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Gadgets April 11, 2014 posted by

Chinon Bellami HD1 – this ultra arty digital camcorder thinks it’s an 8mm movie rig

There’s definitely some sort of arty digital photography movement underway, judging by the number of people investing in cheapo CCTV lenses to fit onto their standard digital cameras. But now there’s a new name in town, trying to make the whole thing much more respectable.


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Chinon Bellami HD1 – this ultra arty digital camcorder thinks it’s an 8mm movie rig
cool tech March 14, 2014 posted by

DIY Nixie Tube Chess Set – induction based board lights up your game

Chess is such a noble endeavor, don’t you think? What with all that thinking, and calculating and laughter. Lots of laughter. But there’s not a chess master in the world whose game wouldn’t improve with a decent set of playing thingies, which is where this DIY Nixie Tube Chess Set comes into play.


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DIY Nixie Tube Chess Set – induction based board lights up your game
retro December 19, 2013 posted by

Impossible Spectra First Edition Camera – Photograph the present with the past

Way back in the old days, when our parents had to walk uphill both ways when going to and from school… in the snow, photography seemed like magic, requiring knowledge of shutter speeds and apertures and other types of nonsense. Then, something wonderful happened, and that wonderful moment has been recaptured.


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Impossible Spectra First Edition Camera – Photograph the present with the past
Gadgets November 20, 2013 posted by

Thumbs Up iRecorder – old school tape recorder meets cool iPhone speaker. Crazy happens…

You know how we all ache for those simpler times back in the 80s, when mixtapes weren’t digital and things had to bright colors and not matt metallic grey? Yeah those times. OK, maybe they weren’t that great after all, but they feel like they should have been great.


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Thumbs Up iRecorder – old school tape recorder meets cool iPhone speaker. Crazy happens…
Gadgets October 18, 2013 posted by

Electrohome Retro Hi-Fi System – a walnut finish plus USB vinyl to MP3 recording? Sign us up…

Yes yes we admit everything. We’re complete suckers for retro, even if it’s the kind that we didn’t really think looked that good first time round. Funny isn’t it, how we can come full circle to buying new stuff which looks exactly like the stuff folks were throwing out in yard sales for a couple of bucks just a decade or two ago? Weird.


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Electrohome Retro Hi-Fi System – a walnut finish plus USB vinyl to MP3 recording? Sign us up…
Gadgets September 26, 2013 posted by

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera – retro style lets you instantly re-live those memories as they happen

What is it about the sight of a bit of chrome and black leatherette that makes camera equipment so exotic and appealing? Is it our ingrained memories of the early days of photography, when trudging around the world clutching these frail things called personal cameras was all the rage? Snapping photos of famous landmarks was so much fun back then.


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Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera – retro style lets you instantly re-live those memories as they happen
Gadgets September 7, 2013 posted by

iCooly – take your phone back to the dark ages with a bit of retrofitting

We’ve got to admit to being a tad confused by all this retro rush back to yesterday, especially when it comes to things like mobile phones. The whole point of a ‘mobile’ phone is the fact that it’s…well…mobile, right? So what’s with all the accessories which try and make the things less mobile? Are we missing something here?


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iCooly – take your phone back to the dark ages with a bit of retrofitting
cool tech August 28, 2013 posted by

The Red Ferret Throwback Machine (bringing you the best from the Red Ferret archives)

As you may know dear readers, the Red Ferret is one of the original technology/gadget blogs, having been started by our esteemed founder Nigel back in 2000.  Since then the Red Ferret crew has published more than 20,000 articles covering all sorts of weird, incredible and downright ridiculous stuff! Anyway, we thought it might be interesting to take a regular look back at some of the most popular posts from our recent (and not-so-recent) history. So here you go:


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The Red Ferret Throwback Machine (bringing you the best from the Red Ferret archives)
Freeware August 21, 2013 posted by

XNRetro – turn your crisp focused photos into blurred retro and impress your friends [Freeware]

We have to confess to being rather confused by the current retro image fetish which seems to have started around the time Instagram hit the streets. So what’s it about? Is it because our digital cameras are too perfect, and we hate perfection? Or is it an unconscious desire to travel back to a past era when men were men and cameras were erratic and untrustworthy?


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XNRetro – turn your crisp focused photos into blurred retro and impress your friends [Freeware]