Monthly Archives: October 2008

Gadgets October 31, 2008 posted by

Fine T Gourmet Tea Machine – a guaranteed perfect cup of tea every time, or your bowler hat back

The Fine T Gourmet Tea Machine. Forget about all that Japanese tea ceremony, Geishas and Madame Butterfly malarky, just get yourself one of these puppies and whack out a perfect cup of tea time after time after ‘two lumps vicar?’ time. Who needs the perfectly aligned symmetry of silk Kimono against rush matting, the poetry of movement and elements combining in a slow silent dance of the senses at dusk when you’ve got chrome and glass technology to fall back on, eh? Pfaff!…

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Fun & Games October 31, 2008 posted by

Remote Controlled Golfer – mini golf your office or den in one stroke

Yes this Remote Controlled Golfer is silly. Yes, we should be concerning ourselves with matters of more import. Yes, it will look badly on our report card if we’re caught cavorting with one of these things round the back of the cubicles. But heck, it just looks like fun. And look, the remote is a golf bag. Hoot! $34.99.  Test your skills with the remote control golfer as you position him, choose his club (from a driver, an iron, or…

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Gadgets October 31, 2008 posted by

Original Dialogue Speaker – make the words clearer on your TV

The Original Dialogue Speaker is designed to amplify mid-range frequencies and damp down the background noise to make television dialogue more audible if you’re slightly hearing challenged. Now we’re not able to say whether it will replace a pair of headphones in terms of sound clarity, but it’s certainly gonna be more sociable. $99.95.  This small speaker enables the TV’s sound to be easier to understand and more enjoyable. It was specifically designed to make voices on the television more…

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Bookmark This! October 31, 2008 posted by

Digsby – the ultimate messaging tool?

Digsby must rank as the most complete communication tool out there at the moment. Why? Well, for a start it supports just about everything in existence except Skype chat. We’re talking MSN, AOL, Facebook and all the rest of the IM chat bunch. Oh and it’s free. You can also add POP and webmail notifications to stay on top of email and – get this – track your Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn stuff too. We’re thinking that once you dive…

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Bizarre October 31, 2008 posted by

Neave Television – um….

Neave Television. Er…it’s Friday and in our endless drive to deliver inane but compelling content, we can’t help but advise you to watch this. It will waste a goodly portion of your life, but please don’t blame us. Just chalk it up to experience. [Via] Tags: neave+television, weird+but+compelling

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Stealth Yourself – enjoy the Ferret and keep your job too

Stealth Yourself is a new – and slightly tongue in cheek – way of enjoying your surfing habits at work, while maintaining that diligent reputation you’ve taken years to build. OK, so it’s a boss key, embedded in a frame above selected content. Any sign of the boss, hit the red icon and surf yourself to safety on a serious looking productivity page. It’ll be good enough for PHBs, but forget it for any of your superiors with actual brains. You…

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Gadgets October 30, 2008 posted by

Ear Toasters – warm ears, cool sounds

Stereo Toasters combine a lightweight fleece lining with built in earphones for all your outdoor, extreme music playing enjoyment. $29.95.  Smooth sliding mechanism adjusts for snugness that stays put – even while you jog or ski. Choose the Stereo Toasters model with its built-in earphones, and listen to your iPod during outdoor jaunts – without the annoying earbuds! Tags: gadget, ear+toasters, ipod

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Gadgets October 30, 2008 posted by

Sounger Cello Speaker – your modern music done classic style?

This Sounger Cello Speaker has me more than a little confused (probably ‘cause my Korean’s not that good). Is it an amplified cello with a speaker inside? Or is it a hi-fi speaker in the shape of a cello? Is it stereo, or do you need two? And can you play the thing on stage in concert when it’s not pounding out Metallica tracks in your bedroom? There’s definitely a separate amplifier, but that’s as far as we can get….

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Gadgets October 30, 2008 posted by

Numark PT-O1USB Portable Turntable – the battery powered vinyl converter

The new Numark PT01USB Portable Turntable provides an innovative solution to an age old problem. How are you going to convert all those shiny vinyl disks to digital MP3 glory while on a picnic? Yes, believe it or not, a huge percentage of the population need to do such conversion while out and about enjoying everyday life. And now they cans. Oh yess. Three speed deck, battery powered (6 D cells), USB cable included. $99.95.  PT-01USB has an RCA line input so…

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Tweakmaster – tune up your computer’s broadband connection and zooooom…..

Tweakmaster is a freeware broadband connection optimizer which comes with all sorts of cool features to help you improve your throughput. The best bit is a easy to use wizard which you can set and forget in about 20 seconds. I used it recently to try and enhance one of my ADSL connections and it worked (giving me a 5x improvement). You’ll have to register to get rid of the freeware nags, and there’s a Pro version too if you feel the need…

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Gadgets October 29, 2008 posted by

Castgrabber Podcast Downloader – no PC needed

 The Castgrabber is a clever little gizmo which automatically connects to the Net to download podcasts onto your multimedia device. You don’t need a computer, just a connection to the Internet via an Ethernet cable. You can select the material you want either through iTunes or your web browser and the thing will even charge your player while it’s docked. Nice huh? I’m still not 100% on the future of podcasts as a mass medium, but anything that makes it easier gets a…

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Gadgets October 29, 2008 posted by

Nightwave Sleep Assistant – electronic sheep guides you into a good night’s kip

It may not look like much, but the Nightwave Sleep Assistant promises to relieve your insomnia in a rather clever way. Instead of mentally counting woolly animals over a fence, you synchronise your breathing with the rhythmic blue light projected from the small box. Soon, you find yourself sliding off into noddy-land, full of fluffy clouds and no trace of naughty Mr Nasty anywhere. Or something like that. $69.95.  This remarkable product guides you in a special pre-sleep relaxation session…

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diy October 29, 2008 posted by

DIY Solar Powered Grasshopper – Jimminy Cricket, Batman…

The DIY Solar Powered Grasshopper hops. Nah really, it does. Using only the power of the sun, some jittery metal legs and a snap-together design, it perambulates from place to place in tiny skips. Listen, you want more for your $10.95, you go design your own toy.  Eyes jiggle, legs wiggle, and antennas sway to and fro in the tango-jitterbug frightened – grasshopper dance. Use this kit’s contents to create a delightful little bug who nervously frolics around when powered…

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Fun & Games October 29, 2008 posted by

Electronic Rock, Paper, Scissors – why waste finger power when you can digitalize it?

This Electronic Rock, Paper, Scissors gamer gadget has got to be one for the ‘what the…’ department of missed points. Er…doesn’t the whole point of the game revolve around those ridiculously funny hand shapes and reveals? Ah well…it’s progress innit? $8.89 a pair.   Unless your nickname is “Captain Hook” this is probably the lamest electronic game ever developed. Based upon the traditional “rock, paper, scissors” game, this electronic version will randomly display one of four pre-set patterns. It’s an…

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Bookmark This! October 29, 2008 posted by

Repair, reuse, recycle – 21 sites to help you survive the coming equipment crunch

Don’t look now, but there’s an economic thingy creeping up behind us, quietly and sneakily. But never fear, with a little bit of pre-planning it’ll all work out fine, and to that end we’ve gathered together a list of some online resources to help you keep your household equipment up and running while the money’s tight. Because you never know when that toaster is gonna pop an element, do you? Repair. Don’t sling it, fix it. You know it makes…

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