Monthly Archives: June 2009

Gadgets June 24, 2009 posted by

Calamity Kit – wind-up disaster equipment

This Calamity Kit is 3-piece peace of mind. It comes with a radio, LED lantern and LED torch all of which are hand crank powered. One minute of cranking on the radio is good for 35 minutes of airtime, an hour of light from the lantern and 20 minutes from the torch. US$119.95 for the kit or each item is available individually. The three-piece kit includes our Indigo Lantern, Sherpa Flashlight, and EyeMax Weather Radio, and this kit is well…

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Calamity Kit – wind-up disaster equipment
Gadgets June 24, 2009 posted by

Quad Band Cell Phone Watch – world weary waterproof watch

This Quad Band Cell Phone Watch works on the main GSM frequencies; 850, 900, 1800, 1900 Mhz and has everything the world traveller needs. It comes supplied with a Bluetooth headset, a mini stylus built into the band, it’s weatherproof and has 1Gb of storage. If you don’t want to use the headset, just talk into it Dick Tracy style. Get one and get travelling people. AU$168.04 from Chinavasion. Great innovation in mobile phone watch technology; a four band GSM…

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Quad Band Cell Phone Watch – world weary waterproof watch
Free Software June 23, 2009 posted by

Ultra Slim USB Drives – keep 4Gb in your wallet

The Slim Data USB is a credit card sized, very thin, USB flash drive. The theory being that stuff in your wallet is harder to lose. Fold the card in half to extend the connecter and plug it in. Only comes in 4Gb, but there are a range of colours. US$24.99. Introducing the Slim Data USB Card. The World’s Slimmest, Most Convenient USB Flash Drive. Easy-to-Use and Tough to Lose, Slim Data is Always With You! Tags: ultra+slim+usb+drive, slim+usb+drive, credit+card+usb+drive

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Ultra Slim USB Drives – keep 4Gb in your wallet
Gadgets June 23, 2009 posted by

Solar Birdhouse – make a glowing birdhouse in your soul

Now you can really annoy your local birds by giving them a cute little bird house like this and then sticking a glowing lamp right outside the door. This Solar Birdhouse comes with a rooftop solar cell and a glowing perch to land on. It’s made of solid wood and has a small rechargeable battery stashed away inside somewhere. US$120. [Via ChipChick] Come dusk, the little translucent rod will light up and casts a subtle glow – think of it…

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Solar Birdhouse – make a glowing birdhouse in your soul
Gadgets June 23, 2009 posted by

Xtreme Sports ID – a dog tag for extreme sports people

Xtreme Sports ID is a medic-alert bracelet informing medical staff of any critical conditions or allergies the wearer may have. It also has a “Where Am I?” feature. Before you head out BASE jumping from the Eiffel Tower, phone in the date, where you’re headed and your return time. Each time you update your plans an email is sent out to three nominated addresses so they’ll always know where you are. The ID is US$8 with a year of service…

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Xtreme Sports ID – a dog tag for extreme sports people
Recommended June 23, 2009 posted by

Maxto – Maximise your monitor space

Maxto is a tiny little program that helps you use your multi monitor or large monitor way more effectively. It divides your screen up into regions and when you drag a window into one of them and maximise, it will only fill that region. Makes having multiple windows and big screens much easier to use. Theres a a free trial and after that it’s US$10 per year. MaxTo is a program that lets you maximize windows to different parts of…

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Maxto – Maximise your monitor space
Gadgets June 23, 2009 posted by

Solar ChumAlong – solar cell sun tracker for your mobile gadget needs

If you’re a gadget-mad hiker then you need transportable power. This Solar ChumAlong keeps your solar cell angled towards the sun maximising its output. The solar cell puts out 5 Watts at 15V and charges your choice in 12 V battery (not supplied). You can then charge your stuff via the included alligator leads or cigarette lighter socket. Best of all the unit wakes up automatically at dawn and switches off at dusk so it’s completely autonomous. US$399. ChumAlong is…

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Solar ChumAlong – solar cell sun tracker for your mobile gadget needs
Gadgets June 23, 2009 posted by

