Monthly Archives: March 2006

hardware March 31, 2006 posted by

The Flashball.

The Flashball Defence Weapon. French non-lethal ‘defense’ weapon apparently has the stopping power of a .38 Special. Which it achieves by chucking soft rubber balls at the target. Very fast. So probably like being thumped by an angry Mike Tyson? €346.84 says it’ll hurt. A lot.  The stopping power of the 28 g soft rubber ball (200 joules at 2.5 meters) is equivalent to that of a 38 Special and achieves the same effect as the punch of a champion boxer. On impact…

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Gadgets March 31, 2006 posted by

Steam it, Stanley.

The Vapourtek LaserVap. You have to admire a marketing department that specs up a groovy Star Trek shape – and name – for something as ho-hum as a hand held steam cleaner, don’t you? All chic curves and two tone colour smarts. But hey, you never know, it might actually be a cool, hot steam cleaning product. So let’s not mock too soon, eh? £59.95.  The VapourTek LaserVap hand held steam cleaner has benefits such as the ability to re-fill without decommissioning…

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Gadgets March 31, 2006 posted by

Solid silver USB pen.

The Hallmarked Solid Silver 2GB USB 2.0 Ball Pen. So you’re like, there, on the 8th floor, trying to sort out some dumb user’s grubby Dell workstation. He’s giving you the 8th floor glare -as if you give a hoot - and you decide to, like, take him down. So ever so nonchalantly you reach deep into the bowels of your Dominos stained Scott eVest and pull out this puppy. All $850.00 of gleaming white ribbed, hallmarked silver and 2GB loveliness, and…

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but is it art? March 31, 2006 posted by

Crystal Pez.

Swarovski Crystal Pez Dispensers. Why, you ask? Well….ah….$87.99 each. Does that do it for ya?  Individually handcrafted by the artisans at Katherine Baumann of Beverly Hills, these Pez dispensers feature America’s most famous cartoon characters, immortalized in Swarovski crystal. Each is paired with its own keepsake suede pouch…

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Gadgets March 31, 2006 posted by

The Data Glove.

The 5D Data Glove. Of absolutely no use whatsoever to anyone unless hooked up to a motion capture system, but still….there’s something fashionably chic about it, don’t you think? In a ‘not quite Michael Jackson’ way. USB or wireless Bluetooth versions available from just $995.00. Bargain!   The system interfaces with the computer via a USB cable. A Serial Port (RS 232 – platform independent) option is availible through the 5DT Data Glove Ultra Serial Interface Kit. It features 8-bit flexure resolution,…

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Gadgets March 31, 2006 posted by

Apple reader.

Apple Shape 8 in 1 Card Reader. So what do you think? Lawyer letters on their way from Cupertino in a month? Place your bets now. $10.00.  8-in-1 CARD READER / WRITER Slot: SD, SD-ultra, SDC, MMC, HS-MMC, RS-MMC, *Mini SD, *T-Flash *means CARD ADAPTER is required # No external power required # Small, Lightweight and Portable # Plug and play # Low power consumption # High durability

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Mobile Tech March 31, 2006 posted by

Razz your mobile.

Razz. Download this application to your phone and add on a whole load of attitude to your conversations. Well it’s better than using the mobile as a calculator eh?  Rip on your friends. Crank call the neighbors. Yank the world’s chain. It’s time to Mouth off.

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Gadgets March 30, 2006 posted by

The Snap Nav wonder.

The new Navman iCN750 GPS navigation system features an uber cool idea. The unit incorporates a 1.3 megapixel digital camera and a hard drive so you can take snaps of places you visit – cheesily called NavPix – and use these images as navigation points. Want to return to a small remote hillside? Snap the photo and click on it the next time you want to go there. Clever eh? No hassles with addresses or zip codes etc. And what’s more the company…

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Gadgets March 30, 2006 posted by

The Aquacraft V24.

The Aquacraft V24 One Design R/C Powerboat. Nearly five feet long, gas powered, Futaba radio control system, speeds of up to 35mph, 40 minutes running on a full tank. This is not yer grand-pappy’s model boat. $1,499.95.   The 54 Inch Gas-Powered Remote Controlled Speedboat. Nearly 5′ long, this is the sleek, remote controlled water craft propelled by a 24cc Fuji gasoline engine that slices through water at speeds up to 35 mph. The aluminum pull-start engine will run for up to…

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sleaze tech March 30, 2006 posted by

The GSM Spy Socket.

The GSM Spy Socket. Stick a standard GSM SIM card into this fake surge protector socket and presto, instant eavesdropping power. They call this type of thing an ‘infinity monitor’ in the spook trade. Meaning you can listen in to a room or conversation from anywhere in the world which has a GSM cellular network. Listen in to San Francisco from Paris. Whoosh! Innocuous looking little puppy, though, ain’t it? And so it should be for €950.00.  Unlike conventional radio, GSM infinity…

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Gadgets March 30, 2006 posted by

Big numbers.

The Very Large Calculator. The age of miniaturisation is dead. Long live giant pocket unfriendly devices. With big user friendly buttons. Takes size AAAAAAAAA batteries. Around $21.00.

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Gadgets March 30, 2006 posted by

Potty Glow.

The Potty Glow glow in the dark toilet seat. Insert suitably crude nuclear waste joke here. $20.00. When you gotta go…it’s gotta glow! Indeed.

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hardware March 30, 2006 posted by

Cheap trick.

A no name electric guitar for beginners for $29.99? Including tremolo, humbucking pickup, gig bag, cable, picks, pitch pipe, and tuition DVD? Wow. [Via robotwisdom]

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cool tech March 30, 2006 posted by

Suckerfish HoverLightbox.

The Suckerfish HoverLightbox is a super cool piece of AJAX tech from Jon Christopher, above and beyond Lightbox JS which is cool enough itself. Basically it’s an image gallery application which shows thumbnails and exploded images in place on the webpage via Javascript love and goodness. Go try it out.  Being that Suckerfish, Hoverbox, and Lighbox were all written in an organized and straightforward fashion, combining them was fairly simple. I left the JavaScript files controlling the Suckerfish and Lightbox…

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Mobile Tech March 30, 2006 posted by

Mobile pay.

Mobile payment systems seem to be coming of age. Or maybe it’s just that when a market leader like Paypal launches something, the world takes notice? Whatever, there’s a few services around which look like they might be competing for space on your cell phone real soon now. Paypal Mobile – 600lb gorilla of online payment systems goes back to its roots and offers mobile phone access for pay and receive. Watch this space to judge how the market will…

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