Monthly Archives: November 2006

Fun & Games November 17, 2006 posted by

Limited Edition Briefcase Go-Kart Game – brrrrmmm…

Limited Edition Briefcase Go-Kart Track. Ha, dose krazy Deutschlanden. Diese produkt is a kompletely self-contained go-kart game with two karts, a 2 metre track, two controllers, a stop watch and a 9V battery block for 5 hours gaming power. Pleez don’t ask why it is being sold in such a gorgeous aluminium briefcase as that is their little secret. €598.00.  Set the Karts on the conductive strips – and you experience genuine running atmosphere. Sent you give the speed to full power with the control quadrant on…

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Gadgets November 17, 2006 posted by

TV Volume Regulator – WHAT YOU SAY?

The TV Volume Regulator is designed to maintain a stable volume level on your box, no matter what’s happening on screen. Commercial breaks, huge, explosions, loud politicians, you know the kind of thing. Actually someone once explained that it’s not actually a rise in volume, but a change in the type of audio signal which made adverts seem louder. Anyhoo, this gizmo is supposed to cure it, whatever the cause. $49.95.  The TV Volume Regulator keeps your TV at a…

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hardware November 17, 2006 posted by

GPS and GSM Jammer

Detectnu GPS/GSM Jammer. It was inevitable really, that with the maturing of GPS technology, would come the rise of the anti-tech. This puppy, for example, plugs into your car lighter and will jam all GPS sat-nav signals within a radius of 50 metres and GSM phone signals within 20 metres. Fun at the traffic lights, eh? No idea of price or availability, though. The RJ-G1575 GPS Jammer from Radixon Hadrian is a much more serious bit of kit and will…

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Gadgets November 17, 2006 posted by

The 5 Megapixel Kitty Cam

The Hello Kitty DC500 5.0 Megapixel Digital Camera. You really know the state of play of a technology when it gets Kitty-ized. I think we can safely say that the 5.0 megapixel digicam is now a commodity level product. Kelloggs boxes next. With 32 MB memory and an SD card slot tucked in there somewhere. And of course it’s kind of pink […is that like ‘kind of’ pregnant? – Ed]

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diy November 17, 2006 posted by

DIY iPod Solar Charger – cheap and cheerful

How to build your own cheapo iPod solar charger. A soldering iron, a bit of Velcro, steady hands and the usual caveats and you’re done.  I looked everywhere for a lightweight solar iPod charger. Nothing fancy, just something I could attach to the top of my backpack. I couldn’t find one anywhere, I couldn’t even find instructions on how to build one. So, I set about building one for myself. As this was all about getting very light materials, this…

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Bookmark This! November 17, 2006 posted by

Quick Silver Screen – free TV programmes online

QuickSilverScreen. OK, if I get this right, it’s a WordPress blog which is sorting, filtering and cataloguing television programmes that have been uploaded to the Daily Motion site? It’s a great idea, because all of a sudden you can access a whole series in one go without laboriously trawling through the video sites, and there are some real gems available. But it’s got to be a little dodgy copyright wise, no? So don’t expect it to stay up long. Just…

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general November 17, 2006 posted by

The Warholizer – pop art your photos online

The Warholizer. Turn your photos – or any Flickr image – into Warhol pop art at the click of an online button. Just don’t expect to get much money at auction.  Warhol created the paintings using silkscreens to create a kind of “assembly line” art. This toy attempts to simulate the false color and silkscreen effect digitally but really it’s a thing all its own. “Warholizer” is more of a tribute than anything else. Works with your photos hosted on…

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Mobile Tech November 17, 2006 posted by

Phonezoo – free ringtone community

Phonezoo. Create cell phone ringtones from your music, share them with others and download free public domain tones from a range of categories. Interesting.  At Phonezoo, we believe your phone should reflect your personality. That’s why we make it easy for you to make free ringtones and share them with others. We make it simple for you to turn the music you already own into custom ringtones and get them on your phone. You can also explore the ringtones other members…

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Gadgets November 16, 2006 posted by

Bio Trainer – count calories, lose weight?

The Bio Trainer monitors your activity all day and calculates how many calories you’ve burned over a 10 day period. Mmm…so what happens, hypothetically of course, if your net cumulative pizza intake, exceeds your gross kinetic output in a given period? In other words can the darn thing be hacked? $49.99.  Whether you’re trying to get into shape or just lose a few pounds, it’s important to know how many calories you’re burning not just when you’re exercising, but throughout your daily…

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Gadgets November 16, 2006 posted by

Vuum Audio VTi-B1 Valve Amp Speaker System

The Vuum VTi-B1 Vacuum Tube Amplifier Speaker System with Dock. Oooh shiny, valves, iPod docking station and more chrome than a 50’s Chevy. And did we mention the 27 button remote control? Oooh… CAD $799.99.  Audiophile quality sound in a hi-fi stereo system designed to work with your iPod, MP3 player and other audio components (CD, DVD players, Satellite receivers etc.). The vacuum tube amplifier system in combination with the iPod docking station and the black lacquered wood cabinet speakers…

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Fun & Games November 16, 2006 posted by

The Buck Stops Here…?

Deer Ride. Tasteless gifts #365. A motion activated deer which sings…oh dear me no, sorry but that’s as far as we go with this one, I’m afraid. Nurse! The tablets please. $19.95.  So THIS is where Buck, the Animated Trophy came from! This motion-activated deer lifts his head and sings “Low Rider” and “Sweet Home Alabama”! Watch the hunters BOBBLE their heads to the beat as the car BOUNCES and headlights FLASH!! A great gift for your favorite hunter, or anyone!

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Gadgets November 16, 2006 posted by

Boostaroo Headphone Splitter and Amplifier – sharing is caring

The Boostaroo Revolution High Definition Headphone Splitter & Amplifier. One iPod, two of you. Solution, a high definition headphone splitter which gives you nice loud sound to both headsets. Whether you need a 400% volume increase directly into your aural cavity is something only you and your neuro-octologist can decide. $49.99.  The Boostaroo Revolution is the perfect addition for the audiophile at heart. The Revolution will give your audio an expansive 400% volume increase, while at the same time providing…

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but is it art? November 16, 2006 posted by

BloggerSnap – let your readers pose

BloggerSnap. Paste this free code into your site template and let your visitors upload a photo of themselves posing in front of their webcam. Er…this is a good thing? Apparently several sites think so, and some of them are actually upgrading to the $11.60 a year Pro version to get better image quality. We’re trying hard not to think of the possible risks….   BloggerSnap is a little tool which allows your visitors to easily post on your blog or website a snapshot…

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Recommended November 16, 2006 posted by

The Web 2.0 Starter Kit

For those of you still anxious to jump aboard the rapidly accelerating Web 2.0 (or is it 3.0 by now?) express, here’s the Ferret’s recommended list of Essential Start Up Tools. Remember kids, release early and release often. But do finish your homework first. Color Palette Generator. First, steal your colour scheme. Find an image you like, and generate a color palette from it to make your site sizzle. No not drizzle, sizzle. Free Color Wheel. But make sure that your colours…

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hmm..interesting November 16, 2006 posted by

Riya rival steps up to the podium

So hot on the heels of Riya’s apparent move away from developing face recognition technology for photos, comes news of a new Swedish company, Polar Rose, which is working on…er…face recognition for photos. Plus ca change plus c’est la méme chose, eh? They’re in closed Alpha at the moment (i.e.don’t bother asking to try the tech) so let’s see how they get on when it goes public, shall we?  Polar Rose grew out of computer vision (analysis of digital images and…

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