Monthly Archives: October 2009

hardware October 2, 2009 posted by

2010 Hyundai Equus – the world’s first 250km/h massage chair

The new 2010 model Hyundai Equus limo apparently cost around $300 million to develop and is aimed head on at the Merc, BMW, Lexus end of the car market. You can’t fault the Koreans for bringing it to the table either, since the thing bristles with enough tech to rival the space shuttle. The £80,000 5 litre flagship model features a bulletproof option (for Soccer Moms on a mission, no doubt) as well as a 17 speaker sound system, heated steering…

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Gadgets October 2, 2009 posted by

The Omni Tracker – World GPS Tracker

You know those GPS bugs they use in the movies with the handy, easy-to-see red light, usually placed in the wheel arch of the bad guy’s car? Well it turns out they’re real and they don’t have self-defeating red lights on them, they’ve got a little yellow cat. The Omni Tracker is a GPS unit attached to a quadband GSM transmitter. The GPS chip keeps track of where the unit is and then transmits the location and velocity via SMS….

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Eco Friendly October 2, 2009 posted by

Multipurpose Solar Vent – Cuts out the middle man

This Multipurpose Solar Vent works on a pretty simple system: If the sun’s out, sealed things get hot. Designed to be installed on caravans, boats, sheds, conservatories or anywhere else that’s contained and exposed, this solar vent is a great idea. It has 2 replaceable AA NiMH batteries that allow the vent to continue running at night, which when fully charged will work for 48 hours. It’ll move 28m of air per hour, the vent can be sealed to keep…

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Awesome October 2, 2009 posted by

Hand Crank Locomotive – spoil the one you love

The Hand Cranked Locomotive has got to be the ultimate kiddie indulgence. Complete with 2 engines, enough 12 gauge track to make a 10 metre diameter circle and it’s own wheeled case to store everything away, it’s nothing but fun. The trains can hold 45kg kids (100lbs), have cast iron heavy duty wheels and an easy gliding action. US$4,100 for the set. Whoops, it’s sold out due to popular demand. Stay tuned. This is the heirloom locomotive reminiscent of the…

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Gadgets October 2, 2009 posted by

External USB Monitor rundown – they’re everywhere

Faster than you can say Eee PC, the auxiliary USB monitor range has exploded. They’re all about the same size and resolution and they work with PCs and some with Intel-based Macs. Here’s a quick (but not exhaustive) list of what’s currently available: Buffalo 7″ USB Monitor – Definitely the quirkiest looking one in the bunch. The screen rotates 90, it’s got 300cd/m brightness with a resolution of 800 x 480. Priced at US$163.   Century Plus One LCD-800U –…

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Eco Friendly October 2, 2009 posted by

Solar Powered Rainbow Maker – Indoor light shows made easy

If you love indoor floating rainbows, then the Solar Powered Rainbow Maker is a must-have. A simple solar cell powers and turns a genuine Swarovski crystal – world-renowned for its clarity and sparkle – refracting sunlight into brilliantly colored rainbows. You don’t need tons of sunshine to enjoy the light show and this lovely bauble is easy on the electric bill too. Measuring 151 x 50mm x 25mm, this endless display of color is available for around $25.00 on Amazon…

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Gadgets October 1, 2009 posted by

Fire Extinguisher Phone – hold the fire the phone’s burning…

This Fire Extinguisher Phone should cause a stir at your next Arsonists Anonymous meeting. It comes complete with a natty label explaining what to do in case of burning ear syndrome and is guaranteed to make little old biddies chuckle with glee as they use it to order more beeswax and Earl Gray. Or whatever. $22.00.  Fire Extinguisher Phone is special and innovative. It is a great decoration and a great gift for friends!…Special and innovative…Flash / Redial button Tags:…

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Bookmark This! October 1, 2009 posted by

DriverMax – cool freeware keeps your computer drivers up to date with style

DriverMax is a free Windows driver updating program which does it right. There are a few of these services out there, but this is the first I’ve come across which combines online and offline support with such effectiveness. The idea is you download the software to run a scan of your machine, after which you can choose to update any old drivers found on your system. The clever part is the fact that the service uses crowdsourced driver files from the…

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Gadgets October 1, 2009 posted by

iMo Foto Frame Printer – download, review and print

From Mimo, the mini USB monitor people comes the iMo Foto Frame Printer, an 8″, 800 x 600 digital photo frame and printer, all in one. It’s completely stand-alone and doesn’t need a computer connection but it has a USB input as well as accepting CF/SD/MS/MMC and xD memory cards. It prints 6 x 4 glossy prints at 300 dpi from a replaceable cartridge that contains enough paper and ink for 36 prints. There’s a slideshow function, onscreen manual and…

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Eco Friendly October 1, 2009 posted by

Solar Powered Courtesy Light – great for security

The Solar Powered Courtesy Light is a great stand-alone fixture for those dark areas near garages, walkways or front porches. No more fumbling for keys in the dark! With solar panels to charge internal batteries the LED light gives over 26 feet of bright light, equal to a 60 watt bulb, and provides 60 seconds of light when triggered by walking in its 100 degree infrared motion detection field, or turn its 3-way switch to “on” for all-night security. Easily…

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Gadgets October 1, 2009 posted by

Eternal Voicemail – Hello, this is Joanie I’m sorry but I’m not home

Eternal Voicemail lets you preserve the outgoing voice mail message of deceased relatives so you or anyone can listen to it at any time. After signing up and before you cancel their phone service you can transfer their voicemail message to Eternal Voicemail. They will create a dedicated voicemail box where people can hear the message and even leave messages if they wish. Any messages people leave will be relayed to you. The service is just starting, and I’d say…

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Gadgets October 1, 2009 posted by

PC Drawer and Locking Safe – safe as houses

Those of you who still have beige PC towers on your desk may be interested in this PC Drawer and Locking Safe. Sure it won’t keep out the real burglars but it might just stop Johnson in Accounts from nicking your Post-Its. It has two drawers, one with a lock and let’s face it, if someone’s looking for your stuff, chances are they’re not going to look in your PC. US$9.95. This handy drawer slides into unused computer media slots…

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Gadgets October 1, 2009 posted by

Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk – hide your office away

Relive the heady days of ocean liners and other people carrying your luggage with the Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk. Basically an office-in-a box, the Mayfair opens to reveal drawers, filing space and a little fold out nook for your computer. The whole thing shuts like a book and it’s on casters to move it around easily. The only unfun thing is the price, US$3995 but it’s hand made from leather so it’s pretty classy. Crafted by antiques dealer and furniture…

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