Monthly Archives: May 2010

Awesome May 31, 2010 posted by

Sony produces paper thin ‘rollable’ LCD display – world still waiting for Minority Report style newspapers

Sony has been demonstrating a cool new paper thin rollable colour LCD display, which could really revolutionise the portable device market. The thing also does not require a backlight, implying that it could be very power friendly, another key point. The stalled but very clever Readius mobile phone shows that allied with the right design smarts, this kind of flexible display could have a real future, now all that remains is to work out how to produce the stuff commercially at…

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Eco Friendly May 31, 2010 posted by

HECMEC Chair – paper based kids seating grows with their kneeds

Give me a child  and they can have a chair for life, or something like that. This HECMEC Chair will grow with the kids and help save the world at the same time – just don’t put them out with the recycle on bin night, the chair that is. Made from enviro friendly materials, plant based resin seat and paper tubes, which you can change to fit the growing legs of your little treasure. A part of the sale price goes to…

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Gadgets May 31, 2010 posted by

Bloom Pot – Illuminating garden pot

The Bloom Pot is a polypropylene planter pot with a pair of 11 watt CFL bulbs inside. The upshot being you’ll always be able to find your plants in the dark, and, hopefully, you’ll stop tripping over them on the way to the out house. You know what? With a slightly better design you could illuminate the pots and help the plants grow at night. Oh well. Available in white, red or orange and in 40/60/100cm diameter versions £109.99 The…

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Bloom Pot – Illuminating garden pot
Fun & Games May 31, 2010 posted by

iNotePad – the cheaper alternative to an Apple iPad

The new iNotePad is the perfect choice for those faced with device lust coupled with finance rust. It’s thin, lightweight, has a super responsive touchscreen and is totally fingerprint proof. Mostly. Just £8.99.    The iNotePad is a sixty page paper notepad with an acetate front sheet and hardboard back. The iNotePad features three styles of page: vertical lined, horizontal lined and blank. This means the iNotePad can be used in all orientations…and is widely compatible with all kinds of hardware, including:…

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Free Software May 31, 2010 posted by

SnailSync – neat file synchronisation freeware

SnailSync is a small free file synchronisation program which is designed to make it easy to keep files in synch across multiple computers. This is also a useful tool if you have one machine on a slow Net connection and want to keep files up to date on them both without using online file sharing services or software. The one thing to remember about this type of prgram is the fact that nasty things can happen to important files you want to…

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Gadgets May 31, 2010 posted by

Personal Television and Theater Amplifier – Makes it louder without turning it up

You’re getting old, the people on the TV are starting to mumble. So you turn up the volume and all of a sudden the people around you start yelling at you. What do you do? Get one of these Personal Television and Theater Amplifier thingies of course. Who cares if it makes you look like a stock broker on a lunch break, you’ll be able to hear the infernal machine and keep your family. The only down side is suddenly…

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Personal Television and Theater Amplifier – Makes it louder without turning it up
Bookmark This! May 31, 2010 posted by

Open Source Rails – a gallery for open source Ruby on Rails projects

Open Source Rails is an excellent online gallery of free open source Ruby on Rails projects for you to peruse and enjoy. There are lots of great free web applications and tools listed (including our own Hobo project of course) and the search and ratings system make it easy to locate valuable cool free applications for your needs –  photo galleries, helpdesk, time trackers, even the occasional game and much more. Definitely a bookmark for web dudes.  Open Source Rails features an easy to…

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cool tech May 31, 2010 posted by

Audi A8 – Luxury goes high-tech

The 2011 Audi A8 has taken high tech to heart. This 4-door sporty luxury sedan has a first-ever, factory installed optional WLAN hotspot that let’s passengers in the front and back to access the internet at up to 7.2 MB/s by dropping a data-capable SIM card into the car’s Bluetooth phone or by pairing it with your existing cellphone. Up to eight laptops, tablets or other network devices can be supported simultaneously via a connection through the car’s rooftop antenna….

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Audi A8 – Luxury goes high-tech
Bookmark This! May 31, 2010 posted by

Immortal Cities: Nile Online – cool free online city builder game

Immortal Cities: Nile Online is a free browser based online city building game which comes with some lovely graphics and a dash of Ancient Egyptian style. It’s a persistent world, so you can spend as much or as little time as you want building your empire, which is perfect for those people who have a life they’d like to live away from a computer screen.  Immortal Cities: Nile Online is a free to play persistent browser-based empire and city building…

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reprise May 30, 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. MP3 Direct Cut and Merge MP3 – two super cool freeware programs for specialised audio file editing – The free MP3 Direct… Playstation 3 Cake – yum – Can I love this Playstation 3 Cake… AMS Litvin 6×6 ATV – we Russians laugh at your puny Hummer buggy – Ha, so you think your baby… Aigo Patriot G6 Wee Cellphone lets you play…

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Gadgets May 29, 2010 posted by

E Z Gas Detector – find the leak before it finds you…

This E Z Gas Detector locates gas leaks with a beeping LED alarm. Wave it around in your home and keep safe. Works off two AA batteries. £19.99. EZ Gas Check is a Stick Type Gas Detector which any person can easily use at home. You can easily detect the degree of gas leakage with beep sound and LED light at the same time and you can prevent gas explosion accident in advance. Detection of various gases such as LPG…

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Gadgets May 28, 2010 posted by

Robby Garden XP – clever new electric lawnmower turns the cut grass into fertilizer as it mows

The rather strange looking Robby Garden XP automatic electric lawnmower runs for 4 hours on a charge, features 4 wheel drive and a clever grass sensor to detect edges and obstructions, and mulches the grass into fertilizer as it cuts –  yay, no more raking up. It’s also pretty quiet for a lawn mower, with just a 72dB hum in use. Just set it down and pop off for a cup of tea. Lovely. €1,559.00.  The operation of the Garden Robby XP is very simple: One…

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cool tech May 28, 2010 posted by

ToxGuard – the air purifying snuggle blanket

This ToxGuard blanket is soft, cuddly, warm and removes all household smells 24/7 with no chemicals, electricity or user intervention. The secret is in the super porous activated charcoal fibres which literally suck up the smells from the air via a surface area larger than 60 football pitches. Machine washable and perfect for pets too eh? £89.95.  Each gramme of this high-performance absorbing layer has an amazing active surface of 1,400m² (15,269sqft) which binds odours and harmful substances in the…

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Gadgets May 28, 2010 posted by

Golf Bag Alarm System – watches your clubs, so you don’t have to

This Golf Bag Alarm System lets you know when someone tries to steal your clubs or balls or whatever else you’ve got stashed in your bag. It’s basically a motion sensing transmitter and a keychain receiver alarm. They’ve painted the transmitter black so you don’t inadvertently use it to tee off, which is nice isn’t it? $49.95.  The ball is placed into your golf bag and the key fob stays with you. The ball remains silent until it detects substantial…

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Awesome May 28, 2010 posted by

Theory11.com – psst…you wanna learn some real awesome magic and freak out your friends?

We’ve featured online magic offerings several times over the years here on the Ferret, but the new Theory11.com site has got to be the best yet. The site offers a large selection of some truly outstanding magic tricks for sale at very reasonable prices. [Note –  special Ferret offer and freebies at the end of this post]. What makes the service really special is the fact that each trick (or ‘effect’ as they call them) is delivered in a stylishly produced video format, with the…

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