Monthly Archives: January 2010

reprise January 31, 2010 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. mehPad – mehPad. That is all.Tags: mehPad,… 18 Ways to Speed Up Your Broadband Connection – 18 Ways to Speed Up Your Broadband… The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2009: Web – TV Trigger – Oh the competition was fierce in… RITMO Prenatal Musical System – give the little Liszt something to chew on – Apparently there’s a… Fish Finder with…

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Eco Friendly January 30, 2010 posted by

Solar Powered Bottle Boat – a new kind of DIY hobby

In an ideal world, there would be no plastic bottles. Since there are, what better way to use them than the Solar Powered Bottle Boat? With an instruction book that gives the instructions to create three different types of boats, this cool kit’s a great way to teach kids about alternative energy and solar power. It’s a fun toy that also teaches you about hydrodynamics. The kit comes complete with a waterproof solar panel, motor, wires, propellers for water and…

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Solar Powered Bottle Boat – a new kind of DIY hobby
Awesome January 29, 2010 posted by

The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2009: Google Android

The Red Ferret Product of the Year for 2009 has in some ways been a fairly easy pick. The Google Android operating system platform has literally punched its way out of nowhere into the public consciousness, helped of course by the massive public awareness of the search engine colossus itself. But what interests us more than just the marketing glam of front row products like the Motorola Droid and Nexus One, is the potential for the platform to really revolutionise…

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Awesome January 29, 2010 posted by

Nobody Cares Winter Olympics T Shirt – Winter what’s that you say?

Apparently the Winter Olympics are approaching, well there you go. If that’s the case, then how about one of these Nobody Cares Winter Olympic T Shirts? US$16.99 from Busted Tees. [Via Greenhead] This shirt is a reference to the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics which will be held in February 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. BustedTees is not affiliated with International Olympic Committee. Tags: busted+tees, winter+olympics, vancouver+winter+olympics

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Nobody Cares Winter Olympics T Shirt – Winter what’s that you say?
Gadgets January 29, 2010 posted by

Wireless Page to TV Magnifier – bring those books to life on your television screen

This Wireless Page to TV Magnifier transmits your texts wirelessly to your TV so you can read the words in comfort. No cables, no problemo. The fact that you can also kick back on the couch and enjoy Moby Dick from 10 feet probably means less wear and tear on the back muscles too eh? Although we’re not too sure how easy it’s going to be to keep the scanner moving accurately while focusing your attention on the big screen….

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Gadgets January 29, 2010 posted by

MacGregor Tabletop Scoreboard – get ready, set…

We imagine this MacGregor Tabletop Scoreboard will go down particularly well with rampantly competitive families. You know the sort, they can’t eat a meal without having a bet on who can eat their peas off a knife fastest. Sure it’s marketed as a sports scorer, but we know what it’ll really be used for. $333.00.  Multi-functional INDOOR electric scoreboard scores Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball, Boxing and more, Use as a metronome, stopwatch, clock with alarm and program timer. Clock counts up…

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hardware January 29, 2010 posted by

Peel P50 – the smallest production car in the world

The Peel P50 is the smallest production car in the world. It’s currently being made to order in the UK, comes with a moped engine and will cost you the princely sum of £15,000. When they were originally produced in 1962 they cost around £199.00 each, so that’s some inflation folks. Tags: peel+p50, motor+car, vehicle

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Free Software January 29, 2010 posted by

Instant Mask – freeware makes it super easy to remove annoying backgrounds from your photos

Instant Mask is a nifty bit of freeware which lets you quickly and easily remove unwanted background stuff from your photographs. The free version offers a fairly rudimentary erase process, but there’s also a $19.95 Pro version (pictured) which gives more power over things like feathering and area selection. The free version is great for simple masking tasks, like removing the odd object here and there, but you’re going to need more delicate control if you want to do anything…

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Bizarre January 29, 2010 posted by

Zamboni Watch – Uber cool

This being 2010, anything with Zamboni on it is now cool. Last year it was bacon, this year it’s Zamboni. Trust me on this. Why else would you be able to buy a Zamboni watch, complete with ice hockey rink underneath? Not quite sure why the Zamboni is on it’s side though, must be a bit slippery out there. Anyhoo, US$74.95 buys you more cool than anything Tag, Omega or Diesel can dish out. Cool with a capital “z”. If…

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Zamboni Watch – Uber cool
Gadgets January 29, 2010 posted by

USB Clip On 7 Port Hub – Handy is as handy does

You need 7 USB ports and you need them where you need them STAT! Brando can help with this clip-on 7 port USB hub. The ports all rotate so you can use oversized USB flash drives and the sturdy clip holds everything in place. Works with everything. US$14 USB Clip-On 7-Port Hub has a clip design and let you clip it at the table edge to save your desk space and convenient to use! Tags: gadget, usb, brando, usb+clip+on+7+port+hub, 7+port+usb+hub

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USB Clip On 7 Port Hub – Handy is as handy does
Bookmark This! January 29, 2010 posted by

Online PDF Generator – convert anything PDF for free

The new Online PDF Generator service lets you convert anything to a PDF file. Yep anything. Teapot, Cessna aircraft, small piece of chocolate. You name it. Simply upload your kettle or file and hit the Generate PDF! button. Trust us, we know what we’re talking about!  Instantly convert your data to a PDF document online with this simple, free online PDF generator. You can convert most types of data to PDF using this tool, including Microsoft Word documents, RTF documents…

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Bookmark This! January 29, 2010 posted by

LaterBro – Schedules Twitter or Facebook status updates

So you want to say happy birthday to your BFF but you’ll be nowhere near a PC or whatever on the day. Fear not, Later Bro is here to help. It allows you to schedule Twitter and Facebook status messages for some other time. Simple to use, nice to look at. Anything else? Who’s behind LaterBro.com? The design office of Sons & Co from New Zealand and Web development firm SolidFlux from the Netherlands. Tags: later+bro, laterbro, twitter+app, facebook+app

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LaterBro – Schedules Twitter or Facebook status updates
Gadgets January 29, 2010 posted by

DACPort – Reference USB powered digital to analogue converter

The DACPort is a high-end amplifier for your high-end headphones. It’s a USB digital-to-analogue converter that bypasses your audio card completely and does all the audio heavy lifting itself. The makers claim it has superior clock jitter-control to ensure all those digital samples (all the yway up to 96kHz) arrive at the right time to give your ears a holiday. Works with 24 and 16 bit audio and has 6.5mm output plus a 3.5mm adapter and a volume control. US$500…

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DACPort – Reference USB powered digital to analogue converter
but is it art? January 29, 2010 posted by

Sprinkle Dress – The wearable garden

We’ve heard of wearable art, but a walking garden is a bit of a stretch. Designer Linda Schailon has created a garden fashionista’s delight – The Sprinkle Dress. Complete with integrated living plants, this unique fashion statement must be awkward to wear, much less move around in. It’s definitely meant to be eco-friendly, with the skirt draped by garden-wires that support planters that grow real plants in discarded yogurt containers. The designer created this from her childhood fantasy of a…

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Sprinkle Dress – The wearable garden
Awesome January 28, 2010 posted by

The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2009: Software – Presto

Presto is the latest and most interesting version of Linux to target consumer computing. The weird thing is the fact that this Xandros made product actually runs on top of Windows, which for Linux purists is nothing short of heresy, but really the best way to encourage people to try a new operating system is to give them the chance to play with it on their own computer, free from the fear of ditching their comfort zone. The Presto install is fast and clean,…

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