Monthly Archives: September 2003

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Watch the Zzzzs

The CinemaBed. A bed…er….with a cinema attached. If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. Sigh, OK it’s 5000 Euros all right? For the bed alone mind you.

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Alternative fuel stop

The Regional Transportation Center in San Diego is a gas station with a difference. It serves up five – count ’em – five types of alternative fuel as well as conventional petrol. Compressed Natural Gas, LPG, Ethanol, (free) electric charging, biodiesel and low sulphur diesel are all on offer. It also sells a range of AVF (alternative fuel vehicles) just in case you want to become an alternative customer. Nice article here.

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A bicycle made for two

Anyway this cross-disciplinary group of German students are trying to put together a new type of twin seat bicycle – OK a tandem – incorporating some cool technologies. Like? Well, a 14 gear transmission, electronic power converters (to channel downhill power into up-hill assistance) and suchlike. Sounds interesting, if a little sketchy right now. Maybe they ought to name it Daisy?

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Top 10 PC troubleshooting tips

Cert Cities Top 10 Tips for troubleshooting PC Problems. Quite a useful read, and worth printing out to give to any friends who approach you with a ‘my PC won’t work’ type problem.

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DNA heaven

CATGee is being billed as ‘the world’s FIRST personal DNA storage & sampling kit.’ For a mere 19.95 ($29.95) you can ‘celebrate your individuality’ and – gasp! – ‘swap and share DNA with friends and lovers’. Sounds like the start of a very weird relationship if you ask me. A much more interesting use of DNA to my mind is the PatriClan African Ancestry site which offers to trace your African roots (assuming you have any of course!) via a…

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Fast Chat

It looks as though the Fast Chat service – turn your mobile phone into a walkie talkie – is about to gain traction here in the UK. The service is being tested by Orange, and high street retailer Phones4U has just signed up to be a nationwide distributor. The main problem is the need to subscribe to a GPRS service first, which not many people do yet. Oh, and the fact that it costs an extra 6.99 a month, which…

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Mobile phone recorders

‘Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and chipmaker Texas Instruments are planning to produce a device with the built-in ability to record phone calls…It would either be stored on the cell phone or shipped to a remote computer database for storage.’ Hmm, is this the next wave of mobile geekiness?

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Car-ied away

The Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Car – the CAR 100 – is fab. Use your Bluetooth mobile handset to control it, and win friends and impress folks down the local bar.

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Sports Video Analyser

Gizmodo reports on a Sports Video Analyser which can ‘create a game summary that is full of nothing but action.’ It does it by editing out the boring bits and just leaving in goals etc. This sounds absolutely naff to be honest. It’s bad enough watching edited highlights, but if you start just viewing edited bits of those you might as well give up. What next, a drama program editor so you only get the anguished highlights? A comedy editor…

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SD card GPS receiver

Woo, a GPS receiver in an SD card format. The iGolf SD GPS card is very cool and will be compatible with Palm and Pocket PC devices. Mmm, I wonder if they’ll do one for phones too eventually?

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Mobile karaoke

Nokia is about to launch a Mobile Karaoke handset which will play backing tracks and display lyrics? But it’s only for the Asian market right now? Yowsers!

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Animal rights

Here are two articles pointing out that creatures from the animal kingdom may be far more ‘aware’ than we give them credit for. Nice to see that we’re finally taking a bit of notice of the other inhabitants of this small planet.

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Printers galore!

The Printerdatabase.com provides an excellent round up of computer printers, complete with pricing and magazine reviews. The layout is excellent as is the cataloging. Worth a bookmark.

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iPaq translator

Aunty reports on another HP Labs project, this time using an iPaq with WiFi to translate road signs and the like. To my mind this sort of thing will be done infinitely better by smart/camera phones. How’re you going to guarantee a WiFi hotspot near your road sign? You’re not!

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AquaCar

Now here’s a car that Jamaica should export….the Aquada Sports Amphibian. 100 mph on land, 30 mph on water, 10 seconds for the wheels to retract and 50 mile range. Yours for a mere 150,000. [More here. Warning: company Flash site].

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