Thinergy Micro Energy Cells – the worlds most powerful micro battery

Infinite Power Solutions have come up with a range of tiny, thin film rechargeable batteries called Thinergy Micro Energy Cells. The technology in Thinergy lies between rechargeable batteries and ultra capacitors and has some of the benefits of both systems. The Thinergy cells can be made incredibly small, down to 12mm≤ and 0.2 mm thick, i.e. half the size of a postage stamp and about the same thickness. They recharge to 90% in around 8 minutes and can be deep-cycled…

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Thinergy Micro Energy Cells – the worlds most powerful micro battery
Gadgets June 22, 2009 posted by

Leica Disto D8 – laser distance meter

I used to have one of those supercheap ultrasonic tape measures. Might as well have been a random number generator it was so inaccurate, and forget about using it outside. Turns out I should have picked up one of these Leica Disto D8 laser distance meters. It can measure distances from 5cm up to 200 metres with an accuracy of 1 mm. It doesn’t just measure though it can actually do the maths for you. Measure the width, depth and…

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Leica Disto D8 – laser distance meter
Gadgets June 22, 2009 posted by

Fire Bell Alarm Clock – you know, for emergencies

You know that alarm that you always sleep through? This might be the answer. The Fire Bell Alarm Clock has a seriously loud bell. To shut it off hit the seriously big silver button in the middle of it. When the sirens aren’t ringing pressing the silver button illuminates the clock. Needs two AA batteries and US$14.95 when they’re in stock. The Fire Bell Alarm Clock has two jobs in life: 1) To look like the kind of awesome alarm…

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Fire Bell Alarm Clock – you know, for emergencies
leisure links June 22, 2009 posted by

Natural Swimming Pools – backyard pool without the chemicals.

When I was a kid we had a saltwater swimming pool in our backyard and although it was kinder to your eyes, you still came out of it with sore lungs and reeking of chlorine. It turns out there is an alternative, natural swimming pools, like these from Clear Water Revival are not only chemical free, but make stunning water features as well. Perfect for MPs and their crazy expense accounts. Natural swimming pools use a living base of aquatic…

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Natural Swimming Pools – backyard pool without the chemicals.
Gadgets June 22, 2009 posted by

Ok to Wake – lets kids know when to get up

This little doohickey is the Ok To Wake parent-programmable alarm clock and nightlight. For littlies it has a soft yellow nightlight for bedtime which changes to green when it’s ok for them to get up. When the child gets older it becomes a normal alarm clock complete with snooze and soft wake alarm. It needs two AA batteries which last about 3 months of normal use and there’s a choice of bezel colours. US$29.95. The clock that teaches kids to…

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Ok to Wake – lets kids know when to get up
Cool Web Apps & Sites June 22, 2009 posted by

Tune Depot – sell your music online without the big boys

Tune Depot empowers the modern musician allowing them to sell their music and merchandise online without the bigwigs and without losing their hard-earned to commissions. The monthly or yearly fee entitles you to 500Mb of storage space for your music, unlimited bandwidth from Tune Depot for music samples and a music player widget for your MySpace page or website. US$24.95 per month or US$269.45 per year. * Sell from MySpace or your social media page * Sell from your website…

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Tune Depot – sell your music online without the big boys
reprise June 21, 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. Nokia Sports Tracker – don’t get lost getting fit – Sports Tracker is a Fitness Diary… Akuma Apache Helmet – crash lid with attitude – The Akuma Apache helmet comes with… Nokia works to eliminate cell phone chargers – Nokia is working on the cell phone… HR.net Lite – free human resource service for your small business – HR.net Lite is a…

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Gadgets June 20, 2009 posted by

Moo Mixer – automagic drink stirrer

The Moo Mixer is perfect for those of you too lazy to lift a teaspoon. Chuck your chemistry experiment in the glass, add milk and press the button to whiz. Requires 2 AA batteries and US$10.99. By the way, who writes Amazon’s promo copy? # Just add milk, chocolate and imagination! # Perfect for mixing hot or cold drinks # The Original Moo Mixing Sensation! # Portable Fun! Just Like a cow on wheels (what the?) Tags: moo+mixer, drink+stirrer, automatic+drink+stirrer

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Moo Mixer – automagic drink stirrer