Monthly Archives: November 2009

cool tech November 30, 2009 posted by

321 Water – Bottled water takes the plunge

The 321 Water bottle is a water purifier in a bottle. Just add your yucky, nasty tap water into the top, and push the very-stylish plunger down. The water is forced through an activated carbon filter, removing chlorine and nasty flavours and the wholesome water is stored in the bottle ready to drink. The whole thing is designed as an alternative to bottled water and as such the bottle has a screw top and is designed to fit into car…

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Gadgets November 30, 2009 posted by

DeskBook Pro – Stylish notebook docking station

People love their MacBooks but with everything Apple you’re kinda stumped if they don’t include some bit of tech interconnect that you need; ala FireWire, eSATA, dedicated audio out and so on. If that’s you then Zemno can help with their DeskBook Pro Notebook Docking station. This thing is better connected than Donald Trump, with 7 USB ports (6 for external devices and 1 to connect to the notebook), 3 FireWire 800 ports (2 for external devices and 1 for…

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Gadgets November 30, 2009 posted by

Salt Lamp – Glow in the bask of negative ions

Yep, the Salt Lamp is a lamp, made of salt, well a lamp inside a block of Himalayan rock salt and mounted on a wooden base. Why? Well the blurb goes on about things like negative ions, waterfalls, relief from sinus and rejuvenation. I just think it looks cool. Just don’t get it wet cos you know, salt + water + mains electricity doesn’t equal fun in my books. Oh and cows, remember to keep it away from cows. US$29.98….

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Bizarre November 30, 2009 posted by

Internet Panic Button – Kills your internet faster than torrenting in the UK

I’ve seen some silly, silly things in my year or so here at the Ferret, but gosh darn if this thing don’t take the cake. It’s a big fat Internet Panic Button which will physically (their word, not mine) disconnect your computer from the Ethernet port it’s connected to. Or, for maximum carnage, you can stick it between your router and modem and drive the whole family nuts. So there you have it, push the red button and internet go…

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Gadgets November 30, 2009 posted by

Kapoosh Universal Knife Block – Holds any knife

The Kapoosh Universal Knife Block is an angled knife block that securely holds any sized knife (up to 8″ in length). It’s filled with plastic rods that are displaced as the knife is inserted, holding it and any other knives at the angle you stick them in. It can accommodate most types of knives, as well as cleavers and even scissors and they come in a few different styles and finishes. US$29.99 * The sturdy, spongy fill holds any-size knife…

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Gadgets November 30, 2009 posted by

Fuchiview PPP01 Pico Projector – world’s first AA battery powered pocket projector

They’re saying that this PPP01 Fuchiview Pico Projector is the world’s first to run off standard old AA batteries instead of rechargeable cells, which is pretty neat. There’s something reassuring about being able to dash into a nearby shop for some more batteries when your gadget dies, as I proved the other day out and about filming with a Flip HD. Yeah I know it’s not very eco, but sometimes – and with some products – convenience matters. Bearing in mind that this…

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Free Software November 30, 2009 posted by

LeechBlock – stop wasting time and get back to work with this brilliant free Firefox addon

You’re weak, you know you are. You cruise the wrong kind of sites when you should be working, reading trash (like this), procrastinating, avoiding work. That’s why you need LeechBlock, an awesome Firefox addon which lets you set up access controls for various sites you need to avoid if you’re ever going to get any work done. You can block sites by URL, day, time, time spent…you name it. You can even set a password and then hide the unlock…

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Bookmark This! November 30, 2009 posted by

Fast App Store – excellent search engine helps you find mobile phone apps instantly

The FastApp Store aims to be a one-stop shop for all your mobile phone software applications. The site features a mix of free and commercial programs crossing the mainstream platforms…you know, iPhone, Android, Nokia, Blackberry…MySpace? Anyhoo, it’s fast, clean and you can personalise it to your platform instantly, which makes for usefulness. I also love the way they’ve done the categorisation, which makes it a snap to filter the search results in an instant. There’s over 123,000 apps on there…

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Gadgets November 30, 2009 posted by

Thermal Winter Gloves with LED – See in the cold chilly dark

These Thermal Winter Gloves with LED will help you find the right key in the depths of a chilly winter. The LED is on the back of the glove and it’s powered by a pair of CR2032 buttons cells in each hand. The glove is a synthetic thermal glove with grippy pads on the palm and thumb. The gloves are only US$6.90 each but there’s a minimum order of 8, but that’s ok right? You know people. Keep your hands…

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Gadgets November 30, 2009 posted by

iPom – Flowery 2.1 computer speaker system

See what happens when you design things after a long lunch, you end up with things like the iPom Speaker System. Comprising 2 speakers and an apple-shaped subwoofer it will connect to anything via a 3.5mm stereo plug. It can also play music from USB flash drives or SD cards and has one of the best warning stickers I’ve ever seen; “Notice: No spare parts inside. Do not presumptuously open it.” US$99 from Speakal and it comes in several colours…

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reprise November 29, 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. Jobo Scan Viewer – Photo frame and scanner – The Jobo Scan Viewer is an 8″, 800… Flashlight DVR – seek and ye shall record… – We’ve featured similar to… LED Note Pad – save a tree, waste a battery – This LED Note Pad comes with a… gPDF – freeware opens PDF links directly in the Google docs browser window –…

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Gadgets November 28, 2009 posted by

UVision Variotronic – Adjustable tint ski goggles

UVEX have applied welder’s mask technology to ski goggles with the UVision Variotronic adjustable tint ski goggles. They’re a twin-lens goggle with a LCD layer between them. Pressing the button turns the LCD darker reducing the light by 20% in 1/10th of a second. Pretty useful, if you head up the hill in the sun and it starts getting dark before you get back down again. The lenses are nanocoated and resist fogging, abrasion, block UV and are optically correct….

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Gadgets November 27, 2009 posted by

Car Cam Dually – two cameras for the price of three

The Car Cam Dually is a dash mounted unit which features not just one digital video camera, but two. One facing the oncoming juggernaut, the other recording your look of terror as you take desperate evasive action. Only 1.3 megapixel resolution so the grimace will be a bit grainy, but hey, it comes with a free G-Shock sensor, integrated GPS compass and SD slot for additional memory storage, so stop with the whining. $385.00.   The car camera has a built-in GPS receiver…

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Gadgets November 27, 2009 posted by

USB Heating Kneepads – silly-tech season creeps up on us once again

I’m trying to think of a good reason why anyone, anyone, would want to wander around their home or office sporting a pair of these ridiculous USB Heating Kneepads. And I can’t. $28.00.  USB Heating Kneepads can help to keep your warm for your knee. It is not only working with USB power, but also work with external battery. It comes with 2 battery boxes that can provide power for your shoes when you go outside. Come to get it….

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Bookmark This! November 27, 2009 posted by

British TV – freeware gives the world access to Monty Python and stuff

British TV is a small freeware utility which, when combined with the most excellent VLC media player freeware, lets anyone in the world watch 44 British television channels via the Net. It’s wonderfully geeky and simplistic, but also works, which is pretty amazing. Be patient as it can take a little while for things to fire up, and unfortunately lesser channels can disappear from time to time, but the main ones seem fairly reliable. Works on Windows, Mac and Linux. I personally…

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