Monthly Archives: January 2009

cool tech January 31, 2009 posted by

Real-View 3D Scanner – scan your stuff in 3D

The Real-View 3D Scanner looks like fun. The website is very sparse, but it seems as though it comes with twin stereoscopic cameras and a small turntable. Stick your product on the turntable and swivel and voila, a 3D shot in all its glory. We just have to hope that the product is better than the pathetic website they’ve put up. No price as yet.  Real-View Corporation is proud to announce its first desktop 3D scanner. Derived from 3D image capture…

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cool tech January 30, 2009 posted by

The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2008 – Ethical/Green – Watercone

The Watercone water purifier first made it to our attention back in 2007 in prototype form while hunting for financing, but it wasn’t until August of last year that the company received the money it needed to go commercial. This deceptively simple device can take salty or dirty water and transform it into fresh water in a matter of hours. The makers say it will deliver up to 1.7 litres of fresh water a day which is a superb achievement…

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Gadgets January 30, 2009 posted by

GPS Homing Device – find your way back to the future

This GPS Homing Device is a refreshingly novel way to use all that multi-billion dollar space age Star Wars GPS tech. Just push the button whenever you want to mark a location (like the position of your car in the mega-massive car park) and it’ll guide you back there using GPS smarts. It’s accurate to within 5 yards (phew!) and gives a helpful compass and distance reading to make your navigation in the wilds of beyond super easy. You’ll never…

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Gadgets January 30, 2009 posted by

Disco Laser Pointer Pen – weird combo melds work and play

This Disco Laser Pointer Pen is one weird puppy. We’re assuming that by day, mild mannered Clark Bent uses his laser pen as a presentation tool during the interminable Powerpoint sessions at the bank. But as soon as the bell goes at 5.30, he dons a sparkly cape, glittery stacks and totters off to the local nightclub to wave his disco star laser around to the beat of Barry Manilow Sings. At what point in the development cycle did this…

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cool tech January 30, 2009 posted by

T10 Electric Car – the car you wear to work

This T10 Electric MiniCar is just about the cutest thing ever. Sure you wouldn’t want to mince words with a Hummer on a dark night, but where else could you find a teeny tiny thing that has one door, one seat and just enough space by the driver for ‘a pet animal’? Of course it’s from Japan silly. The Germans would make it twice as big and call it something macho like Einen Grosse AutoStrummer. The French would stick a wine…

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hardware January 30, 2009 posted by

Canine Bulletproof Vest – perfect for those pop a pooch drive-bys

You never know when one of these Canine Bulletproof Vest will come in handy, y’know during a walk through a dodgy part of town. Or maybe on a visit to those rural relatives you don’t know much about? Anyhoo, better safe than sorry we always say. Actually what we really say is better avoid the relatives, but that’s another story… From $570.00.  Comfortable design to protect the dog’s sides, back, underside and chest, yet still allow freedom of movement. Chest…

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Bookmark This! January 30, 2009 posted by

Whspr – receive emails without revealing your email address

Whspr is a new online service which converts your email address into a short Web address which you can post or hand out as needed. Anyone who needs to write to you then visits the address and posts their text into a standard web form, which then delivers the message to your real email inbox. We’ve covered something like this before…um…can’t remember what it was, anyway, suffice to say this is similar to the other one. Tsk, fading memory. It…

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Bookmark This! January 30, 2009 posted by

The dangers of social networking – Mr Calacanis’ very thoughtful post

Jason Calacanis has penned what I think is one of the most thoughtful and insightful posts on the current obsession with social networking and web relationships that I’ve read to date. If you are at all interested in the future of this small ‘chosm -which is what it is of course, very small in real terms – we call the Web, then I strongly suggest you read it. I won’t go on about it, but it’s a sobering viewpoint that we…

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heh heh! January 30, 2009 posted by

Aretha’s Hat – get your own, join the…cough…meme…cough

Get your own Aretha Franklin Inauguration Hat. Flickr group. Sad. That hat is epic. That hat makes me love democracy. That hat makes me look less fat…Download it (click the bow), print it, cut it out and wear around town while singing “God Bless America” or any other patriotic song you can think of. Tags: aretha+franklin’s+hat, inauguration

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cool tech January 29, 2009 posted by

Blowit Fans – cooling where you need it most

Blowit make a range of articulated fans designed to be attached to music stands for keeping musicians cool. They have 3 speeds and you can adjust the head of the fan via the gooseneck as well as direction of the air coming out of the fan. The makers claim they fit most stands and drum racks and can be hauled around in a standard music hard case. They’re also very quiet though that probably won’t impress the drummers. The mounting…

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Blowit Fans – cooling where you need it most
hardware January 29, 2009 posted by

The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2008 – Mobile – Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Forget all the trash talk of iPhone killer and suchlike, the question we had to ask is, is the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic a good, indeed worthy, product in its own right? The answer is an unqualified yes. Sure the screen is not as good as the iPhone, and the 3.2 megapixel camera is poor even compared to other Nokia models, but overall as a practical, usable and fun package, it’s a real winner. It was touch and go there for a while,…

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Gadgets January 29, 2009 posted by

Mileage Tracker – keep tabs on your travelling expenses and beat the tax man

The Mileage Tracker uses some ever so clever GPS techno smarts to track your trip mileage and export it via CSV spreadsheet format or into Google Earth. You can use it to accurately trace your distances for business expenses, tax deductions and other useful purposes. The thing supports three languages and kilometers or miles and will store the times and distances for multiple trips. Clever. No price as yet, although the site does say there will be no monthly charges involved….

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future tech January 29, 2009 posted by

JJAD P1-E Electric Car – this ain’t yer grand-pappies golf cart, son…

Brit designer Jim Dowie used to work for McLaren F1, now he’s going it alone with the P1–E electric supercar. Not a lot to say, just some stats. 0 – 60 mph in 2.9 seconds 230 mile range £55,000 100% electric Good luck Jim, and don’t let the naysayers tell you it can’t possibly be done in a financial meltdown. They just don’t know their batteries from their boondocks, eh? Tags: jjad+p1-e, electric+car, ecological, motoring

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Gadgets January 29, 2009 posted by

QTV Digital Photo Frame – your very own pink people viewer, FM radio and MP3 player

Cue the QTV Digital Photo Frame, proof that they don’t all have to be dull, boring and silver. They can be plastic, pink and weird instead. Plus, it’s also an FM radio and MP3/4 player with SD memory card and USB stick slots, for that full rounded, mouth watering multimedia experience you won’t find anywhere else. Folks. $89.00.  The QTV Digital Photo Frame is not only a Digital Photo frame, but also a FM Radio, MP3 and MP4 viewer. In addition, it…

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Cool Web Apps & Sites January 29, 2009 posted by

Snackr – digest your bloated RSS feed one item at a time

Snackr is a slightly different take on RSS feed readers. Most people who use RSS probably a slightly overflowing feed, mine still hasn’t recovered from the holidays. Snackr takes your feed and displays it along your desktop, one item at a time. You can either add feeds individually or import your whole lot via an OPML file exported from your current RSS reader. Once you have set up your feeds you can move it around to dock anywhere on your…

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Snackr – digest your bloated RSS feed one item at a time
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