Monthly Archives: September 2008

Gadgets September 30, 2008 posted by

Robo Bank – take me to your wallet and credit card…

Robo Bank is a ‘tough talking’ piggybank with attitude. Apparently he’s pretty cool with you depositing cash, but woe betide you if you try and take any out. Kind of like Washington Mutual I guess. £24.99.  Put this tough-talking robot in charge of your savings. He counts your cash, speaks, lights up and waves his arms – and only gets upset if you try to take your money out of him! Also includes an LCD Alarm Clock displaying time, day and…

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Gadgets September 30, 2008 posted by

Stanton DaScratch – digital DJ controller for Mac or PC

The Stanton DaScratch is a digital DJ controller which lets you manipulate sounds on your computer with a flourish and a smile. It’s a USB connect, and once you’re hooked up, it’s just a matter of using the touch controls and digital sliders to mix and tweak sound, volume, tracks, scratching, dubbing and all kindsa cool stuff that I’m far too stupid to understand. Check out the video for more funky-down action. $249.99.  DaScratch’s compact and sleek profile makes it…

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Awesome September 30, 2008 posted by

Launchy – awesome pop up command line box frees your mind, unlocks your computer

Launchy is a super cool open source program which gives you total control over your computer applications. Once installed you summon it by hitting alt-space bar and then enter in the command you want. The prog then makes a guess at the function you want (it indexes your programs) and lets you run it with just a quick press of the Enter key. It’s perfect if you have a load of programs installed on your PC and can never remember…

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Gadgets September 29, 2008 posted by

Multifunction Crutch – the digital walking cane

The Multifunction Crutch is a wonder of technological know-how. Not only does it come with a handy LED flashlight for navigating those tricky hairpin corners, but also a piercing siren alarm and some flashing red lights just in case you have a blow-out in your Nikes and end up in the nearest ditch. Oh and it’s anti-shock too. $31.00.  Multi-function Crutch is a handmade excellent hiking stick for hiking experts! It is a multi functional forearm crutches with LED torch,…

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Gadgets September 29, 2008 posted by

Circulation Booster – the essential geek tool?

The Circulation Booster is an interesting idea based on the ancient practice of feet tickling. That’s right, just 30 minutes a day of having your feet tickled, preferably with a feather duster or in this case an electro-stimulation device that looks like a pregnant weighing scale, will cause your blood to flow with a smile on its face. Or something. Got a spare £199.00 to find out?  The Circulation Booster has two large foot pads to place your feet and…

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Fun & Games September 29, 2008 posted by

Pig Tones – funny voices you can download to your GPS satnav

Pig Tones is designed to spice up your boring old GPS voice instructions by letting you download celebrity and novelty voices to your TomTom or Garmin satellite navigation devices. Hey, it’s not a horrible idea, although we suspect that having Arnie or Yoda navigate your way around town could get old real fast. Priced at $12.97 a package. [Via]  Actually, we just want you to love your GPS. We know…you can’t remember how you lived without it. But soon, that once-welcome voice…

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reprise September 28, 2008 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Ferrety posts from the past week for anyone who missed them. Enjoy. Favtape – Muxtape on steroids… – OK, so Favtape is not exactly… Cordless Spy Glasses – built in camera recorder all in one rig for ultimate discretion – These Cordless Spy… Firewire to USB 2.0 DV Transfer Cable – connect your camcorder to your USB port – The Pixela Firewire to USB 2.0 DV… FormatFactory – multifunction media converter – FormatFactory is a…

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Gadgets September 27, 2008 posted by

Solar Powered iPhone Leather Case – perk up that pathetic power pauper

A Solar Powered iPhone Leather Case is a perfect example of function as a remedy for form, is it not? Faced with a pathetically challenged battery life, the idea is that iPhone users will forgo the svelte cool of the bare device in favour of a clunky but valuable power source for their baby. Perhaps. $48.00.  Lithiumion polymer Battery capacity: 3.7V 1500mAh # Output voltage: 5V (max) # output current: 600ma (max) + solar battery 100 (max) # Charge voltage: solar battery…

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Gadgets September 26, 2008 posted by

Retro Flip Down Clock – flip, click, display again…

This Retro Flip Down Clock does nothing extra-terrestrial with your time. Just flip, clunk, flip, clunk…and so on. It is, however, probably not something you want to place on your bedside table if you have a problem with the noisy passage of time. $83.99.  Best gift choice for friends!!Retro and incredibly slick looking gear operated metallic flip down clock for adding flair to any desktop or table. A true eye catcher. Every 60 seconds and hour, the time will flip…

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Gadgets September 26, 2008 posted by

Bathomatic – fill yer bath with your iPhone

The Bathomatic system is a ‘fully automated digital bath filler’ which you can control from any PDA, phone or remote computer. The full kit includes a regulated water heater which maintains temperature,  a fragrance generator and a motorised plug which fills the tub to the desired depth. Golly ain’t technology wonderful? Prices start at around £5,500 ex VAT.  bathomatic lowers the motorised plug and fills the bath to predetermined depth and temperature adding the desired fragrances and bubble bath, preventing flooding…

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Free Software September 26, 2008 posted by

Pazera Free Audio Extractor – strip out audio from any video file for free and easy

Pazera Free Audio Extractor is a nice new freeware program which strips out audio from just about any video format around. It’s fast, very simple and ultra customisable (you can even specify a target size for the resulting audio file), will cope with VOB files and you can also use it to convert audio formats if you have the need. I stripped out some audio into MP3 from a .VOB file and it worked perfectly, and the resulting file was reassuringly…

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Fun & Games September 26, 2008 posted by

Hoaxcall – the world’s first prank call portal, a lawsuit waiting to happen?

Hoaxcall is a prank call web service which lets you set up annoying funny phone calls to any number you choose. The kicker is that you are actually in on the call as it happens via the website audio, so you get to trigger the responses in real time to make them more effective. There are only 3 scenarios at the moment, but you can betcha that number will grow if this thing gains traction. Is it funny? Potentially. Could…

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Gadgets September 25, 2008 posted by

iDect Z10i Wireless Conferencing System – cheap as chips and half as edible

The iDect Z10i Wireless Conferencing System is remarkable not so much for its technology – even though the 10 hour talk time, polyphonic ringtones and integrated answering machine are not to be sneezed at – as its price. For there is little doubt, dear reader, that the paltry tag of £69.99 for a full blown hands free telephone conferencing device of this ilk, will cause executives in rival suppliers to pause over their breakfast cereal and reach for the comforting solace of the…

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Gadgets September 25, 2008 posted by

Digital Therapy Machine – Chinese treatments go digital

This Digital Therapy Machine promises to transfer the benefits of Far Eastern treatment techniques through a handheld gizmo that looks a bit like a TV remote control. The thing offers Acupuncture, Massage, Cupping and Scrapping (?) modes, as well as lots of other tingly stuff which is probably delivered through those innocent looking electrode pads. I’m not so sure I’d like to have my healthcare placed in the hands of three AAA batteries, but you may have slightly differing priorities squire….

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Bookmark This! September 25, 2008 posted by

Free Studio – 20 cool free video utilities in one nifty package

The Free Studio people have bundled up their complete suite of video utilities into one easy to download and easy to use package, which is really rather fine. So now you can get 20 cool video editing tools for doing things like ripping DVDs, converting video to iPod or iPhone format, rotating video and even audio conversion all from one menu. Nice…(and yes we have mentioned these guys before when the software was all separated and stuff…)  All free software…

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