Monthly Archives: November 2005

Gadgets November 30, 2005 posted by

Armed Chair Motion Simulator.

The Armed Chair Motion Simulator. Take one Sybaris twin motor electronic reclining leather chair, throw in a handful of motion controllers and actuators, hook up the audio output of your DVD player. And rock. Or roll. Depending on the movie in question. Like most of these things, it only works with a specific set of films, but hey, if you’ve got $12,798.00 to burn, why not?  It is possible to adjust the settings to suit most people. If the sensation is too much…

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Gadgets November 30, 2005 posted by

Electric quad bike.

The Zap ATZ is an electric quad bike (or ATV as some call them). What more do you need to know? It’s got to be more fun than roller skating in custard, and all done no doubt in silky smooth silence. Speed max, 20 mph. Range, 25 miles, charge time 5 – 8 hours. And dude, it comes in cool red with a horn. Yours for a trifling $1,995.00.  ZAP presents the ATZ – the All-Terrain vehicle. A powerful off-road vehicle…

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Gadgets November 30, 2005 posted by

Skullcandy Mp3 Watch.

The Skullcandy MacGyver MP3 Watch. With 1 GB of memory on your wrist plus a 5 mode equalizer, 3D stereo, voice recorder and integrated USB cable, we’re talking about a timepiece with attitude here. Just the mere thought of whispering super secret messages into our shirt sleeve sends shivers up the spine, know what we mean? $299.95.  Up to 1 Gig of pure music riding on your wrist in a package so tight you don’t even know it is there. The MacGyver…

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Gadgets November 30, 2005 posted by

Stargate control.

The JDS Stargate. Described as an ‘intelligent controller’, this thing looks like it could control a full blown moon lander, let alone your home automation rig. The neat thing is that once it’s installed you can control any X10 appliance using a Web enabled computer anywhere in the world. Man, we would so like to turn on the toaster from Shanghai and freak out the cat. $999.99.  Using a powerful Ethernet interface, the JDS StarGate IP lets you control anything…

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Gadgets November 30, 2005 posted by

The X-SES keypad.

The X-SES Keypad. Designed by In10did (geddit?), this little gidget apparently hangs from a neckstrap and gives you full keyboard access to any Bluetooth enabled device. Oh why can I not be more enthused, my dear? Why? [Thanks Wayne]  Our goal is to make keyboard input more logical, simple and practical on small computers. We do this by reducing the mechanical keyboard from over one hundred keys, down to only ten keys, one for each finger. This ten key format provides…

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software November 30, 2005 posted by

Flash Boot.

FlashBoot. A self-contained software tool to quickly and easily create bootable USB flash drives. If you’ve ever fancied carrying around your own computer on a keychain, this may be what you’re looking for. $26.00/€19.95.  And the most important thing is that you can use bootable USB Flash Disk almost everywhere, on any PC that has USB port. Are you going to repair your PC at your work without CD-ROMs, floppies or other media? No problems anymore. Or you have a…

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Bookmark This! November 30, 2005 posted by

Color design redux.

I really like this Color Scheme Tool for website design. Really easy to use, which makes it a snap to output a quick Web 2.0 pastel design for your new collaborative sharing, community tagging, Ruby powered, AJAX enabled, RSS featured, Open Sourced, Creative Commons licensed, API extensible, Google Mapped, application mega-portal.

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Gadgets November 29, 2005 posted by

Where’s the arm in that?

The Electric Wang Show. Is, we believe, a kind of tragically named, armband based, electronic bulletin board, which seems to be worn by official type people who tell others what to do. It is just one of a collection of bizarre devices developed by the PeriBorg company of Japan. Perhaps some kind soul would send them a letter of explanation and condolence?

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Gadgets November 29, 2005 posted by

Goodbye Batteries.

The Goodbye Batteries magnetic powered LED bicycle lights. Attach magnets to spokes of wheels. Attach lights to bicycle frame. Pedal. No batteries used, but bear in mind we’re talking flashing lights for visibility here, rather than bright lights for vision. Still for £24.95 a pair, not a bad business proposition now the nights are closing in.  The arm fastens to the wheel axle using the wheel nut on the bike. The powerful magnets are slotted onto the spokes of the…

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Bizarre November 29, 2005 posted by

Designer coffins.

LifeArt Designer Coffins. Boring old brown and black coffins with big brass handles are so…well…yesterday, doncha think? And don’t forget the DIY canvas covered model, bring your own crayons. Australian cultural commerce at its finest. [Thanks Abhijit]  Our designs have the capacity to have up to 15 to 20 words, depending on the chosen design. It is helpful to reflect on particular ways and mannerisms, things said or sung, words that create a treasured memory. It could be words from their…

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Gadgets November 29, 2005 posted by

Golden eye.

The LG LH-C643 24 carat gold-plated home theater system. Don’t bother asking the price unless you have a 5.1 Amex card. Sigh, OK, so let’s pretend that it’s over $130,000 or so. Give or take.

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Reviews November 29, 2005 posted by

Riya Photo Service – first look Alpha.

Everyone’s talking about the new Riya photo technology with face recognition, and I’ve been lucky enough to wangle my way onto the Alpha preview of the technology. I thought you might like to hear my first impressions, which are….it works! Oh yes, it may be ‘so AlphaItHurts’, and somewhat sluggish round the edges, but it really is a clever bit of coding no question. Read on for more early impressions…

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announcement November 29, 2005 posted by

Pollster.

So I’ve stuck a Quimble poll up on the sidebar for your amusement. Why? Because I could that’s why, and because it’s a neat application. So use it, why doncha, and maybe even leave comments there when you vote. Maybe tell me if you like it or think it sucks. Or suggest decent poll topics. Or anything. Just to let me know…sniff…that you care.

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Gadgets November 28, 2005 posted by

The Pause. The Pod. The Music.

The Pause. The world’s first iPod compatible bed. And presumably the largest iPod dock in the known universe? [Via DigitalReviews.net]  Optional accessories include a minimalist side lamp and aluminium tray, but perhaps the most exciting feature is how the shelves can seamlessly accommodate an iPod and Bose speaker system. Pause is crafted from solid New Zealand Rimu with aluminium detailing.

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