Monthly Archives: October 2004

general October 20, 2004 posted by

MiBi, you buy.

The MiBy tag [Babel] is apparently an RFID card which lets you buy stuff by waving your hand around. Or something. I think. [Via the very nice Emily]

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general October 20, 2004 posted by

Smarter than the average…

Smarter SMS. Comparison shopping via SMS. Yet another application for mobile phones that should scare retailers to bits. How long before handsets are banned inside shops, eh? ‘Whenever possible, always send the manufacturer part number rather than generic keywords, e.g. send ‘M9160LL/A’ (part number for a mini-iPod), rather than ‘mp3 player’ Always locate the part number that’s labeled on the product/box rather than the part number on store labels (stores often create their own part numbers) Don’t add any noise…

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general October 19, 2004 posted by

The Panic Ped.

The Pedometer with Panic Alarm. Just in case you’re tempted to start running. 19.99. ‘Movement sensitive step counter with sensitivity adjustment Panic alarm Calorie counter with weight setting for calorie calculation Count up timer Total distance travelled (miles) User set stride length for accurate readings Clock’

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general October 19, 2004 posted by

DIY deck.

The DIY Gramophone kit looks like fun for all the family. Especially gran eh? 16.95. ‘Designed by technical innovators as part of a Middlesex University project, the kit is surprisingly easy to build, and makes a fascinating desktop piece. And it’s not just a toy either; despite its compact size when assembled, this is a real working gramophone that you can play real records on; we even include two original vintage 78s to prove it.’

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general October 19, 2004 posted by

Wizard stuff.

So wizard staffs are this season’s essential accessory then? Really? ‘Allow yourself to be brought back to a medieval time when magic reigned and imagination captured the heart. These rustic Wizard Staffs / Garden Staffs are a beautiful accessory to any room or garden. Hand made from wrought steel, they can be enjoyed in their natural unfinished state (rusted) or can be painted to suit any decor.’

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general October 19, 2004 posted by

Robbie gets the card.

Apparently superstar Robbie Williams is the first artist ever to release a new album simultaneously on CD, vinyl and…gasp…MMC card. Of course it’s not the wee Rab hi’self what’s doing it, it’s those very tech savvy peeps at EMI, but you know wot I mean. Apparently it’s designed to fit into high end Nokia phones, which leaves a whole host of questions hanging in the air, don’t it?

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general October 19, 2004 posted by

Remote possibilities.

Remote Controls – your one stop shop for replacement remote controls. Could be a useful place to remember. I wonder what the ratio of lost remote controls to devices is? Better than 30% I reckon.

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general October 19, 2004 posted by

Play it, DJ.

Homemix CD System looks to be just perfect for those lonely Friday nights when it’s just you, the cat and some mystical home DJ’ing magic in the air. £199.00. ‘The compact unit features 2 CD desks (with pitch bend/adjust) an integrated cross-fader mixer and a 50 watt RMS amplifier driving 2 outboard speakers. The set comes complete with quality headphones and a dynamic microphone so you can talk to your adoring public.’

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general October 18, 2004 posted by

Love n’ Run.

Cellular Love Analysis Service. I’ve kept tabs on this Israeli tech for a few years now, and it’s….well let’s just say that it’s interesting in a ‘how does it work exactly?’ kind of way, shall we? ‘Nemesysco Entertainment have finalized the architecture that makes it possible to use our Love-Detector whenever you need, right from your cell phone. Using the Love-Detector Cell Service is as simple as dialing the access number, and your friend’s phone number right after… Once the…

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general October 18, 2004 posted by

Panasonic bid fest.

Panasonic MyBid. The market survey auction. Er…fill out a form telling the company what you think of its products and get the chance to bid for the newest ones. Interesting application of marketing budget, although there are no £1.00 bargains to be had on this site, oh no sirree! ‘MyBid…is your chance to tell us what you think about our products… and a chance to get them at a special price. Only for registered members – UK residents only…This "auction"…

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general October 18, 2004 posted by

Large takeaway.

Wanna know where the money from your new toaster/microwave/stereo system/PDA is ending up? Well…..according to this report, 200 million Chinese are now officially classed as obese. Welcome to the Western world disease peeps, we sympathise. ‘More than 160 million Chinese have high blood pressure and 20 million suffer from diabetes, the ministry said. Those rates and other obesity-related ills are rising. Chinese waistlines have swelled as the nation has shifted to more sedentary work over the past two decades and…

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general October 18, 2004 posted by

Extraction theory.

Cinematize 2. The DVD Movie extractor. ‘With Miraizon Cinematize, you can finally extract a video or audio clip from your DVD, and save it in a format compatible with standard multimedia editing applications such as QuickTime, iMovie, and Final Cut. Create a collection of your favorite scenes. Extract video alone and add your favorite music. Create your business or class room presentation with important videos. Edit your recorded TV programs.’

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general October 18, 2004 posted by

Atomic wrists.

An atomic wristwatch? Er, not right now thanks! ‘Scientists at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, have taken portable time keeping to new levels of accuracy with the creation of the device, which is driven by inner workings barely bigger than a grain of rice…By contrast, the atomic clock would be accurate to within a second every 300 years, making it more than 1,000 times more reliable than a very good wristwatch.’

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general October 18, 2004 posted by

PALV.

The PALV concept vehicle looks interesting, in a Hell’s Angel meets James Bond kinda way. But do you really think that we’re going to see the skies littered with tiny gyros anytime soon? No, me neither. [Thanks Graeme] ‘What happens if you cross a gyrocopter with a car and a motorbike? The PALV. A personal air and land vehicle. A solution to increasing congestion in our cities, highways and skyways. On the ground, the slim line, aerodynamic 3-wheel vehicle is…

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general October 18, 2004 posted by

Switch over.

Well, folks, if you can read this, The Ferret’s switch over to Word Press went OK. Sheesh, that was scary. Anyway please forgive glitches, broken things etc until I get to understand exactly what this stuff does. It’s all very new and uncharted territory for me at the moment. Cheers! Oh and of course the RSS feed should now finally be fixed! :-)

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