Monthly Archives: March 2007

diy March 26, 2007 posted by

MOTZ DIY Music Box – make your own MP3 player

The MOTZ DIY Music Box is a tiny but complete MP3 player kit which you can embed in any object to convert it into an music player. Fancy a walnut player? It’s USB 2.0, comes with a Li-Polymer battery and 256 MB of memory and plays MP3, WMA and OGG. Go let your imagination run riot. Around $40.00 in Korean. Tags: mp3, diy

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Gadgets March 26, 2007 posted by

Mini Brain Trainer – give those synapses a workout

The Mini Brain Trainer is designed to improve your mental agility and memory power. Pop it in your handbag and give it a blast for a few minutes a day and eventually you will solve the puzzle of inter-stellar flight and invent commercially viable fusion power. No really. £9.99. This brilliant new Mini Brain Trainer also provides a mental workout at a fantastic price. Few minutes a day working out on the Brain Trainer Mini will keep your brain functioning at…

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but is it art? March 26, 2007 posted by

Foldschool – cardboard furniture

FoldSchool offers a range of free downloadable patterns for children’s furniture which you can print out and make at home. A kind of furniture Origami. Although we do suggest you make the items out of cardboard and not paper. Just thought we’d mention that.   Mass culture is run by superficiality and ecological absurdity. Foldschool supports craftsmanship as a face-to-face approach to design and brings together product and user the closest possible. The mindset of foldschool is to restore design to…

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Mobile Tech March 26, 2007 posted by

Grand Central – one number, many phones

Grand Central is a ‘one number to many phones’ service which is really just an update on the old unified messaging stuff. Remember that? You signed up for one telephone number which accepted voice calls, fax, emails etc etc and let you pick them all up any way you wanted? Sounded great until you realised that your friends and business associates would have to pay a premium rate to call you, at which point it all fell a bit flat. Anyhoo, this bunch…

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reprise March 25, 2007 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Ferrety posts from the past week for anyone who missed them. Enjoy. Philips DECT Baby Monitor – lullabies and LCDs – This Philips… Omniscan 12000 BookCopy – the ultimate hand scanner? – The Zeutschel OS 12000 BookCopy is… LifeMax Tens Machine – techno-gadget, heal thyself – The LifeMax TENS Machine promises… String Thing Limbo – disco games – String Thing Limbo. Once… Gubb – smarter list management – Gubb is a free list manager. You……

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Gadgets March 24, 2007 posted by

The Royal Whale Bath – bubbles baby

The Royal Whale Bath. Bubble massage, chromatherapy lighting, integral waterfall. Perfect for those rich Greenpeace supporters. $2995.00.  The soothing and therapeutic benefits of hydrotherapy have been proven effective time and time again. The swirling warm waters of a whirlpool bath treat a plethora of ailments, such as arthritis, rheumatism, and a host of back pain problems. Whirlpool treatments also increase blood flow to tissue layers, resulting in improved circulation and glowing skin. Tags: whale+bath

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Fun & Games March 23, 2007 posted by

The Mentos Geyser Tube – DIY fountain fun

Mentos Geyser Tube. So you’ve been aching to recreate the Mentos and soda fountain gag, haven’t you? Ever since you saw that fabulous video? Well now here’s your chance. OK, so maybe it won’t get you a number one rating on YouTube, but you’ve got to start somewhere, haven’t you? £4.95.  Simply load the Mentos mints in this screw-on transparent tube, lock it on your plastic pop bottle (any fizzy drink will do but diet stuff works best) and pull the pin….

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Gadgets March 23, 2007 posted by

Magic Light Pup – your desktop moodster

The Magic Light Pup. Colour therapy combined with magnetic paws. Result? A mood morphing paperclip holder. You have been warned. A$39.95.  More and more people are recognising the profound effect colour can have on our lives – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Our Magic Light Pup might be the little bit of colour and light you’ve been missing.Magic Light Pup Sitting faithfully on your desk, around the home or in the nursery, a Magic Light Pup offers a soft alternative…

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hardware March 23, 2007 posted by

Visual Planet Interactive Poster – the touchless touchscreen

The Visual Planet ViP Interactive Poster is a ‘through window’ touchscreen poster which is designed for give shop window browsers interactive services even when storefronts are closed for the night. It works using ‘Projected Capacitance’ which apparently uses some form of detection wires. Clever tech indeed, which works even if you’re wearing gloves.  Visual Planet’s ViP Interactive Poster has been designed for you. By integrating our touchscreen technology with a range of high quality holographic and high contrast diffusion screens, we have created…

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Bookmark This! March 23, 2007 posted by

Feed Digest –

Feed Digest. There are a bunch of RSS feed engines out there, which let you embed feeds on your web site with minimal fuss. But this one really looks polished and full featured, if you know what I mean? Not only does it do the feed thang, but also turns RSS into Javascript includes or WAP pages for mobile phones and lets you syndicate your own content for other sites. It was built using Ruby on Rails and currently handles around 200…

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Free Software March 23, 2007 posted by

Thunderbird – an email client triumph

So I’ve just taken the plunge and installed the Open Source Thunderbird email client as a replacement for my Outlook Express program. Before you snigger, I’ve stayed with OE for this long because I have a whole email process built up around it. Over 12,000 messages, stored in a huge number of folders and sub-folders, all linked together to improve my working day. So why the move? Because I was hit by a virus the other day (and no I…

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Gadgets March 22, 2007 posted by

Leica C-Lux 2 – classy pocket snapper

The Leica C-Lux 2 is the new 7.2 megapixel upgrade to the original, and it sure looks nice. Or maybe it’s just our nostalgic yearning for the brand names of yesteryear. After all, what’s so special about a 28mm wide angle zoom lens, 2.5 inch LCD viewfinder and optical image stabilizer? Nothing, that’s what. But it still looks cute.  The high-speed wide-angle 28 mm zoom lens takes stunning, space-grabbing shots. The optical image stabilizer and the intelligent exposure control prevent camera…

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Fun & Games March 22, 2007 posted by

Traffic Light Costume – red for stop, green for go

These Traffic Light Suits look like they could be all sorts of fun in the right circumstances. After all they’re pretty discreet right? And subtle? In the right hands and at the right party they could give a whole new meaning to the phrase, ‘truck stop’. And good luck if you decide to go as a matching pair, OK? $39.99.  Our Traffic Light Costume features a yellow traffic light tunic with battery operated lights and matching hat. You control the…

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Gadgets March 22, 2007 posted by

Gyrofloater – spinning floaty magic

The GyroFloater looks pretty cool. In a magnetic, floating, spinning kind of way. Of course it’s naff all use to anybody, but when’s that ever stopped the march of progress? Check out the video for a real overview of its time wasting potential. Tags: gyrofloater, magnets

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huh..? March 22, 2007 posted by

The Cable Tidy Docking Box – are we near April 1st?

The Contento Docking Box. OK John, so let’s go over it again. You’ve invented a cable management system which is what? A box with a strip taken out of the side? Uh-huh. And you just throw the plug strip into the box and trail a cable out of the box to the socket? Riiight. Oh and they come in nice pastel colours too, huh? Great. OK dude, thanks a bunch. We’ll be in touch. Mind your head on the way out. Next! Tags:…

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