Monthly Archives: June 2009

Fun & Games June 26, 2009 posted by

A Living Green Lawn Chair – does it come with bugs too?

The Chaise Lawn Chair has come a long way from that plastic-covered contraption we grew up with (and some of us still have!). This whimsical 21st century chair designed by Deger Cengiz is great for city dwellers wanting to get back to nature. And it’s wheelbarrow functionality makes it easy to take where you want to go. This living furniture is made of wheelbarrow parts, wood and sod. For those with green thumbs, try your luck with herbs or flowers….

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A Living Green Lawn Chair – does it come with bugs too?
Gadgets June 26, 2009 posted by

VerticalMouse 3 – handshake grip mouse

The Evoluent VerticalMouse 3 is a great idea to solve some of the more uncomfortable aspects of computing with a mouse. When using a normal computer mouse the wrist position is pronated and twisted away from its natural position. The VerticalMouse 3 restores the position of the wrist and arm to the natural “handshake” position. The mouse has 5 programmable buttons, the scroll wheel has detents to allow easy line-by-line scrolling and the optical tracking can be adjusted from 800…

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VerticalMouse 3 – handshake grip mouse
Gadgets June 26, 2009 posted by

Tanita BC590BT – Wireless body composition scales

You know how the saying goes, without water the human body is just a couple of dollars of cheap chemicals. Well now you can sort of prove it with one of these Tanita BC590BT Wireless Body Composition Scales which can measure up to 150 kg (330 lbs) in 0.1 kg (0.2lb) increments. As well as your weight the BC590BT can also divine your body fat %, body water %, muscle mass, physique rating, daily calorie intake, metabolic age, bone mass…

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Tanita BC590BT – Wireless body composition scales
Gadgets June 26, 2009 posted by

TykeLight GloMate – rechargeable nightlight

Portable nightlights are a great idea. If you’re staying out with kids overnight you can just put them anywhere without the cables and clutter, just like this Mobi TykeLight GloMate. It lasts 10 hours on a charge, it cycles through the rainbow so all your child’s favourite colours are there and it’s completely kid-safe. Either leave the light on the charging stand or let the kids play with it. The TykeLight« GloMate – color changing portable nightlight. It’s a cuddly…

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TykeLight GloMate – rechargeable nightlight
Gadgets June 26, 2009 posted by

Warn PullzAll – portable lifting tool

With one of these Warn PullzAll portable lifting tools on your utility belt, it won’t matter if Vicki Vale weighs a little more than 108, you’ll still escape the bad guys. Capable of lifting or pulling 450 kg the PullzAll is a lot easier to fit in your tool box than 4 burly blokes. It comes in AC or DC powered versions, has 4.5 metres (15 feet) of 7/32″ steel cable, forward/reverse switching and a variable speed trigger. Keeping you…

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Warn PullzAll – portable lifting tool
hmm..interesting June 25, 2009 posted by

Scania Concept 18-wheeler – spy truck tells all

This sleek looking Scania Concept diesel-electric hybrid engined 18-wheeler comes with LED wheel covers that notify onlookers (and the company) about the driver’s driving behavior. The high tech hubcaps are designed to deter drivers from breaking the law and the real time data feed also checks to see whether they’ve taken their mandatory rest break for safety. Traffic laws in different countries are automatically downloaded to the vehicle via the built-in sat-nav, and if a driver breaks the speed limit…

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Scania Concept 18-wheeler – spy truck tells all
cool tech June 25, 2009 posted by

Orange Solar Tent – if you go down to the woods today…

For camping lovers who can’t live without their eco-friendly gadgets, the solar tent is a must have. UK mobile company Orange has created this cool tent with photovoltaic fabric – specially coated solar threads woven into conventional fabric – plus a heated groundsheet that triggers heat automatically once the interior temperature falls below a set level. There’s also a magnetic induction charging pouch and a wireless hub which displays energy generated and consumed and provides a wireless internet signal. All…

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Orange Solar Tent – if you go down to the woods today…
Gadgets June 25, 2009 posted by

