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Funky stuff, man!

cool tech April 21, 2005 posted by

Park by phone.

Pay by Phone parking has hit London at last. Woo-hoo. Clever tech developed by ParkMobile lets harassed motorists pay for the exact amount of time they spend in a parking bay just by making a mobile phone call. No more fumbling for change or over filling the meter. This is verily a huge advance for mankind. [via the Beeb]  When you arrive at a parking space call the pre-set Parkmobile number on your phone. You don’t need to speak – just key in a three-digit code…

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cool tech April 21, 2005 posted by

P2P parp.

Dijjer. Beta P2P application with a cool twist. It’s easy to use. Now there’s novel, eh bach?  You don’t need to install anything. Just put a file on your site as you normally do, but add “” to the beginning of your links: normal link: “” dijjer link:”” When they click a Dijjer link, users will get some of the file from your website, but most of it will come from other people running Dijjer. That’s how you save bandwidth….

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cool tech April 11, 2005 posted by

Super Fast Pizza.

Super Fast Pizza. Geek heaven. The ovens are in the trucks, see? Is that clever or what? From the ‘why didn’t they think of this before’, dept?  Our high-tech Mobile Kitchens are licensed restaurants. We outfit them with Custom Ovens that can cook your pizza at a speedy 600 degrees. Our Mobile Pizza Kitchens utilize the latest in wireless internet technology, and produce enough electricity to power your home. (And they look pretty sporty too!) Remember, we cook your pizza…

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cool tech April 11, 2005 posted by

Roll yer own maps.

Using Google Maps tech, the folk at have come up with a simple, free tool to create your own annotated maps (a la Engadget), using addresses or lat/long co-ordinates if you want. Terribly funky tech at its finest. Test only at the moment and there’s a limit of 10 maps.  

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cool tech April 5, 2005 posted by

OnTime Ethernet clock.

The OnTime Ethernet powered digital clock. Not just network powered, but network updated too, for that extra special bit of real geek cred. From $195.00 with pen protectors.  The OnTime clock plugs into an Ethernet jack on your local area network. No AC plug is required, so installation is inexpensive and it’s easy to move clocks around. Power is supplied over the data wiring using the IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet standard, the same power source as Voice-over-IP telephones. The…

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cool tech April 4, 2005 posted by

Paint and peel.

Maskin Paint and Peel. You want to change the colour of your car on demand? Well this is the stuff you need. Face mask, swag bag, crowbar and safe blowing kit extra.  Maskin comes from mask: it’s about switching identities in virtually no time. But with Maskin, changing the looks of a vehicle with individual designs also means extra protection by a “second skin”…Will the paint come off without difficulties? No leftovers will stick to the car part after the…

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cool tech March 31, 2005 posted by

Thrice as nice.

The Powatryke. Five speed, electric and oooh look, a basket. £795.00.  The uses for the Powatryke seem to be endless, we have customers using them for deliveries in major cities, local village shops using them for home deliveries and people using them to do the shopping. The Powatryke has also proved to be an ideal mobility vehicle, providing many elderly and physically challenged customers with a new mode of safe and efficient transport.

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cool tech March 28, 2005 posted by

Dive and drive.

The Newt Suit One Atmosphere System. Perfect for an intimate his n’hers diving honeymoon, doncha think?  Offered as a pair of submersible fully articulated atmospheric diving suits and two thruster packs. The ultimate alternative to costly saturation diving operations without the extra cost and associated risks. The Newt Suits are equipped with articulated joints for exceptional mobility. Ideal where an ROV just won’t do the job completely or a saturation dive team is far too costly.

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cool tech March 25, 2005 posted by

Air to there.

The Dolphin2 extracts pure water from the air, then delivers it hot or cold. We’ve mentioned this type of technology before, but it looks as though this product will come with consumer friendly pricing for the home. What price the bottled water market then, eh?  The Dolphin 2 will provide membrane filtered, UV-purified and treated hot and cold water without the inconvenience of buying water refills, storing used and unused water bottles, and troublesome piping. Not only will the Dolphin 2 provide hassle-free water,…

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cool tech March 18, 2005 posted by

Rhoades runner.

The Rhoades Car. The 4 wheel bike that drives like a car!  Street Legal As long as you don’t put a motor on the Rhoades Car, it’s use is governed by the same laws as a regular bike. It’s legal to drive on any road that an ordinary bike travles. All Terrain Capabilities When the Rhoades Car is equipped with the optional positive traction and 36 speed transmission, it becomes a go anywhere off road machine. It will out climb…

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cool tech March 15, 2005 posted by

Talky tubs.

Rex – The Talking Pill Bottle.  At last, an end to the tyranny of doctor’s pitiful handwriting. Are you listening you naughty scribblers, you?  [via Medgadget]  When it’s time to take one or more pills, the consumer simply presses a built-in button at the bottom of each “talking” container to hear the message and locate the desired medication and instructions for use. The voice labeling system in “Rex” accepts all spoken languages making this a multilingual product as well.

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cool tech March 15, 2005 posted by

Maxed out.

MaxiVista. Neato software which lets you turn a spare monitor or laptop into a second monitor for your main machine. Uses network/server architecture or something equally clever. $34.95.  MaxiVista enables you to use a second computer as an extended display of any other computer without the need of any special hardware. The software overcomes the limitation that computers do not have VGA inputs, and thus normally cannot be used as a monitor. MaxiVista installs a virtual video card onto your primary PC…

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cool tech March 10, 2005 posted by


The BodyBoard. Wow, the Peugeot Design Competition really throws up some funky concept vehicles, eh?  BodyBoard – the lie-down electric go-kart. The BoadyBoard rider lies head first in a harness, getting a speed sensation blast just centimeters above the tarmac. Propulsion comes via the powerful electric engines inside each wheel that are powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The BodyBoard also has the lowest centre of gravity possible – it’s below the axle line. Along with the bird’s eye view and four powerful inside-the-wheel…

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cool tech March 10, 2005 posted by


The TrafficCam proglet for Symbian Series 60 phones. More a proof of concept than a proper ‘product’, but super cool anyway. Although you need Python installed on the phone, which is not so great if you don’t know where to get it from (hint!).

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cool tech March 9, 2005 posted by

Wherefore art thou?

The GPSWherifone. Limited function mobile phone and GPS locator in one small package. Hugely popular with paranoid parents and loathed by suffocated siblings? Your call. No price announced as yet.  The slim, small and lightweight cell phone features incoming and outgoing calling, five programmable buttons for one touch dialing, a built-in two-way speakerphone, and a headset jack and a backlit LCD display for use with numeric paging. The absence of a traditional dial pad helps parents and caregivers manage the expense of…

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