Monthly Archives: August 2010

Bookmark This! August 27, 2010 posted by

MonPwr – freeware turns your monitor off instantly on demand

MonPwr is a small freeware utility that lets you switch off your Windows laptop or desktop monitor with a click. Like a screensaver it won’t come back on until you hit the spacebar or mouse click. Useful little tool for privacy and power conservation.  MonPwr by Caffinc is a freeware that lets you turn off your Laptop or PC monitor with just a click of a button – and keep it turned off until you click the mouse or press the…

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diy August 27, 2010 posted by

Enviro Battery Kit – Turns just about anything into a battery

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to build an eco-friendly battery, you’ll love the Enviro Battery Kit, made by Green Science. This cool do-it-yourself kit lets you use simple mundane things like mud, lemons and water to power a light, a watch or power up a music chip. It’s a great educational tool to help teach kids about all kinds of environmentally-friendly power sources and the science behind electricity and chemical reactions. The kit includes parts like copper and…

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Enviro Battery Kit – Turns just about anything into a battery
Gadgets August 26, 2010 posted by

ErgoMotion Laser Mouse – removing RSI one wobble at a time

The new ErgoMotion Laser Mouse from Smartfish apparently reduces the risk of Repetitive Stress Injury by making your mouse hand wobble around as you work. Because of this rocking and pivoting motion, your hand never adopts the same posture twice, thus negating the repetitive bit.   Sounds good right? Mmm…perhaps. I’d have to use it for a time to make that call, and there’s also the other aspects to the thing, like is it a good mouse in general? Still,…

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cool tech August 26, 2010 posted by

Wavetooth – world’s first waterproof Bluetooth headset

The Wavetooth kit is a waterproof (down to 3 metres) wireless Bluetooth headset which delivers cable free access to your sounds while you’re swimming around. The advantage of Bluetooth as against a normal waterproof wired headset is obvious. You can leave your phone or player on the beach and swim around with just the headset –  as long as you don’t move more than 10 metres away from your spot on the sand. No wait… The rechargeable battery gives 13 hours talk and…

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Gadgets August 26, 2010 posted by

Huawei U8150 – the low end cell phone market just got interesting

This brand new Huawei U8150 Android cell phone is scheduled to arrive on shelves ‘real soon now'(tm), and what makes it interesting is the fact that it’s slated as a low end handset, while at the same time running the latest greatest Android 2.2 operating system. We’re fans of the Huawei brand, the products tend to be well built and reliable, and priced very competitively. The Huawei built T-Mobile Pulse remains one of our favourite low cost phones, and this new product looks like it’s going…

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Gadgets August 26, 2010 posted by

Energy 4204 Touch – touch screen MP5 player with transmitter goes boom

This Energy 4204 Touch media player comes with a 2.4 inch touchscreen, FM transmitter to beam audio to a nearby Hi-Fi or car stereo and the ability to play DivX video as well as MP3 audio and the rest. It’s also an e-book reader, voice recorder and photo viewer, and doncha love that shade of pink? Priced at €59.24.  The first touch-screen MP5 features a double earphone output DUO, FM-Transmitter and front speaker. Includes two pairs of eaphones: In-Ear with…

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Bookmark This! August 26, 2010 posted by

ACH – freeware helps you make intelligent decisions based on facts not fiction

ACH (Analysis of Competing Hypotheses) is a piece of open source freeware which was originally developed as part of a CIA project and has now been donated to the world for free download. The program basically allows you to set up a structured decision making process using a sophisticated hypothesis testing structure. First define your question, then set down the possible hypotheses. Then list the evidence for and against each hypothesis, add them to the matrix and check the inconsistencies. Refine,…

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Awesome August 26, 2010 posted by

Sea Kettle – life raft turns sea water into drinking water

Just love the name and the concept behind the Sea Kettle, a marine life raft which contains its own simple desalination system to turn sea water into drinking water. Inspired by one of our fave products, the Watercone, the raft can produce 3 litres of water a day, more than enough for you and the ship’s cat. Genius.  The Sea Kettle is meant to be an insulated, sturdy shelter able to turn sea water into fresh water. A person using…

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announcement August 26, 2010 posted by

Our Debra – an eco radio star at last

Just had to take this opportunity to give a big shout out to our very own Debra Atlas, the Ferret’s Ecological Editor, whose Eco Trends radio slot on KSHA 104.3 FM is going from strength to strength. Nice one Debra! Don’t forget us though eh, when you’re battling Oprah for that prime time slot? Tags: debra+atlas, eco+trends, ksha+104.3+FM, radio+star

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Awesome August 26, 2010 posted by

EDGE house – Makes down sizing your home stylish and beautiful

A lot of folks are thinking about down sizing their homes these days, if that’s you then this EDGE house is a compact way to go. The award-winning EDGE, which stands for Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment, is a 320 square foot home designed by Wisconsin’s Bill Yudchitz of the design firm Revelation Architects. Meant to show that we can live greener and better lives in smaller well crafted spaces, the EDGE house is a modular home complete with…

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EDGE house – Makes down sizing your home stylish and beautiful
Gadgets August 25, 2010 posted by

Arcade Machine Money Box – catch ’em early, fleece ’em easy

This Arcade Machine Money Box is guaranteed to drag your loose change kicking and screaming from your pocket. Deposit a coin and you get a 2 minute game session on the super high resolution arcade game (almost, but not quite like Space Invaders). Time up? More money please. Addictive and impoverishing (is that a word?). £14.99.  When only thirty seconds of thrilling dodging and shooting remain, an alarm sounds – insert another coin or it’s game over. Aargh! If only…

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cool tech August 25, 2010 posted by

Alive Puppy – the emotional response robo-pup

This Alive Puppy is a plush toy that goes a little bit further than your average playtime pooch. For one thing it’s got touch sensitive ‘skin’ – i.e. sensors and a mic – which reacts to touching, tickling or hugging. You want freaky? Then watch out as it pants, barks, blinks or wags its tail as you pet it. Who said robots had to be metallic cyborgs? $99.95.    Beneath the puppy’s soft, furry coat are sensors in its paws, head, and…

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Eco Friendly August 25, 2010 posted by

ESCO Sensor Lamp – world’s first motion sensing eco lamp

This ESCO Sensor Lamp is the world’s first motion sensing eco lamp. So not only will it only come on for brief periods when it senses movement in the room or area, but it will also use less electricity as it illuminates. It also offers over 8000 hours of light up time, and is fully user customisable in terms of timings and brilliance etc. Now that’s what you call a smart lamp. £15.98. You can use this bulb anywhere as…

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Free Software August 25, 2010 posted by

Legacy 7 Standard Edition – freeware lets you map your family on a Web based genealogical tree

Legacy 7 Standard Edition is a freeware program which lets you trace your ancestors back through time and build a genealogical chart for all to see. The software comes with everything you need to get started, including a DNA feature which lets you add in genetic results to aid your historical search. The interface is a little quaint (i.e. antique), but the program is certainly fully featured. And if you’re willing to shell out a little cash, you get access to…

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