Monthly Archives: February 2010

hmm..interesting February 23, 2010 posted by

Cocoon – Grow and store veggies in style

Swedish company Salomansen Design has combined form and function to create a unique kitchen “grow and store”. The Cocoon – made from water-absorbing clay – lets you store veggies and grow herbs, all in the same stylish container. Bringing both color and life to your kitchen windowsill, as moisture evaporates from the plants, it also cools the storage section. No word on price but this smart looking plant-storage unit is sure to bring chic to any kitchen. Combined decoration, storage…

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Cocoon – Grow and store veggies in style
Awesome February 23, 2010 posted by

TI WiLink 7.0 – WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and an FM transmitter on a chip the size of a fingernail

See that little chip? It’s called a TI WiLink 7.0 and it’s going to end up in your mobile phone soon, to supply GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and an FM transmitter functionality to your handset. It’s the first single chip offering this huge amount of connectivity, but it’s definitely not going to be the last. Question. How long till a chip that size contains everything you need to make a top spec smartphone? And what will that mean for our mobile…

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Gadgets February 23, 2010 posted by

TentPak – The backpack with the built-in tent

We’ve seen bikes built into backpacks, now here’s the slightly more logical TentPak, a tent built into a backpack. The idea was to make a backpack and tent that’s ready to grab-and-go even if you’re just going out for a day’s hike. With the tent always in the pack you’ll have shelter if you’re caught outdoors, overnight unawares. TentPak make a range of packs geared towards different scenarios including Search-and-Rescue, Expeditions, Hunting/Fishing and kids and there are versions for men…

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TentPak – The backpack with the built-in tent
cool tech February 22, 2010 posted by

Andrea – naturally purified air

Andrea is the world’s first biologically natural air filter. It works by using naturally growing plants to purify the atmosphere in a room, using air, water and soil filtration to remove noxious stuff from the air in a room. It certainly looks very cool, not sure whether the plants feel so happy about their role in the process though. But who’s going to ask them? $199.99.  It naturally purifies air by drawing it with a whisper-quiet fan to propel it through…

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Awesome February 22, 2010 posted by

Ionator – turn your ordinary tap water into household cleaning juice

The new Ionator system turns ordinary tap water into a universal cleaning material which apparently cleans and disinfects all household surfaces like a wizard – and without a nasty chemical in sight. It accomplishes this miraculous feat by injecting the water with electrically charged nano-bubbles.   These bubbles improve the cleaning properties of the water sufficiently enough to mimic the use of bleach or other cleaning agents. Result? Clean surface. The bad news is you’ll have to pay $169.00 for…

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Gadgets February 22, 2010 posted by

Digital Counting Money Jar – Look after the pennies and so on

There’s no need to obliterate the piggy bank to count your funds, grab one of these Digital Counting Money Jars and it’ll do all the work for you. Its LCD display shows you how much you’ve saved as it can recognise pound and euro coins as they’re inserted. Press the button to reset it. 13.49. If you want one for US currency, check Amazon. If you want Australian currency try here. The lid has a slot and a digital LCD…

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Digital Counting Money Jar – Look after the pennies and so on
Gadgets February 22, 2010 posted by

Universal Network Cable – the rotate and geek solution to those cable hassles

Everyone should have a Universal Network Cable in their back pocket, just in case. Yeah you can sneer, but think about the brownie points when you rescue the broken printer network in accounts and become Daphne’s hero for an hour. There see, now you get it. Five cable types in one connector. $24.99.  They don’t need to know that the Universal Network Cable adapter allows you to change wiring standard with just a click. They won’t care about going from…

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Bookmark This! February 22, 2010 posted by

FSL Launcher – tidy up your messy desktop with this cool freeware launcher

Hands up if you’ve got a Windows desktop crammed with junk, icons, shortcuts, widgets et al. Yeah me too. It’s a real hassle, which is why this FSL Launcher freeware program could be a bit of a lifesaver. It basically lets you tabulate your desktop, and store shortcuts in different tabs according to category. The program supports multiple desktop setups and even multiple monitors, and it also auto-hides, which can keep things very neat. There’s a bunch of settings you…

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Bookmark This! February 22, 2010 posted by

Tubemogul – distribute and track your video to multiple sites with one click

Tubemogul is a clever new service that lets you distribute your video content to all the major video sites with one click. Easy process. Just sign in, browse to your video and click the upload button. You can also title, tag and categorise your video to help people find it, and there are a number of premium (read pay for) options for easier file uploading and sideloading. Once you’ve done the dead simple deployment, it’s simply a matter of sitting…

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Gadgets February 22, 2010 posted by

Wireless Keyboard and Touchpad – Hands and fingers on review – UPDATED

Chinavasion have sent me one of these Wireless Keyboard and Touch Pads (also known as an iPazzPort) to have a look at. Primarily it’s for home theatre PCs or for driving presentations while you’re prancing around in front of the projector. Since I’m not much of a presenter, I’ll be testing it as a home theatre PC remote. If you’re currently using a full sized keyboard to control your home theatre PC then you’ll definitely want to see what this…

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Wireless Keyboard and Touchpad – Hands and fingers on review – UPDATED
Free Software February 22, 2010 posted by

Skeptical Science iPhone App – Fights skepticism with skepticism

Don’t you hate it when you’ve just lost a great argument, and you’re halfway home when you suddenly think of a brilliant retort? Well if arguing about global climate change is your idea of a fun afternoon then have a squiz at the Skeptical Science iPhone App and it won’t happen to you again. It’s been put out by the Skeptical Science climate change website as ammunition for climate change believers. The app packs all the latest counter-arguments, with evidence,…

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Skeptical Science iPhone App – Fights skepticism with skepticism
Bizarre February 22, 2010 posted by

Desktop Mini Crazy Curling – Bring the Winter Olympics to your desk

Since the portable air hockey was such a hit I’ve been looking for something else to help you wile away the tedium at work, and this might be it. The Desktop Mini Crazy Curling kit. It doesn’t use granite stones, or ice or even an army of people with brooms, it’s just you and the targets houses. All you need is a smooth flat surface. 4.99 Bring a little piece of the winter Olympics to your office, and recreate your…

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Desktop Mini Crazy Curling – Bring the Winter Olympics to your desk
reprise February 21, 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. Divvyshot – cool online photo album creator based around events – Divvyshot is a new online photo… CubeTube – Power your office with solar power – Converting office lighting into… Freefixer – freeware lets you take control of software running in the background on your computer – One of the big problems with the… Trike Tours of Scotland – hire your very…

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Gadgets February 20, 2010 posted by

Pixel LV-W1 Wireless Remote Control – See and shoot from a distance

The LiveView function on digital SLRs has brought lots of very nifty gadgets, but this Pixel LV-W1 Wireless Remote Control seems, so far, to me to be the best of the bunch. The transmitter clips to the flash hot shoe and connects to the camera via the USB port. It then broadcasts the LiveView feed to the receiver which has 3″, 960×240 LCD screen. The transmitter can reach out to about 80m and you can fire the shutter or even…

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Pixel LV-W1 Wireless Remote Control – See and shoot from a distance
Eco Friendly February 19, 2010 posted by

Freeloader Pico – take the slow train to charge-ville and I’ll meet you at the station…

The Freeloader Pico is small, delicate and iPodyish, but it’ll take you 10 hours to charge its internal battery, which could be a tad too long if it’s an emergency call you’re wanting. Still, it’s nice to know there’s a solar fall back if the USB recharger part fails you in the desert. For some reason. $39.99.  # Compact and lightweight solar charger for small electronic devices # Advanced solar cell and lithium ion battery technology # Solar panels will…

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