Monthly Archives: November 2009

Gadgets November 25, 2009 posted by

Flashlight DVR – seek and ye shall record…

We’ve featured similar to the Flashlight DVR before, but this latest version looks to be much sleeker and more user friendly. Comes with a multi-intensity LED system for differing light situations, is encased in a fancy aluminium housing and supports up to 4 GB video storage which should give you 2 hours of hand lit footage for your enjoyment. Judging by the video it’s pretty good for nosing around in dark inaccessible areas or for scary situations when your Gran is…

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Gadgets November 25, 2009 posted by

LED Note Pad – save a tree, waste a battery

This LED Note Pad comes with a highlighter in place of a pencil, and 3 AA batteries instead of some dead tree stuff. Write on the screen with highlighter, erase with cloth, look cool and geeky in front of easily impressed people. $19.90.  Always forget to do something? LED Note Pad is just for you! Write on it by using a highlighter, turn it on and you will see a glowing message! Tags: gadget, led+note+pad

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Bookmark This! November 25, 2009 posted by

gPDF – freeware opens PDF links directly in the Google docs browser window

gPDF is a freeware web browser plugin that lets you read web page based PDF links in Google Docs. This makes PDF doc access a lot faster than normal, which is a good thing. If you’re fed up with hanging around waiting for PDF files to load when you’re surfing, this is your tool. Works with Firefox, Chrome and Opera via Greasemonkey.  gPDF is a handy tool to view PDF files online. It scans webpages for PDF links and set them…

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Gadgets November 25, 2009 posted by

Weathershield BackPack – Paint your house like a Ghostbuster

The Dulux PaintPod Roller is a pretty nifty idea, and now they’ve built on it for painting outdoors with this Weathershield BackPack. Just clip the pump unit to the paint pot, drop in the tube and away you go. It keeps one hand free so you can hang onto the ladder and there’s an edging kit and and extension pole for those of you with mansions. It only seems to come in the Weathershield masonry paint and the colour range…

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Awesome November 25, 2009 posted by

Battleship Yamato – Ultra collector’s edition

Whatever Star Blazers/Battleship Yamato was called in your neck of the woods, it was a pretty darn cool show. Bandai can help you relive the glory days with this huge 766mm long, silver-plated model of the Battleship Yamato. Replete with remote control turrets, glowing engines and miniature people and fighters, as well as huge amounts of detail. You’ll need 75,000 (~US$850) and live in Japan but that’s nothing, right? [via Akihabara News] Tags: tv+shows, battleship+yamato, star+blazers

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Gadgets November 25, 2009 posted by

USB Wireless Handheld Keyboard and Touchpad – Blackberry keyboard for PC

Hey! I blogged this random Wireless Keyboard HTPC Remote a couple of weeks ago and now Brando are stocking it. Spooky. The USB Wireless Handheld Keyboard and Touchpad controls your PC and gives you a wireless keyboard that fits in your hand. Comes in white or black with a backlit keyboard and recharges via USB. It says it’s Windows only but then it is also a bit cheaper than a diNovo Edge. US$61. This handheld wireless keyboard + touchpad is…

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Awesome November 25, 2009 posted by

Lost tech redux – why killed the electric car?

  Cruising around the Interwebs the other day and came across this photo of Detroit, USA, circa 1917. Thing to notice is the small car centre left, which looks to be none other than a Detroit Electric vehicle from the Anderson Electric Car Company. What’s remarkable is the fact that the car could run for 80 miles on one charge, and in fact one managed 211 miles on a single charge in tests. OK, so top speed was 20 mph, but…

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Gadgets November 25, 2009 posted by

Darth Vader Bionic Arm – Stars Wars plus science

If you want to recreate Star Wars without the problematic Hayden Christensen bits then all you’ll need is one of these Darth Vader Bionic Arm. Crush light saber remotes with one hand, make rude gestures or arm wrestle your Nana. The opportunities are endless. Just don’t poke yourself in the eye trying to scratch your nose. 18.74 Build, use and display a real robotic arm! Man or machine? Now you can build a robotic arm just like the one used…

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opinion piece November 25, 2009 posted by

Call to Brits – time to sign the petition to safeguard Internet access?

Both the Finnish and French governments have recently declared access to the Internet to be a legal right, which makes the latest move by the UK government to randomly remove such a right if you’re an alleged file sharer even more disgusting. It’s like removing the right to get a job from someone who is accused of being late for work too many times. Not to mention the risks of depriving a completely innocent family of access because of hacking or some…

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Gadgets November 25, 2009 posted by

Back to the Future Delorean Crysis Mod – Now with Mr Fusion

I’ve never played Crysis (apparently my Pentium M powered laptop can’t run it), but I’ve seen Back to the Future about a million times. Naturally it was about time sometime created a Back to the Future Delorean Crysis Mod. Very cool. Tags: crysis, youtube, back+to+the+future, back+to+the+future+delorean+crysis+mod

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cool tech November 24, 2009 posted by

SciPhone N21 – world’s first dual SIM Android phone hits the shelves

The SciPhone N21 is the world’s first dual SIM Android phone. It also comes with a 5 megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3 inch touch screen and something called Dual Standby, which we assume means it can flick between SIM cards on the fly. There’s no mention of 3G in the specs, so the Web function may be a little dodgy, but hey what do you expect for $215.00 (and available via Paypal)?  Processor: Marvell PXA 310, 624MHz, Dual Baseband ·Operating system:…

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cool tech November 24, 2009 posted by

SkySpark – electric plane breaks emission free flight speed record

The Italian SkySpark plane is totally electric, eerily quiet and has just broken the world record for emission free flight speed, humming through the air at 250 km/h using some Lithium Polymer batteries and a 75–kW engine. The team’s goal is to build a plane which will fly for over 500 kms at an average speed of 300 km/h, which would make it a very attractive alternative to conventional planes. As long as the price is right of course. The head of the…

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Bookmark This! November 24, 2009 posted by

Resurrect Pages – excellent Firefox addon lets you retrieve the missing Web

The free Resurrect Pages addon for Firefox gives you the power to restore lost Web content at a stroke. You know, dead pages, sites which have been destroyed by Slashdot, all that kind of stuff. The addon basically lets you search all the cache services such as CoralCDN and Google Cache by embedding access into the ‘Not Found’ page you receive. It’s dashed clever and potentially hugely useful if you’re a heavy Net searcher. Very cool.  Dead pages, broken links, the…

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Gadgets November 24, 2009 posted by

Digital Skipping Rope – Skip this

A digital skipping rope, aka a skipping rope that keeps count as you jump your way past one hundred. Also does helpful things like tells you the time, how long you’ve been exercising and how many calories you’ve burnt. Thank goodness it doesn’t talk. 8.99 from Amazon. * Clock Mode: Displays the time * Timer Mode: If you set time, LCD display the time remained * Count Mode: Shows how many times you have jumped * Calorie mode: Display the…

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Gadgets November 24, 2009 posted by

Luggage Locator – Grab the right bag everytime

If you have “accidentally” borrowed someone else’s luggage from the airport carousel then you’ll probably need something like this Luggage Locator. Press the button on the locating fob and the 6 LEDs on the tag will do a Christmas Tree impersonation. The “best” bit is the Luggage Locator allows you to record your own message which you can blast at your fellow patrons for a whole 30 seconds, assuming the locator survived the baggage handling process. US$14.98 Easily locate your…

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