Monthly Archives: December 2009

Gadgets December 31, 2009 posted by

BodyGuardz Phone Protectors – Hands on review of the invisible phone protector

I’ve been sent a set of BodyGuardz stick-on phone protectors to have a look at. BodyGuardz make these types of stick-on protective skins for all the major phones as well as BlackBerrys, iPods, handheld games and even MacBook laptops. The protector itself is an optically clear skin that can resist scratching by keys, coins and even nails but leaves your phone looking like your phone. They’re aimed at people who want to protect their phone against scratches and foreign objects…

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Gadgets December 31, 2009 posted by

Parking Pilot – Parking reversing sensor and breathalyzer

In my cynical world, a parking sensor system and a breathalyzer are pretty much the same thing, if you can’t park without hitting something, chances are you’re drunk … but I digress. This Parking Pilot is a reverse parking sensor kit with display and a breathalyzer. It ships with 4 ultrasonic sensors that you install in the bumper via the included hole-saw, a CPU and a dash-mounted display. The readout gives you distances to obstacles in 0.1 metre increments, a…

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Gadgets December 31, 2009 posted by

Dream Cat Venus – robo kitty gets a makeover

Dream Cat Venus (Yume Neko Robotic Cat) is a…um…robot cat. They’ve upgraded the thing to a spooky level of feline-ness, with blinking eyes, purr on demand, a cute paw wash feature and a tummy roll. You need more? Get a box of fleas. I for one welcome our new cute kitteh overlords. $176.00. [video]  Yume Neko Venus uses the latest in sensor and robotic technology to create truly interactive pet that reacts to your stimuli when you pet it, including…

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Gadgets December 31, 2009 posted by

Space Invaders Piggy Bank – save and play

This dinky little Space Invaders Piggy Bank is a fully working arcade game which will also store coins. The makers thoughtfully start you off with a single coin (100 Yen, so don’t get excited) to kick off your collection. Then it’s up to you. It’s a beautifully fashioned 1/6 replica, complete with the right kind of bleeps so enjoy. $60.40.  By inserting a 100-yen coin and pressing the Hit Button (the red button), you can start playing the Space Invaders! You…

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Bookmark This! December 31, 2009 posted by

EssentialPIM Portable – freeware lets you carry your life around on a flash drive

This free EssentialPIM program is proof that even in this web-centric day and age people still enjoy using good old fashioned personal information managers to organise their lives. The freeware version offers the core features you need to stay on top of things, including a scheduler, to-do list, outliner and contact manager, although you’ll need to pony up $39.95 for the email functionality of the Pro version. One cute option is to install the whole thing onto a USB drive and carry it around…

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Awesome December 31, 2009 posted by

Sprixi – awesome way to find free images for your project

Sprixi is an awesome new search engine for finding free images to use and download. The interface is fabulous and you get a choice of open licenses, which means commercial use (usually with attribution) is fine. I love the fact that you can rate each image to help improve the results, and the easy download button is just genius. Oh and if you register you can upload your own images to add to the database. Lovely lovely lovely!   Sprixi tries…

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Gadgets December 30, 2009 posted by

Liquid Image Scuba Series HD – Turns your next dive into IMAX

Liquid Image have been making photo and video equipped dive masks for a while now, but things have turned serious with the Liquid Image Scuba Series HD dive mask. It has a 5.0MP digital camera and a 720p HD video camera that shoots at 30 fps. You can scuba dive to 35m with the mask or just use it for snorkeling or freediving. It needs 4 AAA batteries which should last for 2,000 images or 2 hours of video if…

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Gadgets December 30, 2009 posted by

Malata PC-98905 Netbook – should Sony see red?

This Malata PC-98905 Netbook reminds us of something. Let’s see, it’s pocket sized, red, has an 8 second boot time and features a webcam, Bluetooth, WiFi and an SSD solid drive. Now what other small computer does this resemble? Gotta love them Chinese folk.  Processor Intel Atom N270/280 Intel Pineview N450 Optional LCD 8.9 inch 1024×600 Storage SSD 8GB 16GB/32GB Memory 1GB/2GB DDR2 WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Webcam 1.3M Battery 3000mAh/7.4V Dimensions 256X27X143mm Tags: malata+pc+98905, netbook, computer, sony

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Gadgets December 30, 2009 posted by

Mommy I’m Here – child locator comes with cute and howls

For some strange reason the makers of the Mommy I’m Here child location device appear to have decided that the receiver/alarm should attach to a shoe instead of somewhere normal like a wristband. This is interesting only if you’re a student of children’s wall kicking habits. Anyhoo, the thing is on sale for $24.95, so have at it.  Mommy I’m Here! is a revolutionary breakthrough, offering parents peace-of-mind. The Mommy I’m Here! Child Locator is extremely reliable and very easy to…

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Free Software December 30, 2009 posted by

TeboCam – free motion sensitive webcam software will guard your place

TeboCam is a free webcam program which uses motion sensing tech to monitor and alert you if anyone enters a room without permission. This makes it great for checking on your cubicle (how many lunch bags have you lost this year already?) and also for making sure the servants aren’t stealing the silver in your remote country cottage.  Receive emails with images of any movement detected. -Publish movement images to website. -Graph of movement over time (with calendar facility). -Start movement detection…

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Gadgets December 30, 2009 posted by

USB 3.0 SATA HDD Docking Station – Super fast transfers

USB 3.0 is coming here and Brando has the goods. Starting with the perennial favourite, the SATA hard drive dock. This USB 3.0 SATA HDD Docking Station lets you hot-swap between multiple drives easily, and allows you transfer data at 5, 3 or 1.5 Gbs as well as the old USB 2.0/1.1 way. It can mount either 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives and supports drives up to 2TB in size. Only Windows XP/Vista/7 compatible and needs AC. US$58 from Brando….

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Gadgets December 29, 2009 posted by

Gravida’s Nurse – prenatal trainer for the mother to be

The strangely named Gravida’s Nurse is a ‘prenatal education device’ which has a touch screen, memory card slot and USB port and is designed to help expectant ladies to learn what they need to learn in order to do all this baby rearing stuff. Yeah we don’t know why either, it’s all so easy, right? £14.20.  The prenatal education device is an inspiring work featuring wide touch screen, all in one memory card slot and usb jack. Simply insert card…

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Gadgets December 29, 2009 posted by

Stanley LED Torch Watch – shine on Harvey zoom…

The Stanley LED Torch Watch offers the kind of bizarre un-utility we’re becoming used to from the Far East. Because let’s face it, everyone needs a flashlight on their wrist along with their timepiece. Just in case, right? $58.00.  Stanley provides wide range of hand tools. Stanley LED Torch Watch equipped with mini LED torch on the watch face offers hands-free convenience. Tags: gadget, stanley+led+torch+watch, timepiece

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Gadgets December 29, 2009 posted by

24 Port USB Hub says ‘bring it on, foo’…

This 24 Port USB Hub says your stupid sucks and I’m awesome like a Ninja. Seven ports? Pah! Ten ports? Pathetic. When you gonna compute you gotta peripherize, and this is the grand-daddy of all peripherizers. And before you say it’s too much add up printers, meece, keyboards, headsets, scanners, charging sockets, connectibles et al and then laugh. $69.99.  How many USB Gadgets you have? 4, 5, 7 or more? Now, no matter how many USB Gadgets you have, this Super USB…

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