Monthly Archives: May 2009

reprise May 31, 2009 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Red Ferret posts from the past week for those who missed them. Enjoy. SIM Card Spy Ear Power Strip – eavesdrop while powering their gadgets too – The SIM Card Spy Ear Power Strip… Vader Saver – bringing a touch of The Force to your savings plan – There’s literally a galaxy… USB RJ45 Extension Adapter – extend the range of your USB cable up to 150 feet – This USB RJ45 Extension Adapter is……

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Gadgets May 30, 2009 posted by

Checkpoint Flyer – laptop bag built for flying

  The Checkpoint Flyer is a special type of laptop bag. Apart from looking pretty cool it’s designed to streamline it’s way through airport bag inspections, especially in the US. The Flyer has been designed so you don’t need to remove the laptop from the bag for it to be x-rayed yet it still complies with the Transportation Security Administration guidelines. The Flyer is divided into three main sections, each a discrete bag. There’s the brightly coloured front pouch, the…

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Checkpoint Flyer – laptop bag built for flying
cool tech May 30, 2009 posted by

Harvest Portable Intruder Alarm – your permanent watchman

This Harvest Portable Intruder Alarm runs for an astonishing 12 months on 6 AA batteries, contains a passive infrared sensor and GSM cellphone to let you know if anyone enters a location without permission. When it’s triggered it will send out an alert via SMS text message and because it doesn’t need any mains power, you can put it anywhere. Very clever indeed.  The Harvest Portable Intruder Alarm incorporates a passive infrared sensor (PIR) and GSM cellphone to form a battery…

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but is it art? May 29, 2009 posted by

EcoSphere – self contained ecosystem

EcoSphere is a self-contained micro ecosystem. It requires no maintenance, is completely sealed and just needs indirect sunlight and stable temperatures to do its thing. Inside each sphere is a combination of miniature shrimp, bacteria, algae and other micro organisms. Sunlight allows the algae to generate oxygen which the shrimp breathe. The shrimp eat the microbes and algae as well as their own discarded exoskeletons while exhaling carbon dioxide. The algae convert the CO2 to oxygen and you’ve got the…

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EcoSphere – self contained ecosystem
Free Software May 29, 2009 posted by

Prey – freeware tracks your laptop if it gets stolen

Prey is a free open source program which you install onto your laptop to help recover it in case of theft. The software sends timed email reports of its state to an email address you supply and also can take webcam shots if the notebook has an inegrated camera. It works on Windows, Linux and Mac, and is something that could be long-shot useful in the right circumstances. Hey, what have you got to lose, right? [via Metafilter]  When you…

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Gadgets May 29, 2009 posted by

Aqua Pulse – underwater heart rate monitor

The Aqua Pulse heart rate monitor allows aquatic sports people to keep track of their exertion in a fairly non-intrusive method. The unit slides under your goggle strap and the electrode clips to your ear lobe to measure your pulse. The computer in the Aqua Pulse then speaks your pulse to you via bone conduction so you can continue to train without disruption. There are different measurement periods and programmes and the rechargeable battery is good for 8 hours of…

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Aqua Pulse – underwater heart rate monitor
cool tech May 29, 2009 posted by

EyeStop – the ultimate Star Trek tech bus shelter

Apparently they’re about to deploy these EyeStop high tech bus shelters to the streets of Florence in Italy. Heh, where I come from these solar powered marvels of electronics would be trashed within 30 minutes of being erected, but Italians are clearly made of better stuff. And it glows with different intensities as the next bus approaches? Awesome!  EyeStop… aims to enrich the city with state of the art sensing technologies, interactive services, community information and entertainment. The project is partially…

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Fun & Games May 29, 2009 posted by

