Monthly Archives: April 2010

Gadgets April 30, 2010 posted by

Thanko Notebook Tripod Stand – Turns a camera tripod into a desk

I like this Thanko Notebook Tripod Stand, it gets your stupid leg-burning laptop off your lap and onto an ergonomic and adjustable surface. Sure it’s just an aluminium plate with a 1/4″ tripod thread and air vents, but it’s probably got a million uses; books, computers, sheet music, notebook holder. Might even come in handy if you shoot with a PC tethered to your camera. Even comes with a couple of Velcro straps to make sure your PC stays where…

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Thanko Notebook Tripod Stand – Turns a camera tripod into a desk
Gadgets April 30, 2010 posted by

Motz Tiny Wooden Speaker – super cute tiny speaker for the miniaturist in all of us

This Motz Tiny Wooden Speaker is delightfully cute, contains a full auto-scan FM radio and rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and is incredibly cute. Did we mention that already? It’s hand made out of dried apricots, has a USB connector and will play for 10 hours via a headset. $35.99.  Made of wood and 100% handicraft products, this Tiny Acorn speaker produces rich sound. Includes a USB connector for charging and a standard jack to connect to audio sources. Tags: motz+tiny+wooden+speaker, fm+radio, gadget

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Iris Video Conferencing System – eye contact for the masses

This IRIS Video Conferencing System seems like a nifty idea, an eye contact oriented webcam device which bolts onto your computer and uses a system of mirrors to let you focus (!) on your screen and the remote speaker at the same time. Hmm…but maybe we’re missing something here? Don’t most modern laptops come with cameras in their screen bezel, or is that not enough? And what happens when you have to look down to type during the web call, surely…

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AirVita Neo15 Air Cleaner – the washable air scrubber and night light

The AirVita Neo15 is a washable air cleaner and night light which features ‘plasma potential difference electric discharge’, which is good to know. Whether a product named after a character in a movie can ever clean the air as well as a good mop and bucket is another matter, but we’re happy to know it emits 186 billion electrons per second in order to purify polluted air. Important stuff. $115.00.  AirVitaNeo15 has acquired a patent for its function of selective…

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In-Car Sound Controlled Music Light – turn your car into a disco inferno

Straight from the ‘how can we kill you today, sir’  dept, comes this In-Car Sound Controlled Music Light. We’re talking a music triggered flashing LED light display cascading around your eyeballs while you’re trying to negotiate the evening rush hour. Guaranteed to provide hours of amusement for the traffic cops as they rummage through your details. $12.42.  With an audio volume indicator set in the plug, the light is sound controlled. The dynamic light changes regularly accompany the jumping musical notes. It…

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Mobile Tech April 30, 2010 posted by

K Touch T200 – 3G Phone and TV

K-touch has unveiled a new a stylish new 3G mobile the T200. It features a 2.8″ touch screen with a resolution of WQVGA (400 x 240 pixels) as well as 3G and 3.5G HSDPA transmission capacity. While ensuring the high-speed Internet access, clear and stable voice quality also makes T200 stand from the crowd. In addition, the CMMB digital TV features, high quality audio and video playback functions, and Java games and other entertainment features, bring users leisure and enjoyment…

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K Touch T200 – 3G Phone and TV
Free Software April 30, 2010 posted by

F.lux – cool freeware optimises your computer brightness for the time of day

F.lux is one of those small utilities that could really change your life, or at least your health. It works by altering the brightness and warmth of your computer screen as the day progresses, so your eyes are not too strained from staring at this bright rectangle all day. The idea sounds very ergonomic and since eyestrain is all too often a geek disease, it’s a wonder it took so long to come up with this solution. Installation is painless, it’s unobtrusive…

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future tech April 30, 2010 posted by

Reevu Helmet – Gives you eyes in the back of your head

Motorcyclists can breathe a little easier now that the Reevu rear-view motorcycle helmet is set to go into production. A great concept since 2005, the RV MSX1 motorcycle helmet has a built-in rear-view panel to let motorcycle drivers see the road behind them. The rear-view panel takes in then bends light around the driver’s head using lightweight polycarbonate mirrors, then directs it toward the eye in a small mirror positioned at the top of the rider’s field of vision. You’ll…

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Reevu Helmet – Gives you eyes in the back of your head
Awesome April 30, 2010 posted by

Copenhagen Wheel – turn your bicycle into a hybrid e-bike computer

The Copenhagen Wheel project is an initiative from MIT which turns your ordinary bike into an electric version via a retrofit wheel motor. The idea of slotting an electric motor into a wheel replacement is not new of course, but this concept goes one further by incorporating all the electrics and battery in the hub, as well as a set of sensors which can offer monitor the environment and your journeys and connect to city information services to provide an…

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iFixit – repair your own stuff and save the whales

iFixit is a new service which aims to get everyone repairing their broken tech, instead of throwing it away, which is excellent. It’s basically a user editable wiki for consumer electronic repair manuals and the idea is that the community will come together and help each other repair their devices. The site also sells tools and parts to help get the job done which is hugely valuable. A few weeks ago I dug out an old Internet radio and found it wouldn’t…

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Gadgets April 29, 2010 posted by

Clarity C4230 Phone – the louder, farther, longer cordless phone

The Clarity C4230 Phone offers 50dB louder audio, 30% farther roaming and 8 hours longer standby battery life than a conventional armadillo. It also features a visual ringer (I think they mean light, don’t you?) and built in answering machine with slow-motion playback just in case your native Urdhu is a bit rusty. $259.95.  The most comfortable of all tested handsets, its wide-spaced keypad and large, back-lit buttons allow easy operation while a bright visual ringer and an easy-to-read display…

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Leather iPad Kickstand Case – prop it up with style

This Leather iPad Kickstand Case combines a useful protective sheath for your precious, along with a handy prop to save your neck muscles. We’re still not tablet lovers here, but this kind of stuff makes sense if you’re determined to waste your money. Oh…and when they use the word ‘leather’, kindly insert ‘synthetic’ in front, just to be totally accurate. $12.99.  Ultra High Quality Construction and stitching – Protects your iPad against shocking, damage, dust and particles – The easy…

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Recommended April 29, 2010 posted by

Solar Powered Mosquito Blocker – Sun plus linalool equals no mozzies

With warm weather, those pesky mosquitoes are buzzing. Now the Solar Powered Mosquito Blocker can help keep them from biting. It’s not quite as impressive as the mosquito-shooting laser, but it blocks the mosquito’s ability to track a human scent. It uses Linalool, a patented chemical developed in cooperation with the USDA. It’s supposed to be twice as effective as DEET and a lot better than Citronella, blocking mosquitoes up to 100 feet away. Best of all, it’s a bargain…

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Solar Powered Mosquito Blocker – Sun plus linalool equals no mozzies
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