Monthly Archives: January 2004

general January 29, 2004 posted by

Intelligent furniture?

Well we’ve heard about intelligent appliances, so why not smart furniture? Like this concept key table which can measure mood? ‘The key table gets a sense of people’s emotions from the way they dump their stuff onto it. Much as slamming doors are a crude measure of mental state, so the table uses the transient onsets of a new weight to gauge mood… For example, mechanised frames might swing pictures off centre to warn other inhabitants to tread carefully.’

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general January 28, 2004 posted by

Leica lovely.

There’s something reassuringly solid about a company that refuses to be bulldozed into the 21st century just because…and Leica is beginning to show signs of offering a really innovative, yet traditional, take on the digital camera phenomenon. The new Digilux 2, for instance, is being billed as the ‘analogue digital camera’ and it’s easy to see why. 5 megapixels, large LCD, USB 2.0, SD storage notwithstanding, this looks like a real camera, don’t it? Fab!

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general January 28, 2004 posted by

Vacation Mars.

Those who have an inkling for some real travel might think about reading this interesting piece from How Stuff Works on terraforming Mars. ‘…there are many who suggest that the human race could one day make Mars its second home. Such an effort to colonize Mars would begin with altering the current climate and atmosphere to more closely resemble that of Earth’s. The process of transforming the Martian atmosphere to create a more habitable living environment is called terraforming.’ Don’t…

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general January 28, 2004 posted by

Pillow talk.

The Pillowsonic stereo pillow speaker product contains two built in digital speakers, and can be used with any pillow. ‘enjoy the sounds or programming of your choice in absolute comfort, without disturbing others in the same room or resting next to you…’

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general January 28, 2004 posted by

Queue here.

Queue. ‘Is a simple tool that lets you research, organize, and share information you find on the Web or through email without wasting time.’

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general January 28, 2004 posted by

eFiles.

The eFiles service offers 3 GB of online data storage, unlimited uploads and 20 GB of monthly download bandwidth for just $99.00 a year. Is it just me, or is that astoundingly cheap?

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general January 28, 2004 posted by

Golf assistant.

If you’re ever going to earn $800 gazillion per year like young Tiger, you’re gonna need to up your game. So you might care to check out the eScorecard proggie for Palm powered PDAs. Detailed stats, scoring, training tools and trend analysis.

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general January 28, 2004 posted by

Paper trail.

The free Printable Notebook program amalgamates the analogue (ie paper) and digital worlds. ‘Printable Notebook lets you organize and print your personal data in the same manner a paper notebook does. You can print selected pages so that they fit into your paper notebook.’

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general January 28, 2004 posted by

Mobile phone smarts.

As mobile phones get cleverer and cleverer, users are going to be faced with a bewildering set of features and configurations. Props then to the Danes at Wirtek who have come up with a customer support package called EasyCare Direct. [warning: PDF] This is basically a phone SIM and mini 12MB CD ROM in one unit, which offers users animated multimedia instructions on how to configure and use the fab features of their new handsets. Snap off the SIM and…

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general January 28, 2004 posted by

TiVo Egg.

The TiVo 30 second skip Easter egg. And nooo, it’s not made out of chocolate with sprinkles on the top.

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general January 27, 2004 posted by

Table games.

Face it, what you really need is a sumptuous Lesley & Newton reversible dining/gaming table. A mere 18,000 will get you a contemporary English oak and velvet upholstered bootie (football) or indoor croquet table for your delectation. Delicious!

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general January 27, 2004 posted by

Drive blue.

The DriveBlue Bluetooth wireless hands-free car kit. Plug it into the cigar lighter and use the voice recognition to do voice calls etc etc.

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general January 27, 2004 posted by

Ditch the clock.

Philips researchers want you to ditch your old fashioned computer which runs using a crystal based system clock, and switch to their new Handshake technology. They claim that this will give faster performance and lower power consumption. And stuff. We’ll see.

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