SH002 Solar Powered Phone – sunbake your phone to recharge

The SH002 Solar Powered Phone is a cell phone with a built-in solar panel for recharging. On the whole it sounds like a really nifty idea and the people over at Tech On! Japan took it for a spin to see how realistic solar cellphone charging can be. The phone has the usual features, 5 Mpixel camera, Bluetooth, GPS but the piece-de-resistance is the solar recharging, which Sharp recommends using only after the battery has been flattened. During solar recharging…

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SH002 Solar Powered Phone – sunbake your phone to recharge
Gadgets June 25, 2009 posted by

MR16 – Remote Control 16 Colour LED Spotlight

This MR16 LED Spotlight plugs into a standard 12 Volt halogen light socket. From there it’s just fun, fun, fun as the remote control can change the output to one of sixteen different colours. You can also choose from flash, strobe, fade or smooth transition effects. Happy now? US$26.69 and there’s nothing new to install, just plug it in. The Multi-Color LED Light bulb is a super bright LED bulb that can transition through dozens of color and rightness combinations….

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MR16 – Remote Control 16 Colour LED Spotlight
Gadgets June 25, 2009 posted by

Acupuncture Pen Plus – needle-free acupuncture

The Acupuncture Pen Plus is a needle-free electric acupuncture pen and a major improvement on the old Acupuncture Pen. First it’s got programs, three of ’em. One for stimulating blood circulation, one for stimulating muscles and one for good old analgesia. Secondly, it comes with headphones so you don’t disturb those around you. Just move the pen around and an audible tone will help you find the right point to zap. You can also adjust the intensity and treatment time…

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Acupuncture Pen Plus – needle-free acupuncture
Awesome June 25, 2009 posted by

28 Powerful Photoshop Lighting Effects – add some sparkle

Web Design Ledger has a linkfest of 28 Powerful Photoshop Lighting Effects that just might come in handy. From fairy dust sparkles to Iron Man’s heads-up-display, from digital smoke to digital bokeh you’re sure to find something to add some zest to your pics. There is something about beautiful lights that can mesmerize an audience. Take a fireworks show for example. It’s been around for thousands of years, yet still has the power to put looks of amazement on faces…

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28 Powerful Photoshop Lighting Effects – add some sparkle
Gadgets June 25, 2009 posted by

Desktop Factory 3D Printer – small scale 3D printer

This Desktop Factory 3D Printer is priced (and sized) to please. For US$4,995 you get a rapid prototyper the size of a large laser printer that can make anything up to 125ci (approximately 2 litres) in volume. The manufactured parts are tough enough to be thrown around a room (must be a 3D printer standard) and are made using a halogen light source and plastic powder instead of more expensive UV cured polymers. These non-exotic materials mean the Desktop Factory…

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Desktop Factory 3D Printer – small scale 3D printer
Gadgets June 24, 2009 posted by

SaveCell – protects your phone contacts from perps

SaveCell is a Symbian 60 phone application that backs up and protects your contacts allowing you to retrieve them if your phone is lost or stolen. After downloading the application and registering, your contacts are transmitted securely to the SaveCell vault. It’s live too, so as soon as you add or amend a contact the details are updated. If/when you lose your phone you can retrieve your contacts from SaveCell via SMS to your new phone. If you want to…

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SaveCell – protects your phone contacts from perps
software June 24, 2009 posted by

YouTube Mate – download and convert YouTube videos

YouTube Mate sounds like an Australian telling you where those funny videos can be found on the internet. Turns out it’s a little more eloquent. YouTube Mate allows you to download multiple videos at once and even to recode them for use on portable media players, iPod, Zune etc. You can download a trial, or purchase it for US$34.95. Cucusoft YouTube Mate is the most powerful YouTube assistant on the planet. It is free for downloading videos any playback. YouTube…

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YouTube Mate – download and convert YouTube videos
Gadgets June 24, 2009 posted by

Multicolr Search Lab – find the right coloured pics

The Multicolr Search Lab is a brilliant website that finds Creative Commons photos for you from Flickr, based on the colours you choose. Just select up to 10 colours from the palette of 120 shades and instantly you will see photos popping up from Flickr that contain those colours. Great fun and a very cool idea. The Multicolr Search Lab is a part of Idee Labs. Idees technology playground for visual search. With the Multicolr Search Lab, you can browse…

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Multicolr Search Lab – find the right coloured pics