Monthly Archives: January 2011

Eco Friendly January 26, 2011 posted by

World’s first “Bio Mouse”

There seems to be a craze to save the planet lately, and a lot of us tech junkies are feeling some backlash for using plastics that were made in a factory setting. Well now there is a light at the end of the tunnel with Fujitsu’s new M44, which they are touting as the world’s first eco-friendly mouse. The creation of this mouse takes less carbon dioxide than it’s regular plastic counterpart. The other plus to this device is that…

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World’s first “Bio Mouse”
cool tech January 26, 2011 posted by

DIY Wind-Up Android Charger

There are a few of us out there that wish we could go back to a simpler time, where electricity didn’t suck up such a huge portion of our paychecks. Ben Heck brings a little old fashion style to a modern piece of technology, the mobile phone charger. Heck is a classic geek whose mods landed him his own show. On the newest episode, we find that he has made a hand-crank charger for the Android. The kinetic charger uses…

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DIY Wind-Up Android Charger
Cool Web Apps & Sites January 25, 2011 posted by

Thsrs – The Twitter thesaurus

Doesn’t it bother you when you realize that you’ve used that big word you love one too many times? The main problem being that you can’t think of something comparable to replace your beloved fallback. This can sometimes make social networking services such as Twitter really frustrating, as you have limited space to post. Now there is a service called Thsrs that will help you to fit that 144-character message into the 140-character slot allotment. This is an online thesaurus…

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Thsrs – The Twitter thesaurus
future tech January 25, 2011 posted by

Kraft and Intel build a “What’s for Dinner” kiosk

It’s the age-old question. “What’s for dinner?” There are days where we just have no idea what we can make for dinner, and sometimes we cave and go out to eat. This can be really expensive over time. There is finally someone to help you decide…or rather something to help you decide. Kraft and Intel have teamed up together to make a kiosk that will help you out with some dinner suggestions and a shopping list. It works by scanning…

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Kraft and Intel build a “What’s for Dinner” kiosk
general January 25, 2011 posted by

Skizee lets you ski across a flat plain

When you think of skiing, you think of an epic mountain, and someone whizzing past markers at top speed making it look easy. Now you too can make it look like you’re hardly trying! Seriously, with the Skizee you barely have to exert any effort at all. You may need some balance skills, but I can’t see this as being something that’s terribly hard. This gizmo has a little engine that will propel you on the snow when you have…

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Skizee lets you ski across a flat plain
hmm..interesting January 25, 2011 posted by

Rechargeable Heated Insoles keep your feet warm all winter

In the winter we have giant marshmallow-looking coats, gloves, scarves, and ear muffs to keep us warm. What do we do about out feet? Shoes and wooly socks don’t always do the trick. Thermo Shoes was looking out for us by making the Rechargeable Heated Insoles, which work the same way any insole would, but better. This is a good two-in-one if you ask me. You won’t have to keep buying thick socks for the winter, and don’t have to…

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Rechargeable Heated Insoles keep your feet warm all winter
Gadgets January 25, 2011 posted by

Chameleon X1 is a mouse/gamepad hybrid

If anyone were to ever ask me what my favorite activity would be, I would have to say multitasking. Things get done very quickly and there’s more time to play video games and watch TV. If you like doing both of those things, and are a fan of the Internet, you will absolutely love this mouse. The Chameleon X1 is a presentation remote control, mouse, and video game controller. The gamepad that’s built into the bottom has a 5 stage…

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Chameleon X1 is a mouse/gamepad hybrid
cool tech January 25, 2011 posted by

USB Flipit! has a different take on wall chargers

We recently brought up a really awesome USB charging device called the U-Socket, which has you replacing the socket plate on your wall with one that also has two USB charging ports. If you want to avoid the hassle of taking the face plates off of the wall, you should look into a really nice alternative called the Flipit! USB Charger. This charger alleviates you of all the wall adapters, but needs to latch on to a plug that’s already…

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USB Flipit! has a different take on wall chargers
Bookmark This! January 24, 2011 posted by

Autotune.Net – freeware autotune cleans up your singing mistakes

Autotune.Net is freeware program (offered as part of a DIY coding exercise) which lets you tweak audio tracks to improve or embellish the pitch of the sound. Autotune is used extensively in the pop industry nowadays to make average singers sound better, and in some cases it’s even become a feature of various artists (see T-Pain and Ellen jamming below).   The proper professional software costs over $200 and features all sorts of bells and whistles, but this free version will give…

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Bookmark This! January 24, 2011 posted by

Listening Room – listen to music together in your private online room

Listening Room is a truly cool idea. Basically an online record booth where you can listen to music together with your friends. Think chat room, but for audio tracks. Anyone in the room can add a track to be played and everyone can hear it. It’s a wild idea and done beautifully (albeit minimally). Clearly a work in progress as it does have a slight tendency to shut off mid-track. But still absolutely worth a bookmark!  Listening Room is a…

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reprise January 23, 2011 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. Electric Piano Gloves – play it again, Dan – These Electric Piano Gloves are… If It Were My Home – cool online app lets you compare living standards – If It Were My Home is a cool new… Facebook disables access to address and phone number by 3rd party applications – That was pretty fast. Yesterday we… PBS now offers free content…

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Recommended January 22, 2011 posted by

Eco-Shield – easy-to-assemble housing for disaster relief

Disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and erupting volcanos continue to fill the news. One of the most immediate needs for those affected is proper housing. A company called Innovative Composites International, Inc. (ICI) has recently introduced the perfect solution. Eco-Shield provides affordable safe housing for permanent or temporary use. These can easily be assembled in a very short timeframe with no skilled labor, conventional tools and can be built on an existing slab or incorporate a lightweight durable flooring system….

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Eco-Shield – easy-to-assemble housing for disaster relief
Gadgets January 22, 2011 posted by

Painting Cell Phone Jammer – art and technology in perfect harmony

This Painting Cell Phone Jammer may look like an innocent copy of a famous master, but in reality it’s a demon signal blocker in disguise. Hang the thing on your wall and plug it in and you’ll instantly stop anyone using their mobile phone within a 40 metre radius. How sneaky is that? The frame comes with a couple of default paintings, but you can use anything you’ve got lying around, even those summer vacation pics of Aunt Emelda, to…

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Bookmark This! January 21, 2011 posted by

Web Tube – fascinating television to Internet converter

This Web Tube television to internet converter box plugs into the HDMI socket of your television and hooks up to the Internet via WiFi or Ethernet cable. Result? Your TV is now a flat screen Internet lovin’ animal of a device. You get a web browser, a remote control and an on-screen keyboard for navigating yourself around teh global World Wide Webs. Resolution is 720p, which ain’t bad, and it copes with YouTube video delivery (although if you’ve ever experienced generic YouTube content…

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Awesome January 21, 2011 posted by

Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder – superb freeware cleans up your sloppy image archives fast

We’ve all got duplicate photos on our hard drives right? Right? Part edited images, sloppily copied images, leftovers from one project or another. Over time it can amount to a huge waste of space, which is why this Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder freeware program is indeed awesome. Fire it up, select the folder/s you want to scan and it will zoom off and locate your image duplicates in lickety split time. It managed to scream through my 38000 images (yeah,…

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