather hard to purchase that lovely piece of landed property, not to mention furnishing it with just about all the creature comforts of your dream. There’s only one more thing left to tackle – that would be the garden, and to have a nice patio overlooking it would be perfect, complete with an umbrella large enough to shield you and your mate away from the scorching heat and rain….


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Umbrella Pole iPod Dock and Light
Bizarre December 3, 2010 posted by

Turn Google Translate into a virtual beatboxer

Google is a company that seems to make everything. No longer limited to simply assisting you in searching the web, the do everything from delivering email to changing the way you interact with your phone. One of their lesser-known tools is a virtual beatboxer. Okay, so it’s not an “official” tool, but it works, and it’s hilarious. What you need to do is head over to Google Translate and make sure that you’re going from German to German. Now add…


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Turn Google Translate into a virtual beatboxer
Gadgets September 2, 2010 posted by

Bed of Nails Relaxation Mat – Nails that whole relaxation thing

I’m not really sold on the whole bed-of-nails-as-a-relaxation-aid thing, but if it’s your bag, baby, then you’ll probably love this Bed of Nails Relaxation Mat. The mat has billions millions thousands of little plastic points that support your body and stimulate the nerves to help you relax and forget your WoW addiction. There’s even a matching pillow to nail your neck, or ensure complete annihilation in your next pillow fight. £39.99 for the mat and £19.99 for the pillow. Said…


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Bed of Nails Relaxation Mat – Nails that whole relaxation thing
Fun & Games April 7, 2010 posted by

Poisson Rouge – Games people play … when they can’t read

Poisson Rouge is a treasure trove of simple, lovely, wordless online games for children. Everything about this site is remarkably easy to use, intuitive and so simple to navigate. And like all good childrens’ games, these ones teach through play – whether it’s the alphabet and reading, numbers and counting, or shape and colour matching, the learning is carefully designed to be as fun as can be. If you get stuck though, there’s a user guide written specially for the…


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Poisson Rouge – Games people play … when they can’t read
Fun & Games March 31, 2010 posted by

Trivial Pursuit Experiment – Play it for your generation

The classic bored board game Trivial Pursuit rampages into the 21st century by going all online and social network-y. Sign in and choose a team – over-30’s or under-30’s – then start turning those cards over and answering the questions. You never know, you might end up proving that the older younger your generation knows something after all. Though, you’re more likely to prove that more under-30’s bother with this kind of thing than over-30’s. Free, but if you want…


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Trivial Pursuit Experiment – Play it for your generation
leisure links March 9, 2010 posted by

Kideos – Kidsized YouTube

One of the best things about the ‘Net is that it stops you plonking your kids down in front of the television for hours at a time, instead you can sit them in front of YouTube and follow [insert children’s television show character here]-related video links for hours at a time. Unfortunately that does lead you, on occasion, to some not-kidsafe content. Kideos provides a subset of YouTube selected by a panel of parents, where each video has been deemed…


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Kideos – Kidsized YouTube
Bizarre February 19, 2010 posted by

Magic 8 Ball Gaming Chair – Disguised furniture

In my experience the Magic 8 Ball was supposed to answer all sorts of silly, life-altering questions. The only magic this Magic 8 Ball Gaming Chair is capable of is keeping your feet or bum off the ground. It’s inflatable, has an 8 on the outside, and you can choose from number 9 or 11 inside. The top (or is it the bottom) zips off to become a seat or you can just leave it as it is, kick back…


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Magic 8 Ball Gaming Chair – Disguised furniture
Bookmark This! July 9, 2009 posted by

QWERTY Warriors – Learning to type is fun kids

QWERTY Warriors is a simple game. Type the name under the enemy to shoot them and survive as long as you can. Occasionally Detonate and Full Health powerups appear but until then it’s just you and a keyboard that was designed to slow you down. Type the word that appears below each enemy. Hit the enter key to fire. If the word is spelled correctly, then the enemy will be killed. Survive as long as possible to get the high…


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QWERTY Warriors – Learning to type is fun kids
leisure links June 22, 2009 posted by

Natural Swimming Pools – backyard pool without the chemicals.

When I was a kid we had a saltwater swimming pool in our backyard and although it was kinder to your eyes, you still came out of it with sore lungs and reeking of chlorine. It turns out there is an alternative, natural swimming pools, like these from Clear Water Revival are not only chemical free, but make stunning water features as well. Perfect for MPs and their crazy expense accounts. Natural swimming pools use a living base of aquatic…


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Natural Swimming Pools – backyard pool without the chemicals.
Gadgets March 27, 2009 posted by

Springfree Trampolines – extra bounce without breaking your head

Springfree Trampolines make just that, spring-free trampolines. Instead of springs they use flexible fibreglass rods around the perimeter of the jumping surface to cushion your fall. This makes the Spring free safer as there’s no ring of springy steel death to harm the youngin’s and as a bonus it gives you a nicer bounce. The 6′ high safety netting also uses fibreglass poles so you won’t find yourself coming down hard on a steel pole after a bad bounce. The…


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Springfree Trampolines – extra bounce without breaking your head
cool tech February 25, 2009 posted by

Airboard – inflatable ultra fun in the snow

Airboards are an inflatable and lightweight sled for those hard-to-reach peaks. Designed and perfected in the Swiss Alps, they combine traditional sleds, with an inflatable body for ultimate fun. The hard base and runners give you fast response and a very fast ride, while the padded body irons out the painful bits. The airboards come with a hand pump and a carry bag and they can be inflated in about 3 minutes. There is a range of models and prices…


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Airboard – inflatable ultra fun in the snow
Gadgets February 20, 2009 posted by

Sylvan Sport GO – now you can take everything

The Sylvan Sport GO is one heck of a camper. I just don’t know how they managed to squeeze so many options into such a tiny package. Basically, it’s a cross between a pop-top camper and a tent but it’s much more than both. In travel mode it’s very compact and quite light (about 360kg) and can be towed by pretty much anything. When you get there, unhitch, drop the legs and wind up the roof. The tent part is…


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Sylvan Sport GO – now you can take everything
cool tech December 5, 2008 posted by

Fitness Cube – resistance is mobile

The Fitness Cube is a 30-in-1 exercise machine disguised as a high tech piece of furniture. Easily moved and weighing 15kg, the Fitness Cube is designed to blend into a modern lounge room and replace the industrial-look of current multi-purpose exercise machines that take up so much space. Everything you need is hidden away under the lid, including mats and a slide out bench. There’s a range of bars and straps to work most areas of your body as well…


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Fitness Cube – resistance is mobile
Gadgets November 18, 2008 posted by

X2VGA2 – turns component video into VGA

The X2VGA2 is a video transcoding device that allows you to use your Xbox, Wii or PS2/3 with a computer monitor but retain the high definition video signal. It’s designed for use with game consoles that use the standard video component output which it transcodes, outputting 480p, 720p, 1080i or 1080p equivalent resolutions for use on a computer monitor via a VGA connector. You can connect 2 video consoles at once and it has a VGA pass-through so you can…


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X2VGA2 – turns component video into VGA
Gadgets September 25, 2008 posted by

Smart Candle – waxing-free zone

Battery powered faux candles have been around for years, but Smart Candle has taken the idea a couple of steps further. Primarily aimed at businesses that use large numbers of candles every day, Smart Candle make a range of rechargeable candles for decorative use. For businesses the cost of decorative candles start to add up, especially if you burn hundreds of them a year. When you add on damage to things from wax spills and burns, then something like the…


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Smart Candle – waxing-free zone