Solitaire Olive Bowl – you’ve got to earn your nibbles

Long before Solitaire came along, there was Solitaire, but it was still lacking something. Eatability! Now there’s the Solitaire Olive Bowl. Made of ceramic, comes with instructions on how to play and there’s even a spot for the seeds. Those of a non-olive eating disposition may substitute Maltesers. Hey wait, I just thought of really good drinking game. Jump an olive, remove it from the board but instead of eating it, plonk it in a Martini shot and drink. Probably…

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Solitaire Olive Bowl – you’ve got to earn your nibbles
Gadgets May 29, 2009 posted by

Best Folding Bikes of 2009

I’m not sure if it’s definitive and it’s certainly not complete as 2009 I believe is still running, but Optimal Ride has blogged the Best Folding Bikes of 2009. Some of them look right stylish. Folding bikes are useful for anyone interested in taking their bike on a bus, train or ferry. They can also be packed in a car, stowed on a plane, or stored indoors securely. Tags: gadgets, folding+bikes, best+folding+bikes+of+2009

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Best Folding Bikes of 2009
Awesome May 29, 2009 posted by

Posterous – make sure you take another look at this amazing tool…

Just a quick note to y’all to say take another look at Posterous. We covered it in January when it launched, and my how it’s grown. Just send an email to [email protected] and bingo, you’ve got an instant multimedia distribution system which is incredibly, amazingly powerful. Video, music, photos, blog posts, you name it, and with auto distribution to Twitter, Facebook et al. Superb! [And don’t get us started on its ability to automatically transcribe URLs into YouTube videos etc. Sheesh!] Tags: posterous,…

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Bookmark This! May 29, 2009 posted by

ShowRSS – automaticallly track and download those missed TV shows via BitTorrent

ShowRSS is a free new service which collates BitTorrent television show information and formats the data into an RSS feed. You can then use a standard RSS reader to keep track of shows, or use a BT client like uTorrent to automatically download a show when it appears on the RSS list. Very handy little tool.  showRSS is a web service that allows you to keep track of your favorite TV shows from a website or from a RSS reader. After…

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Gadgets May 28, 2009 posted by

Travel Alarm with Digital Photo Frame – the portable memory master

This Travel Alarm Clock Digital Photo Frame combines a useful clock thing, with a digital photo frame, so you can wake up happy and feel loved all at the same time. It’s pretty slick too, what with the atomic clock sync for global accuracy, plus an inbuilt slideshow function and USB computer connect. $79.50.  Our Travel Alarm Clock with Digital Picture Frame will wake you up on time, no matter where you roam. This space-efficient global travel alarm features a 2-2/5″ screen…

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Gadgets May 28, 2009 posted by

Oxihealth Finger Oximeter – let your finger be the nurse

This Oxihealth Finger Oximeter measures your hemoglobin levels and heart rate, which means it could give early warning of any blood circulation problems before they become acute. Good to know tech is on our side. $79.95.  How does it do it? There are two sensors that measure the absorption of a red LED light and infrared. The absorption of these wavelengths is different between oxyhemoglobin and the deoxygenated form. The OxiHealth Finger Oximeter gives you this vital information in just…

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Bookmark This! May 28, 2009 posted by

$50 Paint Job – how to restore a tatty car for a bargain basement price

This detailed $50 Paint Job how-to explains how you can refurbish a tatty paint job on your car by spending less than the price of a new tyre and still get a head-turning result. It’s a few years old, but perhaps more relevant in the current economic climate. Judging by the before/after photos the results seem to be pretty good, even after a year. Interesting.  Since this car was painted, Oct. 2006, the “state of the art” in roller painting…

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Free Software May 28, 2009 posted by

Helios Paint – freeware paint program crosses platforms nicely

Helios Paint is a free paint and image editing program that works on Mac, Windows, Linux and Unix, so you should be covered no matter what the computer. It comes with all the usual nice bits, brushes, filters and the like, and will handle most image file formats including JPEG, GIF and TIFF. Worth a look.  HeliosPaint is a freeware paint program for creating and editing images. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix and is…

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